|Ephesians 1 |
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.
2 Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.1
4 Just as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy2 and without blame before him in love.
5 Having predestined us to be adopted as his children by Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he has made us accepted in the Beloved [Christ Jesus].
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the release from bondage of sin, according to the riches of his grace;3[Grace allows all men by inward faith to access God's heart and soul purifying power to become free of all sin; Jesus came to save us from our sins, not in our sins.]
8 In which he has lavished on us all manners of wisdom and understanding;
9 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself.
10 So that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together into one all things in Christ, both things that are in heaven and that are on earth.
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to his will.
12 That we, who first trusted in Christ, should be to the praise of his glory.
13 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,4
14 Which is the earnest [deposit guarantee] of our inheritance until the coming redemption with our full possession of the Spirit, to the praise of his glory.5 [You receive the Holy Spirit after a time of obedience, (Acts 5:32), to the Word within your heart, but you are still not redeemed. Redemption is still a coming event that occurs with the full possession of the Spirit, which is to possess the fullness of God and Christ to be a perfect man.]
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love to all the saints,
16 Do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17 So that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him,
18 By having the eyes of your understanding enlightened; so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places;
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come,
22 And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.
1 who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. To have experienced all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, one must be in the heavenly places; one must have been translated into the kingdom of Christ, as was Paul and others: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son, Col 1:13; and has raised us up together [with Christ], and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Eph 2:6.
2 We must be holy and blameless. You cannot be holy without your selfish, Satanic, human nature dying on the inward cross self-denial. For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but to holiness. 1 Thes 4:7. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Heb 12:14.
3 The original Greek for release from bondage of sin could be translated as release from bondage, forgiveness, or remission, of sin. Release from bondage of sin is far more accurate, and perfectly describes the purification necessary to avoid being banned from heaven. The cleansing of the Word, the cleansing in the Light, both attained by waiting on the Lord, listening, hearing, watching, and obeying — such cleansing is a release from the bondage of sin. But the poor souls, who were trying to translate the Bible, had not experienced release from bondage of sin within themselves, and so obviously chose to emphasize forgiveness or forgiveness and remission instead. Yet release from captivity, from the prison house, from the oppression, is what Christ said he came to do:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor [in Spirit]; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted [who mourn due to their slavery to sin], to preach release to the captives [of sin], and recovery of sight to the [spiritually] blind, to deliver [free] those who are oppressed [in slavery to sin], Luke 4:18-19
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound [in slavery to sin]; Isa 61:1-2
and for what Paul said Jesus sent him to the Gentiles to accomplish:
"I [Jesus] now send you, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, release from sin's slavery, and an inheritance among those who are purified by faith in me." Acts 26:17-18
Clearly forgiveness is not deliverance, recovery, healing, opening the prison, release, turned from power of Satan, — while release from the bondage of sin accurately describes all.
4 You first trusted in Christ. After you heard the word of truth, which is not hearing someone read the Bible; to hear the word of truth, is to hear the Spirit of Truth speaking to you. When he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth. For he will not speak of himself; but he shall only speak what he hears; and he will show you things to come. John 16:13. He will tell you of your coming salvation — and that will be good news indeed. In Eph 4:21, Paul qualifies hearing the word of truth's good news regarding your coming salvation, saying: Assuming you have actually heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. This supports the statement that you must be taught by the Holy Spirit himself. John tells us: 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 all things, and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide [remain] in him. 1 John 2:27.
and you were sealed with that Holy spirit of promise. When you seek to silently listen and obey the Lord, you will eventually be tested, to see if you are truly committed to obeying the truth, or if you love your lusts more. If you pass the test, you are given more of his Spirit; this is the seal of the Holy Spirit, or what is discussed on the web site as the Interim Reward. At this time you will also be told by God the very welcome news of your coming complete salvation.
5 the seal is the earnest deposit of our inheritance until the coming redemption with our full possession of the Spirit, to the praise of his glory. When the grace of God brings our salvation, the glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will then have redeemed us from all iniquity, purifying to himself a peculiar [special] people, zealous for good works [of love]. Tit 2:11-14. Notice! Even when you have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, after a time of obedience and testing, redemption is still a a coming event that occurs with the full possession of the Spirit, which is to possess the fullness of God and Christ to be a perfect man.
The day of redemption is when the Lord appears in glory to be resurrected within your heart and when you become a new creature. George Fox writes of when you are mortified, redeemed, sanctified, and justified, in his writing, The Great Mystery of the Great Whore Unfolded:
"a believer that is justified is a new creature, is past from the death which came by sin, and comes to enter into His rest, where there is no sin. He who is the sanctification, is the justification, and so by their sanctification are they justified; it is one and the same, what sanctifies, justifies....Men are justified by the believing, and in the faith and by the faith, and in believing they overcome, and have victory; and there are mortification, and sanctification, and redemption, and justification, all possessed together in the one, which is Christ, and this to the particular satisfaction. "
Clearly in the above, Fox is referring to the second stage of perfection.