“God’s Created Man – Chapter Seven”

In the process of God maturing His created man, that man is being justified through his faith in God. To become a “justified” man means to be set forth as righteous. The word righteous is a legal term signifying “to acquit”. This means that we have been set free from the bondage of our former fallen nature to be birthed again into a standing of righteousness before God. This is the enabling principle that causes us to desire to obey Him in all things. This speaks of not remaining or having just a desire only but bringing forth a manifestation of obedience that brings forth the reality of righteousness in the person’s life. These truths bring believers to that place of genuine freedom where they are now free to obey God.       Receiving vessels do not obtain God’s favor only, because He has already given us favor. Remember, justification is ours because of what Christ has done. That is, being loosed into the joy of knowing His friendship and Kingship. It is God’s truth that brings change, not by threatening us, but by lavishing His love upon us. Being justified by God releases us to allow the Holy Spirit within to will and do God’s good pleasure. Phil. 2:13 says, “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure”.

Mankind then is being justified by faith, a “faith” in the living and divinely implanted principle of God which enables Him to fulfill in man His divine purpose. Rom. 5:1-5 declares, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us”.

Thus, a truth, the just and those being justified live a life of faith. Here righteousness reveals the Christ-life in us. This Christ-life is revealed, and it manifests the nature of God from within that He might appear through each receiving son. “Reveal”, a word meaning “to unveil to be visible”. In this, Christ shall appear in the earth again. Rom. 1:16-17, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith”.

Herein, the law of love, that which God is, when received, it becomes the law which transforms every condition and all things proceeding from the carnal mind. Where we once stood in the sinfulness of the self-life, God’s love begins and continues to work until it is finished. This is that which transforms our nature as we partake of the fruit of the tree of life. Rev. 2:4 & 7, “Nevertheless I have this against you that you have left your first love … He, who has an ear to ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God”.

The word “overcome” is of military terminology, suggesting combat against the forces of an evil one. To those who remain faithful during persecution and the many doctrinal errors of today’s religions, these give proof to their faith. The “tree of life” symbolizes spiritual sustenance given to maintain the God life within. Again, love produces obedience which is the enabler, the door opener that enables us to eat the fruit of the tree of life. Rev. 22:14, “Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city”. The direct translation of “do His commandments” is “to wash their robes”. This is speaking of the process and the finishing up of the act of being completely sanctified. (Read Rev. 7:9-17).

Let us remember, that man is spirit. We are spirit placed within a body of flesh. Our spirit remains in this body of flesh until the time of death, at which time the body and spirit separate. Ecclesiastes 12:7 states, “Then the dust [body] will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it”. Yes, the body it dies and the spirit it returns to God with one exception. Unto that one who is truly born of the Spirit, he can experience and achieve an inseparable condition. There is a natural birth and there is a spiritual birth. This spiritual birth enables us to enter a new realm, a new world where God’s new kingdom order can be realized. In this realm, the things of the earth can no longer make us prisoners nor hold us in bondage. Herein, we are free to manifest that which is of God’s new kingdom order.

2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”. This new creation man is more than simply being saved, the forgiveness of sins. It is a qualifying experience opening the possibilities of our whole being to the supernatural dimension of life. It also fits us for a beginning in God’s kingdom order. For this cause, we must be born again of the Spirit.

John 3:5-8, “Jesus answered, most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I say to you, you must be born again. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit”. This Spiritual birth is a progressive birth that makes alive man’s spirit, then a restoring of the soul, to finally change the body. Enabling the completed vessel to, like the wind, move from place to place as God so sends.

When God breathed into Adam he became a living soul. In this beginning, man received from God the truth which God is. Before the fall, the truth was the foundation of man’s being and existence. But, in the fall, man was separated from union with God and His truth, with man being lost to the knowledge of who he really was. Darkness begin to cover him as he lost sight of the glorious light of God’s truth. Without truth he became ignorant and unaware of his lost divine nature. But, in Christ a new birth awakens the man to the freedom of a spiritual life. Herein, truth again stands him up to be renewed into the supernatural realm which is God dwelling within the vessel. John 8:31-32, “… if you abide in my word [truth], you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. Sin, the separator of body and spirit shall be disannulled. Deliverance, through Christ is come and our bodies shall be redeemed.

Rom. 8:21-23, “Because the creature itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption [decay] into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body”.

How shall these things be? Through obedience, the power of God gives unto us all the things that pertain to Godliness. The promises have been given, the indwelling Holy Spirit is the teacher to lead and guide us into all God’s truth. The Holy Spirit also awakens in us the truth as to who we really are in God. Herein Christ comes forth and manifest Himself through the body of His people, which is the body of Christ. 2 Peter 1:3-4 confirms this truth, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceeding great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”.

Amen and amen, according to your Word our Lord, let it be. As this new man stands forth in his new creation, the truth of God is manifested as the Christ nature comes forth through this new created man. In God’s new created man, Christ shall be revealed throughout the earth. Is it not, first, God revealing the Christ in us. Then spiritual maturity places us in Christ, that we might all manifest the Christ unto all we meet. In this the body of Christ, the coming forth sons as a man-child shall, with Christ the Head, establish the kingdom of God unto the entire world.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Six”

 

Jesus Christ, the first begotten Son of God, representing the best of heaven, was sent forth from God for restoring fallen man. This was the results of the Father’s love being extended towards His creation. The shining crown and glory of the ministry of the Son, Christ Jesus, was brought forth unto a full measure as He hung on the cross for the sins of all mankind. Prior to His death, the scriptures attest to the fact that God was well pleased with Jesus in His fulfilling the ministry He was sent forth to complete. Matt. 17:5 states, “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Again, we are told in 2 Peter 1:17, “For He received from the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.

