Things “above our pay grade” is a popular expression for “who can know?” The “Mystery of Christ” is what the apostle Paul revealed per his own words.
Nicea in 325 A.D. saw the first congress of priests, the congress of baboons there, in reality, little different than our own Congress (of Baboons) in Washington D.C. The founders certainly had a sense of humor.
The definitions, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica (articles there written by credentialed academics with proper citing, so the articles can be used and cited by the professors who wrote it, quoted in papers, books, etc.) the need to define God and the gospel, academically, arose since the Roman church had become an institution.
Fact is, The Lord has gone to great length to remain “The Mysterious Creator.” I’m a doctor, lawyer, housewife, etc., is how we define ourselves. So we want God so defined. He defies definition. Appearing to Moses in the burning bush, Moses realizing he’d need to tell the Hebrews in Goshen, Egypt who sent him, Moses asked.
“I AM THAT I AM”
Defining one with that name is above my pay grade.
All we have is to ask him. He gives the answer he gives. He says to Job in Job 38: 4-7:
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?” (NIV)
He defies human definition, intentionally. So the Nicean counsel set out to define him. Brilliant! That eventually led to powerful dogma, stretching the prophylactic over the head of … you know. Then, they murdered others who would not bow to their dogma. These are facts of history, as also they wear purple, scarlet and gold, per Revelation 17. Read it.
Jesus walked as a man, he taught in parables, he healed the sick, the blind, the lame, raised the dead, cast out demons, and ended up saying abide in me and you will bear much fruit. Stating also it is the Father’s will you bear fruit.
The night before he was crucified he spoke to his disciples in John chapter 14-17 we find his last night and what John tells us he said.
John 14: 6,7:
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”” (NIV)
John 14: 9-11:
“Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” (NIV)
John 14: 15-21:
“If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (NIV) (Christ’s Promises)
A note here about Jesus’ commands and others operating above their pay grade:
John 14: 1: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” (Christ’s Command)
John 14: “You believe in God; believe also in me.” (Christ’s Command)
John 14: 23, 24:
“Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (NIV) (Christ’s Promise)
John 14: 25-27:
“All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Jesus explains about the Holy Spirit and reveals him as the advocate the Father sends in Jesus’ name. Then he speaks promises [Peace … .”] Then 2 commands of Christ:
Do not let your hearts be troubled … (Christs’ Command)
“Do not be afraid.” (Christ’s Command)
When Jesus said in John 14: “If you love me you will keep my commands” some among the peanut gallery turn over to Moses and start reading the stone tablet. Others go for the red letters usually partially reading or utterly misreading Matthew 5: 18, then the stone tablets. Worse yet these sometimes appoint themselves as heralds and read the stone tablets to others and in this DOGMA inform the world incorrectly. These many confusions are caused by men following the pattern of the original congress of baboons.
Experts lording it over others was a command of Christ also gave saying, “You shall not Lord it over one another like the Gentiles do.” (Command of Christ).
John 14: 29:
“I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.” (NIV)
John 15: 1-17:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other. (NIV)
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” (NIV)
[They were all martyred for this testimony except John]
John 16: 7-11:
“But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” (NIV)
John 16: 12-14:
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (NIV)
Jesus tells us here how his kingdom operates.
“In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” (NIV)
Why does God love you? Ephesians 2: 8-10:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)
John 17: 1- :
“After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them,for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one,Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am,and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” (NIV)
Being one with Jesus through his Spirit begins with “You must be born again.” Not endless repenting and improving your conduct to a better state of unacceptable imperfection. When you are born again the Spirit accomplishes God’s work in you as you are a new creation and become God’s workmanship. Not the preacher’s workmanship, not your own. God’s workmanship.
Chris Queen 2/1/2019. Please hit the Follow Key above and to the right for future updates. Please leave me your valuable comments below. Please get my books above or on Amazon etc.