Christ in you, the hope of Glory

The apostle Paul is an intriguing character. The more you get to know him, the more you will learn to love the guy. We have a lot to thank him for too. Without his epistles, where would we be today?

The first time we meet the man is at Stephen's murder. The Sanhedrin had hired criminals to lay false legal complaints against Stephen so they could summon him before their council. Rather than try to wriggle out of their net, Stephen confronted those bastards to their faces. He called them stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears. Blinded by rage, the Sanhedrin had him stoned to death.

Acts 7:54-60
When they [the Sanhedrin] heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with
their teeth.

But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Ghost [holy spirit], looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.

And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep [he died].

Paul and Saul are the same man. Paul was his Greek name, while Saul was his Hebrew name. The witnesses laying their clothes at Paul's feet is a reference to his authority at Stephen's stoning. It is likely that Paul was the man in charge of his illegal execution and murder. So here is our first encounter with Paul. Before he was born again, Paul was a murderer of God's children.

Acts 9:1,2
And Saul [Paul], yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

Paul was a religious dragon, a man who thought nothing of torturing and murdering God's children, a man who actively sought open doors to persecute them and kill them. Religious men are the cruellest and most vicious cunts on the face of the earth. They may hide their nature behind trite little slogans of world peace, but in reality the passion of their hearts is the extermination of God's people and the eradication of the accurate knowledge of the bible from the face of the earth. This is where the apostle Paul came from. His worldly credentials are worth noting.

Philippians 3:4
Though I [Paul] might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

Paul states that he had more reason to have confidence in the flesh than any other human being on the planet at that time. That's quite a statement, yet God told him to write it by revelation so it is the truth.

Philippians 3:5-7
Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel,
of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

Paul had everything the world could offer. He had education, background, and family, a man who had been brought up as a Pharisee. Here he was on the road to Damascus, breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the church of God. Did he think he was right? Did he believe he was doing God's will? Unquestionably, and therein lies the paradox of religion - they all think they're so right and yet they're all so wrong. Religion is a disease that blinds men's eyes, deafens their ears, and hardens their hearts. That's why God refuses to dwell in any of them.

Acts 9:3,4
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there
shined round about him [periastraptō] a light from heaven:

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

I've always been taught that this appearance of Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus was so brilliant that it blinded Paul. I've had a few problems with this for years. Now bear with me here and just stop for a minute and track with me. Does the bible actually state that God or Jesus Christ blinded Paul? No it doesn't. It says there shined a light around him that came from heaven, and then he heard a voice. The two events are not axiomatically one and the same.

In which of Jesus' post resurrection appearances does he ever float around in a blinding flash of light? Most of the appearances I read have him standing on the ground like a normal human being. And why would Jesus, or God for that matter want to blind the man anyway? If God did indeed blind him, then why did Jesus Christ send Ananias over to give him his sight back? If God wanted him blind, surely Jesus Christ would have left him blind.

Shined round about is translated from the Greek word periastraptō. Peri means round about. Astrapē is translated 8 times as lightning and once as bright shining. There are no other Greek words translated lightning in the bible. Astrapē means lightning.

Matthew 24:27
For as the lightning [astrapē] cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Astrapē comes from the Greek word astraptō, which is only used twice in the new testament where it is translated as lighten and shine. Periastraptō is also only used twice, here and later when Paul was recounting the incident to Agrippa.

Acts 26:13,14
At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun,
shining round about me [periastraptō] and them which journeyed with me.

And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 

This concurs with the record in Acts 9. This brilliant flashing lightning cracked down from the sky and hit the earth all around him. The word then says that he and the men with him all fell to the earth, and then, then he heard the voice speaking to him. In other words, there was a time gap between the lightning and the voice. The flash of light and the hearing of the voice did not happen simultaneously, and there is no way anyone can categorically state that these two events were one and the same, that the voice and the lightning were the same event. To do so is private interpretation.

Periastraptō could, I suppose, be translated here as a bright light that flashed around him like lightning, inferring that it could have been a spiritual phenomenon of some kind, but I don't see any similes being used here.

Acts 9:3
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there
shined round about [periastraptō] him a light from heaven:

Unlike the tongues like as of fire in Acts 2, which uses the figure simile to let us know it wasn't literally fire, I believe the absence of the simile here indicates this was in fact a lightning strike. It says it came from heaven. Well, heaven means any place above earth, so it came from the sky. The point is, it didn't come from just above his head or emanate from some shining white robed, long haired weirdo white man prick with creepy eyes and a fucking halo around his head, it came down from the sky in a flash of lightning.

Where am I going with this? Well, I believe this lightning strike was the devil trying to kill Paul before Jesus Christ could witness to him. The lightning strike blinded him and Jesus Christ had to send Ananias to minister to him to give him his sight back. What use would a blind Paul have been to anyone? I don't think God blinded him, I think the devil did. Do your own research, study this thing, check out periastraptō for yourself, see if these things are so.

Acts 9:3,4
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him [periastraptō] a light from heaven:

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

I think the reason we all simply conclude God did this to Paul was because he was such a bad dude, and we still have it in the back of our minds that God punishes us for being evil. It just isn't so.

Ezekiel 18:23
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD:
and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

If you ever doubt the truth of Ezekiel 18:23, take a look at the life of Paul. I don't care who you are or what you've done, if God could forgive Paul, forgiving you will not be a problem for him.

Psalm 103:10
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Perhaps you and I might like to think Paul deserved a good kicking for being such a bastard, and perhaps he did deserve to be struck by lightning, but weren't we all guilty of death before we were born again? Did God strike you with lightning to get your attention just before you were born again? I don't think so.

Do you blind people and do horrible things to them just before you teach them the word to get them born again? Hardly, so why then do we just naturally assume Jesus Christ did something to Paul that we wouldn't dream of doing to anyone in our wildest imaginations? Sure, Elymas the Sorcerer was blinded, but that was so Paul could teach the word to Sergius Paulus. Paul didn't blind Sergius Paulus to get his attention before speaking the word to him, did he? I do not believe God or Jesus Christ blinded Paul, I believe the devil tried to kill him with a lightning strike just before he got born again. I believe it was Jesus Christ's intervention that actually saved his life. How do I know Paul got born again? Read the next verse.

Acts 9:5
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest:
it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

How do you get born again? If you don't know, go and memorise this verse.

Romans 10:9
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Paul called Jesus Christ Lord, and he obviously knew he'd been raised from the dead because he was speaking to him, so it was at that moment Paul was born again. I believe that's why the devil tried to kill him just moments earlier. Imagine Paul's shock on realising just who he was talking to.

Acts 9:6-11
And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord
said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

At this stage, because I just got the green light, it is time to introduce what is probably the most important key to walking by the spirit, but a key which has been completely lost since the first century. We've all heard that Christ is our head a thousand times but the truth of it just has not registered. Most people think the devil's greatest work is putting things into our heads, but that's not the case at all, his greatest work is keeping things out. He doesn't educate, he blinds.

2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Christ is our head, right? That's foundational and rudimentary, but have you ever noticed who Ananias was talking to here? Was it God? It says the Lord spoke to him in a vision. Well, who is our Lord? God is not our Lord, Jesus Christ is our Lord, so this was Jesus Christ talking to Ananias, not God. Christ is head over all things to the church and it is Christ in us. Christ is also the mediator between God and man. What do you think that all means?

Colossians 1:27
To whom God would make known what
is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Ephesians 1:22,23
And hath put all
things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

1 Timothy 2:5
For
there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

The point is, Jesus Christ isn't just sitting up there watching everything, he has a job to do, he has a responsibility to carry out. His job isn't the ministry of reconciliation, that's our job, his job is being head over all things to the church. He is our Lord, our boss, he is the one who gives the commands, he is our head. How Jesus Christ is head over all things to the church is through the Christ in us, the gift of holy spirit. As we walk by the spirit rather than by the senses, then Christ is our head and we're taking our orders from him.

Listen, God is not our Lord, Jesus Christ is our Lord. God is not Jesus Christ anymore than Jesus Christ is God. It was Jesus Christ talking to Ananias, just as it had been Jesus Christ talking to Paul. Jesus Christ's job is to oversee the church of God, that's his responsibility. God gave him that responsibility when he made him head over all things to the church. Just as God will not speak the word to anyone because that is our job, God will not direct the church because that is Jesus Christ's job. Jesus Christ is our head, our Lord, the head over all things to the church. How we make Christ our head is by walking by the spirit, by learning to listen to the Christ in us, by operating and energising the gift of holy spirit. When we walk by the spirit with Christ as our head, then Christ is head over all things to the church. When we teach others to walk by the spirit with Christ as their head, we are edifying, building up the body of Christ.

Listen to the instruction Jesus Christ gave to Ananias.

Acts 9:12-14
And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

It's exciting to realise that Ananias knew it was Jesus Christ he was speaking to, not God. He was not astonished by that either, or speechless with wonder, it was expected, it was normal. The first century church knew that Christ was their head, that Christ was their Lord, their boss, their CEO, the head over all things to the church. Ananias knew Jesus Christ was his Lord, and that it was him he was talking to.

