“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter two

“Our Bodily Right”

A sure confirmation, as it comes from God through Jesus Christ, the firstborn Son, is that the glory we have in Him is ours by inheritance. Jesus prayed concerning those elected by God and chosen for a purpose before the foundation of the world, that each would come into that foreordained glory. This God given glory shall enable a people to subdue and have dominion over that which God created. God’s purpose is to express Himself through His creation that they might be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth. This glory belongs to a people by rights from God. Belonging to a people because they became God’s “predestinated” as they receive Christ within and fulfill the adoption (to be placed as sons).

These adopted ones, through increasing spiritual maturity, come to the measure of the stature of Jesus Christ Himself. “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” (Eph. 1:5). Does this not mean that God purposed for Himself a people to become His sons, whereby He might manifest Himself in and through them? This declaration is according to His good pleasure as He enjoys having joy in this work of pleasure.

If it were God’s good pleasure to bring a people into adoption, it would be well for us to know just what it is that the adoption consists of. Rom. 8:15 says, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father”. The contrast of this verse states and reveals that once we were in bondage to the spirit of this world as we dwelt under its elements, the spirit of worldliness that held its sway over us. However, through receiving Christ and spiritually maturing unto God’s adopted, we are no longer under that bondage, for we have been born anew, begotten of the Spirit of God and are therefore, sons of God by spiritual regeneration. As sons, we can now legally have all the privileges of the family, with God as our Father. This makes us a people who now can receive the gift of His Divine nature.

2 Peter 1:3-4 declares, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue; Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”. This available gift includes all the spiritual blessings of the heavenlies, the invisible realms of God, which includes the redemption of our body. “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”. (Rom. 8:23).

The definition of “redemption” from the dictionary means:

1. The act of redeeming and the condition achieved.

2. A recovery of something mortgaged; a repurchase.

3. Christ’s sacrifice brought salvation from sin.”

Therefore, when speaking of the act of redemption for the body, at the time of our adoption, we can expect to see a repurchasing of that which was lost or mortgaged by excepting the work of the sacrifice of Christ Jesus on the cross. This means for us that the condition which man needed for the redemption of their dying bodies of death, Jesus Christ has paid to the fullest. It will never again have to be paid for. The sons must simply, through progressive maturing acts and obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit, enter their time of adoption, which will bring redemption to their bodies.

The scriptures from Eph. 1:5-7 shares with us the certainty of this truth, that we, a people, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Thus, our redemption is steadfastly secure in something Jesus Christ has done for us. Just as forgiveness and redemption is a fact for the sins of the soul and spirit, likewise it also includes a new body. This means that the security of completion for the whole man is ours by grace, a grace that is greater than all our sins.

What is sin? Sin is a transgression, which means, “to miss the mark, to miss or wonder from the right path. It means to go and do wrong.” We are told in Rom. 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one-man sin entered into the world and death by sin; and so, death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”. All have sinned, all have missed the mark, and humanity has fallen when he should have stood upright. He has fallen aside from truth and equity. He is at fault, in trespass. However, when sin did abound, grace did much more abound. Man, in his fallen state, by the act of his existence, is in transgression. He is overstepping the divine boundary placed between God’s good and man’s evil.

Man’s way is iniquity, a wrongful act before God. Man is in a place of error; he stands in a place of departure from that which is right. In missing the mark, man fails to meet the divine standards of God. In man’s position of trespass against God, he has allowed the intrusion of self-will to enter the sphere of divine authority. Thus, in all his ways man is a lawless vessel that moves in spiritual anarchy. One who stands in unbelief is an insult to the Divinity of God.

In further describing the fallen man, we must consider this fact, that he is wicked in all his ways. In a place of depravity, man is in the place of the wicked acting out of an evil nature. The vicious disposition and desires of that which is evil belong to him. Evil, the fallen man’s way, is full of labors and pains in working mischief. In being lawless, man has contempt for God’s law, a breaking through of all restraints, divine, or human, to gratify one’s own lust. In this fallen nature, man wondered about, he went astray, and now supports himself by instituting doctrinal error and religious deceit. Man stands at fault in that he has diminished fully that life, which is from God. Man has deviated from his intended purpose.

Man’s sinful nature causes him to sin in all his ways, which means that in all his acts he remains cursed. Regardless of how the world beholds the man, without accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, all his acts are outside God’s flow. Sin is a nature, the position of being at enmity towards God. Nevertheless, through Jesus’ blood, His death on the cross and by His Grace He, unto believers, forgives the sin to progressively overcome the sin nature. As John 1:11-13 says, “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received [accepted] Him, to them gave He power [authority] to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born [begotten], neither of blood, nor of the will of man, but [the will] of God”. This little word “of” in this verse is a preposition denoting “motion for the interior. Used of time, place, and origin. It means out from.” Therefore, the ones who accept Him as Savior receive authority to become His sons. They are the begotten, those born “out from” God, according to His will.

Despite the completely depraved condition of the fallen man, God has never deviated from His intended will and purpose. That is, to have a creation made in His image and after His likeness, a family. This is the work of creation; which God continues to do by the power of the Holy Spirit. “For the creature [creation] was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope”. (Rom. 8:20).

Jesus Christ, the sacrifice needed for man, was given from the heart of God even before the foundation of the world. God, in His infinite wisdom, purposed for His creation to become the expression of His love. The work of redemption shall be completed and all the redeemed shall worship Him. The sacrifice came, but for the most part, thus far, has not been fully received. Nevertheless, unto all who receive, God gives authority to become that for which He intended. Through His blood by grace, sins are forgiven, and grace received works in the vessel until redemption changes the whole man, spirit, soul, and body. Yes, we shall be like Him. For has not He, God, purposed? Has He not called? Has He not chosen? Shall He not complete that for which He purposed? A people made in His likeness and image.

Declaring in 1 John 3:2 God tells us, “Beloved, now are we the sons [children] of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He shall appear [be revealed – spiritual enlightenment], we shall be like him; for we shall see Him as he is”. In this verse, the word “appear” is the Greek word “Phaneroo” which means, “To bring to light, make manifest.” Also, in this verse the word “see” is the Greek word “Opsomai” and has the meaning of, “has regard to the object presented to the eye, and to the subject which perceives at the same time: It denotes, not so much the act of seeing, but the state and condition of the one to whose eye the object is presented”. Could this verse be telling us, that in the process of our redemption, light and understanding is given. This concerns the Christ, for as we see Him as He is, we are changed.

The more we are changed, the more we behold Him, until we fully become the likeness of His image, even to the whole man. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified”. (Rom. 8:28-30).

Notice the progression of God’s work in the called and chosen vessel. God’s purpose is that the called are processed until they become the chosen glorified ones. “Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (1 Cor. 15:46-49). The promise of God’s fulfillment is to bring a people into His likeness here on the earth. Confirming this truth by the realization that the assurance is, as we have born the image of the earthy, which we are, we shall also bear into image of the heavenly, which we are becoming. “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself” (Phil. 3:21).

The promise fulfilled is a people changed. The truth of this fact that we have and are going about bearing the image of the earthy is the assurance, that God will also mature a people to the place of bearing the image of the heavenly. The fulfillment of the law of God is when God and the Christ take up their abode in the heart and soul of the Christian overcomer. The ultimate expression of the law or nature of God occurs when the Father and the Son, through the Holy Spirit rules absolutely in the soul of the saint. The completeness of the harvesting of the Christian by the Lord is the redemption of the human (hewed-down man) body. The redeeming of our body is a very important part of salvation by faith in Christ Jesus. We are Christians adopted through redemption into the place as a son through the death of Jesus. In fact, the redemption from the human body is our adoption to becoming a son of God.

Most Christians have taken the death of the physical body to lightly. Physical death is not the “natural” state of man. Physical death is a curse upon humanity and is the perpetual, direct, and certain consequence of sin. Death, both spiritual and physical is an enemy that the Holy Spirit destroys based upon Jesus’ finished work at Calvary and whenever the overcoming body of Christ reaches the necessary level of spiritual maturity.

This redeemed people of God, who by adoption, know the redemption of their bodies. Phil. 3:21 states, Who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.” This word “change” means, “to transform, or change the fashion of.” Therefore, we shall be transformed from our “vile body” (body of humiliation), to His “glorious body” (the body of His glory). We, the redeemed of God, with nothing left out, have received a new beginning in Christ and it shall be finished. For this cause, God set within man what he needs for the full purpose of Christ to finally manifest. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. (Eph. 4:13).

All things, fulfilled in Christ, means that all things are made complete in Him. “…Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God”. (Rev. 21:3). To this, we say amen. The soul of man is being filled with the glory of God. Man’s soul, his mind, his will, his emotions, and his desires become Gods dwelling place to manifest the divine nature of God. Herein we see the sons of God walking among humanity with spirit, soul, and body manifesting the nature of God according to His purpose. For what reason, but that all creation may behold the Christ and the nature of Christ appearing in and through His many sons. The testimony declared, is that a people have been redeemed by His love divine.

 

 

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“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – Chapter One”

“Called and Chosen”

Our “last day” existence creates many concerns for today’s humanity, such as, where have we come from? What has God created us for and where are we going? When relating to these questions concerning man’s beginning, most people with any type of Christian background or training will allow their minds to dwell upon the Garden of Eden. Some may be thinking of the time when God formed man from the dust of the earth and then that formed man’s fall. Others may be considering the error of thinking that God had to think up a substitute plan because Satan moved in unawares to deceive the woman without God having any foreknowledge of such deception. While some may not even believe there is a God, others may consider the truth of a need for Jesus, the son of God to die on the cross for man’s sin. While some of this thinking has shades of truth, God’s purpose is far greater than Him having to form up another plan because Satan crept in to foil, that is, to keep God from being successful as to His creation plan.

Could it not have been, that God from eternity, planned for all these things beforehand, according to His own will and purpose? According to the Word of God, His purpose was and always shall be to make man in the likeness of His image. This imaged man is purposed, under God, to rule and have authority over God’s creation. God reveals to man from scripture that thoughts of this creation, this man, this ruler, this authority was from before the visibility of all these things called creation. “By faith we understood that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made out of things which are visible”. (Heb. 11:3). Again, God speaks in Heb. 1:2. “Has in these last days spoken to us in His Son, whom He has appointed Heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds [ages]”.

Therefore, God established His purpose well before all these things (worlds, ages, and orders) became visible. Hence, all things, (man, principalities and powers, etc.) have been prepared and equipped for God’s use according to His intended purpose. These purposes were fashioned and put in order. God arranged them according to His eternal purpose, which also including hope. Rom. 8:20-21 states, For the creature [creation] was made subject to futility [vanity], not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creature [creation] itself also will be delivered [set free] from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God”.

In this eternal purpose, humankind has available the opportunity to take their place in the process of perfection to become co-heirs within God’s creation. It is scripture that tells us that humanity has the right to become a co-heir as they come into Christ. Whom heaven must receive [Christ Jesus] until the times of restoration [re-establishment from a state of ruin] of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began”. (Acts 3:21). These ages and times were purposed by God, ordered and put into motion by Him for the bringing forth of restoration and perfection. In the learning and knowing of this purpose, God elected that each chosen person shall come forth in their own designated order. Jesus Christ, the son of God and the firstborn came in His season to begin the finishing and finally the ending to manifest this plan of restoration.

Christ, the Greek translation of the Hebrew word “Mashiah” (the Messiah), has the meaning of “the anointed, to anoint”, pointing to one who is anointed to do God’s will and fulfill His purpose”. Included in this truth, the Word also reveals that Christ, the Messiah, is to have, by birthing, a many member body. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink of one Spirit … Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually”. (1 Cor. 12:12-13 & 27).

This means that “The Christ”, the Anointed one is not just a singular individual. This Christ is a complete body, with Christ Jesus as (the head) while having many other members to make up His complete body. The question then, when were these anointed ones chosen to be a many member body to become the fullness of Christ and finally His appearing? Let us remember that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, to take on a flesh and blood body, to become like all those born of Adam, yet without a sin nature. Heb. 2:14 says, Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, he [Jesus] Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil”. Therefore, chosen before coming forth into a flesh and blood body, Christ’ body (His many members), were they not also choosing to come forth in their specific order? Meaning that each purposed order was to follow in its time, that God might complete His purpose throughout each age.

1 Cor. 15:22-24 declares, For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ [the seed] all shall be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits [remember that Christ is a many member body of firstfruits], afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming [this coming is the presence, the appearance of the Christ, the many member body that is now the many sons to be joined with the purposed bride which Christ has married]. Then comes the end [the completion], when He delivers the kingdom to the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power”. This is when Christ has restored all things and death no longer lives in and on God’s creation. This is the time when that last enemy is to be no more. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death”. (1 Cor. 15:26)

Now is the time, for it has been trumpeted throughout the land, that the Messiah, (the Christ, the Anointed one) shall make His presence known. For this cause, Christ firstly manifests His presence from within His first-fruits, those whom God has blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ. Blessed by the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ”. (Eph. 1:3). To be blessed, according to the dictionary means, “consecrated, enjoying the eternal happiness of heaven”. Therefore, we can rejoice in that we are now to enjoy the eternal happiness of heaven. This speaks of the now, not just in the future, not just in the past, but NOW. Understand that eternity has no time. It always was and always shall be. If this be a truth, why then do many Christians seem to have the testimony of being a defeated people? Let’s consider just what the Word of God says above, “We have been blessed with ALL (every) spiritual blessing.”

This word “spiritual” includes things that apply in God’s Divine sphere. It is in contrast with that which is natural realm, by manifesting things expressed as supernatural. Therefore, for those thus blessed, a supernatural divine nature manifests itself. However, this divine nature only expresses itself from the heavenlies, which is only in the Christ and His spirit being in and flowing through us. Now this small word “in” as used with “in Christ” has a strong meaning. It is a Greek word and preposition denoting, “being or remaining within, with the primary idea of rest and continuance. It has regard to place and space, or sphere of action”. Therefore, we have truly been blessed and consecrated to manifest the things of the spiritual supernatural realm after coming into union in the Christ. We abide in rest, continuance and action in this place. This is our dwelling place, because we have responded to the calling and purpose of God in our lives as we remain in Him. We should recognize and understand that these blessings abide only in the heavenly, spiritual sphere and do not manifest from within when walking after the carnal appetites of the flesh, a living unto worldliness.

Why is it that these blessings of the heavenlies are ours? Why can we walk in them, dwell in them and abide in them? They belong to us because of grace and mercy, in accordance to God’s purpose and love. These (grace and mercy), being manifest from before the foundation of the world, are now made available and working within us as we receive and walk in obedience to Christ. Eph. 1:4 declares, According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:It seems as if when God chose us, He elected us and then birthed us as we came out from Him. Could this be that He chose us with Christ in the Spirit realm, in the invisible realm before the world was? Is God declaring that He chose out from Himself an elect, corporate body, to send them forth from the invisible realm to the visible with a divine purpose?

Remember this little word “in” of the “in Him” above? It is a people remaining within, a sphere of action with rest and continuance. When did the election, the choosing take place? The above scripture declares that it took place “before the foundation of the world”. This word “before” is a Greek preposition which denotes the position as being in sight or before one in place.

Therefore, before the foundation of this present world, God chose these elected ones, He called them, they responded, and God birthed them according to His purpose. This word “foundation” is a word that when correctly translated means “a casting down or overthrow, disruption or ruin”. When connected with the word “world” or “kosmos”, it speaks of “the disruption or ruin of the world” This word “before” then refers to the mystery of God and is in connection with the purpose of God. It refers clearly to the condition indicated in Gen. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep”. Speaking about the beginning of a world as Gen. 1:1 declares it to be, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Then in verse 2 above, the word “was” should read, “became”. Thus, the earth became “without form and void”. It became a waste as a disruption took place, but God’s Spirit as spoken forth began to move and the earth at that time became the heavens and earth that we have now. This is telling us that a chosen, elect and corporate people were in Him and purposed to come out from Him. When, this purpose took place, it was before the disruption, the ruin of the old world and the creation of the heavens and earth wherein we now dwell. The reason for this choosing, spoken of in the scripture of Eph. 1:4 above, is that we might be holy and blameless in His presence, in His spirit and in His coming. Therefore, even though we came out of Him, we are not to remain apart from Him.

Here we must consider a word used in scripture called predestinated, translated from a Greek word meaning, “foreordained”. This word is used in Acts 4:28 when telling about the preparation of Jesus surrounding to His crucifixion by saying, For to do whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel determined before [predestinated, foreordained] to be done”. Again, when talking about a people that are to be conformed to the image of Christ, scripture says in Rom., 8:29, “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate [foreordained] to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren”. This scripture seems to be telling us that His Son was foreordained and purposed along with many other sons, spiritual brothers purposed to manifest a life of Godliness in this world. In other words, God effectively exercises His will to bring to pass those things determined by Him to be done.

Eph. 1:5 shows us that our predestination is for a purpose, Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will”. Predestined for “adoption” is a word that means, “placing as a son”, becoming brothers to Jesus the elder. Unto this purpose, we are the elect according to the foreknowledge of God and sanctified for that purpose. Elect, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you(1 Peter 1:2-4).

A people, called by God and birthed from their mother’s womb, according to God’s timing and purposed to manifest the glory of God unto the world. This election is apart from human merit; it is that which proceeds from God’s choice, and according to His purpose. When speaking of Isaac’s sons, the scripture says in Rom. 9:11, “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that called”. In agreement, Rom. 11:5, says, Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace”. Election proceeds from the divine act of willing, choosing and deciding.

John 15:16 declares that Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he may give it you”. Election is therefore the sovereign act of God in grace whereby certain, from before the disruption of the world are purposed to be manifested in this world, coming out from among humanity for God and His purpose. John 15:19, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you”. Remember, the word “world” here is “kosmos” meaning, “the world as created, ordered, and arranged”. The world of today is, controlled by manmade systems inspired by the enemy of God. A worldly system of governments and laws established to control the people, to separate and keep them from God and His ways.

However, with God predestinating a people to become the adopted, the placing of them as sons, God raises them up and provides a way to fulfill His foreordained will and purpose. Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth the Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons”. (Gal. 4:1-5). God birthed us into this world, in His elected time, with the purpose of redeeming us from the law of sin and death as He gives opportunity for tutors and governors to be placed in our path.

These teachers and ministers of divine order impart unto us the words of God, truth, which instructs us in the ways of God. We placed in the world, but not to be a part of the world, must learn to separate our ways from the ways of the world unto God’s ways. We are to know the dealings of God, a hook placed in our jaw to keep us, until the appointed time of the Father, wherein we finally know our place of adoption, our appointed time to be a son. This place in God is one of present tense. We shall gain the experience in spirit and soul as well as body, as God finishes appropriating and anoints us to our place in Him. Gal. 4:6-7 declares, And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Whereby thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ”. We are co-heirs, knowing that we share in that which is our place in Him, a place of authority to rule and reign with Him in love.

Redemption then carries the weight of our experience and transformation into the heavenlies, the invisible realm of the Spirit. Not just a going up or out somewhere, but the somewhere is coming to us and is in us. It becomes a part of our present-day experience as we come fully into the redemption experience, unto the restoring and redeeming of our bodies. “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”. (Rom.8:23). No longer to remain under tutors, but becoming God’s heirs, co-heirs in Christ, a knowing of that authority which we are apprehended for in Christ from before the foundation of the world.

This is a putting off that which is earthly, corruptible and mortal, while putting on that which is heavenly, incorruptible and immortal. Unto this adoption, this redemption, the Holy Spirit seals us. To be sealed implies possession or security, a finished transaction. Eph. 1:13-14 says, In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”.

In studying the 17th chapter of John, we have a prayer of intercession that Jesus prayed concerning this people. In that which He prayed for, He asked in verse five, And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was”. Then in verses twenty-two and twenty-three, we find that we have equal rights to ask for and expect that same glory to be ours in this present world, a glory that fills the whole man in spirit, soul and body. And the glory which thou gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me”.

Let us remember these callings and choosing’s are ours by right. Not just because of this present day working of God, but in Him they were purposed before the foundation of the world, thus releasing the workings of God in our daily lives. Therefore, we can recognize that the hand of God, which is upon us, is to prepare us for His eternal purpose, the elect. It is now time for the expression of God in us, to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and to subdue it while having dominion. In addition, according to Eph. 1:5, Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will”, this adoption is given according to the good pleasure of God’s will. Therefore, in Christ, we are God’s will and purpose for subduing the earth and having dominion over it. Thus, a people called, a people chosen, elected to become the visible expression of an invisible God.

 

 

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“God’s True Church – In Travail”

God, according to His eternal purpose, has sent to and supplied His people with all the necessary ingredients needed to accomplish that purpose. A purpose which has brought forth a time for the manifestation of His called “first-fruits” people. This call is being accomplished in mankind as they receive the “first fruits of the Holy Spirit”. This points to the maturing and manifestation of the people of God revealing the “new nature”, that is, manifesting the Christ from within. Rom. 8:23 declares, “And not only they [whole creation], but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit [the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit as a foretaste and pledge of the eternal inheritance], even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption [sonship], the redemption of our bodies”.

“Redemption”, that which releases men and secures them by the payment of a ransom, a deliverance, and a setting them free. A deliverance through Christ from evil and the penalty of sin. This price was paid as Jesus Christ shed His blood. Redemption, the invitation and qualifier that releases a people from being slaves to the sin nature and becoming the fullness of man’s created purpose. Gal. 4:1-5 states, “Now I say that the heir [son of the father], as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children [of the sin-nature] were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness [that which has been completed] of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a women, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law [law of sin and death], that we might receive the adoption as sons [born again into Christ likeness, His nature].

In this our day, God is speaking specifically to His people of an appointed time, pointing to the manifestation of another appearing. But this appearing shall be the harvest of son’s from the first-born seed, a many member harvest. This harvest is one of a like-kind seed which brings forth after its own kind. A receiving people, those who dwell in obedience to the first-born Son, the Head of the Christ along with His many member body. These are those called the man-child, the spiritual heavenly minded ones who walk according to the heavenly government of God’s nature. These are those who mature into God’s new creation ones manifesting the greater works of God according to His stated purpose. Stated and promised in John 14:12-13, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ], the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name [nature], that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son”. Herein, God does not call you, in your own strength, in self, to attempt to produce more, but to ask and believe Him for more. God’s stepping stone is to keep your heart set and ready for the advance of His kingdom.

In this truth, man should take note of the set time of God for the manifestation of His adopted sons. Now, as then, among the nation of Israel, the Christian Community through a state of like-kind rebellion have degenerated from God’s purpose. Recall the time when the temple of God at Shiloh had been desecrated, with the then present tense priesthood of that time becoming corrupt and immoral. Because of rebellion, a time had arrived when the present tense condition existed wherein religious confusion found a need for the advancement of God’s purpose to bring about a much needed change. Notice the stand that the Priest Eli refused to take as he was unwilling to deal with and correct his corrupt sons. This situation pointed to the need for their being rejected by God and the birthing of a new order of Priest. In this time of rejection, God’s process brought forth a need for raising up a barren women called Hannah, a name meaning “grace”. Meanwhile, Hannah’s husband also had another wife called Peninnah whose name means “pearl”. In this situation, because Hannah was barren without children, her rival Peninnah (pearl), who had the appearance of being valuable, provoked her and caused inner turmoil and pain. This position added to the responding travail and groaning coming from Hannah and ascending unto God.

This conflicting state concerning Hannah very much identifies with the Christian Community of today. Rebellion and corruption has caused the visible church system to be removed from the anointing and presence of God. And likened unto Eli, the many ministers of the day have lost their vision and refuse to bring forth the much needed correction. In this state of rebellion, the glory of the Lord has departed from among the many who have departed from God’s divine order. Most of these follow the increasing ways of spiritual and scriptural perversions. In this, God’s glory has departed while He, God, hears the cry’s and the anguish of those whom, for this period of time, remain barren concerning manifestations. Like Hannah, a barren woman, the true church is in a time of travail. A desire exist in them to see and know a new natured manifestation, a people of increase.

1 Sam. 1:10, “And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish”. Can we not recall the groaning presented to us in Rom. 8:23? Though spiritual barren, a true church is knowing their time of travail. These are those who recognize the true condition which exist within the visible church system. A system with seemingly many children, but where is the glory of God? Have we not been told that the latter day church shall have even greater glory than the former? John 1:14, And the Word became flesh [became visible] and dwelt [tabernacle] among us, and we behold His glory [shekinah], the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth [God’s Divine revelation of Himself]”.

Herein, God’s glory is destined to dwell and manifest from within His people. This people, the true church of God are knowing their time of birthing as the results of grace (Hannah) being brought to her time of travail, preparing for a time of birthing. 1 San 1:19, “Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah [required by God] knew Hannah his wife, and the lord remembered her [the planting of the Christ-seed]”. In this union with Christ, a true manifesting church is born, a son, the many membered body of Christ comes forth because the barren women “asked for him from the Lord”. The purpose involved with this travail and birthing is an offering to be given back to God.

Rom. 12:1, I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service”. One thing important to recognize is that the child was to be weaned before his appearing before the lord and then to remain there forever. 1 Sam. 1:22, “But Hannah did not go up [to the temple – God’s dwelling place], for she said to her husband, Not until the child is weaned [from natural means]; then I will take him, that he may appear before the Lord and remain there forever”. Friends, is there a weaning now taking place for these true sons to appear and be sent forth from God.

When considering the scriptural context concerning the birthing and ministry of Samuel, the condition that existed among the children of Israel is likened unto the spiritual condition that exist among the visible church of today. Herein, liken unto Samuel a need for God’s anointed first-fruits is evident today because of like-kind corruption. That is, a church which has forsaken God’s divine order while chasing after the corrupt orders of carnal man’s traditions and modern day fads, seeking to fulfill natural man’s desires. A type of ministers who have established a church system which has a form of godliness without the power and anointed, the presence of God to correct and purify. 1 Sam. 3:2 speaks, “And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to grow so dim that he could not see [losing his vision concerning God’s ways]”. Where is God’s true ministry today? These are being weaned to stand in God’s presence, awaiting instructions to go forth. John 3:34, “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure”.

Most of the visible church of today is without true revelation and power with the lamp or spirit of God going out or departing. A departing from God’s divine order while the church continues to follow the rituals and activities of a dying church. What is the standing order concerning the visible church of today? Many dwelling without hope see this visible church as one that is a church without love. They see a church in spiritual poverty, claiming to be Christian but living worldly life-styles. Many also see this church system as one full of corruption with immorality and adultery against Christ and holy living. Herein, the public in general observe a dead church without spiritual manifestations that reveal Christ presence. Another fault is ritualistic services without faith to manifest change. In all this there stands a lukewarm people or church that is being vomited out of God’s presence. A church of form and fashion but having no true relationship with the God of all creation.

Meanwhile, a travailing cry is ascending before God. A barren church or individuals, seemingly forsaken without any manifesting fruit, but knowing the pains of its barrenness. Seemingly, while having no spiritual offspring, this church, these individuals are greatly loved by God. This barrenness is purposed by God for a needed season. A season needed to remedy and bring correction concerning the true burden of God’s heart, the spiritual condition of His church. The church is in a spiritual need to hear the true word of God being ministered. In this, the true church and its burden is moving in concert action with God. A birthing of a many member son to bring God’s will and blessings to a dying world. With this like-kind condition being prevalent today among the Christian community, like among Israel, God is birthing a like-kind Samuel anointing in the form of many sons. These are God’s ministers proclaiming the true word of the Lord in todays world. 1 Sam. 3:21, Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the Word of the Lord”.

Herein a like-kind Samuel anointing is appearing in the land today. God declaring and revealing Himself to bring a restored anointing of life to His people called the church. “Reveal”, a word meaning to uncover, to open and lay bare, to strip away and expose, to disclose and unveil. Herein, a time of judgment for restoration. Pointing to the restored equipping of His people that spiritual unity becomes the norm within the church by living under the control, the leading, of the Holy Spirit. Know, without reservation, spiritual unity is the heart of faith and true life concerning the church. In this there arises a many member Samuel first-fruits anointing to manifest the unity and perfection of God. Eph. 4:13-15, “till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ”.

The greater need for the church today is to recognize the sophisticated cunning, unscrupulous conduct, evil treachery, deceptive scheming, arrogant shrewdness, and sly arrogance that exist among them today. This points to the fact that there are many people and groups that are going astray into these errors. Speaking of straying in respect to morals and pure doctrine. Therefore, come forth you anointed ones who not only become the overcomers but mature into that place called “being made perfect”. Referring to those who have reached an end, that is, finished, complete and perfect according to God’s purpose. These become those who are made whole, which denotes spiritual maturity. With darkness reigning upon the earth and gross darkness invading the minds of the people, God’s call comes forth, rise and shine for the glory of the Lord has risen upon His true church. A true church bringing true salvation to the world in manifesting and establishing God’s kingdom upon the earth. Travail is upon the earth and there are a called and separated people who find themselves giving themselves up to become God’s increase, the ripened fruit of His garden.

1 Sam. 3:19, “So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground [was confirmed by God]”. The true word of God being manifested in and through His truly anointed ones who have arrived. Church, a day is now upon us.

 

 

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“The Jeremiah Generation”

Jeremiah, called by God to proclaim to the people concerning the conditions and the lack of following Gods truth. This condition existed during Judah’s incoming downfall which led them into captivity. It was a lack of obeying God’s truth that led them into their captivity. As Jeremiah was sent by God, he proclaimed the true word of God which put him into the place of being out of favor with the leaders and most of the population of his day. What was it that Jeremiah saw? He saw and observed a coming spiritual order that was purposed to essentially have a moral and spiritual relationship with God. It was a relationship with God that was to be a life of devotion for each individual. Each person was to be responsible for his or her own sins. Jeremiah also saw and understood the need for Israel’s old system of failure to pass away while understanding the need for God to bring forth a new creation.

This new creation was to be one of a spiritual bond between God and the individual. This relationship was one where God would write His laws, His nature, His heavenly government upon the human heart. In this writing upon the heart by God, He would forgive iniquity while remembering their sin no more. Therefore, by having the need for a new creation man to come forth, this meant that God would send among men the needed sacrifice, the Lord Jesus Christ. Herein, sin requires repentance and restoration while obedience leads to the blessings and joy of that new creation life.

According to this, God’s purpose, a God given understanding is now come forth revealing that the greater fulfillment of God’s time of restoration is upon His people. A time when God is raising up a people to become the spiritual fulfillment of His purpose. Which is, for the church to now see the need for a like-kind spiritual change, even in a greater measure as ministered through Jeremiah the prophet. Thus, a greater anointing manifesting through a remnant of people declaring the season and announcing the need for this time of restoration. In this fulfillment, a need to understand God’s time for restoration is come, therefore God is sending forth His word. John 3:34, “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure”. Thus, an awakening, a called and a chosen people elected by God, through resurrection from corruption to manifest the works of God in establishing God’s kingdom.

God’s timing is always perfect. Jeremiah 1:5 declares, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [chose you]; before you were born I sanctified you [set you apart]; I ordained [appointed] you a prophet to the nations”. In the greater fulfillment of this declared purpose, the body of Christ, a remnant of people called first-fruits are now knowing this like-kind timely calling and anointing. This time reveals the sovereignty of God has He forms, sanctifies and ordains these first-fruit people. This first-fruit remnant shall appear, they shall come forth to visibly manifest God’s ministry of restoration. While a time of preparation has been taking place among them, now they enter into a time of fulfillment. Isaiah 49:5, “And now the Lord says, who formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob [the nature of the supplanter – the lukewarm church] back to Him so that Israel [prince of God – sons] is gathered to Him (for I  [remnant] shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and My God shall be my strength)”. Thus, a timely present-tense ministry being sent from God, without measure, to fulfill God’s eternal purpose.

This timely ministry finds themselves unqualified for this ministry, when it comes to having educational training and teaching concerning the ways of today’s Christian Communities systems. Proper training according to each denominations particular way seem so important to these churches of today. But, without any formal teaching concerning each religious groups traditions and doctrines, these sent ones appear among them as having no useful value in man’s eyes according to their way of thinking. Meanwhile God sees His sent ones according to His will and purpose. Remember, God’s callings and commissions are without repentance or any need for natural religious training. Why? Because it is the Spirit of God who does the forming, the setting apart and He gives the anointing for such a calling. Herein, it is these anointed ones who are truly building God a house to dwell.

Could man’s religious kind of formal education, as mostly required by denominationalism concerning teaching and traditional instructions, be creating a system of religious activities which have a real need, that is, to have true spiritual leadership? Is this lack of spiritual leadership one of being absent today? Do ministries who depend upon self to build for themselves a house, build one and then call it God’s church or house. In this modern day environment notice Jeremiahs lack of maturity while having no confidence in self. Jeremiah 1:6, “Then said I [Jeremiah]: Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth”. This points to Jeremiah’s inefficiency concerning having any formal training because of his age. This is recognizing, that then as now, God’s called ministry for His kingdom will only be efficient when total dependency is placed upon God. Many today, like the Apostle Paul, may found it needful in counting all formal educations pedigree and/or status as dung that they might ministry Christ and Him crucified.

Ministries of today, lets recognize God’s attitude when it comes to man’s abilities concerning self. For when God calls and speaks, it is God alone who fulfills and is not according to man’s natural ability. Could this not be the main problem when it comes to today’s modern church and it’s many different systems? Jeremiah 1:7-8, “But the Lord said to me: Do not say, I am a youth, for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak [does todays ministry limit themselves to only what God speaks? Isn’t this what Jesus did?]. Do not be afraid of their faces [does fear hold back man from speaking God’s truth?], for I am with you to deliver you says the Lord”.

Have today’s ministries not been told that the vanity concerning man’s religious activities in building structures for God, it is in vain? What about all the structural buildings that man calls the church today? Are there not many such structures today, but where is God’s glory? Are these many places filled with their activities and functions led by the Holy Spirit or are they man directed while being emotionally and/or intellectually inspired? Can we take a needful notice of the seven church’s in Asia written about in the Book of Revelation. To these seven gatherings, God has specific words for them concerning a need to overcome. Most of the speaking from God to them is a need for man to overcome the lack of having and maintaining a dependency upon God and Him alone. Is this not the present-tense condition we see manifesting among most of the Christian Community today?

In being concerned about carnality and mans present-tense condition, God is raising up a first-fruits remnant who are learning to depend totally upon God and Him alone. These are recognizing that within self alone failure remains the fruit. But, God has promised and so shall it be. Obedient ones are being resurrected to pursue the progressive methods God requires of one to be for Him a house. A glorious house which establishes for God His kingdom. Jeremiah 1:9-10 states, “Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant”.

Note Gods declaration, “put my words in your mouth”. “Words”, the Hebrew word “DAVAR”, which has the meaning of “a matter or thing; a commandment, a message; may be translated as speech and matter”. Thus, God’s words spoken through hearing men in obedience will manifest itself in matter. It is these words or speech that God has ordained to come forth through His remnant first-fruits, the Jeremiah generation that shall root out and pull down, destroy and throw down, to build and to plant in these present-tense last days.

It should be understood that carnal religious systems and their expressions which they call the church must and will be, by the true word of God, torn down. That is, pointing to the system itself which has deceived the people into believing in their carnal limited understandings of God and His ways. These carnal ways have led the religious systems into the ways of idolatry and spiritual adultery. Living lives of spiritual fornication and calling themselves a people having the full gospel, the whole council of God. In this mind-set, Gods desire is to bring His people back home. A people being released from religious captivity called Babylon to again come and know that which God Himself builds and plants. Isaiah 66:1-2 states, “Thus says the Lord: Heaven [Gods world] is My throne, and the earth [mans world] is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all these things My hand has made, and all these things exist, says the Lord. But on this one will I look: On him who is poor [wretched, or lowly, in need] and of a contrite [repentant, remorseful] spirit, and who trembles at My word”.

The place of His coming is even now come upon a people. A people who find themselves made ready for the appearing of the Christ nature manifesting through them. Herein, kingdoms are being brought down as the increase of God’s government affects the earth. Meaning that the enemy is being cast out of the heaven that has been accessible to the dragon and his evil powers. Spiritual warfare against the evil kingdoms of this world, which includes carnal religious kingdoms, are to be brought down. These earthy kingdoms of carnality are overcame through appropriating the victory of the finished work of Christ on the cross. His blood, shed on that cross is the foundational steadfastness concerning His promise and the authority of God’s word.

Herein, because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, He and His first-fruits shall build and plant. Rev. 12:10-11, “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to death [those who are dying to self that they now live in Christ].

A Jeremiah generation, now appearing to establish for God a kingdom, are now coming to manifest the authority of that kingdom as they bring down the kingdoms of this carnal perverted world. The birthing of God’s Jeremiah generation is taking place as they are and have been formed and made ready to be brought forth. God has placed His word within them to be spoken. These are receiving and have the assurance that God’s authority and power as given is to bring down, to build and to plant. Thus a remnant of God’s called, His chosen and elected ones are to establish God’s kingdom over all the earth. Herein, a humble and contrite people sent forth without measure concerning God’s spiritual purpose comes as these submit to God’s reign. Therefore, you chosen ones, look and see. Respond without fear and know the glorious life-style of the throne-room inheritance. The Jeremiah generation has come.

 

 

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“Not I But Christ”

A fact and present tense truth concerning the Christian community is, that when a people seek to know the ways of Jesus Christ, His ways are not revealed through the examining of self. Man’s thoughts and considerations imputed within most of the church realm from their natural mind-sets fall short when man considers himself concerning truly knowing Christ. Why? Could it be because man in himself and his own intellect can only know according to the intelligence of the natural world? In this natural world, man’s limitations allow him to come up short concerning God’s eternal purpose. In this regard man fails in knowing Christ nor the true purpose of God. Matt. 11:27 reveals this lack, “All things have been delivered to Me [Christ, the first-born son] by My Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and to whom the Son wills to reveal”. This word “know” means, “to know fully; to know with a degree of thoroughness and competence; to be fully acquainted in a discerning, recognizing manner”.

In this type of knowing according to the carnal concepts and orders of the religious systems, in their carnality they fall way short of knowing Him in the fulness of His divine purpose. To become a knowing people it becomes necessary then for each to have a change of nature. This nature change speaks of dying to the ingrained sin-nature received at the time of our natural birthing. In participating in such a change, the need is to experience a new birthing, a being born-again. In this born-again experience the man begins to know God by relationship and not by simply using his natural intellect. John 1:12-13 states, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right [authority] to become children of God, to those who believe in His name [nature]: who were born [begotten – engender], not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” . In becoming a part of God’s family through this new birth, we can now go directly to Christ and in seeing the character of Christ we can now see God’s normal man.

The great need which exist among a large portion of todays church members is, take your hearts and eyes off the man structured church systems and put them back on Jesus Christ alone. While most Christians would probably confess that their salvation comes only through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross, the hearts of the majority rest in and only pursue any further relationship and intimacy with Christ through denominational structures. Becoming a member of such groups probably sets the person in right standing with the group but, for a large portion of these members, there is a lack of personal intimacy with Christ. In this they only look to their church system as their source of religious security without looking directly to Jesus Christ for their source of spiritual life. John 5:40 speaks loudly, “But you are not willing to come to Me [Jesus Christ] that you may have life”. A religious system and their faithfulness to such a structure cannot be exchanged for coming directly to Jesus Christ, for in Him alone is there life.

Again, the foremost heartfelt need is to look directly to Jesus Christ and to Him alone for spiritual life. In seeing Him, the Holy Spirit reveals to the man that which transpires within each vessel as they come into a new birth experience. Luke 1:35, “And the angel answered and said to her [Mary], the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, the Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God”. In considering the birth of Jesus, note that He was born into this world, not born from it. This speaks that His birth was an advent and He did not come from but through the human race, He came into humanity from above. This declares clearly that Jesus Christ was God incarnate. Meaning that Jesus was not man becoming God, but God coming into human flesh.

In this declaration we should note that Christ came into this world to participate in humanities world from the outside, from another realm or world. Likewise this same Christ must come into the man from the outside, the spirit realm. Gal. 4:19 “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ be formed in you”. The word “formed in” speaks of a change in character, becoming conformed to the character of Christ in actuality, not merely in semblance. This change is the results of something from without to now dwell and bring change from within. This change is the results of believing and receiving. Without this new birth, the new creation experience, man has not the ability to enter into and become a part of God’s kingdom. John 3:5 & 7, “….Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water [a natural birth] and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. ….Do not marvel that I said to you, you must be born again [from above – by the spirit].

In this, understanding is needed, that without the new birth experience, there is no life from and no relationship with God. The new birth gives receivers a new perspective as they begin to see the kingdom of God. The new birth enables the receiver to understand God’s word as it now becomes clear and the Holy Spirit’s works and wonders are believed and experienced because faith is now alive. This new birth brings a literal entering into a new realm of life where God’s kingdom order can be realized. Meaning, a new birth is more than simply being “saved”. It is a requalifying experience which opens up the possibilities for our whole being (spirit, soul and body) to the supernatural dimension of life. This fits us for a beginning in God’s kingdom order.

The new birth experience also ushers in characteristic changes which includes this fact, Jesus Christ will always be first in our lives. This change of priorities includes a dying to self and the increase of love for the body of Christ in the unity of spiritual maturity. This necessary change increases as the lack of knowing about the lordship of Jesus Christ changes. This change moves the vessel past only knowing about Him when saved from past sins. While we have been saved from past sins God’s continuing invitation is to experience the relationship of knowing the Christ because of Him being formed in the vessel, gaining the new expression from within. That is, a people who know the nature of Christ being formed and manifesting from within. Herein the Christ begins to work through us directly from the heart.

Another new birth experience is evident when we see the rulership of God’s kingdom affecting our environment and our purpose. Remember, the new birth or the born-again experience speaks beyond the forgiveness of past sins. This born-again experience begins as a seed when received to progressive mature until maturity manifest in more than just following after certain religious doctrines. It changes the whole man to be transformed in spirit, soul and body. That is, to dwell and have our whole being moving in accordance to the manifesting kingdom of God order. John 3:3, “…. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again [from above], he cannot see the kingdom of God”. Note with understanding that the daily life-style is now one of manifesting Christ in all activities. Meaning, if God is in control of every situation, the born-again vessel no longer lives but it is Christ in him that is living. Herein, the rule of God’s kingdom government dwells within to always discern and manifest only the order of God.

In the fulness of a new birth experience, that which the church has never truly experienced in the past, it is now to become an experience, becoming a visible manifestation of an invisible God. This speaks of forsaking the declared statement frequently used, “I am but a man and therefore cannot be perfect”, to become the perfection of God through faith in His finished work. In setting doctrinal positions aside, we have and can enter into a face to face relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. While the position of religion is one of knowing in-part truths God has promised a life-style of perfection. 1 Cor. 13:9-10, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect [mature spiritual growth] has come, then that which is in-part will be done away”. This speaks of a new creation man walking in the fulness of God’s eternal purpose.

The word “know” is speaking of spiritual maturity where the perfection of God reveals through the mature vessel the nature of Christ and Him manifested. “Knowing” means we now perceive, understand, recognize, gain knowledge, realize and come to know. Knowledge as received from God is the knowledge that has an inception, a purpose, and an attainment. It is the recognition of truth by personal experience. John 8:32 reveals, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. “Made free” because of truth. Who and what is truth? Truth is Jesus, the only truth that makes man free. Therefore, made free is only through Jesus setting believers at liberty from the dominion of the sin nature.

This eternal birthing of Christ from within the man enables him to live a life which knows no more sin. It is by the regenerating work and power of the Holy Spirit that gives man the power and nature to not sin. The power source that flows from the life of Christ now flows through the lives of the body of Christ. This life-style is one which is not produced from good works but is manifest through the redemptive act of a new birth. These vessels are now manifesting a new Christ-like nature, one that flows like a river from within. A people who change dwelling places to now dwell and live in the realm of the Christ nature, to live with Him and also become His dwelling place. In dwelling with man, the visible manifestations from within now reveal the appearing of Christ unto the world. In these visible manifestations there appears the Christ for the world to know and believe that God truly sent the Son into mans world. John 17:20-22m “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one”.

Gal. 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh [the substance of the body] I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”. This points to and unites, by faith, the believer to Christ in His death to realize and experience the reality of being raised to know a new life in Christ. A people now knowing the life-style of no longer living according to the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes nor the pride of life. Nay, but a life-style that reveals the Christ to the world that all may have the opportunity to see Him as He appears through His many member body. It is the first-fruits who are now beginning to appear. Not I but Christ.

 

 

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“Man’s New Beginning”

Increase, a word from the dictionary which means “to become greater in size, amount, and degree, that is, to grow”. When used concerning spiritual maturity it points to enlarging from within because of a revelation received. The understanding is enlarged to become the manifestation of the revelation. When considering God’s desire for mankind to increase in spiritual stature, He purposed for His Son to be birthed into the earth realm. This Son, coming to the visible earth realm, He became the pattern Son before mankind. This Son became the example to use for God’s desired family. This pattern Son was given unto creation, but not for man to just look upon or read about. His main focus was to become God’s redeemer. To take the fallen creation into the realm of restoration in bringing forth His purposed completed creation. A creation purposed to receive the Christ-seed within for the purpose of growth, that is spiritual increase. Remember, God released from Himself the law of the seed which declares, “every seed shall bring forth after it’s own kind”. This law was given to mature the seed until the ripened fruit of the seed appears. Each seed would have a like-kind nature, a like-kind manifestation even as the first-born Son Jesus Christ. Speaking of a body of people who become a harvest of like-kind sons. That is, a Christ reproducing His own life in those who believe and receive Him unto manifestation.

In becoming a like-kind people, a knowing that becomes our necessity is the need to be born-again. Being born-again speaks of a great deal more than a one-time event, more than just forgiveness from past sins. But, it does declare loudly of the many member body of Christ having the Christ-nature formed within them. This speaks of the characteristics that Jesus Christ exhibited in His human life to be exhibited in and through His many member body. In this truth, a change is needed and necessary concerning our ability to see God’s will more clearly. In this, the Holy Spirit becomes the specialist needed to bring healing to the eye and we might see Him as He truly is. A need to see Him clearly that we might become like Him. Herein, we can began to know truth causing us to see man’s error. Having a need to correct any error of a limited life-style, that is a need to be saved by grace as it comes only from Christ Jesus. Being forgiven though grace opens the door to a far greater realm of living. A coming into an intimate oneness with our creator God as we become liken unto Him and therein become His workmen. Note 2 Tim. 2:15 in encouraging us, “Be diligent [study] to present yourself approved to God, a worker [workman, a laborer] who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.

While God’s grace towards mankind is a time of unmerited love and favor, it also forgives us of all the sins produced by man’s sin-nature. In this, God’s desire is to release man from the realm of grace only and become mature vessels living in a realm of God-life. The God-life spoken of is as it was when breathed into Adam as he originally came from God. With God’s spiritual life able to take fallen man out of his temporal natural life-style, the eternal reality of life in God corresponds to what exist in a life of pure reality. A life of true reality as it exist in the realm of a God-life. Know that grace covers us while living unto the death realm, but when a living soul lives again, it becomes the true life of Christ in us to know the reality of the Christ-life. Understand that spiritual revelation is that Christ-life which enables man to see and know Christ as He is. Matt. 16:16-17, “Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven”.

Herein, man must begin to see that his ability through the fleshly mindedness of the carnal mind does not enable him to see the Christ. Man’s common sense realm, even as the disciples at the above time in their lives, could only know Him by their eyes and ears. But, by Peters confession, beyond the natural mind, the Holy Spirit can move man beyond the sense realm to a realm of revelation and truth. Taking man beyond the intellectual and natural universe to the revelation of true facts concerning a true appearing Christ, revealing His world. That which the sense realm of the natural mind cannot penetrate, the Spirit of God reveals. Here we need to understand that a new birth becomes very necessary. The new birth is more than simply being “saved”. It is a requalifying experience, opening up the possibilities of our whole being unto the supernatural dimensions of life which fits us for living in God’s kingdom order. John 3:3, states, “Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again [from above], he cannot see the kingdom of God”. A truth which is factual, revealed facts concerning the kingdom of God can only come to those that are truly born again.

Herein, with a true desire expressed to serve and live a fully completed life in Christ, know that God’s foremost desire is to give us all His good gifts. That is, seeing Him as He is that we might glorify Him. Luke 11:13, “If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Our primary needs are spiritual and a proper relationship with God through this sent Holy Spirit is our ground of assurance and that He will provide all our spiritual and material needs. As men receives from God, rightly pursuing Him enables the vessel to bring glory to the Father. Herein, the receiving person is enlarged to manifest that which is of the revealed Christ and therefore enabling the world to behold the Christ whom the Father sent.

The importance of a manifesting relationship with Jesus Christ determines the need to understand Him. In this we must come into a right relationship with Him, otherwise God’s Word remains no more than words as in any another book without true spiritual meaning or understanding. John 5:39-40 uncovers for us the error that exist among many vessels, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they that testify of me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. Much study and reading of scriptures without a daily relationship with Christ separates man from the ability of truly knowing Him. In this truth, the understanding of who Christ is in truth is absent. For, without reservation, the natural carnal mind can not know Jesus Christ, but only about Him. In this regard, the sense-realm of the carnal man will eventually explain away the Christ and His truth. Matt. 11:27, “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him”.

1 John 4:1-3, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world”.

The greatness of God through Jesus Christ and His many member body is already in the world. These are appearing to reveal the true Christ that has and is come into this world. One God given rule that increases and releases spiritual discernment is the law of obedience. Know, without doubt, concerning spiritual matters, man’s logical reasonings, his curiosity and various kinds of arguments do not reveal spiritual truth. The whole concept of revelation and the wisdom of God is birthed and manifest from God when He came to us in a flesh and blood man. This flesh and blood man as sent from God became the Christ seed to be placed, to be planted within the receiving man as a seed to bring forth after its own kind.

It is this Christ-kind seed that is maturing within a many member body according to the same Christ who first came as Jesus and is to manifest again in the earth. This now appearing of the Christ seed harvest, even as the first-born Son, is to make the appearance of His promised appearing during these last days. But, this time His appearing is in a many member body to manifest the glory of God throughout the earth. How and why? Because these many member first-fruits of the harvest are in Christ and He is in them even as the Father and the Son are one. 1 Cor. 1:29-30, “That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption”. For this cause and purpose Jesus says, “Come unto Me”.

This fact is a surety, because the invitation is assured and Christ shall fulfill it. While “come unto me” stands, the one thing that keeps us from following Him is being obstinate. This word “obstinate” from the dictionary explains itself. “Unreasonably determined to have one’s own way, not yielding to reason or plea; stubborn”. This speaks of a people who want everything to bend to their own views. In “coming to Him” it must be with complete abandonment. We must give ourselves completely to Christ as we leave all of self (mind, will, emotions and desires) in His hands.

In the increase of God’s purpose for His created man, understanding becomes the essential truth that while here on this earth the pattern Son never spoke of the development stages, but His desire was to state and instill unto man the facts. One such fact is stated in John 3:7 when He declared, You must be born again”. In declaring this statement, know that it is not a command, but a statement of a foundational fact. This fact reveals that the purpose of His coming was for man’s redemption. Redemption is the fact that He teaches concerning what we should be. It is a description of God’s undertaking to make for Himself a man. This man’s completed purpose is to let the power of God work through him. This speaks loudly of redemption giving man the disposition of Jesus Christ for the manifestation of His life put within us to manifest the Christ.

In becoming a born-again vessel know that the life of Jesus does not come through imitating Him as we try to do what we consider as all the right things. The life of Christ only comes as each vessel identifies with His death, that is dying with Him. His cross, His death, is that which becomes the door to the reality of redemption. Meaning, His cross becomes the means by which our lives manifest the disposition of Jesus Christ, His characteristics. How can this be? It becomes the inworking of the indwelling Holy Spirit who gains victory with us over all our selfish desires. This work of the Holy Spirit becomes our liberty to see God’s purpose in us, to become His manifesting workman. Acts 26:18, “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power [authority] of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified [set apart] by faith in Me”.

Herein, another fact concerning man’s regeneration experience. This experience must be exercised to work out for us what God has placed within. Phil. 2:12-13, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed [to listen attentively, answer and respond, submit without reservation], not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works [the working of His power and its effectual results] in you both to will and to do His good pleasure”. To do God’s good pleasure speaks of appropriating Christ’ redemption in our every day affairs, not just in time of crisis. Unto those who receive, God’s grace does not fail when vessels ask for His help. In coming to Him for help, His help is hindered unless we make our lives, our nature His ally. In allowing His nature to replace the sin-nature within, He regenerated us while putting us in contact with all His divine resources.

The necessary need for man is to understand that God will not make us walk according to His will. But while and when a vessel obeys the Holy Spirit in our physical life, God continues to speak as He reveals Himself.  Herein, our prayerful desire is to ask God for an ear to hear what He is saying to us. As we hear and obey, the progressive work of sanctification within us becomes complete and begins to manifest, not the I but the Christ in us. Herein, God’s grace always stands by us as the work of the Holy Spirit brings transformation. That is, being transformed from our old sin-nature to become the nature of Christ manifest. Herein we become that for which we have been purposely birthed. A new creation manifesting the nature of Christ unto a sinful, corrupt world. Man becoming a new creation and establishing God’s kingdom from within.

 

 

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“When God Becomes Our Reality”

One great weakness existing among the Christian Community, as we know it today is, that God and His son Jesus Christ have not been known as They truly are. Meaning that the reality of a true and real God has not become the reality life-style for a large portion of the Christian populace. It remains a truth, that for many, the various different expressions of God’s creation have taken the place of a true relational experience in knowing the person of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Father, the one true God.

Hebrews 11:6 states clearly, “But without faith [the living, divinely implanted principle] it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe [have faith] that He is, and that He is [became] a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”. The necessity of faith is that which is the God given ability to trust Him to do those things which He has spoken. In faith comes redemption, which in turn becomes the reality within a receiving and believing persons’ life. This necessary faith in God’s ability extracts the believing person from trusting self and his own ability. Never should we place our faith only in that which God has done for us but, let faith remain in the God of our redemption and not according to the results.

While spiritual experiences received and participated in can be a delightful and joyous occasion, our faith must always remain only in the God who gives the experiences. It is God alone who remains the foundation of each experience. God Himself remains the rock which we stand upon concerning redemption. In redemption the Rock, Christ Jesus, cannot be replaced by the things we have received from Him.  2 Timothy 1:12 declares, “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless, I am not [not depending on any condition expressed and implied] ashamed; for I know [understand] Whom I have believed [have faith in] and am persuaded that He is able to keep [guard] what I have committed to Him until that Day”.

A great understanding is needed concerning God and His creative miracles which are not based upon man’s own power of reason. Nay, but all things, as coming from God, are resting within God’s power of redemption. That is, all things within the realm of God rest within the power of His authority and they come and go as He so pleases. In this freedom, God pursues the man for His great purpose which is, the complete restoration of fallen creation. John 3:8, “The wind [the Holy Spirit] blows [breaths] where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it [God’s voice] but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born [has been begotten of the Holy Spirit] of the Spirit”. Here knowledge is given for understanding, that redemption is of God alone and it only comes from Him. In this, works of the flesh that try to replace the Holy Spirit’s work, they hinder our trust in God while trusting in the works of the flesh. Herein, trusting in man’s reasoning powers reject a trusting in God. Meanwhile, the Holy Spirit brings perfection of knowledge where trust removes man’s reasoning power while responding only to God.

In trusting God’s redemptive work alone, trust causes God’s Word to remove all mental debates which produce a realm of delusion. As confusion remains, the mental makeup of the Christian community is disannulling the power of God. Man-made forms, religious rituals and traditional deceptions remove the real power of God into a realm of godlessness in religious activities. But, trust in God alone causes the Holy Spirit to activate the power of God into supernatural miracles of Godliness. Thus, the released action of the Holy Spirit cuts man off from the shore-line of reason into the depths of God’s redemptive activities. The actions of released spiritual activities in Christ burns away all the carnal realms of reasons bridges behind us. In this, knowledge of God’s way increases into a supernatural life-style which knows the fullness of redemption. Here, the redeemed vessel matures into a realm of Christ-like knowledge which passes all man’s knowledge. In this knowledge, the supernatural realm of God, the intellectual pursuits of carnal minded men will never know the reality of a living God.

But, unto a remnant of God’s people, an awakening is taking place as to the true and pure direction of their intellectual thinking. These are knowing, that by entering the reality of God’s redemptive purpose, they stand in the revealed truth of God’s Word. In this, the remnant of God should ask themselves, does the revelation given from the Holy Spirit, and our experiences cause a trust in God concerning all things? Has our God-purposed life become a reality to us or do we continue to depend upon the works of our own hands? While depending upon man’s own efforts, doctrines, traditions, and carnal minded programs, God and His Christ is not our true reality.

In trusting in a real alive God, the reality of a relationship with Him, it enables the person to go through every transition necessary to become Christ-like. This level of trusting fulfills a life-style as mentioned in Mark 12:29-30, “Jesus answered him, the first of the commandments is, Hear, O Israel [speaking also to God’s true sons of Abraham – the true church], the Lord our God, the Lord is one [a compound unity, one made up with others]. And you shall love [to regard with favor, the cause or foundation principle] the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment”. The word “mind” here is from a Greek word meaning, “a thinking through, it suggests understanding, insight, meditation, reflection, perception, the gift of apprehension and the faculty of thought”. This points to and means that when the faculty of thought is renewed by the Holy Spirit, the whole mind-set changes from a fearful negativism of the carnal mind, to a vibrant, positive thinking of the quickened spiritual mind. This points to a relationship which embraces every faculty of man. It means the ability to love God with all my heart, my soul, my mind and my strength.

True love, that which flows from the Fathers heart, is birthed within the receiving obedient vessel. Herein, the sanctification of the resurrected person becomes a living soul. In this resurrected soul (mind, will, emotions and desires), the renewed man takes on the nature of Christ who dwells within the reformed vessel. Being reformed states that the Christ nature now lives within the vessel with the vessel becoming Christ-like in his character. This vessel now loves as Jesus loves.

John 3:3-5, “Jesus, knowing [without effort] that the Father had given [divine authority] all things into [a line drawn to meet another line, at a certain point] His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments [the outer garment – pointing to the flesh body], took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded [speaking of a cleansing action]”. This action is a type of a washing by God’s Word. This means that a remnant of people is coming into and manifesting the Word of God from realities activities.

Let us remember, the Christ is coming into a church, a virgin church without spot or blemish. His desire is to build for Himself a dwelling place wherein His nature rules and reigns according to His eternal purpose. In this truth, we, the called remnant of His first-fruits harvest, should never limit God. That is, do not restrict your manifestations to what you have done in the past. Know, that this first-fruits people have come to dwell in the reality of redemption. That is, knowing the experience of God’s Day of Atonement which births a people into the Feast of Tabernacles. That is, God dwelling in man who are now made into His likeness and image. Becoming the manifestation of that which God purposed before the world had its beginning.

Know the truth of the fallen man. In being a fallen soul from our mother’s womb, we are the product of a world molded after the thoughts and energy of fallen, carnal man. This carnal world restricts man from God and places him into a prison house of never knowing the reality of a life in God. This means, something must be done, something that is foreign to the carnal man, a way that carnal man-kind has never walked before. But God, in mercy and grace supplied the needed pathway to escape from such a prison house. That is, God makes available a light that disperses the darkness and brings receiving man into another realm of life. A place where true reality reveals unto the man, each receiving one, his God purposed life. God’s purposed life speaks of nothing less than eternal life in Christ. That is, a Christ life in this present time as well as all future events.

What happens within and through the vessel who comes into such a place of pure reality? This means that natural man was first birthed into and living a life that was not true reality. Meaning that it was a life of perverted knowledge, dreams, desires and visions. It means, having a life of deception purposed to rob, steal, kill and destroy what a God purposed true life really is. It is a counterfeit existence which creates a drive for existence that never knows true peace, joy and fulfillment. But, in Christ our reality, we can now do what we could never do before. Meaning, true life flows from our inner-most being to water a dry and dying world. This water, first, waters our own body (land). In these people, they are bringing salvation to that dying world of people who are lost without true fulfillment. It is this dying world that is travailing, one that we now hear as a groaning world, one with no true purpose. But, a world that shall soon begin to observe and receive these coming ones who come from God’s Mt. Zion. Mt. Zion, the place of God’s dwelling within man manifesting for the world to behold His glory.

According to this, which is God’s purpose, maturity of spirit is calling us. A calling that, in obedience, the nature of Christ is released to manifest before a lost and dying world. These, in obedience, become the first-fruits who reveal the Christ to the world. These, as with the first-born Son Jesus Christ, will only do what they see the Father do, they shall only say the things they hear the Father say. In this, they only do the works of the Father. His works is to usher in a new heaven and a new earth wherein only righteousness dwells. This is a walking, a living in the true reality of knowing God, that we likewise manifest that which God’s own nature releases. This is filling up creation with Him because all will begin to see Him as He is. These salvation bringers shall do away with all deception which has conquered the carnal mind of man. Because God has spoken, His kingdom is come, and mankind shall know true reality even as Christ is. God is purposed to become our true reality. A people of God’s likeness and image manifesting who He is.

 

 

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