The Visible and the Invisible aspects of the Gospel of Christ

We are discussing two concepts today. The visible and the invisible aspects of the gospel of Christ.
All Christians have a duty, a primary assignment given to all of us. No matter about race, color, background or belief, we all have the same task. In Matthew 6:33 The Lord says: “… seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” The mission is clear, we should first seek His Kingdom and His righteousness then everything else will be given unto us.

Righteousness is a way of life. It is a quality or state of being just, or rightful. It means to lead a life that is pleasing to God. God is the source of all righteousness. In Matthew 5:20 it is written: “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

One of the most difficult concepts to grasp and understand completely, and correctly, is spirit, the spiritual side of the Gospel, or in easier terms, the invisible side of the word of God. You see, there is the visible world, and the invisible (spiritual) world. The visible world is the one where we use our five senses. Everything that we see, touch, hear, smell and taste. The invisible world is therefore the one we cannot see, touch, hear, smell or taste with our natural physical senses.

This is a world in the mind of man.

Let’s take a look at Hebrews 11. The entire chapter deals with faith. In faith, they did this and in faith, they did that….They did many things and accomplished a lot through faith. Verse one of Hebrews 11 teaches us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Emphasis being on not seen. From verse three we see that the world was created by the word of God. The word of God is spirit, we cannot see the word of God. We cannot see any spoken word for that matter, oh but I am talking about the spiritual word. That which we cannot see is spirit. Now, from this we understand that the world was prepared and created by the spiritual word.

The spoken word is unseen, therefore it is spirit.

The person speaking these words, he or she can be seen, thus the person is not spirit. The invisible made the visible. The things that are seen, did not, and do not originate from the visible things. Everything originates from a spoken word, an invisible word, a spiritual word.

We are still seeking the Kingdom of God, because he says to seek first the Kingdom of God….

Now it becomes very interesting,

because in Luke 17:21 it is written “ Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

What?

When looking for something, there are two things to know. You need to know what it looks like, otherwise you will get it and not even know it.  You need to know what it looks like, you must have insight and knowledge of what it looks like. And then you should also know where to search.The one thing that God is very serious about is that you must have knowledge. It is written in Hebrews 10, but we will come to that later on.

We are still busy with Luke 17:21 “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the Kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation”.

The Kingdom of God does not come with visible signs!

If we speak of the Kingdom we will not find it here, is this so? The whole world thinks when the Kingdom comes, we will see it with our physical eyes. On a cloud for all to see, with angels, and angels choirs, beautiful lights etc. The Bible’s King of Glory will not come with visible signs because the King of Glory is within you. The Kingdom of God is invisible, spiritual.

Now we know where to search right?

Another question, if the scriptures make it so clear in 1 Cor. 15 that flesh and blood will never see or bear the Kingdom of God. No matter who or what you are and in some cases who you know, the scripture’s clearly state that no flesh, or blood, will enter the Kingdom of God.

Now we ask ourselves another question. If it is so clear in the Bible why do people not understand that? The Lord says the Kingdom of God is within you, within me.

Luke 8:10 and Matthew 13: 13-17. For it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Romans 10. The Lord says the prayer I do for Israel is to their salvation. Because, they do not know the righteousness of God they have set up their own righteousness. And by that they are going to ruin.

This whole matter of the Gospel, the whole matter of proclaiming the Gospel is to gain knowledge, to get comprehensibility. To know that if anything about God and the Gospel is the invisible, spiritual. And it is through the invisible that the visible became visible.

This whole spiritual matter of the Gospel is number one to comprehend, to fully understand. Everything concerning God, all things with the Gospel, is the invisible. The clergyman confirmed that we could see it, by the invisible, the visible became apparent.

In John 1, in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God.

He said nothing had arisen except by the word.

The only place where God can work, is in my heart of understanding of man. To change my mind so I can know that God is not visible, but that God is invisible, and through my works, God become visible. This is recorded in Ephesians 2:17. Everyone must preach this Gospel, every one of our minds must be changed.

Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. We know now that it’s not a natural night, it’s a spiritual night referred to. The night is the incomprehensibility, the ignorance of a matter. Nicodemus saw something, he experienced something, then he came to Jesus asking: Rabbi, no one can do the deeds you do, unless you are sent from God, what should I do to also come in your Father’s Kingdom? Then Jesus told him to be born again. He asks, but how will I go back into my mother’s lap. In other words, he thinks it to be visible, the natural lap of his mother. Because his mind has not been changed yet. The purpose of the Gospel is to change my mind, my way of thinking, and my lifestyle. I know when God talks to me, I do not have to look at the visible. Nicodemus looks at the visible, from his question “how will I go back into my mother’s lap, as I’m a big man”, you can see his mind has not been changed yet. Then Jesus said to him, what is flesh, is flesh, that which is visible, is visible.

Remember, everything that is visible has originated from the invisible, a word.

Let me make a simple example, to build a house starts in the mind as an idea, a thought, a plan in your mind, then you put it on paper and from there it is build, but it started with a thought, which is a word. A thought before going to any other phase. The picture, the finished product begins with the invisible, then becomes visible. Even the color is invisible at first, it becomes visible when you see the correct one. When you see it you know what the perfect color is, how did you know? How do you know what the right thing is? Because it was already manifested in your conscious or subconscious mind.

A teacher is the same, he does not convey visible knowledge to a child, the knowledge is within him, it is invisible, and when children are tested, the knowledge on the page is not tested, no, the invisible knowledge is being tested, what is in the mind and memory.

We come to Ephesians 2. He has proclaimed the Gospel of peace to those who are far and to those who are near. For through Him we all have access through one Spirit to the Father. Spirit. He said so, “you are no longer strangers and inhabitants, but fellow citizens of the saints, and house fellows of God, of a Holy
Calling.”

What is the question again, is God visible or invisible? We are house fellows of God. How are we house fellows of God? In the scriptures they ask Jesus about His Father.  You speak so much of your Father, show us your Father? He said to them, you’ve been with me for so long, but you still do not know my Father? The Father is in me as I am in Him and We are in you. But how? Through the Spirit of God. It’s Spirit. Because our minds have changed, our mindset has changed, our view of things has changed, our way of thinking of understanding has been changed.

Building on the foundation of Apostles and Prophets. Now these Apostles and Prophets according to Ephesians 4. He said He first captured the prisoner and gave gifts to the people, and then he gave Evangelist, Shepherd, Teacher, Apostle and Prophet, to equip the Saints for their service. To equip them for their services to build the body of Christ. This body then comes to be a perfect home by the Spirit. Do you not know that you are members of the body of Christ, individual members. We each are a member. But do not think we’re all eyes, do not think we’re all feet. In other words, He describes the function, the function I serve in this body, the work the Lord gave me. And only I know what this job is.

From our life to the Gospel, others can see visions or dream dreams, some strengthen and some support others. Each of us has a job.

This Gospel is built on the foundations of Apostles and Prophets while Jesus Christ himself is the corner stone, on which the whole building is well-assembled, raised to a holy temple in the Lord. In whom we are also built together for a dwelling place for God and the Spirit.

Where are we looking to find God? Do we still run around, do we still look here and there? Let’s see how we got there. Ephesians 1:13. I want to see you begin the transformation process, the change that you and I have to go through.

The Lord says water is the word of God, earth is the mind of man. The Lord says the earth is being prepared for God for a place of residence. The Lord says the earth proclaims the glory of God. We know when we speak God’s language, we speak invisibly.

