Eph. 5:27 That He may present it to himself a glorious church not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing.
This verse is better translated to present as himself, she is already presented to him holy and without blame, but she has not been presented as him to all the earth.
The church that is not being presented as him is the one who has the spots and wrinkles of an old covenant and an old man.
Eph.3;10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
7 Things about a Glorious church:
1—-Jesus is the builder of it. He builds from the inside out. God never starts anything he hasn’t already finished. In Exodus 25 in the Tabernacle of Moses, God started with his view from the most holy place then revealed ( disclosed ) His pattern to all the people.
2—Proverbs 7 is a description ‘or an allegory’ of a harlot church which can be defined as that which substitutes for the headship of Jesus Christ, not a particular denomination or group.
In contrast to this Proverbs 31 is a glorious church, a virtuous woman whose husband is made known in all the gates. The children rise up and call her blessed, the law of kindness is in her tongue not the law of wrath and judgment.
3—-The Glorious Church brings forth the seed in the earth meaning she bares the image or fruit of Christ in both character and ministry.
4—-The Glorious Church is relational not religious toward Jesus and toward one another.
5—-The Glorious Church is eternal. She is not a concubine until he can get to his true bride, she is not a Delta Dawn with her faded rose in her hand waiting for her lover to take her home, but she is the eternal wife of Jesus Christ.
6—-The Glorious Church has dominion in the earth not through violence, but through the overcoming Lamb of God shepherding the nations with his love, beauty and strength.
7—-The Glorious Church is a standard of divine justice for all men revealing God’s mercy, wisdom and forgiveness.
Scott Stimson Sr
1 Corinthians 15:44-46 (Amplified Bible)
44-It is sown a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body. [As surely as] there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.
45-Thus it is written, The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality); the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit [restoring the dead to life].(A)
46-But it is not the spiritual life which came first, but the physical and then the spiritual.
In Reality there has just been two men an old man and a new man.
The First Adam and the Last Adam: you may multiply these men by billions, but you will still have just two men.
To better understand this I have made this diagram:
The Cross is
The Old Creation is divided up into various religions black, white, red, yellow, male, female, Jew and Gentile.
The New Creation is (neither-nor) black nor white red nor yellow male nor female, Jew nor Gentile.
At the cross: Jesus brought an end to an old creation. He did not patch it up to make it better, but He ended it. He destroyed the devil, took away sin, then satisfied heaven. This is what it means to pass from death into life, from an Old Covenant of flesh into a New Covenant of Spirit.
I encourage you to begin to live in the reality of the New Creation by believing in the power of the cross, and accepting your death there.
Arise and possess His life and find the power of His resurrection.
Col. 3:1—–Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your heart on things above; where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
V-2—– Set your minds on things above; not on earthly things.
V-3—–For you died, and your life is now hid with Christ in God.
V-4—–When Christ who is our life appears, then we will also appear with Him in Glory.
Scott Stimson Sr.
It is not what we have done it is how we get up and move forward from what we have done. When we fail it is part of our journey, but not our destiny.
7 ways to recover through grace after we fail:
1—-Release yourself from your failures by turning away from them in your thinking, We belong to Him and we have no right to turn on nor accuse ourselves. God has favoured us based on His love for us not our failures.
2—- Think on achievements and draw strength from them whenever we have wronged others or hurt them by our decisions. We should take responsibility for our actions, make it right if possible and keep moving. We don’t have to live in bondage to the regrets of the past nor the worries of tomorrow.
3—-Understand that God’s ability is not limited to our failures. The simple truth is He is greater than our mistakes and failures.
4—-Don’t allow the failures of the past to define you. Our identity is in Christ; we are sons of God even if we don’t live or act like it.
5—-Wash yourself with the liberating truth of the Word of God concerning who you are in Christ and who He is in you. Refuse to listen to the old religious dragon in your mind or in someone else accusing you based on the old law of Moses.
6—-Thanksgiving is the cure for negativity. Understand that we have a right to praise Him in-spite of what we may have done in the place of defeat Praise Him!
7—-God knew we would fail before we did. When He made those promises to us He knew what we would do, he will use it now to work humility in us by teaching us to trust Him rather than ourselves.
Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. Eph. 4:29 Amp.
(This includes speaking to yourself)
Scott Stimson Sr.
In Luke 7:34-35 Jesus said that because He enjoyed life (J.B. Phillips translation), He was called a friend of tax-collectors and sinners; He answers this by saying wisdom will be vindicated by those who are the children of wisdom meaning that our life and our deeds will speak for themselves.
7 things we need to know about becoming a friend of sinners according to religious standards.
1——Understand that God’s purpose is not to get the world into the church, but the church into the world. The church that Jesus builds is the instrument of the kingdom of God in the earth.
( Mt.5:14-16 )
2——-Understand God’s ownership of the planet. The Earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof; the world and ALL they who dwell there in. Ps 24:1
3——- Understand the difference between separate and separated. We can be separate from the world without being separated (2 Cor.6:17) When we are delivered from the world, that is from its control and binding influence we can than be sent to the world. (Acts 26:17)
4——-See them as already saved and love them in their present condition not trying to change them or manipulate them into what we want them to do or be, but show them Jesus by showing them mercy. (Epe.2:4-5)
5——-By identifying with them as Jesus identified with us, then showing them respect, anyone we don’t respect will be repelled from our life those we do respect we will draw. (Jn.8:3-11)
6——-By knowing the power of God over all flesh; light is greater then darkness, life is greater then death. Be a people lifter give them hope and help! (Jn.3:17)
7——-By learning to communicate with people who don’t think, talk, or act like us,maybe they are not religious, but they are probably blinded by religion “Note” The entire book of Esther was written without any reference to God yet He is found all through the book.
