“These three remain, faith, hope, love and the greatest of these is love” 1 Corinthians 13:13
I woke up this morning with “when the perfect comes, the imperfect passes away” (1 Corinthians 13:10) and when I inquired of God I “saw” it in a new light:
When the Perfect comes, Jesus the Christ, the Messiah of God the Father, the Son of God, the Living Perfection of God, the exact image and likeness of God the Creator,
when Christ comes in you (Revelation 3:20; Colossians 1:27; 2 Corinthians 13:5; John 14:20, 15:4; Ephesians 3:17), the perfect has come and the imperfect passes away (all that is not of Christ passes away; all is shaken that can be shaken; grateful for RECEIVING a kingdom that cannot be shaken, by God who is a consuming fire, Hebrews 12:27-29) when you make Christ your ALL in ALL of you by working of the Holy Spirit of God (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 3:11b),
if you resist the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51), quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19), or if you grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:38) it will take much longer for the fire of the Holy Spirit to dissolve the old spots and form the new of Christ in you; if and when you YIELD completely to the Spirit of God and are led by the Spirit it takes much less time;
but whether it takes decades or an instant, you are perfectly saved when you believe Jesus and Him who sent Him, taking salvation by faith through grace.
So when the perfect holy Spirit of Christ comes to make His Home in you (John 14:16-28), even as He is on the Throne with His Father at the Right Hand of all Power and Authority in heaven and on earth, you KNOW Jesus through the Word and the Spirit made King of kings and Lord of lords in you, so you KNOW the Righteous Father and He loves you wholly and perfectly as He loves the Son of Righteousness, giving you His Spirit so you belong to Him (Romans 8:9):
when the perfect COMES
the imperfect PASSES AWAY,
and these three REMAIN:
faith: we have faith in Jesus who is Perfect, faith in the finished work of the Cross, the working of God, Jesus’ Righteous Father, accomplished IN CHRIST who IS the Son of Righteous, Who IS righteous and holy and perfect, therefore we are RIGHTEOUS by faith in Christ in the Gospel of God, the POWER of God for salvation to live for righteousness, by faith (Romans 1:16-17); a faith that is tested to be “pure gold refined by fire” (Revelation 3:18)
hope: we have hope in Jesus and what He has done, ransomed for God by His shed pure powerful Blood, therefore we are PURE; pure through hope in Christ (1 John 3:3); hope that doesn’t disappoint; purity that doesn’t disappoint
and the greatest is love: we have the pure perfect holy love of the Father that He pours into our heart by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5) when we love Jesus in right relationship, our betrothed Bridegroom (2 Corinthians 11:2b), the Head of the one Body of God flowing with the one Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:23-32; Colossians 2:9-15), in right position and standing under the Blood of Jesus that ransomed us for God (Revelation 5:9-10); God our Abba Father, our Head of Household in the True Family of God (Ephesians 2:13-22, 3:14-21).
When Christ comes to dwell in you, the OLD passes away, for the Perfect Pure Holy Righteous Living One has come to abide and remain in you (Colossians 1:27; John 15:4); teaching you to abide in Christ (1 John 2:27; Colossians 1:28; John 15:4). “Therefore, IF any one is IN CHRIST you are a NEW creation, the OLD has passed away, behold, the NEW HAS COME” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Beholding the glory of the Lord with unveiled face, we are changing into His likeness from one degree of glory to another by the Spirit” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Some people take the Truth TOO FAR, thinking you become God or you become Christ, NO! But God! you do become LIKE Christ who is the exact LIKENESS of God, our Abba Father through Jesus. The first Adam was created in the image and likeness of God, the woman taken from his side after God breathed life into him. The first Adam fell and things have never been the same since the father’s fell asleep (2 Peter 3:4) UNTIL the fullness of time, God sent Jesus, the LAST Adam, to take our sins in his body on the tree so we might die to sin and come alive to righteousness. By his wounds we were healed so the True Shepherd, the True Guardian of our souls could keep us from straying LIKE sheep or led astray by false shepherds (1 Peter 2:24-25).
Some people don’t take the Truth far enough, thinking you have to die here on earth to go to heaven instead of being born again, anew from Above of God of the Living Water of Spirit (John 3:3-8) to see and enter the kingdom of God and His righteousness to grow UP and mature IN CHRIST. Those who are still living in shame, guilt, and condemnation under the law of sin and death, judging yourself (demonic), condemning yourself (satanic influence), instead of living under the law of the Spirit of Life (Romans 8:1-9) when the TRUTH is Jesus’ truly loving sacrifice reconciled all who take the offering of the Good News of the Gospel Power by faith through the abundance grace and the free gift of righteousness to reign in life through Jesus (Romans 5:17b) conquering and reigning OVER sin, death, and the works of the devil.
We are MORE than conquerors in Christ (Romans 8:37); overcoming through the Blood of the Lamb, the Words of His Testimony, and not loving our OLD life (Revelation 12:10-11) but being born again from Above OF God OF the Spirit, the Living River of Water of Life from Risen Christ to flow and overflow of His Fountain of Water of Life (Revelation 21:6-7, 22:1,17; John 4:10, 7:37-39) rivers from you so His glory light and power of His Spirit can reach the ends of the earth, to not only know the knowledge of the glory but also experience His manifest Presence that reflects the unmanifest Majestic Presence of the Father.
We are called to reflect the manifest glory of the Son of Righteousness, Who reflects the Father of Righteousness’ unmanifest Majestic Glory, in this world as earthen vessels of glory (2 Corinthians 4:6-7) giving all the glory to God. In Christ and Christ in you, as “cities of light on a hill” (Matthew 5:14) shining Christ’s light of glory, light of life (John 1:4-5). the True Light (1:9) the glory (1:14). The glory returning to the NEW temple of God in your body, when the Holy Spirit dwells in you (Ezekiel 43:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-20) so you can glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:20); the Ekklesia rising and shining (Isaiah 60:1-2; Ephesians 5:14) as the Son of Righteousness rises in you with Healing Wings (Malachi 4:2) that cover you completely (Matthew 23:37; Isaiah 61:10-11; Revelation 3:18), so you are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3), shining His glory so all can come to Jesus and be reconciled with their God and Father.
“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come…take the Water of Life without price’ ” Revelation 22:17
When the Perfect of Christ comes in you to dwell, fellowshipping with the true Yoke-Fellow, communing in union with Christ, the old imperfect passes away in you; considering yourself dead to sin and alive to righteousness (Romans 6:11); born again OF Spirit OF the River of Water of Life from the Throne so rivers of life can flow from you (John 7:37-39), bringing life and blessings everywhere the river touches (Ezekiel 47:8-9).
When the imperfect of fallen Adam passes away in you; considering yourself dead to sin and come alive together with Christ in God in righteousness, agreeing with God not the god of this world (2 Cor 4:1-4), then you HAVE the Word of Life and can carry the perfect and holy Living One to shine in the midst of a crooked, perverse, corrupt, broken, dark, present world (Philippians 2:12-16) who is desperately in need of the Savior who is able to deliver every person from the dominion of darkness AND transfer each into the kingdom of the Son of Righteousness (Colossians 1:13), the King of Glory’s glorious kingdom of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17) and the Holy Spirit in you!