Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter six”

“The Redeeming Factor”

 

        “I’ve been redeemed, by His love divine”, words from an old song proclaiming one of God’s eternal truths. However, just what does it mean for man to know redemption? “Redemption”, is a word that has the meaning, from the dictionary as, “a recovery of something pawned or mortgaged; a repurchase, deliverance upon payment of ransom, salvation from sin through Christ’s sacrifice”. Therein, through Christ’s sacrifice, the ransom is paid in full and receiving humanity is repurchased for deliverance and a full recovery. While most of Christendom maintains the belief that redemption is simply a going to heaven after death because they have believed on Jesus, is a very limited and shortsighted understanding of God’s complete work of redemption.

        Just what is redemption? What does it mean when God declares that redemption is available for men through God’s love? Could it be that the glorious work of Calvary has accomplished far more for us than simply waiting around to go to heaven? To become a people who escape this very limited view of redemption, it becomes necessary for us to ask of God, to seek Him with an honest heart filled with honest motives, that we might receive a greater understanding. Does your heart hunger for more of God than you have experienced? Could it be that God is calling you into a higher level or order of understanding in your relational walk with Him? The necessity and desire of seeking for more understanding will become the beginning of our reality in expressing this greater experience, a greater walk in God.

 

Many people in the church world are asking this question. If there is more for us in God this side of dying, why is it that we do not see those greater manifestations coming forth in the church today? Could it be that many of the people, by man’s created doctrines and traditions have become blind to these greater truths? For the most part, they have been limited to see only what the fundamental church has been able or willing to show them. Nevertheless, God in the timing of His seasons declared He would open blinded eyes so they might see. Is this the time that God has chosen to reveal His son to the people who desire to become like Him? To many, the mysteries of God are just that, a mystery. However, within our understanding it becomes important for us to see that God has purposely withheld and obscured these truths Himself with purpose.

 

Dan. 12:4 reveals for us, “But thou, O Daniel, shut [close up] up the words, and seal the book, even to [until] the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge [calamities or wickedness] shall be increased”. “Many shall run to and fro” is a phrase that means to “apostatize, to rove, turnabout, despise, hence, to do despite”. “Apostatize” has the meaning of “those who turn aside or revolters”, with “revolters” meaning “such as turn aside to lies”. This is speaking of a time and generation when the many, as spoken of above, shall come to a place where their lifestyle is one that follows lies or the promoted lifestyle that is the spirit of this world, secular and/or religious. A people who fulfill 2 Tim. 3:5 which says, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away”. While having a religious spirit following the thoughts of carnal man, they are not willing to follow the progressive revealing truth of God’s word.

 

John also points us to a time when things sealed up would suddenly begin to open. (Read Rev. 10:1-7). In these scriptures, John is declaring that a time would come when those things uttered and sealed by the Holy Spirit would begin to open. Notice that the sounding seven thunders from the angels were mysteries. With the number “seven” being God’s number for “fullness, completion, maturity and perfection”, this speaks to us of those things which the “seven thunders” uttered. Though sealed, when progressively revealed, they will contain a progressive message of perfection, maturity, fullness and completion.

 

This revealed message of maturity, when yielded unto, will produce a life made complete and full in God. By being sealed, it also points us to the fact that this message will remain closed until God’s time for its fullness, progressing to the sounding of the seventh trumpet or message. God allowed both Daniel and John, to see something concerning God’s completed plan, but it is obvious that those things were not to be for their day. Leaving us with the understanding that a day would come, and even now is, when this message of the fullness of time will manifest in a perfected people, God’s remnant, unto His glory.

 

Always, a people have existed who are very much aware that those things God begins, He will finish. Therein, God also shows that a time would come, when He would move by His spirit, to reveal those things shut up. When would this time be, as declared from scripture, during the days when the seventh angel or the message of God’s fullness of times begins to sound? In Rev. 10:7 we read, “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery [secrets] of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets”. This is speaking of that time when the secret things of God that He withheld, until the messages of fullness are progressively declared, and then shall all these mysteries be finished and fulfilled.

 

This word “finished” as used here in Rev. 10:7 means, “that which has reached its end, hence perfect”. This means for us that the things sealed by God and withheld shall no longer remain a mystery or secret. God shall reveal Himself and we shall begin to see the Christ as He really is. Does it not say so in 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know [intuitively] that, when He shall appear [make manifest], we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is”.

 

A question many would ask concerning this time of manifestation is when will this revealing be? As shown to us in Rev. 10:1-7, this time is the time of the finishing of all the mysteries of God. A time identified with the sounding of the seven thunders, an event that takes place after the sounding of the sixth trumpet and as the seventh trumpet sounds. Remember, these seven thunders represent for us the time of the fullness, completion, maturity and perfection of God. Hence, this mystery, God’s secrets withheld from man, is to open man’s understanding that he might become the expression of those thunders. This means a hearing of and the seeing of a part of God which man has not yet seen. This is necessary to finish making man into a complete, perfect and redeemed vessel. This is bringing the vessel into maturity, the whole man spirit, soul, and body.

 

With an understanding that at the opening of each of the seven seals, progressive revelation of truth is available and given to the church. So, what happens when revelation comes to us progressively? As revelation comes forth from God, according to His timing for the season of His purpose, God intends for each truth to be manifest through the vessel. God has no desire for man to make revealed truth into just another law or doctrine, into another gospel. This would simply cause one truth to resist any other further progressive truth. Could this be why we have so many different church groups and beliefs with different names and doctrines?

 

Some people are remaining prisoners to one truth while others mature to accept the next progressive truth. Know that this progression shall continue until the time when the seventh trumpet sounds the message to usher in God’s fullness. At that time, the spirit of life will begin to express itself in a full measure. Meanwhile, there remains a law that can maintain itself through carnal men who not only refuse to follow on after progressive truth, but they call these in-part truths the whole gospel. This in-part law continues to hinder a people from going on into that realm of perfection.

 

Heb. 6:1-2 clearly declares that it is God’s desire for man to press on into that place of perfection, “Therefore leaving [having left] the principles of the doctrine of Christ [the word of the beginning], let us go on [be borne along] unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of (1) repentance from dead works [works of the old nature]. (2) And of faith [the living, divinely implanted principle] toward God, (3) of the doctrines of baptisms [not arguing over traditional laws of baptisms], (4) and of laying on of hands [impartation of spiritual truths], (5) and of the resurrection of the dead [progressive renewing the soul from death to life], (6) and of eternal judgment [quality of life made available in Christ].

 

        We should note that these six principles are not our endings, but our beginnings. Note also that the principle of the resurrection of the dead is not speaking of a graveyard resurrection. The word “dead” as used in this scripture denotes “the persons who were once alive, but who are not alive no longer; dead persons as distinct from dead bodies”. The dictionary defines “person” as, “a living human being, especially as distinguished from an animal or thing. A person is the composite of characteristics that makes up an individual personality”. Thus, distinct personalities (because of Adam) that are no longer what they once were in their beginning from God. Therefore, man has a need for his God given characteristics to resurrect him into a new creation.

 

This points us to the time when the first Adam died because of disobedience to God, falling from his God breathed, God-like nature. Thus, as we are all born from our mother’s womb, we are a part of that dead person realm. This is the principle of resurrection from the dead in this context (dead persons being distinct from dead bodies). Fallen Adam was a dead person but walking around in his flesh and blood body. As we continue to speak of the first principles, in considering the principle of eternal judgment, we must understand that the word “eternal” is from the Greek word “AIONIOS” and is rendered “of or belonging to an age”.