Scott Stimson Sr
A Prophetic People ~
A prophetic people are not known by much prophesying, visions, dreams, and predictions, although all of these may accompany a prophetic people, their focus is on Christ and His Kingdom.
Proverbs 29:18(a) — Where there is no vision (prophetic revelation), the people perish (cast off restraint). The context of this passage has to do with child rearing — Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your heart.
This helps us to see beyond the un-disciplined nature of a child and into the beauty of a mature son. Prophetic revelation will keep us on course and moving forward in the right direction individually and corporately.
7 Attributes Of A Prophetic People —
(1) — They re-present Jesus to the nations — The nations have had a view of Jesus that is marred by religion and tradition, yet they have not seen Him in grace and truth.
(2) — They make known the heart of the Father — His heart is for His children, and to make His Glory known throughout the whole earth.
(3) — They have a limitless vision — As it was said to Abraham, “look in all directions, and as far as you can see, I have given it to you.”
(4) — They are a people of passion, not casual-ism — casual-ism is the doctrine that ‘chance prevails in all things’. We don’t live by chance, but our pursuit is the Person and Principles of Jesus.
(5) — They live by the New Covenant faith of Jesus — His faith has already defeated every enemy we could ever face includingdeath.
(6) — They are a people of rest living from the finished work of Christ — The battle we are in, He has already won, and we now live out of His victory and come to rest in what is His death, burial, and resurrection.
(7) — They are obsessed with His presence — In His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand, there are pleasures forevermore. There is nothing on earth that compares to the presence of God filling our mind, emotions, and will.
Scott Stimson Sr.
Heb. 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
The above scripture points out that those in Christ Jesus have already been perfected through the work of the cross. (We are now a perfect people in an imperfect life)
Christ is the perfect one in us He is the perfect father, mother, child, employer, employee, leader, worshiper etc…. He is all and in all living out His will in our lives.
Many today struggle with being a perfectionist while they are really seeking to be a person of excellence.
A perfectionist—————————–A person of excellence
1—Sets standards beyond reach and reason.—— Sets high standards that make them stretch.
2–Is never satisfied by anything less than perfection—————–Learn’s to enjoy the journey as well as the outcome.
3.–Sees mistakes as evidence of unworthiness——————— Sees mistakes as opportunities for growth and learning.
4–Becomes dysfunctional, and depressed when they experience failure—–They bounce back quickly with energy and vision.
5–Can become overly defensive when criticized———————————Welcomes criticism and responds positively.
6–Is preoccupied with fear of failure and disapproval——————————Uses fear of failure to create motivation.
7-Becomes very angry when things do not go as expected —– —————-Re-position’s themselves to become more effective.
Scott Stimson Sr.
We have many in the Body of Christ who aspire to be an Apostle thinking that it will give them some special place of honor, much like the CEO or leader of a business, while even insisting that they be referred to by the title.
While we should give honor to whom honor is due there is something out of place when it has to be demanded, simply said the example of a true Apostle is laid out in scripture and also history for us all to see.
Signs of an Apostle:
2 Cor.12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds. NKJ
(1) All patience or perseverance—-My definition of patience is… “Being filled with confidence that God is in control no matter how things appear”…
“Patience is the willingness to give up immediate pleasure for long time gain”…..
“Patience is postponing our desire until the proper time”.
Perseverance…. “Continuing forward in-spite of disappointing set backs and on going opposition”.
(2) Signs Wonders and Mighty deeds —- In reading the book of Acts signs and wonders accompanied the apostles, they were not limited to just people falling under the power and laughing or a few minor healing’s.
True Apostles like this were powerful enough that they could not be ignored or explained away; they either brought a revival or a riot they changed entire cities making religious and political leaders to tremble where ever they would go.
Rom 15:18– For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me in word or in deed to make the Gentiles obedient.
19– in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illiyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
True apostolic ministry is not about recruiting sons to take care of them or looking for the praise of men it is not about more money or prestige, but true apostolic ministry is being willing to spend and be spent
It is about being counted as the off scouring while giving thanks to God for the honor of suffering for His names sake, it is about being a parent that lays up for their children, not the children for the parents, it is about dying daily so others can live, it is through this kind of ministry that the true signs of an apostle are accomplished.
Scott Stimson Sr.
(1) When beginning a new relationship never ignore warning signals… example: disrespect for you or your family, rudeness toward others or gossip — if they will gossip to you they will gossip about you. “gossip means malicious intent”
(2) You should never have to change who you are in order to be liked, on the other hand we should always improve upon ourselves to improve our lifestyle.
(3) We should be able to disagree on issues and ideas without damaging the relationship.
(4) Real relationships should never be forced (through control or manipulation) they should be built through love and mutual respect through the test of time and difficulty.
(5) Beware when it is all one-sided when the conversation’s are always about them. When they make a conscious attempt to convince you of their own success or if they are the center of attention, but have no real interest in you or your wishes could be toxic.
(6) It will not be political in nature which is simply self serving, for money, popularity, or to fill a rejection need.
(7) God will bring people into our lives who help equip and balance us they are leaders, some are spiritual parents, and mentors in where we need to grow, they will not change who they are to fit us they will have to be pursued by us and God will make the changes in us through His grace.
Scott Stimson Sr.