The Missing Cross to Purity

The Mystery..Christ in You the Hope of Glory
Whom we preach, warning every man,
and teaching every man in all wisdom,
so that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

Col 1:27-28

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There are five major steps and measures of Christ in you:

I. The first measure of Christ is the Light, Christ, that is in all men that come into the world. Everyone also has the Holy Spirit of God, because it was poured out on all mankind at Pentecost, (Acts 2:14-21), and the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to benefit all, 1 Cor 12:7 . His Spirit is chained down, subject to your selfish spirit that rules you; you drag him through all your sin and filth throughout your life. This seed of God is waiting to be sought, listened to, and obeyed —which causes growth. From the seed of Christ, which is chained down within a man, Christ must increase, while the rebellious spirit of man decreases —until finally Christ appears within a man, to be seen, to be witnessed, to bring salvation, to bring the Kingdom, to bring glory to the purified believer. This seed, light, or spirit of God is your talent, which must be improved in this life; if you fail to grow it, in the next life the small measure of Christ in you is taken away from you and given to another who has improved their talent, while you are cast into outer darkness as a wicked and unworthy servant, (where in spirit without body or soul you learn the hard way about God vs. man, sin vs. righteousness, love vs. lust, light vs. darkness, obedience vs. rebellion, pride vs. humility). Step I is the seed of God in you, chained down.

The deficit sects look to an outward God in a far-off heaven, and heed the words of the Bible instead of the Light and Word (Christ) within them. The early Quakers preached Christ within, and the Protestants severely persecuted them; yet what they preached was plainly stated throughout the Bible, as below:

Am I not a God at hand," says the Lord, "and not a God far away? Jer 23:23

What? Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. 1 Cor 6:19

So that they should seek the Lord, and perhaps might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from every one of us. For in him we live and move, and have our being,  Acts 17:24-28

I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 2 Cor 6:16, Lev 26:12

One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Eph 4:6

My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in you. Gal 4:19

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 1 Cor 3:16

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, Eph 3:17

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles:
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Col 1:27

Because what may be known of God is revealed in them, for God has shown it to them. Rom 1:19

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared
with the glory which will be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18

Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove yourselves. Do you not know yourself, that Jesus Christ is in you — unless you are reprobates [tested, rejected]? 2 Cor 13:5

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another [with words from Christ in your hearts] in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. C0l 3:16

But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ [to rule a man as his king, doing His will], he is none of his.
And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is your life because of righteousness. Rom 8:9-10

God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, "Abba, Father." Gal 4:6

But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. 1 John 2:27

If a man abides in me, and I in him, he produces much fruit: love, joy, peace (quietness and confident trust forever), patience (including longsuffering, steadfastness, and perseverance), kindness (including morality and integrity), goodness, faith, gentleness (including meekness and humility), and self-control (mastery of sensual appetites, passions, and desires). John 15:5-6, Gal 5:22-23
When you bear (produce or bring forth) much fruit, my Father is honored and glorified, and you show that you are truly my disciples [true followers]. John 15:8

To seek God and find him, (to see him within), is the whole purpose of life. He [God] has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the allotted times and the boundaries of their habitation; so that they should seek the Lord, and perhaps might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from every one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in you all. Acts 17:26-28, Eph 4:6

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 cor 4:6

The deficit sects are just like the Pharisees, who had the scriptures, but who did not hear God or see God, and so rejected Jesus — as Jesus said in John 5:37-40:

And the Father himself, who has sent me.. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form.
And you do not have his word abiding in you; for you do not believe him whom he has sent.
You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are those that testify of me.
But you will not come to me, that you might have life.
(Come — not to sect services, not to prayer meetings, not to altar calls — but come directly to him, by silently waiting on him, listening for his voiced commands and teachings.)]

The deficit sects reject the Jesus within us, waiting for us to seek him so he can teach us, so he can love us, so he can save us, so he can unite with us to be an entirely new creature. Now if, as scripture tells us, God and Christ abide in a man, of course Christ can lead us to salvation. And what would you rather depend on for a guide and a teacher: a book, or a living, all powerful, perfect, merciful, all knowing God —who promises to lead us into all truth, to teach us all things, to show us the way, to guide us, to let us see with his eyes — but to be taught, we must humbly approach him as a sinner and be quiet so we can listen and hear.

God does not teach us from a book. Man teaches that way. God teaches us by revelation, by his word and light in our hearts: Because that which may be known of God is revealed in them; for God has shown it to them. Rom 1:19. And yes, at the end of your journey to God, he will show you the events of the scriptures —mark show, not describe, not read to you, not tell you about them, show; and then you will fully understand the scriptures as well as the mysteries of godliness.

"The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil." (George Fox)

II. When we believe the hope of the gospel, we begin to seek God. We may read the Bible to the point we have it memorized, but we are still right where we started, just with more knowledge about him, not of him. We are still in the flesh, still with our carnal minds which are enmity to God, with a faith in the historical accuracy of Jesus' life. Just the belief in his name is enough for us to be able to access the grace of God.  But to receive this changing, purifying grace, we must: come to him, listen to him, and obey him. When we hear Him, or see what He shows us, and we obey Him because we believe who is communicating with us to be the Son of God, we have received Christ, and having received Him, we are granted the power or right to become a Son of God. From the Word of the Lord within: "When you are sure that he who is speaking to you is Christ, you have received Him." Now we have laid the sure foundation of faith that will survive the storms to come, (for those determined to live a godly life will meet with persecution.)

  1. Romans 10:8,17
    “‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,’ that is, the word of faith which we preach
    . Rom 10:8
    . “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” Rom 10:17,
      Faith comes by hearing the word of God speak from within your heart.
      When you hear the word from within your heart, your faith will grow by leaps and bounds.

  2. Luke 6:47-8
    Whoever comes to me, and listens to my spoken words and does [practices, obeys] them,
    I will show you what he is like:
    He is like a man who built a house, and dug deep and laid the foundation securely built on a rock; and when the flood arose, the torrent beat violently upon that house, but could not shake it because it was founded on a rock.
    But he who merely hears and does not practice doing My words is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great.
  3. 1 John 2:27
    But the anointing that you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, you abide in him.
      [In Matthew 23:8-10, Jesus says, for you have one teacher, the Christ. Notice Jesus did not say, "I am your teacher." He said, "the Christ;" Christ means the anointing or with God's spirit. So Jesus is telling them that the anointing, or the spirit of God, is their one teacher. Now John is telling us the same thing: the Christ, the anointing, the Spirit of God, is your teacher, and you need no man to teach you. When you have the anointing, you have the truth. When you have the anointing, you have the Spirit of Jesus in sufficient measure to be guided in what to say and what to do.]

  4. Rom 8:13
    For if you live according to the flesh [the sinful nature], you will die; but if through the Spirit you mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body, you will live.

  5. Colossians 3:5
    Therefore mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body that are of the earthly life: fornication, impurity, inordinate affections, evil lusts of the flesh, and covetousness, which is idolatry

  6. Ephesians 4:22
    Strip yourselves of your former nature that controlled your conduct, which corrupts itself through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;

  7. 1 Pet 1:4
    By which exceedingly great and precious promises are given to us, that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

  8. 2 Corinthians 7:1
    Therefore having these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

  9. Rev 3:20
    Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
    If any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me.
      [He stands at the door of everyone's heart knocking for their entire life, waiting for them to listen.
      Notice he says if you hear my voice, (not someone reading the Bible, not an altar call),
      if after you hear his voice, if you open the door —by acknowledging his voice as the Son of God — receiving him with honor,then, and only then, he will come in give you food and eat with you.