 

Thus, speaking of a certain age in God, when judgment would come forth concerning His will and purpose in each vessel. “Age”, as defined from the dictionary means, “the period during which someone or something exists”. Thus, God set forth a certain period when His righteous judgment would come forth concerning His purposes. This word “judgment” is defined as meaning “a discriminating appraisal; authoritative opinion”. This principle speaks of God’s opinion, His appraisal of His people, as He deals with them according to the age of His appearing. Herein He judges them according to His righteousness. Each one appraised and set forth according to God’s order, will and purpose for each obedient vessel, with the understanding that in Christ we become the righteous.

 

With God hiding certain truths from His people until its time of revealing, what purpose does God have in opening each seal in the form of gradual disclosure? Does He not bring forth a people, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little, causing each to grow up, to mature unto the time of their perfection? Eph. 1:10 states, “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him”. Let us take note of a few words or phrases from this verse that our understanding may increase as to God’s true purpose as He states them. The word “dispensation”, from the Greek word is “OIKONOMOS” and has the meaning of “administration, the work of a steward”.

 

Thus, a certain administration is released from God with vessels anointed as keepers to minister that administration according to what God has purposed for that certain time. The administration spoken of here is that which is called “the fullness of times”, a time when the seven thunders are being sounded together as one, manifesting all things in Christ. A time when all things have reached their place of maturity wherein perfection rules. The phrase “He might gather together in one” is a statement meaning “to sum up, to head up”. Thus, it speaks of a time when that which once ruled over the person, carnality, rules no more.

 

Now a new administration is established in and through a people who usher in the expression of a perfect God-like order. In God, there has always been an “appointed time” when all in Christ, according to that time and purpose, would be brought unto Christ and His body. How and when will this time be? Col. 2:2-3 declares, “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ, in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

This speaks to us of a time when there would be more than just Christ in us, the hope of Glory. It speaks of a time when we will be in Christ and His spiritual riches. Just what are we and what do we have in Him? In Christ, there is life, glory, the promises, the inheritance, the resurrection and life, which we become because we are in Him. Note in Eph. 1:10 above that only those that are in Him will have part in the first resurrection. Thus, in Christ we gain total and complete redemption. Again, looking at the above scripture in Col. 2:2-3 let’s consider three words and notice the progressive gradual revealing of the Christ.

(1) “Understanding” meaning “native insight, capacity to apprehend; used of reflective thought”. (2) “Acknowledgement” meaning “precise or further knowledge, thorough acquaintance with, true knowledge”.

(3) “Knowledge” meaning “knowledge acquired by experience”. Therefore, let us go on, that we might gain the full experience of complete redemption.

 

As we take note of the many religious circles around us today, honesty causes us to agree that the writing of “Ichabod” meaning, “the glory is departed” is over many, many, many of their gatherings. The reason, could it be that for the most part, they have moved into a mind-set that makes them think they are well able to do for themselves. Their actions speak to say they think they have no need for divine assistance nor do they expect any. In this they fulfill Rev. 3:17 which says, “Because they say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knows not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”.

 

But in remembering Jacob, whose name was finally changed to Israel who is a type of the true church, know that the condition we read about in verse seventeen is not so in the true church. The true church, dealt with like Jacob; it has been chastened, trained, and weakened in the way that they know that they can do nothing of themselves. They know the need of waiting before God. They know that they must have God’s presence and the direction of the Holy Spirit or they are at a loss as to what to do next. This true church lives in that place of knowing, that they cannot live outside the presence of Him who is their life. There is a knowing that they cannot live without Him and His manifest presence.

 

In Him, the Christ, it is the only place of true redemption. This is a redemption that cometh, not by the obeying of man’s ordinances and by-laws, but redemption that cometh only because of Christ. Rom. 8:28-30 speaks loud in declaring, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate [foreordained] to be conformed [fashioned like] to the image [likeness] of His Son that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called; and who He called, them He also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified”. In this, we understand that the cross crucifies until it is finished. (Read Phil. 3:14-21).

 

It is in Him that redemption becomes a way of life through the changing of these vessels. 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?” Therefore, our cry is that we may know Him and the power of His resurrection, fellowshipping His sufferings and being made conformable unto His death to attain the resurrection of the dead. This is a giving up of our old dead life willingly, that the resurrection power of God might restore us to that God-life which comes from within, our redemption.

