And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
Here is three different times that Lord Jesus told His disciples that He would be killed and rise again the third day. It was not in parables nor in code, but, in plain language.
This should be evidence that no matter how we speak the Word of God or how simple the language it is written in, NO ONE can or will understand with their human mind until Father OPENS their understanding.
9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.
10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.
11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, THEY DID NOT BELIEVE.
12 After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country.
13 And they went and told it to the rest, but THEY DID NOT BELIEVE THEM EITHER.
The first thing that we should note here is that, for some reason, Lord Jesus DID NOT choose to appear to His apostles first. Today, men and women who think that they are Father’s appointed “leadership” would definitely call the apostles “leadership”.
It is also interesting to note that the bulk of the New Testament is also addressed to the saints and NOT “leadership”. The question is: why would Father address letters to saints if they could not understand the letters “without leadership” AS today’s so called leadership seem to think?
THE MOST INTERESTING THING OF NOTE IS that the men who had spent the most time with Lord Jesus and had been told by Lord Jesus at least three times, that He would be killed and rise again, THESE MEN DID NOT BELIEVE.
14 Later He appeared to THE ELEVEN as they sat at the table; and He rebuked THEIR UNBELIEF and HARDNESS OF HEART, because THEY DID NOT BELIEVE those who had seen Him after He had risen.
The evidence is in. Father addressed HIS WORD to HIS saints and it is HIS saints’ responsibility to OBEY what Father says to them / us.
ALL TRUE SAINTS of God should remember that Scripture WAS NOT WRITTEN in chapters and verses. When the saints at Ephesus received what we call “the book of Ephesians”, THEY HEARD THAT WHOLE “BOOK” / LETTER AT ONE TIME. We would do well to read these letters in whole ourselves.
Ephesians 4 as we know it, that today’s so called leadership like to use to justify their existence, WAS PART OF THE LETTER WRITTEN TO THE SAINTS. Father is telling the saints about these gifts and their purposes. IT IS NOT instructions on how to set up hierarchical leadership in local assemblies.
As a saint of God and love slave of Lord Jesus, I am led to point out and remind MY BRETHREN of what Father’s Word actually says when RIGHTLY DIVIDED by the Holy Spirit, as oppose to, what men and women who love to have the preeminence, SAY THAT IT SAYS.
When all is said and done, it is the Word of God that will stand and the Word of God SAYS:
For as many as are LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD,
THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD. (Romans 8:14)
Just prior to the Ephesian Scriptures that “today’s so called leadership” CLAIM for themselves, The Holy Spirit through our brother Paul said:
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
beseech YOU (To the SAINTS who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus)
to walk worthy of the calling with which YOU (THE SAINTS) were called,
2 with all lowliness and gentleness,
bearing with one another in love,
3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 ONE BODY and ONE SPIRIT,
just as YOU (THE SAINTS) were called in one hope of YOUR (THE SAINTS) calling;
5 ONE LORD,
6 ONE GOD and FATHER of ALL,
WHO is above ALL,
and THROUGH ALL,
and IN YOU (THE SAINTS) ALL.
The whole letter is addressed to the saints. In no part of that letter did the Holy Spirit STOP addressing the saints and start addressing “leadership”. The Scriptures above tell us WHO our leadership IS.
Do not be snared by the “fear of man”. Put all of you trust in Father and He will keep you safe.
Consider what I say; and the Lord give you understanding in all things. 2 Timothy 2:7