I do hope and pray your understanding deepens with the words written in this book, and although written for the benefit of the reader, it is not written for the reader, but for God.
Even though the reader is a recipient and the audience of this book, this work has not been commissioned and undertaken for the reader, but for God.
With that in mind, I pray that the Lord will grant you even greater understanding than this book can provide.
In 2 Timothy 2:4-7 it says, no soldier on active duty entangles himself with civilian affairs, that he may please the enlisting officer. Anyone who competes as an athlete is not rewarded without competing legally. The farmer who labors should be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I am saying, and may the Lord grant you understanding in all things.M1
This work has not been written to seek the approval of readers, but of the commanding officer. In 2 Timothy 2:14 it says, remind them of these things, commanding them before the Lord that they not argue about words, which leads to nothing of value and to the destruction of those who hear them.M2
I do not wish that anyone argue about what is written in this book for the words that are written in 1 Corinthians 1:19-31 hold true. “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of this world foolish? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom. But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks. But to those who are called both Jews and Greeks, we preach Christ as the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For observe your calling, brothers. Among you, not many wise men according to the flesh, not many mighty men, and not many noble men were called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And God has chosen the base things of the world and things which are despised. Yes, and He chose things which did not exist to bring to nothing things that do, so that no flesh should boast in His presence. But because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, whom God made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”M3
I have not written this to boast about my wisdom for that would be vain and foolishness not to mention that it is not what we are called to be. Therefore, let us not argue about mere words but boast in the Divine wisdom of the Lord to keep knowledge hidden in plain sight. I am reminded of the phrase written in Ecclesiastes 12:6-8. Remember your Creator before the cord of silver is snapped, or the bowl of gold smashed, or the jar by the spring broken or the wheel at the cistern crushed.
The dust returns to the earth where it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
It is all vanity, says the Preacher; all is vanity.M4
There is no end to the number of books that can be written about the words in the Bible, and none can replace the fact, of what we are called to do, nor can it alter our duty and the duty of all humanity. The words from Ecclesiastes 12:10-14 should also be remembered.
And the Preacher sought to discover words of delight, and to write in uprightness words of truth.
The words of the wise are like goads, and the collected sayings are like firmly embedded nails, given by one shepherd. My son, beware of anything beyond these.
Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness to the flesh.
Now all has been heard. Let us hear the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.M5
God will bring every deed and works of humanity into judgment, this work is no exception. Let us therefore not harden our hearts or our minds but let our hearts become like those of little children.
For Jesus Himself said in Matthew 18:3, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”M6
It is when we become like children can we start our journey to understanding the secrets of the parables. In Mark 4:11-29 Jesus told them. “To you is given the secret of the kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, everything is said in parables, so that ‘seeing they may see, and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.’”
Then He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. These are those beside the path, where the word is sown. But when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word which is sown in their hearts. Others, likewise, are seed sown on rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness, but have no root in themselves, and so endure for a time.
Afterward, when affliction or persecution rises for the word’s sake, immediately they fall away. And others are seed sown among thorns, the ones who hear the word. But the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. Still others are seed sown on good ground, those who hear the word, and receive it, and bear fruit: thirty, sixty, or a hundred times as much.”
He said to them, “Is a candle brought to be put under a basket or under a bed and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hidden except to be revealed; neither is anything kept secret except to be proclaimed. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. The measure you give will be measured for you, and to you who hear will more be given. For to him who has will more be given. And from him who has not will be taken, even what he has.”
He said, “The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he does not know how. For the earth bears fruit by itself: first the blade, then the head, then the full seed in the head. But when the grain is ripe, immediately he applies the sickle because the harvest has come.”M7
Some of these parables and more will be discussed in these chapters so the fullness of the Gentiles can come in, and the hearts of Israel can be softened like that of a child. For until this occurs, God will patiently wait before He sends His son the second time. For in Romans 11:25 it is said, I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, lest you be wise in your own estimation, for a partial hardening has come upon Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.M8
I believe the “fog” is lifting, and the fullness of Gentiles is coming in. When we look to Habakkuk 2:14 we learn that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the seas.M9
The messages in these chapters will not be for everyone. For those that read these pages, it will cause you to reread not only what is contained in these pages, but also in the Bible.