People who call God their Lord are blind leaders of the blind and they are all in the ditch. With Christ as our head, who needs counsels of men? Christ is my head, my Lord, not some counsel of men at the headquarters of a man-made ministry. I take my orders from Jesus Christ. How I get those orders is through the Christ in me, the gift of holy spirit. We can only walk by the spirit when we make Christ our head. Jesus Christ didn't go and speak to Ananias' home church leader first, did he? Jesus Christ didn't go and speak to his branch or country coordinator first, did he?

If God had instituted a leadership structure of men for this administration, then Jesus Christ would have had to go through Ananias' leadership, who would have passed the information down the chain of command. That was how things were done in the old testament, but it is not how things are done in this administration. Jesus Christ didn't go to Ananias' country coordinator or home church leader, or the men at the top of some ministry or other, he went directly to Ananias because he is the Lord, our boss and he can give orders to anyone he fucking well likes, even if it's just a disciple who isn't even a home church leader. Get your head around this because if the word is to live we must walk away from temples made with hands and their crappy leadership structures of men who walk by their senses.

As a little morsel for you to think about here, ask yourself, why did Paul get the revelation to write epistles to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians? Why didn't Peter get the revelation? Or John? Or any of the other apostles? Was it because Paul was the big boss, the leader, the patriarch, the president, the head of the first century church? No, a thousand times no, it was because the home churches Paul wrote to were his responsibility because he had built those churches from the ground up. The believers he wrote to were his responsibility. If Peter had started the work in Corinth, Peter would have had the revelation to write to them, but he didn't build the work there, Paul did. That's why God worked with him. God will work with you too with those he has given you to raise as disciples. We are all to prove our own work.

If your home church leader doesn't like you walking by the spirit and confronts you for not checking things through him when you do things or handle situations, tell him to go fuck himself. What Christ tells you to do is none of his fucking business. His job is to run his home church, not run our lives for us thinking God gives him all the revelation for everyone. It's time to make Christ our head folks and disentangle ourselves from the senses, fleshly, worldly walks of men. If your home church leader is walking by the spirit, he should be delighted he has men and women around him who do the same.

Ananias understandably had a problem with his assignment. Look at Jesus Christ's response to him.

Acts 9:15-17
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

For I will shew him how great things he must suffer [endure] for my name's sake.

And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost [holy spirit].

Can it be any clearer? It was Jesus Christ who talked to Ananias and sent him to see Paul. It wasn't God. It's right there in the word. Read verse 17 again.

Acts 9:17
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord,
even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost [holy spirit].

Ananias walked by the spirit and Jesus Christ told him to go see Paul and minister to him. That's genuine outreach. It would have been madness for him or any other believer to go see Paul unless it had been by revelation.

Can't you see how this is so different to how temples made with hands do things? They hold leadership meetings at their headquarters and discuss outreach strategies and formulate plans, thinking they are getting revelation from God when in fact they're walking by the counsel and will of men. Those orders are then passed down through the chain of command to the country coordinators and their leadership until it reaches the home church leaders, who then tell their people they are going out knocking doors to annoy people. That's walking by the senses, walking by the flesh, walking by the will and counsel of men, and the love of money is their motivation because all they're thinking about is generating more tithe money. We do not walk by the flesh but by the spirit, that Christ in us, just as Ananias did. If you want to see genuine outreach, learn to walk by the spirit with Christ as your head.

Acts 9:17
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord,
even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled [plethō] with the Holy Ghost [holy spirit].

Will you just look at the accuracy of the word here. The word filled is plethō, filled to overflowing, not pleroō, filled to capacity. Paul was filled to capacity with holy spirit, pleroō, when he was born again outside the gates of Damascus. Ananias ministered to him so he would overflow with holy spirit, plethō. It was at this point Paul spoke in tongues.

Acts 9:18-26
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?

But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews [Judeans] which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews [Judeans] took counsel to kill him:

But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. 

Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed [attempted] to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.

If you had been in Jerusalem, you'd have been terrified of Paul too. Those disciples had friends and family who had been imprisoned, tortured, and murdered by that bastard, and he wanted to go to their home church meetings? Damn right they didn't trust him.

Acts 9:27-29
But Barnabas took him, and brought
him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.

And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

Throughout his ministry, Paul's background caused him major personal problems which he had to overcome. He would have been going to home church meetings and looking into the eyes of people he had persecuted. He would have been teaching the bible to friends and relatives of people he'd had tortured and murdered, like Stephen and many others including women. The first century believers also had major personal problems they had to overcome, like forgiving him so they could hear the word he was teaching. They all had to keep their heads in the word and put the past behind them.

