Joseph was the first brother to be lost, and the last to be restored — in this there is a parallel to the apostolic office of the 5-fold ministry. Apostles were the first office lost to the Church, and the last to be restored and accepted.
Lies of the enemy are structures that harbor demonic spirits. We receive God’s Word by faith which washes us and removes the original lie — that of doubting God, and all of the other lies built upon it crumble. We speak the truth of God’s Word to combat falsehood. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
Faith moves God, but forgiveness releases His power. Jesus’ act on the cross achieved a galactic realigning. We are supernaturally translated from the kingdom of darkness, to the Kingdom of Light. We are justified by faith. We are born again, and we are new creations — we are something that never existed before. When we forgive others, there is a galactic realigning in our lives.
The word fullness is pléróma. The image given is of a boat loaded with oarsmen, provision and soldiers to protect the supplies. It has everything it needs to reach it’s destination. Jesus came at the fullness of time, and the fullness of God dwells in Him bodily.
Sometimes we think that the death of Jesus is the most important part of Jesus’ life, but the most important part of his life is the resurrection. Jesus tells us that if we don’t take up our cross and follow Him, then we cannot be with Him. Jesus’ resurrection was the most important moment in the history of the universe. He not only raised from the grave, but HE IS the resurrection.
James tells us that faith is work and work is faith. The word anointing was first used in the Bible in reference to craftsmen. As a church, we are called to work in the anointing so that our work becomes Christ-like. We each have a distinct calling, and when we discover that calling and walk accordingly, money will come to us instead of searching after money. Your excellence of work will bring you before kings.