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Build According to the Pattern
 
Build According to the Pattern
By Apostle Eric vonAnderseck
 
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As God restored apostolic stewardship to the church, He restored the pattern of truth to the church. This is the one blueprint of truth given to Jesus’ apostles as a gift to the church. Believers are now building from one blueprint and thus honoring God in the unity of the faith as each builds faith in the likeness of Jesus Christ.
 
God has broken the spell of Satan’s distorted lies. The devil used words like “formula”, “legalism”, and “control” to cause fear. You got the idea that having one blueprint of truth was evil. Personal revelation was sought to get one’s own blueprint (vision), to build whatever seems good in one’s own eyes, which was thought to be good.

 DID YOU KNOW:
-- You CAN hear from God for yourself – but not to get another blueprint.
-- You CAN hear God’s voice speaking to you – if you are in covenant with God, building His house. You WILL be able to contribute daily as the Spirit wills.
 
The devil knows your greatest fear is to be drawn back into the cold denominational walls of institutional religion. The devil made up the slogan “We don’t want religion, we want relationship”. He then scripted God’s voice to speak to you from the template of your own soul.
 
-- You heard the voice of your moral code and called that good – the voice of God.
-- You heard the voice of your signature and called that good – the voice of God.
-- You heard the voice of the God-Code of the soul and called that good – the voice of God.
 
Building a relationship with God apart from the blueprint of truth is a one-sided relationship. To shift out of this mindset means to put away childish fears. The teaching “Build According to the Pattern” is an essential first step to allow God to rebuild your faith from His perspective.
 
Study the transcription below and listen to the audio teaching to start learning God’s reference point for good – the pattern of truth.  
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Transcription: Apostle Eric vonAnderseck
Title: Build According to the Pattern
Date: September 25, 2015
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 35 & Ephesians chapter 1
 
So open your Bibles to 2 Chronicles chapter 35. As you're opening your Bibles to 2 Chronicles 35, we'll have some fun there, and then we'll jump over to Ephesians chapter 1. Well, let's first turn to 2 Chronicles (there's 1st and 2nd Chronicles)...So, let's warm up a little bit here in 2 Chronicles chapter 35.
 
2 Chronicles chapter 35 we can see that there's a great revival taking place under the stewardship of Josiah. So, let's start reading here in chapter 35 of 2 Chronicles.
 
Vs 1: “Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the Lord in Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.”
 
Vs 2: “And he, (Josiah) set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service of the house of the Lord.”
 
Highlight the house of the Lord.
We can see that Josiah was establishing a particular PATTERN, which was previously received through King David; and he said unto the Levites that taught all Israel. So we can see that the Levites began to spread this knowledge through Israel. Now, this is after the first captivity took place, when Israel went into captivity.
 
Now, this is Judah. And during the ministry here of Josiah,  Judah, again established the true pattern to the people. So we can see that during the days of Hezekiah Israel was taken captive into Assyria and during this time there was great purging and great revival.
 
Vs 3: “And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the Lord, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the Lord your God, and his people Israel,”
 
So (he) “said to the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy to the Lord,”
Highlight the word, holy there, which means they had prepared themselves. And he said this:
“Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders:”
 
We can see that there was a shifting, that the ark was no longer taken from place to place, but was put in this central location. Everything is now being put in one central location or one house.
“serve now the Lord your God, and his people” that is, by this revelation—
“serve now the Lord your God,” and be by the revelation of fire, which would be upon the altar and which would be in the house.
 
Vs 4: “And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to the writing  of David king of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son.”
 
“And prepare yourselves by (your houses) the houses of your fathers, after your courses,”
So we can see that every tribe now had to be joined to Judah.
As they were joined to Judah there was a great revival as was also a place of refuge.
 
A place of refuge is also the place of the altar whereas there was a purging
“after your courses,” that is, according to the writing of David”
Highlight the word, according there.
 
The word, according also has to do with that which is the authorized and sanctified pattern which was given to David, which had to do with the construction of the physical house, removed from the tabernacle of skin (as revelation was given to Moses), into the temple of stone: from skin to stone. And then it was going to go again from stone unto skin—that is, during the 1st 8th week of Jesus' ministry, which has continued on to this day.
 
“prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers”
All of the tribes had to come to one central location, as all ministries had to come into one house now. This is what God is doing: all ministries (that is, the independent ministries, the tent ministries) have to come now from the tent into the house. And the house is under one stewardship.
 
“And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son.”
            according to the writings”, Highlight the word, according
and again it's mentioned, “according” which again has to do with that which is authorized by God to set a pattern. By this pattern you're able to gauge your progress. Without a pattern you're not able to gauge your progress concerning your faith.
 
The church today, without that gauge, has wandered, and they're not able to measure their progress or their growth. Everyone that had a Bible, everyone that takes of the Bible and reads the Bible, begins to gauge themselves by their own understanding. They figure that they're growing because they're able to comprehend certain biblical facts or certain history.
 
But growth isn't gauged by biblical facts or by history, it's gauged according to the covenant—your covenant growth. So,
according to the writing of David”
shows that Israel was able to gauge their progress according to—that means, by the authorized and sanctified pattern...
according to the writing of David king of Israel,
and according to the writing of Solomon his son.”
 
We can see that the proverbs that were given were built or gauged according to the covenant. When people read the book of Proverbs or the book of Psalms today, they're still trying to gauge their growth by that 1st covenant, but that's impossible. In reality, it's impossible, other than reading the material and gauging their growth philosophically. They gauge their growth philosophically. That's what the world does. The world gauges their progress philosophically.
 
We gauge our progress according to fruit, according to the knowledge of Christ, according to that kingdom: that means, by the authorized, sanctified system—this pattern, this record.
 
according to the writing of David king of Israel”
We can see some of these things about the writing here, in Chronicles (1Chronicles chapter 28, verse 19).
 
In 1st Chronicles 28:19, this is what King David said, all the pattern he had by the Spirit. It starts in
     vs 11: “Then David gave to Solomon his son the PATTERN
 
So, highlight the word, the PATTERN
I jumped now to 1st Chronicles and we're in chapter 28 of 1st Chronicles. Then we'll be going back to 2nd Chronicles.
 
“Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern (that is, the blueprints) of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and the treasuries thereof, and the upper chambers thereof, and the inner parlours thereof, and the place of the mercy seat,”
the pattern of all that he had by the Spirit. You see that in verse 12: the pattern, the pattern, the pattern, according, according, according.
 
The pattern had to first be given. The pattern was given to the steward. And once the pattern was given to the steward, that was the authorization in order to gauge the progress which would take place following that.
 
We see in verse 19: “All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in writing by his hand upon me,” which means, that which God inscribed upon his mind.
 
We gauge our progress according to fruit, according to the knowledge of Christ, according to that kingdom: that means, by the authorized, sanctified system—this pattern, this record.
 
It's the same thing God has been doing with me. God has inscribed the pattern by writing these things within my mind and within my heart. These are the commandments of the Lord according to His covenant. And by this pattern the church now has the authorization according to that which is revealed by the Spirit through the stewardship for the house of God to be constructed and for the house of God to be gauged and to be overseen.
 
“All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.” See the word, pattern, again. We see that in verse 11, verse 12, and verse 19: the pattern, the pattern, the pattern.
 
This pattern was different from that which was first received by Moses as the patter today is very different from that which the FRS has embraced, ever since the church went into the 6th week of darkness, according to the Enochian calendar.
 
According to the Enochian calendar, the church went into a time of great darkness and struggle, and through that darkness, every man did that which was right in his own eyes, every man progressed according to that which they studied out of the scriptures.
 
We can see this particularly in the 15th century, where the scriptures were taken from ancient writings in Greek and Hebrew and the semantic languages there, and put within the languages of the people, first in Latin, then in German and English...whereas translations had to be forthcoming. And these translations were selected within certain universities and in these selected places of learning, particular professors began to step forward and began to initiate a certain pattern, which pattern was immersed in substitutionism.
 
Not understanding the covenant, men as Martin Luther or John Calvin or the Wesleyan brothers, and other names began to emerge according to the studies of the Greek language and the Latin. And they also put it within the language of the people, the Texas Receptus, in 1611. It was put in the language of the common people. But still, even at that time, its distribution was very restricted and was put within a few hands, whereas they continued to build a perspective. They built a perspective of history in the minds of the people. And you can see that certain philosophies began to emerge from that, like the hydra—a creature of many heads.
 