Philippians 3:13,14
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but
this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Paul never forgot his past, he just put it behind him. Like Paul, we have pasts too that need to be put behind us. We can never forget the past, but we can refuse to live there. Whenever something from my past makes me cringe inside, I immediately replace those thoughts by bringing my mind back to the word. I think of Paul and what he put behind him and that makes it easy for me.

The same is true of our thoughts about other believers. We can never forget what they've done either, but we can refuse to harbour such thoughts and instead think the word of them. The church has to learn to put the past behind. No matter what we have done or what anyone else may have done, we must put the past behind us.

Even after we're born again and we're moving together with the things of God, we're all going to do things and say things we are going to regret. After we've dealt with things, we must learn to put the past behind and forgive ourselves and others. We can't forget, but we can refuse to live in the past by bringing our minds back to the word.

The following verses in Colossians were written by Paul, but do we believe them? This is from the all truth, the word addressed to the church of God, the scriptures that apply to us in this Administration of Grace. If you want to be a disciple, these scriptures have to be a reality in your life.

Colossians 3:8-13
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Where there is neither Greek nor Jew [Judean], circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

If all you do is bitch and complain and think evil about your brothers and sisters in Christ who walk by the spirit, as some believers did with Paul in the first Century, you are not a disciple and I don't give a fuck how religious and righteous you think you are. If you're a disciple, you think the word and you control your thoughts. This is not open to debate.

2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

The word states that we are to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Do you know what that means? This isn't saying we submit to a ministry structure of leadership, it is saying we submit to the obedience of Christ. The gift of holy spirit is the Christ in us, so this means totally the opposite of what most man-made ministries teach. How we bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ is to walk by the spirit with the Christ in us as our head. We don't walk by the counsel of men and put our confidence in the flesh, we go to God and energise the gift of holy spirit, the Christ in us. That's what Paul and the first century believers did and that's why the word moved. They lived the word, not as some monstrous worldwide ministry with a structure of leadership headed by a patriarch, but in beautiful, loving home church families which were self governing, self supporting, and self propagating.

With this understanding of Paul's background, reading the book of Acts and the epistles will add new depth to your understanding of how the believers lived and moved the word. Think about the constant and persistent mental problems Paul would have had while living and working with believers who had friends and relatives he would have had tortured and murdered. Think about the constant and persistent condemnation he would have had to deal with. Heck, what have we ever done that was as bad as Paul? If Paul can do this thing, really, any of us can.

1 Corinthians 15:9
For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

When Paul was arrested in Jerusalem, he was given an opportunity to say a few words to the rioting mob who had just tried to kill him. Read his words carefully and weigh them in your mind. Look at his heart.

Acts 22:3
I am verily a man
which am a Jew [Judean], born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.

To be brought up at the feet of Gamaliel is a reference to his education and background. Today folks might say they have a Harvard education, or an Oxford or Cambridge education. Paul had a PhD from the most renowned educational institution on earth at that time, he had been brought up at the feet of Gamaliel. He used this to get their attention, to let them know he was one of them. He really did try to be all things to all men.

Acts 22:4-18
And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.

And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.

And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. 

And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.

And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.

And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews [Judeans] which dwelt there,

Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.

And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.

For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance [I saw a vision];

And saw him [Jesus Christ] saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.

Paul here received revelation and just look at who he was talking to. It wasn't God giving him this information, it was the Lord Jesus Christ. What do you think the word means when it says Christ is our head? That's who we take our orders from. He is our boss, our Lord, the head over all things to the church.

Acts  22:19-21
And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:

And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.

And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.

Paul, like all of us, had a past to forget. We must learn to put the past behind, reach forth unto those things which are before, and press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 1:12-15
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Like Paul, God doesn't care what you did yesterday, only about what you want to do today. I know I harp on about the jesuits and all their evil, but really, Paul was one of them, or their equivalent in that day. He changed and God was right there for him, and he will be right there for you too, even if you're a jesuit. I don't care who you are, or what you've done, or what god you serve, come on over and enjoy the light. God has always been there for me, just as he was always there for Paul, and he will be there for you too. There is always a need for another Paul.

This is perhaps the most important class session I've ever written and has some new light that hasn't been known since the first century. Actually, most important isn't quite accurate as every session is important. I guess what I'm trying to say is that every session of the class has been leading up to this. This teaching could very well change the world as we know it because now you know that it is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Chapter 71 - Distinctions