In First Corinthians chapter 13 we can see, if we look with prophetic eyes, the transition to the New Covenant typified. He calls it a 'more excellent way'. Up to that point in First Corinthians we witness the spirit addressing the problems found in a church under the law. They are disputes, divisions, all manner of pride, strife, abuse and contention. The church seen in First Corinthians is a real mess.
But the more excellent way is that of Love. When he speaks of the love of the father 'shed abroad' in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, it's the result of receiving the Spirit 'without measure' [a condition equal to 'Christ being formed in you' or 'Christ in you']. References to maturity found in chapter 13 should tell us that this is the maturity spoken of in Ephesians. That is the 'measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ'.
What does it take to produce the bride without spot or wrinkle of Ephesians 5:27 The washing of the water of the word [Eph 5:26] is the Revelation of Jesus Christ to the bride that enables the Revelation of Jesus Christ in the bride. It's the completion of the mystery of God.
Another clue is found in the mention of Tychicus in Eph 6:21 -22. He is a type of the Holy Spirit.
In Second Corinthians you can see, in allegory, the transition to the New Covenant completed. Here the Holy Spirit is typified by Titus. And the Later Day outpouring of the Spirit is seen in 'the coming of Titus' and the results of his ministry. Look at the description of the Corinthian church once Titus has done his work.
2Co 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
Truly this is a picture of the mature church. [You can also see her as the woman in Proverbs 31.] Establishing the Kingdom
So contrary to what some may say, [another disagreement here], the church does not establish the kingdom [the full kingdom]. When the church gets right it becomes the kingdom.
Mt 8:23 ^ And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him..
Moses tried to deliver Israel by his own strength and failed. He had to wait in the desert 40 years till the time was right. When he returned the people willingly followed him. This is a type and an allegory; it set a pattern.
Jesus tried to be about his father's work at age 12 but had to submit to his parents. When the time came and the power of the spirit was given without measure he began to proclaim the kingdom was at hand. This was a demo of God's power and also an allegory.
The church has tried and tried in her own strength for 2000 years and failed. [Like the first two days of the war against Benjamin.]
When the fullness of time comes, under the last days outpouring we are about to have, the types will be fulfilled. We'll see a church empowered by the Spirit, doing the will of the Father, and laying down their lives for the brethren.
It will proclaim that Our God Reigns. It will walk in righteousness, peace and Joy of the Holy Ghost. That's the Kingdom of God!
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