Phil 3:8 'Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ'
Paul lost a great deal. He lost status, power, money, family and Jewish traditions. Living now by the hidden riches (COL2:2 ' ...in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge) of Christ in him, as his life, Paul preaches a NEW message to the NEW CREATION race. He himself said that he was the first to receive the “PATTERN” by which all new creatures birthed by the SEED of the Heavenly Father must live. 1 Tim 1:16 ‘Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in ME FIRST Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a PATTERN to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting’. The ‘PATTERN’ ensures that the SAME PERSON (Christ Jesus) is expressed through all those that follow Paul’s example.
Paul during his ministry experienced many trials as he was PRESSURISED by the Jews to conform the Gentile believers to accept the Law as part of their new faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit POWER revealed the Mystery (Secret) of the Father to him that His One Son would now be the life of all those that believe in Jesus Christ. He patiently endured with longsuffering towards those that were working against him as he brought to light his message of the 'Fathers Eternal Purpose'. POWER - WORD UNDER PRESSURE TO SHoW FORTH JESUS CHRIST.
Every morning I use the SAME COFFEE BEAN with my espresso machine to ensure the taste I enjoy most. Likewise, the SAME BEING (Christ), is expressed through our machine which is our body temple. The similar principle works the with my espresso machine – POWER, WATER UNDER PRESSURE TO SHoW FORTH COFFEE. Psalm 34:8 'Taste and see that the Lord is good'.
The goal of our instruction is LOVE. 1 Tim 1:5 ‘Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned’. The goal (Love of the Truth) is not success, health or earthly riches but the One Son Jesus Christ, being expressed through the body of the believer, by the soul/mind being renewed in knowledge (new info)
Col 3:10 ‘And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him’
THE FIRST ONE BIG LOSS IS YOUR VERY LIFE
MT 16:25 ‘For whosoever will save his life (a drip) shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it (an ocean). ’
Sometime after your NEW BIRTH you like Paul can testify to the loss of something by the mighty acting power of God IN YOU - working HIS wonders to perform. When Paul spoke of loss he was not talking about things he didn’t mind loosing, they were precious to him. Outer and more importantly the hidden things would stop the further education that the Father had in mind for Paul, so they had to go. The HIDDEN THINGS (Root causes) eventually come to the surface – good and evil fruit – so they can be enjoyed or destroyed. Fruit is a vine product not a branch product – the tree is to be recommended or to be blamed for the manifestation. Jesus cursed the evil tree of Good and Evil symbolised by the fig tree and it’s evil fruit. MK 11:14 ‘No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever.’
Blessed are those that eat of the Tree of Life for their fruit shall be sweet to the taste. ‘Taste and see that the Lord is GOOD’. When the roots are exposed from the wrong tree get your God given weapon, and put the AXE to the root of the tree. In other words cut the consciousness of the matter give it no thought whatsoever. Personally I can testify to the loss of “THE HOPE OF MY CALLING”. This was necessary if I was to go on in the things of the Christ-life - painful but necessary for in truth it's 'the hope of His calling' EPH 1:17
Afterwards Paul could say, “I do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” We see truly that ‘ALL THINGS (really do) work together for the GOOD’. The dung is used as fertiliser to increase your fruits of righteousness coming from the Tree of Life of which you a branch of. LIFE produces twelve fruits on a consistent basis. REV 22:2 ‘In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare TWELVE MANNER OF FRUITS, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.’
Now I do not advocate you giving up something (as in Lent which is a form of penance) for the sake of obtaining what we are discussing in this teaching. If I did this message would be the same as any other Law Teaching or Religious “doing”. If you do something yourself i.e. give away your money or title or some other outer thing, it is self-effort cloaked in the false humility category.
Col 2:18 ‘Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh’.
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