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

There are a people created by God who are called to be chosen as becoming His offspring. But, with many of these, they continue to limit their goals in Christ simply because they limit their knowledge concerning Him and His true ways. In this they are hindering their desire for more of Him to be manifested. Often, as we consider our Christian peers, those who live around us, we limit ourselves because of what we see in them. However, the example that God places before us is Jesus and Him alone, not our peers. God speaks loud and clear that we are to look only toward the Savior He sent. We need to begin to see Jesus Christ as He really is, that we might become like Him. This remains God’s purpose and is that which is His continual desire for us. In this framework or picture of Christ, we can regard His promises and His purpose as to that which is really ours to claim.

Remember, God’s intent from the beginning as stated in Gen. 1:26-28 is, “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 creepeth 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. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

This statement of fact, God’s original and eternal purpose in creating man, is that He would place a people over the works of His hands, as they multiply, replenish, and subdue the earth. They were to rule over the earth with care as they received knowledge and wisdom from God. This was to be accomplished in the spirit of the day as God so instructed them. However, in their disobedience to God’s stated purpose, they fell from that place of authority, the realm of dominion, to a place of servitude. But, God’s nature like mercy was extended to them as a promise of restoration.

Man, in this fallen condition while living under the curse, and because of Jesus’ sacrifice, begins to awaken to the fact that he has a need for a Savior. In finding his Savior man begins to understand that in order to have dominion over the earth, man must first of all take dominion, with God’s help, over self, over his lower fallen sin nature. This speaks to us of a need, that in taking dominion over all things (first our own bodies) we must first of all learn to contact and be ruled over by the power of God that exists within each vessel who would receive Him. How is this possible? Only by gaining the knowledge needed and the receiving of the Holy Spirit Who desires to dwell within the vessel while progressively sanctifying and restoring him. This enables the vessel to visualize and gain the goal God wishes for them to attain. What is your goal and in whom do you trust?

Wicked, degenerate desires of the fallen man will only seek to dominate and control self as well as others. Nevertheless, in Christ true righteousness and Godly inspired thoughts, when yielded unto, will mature until completely manifesting from within the man. At which time these Godly inspired thoughts will become a reality. For this cause, man needs a vision, a revelation of God’s purpose. Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law [government of God’s nature], happy is he”. What is a vision? A vision can become a prophetic vision, dream, oracle or a revelation, especially the kind of revelation that comes through knowledge and spiritual insight, namely a vision from God.

The prophets understood God’s counsel so clearly because He revealed matters to them in visible means. Meanwhile, when a society lacks any revelation (divine insight of God’s ways) from God such a society heads in the direction of anarchy. However, with a vision, a revelation once received, the vessel can embrace the goal that embraces a desire and then hope knows its fulfillment. Without a vision or revelation there can be no fulfillment, in which case the vessel without true life from God can only exist without Godly spiritual fulfillment.

God, who is rich in mercy and grace delights in giving vision and revelation to the hungry soul. Along with the vision imparted, God also releases from Himself a divine comforter with power to make it possible for the fulfillment of the vision and the revelation. Therefore, we see a need for the vessel to receive that Holy Spirit anointing as spoken of in scripture.

1 Cor. 2:9-16. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man, which is in him? Even so, the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit, which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Nevertheless, he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

Two elements are necessary to know the things of God. First, we need a revelation from God as given by the Holy Spirit, as well as an appropriate spiritual response from the receiving man. The natural man, unregenerate and devoid of the Spirit, has no appreciation for the word of God. The spiritual man, regenerate and possessing spiritual enlightenment, has received a nature that responds to and desires the truth. Meanwhile, the carnal man, though regenerate but living much like an unregenerate, is a believer with childish ways. One who lives more for human opinion than for Christ. In this God is not pleased because of the helper made available. Note John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”. 

        This Comforter in making a people perfect is God’s divine purpose, thus the need for this gift of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit which is rejected by many peoples. However, we, the people of God must co-operate with the Holy Spirits progressive sanctifying work. This is that which brings forth the act of perfection. Being obedient to this work is the pre-requisite which produces perfection; therefore, obedience becomes a necessary continuous product. John 5:19, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”.

Jesus did not nor ever act independently of the Father. On the contrary, He understood that, because He and the Father were one, He did only what His Father showed Him. (Read John 12:49 and 14:10). As the comforter begins to speak guidance to His people, He becomes our inner guide who acts at first as the voice of “conscience.” The Holy Spirit gives counsel or gives a rebuke when a vessel is in error. He also freely gives divine approval for an act of obedience that is well done.

When a vessel rejects the voice of the conscience habitually, the conscience can become silent. 1 Tim. 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”. However, unto those who respond to the comforter’s divine invitation and instructions, a glory will begin to spring forth as the anointing of God manifest Himself.

John 15:4-7, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

The fruit that God is looking for in His people is a Christ likeness. In order to be productive, a branch must submit to pruning, that is, to the discipline of the father while maintaining an abiding union with the vine. This union releases a glory as love returns to God. Love releases the comforter to become a constant living companion. The comforter, the Holy Spirit, will never fail us except when the vessel begins to reject Him. Meanwhile, while in submission, the Divine comforter and teacher will continue to enlighten us in every problem, regardless of how impossible they may seem.

John 16:13-15, “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall he speak: and He will show you things to come, He shall glorify me; for He shall receive of mine and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore, said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall show it unto you”. The Holy Spirits ministry, as directed to believers is that of a teacher. What He teaches He draws from and conveys in the authority of Christ and glorifies Christ in all that He does. True ministry in the Holy Spirit will never serve a private agenda. However, while working in and through God’s called first-fruits He continually glorifies Christ who glorifies the Father. Note John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.” Thus, the maturing of the first-fruits, in complete union with the Holy Spirit, matures into a oneness with the Christ even as Christ and the Father are one. In this oneness there is a sending forth of His first-fruits to establish God’s kingdom upon the earth.

 

 

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

God’s eternal purpose has always been for mankind to become a part of the rulership and government being birthed and established to rule over His created order. Creation, was never to be ruled over by angels, fallen or otherwise. Therefore, all creation shall finally begin to see God’s true purpose, first, a spiritual birthing called His first-fruits people coming into their appointed place of rulership. Note and remember that this position is purposed by God Himself. But, in this present age as well as in ages past, instead of assuming his intended dominion over creation, man has become it’s slave. As a slave man, through carnality, man is held in bondage by the death realm and the influence of a fallen adversary. For this reason, the eternal Son of God appeared at a certain time in history to dwell upon the earth. This appearance was revealing Jesus Christ as a pattern son, coming as Jesus the man to become a seed through His sacrifice. This sacrifice, willingly given, provided a way of escape for mankind from their place of bondage. This means that man can now have access to God’s presence and an entrance into man’s intended glory and rulership.

Jesus the man, after His resurrection was exalted in glory to God’s right hand and authority. Here He occupies this position of dominion with the full intention to also include all overcoming mankind, beginning as a first-fruits people. This inclusion points to the truth that all things shall be put in subjection under their (Christ and His many member body) feet. Heb. 2:6-9, “But one in a certain place testified, saying, what is man, that Thou art mindful of Him? Or the Son of Man, that Thou visits Him? Thou made Him a little lower than the angels; Thou crowned Him with glory and honor, and didst set Him over the works of Thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under His feet. For in that He put all in subjection under Him, He left nothing that is not put under Him. But now we see not yet all things put under Him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man”.

Just who is this man that shall have dominion and authority over the world in this next coming age? By carefully beholding God’s word and the world events going on around us, we should know that His declared coming age of fulfillment is even now upon us. In Rom. 8:29 we are shown, “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”. The ones whom He did foreknow means “to get to know beforehand”. Thus, a people in whom God knew beforehand are to stand up in this coming age, the age that is now coming upon us. These shall declare, through manifestation, the nature and rulership of God. It is these who are predestined, those foreordained ones, because of their receiving and accepting revealed knowledge from Christ. These are to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. To be conformed means “that this people shall be fashioned like unto the firstborn Son”.

This word “conformed” is used here by Paul when declaring the fullness of those being conformed. Phil. 3:21, “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself”. Who then is this man? Could it be those mature one’s who put on the nature of Christ? That is, a changing within the soul realm, to become the body of Christ, the first-fruits of the harvest, becoming God’s dwelling place. Heb. 2:10-11, “For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of our salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one; for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren”.

Therefore, unto these called one’s who mature into the nature of Christ, and because of God’s covenant with obedient men; they shall become a ruling company of sons. These shall be found with the government of God manifesting from them because of this nature change. We must realize that the government of God is not of us, but it is of God who flows through us because the Adamic nature is now dead. Meaning, our life is now only as Christ is because He flows from us.

1 Cor. 1:26-30 states, “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called; but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world [age] to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world [age] to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world [age] and things that are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”.

“Righteousness” is a legal term taken from the courts as it is God’s judicial determination to right every wrong, Righteousness is His gift to the guilty which removes all condemnation and puts them into a state of justification. This points to full acquittal from all charges against them. “Sanctification” is a symbol taken from the pattern temple and showing a need for cleansing from pollution. It includes a renewal by the power of the Holy Spirit which allows acceptable living before God and points to our ultimate perfection in His presence. “Redemption” is taken from a background of slavery and debt. This speaks of freedom and final deliverance from all aspects of sin, including the resurrection of the body.

God’s first-fruits, the ruling many sons, the body of Christ shall be raised up to rule in the kingdom of God as they cast down the adversary from his usurped place of the power of the air, the spiritual realm. These shall likewise arise to put death under their feet, for this ruling body of Christ shall reign until all enemies have been cast down. 1 Cor. 15:25-26, “For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”. Rev. 20:4, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them; and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years”.

And it is for this cause that the Sons of God, His first-fruits body shall stand up, being birthed into the Holy of Holies. They shall rise to their inheritance and rejoice in their victory over all the enemies of the kingdom of God. 2 Cor. 4:16-18, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man parish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal”.

Scripture reveals for us that the firstborn Son, the Christ Jesus, is but the beginning of God’s purpose in creation. Rev. 3:14 shares, “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; these things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God”. So, when we talk about the many member body of Christ, is not these many sons the “new creation” in which Jesus is but the beginning, the head? Is the “new creation” spoken of just a remodeled updated Adam creation or could it be a “new creation”? It is in Christ, His death and resurrection for us, and our identification with Him by faith, that makes the existence as a new creation possible. As our focus remains upon Him, in obedience, our relationship with Christ affects every aspect of our life.

2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new”. “In Christ”, with the word “in” denoting “being or remaining within, with the primary idea of rest and continuance”. Therefore, our life is in Him as we progressively pass away from the old Adam man to be birthed into Christ. A place of rest and continuance comes by remaining within Him. The word “new” from above has the meaning of “fresh, of a newer quality or character”. “Creature” speaks of a new creation. A human being restored to favor with God through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. Rom. 5:10-11. “For, if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved because of His life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement”.

In considering the new creation man, it becomes very evident that none of the old Adam’s race, that is Adam’s nature and his life-style, will enter into the rulership of God’s new world. The promised resurrected body will not be subject to death, it will be beautiful and perfect; it will have unlimited capabilities unknown to us in this present age and it will be adopted for life in the spirit realm. A spiritual body does not necessarily mean that it is an immaterial body, but one that is adapted to the realities of the age to come. The resurrection body will be our own new bodies resulting from change. Note that what is sown is that which is also raised. 1 Cor. 15:50, “Now I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption”. That is to say that flesh and blood simply speaks to us of a mortal human body which does not inherit the kingdom of God.

The Book of Isaiah is filled with tremendous promises speaking of God’s desire and His ability to redeem and restore His people. Even though Israel walked away from God and His ways, yet the Lord in His gracious mercy many times brought His people back to Himself and He healed them. These same promises are for us today as God faithfully gathers His people together for this day. These same promises are for us today as God faithfully gathers His people for His appearing. (Read Isa. 43:1-7).

God is truly raising up His first-fruits people today as He foretold and promised. We are more and more realizing that the Old Testament writings were written for the benefit of a generation that was to come, that is this generation. Psalms 102:18, “This shall be written for the generation to come; and the people who shall be created shall praise the Lord”. This is the new nation referred to in Matt. 21:43, Therefore say I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof”. This declaration is pointing to spiritual Israel, the true sons of Abraham, the first-fruits body of Christ. These promises are also for those who do not reject the kingdom of God as it comes forth through God’s first-fruits people as they gather in the rest of the harvest. Yes, seasons have come and gone preparing the world for this season which is upon us, the appearing of God’s first-fruits people. It is time.

 

 

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

Unto God’s adversary who is the prince of darkness, the one that rules over this present evil age and its darken realm, the judgment of this world and its prince is now come. With John 12:31 declaring, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. Here we should take note of some of these words and their meanings. “Judgment = crisis” meaning “a separating, especially of judicial proceedings”. Thus, as the result of God’s judgment, light and darkness know judgment within each vessel. Mankind, through God’s judgment, can now choose to walk in one realm (light) or the other realm (darkness). “Prince = Archon” meaning “ruler”. The phrase “cast out” means “to thrust without, outside.” This adversary of God, the ruler of darkness who has ruled over this age of darkness and sin promotes a world that has missed the mark. The mark, that which is established according to God’s purpose means that falling short causes this adversary is to be cast out.

Nevertheless, know and understand that this adversary could not nor cannot take hold of Jesus Christ because there was nothing in Jesus that this adversary can or could touch. John 14:30, “… for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me”. The word “nothing” denotes that there was no committed sin or falling short found in Jesus that evil forces could find and touch. However, what about each vessel of humanity and where do they stand in this judgment? Could it be that each vessel who is a part of the body of Christ, those who are in Him, His first-fruits, they can also be appropriated unto this place of victory? Was not the Holy Spirit sent from the resurrected Jesus to convict man of sin and enable the believer, the first-fruits body of Christ, to walk in righteousness through this time of judgment?

John 16:7-11 says, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on Me; Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged”.

The coming of the Holy Spirit compensated the loss of Jesus’ presence at His ascension back to the Father; for Jesus promised that He would send Him. The ministry of the Holy Spirit to unbelievers is that of convicting them of sin and becoming, to those who repent and receive Him, their teacher. The Holy Spirit uses man’s unbelief to prove the gravity of sin, while the triumphant work of Christ on the cross is to prove the availability of His righteousness. This righteousness defeats the adversary and proves the solemn certainty of judgment upon all sin, the sin nature.

With the Holy Spirit exposing this adversary, we have found that the adversary uses mainly the power of death. While knowing that this adversary’s dominion includes the realms of death, darkness, and evil, know that Jesus Christ has defeated him. Heb. 2:14, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He [Jesus] also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the enemy“. The ultimate purpose of Jesus Christ’ birth was for the destruction of this enemy as well as for humanity’s deliverance from this fear of death and its fruits. The destruction of this adversary means that his power is powerless in the lives of those who are totally committed to Christ.

When looking at the dominion of Jesus Christ we observe that His authority rules over the realm of life, of light, and of righteousness. Heb. 1:8, “But unto the Son He saith, thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom”. By being Head or King over such a kingdom, Christ desire was and is to share that kingdom with a people. For this cause, He was willing to overpower that realm of death and its fruits. Meaning, that this people who have dwelt in this realm of death, might now receive Him to resurrect and live in His realm of life.

Acts 3:14-15, “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; and killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” “Prince” as spoken of in this scripture means “leader; one who stands at the head or beginning of a list, or rank.” Being the Prince of Life means, that death could not hold Jesus and we can also know and must understand that His life is greater than death. Therefore, unto the ones who totally receive Christ completely throughout the spirit, soul and then the body, they likewise cannot be held captive to death.

Christ Jesus was but the leader, the one who stands at the head or beginning of a list, or rank of followers who follow behind Him. Jesus is the redeeming sacrifice; His sacrifice has given to all receiving believers the privileges that once belonged to ancient Israel. Christ has made us kings and priests. Rev. 1:5-6, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful Witness, and the First Begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. The word “washed” in the above scripture means, “loosed.” Thus, He loosed us from our past sins while progressively delivering us from the sin nature which produces the death realm. These sins are man’s failure to hit the mark in a moral sense. Therefore, sin; whether by omission or commission in thought, word, or deed, remains a sin.

If this enemy, the adversary of God, is the god of this age, then our struggle is against this ruler of darkness. One of God’s greatest demands is for His people to rightly discern between the spiritual struggles of man and all other social and personal difficulties. Otherwise, believers become easily detoured, wrestling with human adversaries instead of warring against the invisible works of God’s adversary who works behind the scenes and through the carnal mind. Eph. 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Let us look at some of the words used in this scripture:

Principalities = the chief rule or ruler.

Powers = authority or delegated power.

Rulers = world rulers.

Darkness = the present order of things.

Spiritual wickedness = spiritual host of wickedness, these are wicked spirits of evil.

High places = heavenlies, the invisible spirit realm.

Thus, there is a warfare going on. There are a people of the world who refuse to worship God, that refuse to walk in the light of revelation as they serve the god of this world. These disobedient ones are spiritually and morally dead and in need of someone who is able to resurrect their spirits and transform their moral essence. The mood and manner of this world’s society, shaped by the prince of the power of the air, a title given for the adversary, as he exercises influence globally and within each culture. Eph. 2:1-2, “And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”.

This adversary is the god of this age and as he blinds the minds of the people in their choosing not to believe, this results in their inability to neither see nor come into the glory of Christ. 2 Cor. 4:3-4 states, “But if our gospel be hid to them that are lost [perishing]: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light [illumination] of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”. 

        With Christ presenting to the world the availability of salvation, it remains important for us to see and know the conditions of today’s present world (age). This age knows death, poverty, pain, and sorrow. However, tomorrows world (age) is that which results in change. There shall be a complete house cleaning, starting with the first-fruits. The adversary, with all his evil works is desirous to destroy God’s first-fruits and to progressively bring destruction concerning God’s purpose. But they, the first-fruits shall and are overcoming and are bringing forth victory. The question often asked is how shall this be done? The answer; it shall be accomplished by the hand of God under the administration of the Holy Spirit as released from within His first-fruits people. These are the sons of God who shall rule and reign with Christ on the earth.

1 Cor. 15:22-25 relates, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order [rank]: Christ the first fruits [the foretaste and pledge of the eternal inheritance, the first-fruits, both the head and His many member body]; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming [His presence manifesting through Christ, the head, the body, and the bride]. Then cometh the end [not of this age but the millennial age], when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet”.

Unto all those who trust and believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit has sealed them and is maturing them with the mind of Christ. This is the mark of God’s ownership and a receiving of man’s covering from God. The Holy Spirit is but the down payment of the full inheritance that comes as He appears unto and through those believing and receiving ones. Notice that He shall put all enemies under His feet which is that part of the body of Christ being birthed now, the first-fruits. These ones are anointed for this next age appearing. Eph. 1:13-14, “In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory”. A people manifesting God’s light as His first-fruits appear and are manifested.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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