They say, seeing is believing, you know the saying. This statement is absolutely not true, seeing is not believing. Let me tell you. The Lord says in whom you also heard the word of truth, heard the Gospel of your salvation, in whom you, after you also believed, were cared for by the Holy Spirit, the promise…
That God our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of Glory, to you the spirit of wisdom. Why wisdom? Wisdom is so that you can distinguish between what is visible and what is invisible, between what God’s matter is and what matters to man.
We can read at 1 Corinthians 15. He’s giving the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation knowledge of Him. Give knowledge of Him. Because if you know something, I can do that. The knowledge is the invisible, I have knowledge of something, therefore I can apply it. The invisible knowledge gives you the ability to see things, and to know how to behave or how to work. Then he speaks of the enlightened eyes of the mind. It is also written that they will see but not see and do not hear. Because the gospel must give you the enlightened eyes, if I say this matter is now revealed to me, then I understand it.
He said in the beginning the word was and the word was with God and the word was god. And the word is the light in my life, this word has become understandable.
Illuminated eyes of the mind, I have never seen the eyes have a sense, nor the mind. But what do we really see, do we see the eyes? Or do we really see our minds? The eyes are just the lens.
If I say something is dark to me, I’m covering, I do not understand. If the deity is dark to me, I do not understand it. That’s why their Nicodemus had at night …. because the matter was dark for him, there was incomprehensibility. He knew what he believed in, something should be better, something else has to be done. That’s what Jesus spoke to, it’s like the spirit, that’s invisible. They ask Him how the fruits of the Spirit look Galatians 5. The first one is love, where is love, in the invisible, in the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, restraint, it’s all invisible. But how is the fruit of the Spirit visible? By doing me and you, through what we show in our deeds to others. This makes the invisible visible. Only man can see this fruit of the Spirit but only we can reveal it. if we disclose this, that’s why god regards us as his kingdom. Through us, these things of the kingdom can be seen. The kingdom is not food and drink. If you have had a good meal and thought, and you’re well saturated, then you’re saying “ex now in heaven”. No, that’s not heaven. Your stomach is just full, you are full. The kingdom of God is the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. All of these are all invisible, and through what we do then it becomes visible. We make it visible.
Ephesians 1 He sees the enlightened eyes of your understanding so that you can know the hope of his calling and what the riches of his glory are of the inheritance among His Saints etc. 1 Corinthians 15. Now we want to bury the nature, buried the visible so that only the invisible will come forth.
In certain parts of the world, they throw the coffin to a funeral with cement, now I ask the one of the funeral service that will happen now if the man has to get up when the Lord comes. He tells me that the Lord will provide, but now we have to make such a plan for the thieves, before they will steal this coffin.

1 Corinthians 15:40 for there are celestial bodies and there are earthly bodies. In other words, visible and invisible. The celestial body is a soul. The soul of man. If the soul is out of the body, then there is no life. The body of man can not without the soul. The visible can not be without the invisible. Nature can not be without the Spirit.

Let me tell you about a story that illuminates the power of the mind of man. It’s Friday afternoon before a weekend, everyone is ready to go home for a hard work week. A man named Koos walks through and sees that is right and sounded. He arrives at a freezer room that was recently built and the door locked behind him. He was found dead on Monday morning. The post-mortem investigation showed that he was cold. He was basically dead frozen. What is strange about that? Well, the freezer was not even connected at all, it was just the box that stood there. There was no way he could die freezing, it was hot in there. He told himself he was going to die for freezing because he was inside a freezer room, and so it was. The power of our brain is astronomical.

The same story as above is seen in our all-day life. All things, depression, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes. As those are ways of thinking ourselves ill and killing us without realizing what we are doing. Beware of your mind, take care of what you think.

Let’s talk about faith, that we can only see what is the power of faith. There is this traveler, he travels the world in search of treasure and excitement. He comes to a tribe deep in the forest. They have used a ritual, or a custom that has been used for many years, called the pointing of the bones. This custom is done during a ritual, a certain bone is pointed at someone, and surely every time that person dies. It is explained as being a “spear of thought”, once this spear is in the mind it kills you. It is not a physical thing, it is merely a thought, an idea placed in your mind that you believe and then, lo and behold it comes true. The mind of man is powerful.

The word of the Lord came to me and said before I formed you in your womb, I knew you before your birth. And before you came to appear, I sanctified you. Well why before birth? It’s simple, time and space when you were born and when God was there, when we die, God will be there today God is here, God will be there tomorrow, the next day. God does not have time, and God does not have space because God is Spirit. Before you are born, you are destined for certain things. Not one thing about God, and life, is by chance. Everything has a purpose. You are chosen.