But here we can see that the preservation took place through stewardship, and they were not qualified, sanctified by God to initiate a knowledge to people apart from the covenant. They initiated knowledge apart from the covenant. This is what Israel did. Israel fell into the time of darkness, as the church fell in the time of darkness, when the pattern of the covenant was lost. The temple was still present, but the pattern of the covenant was lost. Faith was needed in order to please God. So, all Israel fell into derision and finally were taken into captivity.
 
Vs 20: “And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage”
Just like Jesus, he said the same thing—Let not your heart be troubled. And here David says to Solomon,
“Be strong and of good courage” because the pattern which I'm giving to you is sanctified by God. It's different than Moses, but it's sanctified now because God prophesied of change to come.
 
We can see that also took place within the church, that change came. Be strong and of good courage, meaning, Go boldly forward by the revelation of this knowledge, and don't let the doubters discourage you and misdirect you. That's why he said, Fear not, nor be dismayed. Don't be dismayed after the seditious protesting.
 
The false religious system is seditious protesting the pattern which the Spirit gave regarding the covenant for the church at this time of the second 8th week. The false religious system is protesting these things in sedition regarding this, walking contrary to it. They're dismayed because the knowledge which they have embraced over the last 2000 years is morphed from one system to another system. And many denominations were born because of that. But none of them were in covenant. They built upon the historical knowledge, but not according to the covenant knowledge.
 
The historical knowledge: They gleaned out of the book of Acts and what they gleaned there, they saw that there were apostles, bishops and pastors and teachers. But then they reverted to the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, in order to try to gain and gauge their understanding. But that knowledge is not in covenant.
 
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John had to do with the fulfillment of the prophesies which the Messiah would perform when He entered into His lot. And they tried to gauge their growth according to whatever they could resource. But what they didn't understand is that they came into many challenges, many emotional and intellectual challenges: Why is it that their growth wasn't reflecting that which the epistles presented to them, as the Apostle Paul wrote...Why can't we experience what Paul wrote about?
 
So, many of them even today want to maintain their integrity by the red letter edition of the Bible, and many of them will say that, because what Jesus spoke, Paul didn't do. And this was conflicting.
 
Paul was disobedient to God, they say; Paul was disobedient to God, and so these epistles were written in contradiction with what Jesus said. That's right because Jesus was speaking to the 1st century Jews in performing those things which the law and the prophets and the psalms wrote about concerning His Messiahship.
 
But then Jesus breathed on His apostles to carry on a new tradition, a new covenant under a new baptism and a different circumcision. And this is what the Apostle Paul wrote about, that new baptism, that new circumcision.
 
That's why David here is saying to Solomon, Don't be dismayed at these things.
 
Israel thought that David departed from the true tradition of Moses. And people think the same thing today—why is it that you're departing from the traditions, which Oral Roberts or Jimmy Swaggart or Billy Graham... Billy Graham departed from the faith, and all these men we just mentioned, they departed from the faith. None of these men which I mentioned know the covenant. But all these people experienced an enlightenment, and some were even baptized in the Holy Ghost. But not one of them know the terms of the covenant.
 
The terms of the covenant is what will save you. And by the terms of the covenant you are able to gauge your growth.
 
Ok, now I'm back in 2nd Chronicles. Keep highlighting the word, according to. Here, Josiah is gauging this revival, this passover, according to the revelation which he says here, he went to the authorization of David, the writing of David, King of Israel, verse 4, and according to the writing of Solomon his son—even the proverbs.
 
Vs 5: “And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the families of the fathers of your         brethren the people, and after the division of the families of the Levites.”
 
“And stand in the holy place according tothere's the word, according to again,
according to the divisions of the families of the fathers of your brethren the people, and after the division of the families of the Levites.”
 
Vs 6: “So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they may do  according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses.”
 
“So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves”
            Sanctification has to do with that God separates you from the world unto Himself. How did God do this? They killed the passover in order to stand in that sanctification. And then they engaged in this process called holiness.
 
So, God sanctified (separated) us from the world to Himself by these tokens, and by these tokens we walk in holiness. We separate ourselves from the world unto God by these tokens.
 
“and prepare your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses.”
Here we go again...
            By this record, which David built upon; by the hand of Moses, through his stewardship, and by the writing which David received, even as the Lord wrote these things in his heart and his mind. This was the pattern. We talked about that word: the pattern, the pattern, the pattern, by the hand of Moses.
 
Vs 7: “And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids, all for the passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these were of the  king's substance.”
 
Now, Josiah (the steward here) gave to the people, (the brethren),
“gave to the people, of the flock, the charity. This is the charity.
Their charity was in physical tokens…
“of the flock, lambs and kids, all the passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty three thousand bullocks.” These were the kings substances, as Christ gives gifts to us.
 
The king gave substance and tokens for the people to offer, and this is what the stewardship does today. As Josiah gave bullocks and lambs and rams to the people to bring to the temple for the purpose of their sacrificing, the stewardship today gives knowledge for the purpose of gifts, this knowledge for the purposes of your sacrifices of charity. This was their physical charity, as we also give our charity in knowledge. Their charity was in bullocks. Our charity is in knowledge.
 
This is what the Spirit said to the prophets, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?” (1Samuel 15:22).
 
Vs 8: “And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle, and three hundred oxen.”
 
“And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites:”
And these were their names accordingly, “Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave” so highlight the word gave/give there again...as Jesus also gives, Jesus the High Priest of our profession, which means He gives us knowledge, He gives us tokens, He gives us grace. He gives us tokens of His atonement—the gifts of His propitiation, which we offer.
 
Vs 9: “Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover offerings five thousand small cattle, and five hundred oxen.”
 
“Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel”
Notice, he's bringing to the attention of the people, these elders; these are elders which are responsible to carry forth this knowledge, and also
“Shemaiiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites,”

We have chief elders here, or chief Levites, which “gave to the Levites for the passover offerings five thousand small cattle, and five hundred oxen.”
 
Vs 10: “So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in their courses,  according to the king's commandment.”
 
“So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place”
This was their assigned position according to the government of God. This is government.
 
The government functions according to this pattern, according to the authority, even as David. The pattern that God gave to David was the authority by which Josiah oversaw this progress, and David provided these things according to that which Moses received – the hand of the Lord.
 
“So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the king's commandment.”—the stewards orders.
 
Vs 11: “And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood from their hands and the         Levites flayed them.”
 
Vs 12: “And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the divisions of the      families of the people, to offer unto the Lord, s it is written in the book of Moses.

“And they removed the burnt offerings,” Notice they're showing the progression here.
 
This is truth. They showed the progression. Everything was done by this authority.
“They removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the divisions of the families of the people, to offer unto the Lord, as it s written in the book of Moses.”
 
This, again, the preparatory stage, the consecration stage, and the initiation stage. We go through the same processes: preparation, consecration, and initiation. And as you prepare yourself in the knowledge of the kingdom of God, according to the knowledge of this covenant, the covenant of Jesus Christ, you consecrate yourself according to this knowledge. And then you initiate according to this knowledge: that which God authorized, you offer upon the altar of your heart.
 
Vs 13: “And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance: but the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among all the people.”
 
“And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance:'
See the word, according again.
 
We can see again this process as it unfolds. They roasted the passover, and then also those things which were in sod in pots and pans. Now let's go to verse 15:
 
Vs 15: “And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer; and the porters waited at every gate; they might not depart from their service; for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.”
 
“And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to”
See the word, according to.
We have the priests, we have the singers, all the Levites were functioning like clockwork. So let's see what happens here.
 
“And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer;” (the prophet—Jeduthun was the king's prophet) “and the porters (they) waited at every gate;” Highlight the word, gate there
 
It's the same thing. Your priesthood is in the gate of your conscience, and Christ sits as the steward. And as Christ is your steward everything is weighed, whether it be good or evil.
 
“that they (the porters) might not depart from their service (which is at the gate); for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.”
 
Vs 16: “So, all the service of the Lord was prepared the same day, to keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the Lord, according to the commandment of king Josiah.”
 
“So, all the service of the Lord was prepared the same day, to keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the Lord, according”
            There's the word according again, here in verse 16,
So, we've got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9—I counted 9 times they used the word, according, which has to do with that which is the authorized, sanctified system.
 
Now, in the false religious system, their performance of faith is NOT according to the true pattern or record of Jesus Christ, because it's outside of the covenant. They're the unconverted believers. They believe in God, they were illuminated, and they also received the seal, but their circumcision is not accounted for unless they're in covenant. So, the circumcision now is uncircumcised. They're considered as uncircumcised.
 
Even Israel themselves, being circumcised, were considered to be uncircumcised because they didn't bring their sacrifices to the appointed and sanctified place which was in Jerusalem. That was the central location, which all the tribes were to approach to.
-- Jerusalem was the hub.
-- And the stewardship is the hub.
The stewardship is the hub for the priesthood to function. This is according to the commandment of king Josiah.
 
Vs 17: “And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that time, and the feast of        unleavened bread seven days.”
 
And we are in the 7th day now.
The 7 days; we're in the 7th day of time and the 3rd day of power; as the prophet said “After two days he will visit us and in the third day he will raise us up.” After 2 days, and the 3rd day (Hosea 6:2 speaks about that). After two days (after 2000 years) we will enter into the third day which is now the 7th day. So, we see the numbers 3 and 7, which equal 10, which shows that a priesthood must be present, and the stewardship will be functioning—the number 10 and number 7.
 
The number 10 and number 7 shows the priesthood and the stewardship, which are also represented in the symbolism of the sun and the moon. We can see why that the sun and the moon upon the completion of this, the sun will turn to sackcloth, and the moon into blood. Why the Lord selected these symbolisms and these signs of the heavens was to show those which are upon the earth who violated the stewardship and also avoided the priesthood.
 
The false religious system will be judged, but out of those, those who come out of that system will be raptured. And then again, after the rapture of the first group, God again will raise up another stewardship through Enoch and Elijah, which will be present in this dimension so those that come out of that darkness will come into the light.
 
Vs 18: “And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”
 
“And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet;”
See that in verse 18? ...the days of Samuel the prophet...
“neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”
 
Vs 19: “In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover kept.”
 
Then we can see that after God initiated this was a great revival. And this is what God is doing today—a great revival.
 
We can see that a trial and a challenge was given. So, we see revelation, resistance, reward.
 
Vs 20: “After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by the Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.”
 
We can see that this was now a testing, as God opened the state of the conscience, we can see did they leaned toward faith or did they lean toward their own aspiration? And we won't go any further than that. But we can see here the word, according. This is what I'm pointing out at this time, the word according, according, according.
 
Now, let's jump over to the book of the Ephesians, and let's see how the apostle Paul uses the same language, the word, according. The word according not only means the authorized, sanctified system, but it also identifies a progression. A progression begins with stewardship, as it began with Moses. So, Moses was that point of authority which Aaron would progress within his priesthood; according to Moses, the man of God.
 
Let's see how the apostle Paul uses this.
 
As you read through Ephesians chapter 1, highlight the word, according. I counted about 6 times, and we can see about 8 or 9 times there in 2 Chronicles, the word, according. Make a note on this, the word according means that which was authorized and that which is agreeable. We're doing these things which are agreeable to Jesus Christ; according to Christ Jesus our Lord...this priesthood. He's the High Priest of our profession. So, our charity is according to Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
The word according is going to be used 6 times here in the book of Ephesians, and it shows us the progression from the root of the Father to the fruits which are worthy of our return to His bosom.
 
Ephesians chapter 1,
 
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” (Vs 3)
 
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”
This is the genealogies of our faith. The genealogies of our faith is the Father's bosom—from the bosom to the bosom. The apostle Paul brings out here in Ephesians chapter 1,
 
Vs 1: “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
 
Again we see the tethering of our progression from God the Father. The reason he says, from God our Father is because the throne was first established as a point of reference, and then all things from that point of reference were created according to that authority.
 
Jesus Christ is the throne of God. Everything that unfolds within this dimension is according to that authority, the throne; “And I saw a throne” as it says in the book of Revelation. (29:36)
 
When he says I saw a throne, he's talking about a point of authority, which gauges and measures the progress of everything that has been authorized according to that throne. So, the grace of God assists us in this form of recognition from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. So highlight the word, God and Father, because we're going to see that this is our authority; the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is redeeming us according to Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
Vs 3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”                           
The genealogy of our faith is according tothis pattern.
 
