Wednesday, 24 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 20

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE LOVE GOD


“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 KJV

Amen! Thank you for joining us, we are discussing the all important subject of The Apostolic Benediction, popularly referred to as The Grace. I have received so many encouraging feedbacks. One of my partners said this teaching, just after two capsules switched on a light in him. I am eternally grateful to God for the inspiration. Remember that the Apostolic Benediction is suppose to be an anchor to keep your mind focused and steady on the functional presence of God in your life at all times. In the last capsule we looked at 'The Grace' (The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ). The UNEARNED. UNMERITED favour of God, which you must and can only receive as a gift (Romans 11:6). Understanding Grace gives you the assurance that what you are believing for already exist (Romans 5:1). Unlike what most believe, Grace set you free from sin, it does not set you free to sin (Romans 6:1-3). In this capsule, we would start on the second functional expression of the God head, the LOVE of God the Father. Again we cannot do an exhaustive study, the intention is to show you some practical applications.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
- John 3:16 KJV

The Greek word Agape is translated 'The Love of God' or 'God's kind of Love'. This word was introduced into the Greek lexicon to describe this unique concept. It is virtually impossible to adequately describe it. Grace comes first in the three functional expression for a good reason. It gives you the practical demonstration of what Love, (Agape) is all about . The best way to study or understand God's kind of Love, is to pay attention to its product... Grace. From John 3:16, you can see that it is UNCONDITIONAL, ABSOLUTE, LAVISHED, ACTIVE and a DONE DEAL . Ephesians 3:18, says it is MULTIDIMENSIONAL and much more. For me it is probably one of the most difficult concept to teach or explain . To start with, 1 John 4:18 says 'God is Love'. My question is, how does one explain God? Secondly, because it is often mentioned in the church settings, a lot of people assume they know what it means . But the horrible things they ignorantly attribute to God is diametrically opposite to what Love is. Thirdly, it does not have an appropriate or comparable analogy, virtually every other human response is conditional and reciprocal. This concept of unconditional Love exceeds the ordinary human imagination. So again I say to understand the Love of God, look at Grace, His unearned, unmerited favour!

“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5 KJV

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
- Galatians 5:16 KJV

With all these been said, if you are born again, the Love of God is already in you. What you need is the knowledge to help you understand and give it expression in and through you. Romans 5:5 says it has already been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, that is, poured into us in immeasurable quantity. Galatians 5:22, describes it as the fruit of your regenerated spirit. Plants produce their fruit as they mature, it is not something they acquire, (Praying that God should give you love is a waste of time, because He already did). This is the reason why the Apostolic Benediction is an affirmative statement. This Love is not an 'act' that you put on, it is the nature of God in you and it should be allowed to flow through you. It is the spiritual instinct of the New Creation. As you make God your focus it will express itself, stop struggling (Galatians 5:16)

In this first capsule on the LOVE OF GOD, what we have done is to dispel some myths and give necessary insight. In the next capsule we would consider the practical applications. Keep in focus the original intention of Paul, the Apostolic Benediction was a seal of Authority to the church at Corinth. Something to take their focus away from the sin and behavioural problem they had. Something to keep them walking in the Spirit, so that sin would not dominate them (Galatians 5:16). We need to constantly remind ourselves that we have access by faith to the UNEARNED, UNMERITED FAVOUR and LOVE that gave birth to it.


CONCLUSION
WITH CHRIST WE HAVE GRACE, BUT LOVE GAVE BIRTH TO IT

Ps
In the next capsule we would look at the practical applications of God's kind of LOVE.
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 19

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

“And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:16-17 KJV

For those joining us for the first time, we started on the subject of The Apostolic Benediction from capsule 18. This is commonly quoted but the significance is not commonly understood. The feedback I have received, confirms that this teaching is timely and appropriate. In the introduction we shared a few foundational thoughts. Paul, in his second letter to the church at Corinth meant this to be an affirmation, a statement of certainty. The addition of 'MAY' at the beginning as is often the practice in the modern church, removes the Authority necessary to enforce compliance in the spiritual. Secondly, if we live in constant awareness of this declaration, 'even when we are alone physically, spiritually, we are not really alone'. Lastly, unlike in the Old Covenant where the revelation of the divine is limited to God the Father. The Apostolic Benediction, gives a perfect functional expression of the Godhead in the life of a New Covenant saint.
Starting from this capsule, we would consider these functional expressions individually. We cannot do an exhaustive study, what I intend to do is show practical applications.