      And where is in? It isn't church, it isn't your house, it isn't Bible study —he comes into your HEART!
      Inside our hearts is where all the changes have to take place. The Spirit has to circumcise our hearts to make us pleasing to him, making a new heart, giving us a new mind, giving us new deeds and words, making us a new creature
      until then you, the old fleshly creature, has to die, on the cross, the inward cross of self-denial in your heart.
      This is true inward religion —not outward observances of water, wine, baptisms, singing, sermons, prayer groups, etc.,
      which are all the ritual works of the unredeemed, unchanged, fleshly man. — God must be worshiped in Spirit and Truth.

      Stephen Crisp, an early Quaker who dwelled in the kingdom, wrote: "This never happens to anybody so long as the table and heart is foul; for the table must be clean, and the devil and sin thrown out, and then will the Lord confirm and ratify, and seal the covenant; so that here is a seal with a witness. When a man has this testimony of the love of God, that God is reconciled to him in Christ, then Christ will come in, and he will bring his Father, and they will sup with him; and this is what will give complete satisfaction to such a soul."]

  10. Eph 4:21
    Assuming you have actually heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus.

  11. John 14:17
    the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him, nor knows him; but you know him because he dwells with you [now] and shall be in you [soon] .

  12. 2 Cor 4:10 -11
    Always bearing about in the [our] flesh the same death
    [of the inward cross] of the Lord Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

    For we who live are constantly progressing to death
    [crucifying the old man] for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus might be revealed in our mortal flesh. [As our selfish spirit, the old man, dies on the inward cross of self-denial, Jesus increases in us, like bread is leavened.]

  13. Rom 1:19
    Because what may be known of God is revealed in them for God has shown it to them.

    (Paul is saying, whatever is to be learned about God is to be revealed in a man's heart by revelation.)

  14. Eph 3:20
    Now to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us
  15. Mark 4:24-5
    Take heed what you hear. With what measure you use, it will be measured to you — to you who hear, more will be given.

  16. John 6:27
    Do not labor for food that perishes, but [instead labor] for the food that endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you; for God the Father has authorized and certified him with his seal.

  17. John 6:51,63
    I am this Living Bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever;
    and also the Bread that I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).
    The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:51,63

  18. 1 John 2:5
    But whoever obeys his spoken words, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

  19. Rom 7:15
    I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Rom 7:15.

Here we become cognizant of our lack of control over our own emotions and passions, as Paul's first described condition of all new believers: I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Rom 7:15. While listening and watching, he begins teaching you, encouraging you, assuring you, and making changes in you. As you wait, watch, listen, hear, and obey — his words cause the seed to grow within you.

III. When he deems you ready, you enter tribulation. This is part of the cross, to destroy the sinful nature within you through suffering. This produces patience, forgiveness, faith, long-suffering, trust, humility, and even hope; for even pain can be reassuring of his love: "Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me, Psa 23:4. The full soul loathes a honeycomb; but to the hungry [seeking] soul every bitter thing [tribulation and chastening] is sweet. Pro 27:7. This is the Ministry of Condemnation that destroys the carnal mind, which is enmity against God. For it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be. Rom 8:7
From George Fox's Letter 58: "The teachers without exalt the carnal mind, but the teacher within destroys it."
From the word of the Lord within: "Trust him. He will lead you and watch over you continually. He will never leave you."

  1. 1 Peter 1:4-7
    To an inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved for you in heaven,
    Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
      [Notice! While you patiently wait for your salvation, you are being kept by the power of God; this verse is strong testimony against Christianity's false, instant salvation.]
    In that greatly rejoice though it is necessary to suffer a few griefs now through various trials,
      [Tribulation and trials are grievous, painful, distressing. Various trials are necessary to rid you of you sinful nature.]
    So that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tried with fire, might result in praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
  2. 1 Pet 4:1-2
    Therefore, since Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same mind because he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin,
    so that you should not live the rest of your time in the flesh in the lusts of men, but [live] to the will of God.
  3. Luke 8:13
    Those on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; but they have no root. And although they believe for awhile, in time of testing [with affliction and persecution] they fall away.
  4. Rev 1:9
    I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, in the kingdom, and patient endurance in Jesus Christ, was on the isle called Patmos, because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

