God’s X-Ray Vision
In the Gospels we see a picture of redemption. These same events look much different from God’s perspective. The Gospels show us a picture. The Epistles show us an x-ray.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (LBP) Because of what Christ has done for everyone, we are careful not to assume that people are nothing more than what our eyes and ears tell us about them. In the past we made that mistake with Christ [we missed what God was doing spiritually], but we now know a lot more of him than our eyes or ears alone could detect. Whenever anyone unites themselves to Christ, something new is created.
- The Gospels show us what happened to Jesus.
- The Epistles reveal what happened in Jesus!
In the Epistles we discover that Jesus became our sin, broke our bondages, healed us, gained our victory, defeated our enemies, liberated us, conquered the devil, made us righteous, and reconciled our relationship with God.
Colossians 1:26-28 (AMP) The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints). To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory. Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ.
John 12:24 (CW) Unless a kernel of wheat is buried and dies, it produces nothing. It always will be just one kernel of wheat. But if it dies, it produces other kernels for a great harvest. So it is with me.
Jesus’s mission was to produce a harvest of people born after the Christ-Kind. The death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus was not for Jesus it was for you—to reproduce Christ in you! This is something Jesus wanted to share with His disciples, but He couldn’t.
John 16:12 (AMP) I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or to take them upon you or to grasp them now.
This is why the Pauline Revelation is so important. It discloses what Jesus wanted to share with His disciples but couldn’t—because they did not yet possess the Holy Spirit.
Luke 18:31-34 (NLT) Gathering the twelve disciples around him, Jesus told them, “As you know, we are going to Jerusalem. And when we get there, all the predictions of the ancient prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true. He will be handed over to the Romans to be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. They will whip him and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.” But they didn’t understand a thing he said. Its significance was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.
John 16:13-14 (CW) When the Holy Spirit comes, He’ll begin teaching where I left off and will share with you more and more truth . . . . He’ll carry on my mission and help you to see things more clearly.
The Pauline Revelation finishes where Jesus left off!
Romans 6:17 (WEY) But thanks be to God that though you were once in thraldom to Sin, you have now yielded a hearty obedience to that system of truth in which you have been instructed.
This “System of Truth” starts with (1) a revelation of spirit, soul, and body, (2) understands the laws of identification, and (3) looks into the mystery of the cross to the throne. But we need a relationship with the Holy Spirit. To be born of the Spirit and filled with the Spirit! It is the Holy Spirit that teaches us and reveals this mystery to us. How important the Holy Spirit is in the life of the believer!