WHAT IS THE MOVE OF GOD? THE KEY TO UNLOCK THE MYSTERY OF THE MOVE OF GOD IS THE REVELATION OF CHRIST!
The Revelation of Christ is the centre of God’s eternal plan and purpose for man. Until Christ is fully revealed in the life of any man, God’s plan for that man has not been completed, irrespective of whatever thing or things he may have accomplished in life. This unveiling only begins at the new birth; So many have experienced the dynamic workings of God in the new birth and have stopped right there in their journey in life. The new birth is the operation of God which brings us into Christ, so we can begin a journey into the fullness of Him and so we can come to the place of perfection in Christ. In Colossians 4:28, Paul the apostle, by whom this mystery was handed over to us boldly tells us “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”. This is what is missing in the Church today and God is speedily at work, restoring the Church back to the revelation of Christ so His people can be perfected and ready for His return.
The Mystery of Christ
The word mystery is defined as something that baffles one’s understanding and cannot be explained. Paul speaks of the mystery of Christ:
For my concern is] that their hearts may be braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are knit together in love, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, [which is] Christ (the Anointed One). Col. 2:2 AMP
…then he speaks more….
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:32)
Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, (Romans 16:25)
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 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: (Colossians 1:26-27)
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; (Colossians 2:2)
Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: (Colossians 4:3)
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)
In Ephesians 3:4–5 Paul refers to the mystery of Christ that “has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets.”
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; (Ephesians 3:4-5 KJThe mystery of the Person of Jesus is even more profound on account of the kinds of human faith-responses that He inspired in the disciples of His own day and in Christian believers throughout the centuries.
There is a mystery in Christ, and God has been busy trying to show us this mystery so we can have access to Christ.
Consider the unique description of the Lord Jesus by God Himself. The Scripture describes Jesus as the mystic secret of God, which is Christ. Note the use of the phrase which is Christ, used instead of who is Christ at the end of the verse. This is how God describes Jesus, because Paul, the writer of this epistle, was speaking under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, that we may come to have the abounding wealth that emanates from our understanding of this man― Christ, the Anointed One.
Christ is God’s Final Word..
In Heb. 1:1 we read that:
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV)
God, from inception, spoke through the prophets. That, whatever God has so spoken is a FINAL thing!
This scripture is saying that, in the workings of God, dispensations have come and gone, and that there is a final dispensation which is the dispensation of CHRIST, which has been completed, finalized and perfected and given to us! He has spoken these days by Jesus Christ, and not by prophets, pastors, or apostles. This is a statement that requires every pastor or leader to take an in-depth look at. This means in these days God is not doing anything different from what He has already spoken in Christ!
God is invariably saying, in these last days, my Son is ALL I HAVE SAID! He has spoken by His Son, Jesus Christ.
Therefore, Jesus is not just a name you pray through: He is what God has spoken; He is God’s final word. He is the expression of the heart of God, and the very Subject God has been trying to communicate to the world for ages. Therefore to know God and know what He is saying these last days you must look at Jesus. If you want to know what God has said, you must take a look at Christ.
Christ is our Mould…
Jesus starts off, therefore, as a Person and manifests in diverse forms as God continues to work in your life. He takes the form of what God wants to do. He takes the place of where God wants to be in your life. For instance, if you want to make a candle you first create a mould. This mould is to give the candle its shape and structural characteristics. You then pour the liquid wax into the mould and leave it to dry, after which you remove the mould leaving the candle ready for use.
Understand this: God did not say we should necessarily imitate Christ. Rather, He said we should conform to Christ’s image:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:28-29 KJV)
This means that, Christ is our MOULD, just pour yourself into the mould, and a new you in His image and likeness will emerge, and you can now talk like Him, act like Him, be a blessing like Him!
Christ is our Calling…
Apostle Paul did not know Christ in the flesh, yet he was the only one who truly knew Him, and wrote two thirds of the New Testament on Christ!
See what Paul understood about Christ and His calling, it will change your mentality about ministry and calling forever:
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: (Gal. 1:15, 16)
God called him and revealed His Son in him. Please pay attention to the words used here, because herein lies the message God wants us to understand. Did you notice that Paul mentioned the purpose of this calling? What was it? He spelt it out clearly that this call was TO REVEAL HIS SON IN HIM (not to him.) There is a big difference: in him and to him. This is the standard for the calling. Please note this carefully! First of all, God called him to reveal Christ in him. To reveal means to unveil, uncover, remove the mask! After Christ was revealed in him, then comes the second thing, the assignment, and this was TO PREACH CHRIST. Note that he didn’t say God called him to preach only one aspect of the Kingdom such as healing, deliverance, faith, or salvation. No, no! Our assignment is so clear and unambiguous: to preach Christ and Christ alone. Get this loud and clear: the calling is not first of all an invitation to do something, but for God to reveal Christ in you. In other words, God did not call you so you could be busy doing something for Him, but called you out of the world to reveal Christ in you and it is this same Christ you are to present to the world.
Christ is God’s Measurement Scale
It is important that I remind you that God has a scale by which He measures our performance, which is the reason He released the ministry gifts and offices. In other words, God gave ministry gifts and offices to enable grow up, because a time will come, and now is, when he will measure every person, beginning with His ministers, with His scale, which is CHRIST!
His scale is not works, its not what we did and what we did not do. His scale is Christ!
…Till we all come …unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: