First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter five”

Being ”In Christ”, with the word “in” having the meaning of a people who are in and remaining within Christ, our daily requirement. Herein, we find that His many member body has the inherited right to dwell in the authority of heavenly places. Even though our feet are still on the ground, we find that our lives are to dwell, that is, to live after the laws of another order or realm which scriptures called the heavens, the spiritual dimensions of God. With the body of Christ being the temple of God and His dwelling place, the heavens spoken of speak of God’s dwelling place within each receiving vessel. Man should note also that the first-born son, Christ Jesus, was raised up from the death realm to rule from a place above all things in this present age as well as in the ages that are to come.

Eph. 1:18-21 speaks to us on this wise, “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come”.

The heavenly places spoken of in this verse is not limited, as most think, to a natural heaven in the sky. Carnal minds declare that the natural sky above as being the destined home of the redeemed. But consider, that it speaks more of a throne room realm of authority, a spiritual temple, a body of people in which Christ does and shall come into for His dwelling place. The Greek word for “heaven” as used above refers to the invisible realm that surrounds our present daily situations, the arena, or sphere of spiritual action and activity. Christ’s authority, which encompasses every age and exceeds every known power, is also in the here and now. Principality, power, might, and dominion are terms used for ruling authorities in both the visible and the invisible realms.

The New Testament reveals there is an invisible hierarchy of evil powers who deceive and manipulate human behavior, thereby advancing the adversaries strategy. Christ Himself and all who are in Christ are shown to be placed in authority above these evil powers, an authority that only spiritual warfare can assert, demonstrate, and sustain. Present conditions make it seem as if the church has missed the mark. However, provision is available in Christ and available to us, but the church community, for the most part, has not believed, accepted nor participated in it as yet. However, with the transitional time, the age we are in, and coming to an end, humanity will see this fullness of God operating through His many member first-fruits.

Let us realize that there are certain things, or orders that we will not become a part of in the age that is to come. Things conceived to be and sometimes even established as doctrine, such as setting about in limbo, sitting on white clouds and strumming harps. We shall not be polishing our crowns nor admiring our white robes. We shall not be just sitting under our own fig tree, but instead, Christ body will be actively fulfilling their purpose of being just like Jesus. Jesus declares in John 4:34 that, “… my food is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.” Note, the word “sent,” which is the Greek word “PEMPO” has the meaning of “to send, the sender accompanying those sent.” Therefore, God sends forth a people with the purpose of walking along side those whom He sends.

This is an order of manifestation for the body of Christ in the next coming age, the one that is even now rushing upon us. This order shall move us into the supernatural order of God. This supernatural realm will far exceed the blessings of these past ages. These first-fruits people shall be of those who receive and stay committed as stated in Hebrews 6:4-5, those who receive that portion of God that fulfills all His purposes. “…. those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,”

The word “enlightened” above is from the Greek word “PHOTIZO” which means “may light thee”. Also, in Luke 11:36 we read, “If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light“. This phrase “doth give thee light” is also the word “PHOTIZO”, stating again its meaning, “may light thee.” Becoming enlightened is the light of Christ that anoints the vessel to lighten up a darken world while leaving nothing within that is dark. This light enables us to move in the anointed nature of God, which means, becoming a people who only do His will, who only speak His word and who work the works of the Father.

Back to Heb. 6:4-5, the word “gift” in that scripture is the Greek word “DOREA” which means “a gift.” What is this gift, this “DOREA”? John 4:10, “Jesus answered and said unto her, if thou knowest the gift of God and Who it is That saith to thee, Give Me drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water”. Receiving a born-again experience is this gift, that which shall progressively enlighten the whole man in his spirit, his soul, and finally his body, a progressive sanctification that births for God the completed perfect man. A born-again experience that enables the vessel to come and go as the wind. (Read John 3:3-8).

Again, back to Heb. 6:4-5, let’s look at the word “partakers.” It is from the Greek word “METOCHOS” meaning “fellows.” This same Greek word is used in Heb. 1:9 stating, “… therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows“. Note the anointing that enables a people to come into unity, a partaking of the same Christ who walked in that first-born Son Jesus. Note, this does not make us a God, but only sons of a first-fruits harvest. Next, let us take note of the word “powers” in verse five. From the Greek word “DUNAMIS” meaning, “inherent power, the power of reproducing itself, mighty works, the manifestations of power.” Could this be speaking of a people called and chosen, but also those who are to manifest that which they received? This is a moving away from that old cursed Adam man into that new creation man to manifest the nature of Christ in all things.

During this age of grace in which we live, called the church age, we have only tasted of limited powers according to and by the Holy Spirit. Here the church knows a restrained anointing because there remains a portion within the church and individuals that remains dark or carnal. Thus, this church age is one that restrains man, moving only in a gift realm anointing that manifest, according to the Apostle Paul, as an in-part order only. However, in the age that is now coming upon us, this speaks of a vanishing away of the in-part order. 1 Cor. 13:9-12, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child; I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now, we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known”.

The word “perfect” in verse ten above is the Greek word “TELEIOS” which means “that which has reached its end.” Did not Jesus say while on the cross, “it is finished”? This is declaring a paid in full sacrifice; it has reached its end, now to be appropriated into His body, through faith and obedience, until in them it also reaches its end, thus maturing unto being perfect. Again, in verse ten, the phrase “done away,” when speaking of the in- part, means “faileth, to be brought to naught.” This is signifying that the in-part realm of the Holy place order shall pass away in the lives of this overcoming people. Having been completely borne again (spirit, soul, and body), now perfected to enter into God’s Holy of Holies, the heavenlies. They shall stand in that which has already come, that which is perfect or has reached its end, in becoming the manifested first-fruits of God in the earth. What a day it is, as the glory of God begins to appear through His first-fruits.

 

 

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“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter four”

With God the Father being revealed to humanity in many patterns and ways, He continues to commune with man, even as in ages past when speaking to the fathers of Israel by the prophets. The Father God continues today to speak during this time called “the last days”, even unto man living in the end of these days. Without fail He is still speaking to His people. He is talking to us by His Son Whom God the Father has appointed heir of all things. Know also that it is through this same Son that God made the ages. That is the ages past, as well as the age we are now in, and also the ages that are to come in the future. It is through this Son that God the Father is looking for an increase.

In the finding and the calling forth of these chosen people for His increase, the Father sets forth the qualifications. These qualifications are established for man in obtaining the fullness of this place in becoming an heir of God and a co-heir of Christ. Mark 10:29-30 states, “So Jesus answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time — houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions — and in the age to come, eternal life”.

This word “left” as used in the above scripture is the Greek word “APHIEMI” which means, “to leave behind, let go, disregard,” meaning to place God and His purpose above all those things and He will make a way for receiving the hundredfold. The blessings Jesus Christ gives to His people will far outweigh any material loss and persecution incurred by living unto Him. The word “time” in the above scripture has the meaning of a “season.” Thus, indicating a season of time in which the callings of God, yielded unto, brings forth the many blessings of the Father.

The phrase “the age to come” is from the Greek word “AION” which denotes the “coming age.” This reveals that God is a God of continual increase to all those who obey Him. Paul reveals that knowing and fellowshipping Christ is the fulfillment of all things. Phil. 3:7-8, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” Herein, being in Christ enables us to know Him in His resurrection power, a power that is filling all and in all who stand in Him.

This declaration of fact, that “the world (age) to come” is not speaking of a different planet or earth but is speaking of this same planet earth, but with the coming forth of a new age with a new government. It is the same ground or earth but with increase under a different government. Let us take note of the parable of the wheat and tares as written.

Matt. 13:36-43, “Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him saying; explain to us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said to them: He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the adversary, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels [the elect ministries of God]. Therefore, as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He, who has ears to hear, let him hear!” 

        Let us take note of some of the words used in the above scriptures and their meanings, for Jesus Christ desires for us to be the hearers of His word. In verse 38 concerning the “field is the world” it is the Greek word “KOSMOS” which has the meaning of “the world as created, ordered and arranged.” However, in verse 39 and 40, the word “world,” as translated in the King James, is the word “AION” which means “age,” speaking of this present time. Therefore, the Christ is telling us that the world as created, ordered, and arranged by God shall abide forever. Nevertheless, because of those things that offend, that causes offence or a stumbling, those things, which are of unrighteousness, lawlessness, iniquity and wrongdoing, are the tares God removes during this age. A certain age out of many which shall bring purity back into the “kosmos”, as it was created by God to be.

Could this be telling us that God has for us an age when death shall end? A removal that shall usher in the age wherein a man-child, a many member body of first-fruits, shall rule and reign with God. If we can understand that in this present evil age of death and darkness, with the sons of darkness being the rulers as spoken in God’s word; these sons of darkness are seemingly wiser or shrewder than God’s children of light as spoken of in Luke 16:8. “So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are shrewder in their generation than the sons of light.” Nevertheless, is it not a fact that we, God’s first-fruits are not of this age of darkness, this generation. Therefore, we are not to live unto the authority of this age-time of darkness, but we are to recognize and believe that our citizenship is not of this age but is of the age to come. All the effects and influences of this darken-age shall pass away from us as the Christ within comes forth in yielded vessels as He has promised.

Phil. 3:20-21, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself”. This is telling us that God’s divine government is within this overcoming people. A people which is the seat of government wherein Christ rules and reigns unto the transformation of our bodies likened unto the body of His glory. Gal. 3:16 & 29 declares, “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, and to seeds, as of many, but as of one, and to your Seed, who is Christ. …. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” (Also, read Rev. 5:1-10).

The next coming age, the millennial Kingdom of God, the one we are now beginning to see for entering into, will be but one more of the many ages that stretch out before us. The word tells us in Psalms 105:8-9 that these promises were unto God’s people for a thousand generations. “He [God] remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, and the covenant which He made with Abraham and His oath to Isaac.” With the true church being the spiritual seed of Abraham, God’s promises are for us. With a bible generation being approximately 40 years, from Abraham unto now has been only about 4000 years. Thus, only 100 generations have passed which leaves us, at the least, 900 more generations to go.

Eph. 2:4-7 declares, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”. Pronouncing the first-fruits of God being proclaimed and the coming harvest.

 

 

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“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter three”

To gain insight into the present tense purpose which God has for man we need to know, just what are God’s plans and what is His purpose for man, especially during this our day and time. Doesn’t scripture tell us that all creation is to be made subject to God’s Christ and His many member body? Heb. 2:8, “You have put all things in subjection under his feet [Christ]. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. …..”. Because we are living in the last of “the last days,” the phrase “the last days” is speaking of the closing out of this present age with great expectation for the coming in of another. This also speaks to us of a coming new world while the old world is to pass away. The word “world” (OIKOUMENE) means “the world as inhabited, to dwell.” Thus, the word “world,” as spoken to us here is speaking of the inhabitants, the dwellers who live upon the planet under their own government and not the soil man lives upon.

This also speaks to us a new world order coming declaring a change in rulership. This speaks of a governmental change as the inhabitants who once ruled are now being defeated and removed. In this removal a new governmental order is being established. Rulers of darkness along with spiritual wickedness in high places which have ruled the darkness of this present evil world, are to be removed with all their deceptive power and authority. Why? Because a governmental order of heaven, God’s dwelling place within repentant man, shall replace the old order of rulership in the next age that is arriving. Rev. 20:1-3, “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, which is the enemy and adversary, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. …..”. 

        With the adversary and his messengers being bound for that coming period of time, who is it that shall rule over this new instilled government, this new world, God’s new age? Rev. 2:7 speaks to us, “He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Verse 11 says, “…..He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” Verse 17, To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” 

        Verses 26-28, “And he who overcomes, and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations. He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels, as I also have received from My Father, and I will give him the morning star.” Rev. 3:5, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels“. Verse 12, “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more, I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem [God’s first-fruits and bride become this city], which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him my new name.” 

        Verse 21, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” This word “overcome,” as used here repeatedly is from the Greek word “NIKAO.” This word as used means, “to conquer, or overcome.” Therefore, unto those who conquer, by the Holy Spirit’s power, the fallen world of the first Adam, he will rule in this new government of the coming age. Where is God’s government to manifest but from within the overcomer, a government that has been planted within the hearts, the Christ nature of God’s new creation people.

It is from God’s word that we find God also declaring judgment upon a certain people. These people He calls a “world.” Thus, it is important for us to see that there is more than one world involved in God’s judgments. God has promised us a coming King and 2 Peter 3:3-7 declares insight concerning this promise. “Knowing this first: those scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of His coming? For since, the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation. For this they willfully forget that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world [government, nature, the people] that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word are reserved for fire until the Day of Judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

According to these scriptures, it reveals that we are still living on the same earth or soil that saw the flood in Noah’s day. Was Noah’s ark transported to another planet somewhere, I think not. What world was destroyed by the flood, but the world created by the people, those people who were living in a rebellious nature against God? Yes, I think this is so for again, what does Peter show us as to this present world which is to be burned up by the wrath of God in these last days, which is our day? While heaven and earth shall remain, it will be this present day governmental world, both the political and the religious carnality, that God destroys. All things birthed by ungodly men who follow their own lust begin to experience God’s wrath and judgment and they shall not remain. The truth is that while God does not destroy the natural earth, He does establish a Godly governmental order, bringing forth the destruction of all ungodly governments that rule at the present time. It is through the Christ and His many member body, the first-fruits that God has chosen to rule over His kingdom age, that is appearing.

Humanity needs to awaken and get the picture. God uncovers the truth of His kingdom as we read from Isaiah 11:1-9, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His Lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Read also Isaiah 65:17-25.

Today’s men still have an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to wake them up. Can we not get the picture? We see coming a reigning on earth wherein the Christ and His many member body, His first-fruits will minister life to all of creation. We will be able to know the reality of true and truth living. There will be houses built and jobs to work at. Real animals alive that do not destroy nor hurt one another, with children being born that are not afraid of snakes and lambs that are not afraid of wolves. In all of God’s creation, the first-fruits of God are becoming a people that are conformed to the image of the Son of God. These people have overcome because they have put all their enemies under foot with their last enemy being destroyed, which is death.

Note the truth of God’s word in 1 Cor. 15:22-26, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the first-fruits [God’s Christ, both head and his many member body], afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming [Jesus the head and His many member body are to appear for the bride]. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” With death destroyed, the end comes to be delivered unto the Father because there shall be no more sin and death, a time when every remaining tongue shall confess Him as Lord.

 

 

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“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter two”

Known by but a few, throughout all of God’s creation of mankind, is the knowledge that being “in-Christ” means God’s people are more than conquerors. This word “in” is a word meaning, “being and remaining within.” Therefore, know that through His redeemed first-fruits God has chosen to dwell, and in and through them, He shall reap His harvest and establish His kingdom on the earth through spiritual warfare. Eph. 6:12, “because our conflict is not with blood and flesh, but with the governments, with the authorities, with the potentates of this darkness, with the spiritual things of wickedness in the heavenlies.”

When God purposed to create the man and place him in the Garden of Eden according to His overall plan of creation, we know that angels were already in place as purposed by God. Angels were created by God to be used according to His purpose, but they were not the highest or the ultimate of God’s creation. God had something greater in mind and for this cause, when He created man, it was man who is to become the ultimate manifestation of God by becoming His sons, His family. Scripture reveals that God’s purposed place for His manifested sons is life of a higher realm.

Heb. 1:4-6, “Having become so much better than the angels, as He [Jesus Christ] has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say: You are My Son, Today I have begotten you? And again: I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: Let all angels of God Worship Him”. Jesus Christ therefore is of a much higher order than the angels. Jesus Christ, established as the firstborn Son of God, is God’s glorified and exalted man. This firstborn Son become the seed-pattern for redeemed creation, beginning with the first-fruits.

While we note that the angels are spirit beings, it is from humanity that God calls forth a ministry to become His flames of fire. But, unto Jesus Christ, the seed-pattern Son, God declares an eternal throne. Heb. 1:7-8, “And of the angels He says: Who makes His angel’s spirits and His ministers a flame of fire. But to the Son He says: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.” As we continue to read, we can see that this throne is an eternal throne and anointed with “the oil of gladness.” Heb. 1:9, “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore, God, Your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions.” 

        Therefore, we should recognize that this place in God, those becoming His first-fruits, is also eternal in purpose. When God speaks of the coming forth of a new heaven and earth, it is mainly speaking of a new way of life. The old way of life connected to the fallen Adamic race is the heaven and earth that shall perish. All that has existed in what God calls the old heaven and earth shall pass away. Know that repentant humanity shall know the reality of the passing away of that old life that they might know a coming forth into that which is new and now available. Heb. 1:10-12, “And: You Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak, you will fold them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not fail.” 

        Angels then are of a lower state of existence than those who are becoming God’s first-fruits, for unto the angels the good and precious promises of God are not given. However, unto Gods first-fruits, the Christ and His body, these promises are stated and given that God shall put all enemies under the feet of these who overcome. Secondly, that in Christ and overcomers as His body, God causes them to sit down on the right hand of God. Thirdly, as God’s children, they can become heirs of His full salvation. Fourthly, they become joint-heirs with Jesus Christ and fifthly they gain the right to sit in the throne room of God. Heb. 1:13, “But to which of the angels has He ever said; Sit at My right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool.” In addition, we read again, in Rev. 3:21 as He declares, “to him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” 

        While many humans would tremble in the presence of a mighty angel, we must ever remember that they are but servants of God with the ministry of serving the saints. But, it is unto the overcomers that God chooses, not only to speak to but also to manifest Himself through. It is these first-fruits who shall be co-heirs of salvation unto the kingdom of God. Heb. 1:14 states, “Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” Have you heard of or ever considered God’s promise for the overcomers in becoming a son? If not, you can, and in so doing, man receives instructions and warnings not to drift from that promise.

Heb. 2:1, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” What about you, has complacency and slothfulness seem to have become a way of life for you as with much of the Christian Community? These are those who dwell in that carnal established mind-set which manifests what was and is being passed down from generation to generation. This carnal established mind-set makes the Word of God non-effective, becoming a people never expecting nor seeking for its fulfillment. If an angel were to appear before them, most people would bow at his presence and at his voice. Yet these same people are very careless when it comes to respecting the Word of God when spoken through His true ministries, the apostles, the prophets, the evangelist, the shepherds, and the teachers of God and His word, those called to be preparers for Christ appearing.

Heb. 2:2-4, “For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?” 

        If disobedience to a revelation transmitted by angels is punishable, indifference to salvation and the kingdom truths brought by Christ (the head and body) receives even greater punishment. The greatness of salvation and entering into the kingdom of God is given by these three facts of conformation: 1. Spoken by the Lord; 2. The apostles confirmed, 3. Attested by the ministry of the Holy Spirit through miracles and spiritual gifts. It is an age-long expectation that the Holy Spirit, in confirming the gospel, will minister manifestations of Christ’s glory. Remember, the angels are of a lower realm than Christ is, so the gospel of Christ and God’s kingdom is of a far greater realm than the realm of angels. The Holy Spirit shall not only anoint these first-fruits, the body of Christ, but also the message as it comes through those who hear from heaven.

1 Cor. 2:1-5, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and He crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 

        God’s ways revealed to humanity through the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross are ways beyond the ways of man. Paul did not preach the message of the cross to show off his oratorical skills and to draw attention to himself; rather, he spoke with fear, and trembling, a figure of speech denoting the opposite of self-confidence. Demonstration of the Holy Spirit and power not only refers to the fact that the miraculous accompanies God’s Word when anointed, it also refers to the Holy Spirit’s transforming power in the individual lives of the saints at the time of their conversion. This is more than a mere intellectual conversion through human wisdom, but an encounter with the Holy Spirit Himself, who demonstrated His presence in them. Thus, we have before us the way and the walk of those becoming His first-fruits.

While angels are purposed of God to minister to the saints, they have not been given the place of rulership over the world that is to come. This rulership has been given to a part of humanity, those of Christ’ body, who shall become ministers of “so great a salvation,” which changes man’s spirit, soul and body. These are those who are to usher in a new day in God in which they shall rule and reign with Christ. It is the eternal promise and purpose of God, that man shall rule and have dominion over all of God’s creation. Heb. 2:5-8, “For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying: What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor and set him over the works of your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him”. 

        What a promise and what are we seeing manifested now, as we begin to see Christ. The fruit of the seed, the first-fruits shall come forth in a full measure, each one coming to their season. We shall see them because we see Jesus who states that He is bringing many sons unto that same glory. Heb. 2:9-11, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for who are all things and by who are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” 

        We can read in Heb. 2:12-18 that Jesus became, for us, a merciful and faithful High Priest. In this office as, High Priest He makes reconciliation for our sins, a forgiveness of sins and a progressive changing from the sin nature. In this, the process of our spiritual maturity, we might likewise bring others in and minister unto the nations the ministry of reconciliation. Jesus is our High Priest whose purpose is to gather and lay hold of Abraham’s seed. Understanding is given that we are Abraham’s seed by faith in Christ, thus the call.

Gal. 3:16 & 29 states, “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, and to seeds, as of many, but as of one, and to your Seed, who is Christ. … And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” A call comes forth. We did not choose Him, but He chose us. In responding to the call in God choosing us, the process for our being apprehended begins. A desire springing up from within, to come to the place of truly knowing Him as a bride knows her husband. An intimate union in the Christ until a consummation and the birthing takes place.

Phil. 3:10-14 declares, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected, but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

        This is a seeking to know Him, a devoting of ourselves in the pursuit of intimacy with God. We can ask the Holy Spirit to birth in us a deep hunger and longing for more of Christ. Asking God to place in our hearts a burning desire to know Him in a greater way than ever before. Seeking Him with our entire mind, will, emotions and desires. Thus, the purpose of this life is to press our way into a full measure of that for which God has called us. We are to become that visible expression of God in the earth that all men might see Him as He is, the Head with His many member body, the first-fruits of His harvest.

 

 

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“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter one”

From before the foundation of His creation, God purposed from within Himself that He, in the process of His timing, would bring forth a seed in the earth to be birthed after His own kind. As God spoke in the first chapter of Genesis, He proclaimed the fashion of that seed. Gen. 1:26“Then God said, Let Us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth”. This scripture refers to and includes such qualities as reason, personality, and the intellect. It also includes the capacity to relate, to hear, to smell, to see, to feel and to speak.

All these are characteristics of God, which He chose to reproduce within His created man. This man is purposed to be God’s kingdom agent, to rule within and subdue all the rest of creation, including the aggressive fallen forces of the adversary that would, did and does infringe upon God’s purpose. Within this plan, a created man was to become a seed, a seed that was to produce a man to finally become a many member one. Creation should understand that this plan is not one that God has forgotten about nor left to be unfulfilled. Understand that it is down through the dispensations of time that God purposed the molding and maturing of this created man, becoming the many member body of Christ who is becoming a full measure of the plan.

From scripture, as written in the book of Hebrews, the revelation of that seed had its beginning as the seed, the Son of God Christ Jesus begins. Heb. 1:1-2, “God who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds”. God’s son, superior to everything in every way, is the perfect reflection of God’s glory and the image of His Person. Herein, lays the promise that God gave and its coming forth, as a first-born Son. Note with understanding that while the first-born is the Heir, the purpose and promise will not be complete until the co-heirs likewise find their place of fulfillment as members of the Christ. In this they become Christ many member body. These many members of Christ, appearing as a first-fruits company, have their beginning in making up His body until its completion.

Rom. 8:14-17 openly declares, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together”.

From this verse, we can see the progression as a person receives forgiveness of past sins to become one of the children of God. However, in the spirit realm as in the natural, a child needs to grow, and in its maturing processes, he matures to qualify and finally become an adopted son, a son that begins to move in the Fathers delegated authority. Thus, this child finally becomes a part of the matured body of Christ, the glorified ones in which Jesus prayed for in John 17:22, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:”. This oneness prayed for is not an organizational oneness but a spiritual unity, a body that will manifest the life of Christ as first-fruits, as they bear full witness to the divine mission of Christ.

As clearly stated in the Word of God, Jesus Christ is but the firstborn son. It also declares that God, in His foreknowledge, purposed that others would also mature into the image of His First Son. Rom. 8:29, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. That He might be the firstborn among many brethren”. The writer, looking into eternity past sees that God’s purpose for His people has only and always been good. God foreknew and predestined these believers to be like Christ. With clarity, God states that a people shall become His sons. The requirement stated is that they are required to overcome. “Overcome” is a word that speaks of conquering. Thus, unto those who conquer, they shall likewise inherit from the Father, becoming a first-fruits people who gain a place called “sons.” These shall receive from God all things that He has prepared for them that love Him. Rev. 21:7, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son”.

Herein lays the revelation concerning that which God purposed when He declared, “let us make man in our image, according to our likeness”. With the Holy Spirits revealing, we can understand that the seed, Christ Jesus, is but the beginning of God’s creation. In other words, Jesus Christ was the pattern for other coming sons. God saw Him before the making of any man, with the man becoming many in number that would finally grow-up into the likeness of the first-born son. Rev. 3:14, “… These things say the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God”. Jesus Christ then, birthed through Mary, came forth from God, not only to become a sacrifice for sin, but as God’s pattern son. He, as a planted seed, is to become a harvest of sons made in His image and likeness. Thus, we have the witness that the firstborn has come. He lived, died, was in the tomb, rose to life again to now be seated at the Fathers right hand.

With the Sonship of Jesus being made complete and by Him becoming the sacrifice needed, God continues working and is still waiting for the body of Christ, the precious fruit of the earth to be made complete. James 5:7 states, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord [includes His first-fruit many member body]. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” God’s patience, according to the times and seasons of creation will bring forth this great harvest of first-fruit sons.

When is it that the heirs of God shall possess their inheritance? In answering this question, we must consider the phrase “in the last days.” Acts 2:17, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God …”. This phrase “in the last days” refers to the era of the church from the upper room Feast of Pentecost to the return of Christ. This brings todays man to the overlapping of today’s age and the age that is to come. 2 Tim. 3:1, But know this that in the last days’ perilous times will come.” This word “perilous” has the meaning of “harsh, savage, difficult, dangerous, painful, fierce, grievous, hard to deal with.” This word describes a society that is barren of virtue but abounding with vices. Appearing “in the last days” certain events begin to take place that bring about the fulfillment of those things previously declared.

With the entire dispensation of grace, the church age referred to as “the last days,” the Apostles revealed that they, likewise, were living “in the last days”. Yet 2000 years later, we find we are still living “in these last days”. Thus, a 2000-year period given to prepare and mature the harvest of the Christ seed that was planted those 2000 years ago. It is here that we should note that Jesus, as our sacrifice, was lifted upon the cross at the third hour, the morning sacrifice, speaking of 9:00 AM. Mark 15:25, “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.” Jesus then remained on the cross until the ninth hour, the evening sacrifice, speaking of 3:00 PM. Mark 15:33-34, “Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is translated, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? [the sacrifice completed]

Fallen man, unable to restore himself, can now know restoration, but only through this sacrifice of Jesus. This sacrifice was needed because man, born into the fallen condition of the first Adam man, could not pay the penalty for himself. Fallen man needed a worthy sacrifice found only in God’s firstborn Son, the man Christ Jesus. Herein He died; He paid the price that was necessary for man’s sinful life. He hung on the cross for as long as needed and then He cried out, “it is finished.” His sacrifice for man was now a price paid in full. John 19:30, “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, it is finished! And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” Now, with that requirement met, God begins to focus upon another son, a corporate son, one that has many members.

Jesus, the firstborn son came forth in the morning of these “last days,” but now, at the time of the evening sacrifice (the closing hours of the last days) Jesus again cries, “It is finished.” Here, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, He pours Himself by the Holy Spirit into a called and chosen body of sons who now do the ministry of the “greater things.” John 14:12, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” Because His purpose was the crucifixion, Jesus’ earthly ministry was limited to only a few years. However, after the resurrection of Jesus and with the sent Holy Spirit poured out at Pentecost, His ministry continues to multiply as Holy Spirit empowered believers become a harvest of first-fruits. These first-fruits are now coming forth to establish the kingdom of God in all the earth.

According to God’s plan, from the beginning, He purposed to have a many member son. These, with Jesus Christ as the head, are purposed to restore creation back into a restored divine order. Back, from the realm of death, to God’s realm of life. Heb. 2:10, “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory; to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings”. While the Old Testament people knew God only as the creator, the lawgiver and a punisher of sins, Jesus came to reveal and unveil God’s true nature.

Heb. 1:3, Who [Christ Jesus] being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,”. This Christ seed now planted in the souls of receiving people was purposed that these receiving ones might live again. The law of the seed, with every seed bringing forth after its own kind, Jesus Christ brings forth a harvest liken unto the first born, the visible image of the invisible God. As stated in Col. 1:15, it says, “He [Jesus Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” 

        Herein we can rest assured in this fact, that Jesus was and is the overcomer. He overcame, not for Himself alone, but that man could also become partakers of God’s divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4, “By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”. These great and precious promises are given to us in Jesus Christ whose very nature can become who we are. While it is only in the blood of Jesus Christ that man can know redemption, we can also remember that His other sons are spiritually birthed do the greater works spoken of by Jesus. I Cor. 15:22-24, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the first-fruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power”. 

        This scripture is pointing to the resurrection, an experience for first-fruits, with Jesus Christ being the authentic Man who acted in their behalf. The second coming of Christ within His completed purpose will complete the resurrection harvest. Having subdued all enemies, Christ will then turn over the reins of the divine government to God the Father. In this, let us remember that the Christ is the Head and He has a many member body, the first-fruits to be manifested in the earth.

 

 

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“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter fifteen”

“As a Man Thinks, so is He”

Man, God’s creation, is a body, soul, and spirit. God has chosen to create this man for fellowship as the man remained submissive and in relationship with Him. A relationship that includes union with the spiritually mature completed vessel becoming God’s dwelling place. In having a relationship, God chooses to affect man’s make-up by changing every aspect of his being, enabling man to stand in His presence. In God’s presence man is to know Him, to see Him, to hear Him, to feel Him and to obey Him. Man is to become the visible expression, a visible manifestation as offspring of God Himself. In this relationship, we know that God is Spirit; therefore, we must begin by relating to Him in spirit. For this spiritual union to become a reality, God must first renew a right spirit within man that will enable that man to relate to God through communication and fellowship.

In this regard what of man’s soul and body, is there a place for them in this Godly fellowship? Here, a continuing work continues to change man’s polarity of influence. Instead of receiving all his priorities from influences outside the body through the five-sense realm, man is being brought to a right standing, a standing up, wherein he is influenced from the internal dwelling of the Holy Spirit. Herein the soul responds to the spirit, while the body responds to the direction given by the Holy Spirit from the spirit through the soul. Does God have a different and better plan for man than this natural lifestyle of the fallen Adam? If so, how does God plan to reveal this better plan, this new covenant lifestyle to His creation?

        In the beginning God declares His plan as He speaks in Gen. 1:26-27, “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over …. So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. Hence, God’s purpose to make man in the likeness of His image was for man having dominion over God’s creation. Here God speaks, and it became so as a man came forth as an invisible light Being, a spiritual man, who stands forth from the Spirit of our invisible spiritual God. Then in Gen. 2:7, something else takes place, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” God takes from the dust of the ground and forms for man a visible shape in which the invisible spirit man begins to dwell. Thus, into a formed visible body God breathed a spiritual invisible life form. He kindled life into the visible form, out from Himself to make a soul, a meeting place for the visible and the invisible to co-habitat, to dwell together in oneness of purpose.

        During this glorious time, the spiritual light being called Adam was outshining from the formed dust of the earth body. Thus, manifesting a triune being in which God could fellowship. God’s breath (life) birthed within the dustman a living soul, an intelligent man with mind (thought), emotion, will, and desire. In this, man is a triune man of body, soul, and spirit. One who radiates of the spirit of life as he fellowships with God in the spirit of the day, in God’s Garden of Eden realm. What a Being, what a man this was, one who manifested the Spirit of God, one who became the visible expression of an invisible God. This glory of God remained with Adam until sin, because of disobedience, appeared from him. Here man became human (hued down man). Meanwhile, God’s purpose in all things, despite man’s disobedience, was that God would eventually bring forth a restored people who would willfully choose to respond only to the Holy Spirit in all things. Rom. 8:14 declares, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” His family.

        In returning to Gen. 2:7-9, we see that God placed the formed man into a realm of life, a dimension called the Garden of Eden. In this garden, God begins a work in His created man that would reach down through the ages, until He would have for Himself offspring (His seed, Jesus Christ) who could take dominion, a seed who would become heirs and co-heirs with Christ in all God’s holy kingdom. In this purpose, to begin the process, God places within the garden two specific trees (life-styles). One life-style was the tree of life, which was for the supporting and the continuation of the life of God placed within the man. The other life-style was the tree of knowledge of good, and evil. The word “knowledge” is a word meaning “sense or perception.” (Read Gen.3:1-6).

        With Gen. 3:2 & 6 showing us that these trees were for food, can it not be seen that man, Adam and Eve, had within themselves characteristics that could only be awakened within as they ate of the certain trees made available? In this truth, Adam and Eve, in their first estate were completely innocent to all these characteristics. They related to outside events innocently until an awakening took place. They, Adam and Eve, could look upon all things around about them, but remain completely innocent to them, until such a time when they chose to awaken or experience them by the eating or choosing of that which was available.

        Could it be that this created man was punished, not so much for the eating of the forbidden fruit and gaining the experience, but more so because of their disobedience to God? Is not this the continual down-fall of man today, disobedience to that which God has said? Until man’s sin of disobedience, Adam and Eve were influenced only by the Spirit of God who fellowshipped with them in the spirit (cool) of the day. What was the spirit of the day? Was it not a day of innocence? However, in the day of their innocence, they could not yet have complete dominion. They would first have to awaken and conquer each event, each realm of knowledge, as they, becoming God-like through obedience, would rule over all God’s creation.

        Adam and Even were much like that which men are today. They love dwelling in fellowship with God’s available wisdom, but a tempter entices them to become wise within themselves. Hence, we as Adam, partake of the forbidden tree. We awaken to a sense or perception of what is good and evil. We move out of the realm of a spirit led life wherein God’s wisdom and knowledge dwell, where His nature rules, into a realm of establishing our own laws. A choosing between what we classify as good from that which we classify as evil. This means following a life-style that establishes for itself a need to obey certain laws to prove to ourselves or live what is called “good,” while in disobedience to that law we reveal what is called “evil”. Therefore, removing obedience to God from the equation.

        Gen. 3:7-8 declares, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons, and they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden”. In the eating of the forbidden tree, these scriptures reveal the results of becoming wise in themselves. “And the eyes of them both were opened to know that they were now naked.” This word “know” has the meaning of “to ascertain by seeing.” This speaks to us that while they were aware they were naked before eating the forbidden fruit, being completely innocent, the awaken knowledge of good and evil enabled their seeing to have a new meaning.

        This new meaning caused them to need a covering. It caused them to “sew fig leaves together and make for themselves aprons.” What had been their covering before this newfound knowledge? Was it not the covering of the spiritual Light Being of God radiating from within their spirit, which was outshining from their lives? By moving out of God’s wisdom and knowledge into man’s own wisdom and knowledge, man entered a death realm, the withdrawing of the outshining light of the Spirit of God.

        Adam and Eve, in their awakened knowledge could now see themselves, as they (man) really are, vessels in need of a covering from God. In Gen. 2:25 while they were in their first estate declares, “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” This word “naked” has the meaning of “wise.” This speaks to us that while Adam and Eve remained in God’s wisdom they had no cause to be ashamed. However, the serpent, used as a tempter, wiser than any other creature, caused Eve to desire to be a god unto herself. In desiring her own wisdom she ate in disobedience, then gave to her husband and they both awakened to their nakedness. They awoke to their own wisdom, wisdom of knowing the nature of good and evil. In this nature, they now knew the evil of themselves when living outside of God’s holiness. The lack of God’s holiness revealed a need for them to cover themselves, a need to make for them a covering to cover the knowing of self-worth, the knowledge of good and evil outside of God’s wisdom.

        Had God not promised that death would be the result of this disobedience? This death begins with the removal of God’s glorious light covering of life. With the results being, the aging of this dust of the earth body until it returns into the dust from whence it came. With man falling into a realm of death, it now means a life of self-survival, self-existence, and a lifestyle of providing for self under a law of good and evil. Living in a realm of fear as man seeks to hide himself from the all-Seeing Eye and the all-knowing mind of God. (Read Gen. 3:8-11). These verses reveal the reaction in Adam and Eve as God approached them in the cool of the day. “Cool” is a Hebrew word meaning “invisible force, spirit.”

        Until this death, Adam and Eve delighted in fellowshipping with God in the spirit of the day, knowing Him in the invisibleness of His existence. Now, in their own wisdom, they find it necessary to hide from God. Is it not true that humanity of today, for the most part, especially those without God in their lives, seek all within their power to eradicate God from their lives as well as from all the earth? For, in their way of thinking, by removing God from their world they would have no need to hide from Him in their own wisdom of evil. However, in all this, we should ever keep in mind that God is working according to His eternal plan and purpose. What is this plan? To have for Himself a people, who in the likeness of His image shall be able to rule as Priest and Kings in God’s Kingdom.

        If you read Gen. 3:22-24, these verses show the beginning of man’s journey from innocence to reconciliation, a journey that will finally lead them into a place of becoming heirs and co-heirs with Christ. Innocence is not profitable for rulership. In eating the forbidden fruit, Adam became as God in knowing good and evil. Nevertheless, Adam did not have the ability to rule yet because of his innate innocence. Man is to have knowledge of, but wisdom over good and evil. Wisdom is the results gained through the testing given and the choices made, as the indwelling Holy Spirit leads and teaches man by imparting wisdom through those experiences. For this cause, God did not close out the way to the tree of life, but simply placed a flaming sword in the path to keep the way open unto him who searches to find it.

        This path to life is open that each desiring vessel may return to partake of the God life, perfected by going to and through the flaming sword. This flaming sword is the Word of God, a flame that purifies all who submit themselves to its work of separating from carnality and a bringing them into wholeness. Our God is a consuming fire and His Word is a two-edged sword which provides for man a source of restoration back unto God. The word “guard or keep,” in verse 24 means to “preserve, keep safe” this way of life. God’s life and His word as it comes forth from God has never been nor can it ever be really polluted (it is man that seeks to pollute the word).

        1 John 5:11-12 says, “And this is the record [witness], that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” The question is, who has the Son of God? Does this take more than simply stating verbally that you know of Him? Could it not be that eternal life, as it dwells in the Son is, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we behold His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth”. (John 1:14). Christ is the Word of God made flesh, according to the will and purpose of God, that every man might likewise receive Him and the power to become the sons of God, the word made flesh again. John 1:12-13 says, “But as many as receive Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”. This is not just a one-time event but a continual happening, a God yielding, obedient lifestyle.

The big question often asked is where does wisdom dwell? God breathed into man the breath of life and man became a living soul. At the fall of Adam, what became of man’s soul? Could it be that the living soul (mind, emotion, will, and desires) breathed from God fell into a realm of death, a separation from God? Therein, fallen man’s soul was no longer alive unto God, but followed after the mind (thought life), emotions, will, and desires of man’s own fallen nature passions. Again, where does wisdom dwell? Is not its abiding place in the mind? In the fallen state, wisdom seeks for self-survival, looking out only for what is food for self. However, to the sons, those who have received power from God, they are led by God’s wisdom. What proceeds out from man’s mind but thoughts! In Proverbs 23:7, we read, “For as he [man] thinks in his heart [mind], so is he: ….” What promotes our thought processes, is it not those things we give our minds, our emotions, our wills, and our desires unto? We must recognize that we can remain under the law of good and evil without knowing the realm of eternal life. We can do well all the days of our lives and still dwell in the realm of death. Disobedience where God is concerned, while knowing good and evil, causes us to remain in that fallen state.

A person can do well all the days of his life, but is he being led of the wisdom, the Spirit, of God? If not, that person is in a state of rebellion and corruption, separated from God, to know the wisdom of this world of death. For this cause, God leads us from test to test, trial to trial, temptation to temptation, line upon line, precept upon precept, until we become that people who desire one thing only. That is, to be led by the Spirit of God in all things. Is it not so, that unto the one who chooses to think from the realm of a beast nature, that one becomes as a beast? Nevertheless, unto that one who thinks upon the love of God, with a desire to love God above all else, that one becomes love itself. In this, we can return through the flaming sword unto the tree of life, herein to know eternal life. We shall walk with God in the cool (spirit) of the day, unto that day of perfection.

Friends, God is available, He is revealing Himself to a people in this day of restoration and showing Himself with an unveiled face. As the revealed Word of God, given to this people by the quickening of His Spirit, they shall behold Him to see Him as He is. This is of a certainty, according to the measure we are willing to see Him we shall become. However, are we still trying to hide ourselves from His presence? Are we still reaching for man-made coverings to hide behind? Remember, as a man thinks, so is he. Therefore, let us stand before Him with an open heart and mind, with boldness and humility to become even as He is.

If it be a truth that according “as a man thinks in his heart (mind), so is He,” each human is liberated or bound by his own thinking habits. We can remain slaves to our own self-constructed prison cells or we can become freedom itself. Unto that individual who the liberty of God’s Spirit is setting free from the law of sin and death, that person is free. Yes, the Word of God is a sword, a sword with two edges. One in which to cut away the intents of an evil, rebellious heart (mind), while the other edge heals and makes whole, it makes one complete in God. The fire of God that consumes is a fire that liberates the vessel from that place of bondage. Everything, (wood, hay, and stubble) that can burn is consumed. This leads us into a place of liberty, a dwelling place of rest in the presence of eternal life. Has God, by His Spirit, been talking to you? What has He been asking, telling, or revealing to you? What is it that occupies your thoughts? What is it that your thoughts think? Do your thoughts remain heavenly long enough to lead you into the heavens? Are we gaining our place in God wherein we become free? Free from what, from everything that hinders, from every adversary, that we might see Him as He is, to become like Him.

1 John 3:1-2 speaks loudly, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore, the world knows us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doeth not yet appear what we shall be: But we know that, when he shall appear [make manifest], we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is”. Beloved, the Christ is appearing today. Now is the day of our salvation. Think upon these things. Take control of your mind and command its obedience to God. We should purpose to have a mind with a willingness to obey Him in all things, regardless as to where He would lead us.

Our destiny is before us as we remain in Christ, by the seeing of ourselves in the Word, which is Christ. Therefore, the invitation, extended from God unto all who will come. Every man in his own order according to God’s callings and choosing, each fulfilling Gods will and purpose as they gain the heights of God’s purpose for their lives. God has created and birthed all things after the manner of His preordained predetermined plan for every realm and order, each person coming into perfection, by obedience, to abound in the power and glory of God. To this, we say Amen. Yes, man has a destiny, one founded upon Gods will and purpose. Are you willing to find and come into that destiny? The weariness of this life is becoming too heavy to bear therefore, come unto Him whose way is life, an eternal life of living with Him according to His will and purpose.

 

 

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“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter fourteen”

“The Coming of the Christ”

With God establishing certain times and seasons in which He accomplished those things He purposed, and with a people living during today’s time and season, most of Christendom should be aware of a certain teaching. That is, an awareness that there is going to be a soon coming again of the Christ. While most Christians believe this teaching to be true, the attitude of many is that they are not really looking for that coming. While most church people claim to believe in His coming, most live a life-style that offsets any true showing of this belief. Could we not say, along with the writer of Matthew, that a condition exists among the religious community of today that is quickly fulfilling one of the signs spoken to be aware of concerning the time of Christ appearing?