Part One

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17 KJV

John 1:17, says it all. Moses brought the law with all its harshness and punitive measures. Christ brought the UNMERITED, UNEARNED FAVOUR and TRUE NATURE of God. What a startling contrast! Starting from the very first step of salvation, everything we enjoy is the product of the sacrifice of Christ. This is the true definition of grace, to make you cease from toiling, stop you from trying to 'EARN' God's favour but receive it as a GIFT (Romans 11:6). The concept of grace was scarce before Christ, it was not freely available, with trickles here and there (Genesis 6:7-8). But see John 1:16 'and of the fullness of Christ we have received grace upon grace, meaning, Christ came to lavish grace on us (my paraphrase). The result of redemption is, Grace in abundance like the world has never known: Freedom from the condemnation of sin, freedom from demonic oppression, freedom from poverty with divine health and healing on top. This is what it means to have a savior.

Paul wanted The Corinthians to focus on such magnificent resources. Can you imagine the peace of mind if we only believe this? It would not matter whether you are in the crowd or alone. Faith will no longer be a struggle, because you know what you have access to. Grace gives you the assurance that what you are believing for already exist.
 


 Part 2

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” Titus 2:11-12KJV

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
Romans 6:1-2 KJV

An in depth study of the two epistles to the church at Corinth would show you that they struggled with sinful and unruly behaviour. The cure for sin is; understanding what Grace truly means.

Grace sets you free from sin, (not to sin) because it teaches holy living, it makes sin distasteful (Titus 2:11-12). This is the flip side of grace, it creates such contentment when you know the depth of what you have in Christ. When you truly appreciate what you have, sin loses it's attraction because you are secure. The reason why Eve fell for the subtlety of the serpent was because she did not have a perfect understanding of her status, (none of us do perfectly, that is why we still sin to different degrees). Compare that with the three temptations of Christ and His responses. People sin because they think they are missing out, but if we truly appreciate the abundant provision of grace, you will go through 'the lean, mean times to reach the fat, rich times' (Philippians 4:12-13). This is something I constantly remind myself, because that is the purpose of the Apostolic Benediction. I hope you can see why there must not be any hesitancy if you are to maintain focus. Grace is the antidote to sin which leads to holy living (this requires a bit more explanation which we don't have space for here) Romans 6:1-2.

In the next capsule we would look at the second functional expression, LOVE. The two fits in very snugly. You cannot comprehend the unconditional LOVE of God in a practical way, until you taste the unmerited, unearned favour called Grace. No wonder it comes first in the Apostolic Benediction.


CONCLUSION
REMEMBER, IT IS 'THE GRACE........'!, AND NOT 'MAY THE GRACE......'


Ps
The feed backs I have are really encouraging, lets keep doing what we are doing, link your social medial sites to
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'Femi Idowuwww.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 18

THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: GRACE, LOVE, AND FELLOWSHIP

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”
2 Corinthians 13:14 KJV


INTRODUCTION
For quite sometime I have felt the need to teach on this important subject, but only recently felt the release to do so. In this series we would look at what is commonly referred to as 'The Grace' in Christian gatherings. A more appropriate description is THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION. Virtually every Christian I know can quote this by heart, and tradition dictates that the service is not complete without it. Unfortunately, like most things we do, because we have not taken time to meditate on its significance, it has lost its meaning and potency, it has become another ritual. Even the embellishment that is often added is unhelpful. Honestly, it is not my intention to ruffle any feathers but there really is no easy way to kill a sacred cow. To most people this is just some set of words put together. I pray and believe that by the end of this series, you will gain a better understanding such that you will walk in the reality of these life giving words called 'The Apostolic Benediction', Amen.




