SIMPLICITY IN CHRIST

BY: RAY PRINZING

 

 

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Cor. 11:3)

 

 

It was Paul’s desire that he might present those to whom he ministered, “as a chaste virgin to Christ.” He did not want them to become corrupted, that is, to lose their virginity of spirit, that pureness and oneness of belonging only to Christ.

 

 

This is in harmony with Malachi 2:15, where we are admonished to “take heed to your spirit,” because God would join Himself to our spirit in oneness, and thus produce a HOLY SEED, an encrusted (anointed) company of which He is the Head. Therefore He is doing a purifying, cleansing work within, that we might become “vessels meet for the Master’s use.” (2 Tim. 2:21)

 

 

Rev. 14:3-5 speaks of this company as being “redeemed from the earth. These are they which are not defiled with women (religious systems); for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersover he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.”

 

 

That it is possible to bring forth just such a firstfruits company is assured, for it is HIS WORK WITHIN US, and HE “is able to keep you from falling (stumbling), and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.” (Jude 24)

 

 

Paul went on to explain what he meant by being a “chaste virgin.” As one that had not been corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. We note that the word “simplicity” is actually a Greek word that means “SINGLENESS. “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light.” (Luke 11:34) The eye is symbolic of our spirit, may we ever be “joined to the Lord in one Spirit.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SIGNS and WONDERS

BY: RAY PRINZING

 

 

"Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and wonders in Israel, from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.” Isaiah 8:18

 

 

Christ, and the children whom God hath given Him, are to BE (a state of being) signs and wonders. Not that they are to run around in frenzied activity trying to do signs and wonders, but they are to BE that sign. There is a difference in “doing” and “being”. The greater is to BECOME God’s miracle, not just to be a temporary channel through whom He performs some miracles. When this sign-company has been fully formed in His image, then shall we see the life of Christ manifested through His people in ways, which the world has never seen heretofore.

 

 

God is working a process in the “believer” which will be a sign to the universe that all creation might behold the wisdom, power, and sovereignty of God in the redemption and restoration of that which has been bound to vanity and corruption. The power of the Highest, which now indwells our poor earthen vessels, shall transform us completely, a testimony of His grace and love.

 

 

“I am a wonder unto many…” (Psalm 71:7)

 

 

“Like as My servant Isaiah…for a sign.” (Isaiah 20:3)

 

 

“For I have set thee a sign unto the house of Israel.” (Ez. 12:6)

 

 

Each if these in their respective position and place, were used as a sign by God unto Israel; A miracle of the hand of God moving through each individual. So also God is now apprehending His chosen ones to become a sign, a witness to a higher and deeper life in God. It is not the ministry of a sign to condemn, but to reveal and point to the greater. Condemnation only results in death, but here is a positive uplifting and restoring into our God. This is to shew “the more excellent way” of love’s perfection. To reveal that all the “in part” measures of good, which the church has possessed, shall be swallowed up and absorbed into the fullness of His more abundant life.

 

 

A sign to creation His sons shall become,

That grace more abounds to fill up the sum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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