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Book of Innovations I

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Luke tells us in his Gospel, which he researched and put into order, as he wrote for his friend Theophilus:  …it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

So, just as the Gospel of John and its miracles were written that you may believe (may continue to) that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name, so the Gospel of Luke was written that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.  We also know that Luke was the author of Acts, certainly Acts 1, for he wrote to Theophilus referring to his former book.  Whereas John was the witness that we may believe the testimony, Luke was the investigator that we may know with certainty the facts and truth of the testimony.

Now, with the permission of the Lord, we are allowed to construct, raise up, manifest… the church that would have been, should have been and could have been, had the eleven disciples obeyed the Lord and His angels that morning and went to Galilee instead of staying away from Galilee.  Although we have no scripture that says they were meant to have spent forty days and nights on the Mount of Transfiguration, we have circumstantial evidence that this was the intended plan, and if we are wrong, then we are guilty of wasting the Lord’s and everyone else’s time.

However, we do know Jesus commanded them to go… but no one went.  He left us a clue when He said to Mary Magdalene, “Do not hold on to Me, for I have not yet returned to the Father,” that the eleven would be joining Him to meet with “My Father and your Father, My God and your God.”  The place must be the Mount of Transfiguration because that was the last place the Father spoke to the disciples when He said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased…”  We know Jesus spent forty days on the Earth after the resurrection, which seems a lot of wasted time considering John only recorded for us that He appeared to His disciples three times.  Meaning, His fellowship with the disciples was not continuous as it was before the resurrection.  And we know Moses spent forty days on top of Mount Sinai and came down with the Law of God for Israel with his face shining.

As such, our contention, even though there is nothing written about it per say, is that the disciples were meant to go to Galilee that morning, and had they gone, they would have spent forty days and nights in the presence of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and like Moses coming down with the Law of God for Israel, they would have come down with He who makes known to them the Law of Christ and His kingdom – the Holy Spirit.  The church of Jesus Christ the Galilean, for He was conceived in Mary’s womb in Galilee, was meant to have been launched in Galilee and then to journey to Jerusalem.  It would have been a church that would have behaved differently from the Jerusalem church, even though the basic principles involved in the setting up of the church would be the same.

These principles are of praising and praying.  Just as the Jerusalem church stayed continually at the temple, praising God, and they all joined together constantly in prayer so the Galilean church would have praised God in His temple and joined together in prayer… for this was taught by Jesus.

Whereas the disciples, because of their love for things Jewish, praised God in Herod’s temple in Jerusalem, we should now apply the praising of God continually in His temple – not the one made by men, that is, no specific building – but rather, for the Galilean church and its descendants, the temple of God is truly our body and our fellowship.  So that when we are alone we praise God within ourselves, and whenever two or three are gathered together we praise God openly without a need for a building or specified times.  You are discipled to praise God at all times and the temple of God is formed whenever two or three are joined together, as Jesus said, “For where two or three come together in My Name, there am I with them.”  Thus, the praises of God can be sung within your heart continuously, for you are a temple of the Holy Spirit, but whenever two or more of us are gathered the praises can begin, be they spoken or sung is irrelevant.  What is relevant is that all the members are continually praising God individually and when they meet together, the praises of God are also continuous, even as they are working on the practicalities of setting up the meeting place and so on.  As such, the very physical appearance of the Galilean church is different from the churches that descended from Jerusalem.  Visitors would come in seeing the members at work but in continuous praising of God in word and in songs without the standard organisational structure we have become so familiar with.  If someone is gifted in music and song, they can be praising God even as others are sweeping the floors and so on… and all of that is already the church in service and worship.

When you are practiced and continuous in praising God at all times and circumstances, you will find that the light of the Lord and His joy will be your countenance, even when you yourself are greatly troubled, so that the very appearance of the disciples as a group would be different.  As well, for the Galilean church, the praises of God are not merely a song well sung that lifts a man’s spirit, but rather, the praises of God are testimonies of His ever present power providing deliverance and healing, giving us witness of His Person, so that within the Galilean church the true continuous praises of God are heard and seen in the testimonies of its members and their lives on a daily basis.  Such chattels as buildings and organizational structures are mere practicalities that have no power to distract or draw worship away from the Lord.  The evidence of success of a Galilean congregation will never be in the size of their congregations or the magnificence of their buildings, nor the wisdom or persuasiveness of their words, but rather, their success will be measured by the testimony of Christ changing lives and confirmed always with the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the matter of prayer, just as the Lord taught us how to pray and to pray with persistence, He first taught us to pray in Matthew 6, saying, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men.  I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.  This is how you should pray:  ‘Our Father in Heaven…’ ”

Secrecy in prayer is the foremost feature of the prayer life of the Galilean church, secrecy and privacy first with each and every individual, that is, you are to be in continuous secret prayer with the Father in your own time wherever, without a public display.  Even when we are gathered together for prayer secrecy remains the key word… which for citizens of the Kingdom of God is no problem, for those who are born again of the Holy Spirit can speak the languages of the Holy Spirit, which no one understands except God.  As private prayer when you are alone with the Lord can be prayer for yourself or with the Lord, so congregational prayer would be strictly with the Lord for the Lord… for the Galilean church would recognise the most important person to be praying for us on Earth is the Holy Spirit… for He would firstly be repeating the prayers He heard Jesus make before the throne, and with groans that words cannot express the Spirit Himself intercedes for us.  Thus, the feature of the congregation’s or fellowship’s prayer meeting is the gathering of disciples and believers praying in the tongues (languages) of the Holy Spirit, and each member acknowledging that the Spirit is praying through them by saying, “Amen Holy Spirit,” to each of His prayers.

Though each individual will not know what the other has prayed, everyone will understand that we are praying with the Holy Spirit, for we do not say our “Amen”s with men but with the Holy Spirit only.  The seeking after the Lord’s kingdom and His righteousness in such a manner will mean that there will be hardly any prayer needed concerning the common things that pagans run after, such as what we will wear or eat, for as Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Since no prayer offered by men will be agreed to within a Galilean congregation, then nothing that is of men and not of the mind of God will have been agreed to… effectively preventing all Satans, be it the devil himself or just men who do not have in mind the things of God, from interfering with the work of Galilean congregations.  In so doing, the will of men, be it the pastors’ or the elders’, will not hold sway over the will of God.  Only to the Holy Spirit and His prayers will the “Amen” be said within the congregation that would have, should have and could have descended from a church that was launched by apostles who had spent forty days on top of the Mount of Transfiguration and not by apostles who hid behind locked doors for fear of men.

We know with certainty the result of the church launched from Jerusalem because we live with its descendants.  We do not know if the results would be the same had the church been launched from Galilee as planned by the perfect and not permissive will of God.  The only way to find out is to not do what the eleven did with their churches, but to do something different with the Holy Spirit.  To follow the eleven as written for us by Luke is to end up right here… with a splintered church without power.  To do anything other than what has been done gives us at least a hope of success, and if this is of God, then this experiment, as it were, will prevail.  If this is not of God, then in a little while… no one will remember.

So, let us praise God for this opportune time and task and shout… “Amen Holy Spirit!”

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