“Receiving a New Name”

In the world of today in which we live an event is taking place among a certain chosen people. This God timed event shall eventually have a supernatural effect upon all creation. This event includes a time of separation, which in dramatic contrast will reveal those who have the “seal of God” upon their minds from those who have the “mark of the beast” within their minds. Rev. 7:3 declares, “Saying, do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads”. This seal, as coming from God, is the invisible sign of God’s protection. It is for the overcomers, those sealed in their foreheads who receive all that comes because of the work of redemption, the adoption, which is being placed as a son. Rom. 8:23, “Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body”.

We groan from within because, while knowing progressive salvation in our souls, that is in the mind, the will, the emotions and desires, our bodies are still subject to pain and sin. But these vessels, while still subject to the sin-nature, they have a blessed hope from God. This hope causes man to look forward to our resurrected bodies that are free from physical frailty and indwelling sin. Being of a first-fruits company of people suggests that the indwelling Holy Spirit is but a foretaste of the life to come. Eph. 1:13b-14 becomes our guarantee, “… you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchase possession, to the praise of His glory”. This word “guarantee” literally means “deposit, down payment, or first installment”. The Holy Spirit invested and dwelling in us is God’s title deed, His covenant to possessing us entirely and forever.

Let us remember Jacob, the son of Isaac, whose nature was changed when God touched his thigh. The touching of the thigh speaks of his strength. When God touched him, Jacob was never to walk in his own strength again. With staff in hand, Jacob’s nature changed from one of being Jacob the schemer to Israel the prince of God. This types for us a people of today who shall come and are coming to the end of their own strength. In this place of becoming weak in oneself, we now lean upon a heavenly staff, wherein we abide in God’s strength. This speaks of losing our old sin nature by the receiving of a new name, that is a new nature. Rev. 2:17b, “… And I will give him [overcomer] a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it”. This new name refers to the imputed character of Christ. Again, remember according to one of Israel’s feast, there was a “white stone” given to the individuals that were released from bondage during the “year of Jubilee”, receiving full proof of redemption, a new name, pointing to a new nature.

In considering the overcomers, those sealed in their foreheads; we can consider the truth that they shall have a distinguishing mark. These will not just walk in a new, more recent, updated set of doctrinal laws. These shall leave behind the realm of natural concepts and walk into the realm of spiritual realities. A time of reality coming forth concerning a people that shall worship God in Spirit and in Truth. True worship is not a mere form or ceremony, but a spiritual reality that is in harmony with the nature of God. These who overcome have discovered that in cultivating a relationship with Him, God wants a continuous fellowship of worship. These are those who walk is union with Him as He dwells within.

By considering King David, the King appointed by God over Israel, we see a type of those who come into the maturity of perfection. Compared to King Saul, the King man chose, we see that David was anointed three times, but King Saul, who is a type of the flesh man was anointed but once. David’s anointing came as He was progressively maturing into the calling and ministry of God’s purpose. A pathway of continual growth until fullness came forth. First, Samuel anointed David when as a lad, a time when David watched over his father’s sheep with this representing the outer court anointing. Second, after Saul’s death they anointed David as King over the tribe of Judah, which represents the Holy place (Holy Spirits baptism – feast of Pentecost) anointing. Then thirdly, they anointed David over the whole House of Israel as God’s King, which represents the Holy of Holies, the anointing that is without measure. John 3:34, For He Whom God has sent speak the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure”.

Jesus in receiving the Spirit in fullness, with nothing held back, He alone has universal authority. However, since the endowment of the Holy Spirit has been given to “He whom God has sent”, these sent ones likewise receive a similar unlimited resource of the Holy Spirits fullness by their obedience to Jesus and His sacrifice. It is this Holy of Holies anointing which God promised that He would restore. Acts 15:16-17, “After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David [Holy of Holies tent on Mt. Zion], which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things”.

As we continue to observe God’s Word, we also see that these redeemed ones are the fulfillment of the type given by Jacob’s (Israel’s) son Benjamin. At the time of Benjamins birth his mother died, leaving him with no earthly mother. At her death, she called his name Ben-Omi that has the meaning of “son of my sorrow”. However, Jacob responded by calling his name Benjamin that means “son of the right hand”. He was Joseph’s (type of Jesus) only full brother and was born in the inheritance line as “my right hand”. This becomes important when in later years, during the time of a great famine; Jacob’s sons went to Egypt for food and Joseph’s cup was found in Benjamin’s sack, a cup that was placed there as the result of what Joseph did. This speaks to us of a people who are willing to share in Christ’s anointing.

Matt. 20:22, “But Jesus answered and said, you do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? ….”. The cup refers to Jesus’ death and judgment against the sin-nature. This baptism speaks of immersion into a divinely appointed anointing. To those so willing to share “Joseph’s cup”, these shall rule and reign with Christ. 2 Tim. 2:12, “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us”. Benjamin, the youngest of Jacob’s sons, represents those who receive the promise of fulfillment. These shall come into the fullness of the inheritance. These redeemed ones, coming forth as the feet company of the body of Christ shall know full victory. 1 Cor. 15:26-27a, “the last enemy that will be destroyed is death, for he has put all things under His feet. ….”.

This great event is taking place in the world today; those that move into the supernatural realm, liken into Joseph. These shall take their place of rulership as a prince of God. Remember Joseph, the dreamer, the one who dreamed of rulership. It is unto this dreamer that all his brothers finally come. Why, it was because of a famine in the land. A time of famine is also upon the land today, not just a famine for natural food, but also a famine for the spiritual, the lack of hearing or understanding Gods revealed word. Amos 8:11, “Behold, the days are coming, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord”. 

