For [of course] I will not venture (presume) to speak thus of any work except what Christ has actually done through me [as an instrument in His hands] to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, [Even as my preaching has been accompanied] with the power of signs and wonders, [and all of it] by the power of the Holy Spirit. [The result is] that starting from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyricum, I have fully preached the Gospel [faithfully executing, accomplishing, carrying out to the full the good news] of Christ (the Messiah) in its entirety. – Romans 15:18-19 AMPC
The above scripture is such a great demonstration of the Spirits of Knowledge and Understanding operating in Paul the Apostle via HOLY SPIRIT (Isaiah 11:1-2). His words are so gripping to me because this is the basis on which I have been instructed to start this blog, “The Fragrance of The 12 Foundation Stones and The 12 Pearl Gates”. I will write about priceless prophetic revelations The LORD has taught me regarding this WORD for the Believer who can digest the meat of GOD (Please read 1 Corinthians 3). There is both awesome material out there for Believers in many different places in their walks while also much watery teachings and material on what I call "goose-bump grace", everything that makes one feel good and makes GOD out to be a genie in a bottle. In addition, I have found that there isn't much said about the full Gospel of The Kingdom of GOD that instigates full repentance and encourages the total work of salvation. I have been inspired to share what The LORD is saying to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.
What is interesting about the title is that the two words in it have significant meaning which I am hearing HOLY SPIRIT say, “their likeness is like that of those who believe and follow CHRIST JESUS.” Gemstones are minerals that when cut and polished can be used as valuable decorations for a person, place or thing. What’s even more intriguing is that Pearls are considered to be a very precious type of “Gemstone” formed from what is termed “peculiar” growth from THE-MOTHER-OF-PEARL inside of few shellfish and natural pearl is very rare.
We learn in Jeremiah that GOD The FATHER is a Potter and those who belong to HIM are HIS clay, being shaped and molded into the image and likeness of CHRIST JESUS. Genesis 1:26-27 NASB says, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” And Romans 8:29 NASB says, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” What are we being shaped into? What are we being conformed to? The Precious ONE who first has birthed HIS own, created them, thus being THE-MOTHER-OF-PEARL WHO became like HIS possession so they could ultimately become precious and peculiar priests just like HIM. The Believer is a Gemstone taken from JESUS to then be shaped, polished, refined and used for a purpose while still occupying THE-MOTHER-OF-PEARL inside it. As Believer Gemstones abide in The CORNERSTONE, YESHUA JESUS will abide in HIS Followers. We are being built together to be his Temple (Ephesians 2:22 AMPC) as we are 12 Gemstones & 12 Pearly Gates laid upon our FOUNDATION (Revelation 21 AMPC). One must understand what it means to truly “follow” JESUS, for not all who profess belief in JESUS are followers of HIM. If one does not do what is clearly stated in Matthew 16:24-28 AMPC, then one is NOT a follower of YESHUA. The Bible says that the laborers are few and it also mentions patterns from Genesis to Revelation of there always being only a “Remnant” of GOD.
I am on a journey to be a Follower in the Remnant, learning to abide in CHRIST and allowing HIM to abide in me through HIS love and SPIRIT. The Art of Abiding is the foundation for true INTIMACY in my relationship with YESHUA according to John 15 AMPC. If I don’t rest and humble myself before HIM, then I am not able to do HIS works to fullness because HE cannot reside in a temple that is not at peace, that has not surrendered its sovereignty to its rightful owner. HIS works are to first transform me to Abide, Unite and Reign then use me to win others to do the same; thus, finishing HIS work in me in the process as I work for The Kingdom of GOD in “word” and “deed” and having bared good fruit that reproduces. In this, the hope is that the world may know WHO I belong to and give all glory & honor to GOD; and that also the true Unity in the body of CHRIST might occur and be recognized as true representors of THE WAY (true Christianity).
Has it been easy for me in my endeavors towards full maturity in JESUS? The honest answer is no but, it does get easi-er as I learn to surrender my will daily and die to my own selfish desires as I learn to sacrifice my time and make time for The LORD YESHUA in HIS Presence. I can look back at my life up to this point and wonder at the awesome work GOD has done in me, for I really used to be what a good friend of mine and me would say… “A Whole Trip!” And at times, I still am “A Whole Trip” but not as much as I used to and I decree it will continue to lessen exponentially in the days ahead; therefore, according to 2 Peter 1 and Ephesians 1:14 AMPC, I am encouraged to pursue my inheritance of full redemption from sin and death also known as the completed work of sanctification. It especially conveys the hope for other souls to achieve the same because if JESUS can save me and clean me up, HE definitely can do it for ANYONE who will truly believe on HIM, having surrendered all to REALLY do so!
This is an introduction sharing what HOLY SPIRIT is teaching me and I, in turn, have been led to share with all who are willing to read, see and hear what THE SPIRIT of JESUS is using me to say to you in your process. May The FATHER find this to be a sweet smelling fragrance dedicated to HIM.
Grace, Mercy and Peace to all of the brethren in the world…for the time of fullness is upon us!
Empowered by HOLY SPIRIT,