The Apostle Paul's Revelation: A Paradigm Diagram

The Great Mystery

is the

United Family of God in Heaven and on Earth

 

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Of whom the whole family in heaven and on earth is named, Ephesians 3:14, 15

 

The Great Mystery

is

Divine Union Biblically Represented as a Marriage

 

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Ephesians 5:23, 24 & 32

 

Mature Saints Represented as the Functional Husbands

 

 

Saints

Christ

Endowed with Angelic Spirits

Spirit of Christ Revealed

 

In Heaven

 

Revelation of Jesus Christ

Heirs of God

New Leaven for the Lump

Chosen

Before the Foundation

Through His Faith

From Faith

Righteous

Manifested

Out of the Midst

 

(Romans 8:19, II Thess. 2:3,7,

John 1:51)

 

Transformed into glorious bodies

Coming from Heaven to Earth before Him

(Jude 14)

 

Mature Faithful in Christ Jesus Represented as the Functional Wives

 

Faithful in Christ Jesus

The Church

Souls

Taught by Holy Spirit and

Saints

On Earth

 

Soul Understanding

Joint Heirs in Christ

The Lump

Called

From the Foundation

By Faith in Him

To Faith

Faith Unto Righteousness

The ďFirst, Better, OutĒ Resurrection of The Dead in Christ

(I Thess. 4:16, Heb11:35, Phil. 3:11)

 

Resurrected

 

Gathered

to and for Him on Earth

(Heb. 12:22)

1. Paulís Ministry

Young Figurative Males

 

The Few Chosen

Believers in Jesus Christ

Angelically Endowed from Birth

Soul Knowledge

The Gospels

Nurturing by the Holy Spirit and the Mature Faithful

 

To Israel First,

Then to Gentiles too

Young Figurative Females

 

The Many Called

Believers in Jesus Christ

Gift from the Holy Spirit

Soul Knowledge

The Gospels

Nurturing by the Holy Spirit and the Mature Faithful

 

To Israel First,

Then to Gentiles too

1.Peterís Ministry

for the immature body of Christ

2. Souls Instructed for Maturity by the Feminine Holy Spirit

3. The Mother of Us All (Gal. 4:26)

4. The Foundation (Eph. 2:20)

5. Entrance

 

 

 

Spiritual or Figurative Male and Female in this chart is not determined by the natural physical differences between males and females nor is it determined necessarily by inherent psychological differences. Spiritual or Figurative Male or Female pertains to the two basic collective spiritual functionalities in the body of Christ as would be patterned in a perfected husband wife relationship. Man specifically was created in the image of God so for Easterners, especially in western Asia Minor, who used functional realities to understand abstract spiritualities, understanding the apostle Paul's revelation of the great mystery by the familial relationship was simple.

 

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife,

and they two shall be one flesh.

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:31,32

The One Body of Christ

I Corinthians 11:29, 12:27

 

 

On Family Growth

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things,

which is the head, even Christ: Ephesians 4:15

The New Testament is a record of the growth of the family of God from the baptism of Jesus Christ unto the death of the apostle Paul. The book of Acts, in particular, recounts the growth of the family from Peterís ministry unto the fulfillment of Paulís ministry when he wrote the Ephesiansí letter.

The thread of New Testament records about John Mark from being the disciple Jesus loved, through his tutelage under Peter in Jerusalem unto being one of the few ministers with Paul at his end, depict the growth of a saint.

The Eastern familial growth is the pattern from which Paul understood and figuratively communicated the spiritual growth of the family of God.

1.      Mothers were solely responsible for raising both male and female children until the age of five. (Modern child psychologistsí report that at five years old children begin to identify themselves as either masculine or feminine.)

2.      From five until marriage, in the childrenís early teens, both the father and the mother shared the responsibility of raising their children. The father focused on the sons and the mother focused on the daughters. It was during this time that household servants or mature eldest sons participated in the education of children.

3.      When male children reached the age of thirteen they became official family heirs, were considered then responsible for their actions, jointly responsible to uphold the family traditions, and eligible to marry.

4.      Marriage was usually between extended family members or tribal members as with Rebecca and Isaac, and Rachel and Jacob.

5.      The mother was central with the development of her future daughters in law during their betrothal periods.

6.      When females married they became joint heirs with their husbands. The husbandís father became spiritually central to the new couple as members of the clan.

 

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king,

which made a marriage for his son, Matthew 22:2

 

The Great Mystery

is the

Mature Divine Union

of the Saints from Heaven and the Faithful on Earth:

Thus, at His coming, the Answered Lordís Prayer

 

See Also:

The Corinthian Metaphors of Union: Women Keep Silence?

Spiritual Representations of Divine Union

in Eastern Betrothal and Wedding Customs

The Apostle Paul's Great Mystery of Christ and the Church:

The Ephesians Letter

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,

to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 1:1

 

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