        Let us remember that Joseph, whose brothers despised him, sold him and supposed him to be dead. In meeting Him during this famine, Joseph was not at first recognized. Likewise, the carnal church of today shall not at first recognize the Christ, as He comes to be manifest himself in His corporate body. Nevertheless, like Joseph’s brothers, the carnal church shall finally come to know the Christ as He manifests in His corporate body. A promise has been given, that God shall reveal the Christ through this many member body of redeemed one’s. Matt. 23:39, “For I say to you, you shall see me no more till you say, blessed is He who comes in the name [nature] of the Lord”.

A time of redemption is now come upon the church, a time when the coming forth of the redeemed one’s are upon us. All is groaning and in travail. A famine, the lack of the pure, true revelation of God’s Word has come. People are running to and fro looking and longing, desiring for some relief, some type of fulfillment. Some are seeking to know the truth and the truth has come to them. He is appearing in these redeemed one’s as they make their appearance, anointed to reveal the full stature of Christ. Rom. 8:22-23, “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only they, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body”. Thus, the question asked. Where is your heart? What is your name (nature)? Are you willing to receive and manifest the Christ nature? It is God’s season for the first-fruits to appear. Therefore, a new named people are appearing as the body of Christ makes an appearance.

 

 

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“Our Seventh Day of Perfection”

 

During this time, which is our day, God is imparting increased knowledge and wisdom unto His people. This imparted knowledge and wisdom is for those who have a will to pursue the things of God. In their pursuit, each one declares a desire to obey God in all things that He might be their all and all. In this pursuit of knowledge, we are speaking about much more than a knowing about God or just a passing acquaintance. God’s word speaks of knowledge in the light of precise or further knowledge. It speaks of a relationship, the results of becoming acquainted with Him in the light of a daily walk, a gaining of true knowledge. With knowledge, imparted in this manner, God’s power becomes a part of men’s life and glory. God’s power is more than just physical strength, but it is an inherent power. God’s power, working within a people, is a power that can reproduce itself. Therefore, not only imparting the God life within us, but also reproducing itself unto a full measure.

This life is a life that includes both resurrection and eternal life. 2 Peter 1:1-4, “Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 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”.

A promise given, that God’s precious promises are given that we might be partakers of His divine nature, that we might be sharers of a deep spiritual union with Christ. This union speaks of the blessings and benefits of Christ, which includes His godliness, the result of sharing in His fullness now as well as eternally. Receiving God’s divine nature enables us to escape the corruption of this world. That which we are or have been is not what we shall be. Though we have been born into a natural body as men of the dust, we shall also come forth with a spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:49-50, “And as we have borne the image of the man of dust [natural man], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly [spiritual] man. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption”. Thus, the needed change.

Coming into the kingdom of God speaks of coming up out of the dust realm into the heavenlies, the spiritual realms of God as man becomes His abiding place. It speaks of the resurrected body that will not be subject to the law of sin and death. It will not only be beautiful and perfect but will also have unlimited capabilities unknown to the dustman. This resurrected body will be adapted for life in the spiritual realm. A spiritual body does not speak of an immaterial body, but one adapted to the realities of the spiritual realm. This means our resurrected bodies will be like the resurrected Jesus Christ. As a life-giving spirit, the resurrected Christ is the fountainhead of God’s new creation, a new creation that has received the inherent power of God, which reproduces itself. While the natural life is that which is but sensual, responding to the five senses of man operating with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. But, Christ’ spiritual life within the new creation man pertains only to the things of the divine sphere, which includes all things in and of God.

It is for this cause, that Christ gave ascension gifts of ministry to the church, gifts from God to nurture and equip the church for the work of the ministry. These gifts are not for hierarchical control or competition, but ministries given for the equipping of the saints. Equipping implies a recovered wholeness as when a broken limb is set and mends. Also, a discovered function, as when a physical member is properly operating. The work of the ministry is the enterprise of each member of the body of Christ and not the exclusive charge of certain select leaders. Ministries are simply to cultivate the individual and the corporate ministries of the body of Christ.

This speaks of a progress into maturity, stability and integrity in each individual member’s experience, which result in the whole body’s growth and edifying. (Read Eph. 4:7-16). Note in verse 8 that Christ ascended on high, a word used in Eph. 3:18 that speaks of comprehending what are the width, length, depth and height, being filled with all the fullness of God. Thus, height speaks of the higher dimension which Christ Jesus ascended into wherein the fullness of God dwells. It is in this place, this height, that a people can come to know the fullness of God.

In Eph. 4:9, this verse reveals that Christ first descended into the lower parts of the earth. A word the Greeks used for the unseen world, hell and the grave, speaking of a state of death, a separation from God. This state of death also speaks of all those unbelievers who are separation from God while living a life in a death realm, those whom Christ is willing to descend into (by the Holy Spirit) that He might also cause ascension from within them as they yield to His maturing processes. Thus, this people can come to know full salvation wherein God has purposed a state of perfection. This word “perfecting” of “perfecting the saints” is from a verb meaning to arrange or set in order. This is a perfected people who are no longer independent nor rebellious, but each person maturing unto their place of ministry, with “ministry” meaning service rendered by a servant. A service rendered because of the work of becoming one who has reached maturity as to spiritual age or qualification.

In this, we praise God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon His people, blessings that become ours because of our relationship with Jesus Christ that is in our lives by the person of the Holy Spirit. Speaking of a people in whom the mysteries of God’s will becomes their understanding, a mystery that was formerly a divine secret becoming a fully disclosed truth of understanding and application. This understanding, set apart for God’s fullness of times, is a dispensation that references the fact that God has a plan to gather the fragmented and alienated universe so that human history ultimately culminates in achieving His purpose. (Read Eph. 1:4-10). This is a plan that had its beginning in God before the foundation of the world. This word “before” denotes “the position as being in sight, or before one, in place.” The word “foundation” refers to “the casting down, or overthrow, the disruption or ruin of the world.” This is a reference to that which took place in Gen. 1:1-2 as God began bringing forth light out of the darkness, the illumination of His divine purposes and in the fullness of time to bring forth His day of perfection.