In this manner, we can begin to understand the word of God and realize that which is hidden in plain sight.
How we read scripture should not be based on what we know, or what someone has said or even what someone has written, but with the Spirit of God so we can learn what is revealed to us.
Therefore, let us do with the scriptures what Mary did in Luke 2:19. Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.M10
To those that read these chapters, I ask that we put aside any of our pride, ego, and wisdom for a moment to become fools like those spoken about in 1 Corinthians 3:18-20.
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.”M11
If the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, then is our wisdom from this world or God?
Did we obtain our understanding from the council of mankind or the council of God?
Can mankind be like God?
Or is mankind ungodly?
Merriam-Webster defines ungodly as denying or disobeying God.MW1
For we know that mankind has disobeyed God and become ungodly.
Mankind was not made as God, but instead was made in the image and likeness of God and it was through disobedience that mankind became immoral.
For even those that believe in God, are ungodly because they have inherited ungodliness through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, and many still maintain their ungodliness through disobedience.
Therefore, let us be blessed by walking in righteousness and remember what is written in Psalm 1:1-6.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; its leaf will not wither, and whatever he does will prosper.
The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore, the ungodly will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly will perish.M12
Let us, therefore, be careful and not walk in the counsel of the ungodly for that is who we all are, but walk in the Spirit so that we become righteous and obedient.
The time has come, for the fullness of the Gentiles to do as it is stated in Galatians 5:16-26. Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. These are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are revealed, which are these: adultery, sexual immorality, impurity, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousy, rage, selfishness, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I previously warned you, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law. Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be conceited, provoking one another and envying one another.M13
For unless we begin to walk in the Spirt we will still be worldly, and as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:1-4.
Brothers, I could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to worldly, even as to babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk and not with solid food. For to this day you were not able to endure it. Nor are you able now, for you are still worldly. Since there is envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not worldly and behaving as mere men?M14
The time has come to put the divisions among us aside. The time for solid food begins. The time to stand firm as soldiers of Jesus Christ is here. It is the time for the fullness of Gentiles, for the army of God to stand and to stand firm. To stand together joined and united in Jesus Christ, for as it is written in 1 Corinthians 6:17, he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.M15
For it is the Spirit of God that brings wisdom. As you begin your journey through these chapters and discover mysteries revealed to you by the Holy Spirit; keep in mind these words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:6-16.
Yet we speak wisdom among those who are mature, although not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the ages for our glory.
None of the rulers of this age knew it. For had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit.
For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, except the spirit of man which is in him? Likewise, no one knows the things of God, except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God. These things also we proclaim, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things. Yet he himself is not judged by anyone. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.M16
The mind of Christ is hidden in the Bible, in parables, in the words of the prophets and in the spoken words of God. The time for the fullness of the Gentiles to have the mind of Christ is here. For the army of Jesus Christ has to stand firm, but the army does not stand alone, for the army is one in spirit with Jesus, and no soldier goes to war without armor.
Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, as the words in Ephesians 6:10-18 asks of you, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your waist girded with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, having your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace, and above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the fiery arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit always with all kinds of prayer and supplication. To that end be alert with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.M17
We have to remember that in Ephesians 1:7-10, we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight, making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself, as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Christ, which are in heaven and on earth.M18
I believe we are at the time where the fulfillment spoken about in scripture and the plan to unite everything in heaven and on earth under Jesus Christ is upon us.
The time for the FOG (Fullness of Gentiles) to stand and do the will of the Lord is here. Are you ready?
And are you prepared to stand?
If yes, then put on the full armor of God and stand firm, for the victory is already the Lords.