Affirmation
In this introduction, the first thing I would like to observe is that this is a statement of affirmation, an emphatic declaration, and it is intended to be so. Paul ended his second letter to the Corinthians with this benediction as a seal to all he has said to them before. By adding the word 'may' as we commonly do, it removes the emphatic tone and intent, it becomes a suggestion. It introduces an unnecessary hesitance or contingency (lack of certainty) to what should be an audacious pronunciation. This sounds like something innocuous (innocent), but in the spiritual, words mean everything. Paul was not suggesting, no not at all.

The second point is that although this pronouncement is made at the end of the service and rightly so. The intention is for it to be food for thought when we are not together. To remind you and help you walk in the consciousness of who you are in Christ when there is nobody around to encourage you. A confession to keep you steady, 'The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is with me'. It tells you what you have available even when you are alone. The reason why some might be filled with trepidation when they visit their 'village' or some other place is because they feel alone and exposed. When you have the revelation of the Apostolic Benediction, you will realise you are never alone. It gives you a peep into the spiritual atmosphere surrounding you, like Elisha asking God to open the eyes of his servant (2 Kings 6:17)


“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” Colossians 2:9-10 KJV


The third point to note, (which we would go into details in the rest of the series) is that, it confirms the completeness of who we are in Christ. Often we struggle to explain the reality of the Godhead (Trinity). I believe that we see the perfect functional expression of the Triune God in the Apostolic Benediction. We understand and appreciate the person of the risen Christ through the grace He made available to us by His death and resurrection (Romans 5:15). The perfect expression of the Father is the Love that He has bestowed on us because that is who He is (1 John 4:8, John 3:16). The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to comfort and help through fellowship, He is in us and with us (John 14:16-17). Can you now see what Paul was alluding to? The Apostolic Benediction is not just something you tag to the end of a service, it is a reminder of what you should walk in the consciousness of after the service.

As we close this introduction, I hope we have laid the foundation to get you thinking. There is good reason why Paul brought this three elements together in closing his letter to the Corinthians. David declared that even when he walked in the 'valley of the shadow of death' he will fear NO EVIL, because God's rod and staff gives him comfort. (Psalms 23:4). If David who had an inferior covenant could say that. Imagine the victory we have when we are in constant awareness that we have GRACE, LOVE and FELLOWSHIP, the functional presence of the God Head with us always. The problem is most don't know and those of us that know easily forget. In the next few capsules, we will take a closer look and remind ourselves, let's release those life giving words.


CONCLUSION
THERE IS NO HESITATION, IT IS A CONSTANT REALITY: WE HAVE GRACE, LOVE AND FELLOWSHIP

Ps
I say thank you for you faithfulness, encouragement and support, it means a lot to me. Thankfully one of my partners have dragged me into the 21st century, expect some twits, it will be good.
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Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

GOD'S PILL: TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK (Fourth Recording) 🌡💊

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV


Preamble
You will recall we introduced the concept of TEMPERATURE and PULSE check sometime ago as a means of checking that the salient points in the immediate past series are recognised and digested. In my experience most Christians find the Teaching Ministry as the least attractive. We are in a microwave age, we want it fast and now! Unfortunately, this trait has led to stunted growth in most, making them prone to deception. Things just don't happen by accident, there is always a spiritual law that guides everything. We know that about the physical world, but somehow we just assume it is different for the spiritual world , not so. If anything, there is more order in the spiritual world

Our index scripture, 2 Timothy 2:15 says it all. We need to be patient, we need to be taught, and we need to be ready to be taught so that we can have a firm basis for everything we do. Again, I say the spiritual can be taught, and it should be, welcome to the Fourth Temperature and Pulse Check. We would be looking at the last three series:

The Word, The Name and Traditions of Men
Healing under three different dispensations
In His Image, after His Likeness and Divine Nature

As you might recall, I suggested that these three should be taken together for maximum impact, I hope you did. In fact they form a continuum.

