Among other things done that day, Jesus appointed another seventy. And sent them two by two into every city where he himself would go. Telling them that the harvest was great but the laborers were few. With a degree of sadness, one suspects because he instructed them to pray that the Lord of the harvest would send more laborers, Luke 10:1-2.
And it all started with a simple expression from Jesus, “You are Peter, and upon this rock will I build my church.” And how, about this statement?Â Because you are Peter, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (scriptural text:Matthew 16:18b).
But all that occurs once the blood dripped body of Christ has erased the curse that separated the created from the creator. Then life takes a redemptive focus; whereby, we the redeemed take the Christ message of redemption to all places where Jesus himself would go. (scriptural text:Luke 10:1). He will or has been there because we have learned from previous discussions that He is us, and we are Him. So wherever the redeemed go, there is Jesus also. (scriptural text:1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 John 5:7; Luke 10:1).
Making the redeemed far more important to world affairs, than most suspected. Taking upon themselves the solidification of the fortitude which is characteristic, when Christ redeems one. It’s a prelude to baptism, when fortitude and mystical character come together. Making the new born in Christ ready to say bye bye slain wolves and hello harvested lamb’s. (scriptural text:Luke 10:1-3.
These redeemed, who become harvesters for he Lord of the harvest. Have no need for cemented palaces, held together by steel rods and made pretty with stained glass windows and other exterior and interior decoratives. Because each of the redeemed; is that Christ named Peter, a church in the truest sense. Christ is the church, in the redeemed. Who was seen by John, as that vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called the Word of God. That hell, itself can’t prevail against. (scriptural texts: Revelation 19:13; Matthew 16:18).
Whenever, innocent blood is spilt. vengeance is the order of the day. But the Christ harvester approaches vengeance from a different perspective. The vengeance occurs with the slaying of the wolves through the redemptive blood of Christ. Nonviolence applied against violence is a gift from God for making a wrong right.
For this discussion, this is who the redeemed are. We are flesh and blood absent steel rods and wood. Not made fancy by decorative like paraphernalia. But rather, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, whom we have from God. The redeemed didn’t come to redemption free. We were bought with a price. We are not free spirits, who do our own thing. That doesn’t mean mean, that His harvesters are denied the use of their imaginations in being creative in this war against the wolves. If anything, ones imaginative creativity is enhanced. Because we are commanded to glorify God in our bodies (his church), and in our spirit (His presences). (scriptural texts:1Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18; 1 John 5:7).
Most likely, though with a sigh of disappointment because being a laborer for the Lord of the harvest was then, as it is today, a dangerous decision. Knowing that not many would respond to his call. Saying nevertheless, “Go your ways, behold! I send you forth as lambs among wolves,” Luke 10:3.
Monumental words, indeed for the Christ warrior. What chance for victory does a lamb have against a wolf? Obviously none! Until the following is considered and understood.
Not long afterward, Jesus made this historical announcement. “You are Peter! And upon this rock, I will build my church. And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” Matthew 16:18. ‘Good bye slain wolves hello victorious lambs.’
Section 11:Amazing Soul Reading
What a book, the Bible is because it’s more than inked pages on paper and made into a book. Then gobbled up by enthusiast, who create concrete palaces held together by rods of steel and wood. Beautified with stained glass windows. And they called those palaces churches where the living God dwells. And to a greater or lesser extent, it is so. The problem is that the lesser extent is greater than the former. And there lies twisted in shamblesÂ the Jesus vision, when he said, “… the harvest is great but the laborers are few …,” Luke 10:2.
In that the Bible is said to be more than inked pages on paper, what makes it so? The visionary John saw this angelic revelation. Declared to be a ‘fellow servant’ from among ‘the brethren’ having the testimony of Jesus Christ, Revelation 19:10. With John seeing the following. “And he was clothed with a vesture (body of Christ) dipped in blood; and his name is called the Word of God,” Revelation 19:13. And that is what makes the Bible more than inked pages on paper.
The Bible is the living breathing personage of Jesus Christ. Who dwells, within every person that has experienced the newness of life that only Jesus can bring about. And here is your proof, “What!” ‘Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in you, whom you have of God, and you are not your own,”‘ 1 Corinthians 6:19. And here is your proof with the three being one, “For there are three that bear witness in heaven. The Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one,” 1 John 5:7.
Unexplainable by human reasoning, but our Bible is the personage of Jesus, who speaks from within us. Manifested through the triune presences of the trinity. Speaking from within us but captured by our outward sensory perceptions.
As you think about all that reflect upon these words, and gain a greater appreciation as to who you really are. “I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works, and my soul knows very well,” Psalms 139:14.
Section 111:Single Most Potent Weapon
If you indeed, hope to be a warrior for the Lord of the Harvest, then understand the weapon at your disposal for the slaying of the wolves. With wolves uses as a dysphemism for everything that interferes with the edicts from the Lord of the harvest. (scriptural text:Luke 10:1-3).
The previous discussion set up what this discussions focus would be. Which is the slaying of the wolves, who are out to destroy the harvesters for the Lord. This is an all out bloody war, so his warriors need potent weapons. Hopefully, readers were able to digest the uniqueness of who they are as Christians. Brought about by the living breathing communicative ability of the trinity from within us. Able to capture our sensory perceptions from a book called the Bible.
Having such knowledge introduces us to one such weapon. Which is a truth from, Hebrews 4:12. “For the Word of God (Jesus) is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart.”
As the Word of God, takes the harvester into direct confrontation with the wolves. Using the aforementioned scripture to war successfully against those wolves. With the harvester having unusual victorious maneuverability once one understands the arts of spiritual warfare. But not an easy school to graduate from because it requires the knowledge of the Peter principal. As being one of the many pairs of seventy disciplined and determined to reap an abundant harvest.
Sun-Tzu, a master in secular warfare offered this critique, “Be extremely subtle to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious to the point of soundless. Thereby, you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.” Inspiring, but only, at best, attainable partially by becoming someone you are not.
Such a critique of war is only attainable because of the Christ, who dwells within his harvesters. And puts at their disposal an array of invisible moves and weapons.Â That are not of human origin, and found in Hebrews 4:12. And that’s how the Christ harvester becomes formless and soundless. Becoming mysterious mystics. That’s how the lamb’s become the director of the wolves fate. No beheading’s no suicide bomber’s and with no need of intimidation to persuade compromise to avoid violence.
Section 1V:Dropping Names
Names what stories they tell. So lets develop the name of Peter from its supernatural mysticism perspective. Because associated with the name Peter is a starling discovery because its a generic name. Reaching a specific people, as being of ferocious fortitude. Steeped in mystical character because of a very life transforming experience. These are not your happy go lucky purposeless driven Bonnie’s and Clyde’s. Nope! Not at all because they are passion driven against a challenge with the odds against them. But that didn’t seem to matter. So stick around and find out why.
“You are Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my church,” Matthew 16:18. There are many, and perhaps, I’ll address some more of them later. Once the blood dripped body of Christ has erased the curse that separated the created from the creator. Then life takes on a redemptive focus; whereby, we the redeemed take the Christ message of redemption to all places where Jesus himself would go, Luke 10:1. He has been there because the redeemed are representative of Peter, as being rock solid individuals. Who have no need for cement palaces held together by steel rods and made pretty with stained glass windows.
Because each of the redeemed is that Christ built church. Christ is the church, who was seen by John, as that vesture dipped in blood. That even hell can not prevail against. We know that hell will always make gallants attempt to prevail against us, His church. But without success, though many have, and others will have to make the ultimate death sacrifice. Because Jesus said, “The servant is not greater than his master.” Christians in America know little about about persecution as followers of Jesus. That experience may change with persecutions, prosecutions, and death becoming a common experience because of allegiance to Jesus Christ.
For this discussion, this is what the redeemed are. We are flesh and blood, absent concrete, steel rods and wood. Not made fancy by decorative interior ornaments or church steeples beautified by stained glass windows. But rather, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, whom we have from God. Willing to go the distance for Jesus, no matter what the cost.
The redeemed didn’t come to redemption free. We were bought with a price. We are not free spirits, who do our own thing. But are commanded to glorify God in our bodies (his church) and in our spirit (his presence), 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
Hopefully, the question has been answered. What chance does a lamb have for victory over a wolf? Every chance because the promise is eternal. The gates of hell will not prevail against my church, the redeemed, Matthew 16:18b. Doesn’t get any more powerful than that!
In addition, as the discussion continued the mystic power of the word was discussed as a weapon from God. Concluding with the significance of the name Peter. The name of fortitude built around character. And character is underlined by knowing, who we are, and life’s purpose. Through the embodiment of Christ in and through the redeemed.
With these four sections, a package of discussions has been presented for spiritual understanding and growth. Allowing the Christ harvester to slay the wolf. And reap a bountiful harvest, for the LordÂ of the harvest. (scriptural text:Luke 10:1-3).
But, this too, needs to be understood. Because Jesus said it, “The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you,” John 15:20. Through out our scriptures, the lamb is picturesque of blood sacrifices. If Christ himself was bloodied, as a sacrifice, think not that any of the redeemed will not experience the same fate. If the redeemed, venture out to make the world Christ accountable.
May God be gracious, and bring us together to fight some very necessary battles. For that to happen, the redeemed must be the embodiment of the aforementioned scriptures.