  5. Act 14:22
    Strengthening the souls of the disciples and warning and exhorting them to stand firm in the faith; saying that it is through many trials and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God
  6. Matthew 13:20-21
     And he who received the seed into stony places, the same is he who hears the word [spoken by the Spirit], and quickly with joy receives it;
      [There is no joy in hearing someone read the Bible, but when you hear the Lord speak to you, you have great joy!] ]
    Yet has he no root in himself, but endures only for awhile; for when tribulation or persecution rises because of the word, he is eventually offended.
  7. 2 Thes 1:4
    So that we ourselves speak proudly of you to the churches of God because of your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure

  8. Matthew 24:21,29,34
    21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
    29Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
    34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
  9. 1 Thes 3:4
    For truly, when we were with you, we told you that we would suffer tribulation; even as it has now happened, as you know.

  10. Job 5:19
    He shall deliver you in six troubles; yes, in seven no evil shall touch you.
  11. Rom 5:3
    And not only so, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation works patience

  12. 2 Corinthians 1:4
    Who comforts us in all our tribulation, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

  13. Rom 8:35
    Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

  14. Romans 12:12
    Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation;

  15. John 16:33
    In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

  16. 1 Peter 4:12-13
    Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial, which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice, since you are partakers of Christ's sufferings, so that when his glory is revealed, you may be glad with exceeding joy.

  17. Rom 8:18
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us.

  18. Hebrews 12:6-8
    For the Lord disciplines the one whom He loves, and scourges every son whom He accepts. Endure your trials with suffering as a discipline [not punishment, but training from God to improve your virtue]; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom the father does not discipline? But if you are without chastisement discipline, of which all [true sons of God] must share, then you are illegitimate, and not sons.

  19. Heb 13:13
    Let us then go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his shame, contempt, and abuse.

  20. Luke 22:31
    Then the Lord said, "Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has demanded to have all of you, that he might sift you like grain.

  21. Rom 12:1
    I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service and worship.
  22. 2 Timothy 2:12
    If we suffer, we will also reign with him.

  23. 1 Peter 5:9
    Resist him [the devil], standing fast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by all your brothers in the world.

  24. 2 Timothy 3:12
    All who are determined to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

  25. Hebrews 12:11
    Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are tried by it.

  26. 1 Peter 4:16-19
    Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous are scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Therefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

  27. Matthew 5:10
    Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

IV. After you have suffered sufficiently, Christ tests you. Passing the test(s), you receive as reward, the next measure of Christ. This occurs, having put to death the great majority of the sinful nature by aid of the Spirit, until you are led by the Spirit and assured of salvation to come with the Return of Christ. And the sin gets less and less as we await the return of Christ in his glory with his Kingdom. This is further discussed in the Interim Reward. This is the step where you are sealed with the Holy Spirit; the earnest deposit of more to come. You will hear him tell you, " an open door that has been placed before you that no one can shut." Tribulation and suffering continues, even after you have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. As you remain obedient to the words you hear Christ speak to you, you will later be led out of darkness to light; the Morning Star rises (comes into being) in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19

  1. Eph 1:12-13
    That we, who first trusted in Christ, should be to the praise of his glory. In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation; in whom after you believed, you were also sealed with the holy Spirit of promise.
      [This is to hear God [the word of truth] tell you, in whom you believed, the good news of your coming salvation. This scripture speaks of the interim reward of seeking; like when you hear the Lord say to you, "I have placed before you an open door which no one can shut," Rev 3:8, and when you receive a measure of his Spirit; the sealing, (or earnest deposit) of the true baptism to come.

      Notice: 1) he says this sealing has been long-promised, long awaited, after you have first believed, and 2) you have heard from God himself of your coming salvation.]

  2. 2 Cor 5:5
    God, who also has given to us the earnest [down payment] of the Spirit

  3. 2 Cor 1:22
    Who has also sealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

  4. Acts 5:32
    the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.

  5. Ephesians 4:30
    And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed to the day of redemption.
      [Notice. First you have to be obedient to the commands heard from the Lord.
      Then you will receive the seal of the Holy Spirit, which is the down payment of the final reward;
      Until the day of redemption, when you receive the fullness of Christ; you are purified, you are redeemed from all iniquity, Christ appears in your heart, you receive deliverance from sin (salvation), and you enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
      Note! This is a journey of spiritual progress, which ends in redemption and salvation.]

  6. 1 Pet 2:2
    Yearn like newborn babies for pure, spiritual milk so that you may grow up to salvation.

  7. Rom 13:11
    Now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

  8. Phil 2:12
    Continue to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

  9. Rom 8:24-25
    For we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he has already seen? But if we hope for that we do not yet see, then we wait for it [salvation] with patient endurance.

  10. 2 Cor 2:15
    For we are the sweet aroma of Christ unto God, to those who are being saved.

  11. Heb 3:14
    We are made partakers of Christ, if we hold firm the beginning of our confidence to the end.

  12. Heb 10:36
    For you need endurance in order to do God’s will, so that after you may receive the promise.

  13. Heb 6:11-12
    We desire that every one of you show the same diligence in realizing the full assurance of hope to the end.
    So that you are not slothful, but followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

  14. 1 Thes 5:8
    But let us, who are to be of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.

  15. 1 Cor 1:18
    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved the cross is the power of God.

  16. 2 Cor 7:10
    Godly sorrow produces repentance that leads to salvation.

  17. Rom 6:6
    Knowing this, that our old man is crucified that the body of sin might be destroyed, so that we no longer be slaves to sin.

  18. 2 Pet 1:19
    Also [like we heard God's voice from heaven on the mount] we have the steady prophetic word [the word in your heart]; to which you do well to pay attention, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star [Jesus] rises in your hearts;

  19. 2 Pet 1:5-8
    For this very reason, make every effort [the maximum possible], to add to your faith, virtue [excellence]; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance [or patience]; and to perseverance, godliness; And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if these things are in you and abound, you will neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  20. Gal 5:22-23
    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace (quietness and confident trust forever), patience (including longsuffering, steadfastness, and perseverance), kindness (including morality and integrity), goodness, faith, gentleness (including meekness and humility), and self-control (mastery of sensual appetites, passions, and desires).

  21. Gal 4:19
    My little children, for whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in you

  22. Eph 3:16
    hat he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man

  23. Col 1:27
    To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory
  24. Heb 9:28
    To those who persistently and patiently wait for him he will appear the second time, not to bear sin, but to bring full salvation.

  25. 1 John 3:2-3
    Beloved, now we are to be sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we will be, but we know that when He is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.
    And every man who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He [Jesus] is pure

  26. Col 3:4
    When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

  27. John 14:20-24
    And Jesus answered and said to him, "If a man loves me, he will obey my spoken words; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him.
    [home in the heart of those who obey]
    He who doesn't love me, does not obey my spoken words;
    In that day
    [when he appears in you] you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

  28. John 14:3, 17:15,24
    I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:3 I do not pray that you take them out of the world, but that you should protect them from the evil. John 17:15
      So, Jesus wants to keep us in the world, but to protect us from evil, while in the world — to be sanctified.
    Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am,
    so they may behold my glory, which you have given me. For you loved me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24