Questions
Concerning 'The Word, The Name and Tradition of Men
Can you remember our key scripture for the series? Can you give two or more other examples?
Did you learn something new or gain insight into something you already know?
What does the Word and the Name signify? Any scriptures to back these up.
Which scripture describes us as Ambassadors for Christ. What does it mean?
Do you remember the significance of Mark 7:13, Colossians 2:8

Concerning 'Healing under three different dispensations '
What are the key differences between healing under the Old and New Covenants?
Of what use is the Old Covenant to the Church?
How is the New Creation different from the Homo Sapien ?
What are the other synonyms for the New Creation?
Is 3 John1:2 describing healing or divine health?

Concerning 'In His Image, after His Likeness and Divine Nature
What is the difference between Divinity and Deity?
How is the Incarnate Christ different from the Resurrected Christ
Why is Christ referred to as the Last Adam and not the second Adam?
Give your thoughts on the terms 'Only Begotten ', First Begotten ', First born'
Is it true that the New Creation is made in the image of the Father, after His Likeness and have His Divine Nature?


I hope you find these questions stimulating enough to get you to go back through the series once again. God bless you and don't forget to spread the word and link to your social media sites




'Femi Idowu
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 17

 IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE:

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Genesis 1:27 KJV

We would bring this series to a close with this capsule. I know that we have discussed quite a few things that might have challenged mainstream theology. But I have no doubt that on balance of the evidence, they are settled truths (Psalms 119:89). My core desire is to help individuals come to the place of spiritual security through knowledge (Ephesians 4:11-14). The Christian life is finding out who we are, what we have and then walking in it (Matthew 11:28-30, Ephesians 1:17-23, Ephesians 2:10, Ephesians 3:16-20). 

Our main focus of discussion in this series, is to show that, we are made in HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS AND HAVE HIS DIVINE NATURE. Imagine for a moment the possibilities, if we truly believe that! (Mark 9:23).

I cannot do a comprehensive recap so to understand and flow in what we have been discussing, you need to start from capsule 10 at the very least (as a matter of fact you will recall that I said at the beginning that this and the preceding two series should be taken together). Nevertheless, we now know that Christ, the Resurrected Lord is the exact image and representation of God the Father (Hebrews 1:3, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Colossians 1:15). 

Secondly, Christ is the firstborn or first begotten, meaning in our born again spirit (the New Creation) we are in the image of Christ (Romans 8:29, 1John 4:17, Hebrews 2:11). With these two planks, I hope you can now connect the dots? The greatest hindrance we have is that this is not visible to the naked eye. The word of God however paints a perfect picture, if you will allow it. 
The disciples walked with Christ in human form for three and half years, but on one occasion in Matthew Chapter 17 on the Mount of Transfiguration, three of them saw Him with the veil of the flesh pulled aside (John had a similar experience in Revelation Chapter 1:12-16, on the Isle of Patmos. They saw the Image of the Father in Him. 

Now consider this, if all what we have been discussing is true, (and indeed they are), and if we can somehow look inside us and see our spirit, I am persuaded that we would see something similar, (after all we bare the same image and likeness) , this is the narrative of 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (please study this in many versions). We need to see beyond the veil of our flesh. Knowing this changes everything, the emphasis is no longer on what we can see outside, but on what is on the inside of us. A lifetime is not enough to discover what we have, in fact (in my personal opinion) no one has ever come close, but just imagine what it would be like to release a fraction of what is on the inside, we would lack nothing (Ephesians 1:17-21, Ephesians 2:17-20, Romans 8:11). 