In Matt. 24:37-39 we read, “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”. From these scriptures, when Noah entered the ark, God’s place of safety, a place prepared beforehand by divine instruction for divine protection, all who were not in the ark were the ones taken away. Verse 39 says clearly concerning the people who were unbelievers, “and took them all away.” Thus, the flood took away the unprotected ones while Noah and his family were safe and secure to know the joys of entering into a new world after the cleansing flood.

In looking at what scriptures are saying concerning the coming of the Son of man, it is important to open our spirits and minds to the word of God. What does God’s word have to say of His coming? (Read Matt. 24:3-14). As we consider some of the key words used in this context, we shall look at what the word really says by knowing their meanings. “What shall be the sign of thy coming?” This word “coming” has the meaning of “a being near, presence.” Hence, that for which the disciples were longing to know by their question was, “what shall be the sign of your being near, your presence?” In considering the word “presence,” consider, that a presence is “that which can be seen or can be felt and not seen.” The dictionary itself declares, “Presence” to mean “the state or fact of being present, a supernatural influence felt to be nearby.” Therefore, in this context, the coming of the Christ points to a people knowing the feeling of a supernatural presence felt to be present or nearby.

A question arises as we consider the influence of a supernatural nature and a divine spiritual presence that is nearby. We know that Jesus lived among humanity for 33 ½ years as a visible expression. However, when He returned to the Father, as the Son, the risen one, He instructed the disciples in Luke 24:49, “… behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high [this defines the meaning and purpose of the Holy Spirit]”. The Holy Spirit is of the invisible realm, a realm that the natural eye cannot see, except when the manifestation of His presence appears through the receiving ones.

Therefore, while waiting in Jerusalem and on the day of Pentecost, this power from on high, the Holy Spirit, came. It not only filled (furnished) the upper room but it filled (influenced) the 120 who were present in the room. While the Holy Spirit remained invisible to the natural eye, His coming (presence) resulted in some natural expressions. At its appearing, a mighty wind blew and cloven tongues (tongues distributing and parting themselves) like as of fire were evident. (Read Acts 2:1-4). Here the presence of the Holy Spirits coming, or presence was an influence, a supernatural expression that was present and heard because of the speaking of unknown tongues.

Back to Matt. 24:3 and looking at two other words of importance in the phrase, “the end of the world,” let’s consider “the end” and “world.” This word “end,” used many times in this chapter but has two different meanings. In verse 3, it means “meeting together of all that marks the consummation of the age.” This marks the end of one age and the beginning of another. However, in verse 6, 13, and 14 the word “end” means “the actual end.” This reveals that God is more than willing to show us even more than we ask for. This shows that while the disciples were limiting their question concerning the immediate age (a time) in which they lived, Jesus was more than willing to release unto them an understanding beyond their question. He unrolled the scroll of time for them to understand God’s order through the ages (many periods) until the actual end of time. God was and is desirous to reveal, even now, His will and purpose in the restoring of man, with each man coming forth in his own order, until the restoration of all Gods purpose.

In considering the word “world” as used in verse 3, it has the meaning of “an age, or age time, the duration of which is indefinite, and may be limited or extended as the context of each occurrence may demand.” However, as used in verse 14, when talking about the “gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the entire world,” this word “world” has the meaning of “the world as inhabited. It is from a verb meaning, to dwell. It is used of the habitable world, the civilized as distinct from barbarian, distinct from the world “kosmos” which is the world as created.” Remember, in considering the truth of this context there are only two seeds in this world, a seed chosen to worship God, the true seed of Abraham and another seed that shall worship the beast scripture speaks of, especially in the Book of the Revelation. In seeing the distinction between the two seeds, these two seeds shall continue until such a time as when the word is fulfilled that declares that every knee shall bow to worship God.

This shows us the importance of knowing the word as revealed by the Holy Spirit. We have a need to look closely at each scripture to receive revealed truth and a God given understanding. Humankind of today has tried narrowing God down to such a small limited size, thinking that they can contain Him in the prison house of their own limited intellect. We must and will become a free people, as we free ourselves from our own intellectual limitations, wherein we begin to see that God’s plan and purpose came from before the foundation of the world and the creation of man.

The Word declares that all in Christ will know restoration, as God, through the ages continues His work until all things that are His are returned to Him. Man would seek to limit God, but God, before the end of time shall bring forth each receiving soul in their own order in Christ, to a place of restoration. In understanding this truth, we must see that the presence or coming of Christ is not restricted until the entire world and every creature has heard the gospel of the Kingdom. The presence of the Christ shall come forth unto each vessel according to his or her own order by the seeing, hearing and understanding of the gospel of God’s Kingdom.

With God’s purpose, being laid before the foundation of the world, each order of His coming (presence and influence, a supernatural divine spirit felt to be present) has likewise been laid and God shall cause each appearing to come forth according to that purpose, that order. Does the Word show us the order of His appearing? Is it something that God desires to reveal unto us? In 1 Cor. 15:20-26, God begins to reveal the order of progression in which He shall make all things live. This order of God’s choosing has its beginning and ending in God. At the time of His choosing, God imparts into that people an eye to see and an ear to hear. The hidden secrets that were not known before are revealed to bring forth understanding. As God reveals these mysteries to a people, they not only begin to hear, but the word itself has the power and the authority to bring it into complete fulfillment through faith and obedience. Herein a work is begun which brings about the perfecting of that word of promise and purpose.

Matt. 13:35 declares, “… that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world”. Also, in Matt. 13:10-11, “And the disciple came, and said unto Him, why speak Thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries [the secrets, or the things thus far kept secret] of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.”

Man, by a lack of knowing is in bondage to carnality until God draws a people at the time of His choosing. God will give those yielding ones understanding, by the Holy Spirit, of God’s purpose at the time for any given Godly order to come forth. What of you, are you at peace with your spiritual condition and understanding? On the other hand, is something stirring in your person? Is God’s desire at work to bring you into a greater place in Him, a bringing you into a place that you have not experienced before or walked in yet? Is the Holy Spirit now at work to lay and establish a new order of people in the earth that the next line concerning the coming of Christ, His presence, His will and purpose is manifest?

Back to 1 Cor. 15:22 it declares, “In Adam all die.” This understanding is ours because God reveals our sinfulness to us while offspring of the Adam man. He quickens the receiving man through the power of the Holy Spirit into knowing that all have sinned, therefore all have died. The result of this death is that the flesh and blood body, the one formed from the dust of the earth, shall return to that from which it came. As humanity continues to live after the dictates of the natural Adam man, their destiny is to know a literal grave, the returning to the dust from which God formed the man. (Read Gen. 3:19 and Rom. 5:12-19). The knowledge we have concerning our lot with death will be a sure experience, that is unless God, after the order of His purpose, awakens us to a higher understanding. This understanding stated in 1 Cor. 15:22, “in Christ shall all be made alive.”

The greater truth here is that life is of a certainty, if the prerequisite is entered, which is a living “in Christ.” This word “in” as used here is a preposition that denotes “being or remaining within, with the primary idea of rest and continuance.” This speaks of more than a one-time happening but is likened to the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years, (Read Luke 8:43-48), she touched Him and became whole. The word “touched” being used here means “attached to”, implying that she attached herself to His glory, never to let go. “In Christ” brings life. It will separate us from the realm of death by our remaining in or attaching ourselves to Him. A question often asked concerning Christ coming is when will it be and how will it happen? 1 Cor. 15:23 reveals, “But every man in his own order.”

Here the understanding of some more words from the context becomes very important. As we look at the words, we should also understand that the scripture, when we allow it to, would interpret itself. In verse 22, the word “Christ” is the Greek word “CHRISTOS” which means, “to anoint.” Thus, Christ not only speaks of the person, but an anointing that enables that person to be what he is in Christ. 1 John 2:20 declares, “But ye have an unction [same Greek word as anointing in 1 John 2:27] from the Holy One, and ye know all things”. This word “unction and anointing” are from the same Greek word “CHRISMO” which has the meaning of, “smearing, the endowment of the Holy Spirit.”

The anointing then is a smearing like oil or a covering, a divine endowment, an enablement to become and fulfill the will and purpose of God. With such an anointing, we can know the reality of a life that lives “in Christ.” Is this a life of impossibility? We, the body of Christ are not just one member called Jesus, but a many member body. Therefore, the anointing of Christ is not for just the first-born son (the Head – Jesus), but also the many member sons that make up His body. (Read 1 Cor. 12:12-27). Jesus will not stand alone, but He, with the many member body making up the Christ, is the anointed of God.

In looking back to scripture in 1 Cor. 15:23, let’s consider the word “order.” This word means “something orderly in arrangement, a series, or succession.” With all being “made alive” (quickened) in Christ, He declares that His life shall find its fulfillment as it touches all things, but, the life of Christ only touches these things in the series or succession that is according to the foreordained arrangement that God purposed in Himself. With this being the case, it would do us good to follow the succession as revealed in the Word. In following the Word of God, we have the knowing that God shall leave nothing out. God shall restore, through each series of steps taken, in the order of His purposed restoration.

The first in order from verse 23 is “Christ the first-fruits”. Who is Christ? Is He not a many member body? If so, as verse 22 states, “in Christ shall all be made alive,” comes forth after Jesus Christ in His first appearing for 33 ½ years. These many member first-fruits receive a quickening after two days or two thousand years after His resurrection, to become the many member visible expression of God’s first-fruits in the earth. This appearing speaks to us of a ministry that comes forth, in the Christ anointing that will be without measure (John 3:34). These anointed ones are sent forth to minister the gospel of the Kingdom of God, to speak of the knowledge of the mysteries and to make ready for the establishing of God’s Kingdom on this earth.

John 3:34 declares, “For He Whom God hath sent speaks the Words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him”. The sent forth ones spoken of here are not only Jesus, the first-born son, but also the many member sons of God, His Christ, and the first-fruits of God. These first-fruits are prepared, in the order of the gathering of the harvest, for His indwelling presence to be in them while here on earth. This word “first-fruits” is from a root word that means “to commence (in order of time); first-fruits”. In the Old Testament, a wave offering of the first-fruits offered as a sacrifice to God is a type of the ones received by God to usher in the full harvest.

(Read Lev. 23:10-12). These scriptures show us that with this wave offering unto God, they offered a lamb as a burnt offering to God. This burnt offering was a type that Christ fulfilled, bringing the first-fruits and the lamb together again. In this, they become one in Christ as prayed for by Jesus. John 17:20-22, “Neither pray I [Jesus] for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one”.

As we continue to look at this first-fruit people, in Rom. 8:22-23 we are shown a truth concerning the manifestation that shall have its beginning in the order that commences with this company of people. “For we know that the whole creation groans and travailed in pain together until now. And not only they but ourselves also, which have the first-fruit of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” Note that all of creation is groaning and travailing for this time of redemption, the beginning of a new creation people. “Redemption” in this context means “ransom in full,” which speaks of the restoration of the whole man, spirit, soul, and body. This groaning is an experience of the “first-fruits” as they wait for their time of adoption.

This word “adoption” is a word that means, “the placing as a son (in respect to God)”. Hence, Jesus, the firstborn son, now accepts the first-fruits at the time of the “adoption” to become a many member son that partakes of all the privileges of the family. These “sons” become “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ:” (Rom.8:17). These heirs become the anointed ones that establish the Kingdom of God in the earth. These “sons” are they, which for only a season, are under teachers until the appointed time of adoption. These co-heirs are they that have come out of bondage to the world’s basic elementary rules, to become “sons,” God’s visible expression on the earth. (Read Gal. 4:1-7).

The fullness of time for the coming forth of these first-fruits to appear in the earth is now at hand. What is your expectancy concerning the things of God? Are you hearing a trumpet, a message of restoration beginning to sound? Is a groaning felt within your being? Could it not be that the first-fruits people are in the birthing channel, waiting for the last push that they might make their appearance? “Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures”. (James 1:18). Thus, God’s will and purpose is to begat His first-fruits. “Begat” in this scripture means to “breed forth, to generate, to bring forth.” How, but by the word of truth which is now being spoken to reveal the hidden mysteries which have been kept secret since the world began.

This “word of truth” is generating, is bringing forth into existence God’s good and perfect gift to all creation. He is birthing and manifesting the sons of God. It was John, in the revelation of Christ, who saw these sons in their glory. These sons are those that stand with the Father in His glory, with His nature written in their hearts and minds. These sons, not polluted by the world’s religious systems, declare unto creation a new sound as a spiritual virgin, pure in the spirit of God. There remains nothing in them, which the world can touch as they follow only God’s true purpose in all things, to remain without fault. These are those first-fruits people of God. (Read Rev. 14:1-5).

Now the time for these sons to come forth is at hand that they might bring down all deceiving forms of religion. Is the time of tribulation, one such as the world has never seen, now to come forth? The system of the first “Adam” man has run its course and this declaration is coming forth, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon (bondage and confusion – man-made religious systems) the great”. This is that system which has polluted man, which has kept him captive from the truth, making him a prisoner of death. Nevertheless, truth, in the form of these sons, is now to come forth, truth that makes mankind free from the law of sin and death.

These first-fruits of Christ appear and the truth they bring ushers in God’s judgment, God’s avenue to separate all forms of damnation, condemnation, and accusation from the next order of people. This word “judgment” is the Greek word “KRISIS” from which our English word “crisis” comes. It has the meaning of a “turning point.” This means then, that another “turning point” will come forth in the earth, to gather another order of people unto our God. (Read Rev. 14:6-16). Lest we forget, let us turn back to 1 Cor. 15:23 and note that with “Christ the first-fruits” having come forth, we are further shown, “afterward they [the bride] that are Christ [head and many membered body] at His coming [presence]”.

With many folks being concerned about their loved ones that have passed on, the scriptures, allow us to rest in Christ with this concern. In 1 Thess. 4:13-18 (Read), Paul writes to us concerning those who have passed on, as well as those that remain. In allowing God’s Spirit to minister to us, from this context, we want to take time to realize the true meanings of another set of words that our spiritual understanding may continue to increase. In commencing with God’s order to restore all back to life, the first-fruits have made their appearance and now the “afterward people” comes into focus, in the series or succession of God’s plan. Judgment, the “turning point” of another order of people will begin and is to be finished. This is the fulfillment of the ministry of the “sons” with these “afterward” ones now ready for Christ presence to come at their fulfillment.

1 Thess. 4:13 speaks of those who have “fallen asleep.” This term means, “To fall asleep (unintentionally), used of death.” This context allows us to realize that the portion of people, those who have remained in Him, but have died are with Christ (first-fruits) at the time of His coming. For the Lord shall descend from “heaven” (the spiritual, invisible realm) with a divine purpose and according to the order of His arrangement, to accomplish God’s will. Where is the heaven from which He shall descend? “Descend” is a word meaning, “Come (step) down.” Thus, at a “shout,” a word that is “a word of command,” the Lord Himself “steps down” from heaven (from the invisible to the visible).

The word “descend or step down” speaks more in the light of moving from one dimension to another. Can a person not move from one dimension to another without traveling through outer space and can more than one-dimension dwell in the same space at the same time? If a Being lived in a higher dimension and stepped down into another lower dimension, would it not have the appearance of coming out of nowhere? Thus, in like manner, the Lord steps down from heaven (one dimension) to make His presence or appearance known (in another dimension). From where did He descend? Will He not simply “step down” from the place that He ascended too? Where did He ascend too? “Ascend” from the Greek means “to go up, to grow or spring up, and to come (up)”.

Now, what is it that the word “heaven” means? Its meaning is “elevation, the abode of God, happiness, power, eternity, the spiritual.” Thus, the same Jesus who ascended (grew up spiritually into the abode of God, was elevated into the spiritual realm of happiness, power and eternity), He simply stepped into a higher realm or dimension. Therefore, when He descends with a command, He shall step down again into a lower realm. This lower realm is the realm wherein man abides in His natural and carnal nature. However, Christ shall step down, out of the eternal realm of happiness and power, to gather from this earthy realm of unrighteousness, from the realm of time, a people to be elevated, to step up to that spiritual realm of happiness and power, the abiding place of God. Could this elevated realm simply be a higher order flowing through them from God?

Thus, a question to consider, is there any evidence in this context of a physical moving into another geographical place in outer space? Does it not rather speak of a growing up, from out of a fleshly earthly realm of carnality, the prison house that keeps a people from seeing that which is of the spiritual, into knowing the heavenlies, the invisible realm? The visible prison house locks in a people wherein they can only be motivated by the natural senses, that realm called death. If this is true, a people, released from that house of death, the natural sense realm, are elevated to a spiritual realm called life, one that enables them to become a redeemed people in spirit, soul, and body, to dwell in God’s abode of the Spirit.

This abode is not off somewhere else or on another planet. It is simply an invisible realm where the natural senses are concerned. Is not God omnipresent? If God is everywhere, can your natural eyes behold Him? No, but what about that people who have been awakened to know a birthing into that realm or dimension where God dwells, will they not be able to see Him in that realm? Who was it that Adam walked and talked with? God has spoken and declared, “I will restore unto myself a people, I will be their God, and they shall be my people, my expression.”

The Lord descends from heaven with a shout; a trump blows loud and clear. Are you not hearing a trumpet, a message, sounding out today? With this sound, “the dead in Christ shall rise first.” This word “rise” is a verb that has the meaning of “to make to stand up.” “To stand up,” insinuates that a condition existed, one of being inactive. It speaks of a lack of participation because the faculties needed to be actively involved, are missing or not functional. However, in this scripture, we observe that those who are dead will stand up again. They will be able to participate again. This speaks to us of a people who had lost their ability to be visible in their expressions. In this death or sleeping condition, they have not the ability to manifest the image of God to the visible creation. However, these shall “stand up” first. They shall return to a place in God, wherein they can again have a visible vehicle of expression, to manifest God’s purpose in the order God has willed for them. Were there not a people who came forth from their graves in the day of Jesus’ resurrection, which came forth to walk the streets of Jerusalem? Matt. 27:52-53 says, “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”

1 Cor. 15:23 continues to read, Afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming [presence]”, now has its fulfillment in 1 Thess. 4:17, “then we which are alive [those not yet redeemed as the first-fruits] and remain”. This word “remain” has the meaning of to “survive.” This speaks to us of a people who, during the time of God’s judgment, in the time of tribulation, they “survive.” They survive by staying alive during the time of judgment (separation or the turning point) that is taking place during that season. As the many member first-fruits minister a message or trumpet the word of life unto them, they begin to overcome the turbulent world. These first-fruits are those priesthood ministers of life that shall minister to the rest of the harvest. These that remain (survive), shall therein be “caught up together with them (the dead in Christ that have stood up again)”.

Again, we should consider the meaning of the phrase “caught up.” This phrase means, “To seize, pluck, pull, and take (by force), a standing up again”. What an anointing, these sons of God, the first-fruits that already move in the new creation anointing shall, with authority speak forth life. These “that are Christ at His coming (presence), shall be seized and taken by that power and removed from the hands of the wicked one, that old system of Babylon that has bound and made them prisoners. Deliverance from death shall now be their lot, as these people begin to live again by the power of the Christ resurrection. They shall again know Him as He is. They shall walk and talk with Him in the spirit of the day.

Back to that part of scripture that says, “Caught up together with them in the clouds,” we want to look at the phrase “in the clouds.” As we let the Word interpret itself, we can receive a greater understanding as to what certain phrases truly mean. In Heb. 12:1 we are told, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses”, which allows us to consider, that a cloud, as spoken of in this scripture means more than a literal natural cloud floating around in the sky. In this verse, it speaks of a people, the throng spoken of in the eleventh chapter as a people of faith. They grouped together in their stand of faith, become a one-minded, one-spirited people. They become as one even though from different times, but many members moved by the Holy Spirit and seen as a cloud (throng) of people. In 2 Peter 2:17 we see the negative side, but the same truth, a people who are motivated totally for the benefit of the selfish Adam nature. Thus, they become “wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest: ….”

Again, like motivations, identify these spoken of, to be of such unity, that they are seen in their oneness as clouds, clouds that are carried about or blown around by the spirit of the world, through religious in practice, carnal in their thinking. In Jude verses 11-12, the same truth, Clouds they are without water, carried about of winds ….” Their oneness of mind makes them as clouds, but these clouds have no water (truth) to stabilize them.

Therefore, when speaking of clouds or a people that move by every wind (spirit), as the doctrines of men, can we not consider then, that the Word of God will seize the dead in Christ and those who survive to remain? They know deliverance by the word of God ministered unto them in spirit and truth. They plucked to stand up by the authority of God, into oneness with the Word to become as a cloud, becoming a one-minded people in Christ as they meet with Him (the many member body of Christ). In this truth of fact, as they meet with Him, they are simply meeting with Christ in another realm of life, the abiding place wherein God dwells.

Remember, God is a Spirit and to know Him is to know Him in spirit and truth. Therefore, these that are His at His coming (presence), become a people resurrected, spiritualized in body, soul, and spirit. In, as the scripture continues, “Meeting the Lord in the air,” we should note that the word interpreted “air” has the meaning of “to breathe unconsciously, to blow.” Does this not speak of a people that will be doing something that come naturally? Breathing, doing something that requires no conscious forethought. The results of the new covenant God promised to bring forth, is the covenant of writing His laws in our hearts and minds to receive a new nature. In Gen. 2:7, the word “breath” means “wind, divine inspiration.” This is speaking of the life of God imparted into man that his formed body might live. In Acts 2:1-2, the word “wind” means “to breathe, a breeze, breath.”

On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the people in the upper room and put within them with such authority that through this power the early church had its beginning, a beginning that was to last for two days (two thousand years). We also understand that this early church was only of an in-part realm, for these two days (2000 years), but God has declared that He would usher in a greater glory in His people. This latter-day church will usher in a glory from God that shall be the beginning of another day. God has a third one-thousand-year day in which His promises speak of perfection. Here in 1 Thess. 4:13-18 we see the coming together, with the Lord, a greater glory as we meet with Him in this place of perfection, God’s spiritual abiding place, with a renewed visible resurrected body, soul and spirit.

We can see then a ministry, through the first-fruits of God, who establish His kingdom on the earth to last for eternity. First, throughout the millennial age, that which is called the thousand-year reign, a thousand-year ministry of rest, when we shall see the Christ as He is. Then we shall see another phase of God’s order come into focus as we look again at 1 Cor. 15:20-26. In verse twenty-four we read, “Then cometh the end.” The word “end” in this verse means “the actual end,” which speaks of the end of the millennial age, the perfecting of all that He began in the beginning. Many events have taken place to fulfill the coming or presence of the Lord.

First, Christ the remnant first-fruits have come into a perfected manifestation. Next, Christ and the bride of Christ are coming forth from the abode of God into a visible manifestation of that spiritual expression of God. (Read Rev. 21:1-5). With the bride coming forth, the Word states that all former things (death, sorrow, crying and pain) are now passed away and then cometh the end, when He shall make all things new. Here we shall know the God of all creation, for even the servants shall see His face and receive from Him. The first-fruits of Christ, the overcomers, have joined Him in His throne, along with the bride who shall be placed at His (plural) side, while the servants, the saved nations, which are now included, shall stand in the light of God to be with Him forever. (Read Rev. 22:1-5).

Before ending this chapter, we again are mindful that the promise of His presence has been and is still among us. The signs are all around us to fulfill each promise. James 5:7-8 is an exhortation that God, while long in patience to bring forth the harvest, shall wait until both the early and latter rain has come forth. “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming [presence] of the Lord, Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receives the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming [presence] of the Lord draws nigh”.

This is the spiritual outpouring that brings forth the spiritual fruit within and out from a people. The early rain has come forth and the latter rain is now pouring as promised. Its pouring forth shall cause to spring up the bringing forth of men who are growing up out of the realm of death. Both the early and latter rain shall fall together to finish the gathering in of a full harvest. Man shall grow up into his place, with “every man in his own order.” Even though the mind-set of carnal creation says, “where is the promise of His coming?” God is “not slack concerning His promise,” but is faithful in the work of perfecting His people into his likeness and image.

In this, He shows us the need to dissolve some heavens (mind-sets). (Read 2 Peter 3:1-14). Could it be, in verses 10 through 12, that with “heaven” being a place of “elevation, spiritual, the abode of God”, that the heaven in the invisible realm of man’s soul has been polluted with doctrines of death, man’s traditions and doctrines that have their source and beginnings in man’s carnal mind? God has said that the old heavens (carnal religious soul) and earth (man’s fallen body, formed of the dust of the earth) will dissolve. These scriptures show that in the day of His coming (presence), in each man’s order, with a great noise the old heavens will pass away. Could this great noise be speaking of the resistance that exist in stubborn man as he seeks to remain his own god instead of humbling himself before the one true God?

These elements shall pass away with fervent heat, with the earth (old man) and his works. The word “elements” has the meaning of “elementary rule” which has made us prisoners of a system that the world uses to rule over all people. This world’s systems of rulership are of such basic, elementary rule, that in all its knowledge, the world has evolved into nothing more than a system of governments and laws that promote lifestyles such as in Sodom and Gomorrah. However, God has promised to replace those old lifestyles through the redeeming order of His appearing. Therefore, let us turn away from these worldly elementary rules and release our hearts to cry “Abba Father,” that we might take our place in God’s order.

Col.2:8 & 20-23 again speaks to us a caution concerning these elementary rules. (Read Col. 2:20-3:10). The word “rudiments” in verse eight is the same Greek word interpreted as “elements” in 2 Peter 3:10. Not knowing the manner of the world and spoiled by the elementary rules that only satisfy the desires of the flesh. Again, in Heb. 5:12-14, we receive instruction concerning the “first principles,” the same Greek word as “elements.” Therefore, elementary rules simply keep a people from growing and maturing in the things of the Spirit. They keep us in the position to remain a babe concerning the things of God. A babe, spiritually, is one that is not able to speak, one that has not the ability to converse in the truths of the things of our true God, unto the manifesting of His nature. A babe has not the ability to bring forth God’s image from the invisible to the visible.

Thank God, this is again the day of His coming. His presence is making itself known to His people and because a people know Him in His presence, they are truly becoming His people. Is not our redemption even now upon us, redemption in a full measure in spirit, soul, and body? Thank you, Father, for you have chosen us from before the foundation of the world. You have redeemed us and are bringing us forth to fulfill your will and purpose in you, you are truly coming. Amen

 

 

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