V. The next step in Christ is when he returns in glory with his Father to establish his Kingdom in your heart; you are translated into his kingdom, (paradise). We reach Paul's final state he describes in Galatians: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. At this stage you are freed from sin, which was Adam's state before he fell. Here you have peace with God and a pure fellowship in the Spirit with your fellow believers, Christ, and the Father. In this state you are like Adam, capable of falling to temptation if you do not watch carefully; but you have power to resist, and when you show your faithfulness, you go beyond the state of Adam to union with Christ and to sit down in Christ, who never fell. (Many of the New Testament letters were written in warning to those freed from sin, but still capable of becoming entangled in sin again.) This is the completion of  your salvation — salvation from the world, the evil in the world, sanctification, separation, the state of no longer being capable of falling to temptation. We are with Christ in our consciousness, sight, and awareness. When in union, you are able to do the will of your Father who is in heaven. Now you are a true Christian, able to fulfill the purpose of becoming a Christian: to be an instrument of righteousness in the hand of God, dedicated to performing perfect works of righteousness that bring honor, glory, and pleasure to God:

  1. Tit 2:14
    Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity [lawless deeds, sin], and purify for himself a people who are his very own, zealous for good works.

  2. Eph 2:10
    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has ordained before that we should walk in [doing good works].

  3. Heb 13:20-21
    Now the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you what is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever.

  4. Col 1:10
    That you might walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing in all things, being fruitful in every good work.

  5. Mat 5:16
    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

  6. John 3:21
    But he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [formed and powered] through God.

  7. Phil 2:13
    For it is God who brings forth in you, both the will (to work) and the works (as commanded), according to his good pleasure.

  8. 2 Tim 2:21
    Therefore if a man purges himself from the latter, [iniquity, lawlessness, sin] he will be a vessel of honor, sanctified and ready for the master's use, and prepared for every good work.

  9. Eph 2:5-6
    And when we were dead in our sins, He brought us to life in union and fellowship with Christ; it is through grace that you are saved;
    And has raised us up together [with Christ], and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
  10. 1 John 4:4
    You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is he who is in you, than he who is in the world.

  11. Rom 7:4
    Therefore, my brothers, you also became dead to the law through the living body of Christ in you, so that you could be married to another, and raised from the dead to bear fruit to God.

  12. John 15:5,8
    If a man abides in me, and I in him, he produces much fruit..
    When you bear (produce or bring forth) much fruit, my Father is honored and glorified

  13. Gal 4:6
    because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

  14. Gal 5:24
    Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh [the sinful nature] with its passions and desires [lusts and affections].

  15. Gal 2:20
    I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life, which I now I live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

  16. 2 Cor 4:6
    For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
      [The glory of the invisible God is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.]

  17. 1 John 3:6
    Whosoever abides [lives] in him does not sin;

  18. Revelation 21:3
    And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

  19. 1 John 3:8-9
    He who commits sin is of the devil, for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works [sin] of the devil.
    Whoever is born of God does not commit sin, for his seed [Jesus] remains in him; and he cannot sin because he is born of God.

  20. 1 John 5:18
    We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but God protects the one he has fathered, and the wicked one does not touch him.

  21. Romans 6:4
    Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

  22. Col 2:11-12
    In whom you also will be circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision performed by Christ, buried with him in baptism [of death] , in which you will be risen with him through your belief in the operation of God, who has raised him from the dead.

  23. Col 3:1
    If then you will be raised with Christ, seek those things that are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God.

  24. Col 1:12
    Giving thanks to the Father, who will make you fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
  25. Heb 2:11
    For both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified [not in-process, but completed] are all of one; for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

  26. John 17:21
    So that they all may be one as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be one in us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that you have sent me.

  27. Eph 5:30
    For we are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones.

  28. 1 Cor 6:17
    But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
      [Jesus in Spirit; so to be joined to the Lord is to be one spirit with him.]

  29. Col 1:13
    Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son;
  30. Rom 6:22
    But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God,
    you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life.

  31. Luke 1:74
    That he would grant to us, that being delivered out of the hand of our enemies we might serve him without fear,
    In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

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