Today if you hear my voice, do not harden your heart. I need you today, says the Lord. Not more, not yesterday, right now. Today is the day of salvation. All of us have excuses why we can not, but excuses are nothing. But do not lose courage, just pray that the circumstances of such a nature will change that excuses will no longer be there, excuses can be made out-of-order so that we can make way for God.

For the day will come that I and you can not run away anymore, the Lord said I should abandon my excuses. The Lords wherever He wants to send you, what you have to do, what you need to talk, it will be so. Now what is this God then talking about such things?

God, I in my Father, my Father in me and we in you. He says then They are in us, where else will they be? Do not be afraid. The Spirit of God is in you, no matter what, even if you crawl into a deep hole, the Spirit is with you in you. We can not escape it. Man’s God is everywhere, but I would rather say wherever I am, there is God.

This God of mine is mighty, my God is powerful. The Lord is my shepherd, nothing I will miss ….

Then the Lord stretched out his hand. How does it work now, God is then Spirit? What does God’s hand look like? It is a spiritual hand. Let me explain: The hands are the part of the body that works, caresses, comforts and cares. You and me are the hands of God. We do through the Spirit of God inspired and revealed by us, so we each do the function of the hands of God. Does this make sense? God’s mighty hands. It is this hand that God has stretched out. This hand stretches very far. He also extends lands, and sea and land to land, town to village, and human to man.

One came to me and taught me from the Lord, and the Gospel of Peace, so the Lord went out to me, and through man the words of the Gospel came to me, words driven by the Spirit of God, And the word was found at my entrance, and found a rest, and grew in me to great high places, this word which is God, the seed. So now God’s hand stretches from me even further to you this day. 1:04

You can only do something if you have knowledge and understand. Same with the Godhead. By knowledge, I gain experience.

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I hope you found this post helpful. If so, please feel free to share it with the important people in your life, (and the less important ones too;-) they may all find value in these written words, and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below.  I’d love to hear from you.

And as always anytime you need a hand you can email me at  marlenew@confessionsofareadaholic.info

Always remember every day holds the possibility and the promise of a miracle. 

 

4 Responses to The Visible and the Invisible aspects of the Gospel of Christ

  1. Justina Wolfe

    Faith is definitely the biggest part in our life. To test ourselves and see if we really believe that Jesus was born and died on the cross for us. My husband and I were talking about that yesterday. Do we really believe that Jesus was born or do we just believe that because that’s what our parents taught us.
    I found that that could really challenge our faith. We say we believe that but I think everybody should test themselves and ask why do I believe that? Because our minds have been taught that way or because we truly believe it with our whole heart?
    Thank you for sharing your insight to some things!

    • Marlene W

      Thank you for your comment Justina.  Do you believe because you are truly convinced, or do you believe because you were told to?  You have a good point.  

      I believe because I have seen, I have experience.  And yes, it may be true that Jesus was born and did all the things for real, and yes he probably died on the cross and all that.  But that all is just history.  What matters is what all that means to me today, in my everyday life.  Does it all inspire me to be better in all ways that count?  There is a spiritual meaning, a spiritual understanding behind all the stories in the Bible.  When understood and lived the spiritual way, all of it gets a whole other meaning, and it enriches you.  Everything has true meaning.  

      Do you agree? 

  2. Guy

    Very insightful article. You really go in depht into the subject. I also believe that we don’t have to go very far to find the kindgom of God, it is found inside of us the day that we are receiving and accepting his word.

    It’s only by faith that we can understand those things because like you said, our senses cannot have a hold on this.

    We have to take God’s word for it. Once we start believing what God said through the mouth of his prophets, his apostles and through the mouth of his Son, then the invisible kingdom becomes real for us.

    • Marlene W

      Thank you very much for your comment Guy.  I was worried that I may not explain the concept of visible and invisible enough, that it may not be understandable, but you put me at ease, thank you. 

      Faith does play a big part, but we also need to change our way of interpreting and thinking the Gospel.  But the mind change together with faith makes a powerful force.  The powerful force of God.  

      You are correct, we have to listen to the ones God sends to us to tell us what He wants. God reveals through man.  

      God is love, and God is peace.  May you be blessed abundantly with love and peace.  

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