Our attention is also brought to the occasion when, during the time of Elijah and Ahab, a drought was in the land. This drought was the result of Israel’s rebellion and mismanagement concerning the order and things of God. Is there not a like-kind frame of mind operating among the Christian community of our day and time? According to the word of God to Amos the prophet, God has declared there would be a time of famine. Even as we see God’s promised famine fulfilled among a people of today, we behold the fulfillment of that promise. Amos 8:11, “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord”.

This prophecy, now fulfilled, is birthing a people as they cry out to the Lord to restore the living word back to them. A time of restoration, that causes these hungry and thirsty people to hear the words of God and become complete in them. Thus, today’s like-kind Elijah prophets are now sounding out the trumpet to prepare the way for the appearing of this Christ as He comes forth in the perfected corporate body of Christ. Through this restored ministry, a true restoration is coming forth.

1 Kings 18:41-46 declares, “Then Elijah said to Ahab, go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of abundance of rain, So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, go up now, look toward the sea. So, he went up and looked, and said, there is nothing. And seven times, he said, go again. Then it came to pass the seventh [God’s number for completion and perfection] time that he said, there is a cloud, as small, as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea! [The sea represents humanity and the carnal church] So he said, go up, and say to Ahab, prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you. Now it happens in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So, Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel”.

In this setting, God shows the natural exercise in performing the supernatural that is being fulfilled in our day for the fulfilling of the spiritual. Even now, an anointed ministry is sounding out and releasing the fulfillment of this event. Going up to Mt. Carmel speaks to us of ascending into a garden, a meeting place wherein the supernatural lives in God. Thus, a modern day restored ministry, anointed with a God given authority, speaking to prepare a people for the appearing of the Christ.

In verse 43, we see a natural sea while in the spiritual we see a sea (the heart of the carnal church) of carnal humanity. Going up seven times (God’s number for a time of perfection) speaks to us of coming to the time and place of spiritual perfection and completion. In verse 44, we see a natural cloud, while in the spiritual we observe a people coming up out of the sea of humanity, a people becoming the cloud of witnesses in which the Christ manifests Himself. When speaking of a man’s hand, this word “man” as used here speaks of a great man in contrast with ordinary men. It speaks of a spiritual man versus the natural man. The “hand” spoken of here is a type of the five ministries spoken of in Eph. chapter 4. With the wind of verse 45 speaking of the spirit, an invisible force except by its seen manifestations. This spirit is the invisible origin of life that comes from God and returns to Him.

Note that Elijah and Ahab both go forth into Jezreel, with the prophet supernaturally partaking of Jezreel first, which means, “God sows”. Thus, that which took place in the natural during Elijah’s day is in God’s fullness of times being completed in a people of the spirit of God. The fullness of times points to that time of restoration for those things the carnal church system still deems as being unnecessary. This divine system of God no longer abides in the theory of a ministry of perfection only, but a ministry that is coming forth in the measure of the full stature of Christ, that place of experienced perfection.

Because we are now entering the time of the seventh day, the Sabbath day, we are going to find a carnal church, which has not been willing to except those who move outside their own religious carnal laws. However, to those who finally obey God they shall know a time of restoring, a refreshing of the five ministries that God set within the church as they move into the anointing of equipping the saints, for the work of the ministry. This is a body coming forth as a perfect man in the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Read Mark 3:1-6 – the withered hand healed) With the anointing of the body of Christ being now present among the people, they shall behold the anointing of Christ body as it makes its appearance. The work of the body of Christ shall captivate the attention of the crippled church and a needed healing shall take place.

(Read Mark 2:1-12). “We never saw it on this fashion”. The carnal church and the people of a worldly nature shall know the judgments of God. Unto those who repent, receive and obey, they shall know the peace of God, but unto those who continue to rebel against the truth, they shall experience the hand of God’s wrath. (Read Eph. 4:17-24). Those who follow Christ shall experience renewal in the spirit of their mind. Thus, they put on the new man as the old man passes away. The old life-style, dominated by the spirit of disobedience is now becoming a life-style of obedience by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Thus, our seventh day of perfection is upon us. Therefore, let us rejoice and be glad. Knowing a fellowship with God in the spirit of our day and herein we shall know life.

 

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“Is Now the Time?”

 

God, for some time now, has been preparing for Himself a people He calls a remnant. These chosen ones are those called for such a time as we are seeing creation in during this present season. These, having been prepared for this day are the called and chosen ones rising in this hour to establish God’s kingdom on the earth. In the establishing of His kingdom, God, through these prepared ones, shall bring to naught all that has gone before which does not manifest the glory of God. Who is this remnant? What makes them different? Where do they come from?

It is God, according to His eternal purposes that supplies justification for these ones called for such a task, even before they were able to see the light of day in this natural life. God has purposely, among those receiving Him, set them aside to achieve such as He purposed before the foundation of this world. As we began to read in Jeremiah, we can begin to see that God was and is actively moving to establish among men His will and purpose. God called Jeremiah, a beginning that would continue until today. As God trained Jeremiah and sent Him forth, by His Spirit, he was to speak God’s word faithfully. God is likewise accomplishing this, training and sending forth, a people of today.

From Jeremiah, we can begin to see that God wills, sets within, and establishes a person for God’s purpose to fulfill. He set within that heart a calling, fulfilled as the vessels learn to yield themselves to God in total submission. In Christ, these become the visible manifestation of that which God purposed before their foundation or birthing.

Jeremiah 1:4-10, “Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou came forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant”. 

A divine mantle which was purposed and given from God at the birthing of creation to establish the kingdom of God in the earth. Birthed to become a divine people that shall fulfill God’s will and purpose. These became God’s chosen, those set aside to become what was written and placed in their hearts, by God, as they came forth from their mother’s womb. This call, this divine purpose, established beforehand, will eventually come forth somewhere in their earth walk, young or old, to become that for which God purposed. Through God’s processing path, that which God writes shall come forth from the heart as their nature flows with God’s foreknowledge purpose. In this, we learn to wait upon Him and listen. We hear from Him in trust as He speaks His words of direction to us in the fulfilling of His will. What a relationship, deep calling unto deep, a nature tuned into and becoming a part of Christ’ nature, walking and manifesting in that which He is.

Paul likewise affirms this truth, that a nature turned to love God, shall fulfill that preordained purpose. In standing in agreement with the Holy Spirit, a people do come forth in that glorified state in which God purposed. Rom. 8:28-30 declares, “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”.

In verse 28 above, the word “purpose” is from the Greek word “prothesis” with a meaning, from “pro” which means “before”, and “thesis” which means “a place, thus a setting forth”. The word suggests a deliberate plan, a proposition, an advance plan, an intention, and a design. In Genesis, God reveals His intended purpose as He declares from His heart in speaking forth His desire for a man. Thus, the spirit man came forth from God’s deliberate plan, a spirit man from God’s own Spirit.

Gen. 1:26-27, “And God said, Let Us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them”.

For this spirit being, neither male nor female, God begins to form a tabernacle, a dwelling place for His spirit man to dwell. Thus, from the dust of the ground a visible flesh man comes into being. And into this dust of the earth body, God breaths the spirit man. A life, wherein he becomes a visible expression with a soul, a flesh man with a mind and a will, with emotions and desires. Herein a knowing that God had placed within this man a part of Himself, His own nature. Within each called vessel, God has written within them a desire to fulfill God’s pre-ordained plan. A desire that would surface again as God in due season would again draw forth that vessel for His purpose, according to His time and season. 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”. 

Nevertheless, God’s people of today, the visible church, is very much like the children of Israel. Their periods of serving God faithfully were short lived, as following generations would turn their backs upon God to follow idols of man. From time to time God would call forth ministries, the judges and the prophets, to bring forth judgment for reconciliation and restoration. Such was the case in the time of Joel, a prophet. Joel prophesied at a time of great devastation to the entire land. An enormous plaque of locusts had stripped the countryside of all vegetation, destroyed the pastures of both the sheep and cattle, and even removed the bark from the fig trees. In a short time, what was once a beautiful, lush land had become a place of desolation and destruction. All crops were lost and the seed crops for the next planting destroyed, thus judgment had come.

Joel 1:4, “That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten”. Herein are the four different stages of the locust. Palmerworm = the gnawer. Locust = the swarmer. Cankerworm = the devourer and the Caterpillar = the consumer. Thus, the four stages the enemy of God uses to destroy the spiritual life in the church, to replace it with a carnal religious system, a system which has no life-giving qualities within it. Meanwhile the world looks upon this visible carnal religious system as God’s church. The world also sees it as a church without power and authority, a system of religious doctrines and traditions, forms and rituals without any quality of spiritual life from God.

However, let’s remember, God has a people, a remnant, purposed from Himself before the foundation of this world. For the most part this remnant of people remains hidden away from the eyes of the world and are separated unto God for such a time as today’s world. A call comes forth, an awakening takes place and a memory is renewed. The anointing of the Lord is released that stands this remnant upon their feet. Isa. 52:1-2, “Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean [carnal doctrines and religious rituals, works of the flesh]. Shake thyself from the dust; arise and sit down O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion”.

This anointing shall cause a purifying, a cleansing that releases the true anointing and life of Christ from within the vessel. Removing all mixture, which is the results of the uncircumcised, the unclean that dwell amid today’s church. Nevertheless, the time has come when God’s awakening call is going forth. This is a time to become that for which this remnant has been purposed, that which was set in and purposed for a people before the foundation of the world.

Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 where we can see the process of God’s purposed time of restoration. Because humanity has made a covenant with death while living under the curse, it becomes most necessary for a restoration of this same people. The house of Israel, which we as the body of Christ are spiritually, has known this process of restoration through the seasons of God. God has elected each season for bringing forth the divine restoring, set aside for each day. With each day, bringing forth according to God’s predetermined purpose; we now see the appearance of a man, a many member man likened unto that man formed in Gen. 2:7.

However, this formed man, having no life within himself until God breathed forth His spirit of life unto him. Likewise, today, we have the coming forth of a prophetic ministry with a prophetic word of life to speak forth the Christ life from within this remnant. This man shall live. He shall come forth in the power of Christ resurrection to manifest the invisibleness of God to a visible world. As the 14th verse declares, “And shall put My [God] spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it and performed it; saith the Lord”. 

“Placed within your own land” speaks to us of that place in God that was and is God’s original intent. A renewed place within the realm of the garden, a dimension of God Life to walk with God in the spirit of the day. In this we are to be fruitful, to multiply, to replenish and subdue the earth, while having dominion over it. In verse 9 of Ezekiel 37 God reveals the four winds that come forth so that this man might live. Also, He said to me, prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath [breath of life], thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live”. These four winds speak to us of the Spirit of God bringing change to the four parts of the soul of man. The soul makes up man’s will, mind, emotions and desires. Here is a soul being changed from the influences of a fallen nature and the carnal world around him to be restored to the mind, the will, the emotions and desires of God only. Thus, this is the fulfilling of God’s covenant with this man.

Heb. 10:16, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them”.  This speaks of the nature of God, with it being manifested through the man. Could this not be that people in whom God purposed before their birthing, before being formed in the belly. A people purposed before coming forth from the womb, a people hidden away until such a time as this. Thus, a called people, those being justified and likewise being glorified. God’s remnant of people coming forth from Mt. Zion to reclaim all of God’s creation. They are to be established as a new heaven and a new earth because the first man Adam in them is passing away. The man clothed in linen with a writer’s inkhorn by his side is now going forth. A mark, a seal from God is placed upon their foreheads and a coming forth of a people without spot or blemish. Therefore, let it be O Lord according to Your word as You bring them forth. Yes, establishing the kingdom of God upon the earth.

 

 

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“God’s Purpose”

Today, seemingly, as never in our time, people are asking this question. Just what is the purpose of Christianity and the church? The answer to this question is that which God desires for the whole world to know and become a part of, which is, to put His people into a new state of existence. This involves a reforming of our complete nature, speaking of the purifying of our soul. Purifying the soul speaks of putting on a new mind, responding to a new will, reacting with different emotions and to be motivated by new and different desires. The results of these changes enable us to allow our souls to become the habitation of heavenly and immortal realms. Acts 17:28 confirms this as Paul speaks to the Greeks, “for in Him [God] we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, for we are also His offspring”. As a people becoming the sons and daughters of God, we, like natural offspring go through the processing of maturity until we become of full age, which is full maturity. The results are not just to hang around until death to go into a grave, but to know the eternals of God, even in the now.

2 Cor. 5:1-4, “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation, which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life”.

When the scriptures declare that all things, from the beginning were of the son of God, redemption also comes forth by Him. John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me”. Could this scripture mean more than just knowing about Him? Could it mean more than becoming acquainted with Him? When stating that He is the way, the truth, and the life, His statement declares a crossover into that same life and truth that flows through Him. This speaks of a realm that takes us into another order of life than that of the fallen man. It speaks of the same life of the heavenlies that flowed through Jesus Christ is now purposed to flow through us, a people no longer remaining of the earth, earthly but becoming one with the heavens, heavenly.

As humanity, birthed from the bloodline of Adam and Eve, it makes us one with earthy creation. In this realm, humanity in its fallen condition manifests a corrupt nature. Meanwhile, God’s declaration of change speaks that the human nature is to know transformation before it can enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. The corruption that exists in our fallen mortal bodies makes it necessary for mortification, self-denial and a death to these bodies of corruption a complete necessity. This speaks to us of a need for a new birth, a birth that comes by the receiving of the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God, through a progressive act called sanctification forms in us that life which the resurrection of Jesus Christ entitles us, progressing from the realm of death to the fullness of the realm of life. It includes the putting on of the Christ so that His nature flows through us.

To live a life of becoming the in-Christ ones, we must meet the terms of our covenant with Christ. This means a life of fearing and avoiding all response to man’s old corrupted nature. This speaks of cherishing the divine inspirations of the Holy Spirit as we open our minds to receive the revealing of the divine light of God. Divine light enables us to follow all the grace and perfections of our new birth. 1 Tim. 6:11-12, “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you are also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses”. 

        “Eternal life” as spoken of in this scripture speaks of “age lasting life”. This makes the new birthing of the human life an act of infinite importance in this age. Human life is, a life placed at a point between God’s eternity, the past and the future, but called to become a part of eternal life in God. For this cause, there is a need for God given wisdom, which makes it necessary to understand our new state. It speaks of a need to conduct ourselves according to the principles of our redemption. These principles speak loudly, with the most important act being – OBEDIENCE, obedience to God alone.

In becoming Christ-like in our living, we are a part of God’s invisible life in the Holy Spirit, supported by the spiritual graces of faith and hope. Meanwhile, all those who reject the life of Christ, they shall worship another god. Rev. 13:8, All who dwell on the earth will worship him [beast], whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb [have not received the Christ nature] slain from the foundation of the world”. The act of rejecting Christ appears to be the results of not accepting Him at His being available.

John 1:9, “That [He, Christ] was the Light which gives light to every man coming into the world”. To those who do accept Him and the life that He is, they have the promise of entering a new state of glory. Heb. 12:22-24, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” This is our promised place of rest wherein He can meet our all, whatsoever we have need of to fulfill His will and purpose.

Wisdom speaks, that our natural senses, that which motivates the natural man, does not see nor feel anything of the state of God’s glory. Our senses only show us a realm of worldly-minded men who are laboring for the poor enjoyments of a vain world. However, unto those who follow spiritual realities in Christ, they declare unto us that we are temples of the Holy Spirit, that we are members of Christ mystical Body, that we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. Herein, we are receiving life, spirit and movement from Him who is our head.

John 17:20-22, “I [Jesus] 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 of a life and a life style, which is completely dependent upon the Christ. As written, we who have been born of the earthly shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 1 Cor. 15:49, “And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly man.”

God has a purpose and it shall not nor ever cease. His purpose shall continue working in all who are receiving Him until we become a part of His glory. Col. 3:4, “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory”. This word “appear” means “to lay bare, reveal, uncover, make visible, make known what has been hidden or unknown, make clear”. Thus, by revelation, the Christ is making Himself known, that we may become like Him. 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the 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.”  Is this not the day of His appearing? When He is revealing Himself to those that desire to know Him, to these He makes Himself known. What about your heart’s desire, is He known to you? This is God’s purpose with an invitation given, come unto me and I will give you rest.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Ten”

 

        The invitation to come unto God is continuously being extended from Him during this age. This invitation is for mankind to not only receive Him, but to allow the Holy Spirit to mature man into a state of perfection. Perfection is a life-style that becomes liken to Christ’ nature while manifesting a visible expression of an invisible God. Therefore, in choosing a people to become His visible expression, God places within them a Christ seed with the intention and potential for it to produce after its own kind. Like a plant, man is purposed to grow and mature along each stage of growth until the Christ nature, liken to the full corn in the ear is present. This speaks of accepting the basic principles of Christ into our lives, spiritually fulfilling each principle, and continuing into perfection. Perfection equals a full measure of growth concerning the purpose of our birth. 

        Heb. 6:1-2, “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment”. These mentioned principles are only established as building blocks and stepping stones to prepare children for that which we are to become in Christ. In Christ is a place of perfection, a place of maturity, becoming God’s adopted sons. 

        In continuing to mature in Christ let us take note of a few key words in the above scripture from Hebrews. The word “leaving” has the meaning of “have left”, which speaks to us of something we entertain and appropriate for a season but move away from by the fulfillment thereof. The word “resurrection” speaks of “standing up again, restoration to life, rising from the dead”. It also speaks of “being enlightened by the recovery of spiritual truth”. This is a people coming out of the realm of death into that realm of God life, His Shekinah glory life. “Judgment”, is a legal term describing the judicial process of deciding guilt or innocence, the verdict. This speaks of a people who are called of God as they move away from their natural birthing of the sin-nature realm. Here they are walking away from that realm of death to experience the power of God, the in-Christ life living in a heavenly existence. This Christ life is the results of spiritual enlightenment and being declared completely innocent. 

        This is the time of “the day of God” in which we are now living. A time when the principles given us are to open the way into that which is perfect. Perfection speaks of becoming a manifesting son. It speaks of spiritual maturity in understanding and fulfillment by living in Christ. 1 Cor. 13:9-12, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now, we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known”. Is the time of “then” now upon us? 

        This is the process of growth that reveals God’s time of release from childhood to manhood. It is a time of knowing the times of God and declaring it to be so. This is a time for coming forth as a mature, complete, perfected man in Christ. The promise is ours; the truth of God’s purpose has been made known. The enlightenment of the Holy Spirit is the promise and first-fruits of man’s fulfillment. Luke 13:32, “And He [Jesus] said to them, go, tell that fox, behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected”. Is this not also the third day spoken of? The remnant of God’s created man is now to come forth in the full manifestation of their calling, into Christ’ nature, as it begins to move them to obey God’s purpose and desires in all things. Their faithfulness to these principles of the doctrines of Christ has justified each to manifest the callings of God upon their lives. 

        These principles of Christ doctrine are fulfilled in each vessel through obedience. First, they have experienced repentance from dead works. Meaning, they have made an about-face from formulas, ritualism and lust for carnal practices by rejecting the sin-nature to know the inward straight and narrow path of God, knowing His maturing processes. Secondly, the laying on of hands which imparts portions of God’s wisdom and knowledge revealing the desire of God for each vessel. While the laying on of hands does not fulfill the intense desire to know God, it becomes a foundation which can be built upon. The building is erected as we come to the place of seeing His unveiled face. And by seeing him we experience the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. These spiritual increases become stepping stones that lead to the promised perfection. (Read Rev. 20:1-15). Understand that all who die, they shall be resurrected; they shall stand before God and be judged. But unto those who become the overcomers, they can avoid this event called the judgment of the dead. For unto the overcomers, they have already been judged. 

        Rev. 3:21, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father in His throne”. This is the truth that makes us free. The over-comer can bypass the time of death and eternal judgment as they move on into God’s promised perfection. It is unto those who die, who pass on, that shall be resurrected on that day to stand before God and be judged righteously. To those who overcome, they have already faced and overcome the judgment of death. These are being resurrected through the daily judgments of God. 1 Cor. 15:22-26, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the first-fruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the father, when he puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death”. 

        By what law or word from God can we use to stand in the truth of overcoming death? Luke 10:25-28 declares, “And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said to him, what is written in the law? What is your reading of it? So he answered and said, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. And He said to him, you have answered rightly; do this and you will live”. 

        Here Jesus presents devotion as a matter of the heart. Jesus contrasts sincere, heartfelt devotion with the external, hypocritical, pretentious practices of piety lived among the Pharisees. Christ warns His disciples against allowing even genuine good works to distract them from a wholehearted devotion to Him. Devotion is a matter of developing an intimate relationship with the living God. This relationship touches the warmth of a life that draws near to his Fathers heart. It is love that will quicken the whole man. We, in our love for God, can come to perfection as we partake of and become living waters. John 4:13-14 states, “Jesus answered and said to her, whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”. This word “everlasting” speaks of a life that’s “perpetual unchanging, of unlimited duration, eternal, age long, unending. It could also denote that which is without either beginning or end; without beginning; without end”. 

        This type of devotion unto perfection frees a man from all darkness, with darkness being the absence of spiritual knowledge concerning Christ. In accepting what Christ as done on the cross, this vessel becomes one that is born of the spirit. This birthing of the spirit also speaks of receiving a new creation body which is without mortality and corruption. John 3:6-8 declares, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said 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”. In this truth, let’s remember that Jesus had this experience while upon the Mount of Transfiguration. Matt. 17:1-2, “now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light”. 

        The above scripture speaks of a birthing known as the law of translation. One which enables us to come and go as the wind. It is also a love that consumes the whole man. It changes the carnal flesh man to flesh divine without going through the law of death. A promise is given and left for those who would dare to believe, for those who dare to have faith in God’s will and purpose for the completion of that which He desires. This is a people coming forth in life everlasting, in its duration that we might glorify God. In becoming God’s created man, we dwell in the place He dwells. Heb. 11:5, By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because God had taken him; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God”. 

        Know that obedience to the commandments of God tests one’s knowledge of and their believing in Him. Genuine love for God and a true relationship with Him is evidenced by loyalty. 1 John 2:3-5, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He, who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him”. This word “perfected” speaks of being complete, accomplish, carry through to the end, bring to a successful conclusion, reach a goal, fulfill. It signifies a bringing to maturity, to perfection”. In this, the manifesting of God’s created man is that which we are beginning to see as he appears in the earth realm today. Becoming a visible expression of an invisible God to establish the coming Kingdom of God throughout the earth. Therefore, the completion and fulfilling of God’s created man. God’s created man is now to appear and establish God’s kingdom over all the earth. Amen and amen according to that which He has purposed from Himself before the foundation of the world.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Nine”

 

In becoming aware of your right to choose which level of existence you desire to live concerning God’s purpose, it encourages us to seek the Lord for His will and purpose as He desires to spiritually mature our lives. In knowing that God has chosen to release to us His life and with His life being eternal in us, we can co-exist with Him. Meaning that we can have a final victory in God, even to the resurrection of the body which is not to be subject to the law of sin and death.

1 Cor. 15:50-55, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when the corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O hades, where is your victory?”

God’s people should understand that He is not looking toward those who are dead in body and gone to the grave to receive any glory and praise. Nay, but it is toward the living that God looks. It is from among the living that God seeks to have fellowship with man’s spirit, soul and body. Like with Adam, in the beginning, God’s desire was to walk and talk with man in the cool (spirit) of the day. Isa. 38:17-19, “Indeed it was for my own peace that I had great bitterness; But you [God] have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, for you have cast all my sins behind your back. For Sheol cannot thank you, death cannot praise you; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your truth. The living, the living man, he shall praise you, as I do this day; the father shall make known your truth to the children”.

God’s desire is to have a living fellowship with man. In bringing forth the completion of His created man, God shall have a living, praising, glorious son and family in which to dwell. It is not through the realm of death concerning the people that brings forth victory, but through those that are alive and living in union with Christ.

God’s promise of manifesting His remnant first-fruits company of people moves Him to send forth any needed ministry for preparing a people for the day. Today is the day of preparation that comes before the dreadful day of the Lord. A time when the sheep and the goats are being separated. Separation, the results of judgment shall have its day as God matures His people to send them forth as His King/Priest who are then to establish His kingdom. This speaks of those who are established that they might establish God’s kingdom on the earth. Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse”.

Yes, it is unto the living that God promises a renewal of the body in being birthed by the Holy Spirit. God’s dealings with man concerning life brings them to spiritual maturity. This maturing process results as each receiving man response to God in a knowing of God’s purpose and ways. God’s requirement for man is that he might wait upon the Lord. This means that man is to go about the routines of daily life with a fervent, patient hope that God will consummate His purpose in them according to His time. Isa. 40:28-31, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint”. 

The word “wait” in the above scripture has the meaning of “look for, expect, hope and to wait for”. Thus, we are longingly looking to and standing in the place of abiding in Him, the God of heaven and earth. Proverbs 3:3-8, “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of you heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh [navel] and strength to your bones”. Mercy and truth are to be our constant companions, never to be forsaken nor left behind. Trust God alone and know Him intimately. Acknowledge Him in all that you do, and He will make a clear way before you. This brings man into a place where we are fully aware of Him and stand in fellowship with Him. “Health to the navel” means that we have healing going into and throughout the whole body.

When a vessel begins to hunger and thirst after righteousness, a spiritual umbilical cord is established between God and the vessel. In this, spiritual food begins to flow into the vessel. Let us acknowledge that a mother does not push the food into the embryonic infant within her womb. Nay, but the child itself draws nourishment, as needed, through the umbilical cord. “Strength or marrow to the bones” is the regenerating substance that restores the worn out cells back to life. John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly”. “Abundantly” is a word that means “superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, extraordinary, above the ordinary and more than sufficient”.

Herein, by abiding in the vine, which Christ is, we have this promise. That life, as it flows from the Father unto those who hunger and thirst, they shall be filled. This life of God as it flows into the nurturing vessel is more than enough. It has no lack. All that the receiving vessel has need of is available. The life spoken of here is that fountain of life that comes from the heart of God unto life everlasting. Man’s fall, which took him from the realm of life, caused him to be separated from God’s life. Death speaks of being separated from God, the fruit of disobedience, which causes man to toil and sweat to receive enough sustenance just to sustain himself.

This is that which God spoke to Adam in Gen. 3:17-19, “Then to Adam He [God] said, because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, you shall not eat of it. Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are and dust you shall return”. This is speaking of the life-style we have all known, for we all have stood in that life which never produced any completeness or fulfillment.

This carnal natural life has the promise, that death shall be its reward, as the body returns back to the dust from which it came. But, we who have received new life from God, His calling is extended to us with an invitation. This invitation is that we might begin a journey upon a different path than the carnal world. This is a path which rebukes the promise of death to the natural fleshly body, to instill a promise that speaks of eternal life, one that includes man’s body. But, the promise of eternal life is not one without the testing necessary to separate and put us upon this narrow path to life. Matt. 7:13-14, “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”. Are you ready for a life-style change? Are you ready to be different in that you fulfill God’s purpose?

How does mankind find and stay upon this narrow path? There is a place in God wherein we can be filled with heavenly manna. This place is a place where we are satisfied with food in abundance, the manna which comes forth from God sustains us, to satisfy completely the hungry soul. Matt. 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”. This speaks to us that we cannot be satisfied with what we have until body, soul, and spirit are perfected by God. Again, how are we perfected? By asking, seeking and knocking. In our asking, seeking and knocking for the fullness of perfection, let’s remember, that one portion of God’s truth does not fill us with all God’s fullness. God’s fullness only comes unto the one which continues to hunger after righteousness. In this the fullness comes.

Read Isa. 28:9-20 and note, the covenant with death shall be annulled. Spiritual growth, a maturing process that carries with it the promise is, that death shall lose its hold upon this people. A people that shall know their place and calling in God. This is a people that shall enter into a Spirit-filled rest. This is a people that know a daily refreshing in Christ. A people walking in the fullness of “let us make man, in our likeness and image and let’s give him dominion”. Thus, a place as God’s created man, to subdue the earth, to replenish it and glorify God to the fullness of Himself. Herein can we not see a kingdom being established? This is a kingdom wherein a remnant of King/Priest will govern with Christ in God’s eternal love. A love that becomes, to these overcomers, a living reality. In this eternal love let us rise up, awake from sleep and know the glory of God that shall cover those willing to receive.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Eight”

 

Scripture reveals for us that there is a way that seems right to man but it is a way that leads to destruction. The scripture which is the word of God, also declares, “but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. (Matt. 6:33). Just how do we seek after the things of God’s Kingdom? Firstly, by recognizing that you cannot walk the kingdom way unless you determine that God’s will, purpose, and glory is your priority as you seek after Him. This can be accomplished by turning to the truth, the word of God, which brings forth an understanding, when received, that man might manifest God’s will and His way’s. When receiving this understanding, as revealed by the Holy Spirit, we begin to recognize God’s way and to know the hearing of His voice.

The Kingdom of God is all truth and all powerful as we enter it by desiring, asking, and being true to God’s revealed truth. Psalms 119:17-19 reveals such an open heart. “Deal bountiful with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from your law [God’s covenant nature]. I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide your commandments from me”.

It is man himself who can choose the level of existence that he desires to live. Meaning, that man is living after a death and life principle which is already at work in creation. Any seed, when planted must give itself up to a death process so a new life can emerge in the form of fruit. Like a seed, our present physical bodies potentially contain the resurrected body that shall come forth. Unto those receiving people, a resurrected body will not be subject to the death realm. It will be beautiful and perfect. It will have unlimited capabilities as it adapts to a life in the spiritual realm of God.

A spiritual body does not mean having an immaterial body, but it does mean one that is adaptable to the realities of the kingdom of God. (Read 1 Cor. 15:35-44). Note verses 39 and 40, “All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one and the glory of the terrestrial is another”. In this scripture we can see that there are three different types of bodies made available to man. That is a flesh body, the terrestrial body, and the celestial body.

Man’s “flesh body” is that natural body which human kind is born unto. This is a life lived after the emotional and mental cravings of the carnal fleshly man. This consist of his carnal flesh and all its attributes and appetite’s. Rom. 8:5-8, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God”. This reveals that the flesh man is a man who walks the path of pursuing his own lusts, his own physical desires and his many unproven beliefs. He walks in the realm of death, unable to obey or please God. In this, we should understand what is always behind anything the world offers us. We should recognize, that the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is the basis for all sin.

Remember, sin had it’s beginning in the Garden of Eden when Eve yielded to the temptation that moved her out of God’s world. 1 John 2:15-17 declares, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever”. God created the world and Adam, but Adam, through Eve’s enticement, loved the world more than the creator of the world. In this disobedience Adam took a fall from God’s heavenly Eden to now live in a sin-cursed fallen world. Herein, this flesh man remains unfulfilled, with a life that remains as a roller coaster ride of lusting after the outside, emotional and carnal level way of life.

The “terrestrial body” is that man of the earthly realm whose life has the mentality, the ability to think and this he has chosen to do. It is here, in the thinking mode, that a renewing can take place as we choose and faithfully follow the things of God as He ministers, that is, as He reveals them to us. Rom. 12:1-2 states, “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. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. The word “world” in this verse denotes “the age”. It is by the renewing of the mind, by a renovation, that we choose to depart from the god of this age and yield to the God of all creation. We are to present all that we are as a living sacrifice, holy to God. We are to let our life be a daily expression of worship. We are not to live according to the ways of the world, but to allow truth, as revealed from God, to transform our minds. We are then to think and act according to God’s will and way, His purpose for each day.

Thinking involves a process of choosing, eliminating and proving. As one proves or experiences God’s truth, he comes into a knowing as to the fulfillment and fullness of that revealed truth. Eph. 3:16-19, “That He [Christ Jesus] 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 scripture speaks of becoming mighty in God, according to His power, as the Holy Spirit brings the power of God, reproducing itself, to work in our lives.

To “comprehend” means to receive experientially and not just simply to understand intellectually. “All the fullness of God” speaks of more than one experience or one aspect of God’s truth and power. It points to a broad-based spirituality, balanced through participating in all of God’s blessings, resources, and wisdom. It is when a vessel enters the realm of knowing God and His mercy that emotions are brought under control. While the flesh man reacts to things from the nature of a beast, God’s word reminds us that, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. (John 8:31-32). God will then bring his vessel from being moved by the beast-nature, the flesh man, to a life of one who moves according to the mind of Christ. This, a terrestrial bodied man, is one that is living a progressive sanctifying life.

Then the “celestial body”, is the body of that man which lives according to the heavenly supernatural realm. This one is a man whose conscious mind has joined with the super-conscious mind of God. Herein, our complete value system changes. No longer do we desire the things of this world or age, for our mind-set is now caught up to dwell among the heavenlies of God. No longer are our treasures of an earth bound nature. But, because our hearts, our lives are now supported and energized only by heavenly treasures. Herein, we only dwell and exist for the heavenlies. This does not point to or mean a people that live only in an invisible body or invisible realm. These are those who do live in that body which is visible as they glorify God in a glorified existence, a spiritual body (one that can be visible or invisible according to God’s desires as He sends them). In Matt. 6:19-21 we are cautioned to, “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, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also”.

Remind yourselves where the heavens are. They are living within the saved, sanctified, reborn man who lives unto God. Meaning, that his complete spirit, soul, and body reflects the God life who lives in His heavens within the man. It is here that the peace which passes all understanding dwells. Love goes beyond all thought and herein one knows the truth for he will experience it. Christ declares in John 16:13-16 that, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify me, for He will take of what is mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of mine and declare it to you. A little while, and You will not see me; and again, a little while, and you will see Me because I go to the Father”.

In the above verse the first “see” has the meaning of “to bodily behold” while the second “see” has the meaning of “not so much the act of seeing, but the state and condition of the one to whose eye the object is presented. Hence, to truly comprehend”. Here stands the elect. Those who do not fail to yield to the enlightenment communicated from heaven to the mind. (Read 2 Peter 1:3-22). This is our promised land, our Holy of Holies, and the secret place of the Most High God. We have been called for such a time as this. The choice for our dwelling place to live is set before us, therefore choose life in God and live. Man has been birthed to no longer walk the earth realm, but to spiritually ascend and dwell in the realm of the heavenlies. This is the promised Christ nature and the receiving of a celestial body, to dwell in the presence of the Father, our God, forever. To this we say amen, is it not time to manifest the loving Father to all creation.

 

 

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