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So you may ask, “What does all this have to do with the Incarnation?” Much every way! Remember that the incarnation is a “bodily manifestation of a supernatural being.” The incarnation was not finished with the earthly body of Jesus, but is made manifest in His brethren, all those who possess the mark of the Spirit of God! 2 Corinthinans 4:6-7 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us! We personally share i the incarnation of Christ in our flesh! 2 Corinthians 4:10-11 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”
My friends! A true understanding of the incarnation will open the scriptures to us in a wonderful way! There are numerous references to the mysteries of the gospel, kingdom, God, Christ, godliness, and faith. A proper understanding of the incarnation will help to unlock these mysteries for us. The New Testament writers declare these mysteries to us with the intent that these mysteries will be solved, and that we will understand!
Here are some scriptures that reference the mysteries:
Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God.
Romans 11:25 For I would not brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery.
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: god was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Colossians 1:26-27 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Romans 16:25-26 Now to him that is of power to stablish yo according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according t the revelation of the mystery , which was kept secret since the world began, But is now made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according t the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.
1 Corinthians 2:7-11 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which now of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heat of man, the things which god hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of god knoweth no man, but the spirit of God.
Friends, what wonderful and beautiful truths are revealed to us by God, through Jesus by His Spirit! As it says in Colossians 1:27, we can know the glory of this mystery, CHRIST IN US, the hope of glory!
This makes clear the scripture in 1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard it should come; and even now it is already in the world.
It is clear that we must reject any system that does not put Christ clearly at the head. The agenda of a misplaced view of the incarnation is power, because it detracts from the individual connection with Christ and gives it to a corporate body instead. You need to keep Christ at arm’s length from humanity in order to maintain control. This was the error of the Jewish leaders in Christ’s day. God’s dwelling place is no longer a corporate body or nation but in the INDIVIDUAL heart. We do not access Christ through the church or an earthly priest because Christ is now our personal high priest forever. This is more easily understood when we contemplate our personal desire to change things in the lives of our children or fellow believers. We have a tendency to want them to conform to the church and to do it right now. The pressure is from “us” and is legal in nature as opposed to spiritual. We don’t experience this pressure from God.
If you elevate Christ by giving him a divine body only, instead of melding the divine with the human, you have nullified the work of Christ in showing us mortals that we indeed can overcome sin if we are indwelt by His Spirit. He set the example. He had a human body that was indwelt from birth by the Spirit of His Father, and we have a human body that is indwelt by the same Spirit after our new birth. This phenomenon began on the day of Pentecost. The Old Testament required the corporate body with all its rituals, and an individual had to access God through the very human priesthood. If you place the light (candlestick) over the corporate body instead of the individual, you create a double headed creature. You now have to find Christ twice, once in yourself, and once in the church, to experience the assumed blessing of completeness. You now have to align two dwelling places for God. In essence you are combining the Old Testament with the New.
This does not negate finding Christ in fellowship, rather it enhances and brings more glory to the corporate experience! Keeping the sacraments and blending our lives becomes a natural out-pouring of the inner light. We cannot help but speak and act on those thins we have seen and heard.
In 1st and 2nd John we read that he who says that Christ is not come in the flesh is antichrist. It seems organized religion in general (organized by man) has at least some element of antichrist. Organized religion wishes to assume the role of Christ for the individual believer by saying it needs to prove whether or not an individual is saved. The scriptures teach us in Romans 8:16 THE SPIRIT ITSELF beareth witness with OUR spirit that we are the children of God. The tongue of fire sits on the individual, not on the corporate body. We do not need to be proved by men to see if we are God’s children. This proving is given by the Spirit itself and is manifested by the Spirit to teach each other in the kingdom of God by the LIGHT possessed by the individual! The light in a church is only as bright as that light which the individual members possess. Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men or God? or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
1 John 2:20-28 But he have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him: that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
Romans 8:1-18 There is therefore now no condemnation them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk after not after the flesh but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. for ye have not received the Spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.