- Religion and Philosophy
Cords of many colours - part two
The dream was vivid and more expansive than I suggested in the first hub, I do not know how long it lasted, nor can I remember all of it, just a tiny piece, which was playing when I heard 'remember this' and consequently could and did when I awoke.
For a couple of days I pondered what the mean was if anything, then I wrote hub one when I began to see things, but it was too fast and there was more to come, so I thought to write this hub and add what is missing, if I can.
I wrote that the dream showed droplets of water; all different colours, and they blended with other droplets to form streams of the same shades and hue, fortunately all the colours I saw were pastel shades, which I recognised as being more benign than strong primary colours in some aspect.
As these streams ran alongside under and around other streams, they had colour crossover where they met, so a lilac cord would briefly show orange as a yellow cord passed over or aside it overlapping.
I saw church bodies of all the different denominations where they had touched and conjoined briefly over the generations, before separating again to form a stronger colour as their doctrines formed and solidified, each diverting to different streams and constantly absorbing other colours as the subtle change of colour occurred.
But the colours became the focus, and with each subsequent merging they became stronger, darker, more obscured, and that was what I was seeing, a myriad of different colours merging slowly into one.
Each colour was distinct.
As I watched I knew that we needed to divest ourselves of colour, those colours represented our persons, those entities that had been created for us by the world, expressions of our individual selves, strident reminders of our selves and what we stood for, as bodies of believers and as single souls.
We needed to become transparent, for Christ is transparent, you can see everything about Him and there are no shadows or dark corners, like a statue lit from all sides He stands visible for all to see who will look towards Him.
We need to become the same.
Ephesians 4 11-16
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service....so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Ephesians 4 has long been one of my treasured chapters, when it talks of us coming to the fullness of Christ, when I realised that this was our task, to come ourselves to Christ's fullness, and to empower and lead others to the same destination.
We are not members of the church we are part of the body of Christ, and we will eventually merge with Him when we are transparent and come to the fullness.
Our lives are like a space mission in reverse....where they are shot into space and return to earth....we are shot into the world and return to our spiritual world.
When we return home, all will be stripped away, all that we have accumulated will be burnt off like the dross it is, like everyting that was on the outside of the space craft.
Our 'heat shield' is Christ, applied by God and more effective than any heat shield applied by man
Scripture tells us that, but I never understood it fully until I saw this image, this pictogram, this command, we will lose our shape, personality and form....as we blend with Christ, as His will becomes our will we will be the same.
Losing our personality is always something that worries folk.
Our pet atheists are determined to express themselves as the selfish folk they wish to be, and will attack us virulently for pointing out the truth of Christ, so be it.
To a lesser degree believers have asked me whether they will lose their personality when they reach eternity, and prior to this....wishing also to retain my own, I have answered them that I believed we would have a unique personality, and we will....
But it will be the same as the personality of Christ.
Because we will have finally reached the fullness of Him.
So all our church bodies and all of us believers need to strip the colours away, we need to seek to be transparent, and the way to do that is to stop trying to hold onto our 'identity's' and to seek to take on the characteristics of Christ.
Nobody is right, or at lease nobody will ever be right whilst they are still showing their colours, whilst there is still obscureness in them.... when they are still hiding the things that are not Christlike in their lives....hiding and protecting their sin and separation.
All these denominations will stand or fall not on what they believed or preached, but on how much they are capable in these end days to strip away their colours and drop the camouflage in order to become transparent and therefore merge with Christ.
There is ONLY one body of Christ, so either all those 33,001 denominations are wrong, or they will all need to merge into Christ and that means they lose their colours, to achieve the transparency of Christ.
I am NOT talking here of there being an ecumenical conjunction of all churches.
There will be a world church established, encompassing all the religions of the world, but that will be formed by the Antichrist acting on Satan's orders, and will be an end times fulfillment.
This will be the one true church stripping away all the layers that man has lacquered over His word these last 2000 years, and delivering up the gospel as Christ first delivered it.
And each individual believer along with each individual denomination will need to do this if they are to be part of the final body of Christ, if they are to be at the wedding feast, to become the bride.
So forget your titles and denominations, your rule books and ceremony, drop the hierarchical structure which decides church matters, turn your leaderships and elders back into the servants of the body they should be, and move your attention to bringing your people to the fullness of Christ, or you will not be like Him, and you will be excluded.
When Christ bursts into our reality He will be such a brilliance that our 'colours' will be burnt off from us, like dry leaves on a dead tree in a firestorm.
Better to seek His face and His fullness now.
You will stand naked and transparent, with all your sins, for all to see, whether you want to or not, and whether it's an atheists scowl or a bishops cowl, you will have no protection when He comes in His glory.... and all sin burns away.
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