When he says the word, Blessed, here [we're not really talking about the word blessed], but the word Blessed here does mean the divine sign. By this divine sign, we are nurtured according to this pattern.
 
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
 
The heavenly places in Christ shows a point of origin by which now we are progressing according to this pattern,
 
Vs 4: “According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.”
 
According as he has chosen us in him”. Highlight that in verse 4, the word according
“According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,”
 
Now what did Jesus say when He was down here? Jesus said, Do you love me more than these?
 
Do you know that the language which Jesus used when he was addressing Peter and the apostles after His resurrection is the same language He used before anything was created? Before anything was created in this dimension the Lord used that same language on the other side of the veil, and He said to all the souls that were being prepared before they came into this dimension to be tested He said, Do you love me more than these?
 
The challenge to the souls was, If you love me more than these then you will consent to the plan which I have now initiated before the foundation;
 
According as he has chosen us in him” 
-that is, that things which will be manifested within this dimension will match the agreement which was spoken on the other side of the veil.
 
According as he has chosen us in him”  (In the bosom) “before” so highlight the word, before there.
This gives us a glimpse of the déjà-vu which takes place within us upon the entrance of grace. A déjà-vu takes place upon the entrance of grace, that somehow or another, we were here before; that somehow or another this happened before.
 
The revelation of this knowledge did take place before the world was created on the other side of the veil in the Father's bosom when the Lord was speaking to all souls, all the souls on the other side of the veil. He spoke to all the souls before they were put within bodies and put within this dimension of the waters… like a skin diver would put on the proper vestments before he went into the water, so the souls, before they were put within the vestment were charged with this charge: Do you love me more than these?
 
If you want to inherit the divine throne, which “I AM” (that's what Jesus was saying) I Am the throne of my Father. I AM the willpower of all things. I AM the conscience of the Father. But I AM manifesting myself within this form for the sake of this communication, that you can see me. The Father took a physical form for the purpose of this communication in order to relate to the  creatures He was speaking to. So,
 
“before the foundation of the world” the Spirit of our Father spoke through the lips of Jesus all things which were recorded. And that's why He's called, The Word of God. “In the volume of the book it is written of me, to do thy will O Father” (Hebrews 10:7)
 
Now, remember, when Jesus was in His earthly ministries he said, All things which the Father showed me I do, and all things which the Father has spoken I say (John 5:19-20). Well, where was this seen, and where was this spoken? In the Father's bosom. That's where it was seen. That's where it was spoken. And Jesus Christ now coming in the form of the flesh came in the body of Jesus in order to communicate these things.
 
The Father took a form, He projected Himself within a form of Himself within this dimension in order to relate this knowledge, in order to recall that former conversation. This is total recall.
 
“According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we” (in this dimension) would take joy in that same likeness,
“that we should be holy”, that we would separate ourselves from the world to Him by this new knowledge, which by total recall, we will be able to perform this task: we will have permission for this transition.
 
The permission for this transition was put within the mediator. That mediator is One, Jesus Christ.
...that we should be “without blame before him in love:”
That means in this dimension because everything in this dimension is less than the light of our Father. But in order for us to qualify to be as Himself, we would have to be engrafted with Himself. So, we can see that the Father came within the dimension of Himself and then He came within the vessels of Himself.
 
The heavens themselves cannot contain the very presence of our Father.
 
Solomon said that...the heavens the heavens cannot contain you, yet you come within the vessel called the temple (2 Chronicles 6:18). But now, he's in the temple of souls: “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
 
This temple, the Spirit which dwells in us is not of ourselves, but of our Father: “and you are not your own”
 
And he goes on here, “that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”
See the word, “without blame”; without blame means, now we would be equal to our Father by this engrafting: “before him in love”: that we would be able to express Him in vessels that are less than light.
The vessel, being of flesh, is still corruptible, yet the incorruptible one dwells now in corruptible things, called the body; that a house is prepared for us in heaven, whereas we depart from the vessel of our flesh we enter into a new dimension and into a new house. And this house has been qualified now because God dwells within us, making us heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
 
Vs 5: “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will,”
 
“Having predestinated us” Highlight the word, predestinated.
            Now remember, we're still highlighting the word, according to.