As we round up, remember that the plan right from the foundation of creation was for us to be in God's Image and after His Likeness (Genesis 1:26-28). That has always been the design and intention of God but the fall polluted the Image of God in us, so of necessity the whole of redemption is to restore us back to the original state, but better. I say better because we now have knowledge and authority over the adversary. We know who we are, we are the Image of God, created after God's Likeness and have God's Divine Nature. 
Eve had an identity crisis, she was chasing after what she had already. Think about it, if you truly know and believe that through His Divine Nature that is already in you, you have everything that pertains to life and godliness, you will never feel inadequate. 

Lastly, this knowledge will keep you anchored to God almost effortlessly, because He is your source, and not just your source but your only source (Capsule 15, 2016). After all, what else do you need outside of this? You are already made in the Image of the Father, in His Likeness, and have His Divine Nature, just like the First Begotten, heir and joint-heirs! The only thing left is the knowledge to bring this to bare (2 Peter 1:2-4)


CONCLUSION : FATHER, FIRST BEGOTTEN AND THE JOINT HEIRS: SAME IMAGE, LIKENESS AND DIVINE NATURE 


Ps
I want to thank each and everyone for your patience. I challenge you to put these truths to test and prove them, break away from the mould of mediocrity and live the life. Like I have said several times, I can sense a change in tone, these truths will become common place very soon let us give things a push together. Spread the word, link MinDGyM to your social media sites


'Femi Idowu 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

GOD'S PILLS 2017 : CAPSULE 16

IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE: RESURRECTED CHRIST IS THE FIRST BORN IN THE FAMILY

“And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” Hebrews 1:6 KJV

Reading and studying this series, I hope your faith is quickened? These things are settled truths. They are not just aspirations, God already made them available, all you and I need to do, is walk in them, simple. Colossians 3:10, 'Put on the NEW MAN, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him'. The popular concept that is often taught, is that by confessing these truths they will become so. This line of thought is wrong in every sense and the source of a huge hindrance to many. The reason we confess these truths is because they already exist, we are just appropriating what has already been provided (Hebrews 11:3). Let me put it another way, and this might shock you. Faith does not create anything, what faith does is to bring what already exist in the spirit realm into physical manifestation (there is huge difference between the two) . If you ever grasp this, it will remove struggle from your faith walk, your prayer life will become more meaningful and interesting. From the preceding capsules, we know Christ is the exact image of the Father, and we are made in the image of Christ the Resurrected Lord who is the firstborn (Romans 8:29, Colossians 1:18).

“And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” 1 Corinthians 15:49 KJV (1 Corinthians 15:47-49 in context)

In the last capsule, I showed you the difference between the incarnate Christ who is the only begotten Son, and the Last Adam or the Resurrected Christ who became First among many brethren. This is pivotal to your understanding of who we are. In Hebrews 1:6, you will notice that the writer refers to Christ as the FIRST-BEGOTTEN, meaning He is no longer the only begotten, but first of many 'begotten'! This is the whole essence of redemption (to return to the original ownership following full payment). God did not redeem us from slavery to the Devil, to make us slaves again, no not at all (Galatians 5:1). 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (my paraphrase), the Holy Spirit provides an atmosphere of liberty, removes the veil from our eyes so that we can see properly who we really are, like in a mirror and be transformed into His Image, from glory to glory.

“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17 KJV

Look at this wonderful passage. When you understand that Christ is the first among many, one of which you are. This is evidence that God's love for us is perfect love, it gives us confidence or boldness even in the day of judgement. The reason for this is simple, even right now, in this present time, as Christ is, so are we. We are New Creations, Children of the Kingdom. I cannot overemphasise this, these are not metaphors or cliches, these are completed work. You don't need to beg, scratch or plead for them, they already belong to us. Identity Crisis born out of ignorance is what is keeping most from enjoying these benefits. Imagine the confidence you will have in prayer, if you truly believe that Christ is the firstborn, but you also have a number in the family? Faith then becomes spontaneous, not something you wind yourself up for.

