Stuck in the Gospels 1

Most churches preach the basic message of the Gospels. That is, they don’t really know why God called the Apostle Paul.

The hidden-in-plain-sight truth of life in the spirit is revealed through the epistles of Paul, by Jesus Christ. Previous to him, our Lord revealed Himself to the twelve apostles, and Peter led in the conversion of the gentile Cornelius. Why was Paul needed?

The answer is that Jesus chose the twelve to witness God in the flesh, but He chose Paul to witness God in the spirit to both Jews and Gentiles. The apostles preached, “We saw Him and touched Him; He Is the Messiah!” Paul added, “God was pleased … to reveal His Son in me (Galatians 1:15-16).” Following His ascension, we have no hope of knowing Christ as He desires without knowing Him in us.

While most churches acknowledge the inner Holy Spirit, they overlook the “the mystery … hidden from ages and generations, but now … revealed to His saints …, Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:26-27).”

Christ overcame sin in us by crucifying our old selves with Himself (Rom 6:6-7) and making us die to the law (Rom 7:4). Though we think that we are living by grace, the unmerited favor of God, we do not realize that we have made grace a legal term. We have actually been living by the law and sinning through it all along, which is the core message of Romans 7.

Grace is in Christ Whom we put on (Col 3:10-14). He warned, “You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me. And you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life. (John 5:39-40)” The Jews were looking for things, and today we are no different, searching the Scriptures for principles and precepts. Things neither perfect nor satisfy us. An exalted, indwelling Christ does.

If we are stuck in the Gospels, we keep trying and failing to be good. By understanding that the message of the indwelling Godhead given by Christ to Paul, we realize that God, our great Lover, so desperately desired to be with us, that He came to where we were and made us one with Him.

This is why Paul was called and equipped – to show us this great union of God and us, His beloved.


The Biblical references of the indwelling Godhead in believers are also in Part 3 of the free eBook, pages 21-28.

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4 thoughts on “Stuck in the Gospels 1

  1. Can you further explain the idea in paragraph four where you mention we are living by grace but we have made it a legal term….? Thank you

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    • Sure.

      “Christ overcame sin in us by crucifying our old selves with Himself (Rom 6:6-7) and making us die to the law (Rom 7:4). Though we think that we are living by grace, the unmerited favor of God, we do not realize that we made grace a legal term. We have actually been living by the law and sinning through it all along, which is the core message of Romans 7.”

      If we understand grace to be ‘favor,’ it is a ‘thing’ and not Christ. These two represent the two ways to walk-by what we do or by a Person, by Christ Himself. If we do not know how to walk by Christ, or don’t even understand what that means, the only option is to live by what we do, which is law. We can only sin when walking by law, because the law does not require faith (Gal 3:12), and anything not of faith is sin (Rom 14:23). Also, whenever we feel the motions of sin, we are being shown that we are walking by the law (Rom 7:5).

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      • “Also, whenever we feel the motions of sin, we are being shown that we are walking by the law (Rom 7:5).”

        Romans 7:5 says, “For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were aroused by the law, worked in our members to bring forth fruit to death.”

        “Motions” in Thayer’s Greek Lexicon definition 1b says: πάθημα (pathēma): of an inward state, an affliction, passion.
        So, “the motions of sin were aroused by the law,” means that the feelings, the passions we experience (from tugs to tidal waves) are the result, the cause of, walking by the law.

        Essentially, whenever we sin, we are not walking by the Spirit/Christ/Father, we are walking by the law/flesh.

        A previous post on Spiritual Measurement noted that a mark of walking with God is a radical declining of sin in the person’s life. Why? Because sin only occurs when we are walking by the law/flesh. The more we are sinning, the more we are walking by the law, probably without even knowing that we are tripping over the law.

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