The first word, according there in verse 4: “According as he has chosen us in him, and now we see a progression in this—“according to the good pleasure of his will”
 
We can see that what was authorized in the Father's bosom is unchangeable. It's unchangeable and unattainable. And because it's unchangeable and unattainable, God had to provide Himself in order for us to enter into a relationship with Him for the purpose of this transition; that God Himself would carry out the transition to qualify us, to make us worthy to enter back into the Father's bosom and to enter into that Eternal Inheritance, being part of the Godhead.
 
So here he's showing the progression of this:  according to, according to, according to.
We see the word, “According as he has chosen us in him” (verse 4) and in verse 5,“according to the good pleasure of his will”. That means that these things which He delights in will meet His expectation, which is the joy of the Lord; that His expectation, being the joy of the Lord, is His likeness.
 
When we go back to the book of Genesis we can see that God created all things, and what God created He saw that it was good.
 
Everything was according to the likeness of the pattern: that which existed within the invisible dimension was now put within the physical form in this dimension, the dimension of the waters. So, when everything was manifested in the dimension of the waters, it was according to a pattern that previously existed on the other side of the veil. Every creature that's in existence now is a reflection of that which was previously created and designed within the Father's heart.
 
Everything that's designed within this dimension, as we see in the third heaven:
so the garden of Eden is in the third heaven awaiting our return there, but the garden of Eden (of Paradise) was first down here. The garden of Paradise was put within this dimension. Then it was removed from this dimension and was put in the third heaven. And when it was put within the third heaven, this dimension no longer reflected that.
 
When the garden of Paradise was in this dimension it reflected the Father, but when it was removed from this dimension, this kingdom or this dimension fell into darkness; it was no longer a reflection of His likeness until Christ came as the light unto this world. And when He came as a light in this world, He said, Behold, the kingdom of God is at hand.
 
In other words, the likeness of my Father is now present in this dimension, and in order for you to reflect Him, you must receive the stewardship and the knowledge which I speak. And all those that believe now carry that reflection as lights in this world.
 
Let's go on...”according to the good pleasure of his will,”
And then we see, What IS the good pleasure of His will? “To the praise of the glory of his grace”
 
Vs 6: “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved.”
 
“To the praise of the glory of his grace” is now we, as living creatures who receive a crown of virtue.
This crown of virtue is the most honored of all his creation because it reflects the wisdom of God. And it also shows that we, being enlightened, possess His power for propitiation for faith.
 
Let's go on to the next “according to”
 
Now, “the praise of the glory” in order to reach that, He says, according to the riches of his grace. You see that in verse 7.
 
Vs 7: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace:”
 
So we see again, 1, 2, 3... Three times He mentions here, according to the riches of his grace.
“the riches of his grace”: means,Jesus Christ, being the wisdom of God, will unfold to us, or disclose to us this pattern, which mystery was concealed in types and shadows. The types and shadows would carry a proverb or a parable, which continually pointed to the one that would fulfill it: Jesus Christ.
 
“according to the riches of his grace”
These things which God highly values, the grace of God will continue to disclose and unfold the understanding so that we can walk uprightly, not any longer as the brute beasts which do not have understanding, but as those which are illuminated, or those which are risen from the dead.
 
Vs 8: “Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;”
 
“Wherein he has abounded toward us” See the word, abounded;
“abounded toward us” which means that now we are able to gauge something.
 
When we were in the false religious system, it was impossible for us to gauge our growth. And because it was impossible for us to gauge our growth, we really stood in doubt as concerning, How are we being saved? If I can't gauge my growth, how is it that I know which is that, which is perfect? Aha.
 
Now we see what Paul spoke of there in 1 Corinthians (13:10), “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away”. Aha! Now we understand what that means; that according to this pattern we are able to gauge our growth whereas we are able to have access, more access into the Father's heart.
 
And this is what Peter was speaking about—
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you... from God our Father and from Jesus Christ our savior”
Now we are able to gauge our growth according to this due process, that which the stewardship has received by the writing which was given to us, first in the Father's heart and now in our hearts and minds:
 
 
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts and in their minds will I write them;” (Hebrews 8:10 and 10:16)
“and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people
According to this inscription which first began in the Father's heart and now is inscribed within us, that reflecting Him perfectly, as being lights in this world, we continue to carry the torch of this knowledge in the lips of our charity.
 
