The Body of Christ, the True Church, the Bride, has the Mind of Christ that re-minds and re-members (2 Peter 1:12-15, 3:1-2, 8-9); marked and sealed on the forehead by God through the Holy Spirit; hands doing the works of Jesus and the greater things of the Holy Spirit. The harlot is marked by the beast, having given her mind to the beast, conforming to the world mind, giving her authority to the beast (Revelation 17:13), and her hands doing the works of the devil.
In the old covenant (types, shadows, copies), Jonah was sent to deliver a message of judgment to Ninevah. The king declared a fast and they cried out mightily to God. The king told every one to TURN from their evil ways (from a “beast” mind, forehead, making choices not of God) and TURN from the violence on their hands (type of mark of the beast, on foreheads or hands). They were saved from being destroyed and Jonah got MAD, ANGRY they weren’t destroyed. Isn’t this telling for this present day of evil and darkness rising that those who are self-righteous WANT other people to be destroyed, WANT out of here and other people to be DESTROYED now.
They selfishly want their “reward” and others to be “damned” to hell, instead of hearing, heeding and hearkening to the Words of Jesus in John 17. “I do not pray that Thou wouldst take them out of the world, but that Thou keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world as I am not of the world [be LIKE Jesus; AS HE NOW IS so are we in this world 1 John 4:17]. Sanctify them in the Truth; Thy Word is Truth. As Thou has sent Me into the world, so I send them into the world. I consecrate Myself, that they also be consecrated in Truth…Those who BELIEVE IN ME through their word…I give My Glory that the Father gave Me so the Bride can be one with Christ and perfectly one with Father and Son” John 17:15-23 paraphrased
Even so, in Ephesians we learn that our “battle” is not against people but spiritual hosts of wickedness, old heavenly places of fallen angels and demons, world rulers hosting this present darkness, using the wiles of the devil, schemes of satan, dark agenda of lies, deception, manipulation, control, using people to do the works of the devil that Jesus DESTROYED (1 John 3:8). Those who continue to sin leading to death, continue doing the works of the devil, deceived by the spirit of unbelief, antichrist spirits tempting to sin, putting millstones around people’s necks who refuse to yoke to Risen Christ who unyokes you from the world system of beliefs that steal and kill and destroy lives.
Jesus told us the Way to God the Father. Jesus is the Truth of God. Jesus is the Resurrection Eternal Life of God.
Jesus told us we MUST be born again. period. to see and enter the Kingdom. FIRST and foremost we need a NEW born again SPIRIT of God, of Living Water! Then a NEW MIND of Christ to have the thoughts of God that transform and renew. We need our SOUL anchored in Risen Christ’s Spirit; our soul “married” yoked, joined, hitched, “wed”, united to the Spirit of Risen Christ — our new mind anchored in Christ — our new pure heart anchored in Christ — our new will to do “Thy Will be done on earth AS it is in heaven” anchored IN CHRIST, the sure and steadfast anchor for our soul; anchored in the Word, the Will, and the Spirit of God our Father and his Christ.
Then our BODY becomes a NEW temple of God where Holy Spirit dwells; a new Holy Spirit temple within we have FROM GOD (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-12; 2 Corinthians 6:14-16, 11:2b, 13:5). Our physical body, our earthen vessel, filled with the Treasures of Heaven (2 Corinthians 4:7; Colossians 2:2-3), every good endowment and every perfect gift, coming down FROM GOD, from the Father of lights, from the Father of glory, coming down without variation or shadow due to change, OF God’s Will, by the Word of and the Spirit of Truth that guides us into all the Absolute Truth (John 16:13), being brought forth AS a kind of first fruit (James 1:16-18) of the First Fruit of God, the First Born from the dead in the NEW covenant (Revelation 1:5).
“Baptized INTO Christ we HAVE Christ” Galatians 3:27
In Christ we HAVE Christ, Have His mind, HAVE His glory, HAVE His Spirit, the resurrection Spirit, HAVE the Son, HAVE life; partaking of divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4), partaking of the HOLY Spirit (Hebrews 6:4); HAVE the prophetic Words of Jesus MORE SURE, paying attention to His Words AS a lamp shining in the dark, until the Day dawns in you and the morning star rises in your heart (2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 2:28); the Son of Righteousness rising in your body with healing wings to go forth in the righteousness of the Father, in peace of the Son, in joy in the Holy Spirit; in the Kingdom (Romans 14:17) of the beloved Son where we HAVE redemption the forgiveness of sin (Colossians 1:13), so Christ can be REVEALED as He is now to you (1 John 4:17; Colossians 1:25-28) and in you when you mature IN CHRIST
having been reconciled in Jesus’ body of flesh by HIS DEATH in order to be presented holy and blameless and irreproachable before Him (Colossians 1:22); RECEIVING risen Christ, living IN CHRIST, rooted and built up IN CHRIST, established in HIS FAITH in God (2:6-8).
For IN CHRIST the WHOLE FULLNESS of the Godhead dwells BODILY and you COME to FULLNESS of life IN CHRIST who is The Head (Colossians 9-10) of the one Body, the True Church, The Bride who is equally yoked to her Bridegroom (not unequally yoked to the world 2 Corinthians 6:14-18) HAVING Christ as Head of the Body (Ephesians 1:20-23, 4:13-16, 5:23-32) sanctifying her wholly, spirit and soul and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23), cleanse, wash, purity, refine, make whiter than snow, with the pure Blood, pure Water with the Word, pure Spirit and fire; made spotless, nourished, cherished, made one with Christ (Ephesians 5:23-32) NOW in Christ (Ephesians 2:13-22);
baptized INTO Christ putting ON Christ (Galatians 3:27; Romans 13:11-14) AS a garment of salvation, a robe of righteousness, and a white wedding garment (Isaiah 61:1-11, 62:1-5) to cover the Bride completely (Revelation 3:18) hid WITH Christ IN God (Colossians 3:3) when you keep your NEW (and renewing in Holy Spirit Titus 3:5) MIND in the light of the GLORY of Christ not on the things of this dark world and thick darkness her people (Colossians 3:1-3; Isaiah 60:1-2). The Bride arises and shines (Isaiah 60:1)! “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and CHRIST will give you His Light” (Ephesians 5:14). In that day you will KNOW that Risen Christ is in the Father, and you in Christ and Christ in you (John 14:20).
“Jesus Christ is the Faithful Witness, the First Born from the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To Him who LOVES us and has FREED us from our sins by the Blood AND made us a Kingdom and priests to HIS God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” Revelation 1:5-6
Be crucified WITH Christ so it is no longer you who live but Christ who lives IN YOU; and the life you NOW live in the resurrected flesh of Risen Christ Jesus, you live by FAITH in the Son of God who LOVES you and gave HIMSELF for you (Galatians 2:20). NOW that the FAITH of Risen Christ has come, IN CHRIST you are no longer under a custodian, but justified by FAITH in Risen Christ. For IN CHRIST you are sons of God through FAITH. For AS MANY OF YOU [doesn’t say all] as are BAPTIZED into Christ have PUT ON CHRIST (Galatians 3:23-29); co-heirs WITH CHRIST when you mature IN CHRIST (Galatians 3:29-4:7; Colossians 1:28).
“For FREEDOM Christ has set you free, STAND FAST therefore, and DO NOT SUBMIT again to a yoke of slavery” Galatians 5:1
Be “marked” on your forehead and hands with Risen Christ by the Holy Spirit who forms Christ in you (Galatians 4:19) to HAVE the NEW mind and NEW body of the Bride who belongs to the Bridegroom King of kings and Lord of lords, HAVING His Spirit and NOT HARMED under the plan of the devil but under the Plans of God made complete and perfect, lacking NOTHING (James 1:4) as a mature bride (Philippians 3:12-4:19) who went THROUGH her trials, tribulations, and tests of faith, leaving pure gold refined by fire, with eyes to see, filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit to keep on fire for God; the glory of God your inner light of Christ; the lamp within the spotless, worthy, glorified Lamb of God (Luke 11:33-36; Zechariah 2:5; Revelation 3:18, 21:23; 2 Corinthians 13:5; James 1:2-4; Malachi 3:1-3, 4:1-3; Matthew 3:11-12; Luke 3:16-17; Mark 9:49).
“Come to Me, all who are weary, tired, heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My Yoke and learn from Me and you will FIND rest for your soul” ~Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30
“Come and SEE” ~Jesus in John 1:39
“Come to Me and DRINK of Me” ~Jesus in John 7:37-39
“Come and EAT” ~resurrected Jesus in John 21:12
“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come…TAKE the Water of Life without price” ~Risen Christ in Revelation 22:17
The invitations have gone out; most make light of it or make excuses why they won’t come to Jesus (Matthew 22:4-5; Luke 14:17-18); the five wise virgins daily eat of the Word, drink if the Spirit, receiving plenty of oil, fire, eyes to see in their daily devotions and meet their Bridegroom; the five foolish virgins stay asleep and count on others to get them into the Kingdom of the Bridegroom King of kings and Lord of lords (Matthew 25:1-12) but Jesus says, “I don’t know you” (25:12) and the Door is shut that no one can open (Revelation 3:7-8).