Remember, that our focus of discussion is that we are MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, AND HAVE HIS DIVINE NATURE. For those of you who have followed the discussion from the beginning, hopefully there is a parallax shift in your thinking. We would conclude this series in the next capsule, there is just one more thing to show you before we conclude.

CONCLUSION
WE HAVE BOLDNESS, BECAUSE AS CHRIST IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD

Ps
I feel a quickening in the spirit, these truths that we are sharing are about to become common place. I can hear a change in tone of many, the message is gradually getting through. Help spread the word, be part of the move, link God's Pill to your social media sites.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

GOD'S PILLS 2017 : CAPSULE 15

IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE: CHRIST IS THE FIRST BORN

“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified". Romans 8:30 KJV

I will urge those joining us for the first time, to at the very least, start from the beginning of this series. What we have been discussing requires sequential and logical reasoning. Not that it is difficult to understand, but it is counter culture.
The sole aim of the discussion is to verify beyond the shadow of a doubt to the open minded that, we are, 'Made in the Image and after the Likeness of God, and have His Divine nature'. This is not a feel good cliche, it is a settled eternal truth. The question then is ‘whether you will embrace it and live the life’?

The first point we discussed is to show that the whole of the scriptures primarily paints the image of Christ, even the work of the Holy Spirit is to point towards Christ (John 15:26). The reason for this is simple, nobody has ever seen or can see God because He is a Spirit. (John1:18, John 4:24, 1Timothy 6:16).
The exception to this is Christ, not only is Christ the exception, He is the exact image and perfect representation of the Father (Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1:3). So the clearer you see Christ, the better you see the image of the Father, His person and true nature. The reason why a lot of prayer is misdirected is because we do not know the person and true nature of God.

A
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV

B
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29 KJV

To the casual scholar of the word, reconciling John 3:16 and Romans 8:29 will be problematic. The first (John 3:16) says Christ is the only begotten Son, whilst Romans 8:29 says Christ is the firstborn among many brethren. Both are absolute truths that compliment each other.

The incarnate Christ as seen in the gospels is the original Seed or pattern after which we are formed. The incarnate Christ, as the only begotten, was crucified and buried but He rose as the Resurrected Lord or last Adam to give birth to the NEW CREATION. This was what the incarnate Christ was referencing in John 12:24. This explains 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Resurrected Christ became the first among many brethren. Colossians 1:18 describes Him as the Firstborn from the dead, because when He rose from the dead we rose with Him in the new birth. A seed of corn when planted (buried), brings forth multiple corn that are exact replica and of the same quality! (John 12:24).

“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,” Hebrews 2:10-11 KJV

Look at Hebrews 2:10-11, verse 11 says Christ that sanctifies and those that are sanctified (that is the New Creations) are one and the same, that is the reason why Christ is not ashamed to call us brothers because we now have the same Father. The only begotten has now made all of us begotten of God! The inferiority complex suffered by the church is self imposed. The Captain of our salvation says we are one, He gave birth to us. Ephesians 1:6 says we have been accepted in the beloved. God sees us in Christ. When you come to understand this, John 14:12 will make sense to you. It is important you grasp this, because your success or failure depends on it. This legitimises your approach to God as a son. This is the reason why we are called HEIRS of God, JOINT-HEIRS with Christ (Romans 8:17).
The reason why we struggle with the concept of faith is because we have not believed what we are and what we have!

As we close, I hope the picture is becoming clearer? The scriptures paint the image of Christ, so we can see the Father, His Image, likeness and Divine Nature. Christ, the risen Lord is the first of many brethren (the New Creation) and we are made in His image and joint-heirs with Him. I will pursue this point further in the next capsule and completely clear the cobweb.

CONCLUSION
CHRIST IS THE FIRST BORN AND WE ARE JOINT HEIRS WITH HIM

PS
I am persuaded that these truths will become commonplace in the near future, they cannot remain hidden, the whole creation is waiting for our unveiling. Be part of the move, link God's Pill to your social media sites.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk