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JESUS SAID IN Lu. 17:21, “...THE KINGDOM OF GOD, [WHICH APOSTLES BLEND WITH THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN,] IS WITHIN YOU.” ‘THE KINGDOM OF GOD’ IS GOD’S SPIRITUAL KINGDOM, WHICH RESIDES IN THE BORN AGAIN HUMAN SPIRIT (NOT IN THE MIND WHICH SUPPOSEDLY ‘BECAME SPIRITUAL’,) THROUGH THE INDWELLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. THUS, THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH IS MANIFESTED THROUGH THE PREACHING OF THE BIBLICAL GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IN THOSE WHO SINCERELY BELIEVE AND ACCEPT JESUS AS THEIR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR, (Mt. 28:19-20,) THE “FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT,” IS THE GODLY BEHAVIOR OF SINCERELY BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS, WHO POSSESS THE INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT AS A TEMPLE OF THE SPIRIT, (Gal. 5:16-22; 1 Cor. 6:17-20.)
QUESTION: “What is darkness?” [or hell,] (Answer: Darkness is a lack of knowledge, doubt, mindlessness, and this is darkness together with all his works.)
This description of darkness is pure pagan Platonism, as seen earlier in this study. Apostles avoid a direct interpretation of eternal hell as the Bible describes it, but the OAC member who tried to convert us explained, “Hell is the opposite of heaven, [the ‘enlightened,’ ‘heavenly’ state of mind or ‘NIRVANA.’] Hell is a dark state of mind. (Afrikaans: ‘n ‘donker’ gemoedstoestand.) A depressed, negative, tormenting, hopeless state of mind…”
ONE MAY SINCERELY ASK: WHAT IS THE POINT OF FOLLOWING A RELIGION WITHOUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY, AND WITHOUT PUNISHMENT FOR WILLFUL DISOBEDIENCE TO, AND REJECTION OF GOD; HIS TRUTH, HIS SON, AND HIS HOLY SPIRIT? BIBLICALLY, ALL OF HUMANKIND, WHO LIVES WITHOUT A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IN CHRIST, IS IN SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL DARKNESS, BUT NOT IN HELL AS YET. HOWEVER, A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE, DEPRESSION - EVEN PHYSICAL SUFFERING, IS DEFINITELY NOT HELL. IT IS LOSTNESS WITHOUT CHRIST; BEING IN THE POWER OF THE EVIL ONE, AND BELONGING TO THE DEVIL’S SPIRITUAL KINGDOM IN THIS WORLD, (Jn. 3:16-17; 1 Jn. 5:19.)
THE BIBLE DECLARES THAT THE DEVIL HIMSELF, AND NOT THE ‘UNENLIGHTENED’ MIND OF MANKIND, IS SPIRITUAL DARKNESS; IN HIM THERE IS NO LIGHT, NO LIFE, NO TRUTH, (Jn. 8:44.) THE DEVIL IS A PERSON, A FALLEN ANGEL, AND GOD MADE HELL ESPECIALLY FOR THE DEVIL AND THE FALLEN ANGELS WHO REBELLED AGAINST GOD IN TIME IMMEMORIAL, (Rev. 12:3-4.) ACCORDING TO THE JESUS OF THE BIBLE, HUMANS, WHO CHOOSE TO REJECT JESUS AS THEIR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR, WILL ULTIMATELY JOIN THE DEVIL AND HIS DEMONS IN THE EVERLASTING FIRES OF HELL, (Mt. 25:41.)
HELL IS INDEED DESCRIBED CORRECTLY IN ‘THE ETERNAL EXISTENCE THESIS’ AND IN ‘THE NO ESCAPE THESIS’ AS A PLACE OF “UNENDING CONSCIOUS YET SPIRITUAL EXISTENCE.” [Quotations from: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.]
ACCORDING TO THE CONTEXT OF BIBLICAL TRUTH, HELL IS A REAL LOCATION BENEATH THE EARTH SOMEWHERE. OF COURSE HELL, AS HEAVEN, CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD IN THE SAME WAY WE UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL WORLD, BUT HELL CAN NEVER RELATE TO A MERE ‘STATE OF MIND’ WITHIN THE ‘DARKENED’ MIND, WHICH HAS ‘A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE’ CONCERNING THE APOSTLE MOVEMENT’S ‘PATH OF ENLIGHTENMENT,’ (Is. 14:9; Lu. 16:24; 2 Pet. 3:7; Rev. 21:8.)
OTHER ‘CHRISTIAN’ PHILOSOPHIES, OPPOSED TO THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF ETERNAL PUNISHMENT IN HELL, (SUCH AS HAD BEEN ADOPTED BY THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AND 7TH DAY ADVENTISTS,) TAKE THE FORM OF ‘ANNIHILATION’ OR THE NON-EXISTENCE OF THOSE DEPARTED SOULS, WHO DID NOT BELONG TO THEIR CHURCHES.
IN THE SAME MANNER, DEPARTED MEMBERS OF THE APOSTLE MOVEMENT SIMPLY ‘CANNOT’ FACE THE FINAL JUDGMENT SEAT OF GOD, AS DESCRIBED IN REV. 20:11-15. THE APOSTLE MOVEMENT’S DEPARTED SIMPLY BECOMES ‘DISEMBODIED’ SPIRITS AND ANGELS, WHO FLOAT SOMEWHERE AMONG, (OR IN) THE ‘SPIRITUAL’ MINDS (OR STATE OF MIND) OF THE LIVING MEMBERS OF THIS CHURCH, AS HEAVEN IS INSIDE THE ‘SPIRITUAL MINDS’ OF THESE PEOPLE.
QUESTION: “What is sin?” (Answer: All disobedience [to the word of the apostle] is sin and darkness.)
F.W. WERNER WROTE IN ‘Die Dwaling Van Die Apostelsekte,’ Published by ‘Evangelie Uitgewers, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, [TRANSLATED FROM AFRIKAANS,] “THIS ACTUALLY MEANS THAT ALL DISOBEDIENCE TO THE APOSTLE IS SIN. IN FACT, THIS IS THE APOSTLE’S ONLY SIN,” AS DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD’S MORAL LAW OF LOVE, (THE NEW TESTAMENT LAW, WHICH JESUS HIMSELF COMMANDED,) DOES NOT ENTER THE MINDS OF THOSE WHO BELONG TO THIS APOSTLE ‘KINGDOM.’ (Read Jn. 13:34!)
THE OAC AND OTHER APOSTLES BELIEVE THAT THE HUMAN RACE IS SINFUL BECAUSE THEIR ‘NATURAL’ MINDS LACK ‘SPIRITUAL ILLUMINATION.’ THE LACK OF SPIRITUAL ILLUMINATION IS SIN AND ‘DARKNESS.’ THIS ‘ILLUMINATION’ IS THE MERE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE BIBLE NEEDS TO BE INTERPRETED ‘SPIRITUALLY.’ FIRSTLY THEN, IF ONE DISOBEYS THE ‘APOSTLE’S’ COMMANDMENT TO BE ‘ILLUMINATED,’ (AMONG OTHER THINGS,) ONE REMAINS IN ‘SIN’ AND ‘DARKNESS,’ AND THIS ‘APOSTLE’ SUPPOSEDLY HAS THE ‘AUTHORITY’ TO TURN AN IMAGENARY ‘KEY’ IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE TO ‘LOCK OR SHUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD’ FOR YOU FOR ALL ETERNITY!
SORROWFULLY, APOSTLES OMIT THE FUNDAMENTAL TEACHING OF THE BIBLE THAT ‘ALL MEN HAVE SINNED [AGAINST GOD NOT AGAINST THE WORTHLESS DOCTRINES OF MEN,] AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.’ (ROM. 3:21-23.)
SIN IS ‘HAMARTIA,’ A STATE OR PLACE – A POSITION OF SIN AND CURSEDNESS OUTSIDE THE PRESENCE OF GOD, (Gal. 3:10-14.) THE ONLY WAY TO ESCAPE THE TRUE STATE OF LOSTNESS, DARKNESS AND SIN, IS TO BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND ALL HE HAS DONE IN OUR PLACE AT CALVARY; TO ACCEPT HIM WHOLEHEARTEDLY, AND TO FOLLOW HIS ETERNAL WORD (THE REAL CONTEXTUAL TRUTH OF THE SCRIPTURES) OBEDIENTLY.
NO ONE EXCEPT GOD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF has authority to shut the kingdom of God before those who disobey the contextual truth of GOD’S WORD, the Bible Scriptures.
NO ONE EXCEPT JESUS HIMSELF HAD AUTHORITY TO SEND SOULS TO ETERNAL HELL, AND TO LOCK THEM OUT OF THE REAL, SCRIPTURAL HEAVEN, AS DESCRIBED IN the Book of Revelation, chapters 21-22.
QUESTION: “Who can forgive sin? And how do we receive forgiveness?”
(Answer: Jesus Christ, through the living mouth of the Apostle, (Jn. 20:23...) We can only receive forgiveness through the speaking mouth of God, [the ‘Apostles,] because those whom God has sent, speak the Word of God, (Jn. 3:34.)
F0OTNOTE, SPIRIT FILLED BIBLE, “JESUS’ DISCIPLES ARE TO PREACH BOTH THE WAY OF SALVATION AND THE WAY OF DAMNATION EXPLAINING HOW SINNERS CAN BE FORGIVEN AND THE DANGER OF REJECTING THE [Biblical] GOSPEL OF CHRIST. WHETHER OR NOT THE HEARERS’ SINS ARE FORGIVEN, DEPENDS ON THEIR [personal] ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST” AS THEIR PERSONAL LORD, SAVIOR, AND REDEEMER. “IN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, SALVATION AND REDEMPTION, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ALONE IS THE ‘APOSTLE AND HIGH PRIEST OF OUR CONFESSION,’ (Jn. 1:12-13; Heb. 3:1!)”
Eph. 1:17, “IN [Jesus Christ Alone] WE HAVE THE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE.”
Acts 4:12, “NOR IS THERE SALVATION [OR FORGIVENESS] IN ANY OTHER, [name but the Name of Jesus,] FOR THERE IS NO OTHER NAME [OR WAY] UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED.”
As such, our challenging OAC member wrote, “OAC members have become ‘equal’ to Jesus.”
Apostle-salvation does not focus on the Jesus Christ of the Bible and HIS COMPLETE ATONEMENT in our place. It focuses on “the substance of Jesus [sinful] human nature,” or sacramental salvation in and through the so-called angelic, ‘godlike ‘apostles’ of the ‘apostle-body of Christ,’ who had become ‘Jesus Christ in the flesh.’
If this could be true, they can really justify their own ‘sinful nature,’ as Christ also allegedly had a sinful nature! What pathetic ‘christs’ they pretend to be!
JESUS WAS ALLEDLY NOT RESURRECTED BODILY FROM THE GRAVE EITHER, BUT ‘SPIRITUALLY,’ IN ‘THE SUBSTANCE OF JESUS’ HUMAN [meaning sinful] NATURE;’ IN THE APOSTLE MEMBERS, NOT IN A GLORIFIED, IMMORTAL HUMAN BODY. AND SO, THEY ALL BECAME CHRIST ‘IN THE FLESH;’ JESUS’ ‘EQUAL;’ JESUS CHRIST (or God Himself.)
In reality, then, according to these apostles, JESUS HAD TO REMAIN DEAD IN HIS GRAVE FOR NEARLY 2,000 YEARS, until the apostle churches came into existence during the 19th century. Only THEN could Jesus be resurrected ‘spiritually’ in the ‘spiritual’ minds of these people! However, Scripture plainly states that, just as Jonah was in the belly of the fish FOR 3 NIGHTS AND THREE DAYS, JESUS WAS IN THE GRAVE FOR THREE LITERAL NIGHTS AND THREE LITERAL DAYS.
There can be only One God, the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, and there is no equal to Him! Heb. 1:1-2 testifies, ‘GOD, WHO… SPOKE BY THE (OLD TESTAMENT) PROPHETS, HAS IN THESE LAST DAYS (OR DURING THE NEW TESTAMENT DISPENSATION) SPOKEN TO US BY HIS SON… THROUGH WHOM ALSO HE MADE THE WORLDS…’
Christ Jesus, the Creator of the ‘worlds,’ created humanity “LOWER THAN THE ANGELS,” (Heb. 2:7.)
Still, apostles, so-called ‘spirits’ and ‘ministering angels,’ aren’t simply ‘temples of the Holy Spirit’ and therefore Jesus’ instruments to bring His Gospel-light to the world. They have become EQUAL TO JESUS. They have actually ‘become’ Jesus Christ or God Himself in the flesh!
As if in anticipation of such horrendously blasphemous teachings, the writer of Heb. 1:5 asked, “TO WHICH OF THE ANGELS DID HE EVER SAY, YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU… v. 8, BUT TO THE SON HE SAYS, YOUR THRONE, O [JESUS] GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER…” GOD DECLARED IN 1 TIM. 2:5-6, “FOR THERE IS ONE GOD AND ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MEN, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS, WHO GAVE HIMSELF A RANSOM FOR ALL…”
“Jesus did not rise bodily from the dead”:
The OAC member, who tried to convert us, wrote, “Jesus did not rise bodily from the dead, but in a ‘Spiritual’ body,” [inside the ‘spiritual’ minds of those who were enlightened by the realization that the Bible must be interpreted ‘Spiritually.’] “Lu.24:39 is an excellent example of the natural man, [so-called non-OAC members,] who looks at the body, and thinks Jesus’ hands and feet in this verse refers to the physical body of Jesus the Nazarene. The following verses also allegedly prove that Jesus did not rise bodily from the grave, but spiritually. 1 Pt. 3:18, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit.”
[ACTUALLY, IT IS WRITTEN “‘BY’ NOT ‘IN’ THE SPIRIT!” ‘IN’ THE SPIRIT ‘JUSTIFIES’ THE IDEA THAT JESUS HAS RISEN ‘SPIRITUALLY,’ NOT BODILY.
HOWEVER, IF JESUS DID NOT RISE BODILY FROM THE GRAVE, WHERE IS HIS TOMB? WHERE IS HIS DEAD BODY? (Mt. 28:11-15.) SCRIPTURE IS VERY CLEAR ON THIS MATTER: THREE NIGHTS AND THREE DAYS AFTER JESUS’ DEATH, HE WAS RESURRECTED IN A GLORIFIED, (NOT A ‘SPIRITUAL’) BODY! YET, THE OAC AND OTHER APOSTLES BELIEVE JESUS WAS IN HIS GRAVE FOR NEARLY 2,000 YEARS BEFORE HE COULD BE ‘RESURRECTED SPIRITUALLY’ IN THE ENLIGHTENED MINDS OF THEIR MEMBERS.
WHEN THE UNBELIEVING THOMAS, ONLY 3 NIGHTS AND 3 DAYS AFTER THE CRUCIFIXION, HEARD OF JESUS’ BODILY RESURRECTION, HE ACTUALLY SAID, “[UNLESS I [LITERALLY SEE AND FEEL HIS PHYSICAL WOUNDS FOR MYSELF…] UNLESS I SEE IN HIS HANDS THE PRINT OF THE NAILS, AND PUT MY FINGER INTO THE PRINT OF THE NAILS, AND THRUST MY HAND INTO HIS SIDE, I WILL NOT BELIEVE [THAT HE HAS RISEN BODILY FROM THE GRAVE!”] (Jn. 20:24.)
THE CHAPTER OF LU. 24 TELLS US EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED AFTER JESUS’ RESURRECTION, “THE WOMEN, AT HIS TOMB, DID NOT FIND HIS [PHYSICAL] BODY…” AND WHILE THE DISCIPLES WERE BEHIND THEIR SHUT DOORS, “JESUS HIMSELF STOOD IN THE MIDST OF THEM… BUT THEY... SUPPOSED THEY HAD SEEN A SPIRIT... BUT HE SAID, ‘BEHOLD MY HANDS AND MY FEET, THAT IT IS I MYSELF. HANDLE ME AND SEE, FOR A SPIRIT DOES NOT HAVE FLESH AND BONES AS YOU SEE I HAVE…
“THEY GAVE HIM FISH AND HONEYCOMB, AND HE TOOK IT AND ATE IT IN THEIR PRESENCE [OR LITERALLY BEFORE THEIR VERY EYES…]” IN JN. 21, WHILE THE DISCIPLES WERE LITERALLY FISHING ON THE SEA, JESUS STOOD ON THE SHORE WITH FISH ON THE FIRE, AND BREAD… AND JESUS SAID, ‘COME AND EAT BREAKFAST…’
Mark. 12:18-27 TEACHES, “THEN SOME SADDUCEES, WHO SAY THERE IS NO RESURRECTION, CAME TO JESUS, SAYING… ‘THEREFORE, IN THE [DAY OF THE LITERAL] RESURRECTION, WHEN THEY RISE, WHOSE WIFE WILL SHE BE? FOR ALL SEVEN HAD HER AS WIFE...’ [BUT JESUS ANSWERED,] ‘CONCERNING THE [DEPARTED,] THAT THEY [WILL] RISE [BODILY FROM THE GRAVE;] HAVE YOU NOT READ IN THE BOOK OF MOSES, IN THE BURNING BUSH PASSAGE, HOW GOD SPOKE TO HIM, SAYING, ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? HE IS NOT THE GOD OF THE DEAD, [DEAD BODIES,] BUT THE GOD OF THE LIVING. YOU ARE THEREFORE GREATLY MISTAKEN.’”
“Jesus resides in the ‘body of Christ;’ or the ‘spiritual’ minds of the apostles.”
AS THE OAC AND OTHER APOSTLES’ ‘SPIRITUAL’ MINDS ONLY CAME INTO EXISTENCE IN THE 19TH CENTURY, WHERE DID JESUS ‘RESIDE’ FOR NEARLY 2,000 YEARS? SCRIPTURE CLEARLY STATES THAT JESUS SITS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER IN HEAVEN, NOT IN HIS BODY, IN A CHURCH, OR IN THE ‘SPIRITUAL’ MIND OF THE APOSTLE, (MARK 16:19.) IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO DWELLS IN THE BORN AGAIN HUMAN SPIRIT OF EVERY SINCERE BELIEVER, WHO HAD BECOME A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,’ (1 COR. 6:17-20.)
NEVERTHELESS, APOSTLES BELIEVE THEY “ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST IN THE FLESH,” AND TEACH THAT THE ‘SPIRITUALLY RESURRECTED’ JESUS NOW RESIDES IN THE ‘SPIRITUAL’ MIND [Afrikaans, ‘gemoed’] OF THE APOSTLES, WHO HAVE BECOME ‘SPIRITS’ AND ‘ANGELS,’ AND HAVE BECOME JESUS’ EQUAL THROUGH HIS RESURRECTION IN THEM.
IF THIS IS CORRECT, THESE ‘ANGELIC ‘APOSTLES,’ JUST AS THE POPE OF CATHOLICISM, ACTUALLY ‘BECAME’ ‘THE SUBSTITUTE FOR JESUS CHRIST IN THE FLESH,’ AND SO, THEY ACTUALLY BECAME ‘GOD ON EARTH.’ ACCORDINGLY, THEY TEACH, ‘IF YOU HAVE SEEN THE APOSTLE, YOU HAVE SEEN JESUS, AND THERE IS NO RECONCILIATION BETWEEN GOD AND MANKIND EXCEPT THROUGH THIS APOSTLE, THE ‘SPIRIT,’ OR ‘ANGEL.’
CONTRARY TO THIS ‘APOSTLE-MEDIATOR,’ JESUS HIMSELF DECLARED IN Lu. 5:24: “[ONLY GOD HIMSELF, IN THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST, WHO BECAME] the Son of Man, has power on earth to forgive sins…”
Acts 3:12: “Salvation is in NO ONE ELSE…” – ONLY IN AND THROUGH Jesus Christ [OF THE BIBLE!]”
1 Tim. 2:5: “There is only ONE Mediator between man and God: the Man Jesus Christ!”
Eph. 1:7: “In HIM [THE LORD JESUS CHRIST OF THE BIBLE,] we have redemption through HIS [OWN] blood, the forgiveness of sins…”
JESUS HIMSELF DECLARED IN JN. 14:6, “…No one comes to the father except through Me!”]
“We are the cloud into which Jesus ascended, and has already descended, not physical clouds!”
The OAC disciple who wrote us continued, “Heb 12:1: ‘Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race before us.’ We, who are in the cloud, reveal Christ in the flesh, or preach God to others, and so, God, Who is Spirit, is justified in the Spirit. This is the cloud on which Jesus descends, [AS IF JESUS HAD ALREADY RETURNED ON THE CLOUDS!] which He reveals Spiritually to others. Thus God uses us, who represent His Son's body Spiritually, as 'n witnessing cloud, bringing Christ to others. We are the cloud which reveals God to the ‘natural’ [NON- ILLUMINATED] man.”
APOSTLES ACTUALLY ALLEGES THAT IT TOOK JESUS NEARLY 2,000 YEARS TO ‘ASCEND TO HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN;’ AS ‘HEAVEN’ WAS ONLY IDENTIFIED IN THE 19TH CENTURY AS BEING IN THE ‘SPIRITUAL’ MINDS OF THESE APOSTLES. JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, WHERE IS THE CONTEXTUAL BIBLE REFERENCE WHICH DECLARES THAT JESUS CHRIST HAD ALREADY RETURNED OR DESCENDED ‘INTO THE SPIRITUAL APOSTOLE MIND?’
REGRETTABLY, IN THEIR INTERPRETATION OF HEB. 12:1, APOSTLES OMIT THE WORD 'SURROUNDED' AND MISINTERPRETS THE WORD 'CLOUD' TO MEAN, THEY THEMSELVES HAD BECOME THE CLOUD. IN TRUTH, BOTH THE WORDS ‘SURROUND’ AND ‘CLOUD’ ARE METAPHORS FOR THE BIBLICAL MARTYRS, THE MANY HUMAN EXAMPLES OF ENDURING FAITH, AS DESCRIBED IN HEB. 11.
THE WRITER OF ACTS 1:3 UNMISTAKABLY DECLARED, “JESUS ALSO PRESENTED HIMSELF [PHYSICALLY] ALIVE AFTER HIS SUFFERING BY MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS, BEING SEEN BY THEM DURING FORTY DAYS… [BEFORE HIS ASCENSION INTO HEAVEN.]”
FROM WHERE DID THIS STRANGE TEACHING, CONCERNING THE SO-CALLED 19TH CENTURY ASCENSION AND ‘DESCEND’ OF JESUS INTO THE ‘SPIRITUAL’ MINDS OF THESE ‘APOSTLES,’ ORIGINATE?
Wikipedia REPORTS, “The Gnostic tradition, by which Jesus was said to transcend the physical realm, becoming pure spirit without being resurrected bodily and returned to His home in the spirit world, contrasts with the Biblical account of Jesus ascending bodily into the clouds.”
BUT ACTS 1:9-11 UNMISTAKABLY STATES, "WHILE THEY WATCHED, [WITH THEIR PHYSICAL EYES,] JESUS WAS TAKEN UP, AND A [PHYSICAL] CLOUD RECEIVED HIM OUT OF THEIR SIGHT. AND WHILE THEY LOOKED STEADFASTLY TOWARD HEAVEN AS HE WENT UP, TWO MEN STOOD BY THEM, WHO ALSO SAID, 'WHY DO YOU STAND GAZING UP INTO HEAVEN? THIS SAME JESUS, WHO WAS TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO HEAVEN, WILL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YOU SAW HIM GO INTO HEAVEN."
THE REAL HEAVENLY CREATURES, THE ANGELS, ACTUALLY SAID, “JESUS WILL RETURN JUST AS YOU SAW HIM ASCEND INTO HEAVEN ABOVE THE CLOUDS, RIGHT BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES!”
ALSO, BIBLICAL SCRIPTURE CLEARLY TEACHES THAT CHRIST WAS ‘REVEALED’ IN THE FLESH BY BEING BORN AS A PHYSICAL HUMAN BEING ON EARTH; MAN SIMPLY CANNOT REVEAL CHRIST IN THE FLESH! (JN. 1:1-5.) BY PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, WE ARE ACTUALLY BRINGING THE SPIRITUAL, (NOT THE PHYSICAL) KINGDOM OF GOD, (AND NOT HEAVEN AS YET,) TO UNBELIEVERS.
THIS OAC MEMBER ALSO WROTE THAT GOD IS ‘JUSTIFIED’ BY THEIR PREACHING. HOWEVER, BIBLICAL JUSTIFICATION MEANS TO BE ACQUITTED BY GOD’S HOLY LAW; TO STAND BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD AS IF WE HAVE NEVER SINNED. GOD CANNOT BE JUSTIFIED BY US; WE MUST BE JUSTIFIED BEFORE GOD'S JUDGMENT THRONE THROUGH JESUS' COMPLETE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW FOR US AND IN OUR PLACE! (Mt. 5:17.)
“This is how Jesus was resurrected and ascended [or returned] in Peter, (in us,) and in our lives”
The OAC member continued, “1 Cor. 15 actually describes the Spiritual resurrection which has to occur in our lives. Peter himself said in verse 31: "I die day by day.” It is clear that this is not a natural/physical death and resurrection, but the death of the old, sinful, human nature of the naturally thinking man, [ACTUALLY, HE MEANS THE OAC ‘MIND,] and the resurrection of the Spiritual/sinless/heavenly man, [OR OAC ‘MIND.’] This is how Jesus Christ was resurrected in Peter’s life. This is how Jesus Christ is still being resurrected in our lives. He died literally as a man on the cross, for our sins, which means that we do not have to be crucified for our sins. But “Jesus was quickened in the Spirit,” not quickened in the flesh! [JESUS WAS MADE ALIVE BY THE SPIRIT, NOT ‘IN’ THE SPIRIT!] There is no mystery in the resurrection/ascension. Peter spoke of the [SPIRITUAL] resurrection, which will transpire when we die to our old, sinful, thinking man, [THE ‘NATURAL’ HUMAN MIND OR SOUL,] and live Spiritual. The dead of 1 Cor. 15 are not in their physical graves. These are ‘natural’/carnal [PEOPLE WHOSE ‘MINDS’ ARE STILL DEAD OR ‘DARKENED.’] People who are still ruled by their natural thoughts, 1 Pt. 3:18. God will be quickened [‘IN’] the Spirit in our lives, if we accept Him as our Savior, 1 Co 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall be made alive.” 1 Co 15:42, “So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body [OR THINKING/NATURAL MIND] is sown in corruption, [THEN A ‘SPIRITUAL’ MIND IS] raised in incorruption…”
Hear the grave warning of the One and Only, True God of the Biblical Scriptures, ““You shall not circulate a false report. [Or spread false church doctrines!] Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. You SHALL NOT FOLLOW A CROWD TO DO EVIL, nor shall you testify in a dispute to turn aside after many to pervert justice.” - Ex. 23:1-3; Jam. 2:9.
IN 1 Cor. 15, PAUL TAUGHT NEITHER ON THE RENEWAL OF THE MIND NOR THE SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT THROUGH THE TRUE SCRIPTURAL REBIRTH – which can only come through personal faith in and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, (Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6.) PAUL ACTUALLY WARNED NOT TO BELIEVE THE LIES OF THE SADDUCEAN SECT, WHO DENIED THE FACT THAT JESUS HAD RISEN BODILY FROM THE GRAVE, AND HE WROTE, “NOW IF CHRIST IS PREACHED THAT HE HAS BEEN RAISED [BODILY] FROM THE DEAD, HOW DO SOME AMONG YOU SAY THAT THERE IS NO RESURRECTION OF THE [DEPARTED?] IF THERE IS NO [BODILY] RESURRECTION OF THE [DEPARTED,] THEN CHRIST WAS NOT RAISED. AND IF CHRIST WAS NOT RAISED, THEN OUR PREACHING IS EMPTY AND YOUR FAITH IS IN VAIN… FOR IF CHRIST IS NOT RISEN, YOUR FAITH IS FUTILE; YOU ARE STILL [SPIRITUALLY DEAD] IN YOUR SINS [WITHOUT HIS COMPLETE ATONEMENT IN YOUR PLACE!]”
PAUL WAS ACTUALLY REFERRING TO THE TRULY BORN AGAIN DEPARTED IN THIS CHAPTER. THEIR BORN AGAIN, HUMAN SPIRITS ARE ALREADY WITH GOD IN HEAVEN, BUT WILL RETURN WITH CHRIST IN THAT GLORIOUS DAY OF THE RESURRECTION, (LU. 23:43.)
THEIR NATURAL SOULS OR MINDS, WHICH DIED WITH THEIR NATURAL BODIES, ARE ‘SLEEPING’ IN THEIR GRAVES. AND SO,