The Son’s sacrifice for mankind and its acceptance by the Father was the results of the Son’s obedience. Obedience in a total and complete sense to all the Father revealed and purposed for Him. For this cause, Jesus Christ is the only way, the only truth and the only true life, and no man comes unto the Father but by and through Him. Thus, unto God’s Son, we owe complete obedience and a faithful following after Him. Faithfulness is that which increases is us of knowing Him. Faithfulness is the requirement ask by God unto all who would become His disciples. Man must understand that by just knowing things about God and His Christ is not good enough. We must have a relationship with God, a relationship that promotes a life-style change from a darkened fallen soul into receiving through Christ the nature of God.

His nature enlarges itself within a people who know Him. And for this reason, Jesus warns us against self- deception which comes as the result of just knowing about Him only. That is, never having an intimate relationship with Him that promotes a life of obedience to the will of God. Matt. 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness”. A lack of this intimate relationship with Christ is that which causes many people to cease from following Him. Again, just knowing about Him only causes many to declare, Christianity just doesn’t work.

Obedience to God and His Word, along with the Holy Spirit, becomes the agent that promotes a knowing Him relationship. Obedience is better than any sacrifice, for in obedience we began to know Him that was sacrificed. Herein He is then enabled and available to teach us to know His voice. Note that it was in obedience that Jesus was found to be perfected. Heb. 5:8-9, “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, he became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”. This word “obedience” signifies attentive hearing, to listen with compliant submission, assent, and agreement. It is used for obedience to God’s commands, and for Christ’s obedience. The word “obey” in verse nine has the meaning of, “to hear as a subordinate, listen attentively, obey as a subject, answer and respond, submit without reservation”.

Obedience then is better than any sacrifice which involves the works of the carnal religious mind. In this, we must know His voice. We must obey and in obedience we shall be taught of Him and learn His ways. In the promises of God, and for man to see them fulfilled, we must meet the terms established upon for each promise to be fulfilled. Thus, in obedience we obtain the promise. The terms of the promise which God speaks to us are not base upon preaching, prophesying or casting out devils, but, again the Lord says unto us, obey me and I shall fulfill.

Because we are God’s called people, the arena we stand in and which we are to be motivated by is one of being thankful to God in all things. Herein, we shall be likened unto God, His nature and His glory wherein we might manifest Him. So often, Christians find it hard to be thankful unto God as He deals with us for bringing maturity in our witness for Him. We like to rejoice in the things that bring blessings to our wants, while complaining when the dealings of God war against our own selfish desires. But unto the obedient ones and those learning to be thankful in all things, God enlarges them in the spiritual things of God. These spiritual things are that which causes a people to dwell according to the heavenlies. God enables us to dwell in His heavenly orders while we still walk upon the earth.

Col. 3:15-17 states, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word and deed, do all in the name [nature] of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”. Note that “giving thanks” means “to give freely, to be grateful, to express gratitude, to be thankful”. In like manner, Jesus prayed this prayer for us that we might likewise glorify the Father even as He did.

John 17:1-5 and 20-22, “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I have glorified you on the earth. I have finished the work which you have given me to do. And now, O Father, glorify me together with yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was. … I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they may all 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”.

Let us recognize that the ministry of Jesus on the cross and His being glorified by the Father will not be finished in a called people until the whole man, spirit, soul, and body have been born again. Know that he which is made glorious will truly be born again of the spirit even as the whole man is made complete. The heart cry of the true saints is that God would be glorified through them. In this, we shall be transformed to conform to His glorious body. Phil. 3:21, “Who [Christ Jesus] will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself”. Here man does not depend upon His own abilities or strength to accomplish these thing for self. It is not by man’s own works, but by God’s power and authority alone in which He is well able to fulfill. Fulfillment comes by the Holy Spirit, which has freedom to change us through obedience. In obedience we are born again to be change by a continual transformation until being conformed to the heavenlies.

John 3:3 states, “Jesus answered and said to Him, most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. This word “again” has the meaning of “from above”, a birthing that is brought about by the power of God. A birthing that is from above, meaning the heavenlies, which means for us that a people shall take off this robe of corruption. Corruption is a natural birthing robe which we have worn from our birth but purposed to finally be dressed in another robe. John 3:30-31 also reveals this as John the Baptist declares, “He [Jesus] must increase, but I [John the Baptist as a type of the sin nature, the carnal mind] must decrease. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all”. This word “from above” in verse 31 is the same Greek word as “born again” in verse 3 above. This reveals for us that unto those who are born again, they are born from above, from the heavenlies. These shall put on Christ that He might manifest Himself through them spirit, soul and body, throughout all the earth.

By a vessel becoming “born again from above”, with this including spirit, soul and body, that one is filled with light. No darkness remains in him as he becomes the light that comprehends all things. Matt. 6:22, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light”. Luke 11:34-36 continues by declaring, “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore, take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light”. The word “darkness” in the above verse is from a root world meaning “to cover”. This darkness arises from error, ignorance, disobedience, willful blindness and rebellion. Darkness is an evil system absolutely opposed to the light.

But, as we purpose to walk in the light, our thoughts will become single to God’s glory. 1 John 3:2-3, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure”. This word “pure” is from a root word meaning “holy”, describing a person or thing as clean, modest, pure, undefiled, morally faultless, and without blemish, meaning a death to the fallen soul of the carnal man while being resurrected to become the “living soul” breathed into man from God.

Herein, God incorporated Himself into the many member body of Christ with the purpose of manifesting that which he is. The basic foundational truth of God is that he is love. Therefore, the law of love shall cause each yielded vessel to be filled with the fullness of God. Eph. 3:19, “To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”. All the fullness of God speaks of more than a one-time experience or only knowing one aspect of His truth or power. It points to a broad-based spirituality, balanced through participating in all God’s blessings, resources, and wisdom. Therefore, as God’s Word commands in 1 John 3:18, “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth”. Is it not time for a people to become the visible manifestation of our invisible God? There are a people who have and are making themselves ready.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Five”

 

     

        When coming into an intimate relationship with Christ it takes us beyond the initial act of being forgiven of our past committed sins. While the opening step to salvation begins at the point of inviting Christ into our lives, through asking for forgiveness, Christ desires for a people to, line upon line and precept upon precept, mature into the fullness of that for which they have been birthed. The ingredient that must be exercised, through each step taken, is the act of faith. Faith in God with a knowing that He shall fulfill every word and promise that He has spoken. Heb. 11:6 reveals this truth by declaring, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.  Note that nothing pleases God as much as a steadfast faith in all that he is and all the He promises to do. Remember, it is not what we can do but what God can and does.

        Unto the continual receiving person, as faith is exercised, it will increase into that place wherein the believer grows into a knowing that nothing is impossible to him who believes and trust in God. The invitation to follow Christ, when obeyed, brings forth a relationship of knowing Him and who He is. As a vessel begins to understand Christ, it increases a desire within the person to live His teachings. This brings that one into a life-style of learning and experiencing the truth. Jesus Himself says unto His believing offspring in John 8:31-32, “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, if you abide in My Word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. This word “abide” speaks to a maturing people in line with the word “continuing”. This is an action word that declares the position of activity instead of a place of complacency. Man cannot rest upon their back-side while waiting upon or for something to happen. Forgiven man is invited to be actively pursuing the word of God and any revelation as it is revealed by the Holy Spirit. 

        Pursuing involves prayer in asking for God’s assistance because man, within his own strength, cannot bring change from the flesh realm to the spiritual realm of God. The word “know” from the above scripture is the Greek word “GINOSKO” which means “to perceive, understand, recognize, gain knowledge, realize, and come to know”. “GINOSKO” is knowledge that has an inception, a progress, and an attainment. It is the recognition of God’s truth by personal experience. In this, each person can know the truth that changes them from a life of death to a life in Christ. Belief in God’s truth becomes a way of life. Each believing person is to become a manifestation of the word as we live our lives according to that Word. As a person fulfills the Words of God, he will also become that word extended. He will then manifest a nature according to that word which he has received and believed from God. 

        Remember and know that the kingdom of God is within. Therefore, it is within the receiving vessel that God’s Word, the Christ and the Holy Spirit dwell. Are you looking for Him? Do you desire to find Him and to know Him? If so, then each person must be looking and paying attention to that which the Holy Spirit is speaking and doing from within. It becomes necessary for vessels to search their souls that each might yield to and begin to know Christ, the indwelling One, and therein gain God’s promise of eternal life. John 17:3 declares, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent”. Remember the word “know” as used in this verse means, “to know by experience”. As each person continues to increase in the word, by experience, they can gain the knowledge of who the Christ really is. In knowing Him, each one begins to take on a life-style change that causes the old carnal man to decrease until ultimately ceasing to be. In this, the new creation man shines forth to glorify God and to be made complete in the knowing of eternal life. 

        As each vessel learns to except and find God within their heart (soul), they begin to love Him. It is in this state of love for God that one finds joy and the true meaning for man’s existence. Each person begins to know their calling and purpose in Him. In this, each one begins to know that this love finds itself coming forth as a manifestation of the nature of God. Mark 12:30, “And you shall love 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” from this scripture literally means “a thinking through”. The word suggests “understanding, insight, meditation, reflection, perception, the gift of apprehension, the faculty of thought”. With the renewing of the mind, man’s faculty of thought, there is a transition by the Holy Spirit within wherein the whole mind-set changes. It changes from the fearful negativism of the carnal mind to the vibrant, positive thinking of the quickened spiritual mind. 

        God’s desire is for man to know Him, and for this cause, the eternal invitation stands for man to find Christ that he might began to know Him. Luke 11:9-10, “So I [Jesus] say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it will be opened”. This is a promise that stands secure in its true meaning which means to look to Him and not to other sources. This scripture, in the Greek, is present tense, denoting a continuous asking, seeking, and knocking which speaks of continually receiving of the things of God in the process of becoming spiritually mature. 

        When a vessel yields to the Spirit of Christ that dwells within, we can begin to shut out the many voices of the world. These many worldly voices come from the many different avenues that have been established within man to fulfill the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. These speak loudly in areas of our social zones, our educational levels, our family structures, our economic environment and the many available religious circles. These voices pull at man to make them prisoners of the carnal nature in fulfilling carnal desires. But, by coming to the Christ that desires to dwell within, our thoughts and mind will begin to blend with Him until completely in agreement with the mind, the will, the emotions and the desires of God. This fellow-shipping with Christ is a continuous invitation to all that are willing to come. 

        Matt. 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light”. This word “rest” as used here is a Greek word meaning “to make to cease”. This word describes a cessation from fleshy toil to a refreshment and intermission in the spirit. The word “easy” means “to use”. The word denotes that which is useful, pleasant, good, comfortable, suitable, and serviceable. With the carnal world and the legalistic religious systems being a great burden upon man, serving Jesus alone is well fitting and necessary. Serving Jesus alone is building a personal relationship with God by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. 

        Living for God by the indwelling Christ means dwelling in eternal life. As the seed and the Christ-light within is more fully developed, the mortal self-deceases and the vessel begins to receive and moves toward the fullness of God’s purpose. Eph. 3:14-19 speaks loudly, “for this reason I bow my knees to the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that  you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”. 

        This phrase, “the fullness of God”, as spoken of here, is not something which is poured into man from without. This “fullness” is that which, from within, is developed and brought forth to be manifested from the inward soul of the man. The end results are to fill the entire being who lives and learns to believe as the Holy Spirit reveals, quickens and manifests to finally affect the entire world we live in. 

        These saints are now in the maturing process and they are learning that God is always with them as growth increases into spiritual maturity and they know the ways of God more perfectly in walking with Him daily. In this walk man learns and grows to bring about an intensification of the presence and power of Jesus Christ. This people also know that Christ will be at home in their hearts. Christ will move from being just an acquaintance to be the center of their lives. Man will also grasp God’s love beyond intellectual or theological knowledge to become filled with God’s fullness as the Holy Spirit reveals each line and precept of Christ more fully. This fullness achieves God’s fuller work in each receiving person as the vessel remains unhindered without being grieved. In this position, the joy of the Lord fills the person to affect all his surroundings. Thus, the kingdom of God is present as God’s created man is manifest. Is it not time for a birthing of the sons to come forth?

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – chapter four”

 

        When God spoke and said, “let us make man in our image and after our likeness, we can receive further understanding from the dictionary as to the definition of “image and likeness”. Image is a word meaning “an imitation or representation of a person, to be a symbol or type; embodiment”. The word “likeness” means, “the state or quality of being like”. Therefore, beginning as a formed dust man, when God breathed into him, the man became a living soul with the ability to manifest a god likeness, to be the embodiment and quality of his creator. With this being a truth, what kind of value can we place upon the soul? Know that the mind, the will, the emotions and the desires placed within the man are from the life of God breathed to manifest a God-like nature. 

        To receive a degree of understanding of the soul’s value as God values it, we must consider what makes up man’s soul. It contains all power, even the power of reproducing itself as man allows himself to submit to God. That is, the perfecting, maturing process of God which, through obedience, matures man into God’s creative purpose for each vessel. Remember, God breathed from Himself His spirit into the man and herein man received that which is of God’s nature. With this being the desire of God from the very beginning, He eventually sent forth His Son Jesus Christ to become a sacrifice because disobedience caused man to fall. Jesus died on the cross that man might be restored to God’s original purpose. Therefore, unto that man which follows, in obedience, the pathway God places him upon at the time of repentance, that man shall come to know the fullness of God’s power working in and through him. 

        Man’s soul also contains within it the power for the fullness of joy. “Joy”, a word meaning “to rejoice, happiness, great pleasure, and delight, expressions of man’s feelings. Doesn’t this definition sound like that for which the whole world looks for? With the world’s continual search for such joy, all manner of counterfeit joys has been tried, only to find that these counterfeits continue to lead to death and destruction. But, within man’s soul the power of a joyful life still exists. The joy of the Lord is just waiting to come forth as man finally submits himself to follow God in all things revealed. In forsaking the fallen man’s nature, which seeks to follow the appetites of the flesh, and by pursuing the ways of God we have the promise of God in Rom. 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”. With joy being our promise in the things of God, the soul experiences the complete fullness of happiness. Again, is this not what mankind look for? Happiness is a reason for living, for giving, for coming into unity with the body of Christ that the kingdom of God might rule and reign on the earth. 

        Know that God places within man’s soul, at repentance, His own seed which contains the power of complete fulfillment. With mankind being motivated by his mind, his will, his emotions and his desires, we have found that man; left alone to pursue his own way has become a completely failure. All that mankind has achieved since his fall in Eden has fallen far short of that which God purposed for him. Man’s mind has been keen on building for himself kingdoms to rule over. With man’s kingdom (houses, lands, possessions, riches, position and religions, all that motivates his comings and goings), man still finds himself unfulfilled. Man’s will to create for himself status, through education and reputation, to make a name for himself in his chosen society, still does not know nor has it brought him complete fulfillment. 

        Man has continually reached out to handle all things that he desires, left unfulfilled, then to finally move on to something else. In this, fullness seemingly and constantly slips away only to have desires that remain unfulfilled. With man being an emotional being, he has responded to every sort of pleasure that he could imagine, again seeking to be satisfied without permanent results. Wars have been fought and bodies lay wasted as drugs and alcohol consumes the emotions of the people. But, in it all fulfillment always seems to slip away with a driving force to consume something else, to try the newest fad. 

        Meanwhile, among all this darkness, the mystery of Godliness is but one step away. This step, once taken will cause man to come into a life changing relationship with the Christ, the One that fulfills man in all his makeup. Matt. 13:44 says, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field”. The scripture speaks to us of a person who is willing to part with everything of the carnal world to possess all that the kingdom of God consist of. Could it not be that Jesus purchased the field (which man is) to secure the kingdom for all who are willing to follow him? 

        Again, while the world offers much, it remains an empty shell to those who seek after her. Matt. 16:26 declares, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will man give in exchange for his soul?”. With God willing to give to all men eternal life, including the fullest experience of kingdom life, we must renounce all our self-centered empty ambitions in exchange for Him. 

        Can the seed of God, the breath of life placed within repentant man produce anything less that the giver of the seed? God, the eternal Spirit, has left us a promise. A promise from God has the assurance contained within it that the thing promised will be done. Thus, in 1 John 2:25 we are told, “And this is the promise that He has promised us, eternal life”. This scripture means that God has pledged to do something for us and that something He will do is eternal life. “Eternal life” signifies not only an endless life, but also a quality of life that comes only to those who have faith in Jesus Christ. 

        Thus, God gave a witness to attest to the promise when he declared in 1 John 5:7-13, “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: The father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: The Spirit, the water and the blood: and these three agree as one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God Which He has of His Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God”. 

        These verses speak of life denoting not only spiritual life, but also physical life, a life which one can possess only through faith in Jesus Christ and the acceptance of His sacrifice. It contains a present life of grace and a future life of glory. It is this life of glory that is now beginning to appear through and coming forth in a people. 

        With our priorities established in God, we are to put our hands to God’s way. (Read Matt. 6:24-34) with Matt. 6:24 declaring, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”. God takes great care of all things concerning the order of His kingdom. He watches over it and nurtures it in all the good things of God. Where then is this kingdom spoken of? Is it not within the heart, the soul of the receiving man as spoken in Luke 17:20-21, “Now when He [Jesus] was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said the kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, see here! Or see there! For indeed the kingdom of God is within you”. 

        Herein we see that the kingdom of God has already come. It is within the man who receives the seed of God. A seed that progressively matures until Christ is seen in and through the receiving vessel. But, in this kingdom, we must forever acknowledge that the kingdom of God is ruled over by God and we cannot operate independently of God’s power and grace, His government and nature. Obedience brings full salvation with a restored relationship with God gaining the full potential for His kingdom to rule within us. This is a people who only do those things that they see the Father do. They only say the things they hear the Father say, while only doing the works of the Father. With the revelation of knowing who the Christ is, the keys to the kingdom are given to his people even as Peter was given keys as He began to receive that understanding, the divine revelation of who Jesus Christ was. 

        Matt. 16:15-19, “He [Jesus] said to them, but who do you say that I am? 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. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven”. These keys denote authority that Jesus was passing on the His disciples, the authority or control to bind and too loose on earth. Jesus is stating that His people will be empowered to continue in the privileged responsibility of leavening the earth with His kingdom power and provision. This means an entering into God’s kingdom spirit, soul and body. 

        The main concern today is in recognizing that the church, for the most part, has not entered that life-style of such authority. The main reason is because of being a people of unbelief. Unbelief is the results of drifting away from the high calling that Christ has left for us. Entanglements with the things of the world will cause separation from God and keep men from being apprehended for that which they have been apprehended for. Where is that people who do the works and greater works that God has promised? John 14:12 states, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believed in me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father”. The door into Christ has never closed. It remains open to a people that have been called, chosen, and are being justified. The Christ is willing to sup with each one who opens the door to their soul, that He may come in and share with them the many-fold mysteries of His kingdom. Remember, remaining a vessel of the world means to remain in its darkness with the inability to see. Thus, those ones being and remaining blind unto God’s truth lack contentment and fullness but coming to Christ causes man to awake unto and walk in the light which is the knowledge of God. 

        What is the food prepared for God’s people to eat as Christ Jesus expresses a desire to sup with them? John 6:48-51, “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world”. In this, as we feed on Him through faith, we become partakers of the divine nature, which is life eternal. What a relationship, a nature changes as the result of what He has done for us. A relationship that joins us to a nature that receives from the Father renewed sight, hearing and strength. This all comes as the results of obedience to Christ through faith alone.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Three”

        In the creating of His man, God breathed into him the spirit of life and man became a living soul. As a living soul, man began to express a life that consisted of a mind, a will, emotions and desires for manifesting a nature liken unto God. As God’s creation, in innocents, Adam and Eve begin to walk with God in the spirit of the day of creation as they began to learn and move with God in the fulfilling of God’s purpose. God’s purpose was first to be formed within them and then to affect all creation through their offspring. In the innocents of their existence they moved about the garden, experiencing the enlarging of their mind, their will, their emotions and their desires. 

        Here, within the Garden of Eden, their soul functioned after the order of God in obedience to the fellowship they had with Him. In their continuing fellowship with God, they remained pure in all they expressed and manifested. But, through Eve, when enticed to disobey their required obedience and becoming disobedient to God’s leadership, a change began to take place. Eve, through deception, with Adam willfully partaking in Eve’s disobedience, they found themselves experiencing that which God promised, a realm called death. This death, eventually to affect the whole man, spirit, soul and body, began by them being spiritually separated from the glory of God. This separation removed them from that glory which had, from the beginning, manifested from them in their union with God as living souls. 

        This fallen condition, their separation from God, caused man to cease from being a living soul to one that went about in a darkened condition within their fallen soul. This darkness was such that they were no longer overshadowed with the light of God that had once manifested forth from them. The soul, as it became because of the fall, was now asleep to God the Father as they now became a being that ruled over himself under the influence of a carnal mind, the mind of the flesh and its selfish desires. Casting aside the leadership of God, they became a god unto themselves. In losing their position with God in the garden, they were now sent forth from the garden, God’s order of life, to be ruled over by self and the now cursed creation. Now, instead of fellow-shipping with God, their desire was to hide from Him. 

        Nevertheless, in their failure, God’s love left for them the promise of Gen. 3:15, “And I will put enmity between you [the serpent] and the women, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel”. This promise is one which declares that the seed, the offspring of the woman would someday crush the serpent’s head. Pointing us to the human (hewed-down man) race, but those reborn from God through His Christ, will eventually completely triumph over the flesh man. Rom. 16:20 says, And the God of peace will crush the adversary under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, Amen”. 

        This word “crush” is a word meaning “to trample upon, break in pieces, shatter, bruise, and grind down, smash”. This speaks of regaining a victorious life wherein man shall be restored to his rightful inheritance according to this promise from God. For this cause until restoration could be completed in man, until his inheritance could be fulfilled, man was driven out from Eden with God placing a guard to guard the way of return. The return was to be made available through the sacrifice of the forth-coming Christ where receiving man might again be filled with all the goodness of life as God purposed it. Gen. 3:24, “So He [God] drove out the man, and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life”. 

        Therefore, God preserves the way for man to one-day return to his inheritance through the blood of Jesus. This inheritance comes through a God given revelation and a need for obedience. Man, unable to have true life without the life of God, finds himself separated from God, but still with a soul. Within this fallen soul, the realm of his own existing purpose, a God-life is held in an embryonic state, to finally be awakened for growing into spiritual maturity. This maturity could only come as the man receives and lives in obedience, following the leadership of Christ. 

        Matt. 16:24-26 declares, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, if anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself [appetites of the fleshly carnal man], and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life [fallen fleshly life] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will man give in exchange for his soul?”. This dying to oneself has the deep-seated meaning of putting the interest of God and His kingdom first and foremost in one’s daily living. This includes a renouncing of self-centered ambitions by receiving the sacrifice and Lordship of Jesus Christ alone. 

       With God having placed within each vessel a sacred seed from Himself, one that dwells within the heart of each man’s soul, ask yourself this question; is it true, that within each seed there dwells the exactness of the pattern of the mature plant? This means that within each man’s soul, dwells the exact perfect pattern of man’s own destiny. But, another truth also exists, that this perfect pattern within can be altered or changed by the man himself. How? When man completely rejects the pattern, Jesus Christ, he alters it by choosing to abort it. Again, man can choose whom he will serve, God’s purpose or man’s own selfish purpose. Herein, the man who permits the pattern contained within the sacred seed of God to grow and come forth, he can again be filled unto the fullness of the glory of God as Christ stated prayer in John 17:5 & 22, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. … And the glory which you gave me I have given them, that they may be one just as we are one”. 

        With the coming sent from God Holy spirit living within, how does one contact his soul and the Christ life set within Him? Man who has ruled over himself since birth with a fallen soul, finds himself through situations and circumstances in need of a Savior. Thus, God has promised in Matt. 11:28, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heaven laden, and I will give you rest”. Herein lies the invitation to come to Him, a returning to our created purpose. Coming to Him speaks of fellow-shipping with God and He with us. Here we find our need as we allow Him to become Lord of our lives. This speaks of more than a one-time experience, but it speaks of learning how to maintain a continuing relationship. Psalms 46:10 speaks to say, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”. This earth includes the earth that we individually are living from within as well as the earth we dwell on. 

        By knowing God, His purpose is to exalt Himself through the person. How? Through a people who are willing to be still from the carnal mind and know God. “Be still” from the above verse means, “to desist; cease your efforts”. This denotes that we are to withdraw from outside influences and carnal activities. Pointing to all those things of a life-style that occupies our thoughts and motivates us outside of God’s leadership. In this place of “being still” man will develop the power to listen. By shutting down to all the many voices of the world that are speaking, we can then open our stilled minds to hear God’s voice as God speaks. What are we listening for? Are there not many question about God and His ways that we need to find answers to? In this we can come to Him, seek for answers and in the answers,  you can get acquainted with God. 

        In the “be still” from life’s intense outward motions and by turning inward, God will begin to instruct and give answers. Be obedient, follow each instruction with an honest heart and God will create a fellowship with you that grows nearer, dearer and louder. The pace is quickened as a person lifts his thoughts to God in praise and worship. This does not mean just the singing of songs only, but it means a turning of your heart to Him in love and adoration. Here the soul matures as compassion engulfs the whole being in his relationship with God. 

        Again, how does one hear from the soul? 1 Kings 19:11-13 gives us some insight as God revealed Himself to Elijah, “Then He [God] said, go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So, it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, what are you doing here Elijah”. 

        In this Elijah learns that the voice of God is the sound of stillness (desist, cease your own efforts). Indicating that the voice of God may be mostly spiritually felt rather than naturally heard. When all else is stilled, God speaks, and His voice brings forth a knowing that doesn’t always need to make a sound. It becomes a still small voice because within the soul words are not needed to be uttered. We began to know that we know that we know when He speaks. Herein God relates with man as man relates to God aside from the many voices of the world. 

        In obedience to God’s reveals word, man begins to fellowship with God in a relationship of walking with Him in the spirit of the day. Herein God’s created man begins to subdue, first his own earth (spirit, soul, and body), which then begins to affect the earth around and about him. In this relationship man lays hold of and begins to take dominion over the earth with God’s kingdom being established to become the visible expression of God in all the earth. Remember, the Christ seed received bring forth after its own kind. To this we say amen.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Two”

          God, in creating His man, expresses specifically His purpose for the man was to bring forth vessels to have dominion over His creation. According to God’s purpose, we have this assurance from scripture in Col. 1:27 which states, “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”. But, not ending here, His desire is stated also in the prayer which Jesus prayed to the Father. John 17:20-22, “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:” 

        This speaks that it is not just Christ in us, but that we may also be in Christ. Our place in Him is dependent upon sharing the priority of seeking for and doing the Father’s will. Being one in Him speaks to us of an order, a nature, which moves us to not do our own will, but to do the will of the Father only. Herein obedience to God is better for man than all his carnal ethic sacrifices. Sacrifices only speak of man’s willingness to live unto the religious systems of man instead of the Christ nature and His released order. 

        In this we are given an understanding from God that He becomes the tabernacle in which mankind is to dwell. God’s tabernacle is a dwelling place, a habitation, which indicates that it is a dwelling place that contains the presence of Jehovah God Himself. This speaks of dwelling in the light of God called His Shekinah glory. A glory where the character of God is manifested as it reveals His presence. Psalms 15:1-3 tells us, “Lord, who may abide in your tabernacle? Who may dwell in your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; He who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend”. In meeting these requirements man must consider this truth. That these qualifications cannot be fulfilled from the energy nor talent of the carnal, fleshly nature of the fallen man. Therefore, man has the need for a savior and then to go through a change, a transformation. 

        This transformation is being accomplished by allowing God to write a new nature within us, upon our hearts. This new nature causes the old corruptible nature to pass away by the in-grafting of God’s nature within the man. “Walking uprightly” as stated above speaks of a people who walk without blame before God. The “works of righteousness” speak of a people who once were as filthy rags but now only do the Father’s works. In “speaking the truth”, man has gained the experience of being made free because of knowing and becoming the truth which God is in us, a pure genuine relationship. 1 Cor. 3:16-17 shares this truth, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are”. 

        How is it that one can defile the temple of God? A defiling takes place among the people through corrupting the temple by false teachings, by pride and stubbornness, by immorality and disobedience. Therefore, man is invited to come unto Christ and remain pure in God that He might be glorified. 1 Cor. 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s”. 

        Know that the kingdom of God is a spiritual reality and is available to each person who receives and allows Jesus Christ to become his Savior and Lord. In the receiving of His kingly ruler-ship, He becomes King in man’s life and over man’s affairs. In giving our lives to Him our service and love remains faithful. Luke 17:21, “Nor will they say, See here! Or see there! For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you”. Man, with God within, is to never operate independently of God’s power and grace. Man is to come to the God given light and walk only in that light as given by the Holy Spirit. 

        For this reason, to become God’s tabernacle of expression, we must awaken. When man’s salvation is consummated, man puts on the Lord Jesus Christ and submits to His lordship. Man can yield to God’s moral standards while living in constant fellowship with Him. Man is to depend upon God’s strength while making no provision for his own flesh. This means living a life-style that does nothing to foster fallen man’s sensual desires and appetites. Rom. 13:11-14, “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awaken out of sleep; for now, our salvation is nearer that when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts”. 

        Now this word “provision” from the above scripture is the Greek word “PRONOIA” which has the meaning of “fore planning, foresight, forethought, premeditated plan, making preparation for, and providing for”. Therefore, if we are willing to come awake, God has left for us a promise that far exceeds only a desire to just know about Him. Eph. “Therefore He says: Awake, you who sleep [spiritual dead], arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light”. 

        One of the principles of God, which He governs us by is, that with every promise and requirement spoken forth to His people, He empowers within the word received the ability and power to make it so. Therefore, when God speaks to us individuality or collectively, within that which He speaks is the power to bring it forth. In Matt. 5:48 God commands, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect”. This command is not something we can become by using our own strength, talent or ability. This fulfillment comes only as His strength enables the man to fulfill it through faith in God’s ability. This place of perfection is incorporated into our lives by the law of love that He imparts to those who love Him. This love for God is the road, the pathway of the over-comer. It is these saints that shall enter the high realms of being glorified. Who and what does it mean to overcome? 

        Back to the book of Genesis the phrase “to subdue” has the same meaning as “to overcome”. This is that which God purposed for man at the time of creation. What then does God require of man when He speaks to us of the place of being glorified? This word “glorified” has the meaning of “to exalt to dignity in company with, the risen Christ”. Rom. 8:16-18 reveals, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”. An “heir” is one who has come to possess. The word denotes a joint participant, co-heir, the fellow heir, one who receives a lot from another. 

        A question often asked is, “if this place of overcoming, perfection and becoming heirs is available to a people, why do we not see it manifested?” To this question we must declare, this way of life has always been available but remained a mystery because of the hardness of man’s hearts and the traditions of our forefathers. Many of these traditions have been brought about by the rejection of revealed truth for the sake of self-satisfaction. For this cause, a call from God continues to ring out as declared from Isa. 60:1-2 for a people to awaken, “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you and shall be seen upon you”. 

        This is a promise of restoration which brings hope to all who shall believe. Can the world, as we know it today, sink any lower into sin, suffering and willful wickedness? I think not, for the cup of iniquity is full and darkness is all around us as gross darkness consumes the minds of men. But according to Mark 9:23 we have this promise, “Jesus said to him, if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes”. Believers are those who have put their trust in God. They have faith in and are fully convinced that they can rely on God. Believers know that God can act and has the power to accomplish. Christ gives us the assurance that however powerless man’s efforts are to make things happen, God can demonstrate His dynamic power. This power can translate people from a world of carnality into God’s kingdom, a people who walk in and by the Holy Spirit, being obedient to Christ alone. In this, God’s created man does appear.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter One”

God, the creator of all things is an eternal God who has no beginning, nor does He have an ending. By being the self-sufficient one, there came a time and season when, in His heart, He desired to bring forth a visible creation in which to place His intended soon coming created man. This created man was designed by God to be made in His likeness and image. This created man was created for being the expressed many membered family of God. A family in which God was to live and manifest Himself in and through. A created man who was to become many in number and purposed to establish a visible kingdom of God on His visible earth.

In God’s created earth, man would progressively mature into the fullness of God’s eternal purpose. This purpose was for the man to become fruitful and multiply, to replenish the earth, subdue it and have dominion over it. In this purpose, God would mature the man and his offspring into a people of like-kind nature with their creator God. This purpose, to be fulfilled through a seven-day plan, has now come to the time of the fullness of those seven days. Day six was for the creation of the man and with the 6000th year coming to an end, it is God’s designated time for the completing of His man. Remember, a day in the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day.

In this, we have a beginning in God as we read in Gen. 1:1-3, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was [became] without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, let there be light; and there was light”. When God declares His desire for there to be light, this is expressing His eternal desire for the manifesting of all His fullness. Therefore, He began by forming or fashioning that which He heart desired. The speaking forth of light speaks first to us of the illuminating power of God to enlighten creation to His will and purpose prior to bringing forth its manifestation. In this regard God spoke in Gen. 1:26, Then God said, let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth”.

Here God speaks of His eternal plan and purpose, to bring forth a man, an order of people that would have dominion, under God, over every level of life as it is involved within His creation. Man was created to subdue and rule. This rulership also includes the aggressive fallen forces which began infringing upon creation itself. God continues fulfilling His thought processes as He spoke forth His purpose and the bringing forth of His spiritual man as spoken in Gen. 1:27, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them”. Here the spiritual man of God’s creation was spoken forth to begin his journey, one that was to be finished as God processed man throughout the ages of time to finally bring forth a manifestation of God’s image.

This spiritual man, though still spiritual in his existence, continued in his manifestation from just an invisible spiritual man until he was placed into a formed body of the dust of the earth. Again, God speaks forth His desire as He forms from the dust of the earth, the body or tabernacle, for the spiritual man to dwell. Gen. 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. 

        This dust formed man, breathed into by God’s life, His eternal invisible spiritual breath, now begins to live as Adam. He, becoming a spirit, soul and body man was now the visible creation of God. This is the results of God’s breath, His spirit, His life being breathed into Adam. Again, we declare God’s purpose, that man might begin the process of subduing the earth in every order of its existence and filling it with God’s nature. A nature which was to exercise itself in maturing into the place of having dominion over God’s creation. In obedience to God, the life of God was to now enable man to replenish the earth. Man’s ability to sustain his role as delegated ruler of the earth rest in his continued obedience to God’s rule as King of all. Man’s power to reign in life will extend only as far as his faithfulness to obey God’s governmental purpose.

We should know and understand that the perfect will of God, as the founding King of creation, is not manifested in the presence of death, disease, discord, and disaster. Is this not what we observe the world to be today? The present visible world does not reflect the Kingdom Order God originally intended. It does not reflect His Kingdom as it shall ultimately be experienced on earth. Therefore, as a potter, God continues in the formation of man and His purpose in creation. God’s intended purpose, though not complete, it is ever increasing as the seven-day plan of God has not faltered, but is on time, just as God planned. In the completion of the plan, God shall bring forth His purpose and will concerning the man. This man shall become the visible manifestation of the Father. Isa. 64:8 declares, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and all we are the work of your hand”.

With God as our Father and to understand who we are to become, we must know who and what the Father is. In searching the scriptures, we will find that God is not only the creator, but He is eternal, He is the Son, the provider, the healer, the sanctifier and the peace giver. He also is the righteous one, the Most High, the Shepherd, our salvation, our power, the possessor of heaven and earth, the Almighty and all love. The list could go on and on. As being the eternal possessor of heaven, the spiritual realm, the one who created all things, we can have this confidence. That there is a record of heaven which abides in God and was also breathed into mankind individually and collectively, purposed to dwell within man’s soul. This record is that which makes up our mind, our will, our emotions and our desires.

1 John 5:7 and 11-13 shares with us, “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: The Father, the Word [Christ the Son], and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. … And this is the testimony; that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God”.

Eternal life, as used in the above scripture, denotes not only physical life, but Spiritual life that one can possess through faith in Jesus Christ. Eternal life refers not only to duration of life, but to equality of life. This includes the life of grace and the life of glory. But, mankind, in his present fallen condition, finds himself locked into a mortal, corruptible, carnal world. This condition has blinded man to his true self and his identity. This blinded condition means that man must awaken to his identity by knowing the record of heaven that is within him. Herein, fallen man needs to be awakened.

Isa. 52:1-2 states, “Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion [today’s dwelling place for Christ]; Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and unclean shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise; sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck; O captive daughter of Zion”. Could it be, that Adam, in his fall in the garden of Eden, fell from that place of glory in God? Adam was now motivated by the blindness of the dust realm, the awakening in man of his natural and now carnal desires. This earthly mind-set, this fallen nature has been passed down from generation to generation as it makes man prisoner to a carnal mind-set of darkness instead of walking in the glory of God.

Fallen man, now unable to rule over God’s creation, why? Because man is now ruled over by the lust for this fallen world and self. That is, until he is brought to an encounter with God. This encounter, this awakening, when yielded unto, will enable man to walk a pathway that is chosen by God. But recognize, God’s chosen pathway is a way that is foreign to the natural man. For this cause the path becomes one that deals with every aspect and mind-set of fallen man’s nature. God’s pathway becomes a narrow way that the natural man does not desire to take. Matt. 7:13-14 declares, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”.

But, thanks be to God because men can now be forgiven. They can forget the past that hindered them by focusing their eyes upon God’s divine goal. This divine goal puts man into a place of decision. As man receives revelation of his condition and who he can become in God, man can choose whom he will serve. This awakening power of God enables man to now see the life-style God has planned for Him. Instead of man’s goal being to gain earthly riches and fame, he can now choose to lay up riches of a heavenly nature. This life-style change can bring man into a relationship with the heavens while the ways of the earthy grows dim.

Zion is the type God uses to bring man’s attention to that glorious place wherein God desires to dwell. This speaks of God living in man who become His Zion. Jerusalem, a type God uses as a spiritual people, are to become the purified church, who are to be wedded to God in union of spirit. In this the whole man is to become one with Him. Let’s remember from which man fell. Zion is the place where God desires to dwell among man in His outshining victorious glory with Jerusalem being the dwelling place of His chosen bride. But, history reveals, along with God’s word, that Jerusalem had become an adulterous woman that now needs to be redeemed. In this redemption, God is calling forth His mighty men to come forth, to gain victory over all the enemies that motivate the fallen flesh man. God is sounding forth a call for the bride to purify herself that a union might take place in manifesting God’s glory in all the earth. In this, man is invited to lay up treasures, but not of the earth.

Matt. 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, there neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where you treasure is, there you heart will be also”. The word of God also declares to us, that a double minded man is unstable. Declaring that the choices man makes will determine his life-style. In this, where do your priorities lie? Have you invited God into your life to bring about such a change as this? Man, with opportunity to dwell in the life of God, must choose who they desire to serve. Man cannot serve two masters. Man will walk in the light, the truth and revelation of God’s word or he will walk in darkness. Matt. 6:22-23, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good [clear or healthy, heavenly], your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad [evil, unhealthy, fallen nature], your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

Remember, man cannot serve two masters. The things which this world offers are but temporal and shall pass away. But unto him that keeps his goals heavenly and his eye single, that one shall walk in the riches of the heavens. In this, man shall know the treasures of His inheritance. Thus, while man must keep his eye single, he must also abide in the singleness of his eye. John 15:3-8 speaks on this wise, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in me, and my Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit. So, you will be my disciples”.

Disciples are learners of Christ. They are learners purposed to know and become the visible manifestation of that which Christ is. The key to success is to abide in Him who is the vine. To attach yourself to Him is such a way likens you to the branch and the vine. His life then flows in you in such a way that fruit begins to appear on the branch, the vessel. This fruit begins to manifest a nature that has no part concerning fallen man. These are those who bear fruit of a heavenly nature, as God writes His nature in your heart, your soul. In abiding in Him, He reveals, by His spirit, the record of heaven from within the man. This means that when Christ manifested nature is seen by the receiving vessel the man becomes the expression of that which is seen. That which man was in God from the beginning, redeemed man shall manifest in the end, for God has purposed it to be so. God’s created man is coming forth. A time for manifesting is come. A new man is being birthed.

 

 

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