Vs 9: “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself:”
 
“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,” There's the word, mystery, see;
 
And this is what I am doing with you; I'm disclosing to you this mystery, which is sealed in the Father's heart, but now is made manifest unto the church through his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit—these things which his angels desire to look into. They carry forth this knowledge because God has sanctified these things, having given to us these things through all principalities and powers.
 
We see this in verse 21.
 
Vs 21: “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:”
 
“Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion”
The holy angels of the Lord now disclose to us these mysteries, which things we delight in which is the Father's joy. Why is it the Father's joy? Because this is the goal we will fulfill and ultimately enter back into the Father's heart in order to carry on His plan in the 10th week, in the 10th Enochian week. And a couple more verses here:
 
This mystery is now being known to the church,
(Vs 9:) “Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to his good pleasure”
 Those things which He proposed in Himself, the apostle Paul was unfolding to the Ephesians here (having spent 3 years here in Ephesus).
 
You can imagine attending one of the Apostle Paul's Bible studies as him, and Barnabas and John, even Peter and the other apostles, traveling through Ephesus at the house of one Tyrannus, as they held daily assemblies there, would continually unfold to the Ephesian saints and as many as passed through Ephesus would carry this knowledge unto other assemblies, as he wrote letters.
 
The apostle Paul came unto large funds to Tryphena, who was a wealthy woman of the house of Caesar. She provided funding for Paul, whereas he could hire scholars and scribes which as he would write out, they would reprint, and then they would send these letters to other churches...so that as the letters arrived there at Colosse, he says, the letter you received from us, also read to the faithful brethren there at Colosse, even those things which I wrote unto Laodicea (Colossians 4;15,16). The letters were passed along.
 
So, we can see that Ephesus was a major hub, whereas the apostle Paul wrote many letters and distributed these things in other assemblies, for the purpose of their charity and also that they could gauge their growth.
 
Vs 10: “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in     Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:”
 
“That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, which both are in heaven and which are on earth”
A perfect reflection from the seed, from the root to the fruit, from the seed that was buried in the soil to that which would be fully manifested: the sons of God.
 
Vs 11: “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of  him who works all things after the counsel of his own will:”
 
“In whom we now have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose”
 
Highlight that again in verse 11; “according to the purpose of him which works all things after the counsel of his own will”
 
“according to his purpose” God had to provide for us something in order for us to achieve this. Now, look at verse 19: How will we achieve this? “according to the working of his mighty power.”  The power—the power tokens—the power tokens and gifts which we receive: the gifts, the callings, the grace of God, government, truth, Spirit, prayer, preaching, and prophecy.
 
This is according to the good pleasure of His will, according to His mighty power, by which the angels continue to distribute to us for the glory of His grace; that is, for the fruit of this power....which now we can see in contrast...
 
When we were in the kingdom of darkness we walked according to the course of this world (We see this in chapter 2, verse 2). We worked according to THAT authorization; our whole perspective was that of darkness, and we were continually defending the principle of our own will. Through the knowledge which we would receive we would defend our principle.
 
Whatever aspiration we would pursue, we would defend that with the principle of our own will. That was according to the principality of the air.
 
But now, according to Christ, we defend those things which are of His kingdom. But our defense is in truth. Our power is within His grace. And our glory is according to Christ; Christ the hope of glory. And that's what he's talking about when he brings back here, “according to”... “crowned” …This is the true crown, the praise of the glory of His grace. These are the things by which we are crowned, which we bear before Him, that we should be the praise of His glory who first trusted in Christ.
 
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[Eric vonAnderseck serves the Body of Christ as a confirmed Apostle in the government of God. He is the founder of Second 8th Week Ministries & founder of the Network of Apostles Today. He is the IDCCST® Christian Education Curriculum author and author of over 100 ground breaking books and articles, spearingheading the return of the apostolic calling and anointing to the church.
 
Apostle Eric ministers extensively nationally and internationally. He is the pioneer of the new apostolic age and recognized as the leading authority in the fields of church growth, foundation building, spiritual gifts and spiritual warfare, and the leading voice in the transition of the church into the new apostolic season and reformation.]
 
 



 

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