 

 

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

“We Shall Know Freedom”

 

Why it is that iniquity abounds and the love of many grows cold even as scripture declares? “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax [grow] cold.” (Matt. 24:12). Could it be that the multitudes have not as yet heard nor received the understanding needed concerning that which is necessary to maintain a victorious Christ-like life? The blood of Jesus Christ is such an effective agent for life that it can and does cleanse us from all our sins. However, what is it that keeps the fruit of sin in a producing mode in most people’s lives? Could we still be dealing with a sin nature? If our understanding is correct, sin means a missing the mark, which means, “not sharing in the prize.” Does this not speak to us, that God has purposed a certain mark for man to achieve, to receive the pre-ordained prize established beforehand by God? While the sin nature is destined for destruction, daily sins can and must be forgiven and cleansed. With forgiveness being the first step necessary to move toward the prize, other steps also become a necessity to measure up to that mark.

 

With the first step of asking for forgiveness taken, it then becomes very important for God’s people to gain much needed knowledge. Man needs to receive the understanding needed to move them out of the vicious cycle of continually sinning and needing forgiveness. Pointing to receiving from God forgiveness concerning a life-style of repeating the same sins. God’s desire is that we move on to that place of continuous victory. Remember, sins are but fruit, forgiveness picks the fruit, but other fruit (sins) will grow in its place if the root remains intact. Meanwhile, many people are testifying to the fact that they are growing weary of warring with this sin factor. Nevertheless, we must thank God continually for the blood that washes away our sins, but we must also see the need to awaken to a truth, a light of understanding that will show that God’s people do not always need to continually circle the mountain of sin. God would have us move on through this wilderness that we might gain access, an entrance into the land of promise (God’s Holy of Holies), which means for us a victorious life.

 

This speaks of coming into a lifestyle of victory in all things. As we come out of the wilderness, we learn that the Father orders the steps of a righteous man. With Jesus, we began to declare, “I only do those things which I see my Father do and only say those things which I hear my Father say.” This type of intimacy with obedience to the Father results in the destruction of the root of sin, the law of iniquity. In knowing that sin cannot dwell in the light of God’s presence, therefore neither does its root. Coming into the promises of God, His life, the spiritual promise land, means that a people can now move across that river of spiritual death (a life-style of being separated from God) to enter God’s available eternal life.

 

The river of death, typed by the Jordan River, and crossed so long ago by the children of Israel, speaks of a people of today who are separating from their spiritual death realm wonderings and all its fruits. By dying out to their spiritual death wonderings, it means a moving into a dwelling place in God, the Father. This is the place prepared for us by our elder brother, the first-born son, Christ Jesus. Remember the words spoken by Jesus when He said, “…I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. (John 14:2-3). What is it that keeps us from living in this place with Him? What is it that keeps us from knowing the reality of the visible expression of the Kingdom of God in and through us?

 

Iniquity is a word which, as used in the New Testament, means “illegality, violation of law, wickedness, injustice, wrongfulness (of character, life or act), transgression, lawlessness, unrighteous and wrongdoing”. From this definition, we need to pay special attention to these three defining words.

(1) “Illegality” from the dictionary means, “prohibited by law; against the law; unlawful, illicit; also, not authorized, or sanctioned, as by rules.”

(2) The word “injustice” means, “the quality of being unjust or unfair; lack of justice; wrong.”

(3) “Lawlessness,” a word which has the meaning of, “without law; not regulated by the authority of law, not in conformity with law, not obeying the law; unruly; disorderly”.

 

From these meanings for “iniquity” and the definitions of these words, we began to get a picture of a life-style that opposes that which God has established from Himself to promote order. Is it not so, that God is a God of order? Did not God, in that which He created declare, “It is good”? Meaning that God, when He declared that “it was good” brought into expression the visible creation with all things being in their proper balance. This balance is that which we all need to birth from within, which is the light, life, and well-being of God in all its forms. “Good”, the adverb, has the meaning of “beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, favor, fine, glad, graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, loving, merry, pleasant, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet and wealth”. With this word “good” having such a broad definition, we can also see its description expressed in I Cor. chapter 13 with the using of the word “charity.”

 

“Charity” is a word meaning “affection or benevolence; a love-feast”. With the definitions of “good” and “charity” intertwining in description, we can herein see the explanation and life-style of the law of life that is to be lived in God. However, we can also begin to catch a glimpse of the type of life that manifest when this law of life is broken. Disobedience caused man to fall. It is in his fall that man ceased in his dwelling and living among the law of life. Dwelling outside the law of life places the vessel into a place of living in the law of iniquity and death. But, with the scripture declaring that each seed shall bring forth after its own kind, humanity can now, while in his fallen state, only birth death, which is a separation from the life of God. Meanwhile this death, the realm wherein the law of iniquity dwells, continues in the birthing of itself from generation to generation, producing after its own kind. Regardless of how man tries to dress it up or make it act by establishing orders that permit freedom from the true law of life, it does not remove humankind from the law of sin and death.

 

Iniquity is that illegal, unjust, lawless (law) that is a law whose existence manifest many types of fruit and expressions. Its complete existence is to war against the law of God. Rom. 8:7 states, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be”. “Enmity” means “to be hostile, at opposition.” Hence, iniquity in all its forms war against the law of God. Even though iniquity may take on many forms and release many expressions of life, it will forever remain in a state of opposition against God, especially when the word points it out, and then is ignored. That which man has become because of the fall and now as birthed from his mother’s womb is the results and manifestations of being out of harmony with the law of God. This law of God is that which God placed in Adam at the time of his creation. In this truth, man as we see and know him today is not the man God created and placed in the Garden of Eden.

 

Today’s man is the product of a creation that is out of harmony with the law of the original creation, a law that brought forth the first visible created man in harmony with God. Because man is out of harmony with this law of God, he now exists as an illegal, unjust, and lawless man. For man to be out of harmony with the law of God, it makes for a life-style that disrupts all that God said is “good.” Where man had his first existence in love, joy, and peace, he now knows hate, sadness, war, and broken fellowship, not only with God and the rest of humanity, but also with himself. While man may seek to do or be good by incorporating religious patterns learned through lustful desires and selfish motives, as well as knowledge gained intellectually from much study, man will always fall short.

 

Carnal man forever goes about establishing for himself religious principles that suit and satisfy his own selfish cravings in trying to fulfill his God created needs, but that man forever fails. Why does man fail, because fallen man lives outside the scope of God’s law of life? While seeking and even desiring to do well, a law (illegal, unjust, lawless) working in his members’ wars against the good. This is a law that wars against God’s law of life. Rom. 7:22-23 declares, “For I delight in the law of God [life] after the inward man; but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin [iniquity] which is in my members”.

 

It is this law of sin (iniquity – the sin nature) which man must finally overcome; which man must die unto that he may again stand in God’s presence. Like Adam and Eve before the fall, God invites the man to walk with Him in the spirit of the day. Gen. 3:8 says, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [spirit] of the day…” This word “cool” is the Hebrew word “ROUCH” and rendered “spirit, invisible force, is invisible except by its manifestations.” These manifestations come from both the internal and external character of the man. As coming from God, it is the invisible origin of life. All apart from this is a realm called death.

 

The blood sacrifice fallen man needed for redemption was fulfilled by Christ Jesus. It was and is His blood that was shed for both the sins committed and the indwelling sin nature. The Holy Spirit, our teacher and comforter, empowers us, teaches us, quickens us and anoints us that we might live in a realm of victorious living. For the most part, this is where the church remains, in the outer court or the Holy place order; this in-part realm of life is only a knowing of the things of God as seen through a glass darkly. This in-part realm is that Holy Spirit baptism which anoints us with an anointing and a knowing of that which is only in part; hence we only prophesy in part. However, when that which is perfect (spiritual maturity, completion) is come within the man, then that which is in part passes away. (Read 1 Cor. 13:9-10).

 

This in-part realm is that which God gave to the church and where the church will remain until we press in to obtain that purchased possession, the fullness of our inheritance. We cannot, any longer just be trusting only in the pledge, the earnest of our inheritance, but we have a need to be dwelling in the full measure. Eph. 1:13-14 declares, “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 [a pledge] of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory”.

 

This time of sealing by the Holy Spirit, at such a time as this because the “day of the Lord” is upon us, God is actively dividing and separating a harvest. He moves among His people to purify all strains of iniquity from them. The time of the earnest of our inheritance only is passing away from this people, that the fullness of their inheritance may come forth. We are not to live any longer in-part, but a standing up in perfection, a maturity and completeness before the Father in becoming one with Him.

 

With our spiritual eyes being open, we can begin to see, to know, and understand God’s true attitude, His frame of mind concerning this law of iniquity. With heaven (God’s invisible dwelling place – also God living within receiving men) being a place of complete love, joy, peace and happiness, it is of a certainty that all which is illegal, unjust and lawless will not dwell there. Do you remember the man who entered the wedding feast without the proper wedding garment? God bound and cast this man into darkness, because he lacked the proper wedding garments.

 

Matt. 7:21-23 declares, “Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will [the desire] of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name cast out devils? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [illegality, unjust, unlawfulness]”. In the sense of this context, God is getting to know a person in connection with the doing of God’s will and not by the works of man. “Knew” in this context is the Greek verb “GENOSKO,” rendered as “to know (by experience, or effort); to acquire knowledge, become acquainted with.”

 

Herein God is getting to know, by experience, each chosen vessel. This knowing comes only as we do the Father’s will. The will of God, not accomplished through the habitual habits of man, for God is not a habit-forming law but a God of divine order, a divine nature. He is an order of life that flows continually without ceasing in revealing Himself to each hungry vessel as He leads them unto perfection. Heb. 6:1-2 reveals, “Therefore leaving [having left] the principles of the doctrine of Christ [of the beginning], let us go on [be borne along] unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works [iniquity], and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment”. Perfection is that place of maturity that has fulfilled these above-mentioned principles of the doctrines of Christ. The sons of God are those led continually by God’s Spirit. To cease from the leading of God is to lose sight of the His Spirit and is like a dog that returns to his own vomit.

 

God has been pleased, until now, to allow the wheat and tares to grow up together. Is it not time for this world (present age-time) to end? (Read Matt. 13:36-43). God’s messengers are even now gathering out of His kingdom all things that offend, that which causes vessels to stumble and them that do iniquity. Matt. 13:41 declares, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels [messengers], and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity”. God declares that outward appearances only are not to His liking. They that do such things are deceived and deceive a people into not knowing the truth.

 

Notice in Matt. 23:27-28, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” Here God identifies outward religious righteousness with the law of hypocrisy and iniquity. As we consider this truth, we began to see the working of a law that has the appearance of “good,” while within, the fallen, illegal, unjust, lawlessness law continues to operate. This reveals for us that which the in-part realm or anointing can never do, bring and manifest complete deliverance. However, by having the anointing of a full measure (the Christ nature), the perfection of the law of life shall come forth to manifest the glory of God, the nature of that sinless life.

 

There is a law that produces lawlessness. It is that law which causes the fallen man to continue to speak and go his own way. It never remains silent but is declaring its own at all times. This law seeks its own while, instead of loving, it uses others for its own gain. This is that law of iniquity that works within man to seek its own reward. While the “day of the Lord” is upon us, there is movement going on among God’s people. This movement is the results of God releasing from Himself, to man, an increased anointing that shall usher in the greater presence of God among humanity. From within a chosen people, the anointing of that full measure ministry shall consume that law of iniquity, to release the fullness of life in God unto all who would receive. “Iniquity” is from an old Angle-Saxon phrase, meaning “lack of inner quiet.”

 

Herein, a people are to learn how to keep the old man silent before God. To cease from allowing all the many voices of the world and self to lord it over them. God invites us to “be still and know that I am God.” In the silence of this flesh man, God can speak, He instructs, gives guidance, and reveals His will too and for us. Again, we are, by the fruits of the Spirit to be known and not by the gifts of the spirit. Therefore, consider your place in Him, stand still until God speaks and go forth to do that which He speaks. Then, we shall come into and know the anointing of a full measure. Habakkuk 2:20 states, “But the Lord is in His holy temple [the body of Christ, individually and collectively]; Let all the earth [old carnal fleshly man and all his ways] keep silence [be still] before Him”.

 

“Sing and rejoice, O Daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day and shall be My People: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of Host hath sent me unto thee. And the Lord shall inherit Judah His portion in the holy land and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for He is raised up out of His holy habitation”. (Zech. 2:10-13). God, today, is rising up from within His temple, which we are, and through His Temple He is to be seen. The old man is dead, has grown silent and the Christ is coming forth. Come forth quickly, O God, come forth. His temple, which Christ’ body is, is rebuilt for us to know the freedom of our God given inheritance.

 

 

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

“The Truth Liberates”

We, a people living on the earth as it is today, are in an age of living with much despair for most of the population. Many people are asking questions such as, what am I here for and what is my purpose for being here? God speaks of a time, as recorded in the scriptures, when such as this type of uncertainty would exist. Despair manifest when a people are unable to find happiness, peace, contentment, or fulfillment. Most people seem to lack any type of understanding as to what is really going on or what is really happening. This condition seems to agree with the words spoken in Isa. 60:2a, “For, behold, the darkness [lack of spiritual understanding] shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people…. Does this not seem to be the way of life for most of the people today?

Having a lack of spiritual enlightenment is becoming the common-place life-style for most of humanity. Because of the lack of spiritual understanding, humanities real purpose in life is sadly lacking. Humankind has built a world for self with nothing withheld from them concerning living a life filled only with selfish desires. However, even with any and everything being made available, most of human kind find in themselves a vast void, a void that the activities and possessions which the world offers is unable to fill. Therefore, in a continual search for fulfillment outside of God, darkness increases through each generation until man find himself living in the time of a darken world with darkness consuming the minds of the majority the people.

Meanwhile, during all of this darkness, God has promised unto mankind a Deliverer. He has declared that a new seed, a new generation, would be birthed that would overcome the adversary and establish a complete new world. This Deliverer of promise is the promised Abraham’s true spiritual seed who is now coming into spiritual maturity, ready to make an appearance. This seed shall establish God’s kingdom as they rule with Him, having dominion with and in Christ over the kingdom. These rulers are God’s chosen ones called beforehand and living in these last days to usher in a new world, the kingdom of God. It is for this cause that we are even now hearing His voice, “Arise, shine; for the light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee, … but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee”. (Isa. 60:1 & 2b).

God’s trumpet is sounding, and His redeemer is coming forth to redeem and establish. It is time for the spiritual house of Israel to ascend into the heavenlies (the spiritual realm of God flowing from within), to raise up from the earth realm of time into the realm of eternal life. This redeemer, the Christ, Head and His many member body, shall and is even now coming forth. (Isa. 59:20-21). “The Redeemer will come to Zion, and those who turn from transgression in Jacob, says the Lord. As for me, says the Lord, this is my covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendant’s descendants, says the Lord, from this time and forevermore.”

Every man shall come forth, each in his own order, to know the Father. Zion is God’s great dwelling place within the people of the earth. Zion is God’s place of glory; it is the place where God is manifesting Himself through His sons. He is returning to redeem Zion (His sons) so all receiving ones, through Zion might also be redeemed. God is redeeming these by His revealed Word, by His truth coming forth with great understanding. Can you not hear the sound? The trumpet is blowing loud and clear. This is the day to assembly unto Zion, the place of His glory as it manifests from within them.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32). Free, free, free. Free from what and free to do what? How is it that we are to gain the freedom spoken of here? The prerequisite to this freedom is given in John 8:31a, “…If you continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; This word “continue” means “to abide,” which is a word of action. It means we must not only hear, but also actively be a participator in that word until it forms its expression in us. Those, who continue in His word to become His disciples, are learners of Him.

These learners are a people who have been found by Him and seek after Him, foremost above all other things. Thus, this freedom, spoken of in the above scripture, could be speaking of a freedom from that which brought us under bondage in the old Adam man, the fallen natural man. It could be speaking of liberation from self, all selfish motives to desire Him alone. Thus, seeking the truth liberates the vessel from every hindering power to become the truth itself. Remember, we are to seek first the Kingdom of God, and all else will be added unto us. How is this possible? As stated, just by seeking Him first in all things?

Where can humanity find this truth? There are many types of truth, but they all are not necessarily a truth that liberates man unto God. Truth tells us that gravity causes all things to fall to the earth, when loosed from any power keeping it from falling. Consider an apple, when loosed from a tree, it falls. However, that truth does not necessarily liberate you from bondage. It is a known truth that all humanity is sinners after the fallen Adam nature. However, that truth alone, by itself, does not make you free. Nevertheless, the knowledge of the truth that Jesus died for our sin nature and by receiving Him into our hearts, He will cleanse and liberate us from our sins. This truth, when applied can make us free; it can liberate us from the sin nature and can move us into a new life style, a new nature. Therefore, while some truth only makes us aware, only the knowledge of the truth when applied will make us free.

What then is “the truth”? “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life …” (John 14:6). Now, could it not be that this scripture only makes us aware of something, that Christ Jesus is the truth? The knowledge about Him being the truth alone does not liberate us. However, by becoming intimately acquainted with Him, be receiving and experiencing Him within (who is the truth); this is what makes us free. Therefore, our goal, along with Paul is, That I may know him and the power of his resurrection … (Phil. 3:10). Do you desire to know Him? Is He your main goal? If so, “…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 show it unto you”. (John 16:13-14). God is more than willing to show us the truth. The Holy Spirit, Himself, will guide and lead us into all His truth. He will quicken the truth and when we yield unto it, it will enable and cause us to gain the experience.

Receiving the Christ means we have obtained an inheritance, predestinated according to God’s purpose, which is after the counsel of His own will. After hearing the truth and trusting in Christ, He seals us with the Holy Spirit of promise as we believe and receive. Eph. 1:13-14 tells us, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. This promise is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” The prerequisite of obtaining our predestinated inheritance is one of trusting in the word of truth after hearing, believing and receiving.

This same Holy Spirit, who seals us unto that word of promise, He will also quicken to us the word of truth. The receiver, in obedience, will then become a visible expression of an invisible truth. God has declared in John that He, the Spirit of promise, would lead us unto all truth. In the above scripture, this same Spirit also seals us unto the fullness of our inheritance. This word “sealed” implies possession or security, as well as being a distinctive mark. Being sealed symbolizes a finished transaction, ownership, and security. Thus, we can begin to rest in a truth, that God, who has begun a good work within us shall complete that which He began. He chose, He called and is now at work as the power of the Holy Spirit is sanctifying us into the finished purchased possession, the redemption of our bodies, a distinctive mark.

Have you ever felt the anointing of God stirring in you? Has conviction made you aware that you have a need for something more from and in God? Does the Holy Spirit minister to you concerning the Word of God? Do you feel incomplete in your walk with the Father? Could it be that God has purchased for you the promise of an inheritance, which He now works in you to perform it, to bring it unto the time of receiving the possession? Let us not allow the doctrines and traditions of man to hinder us. Let us allow the old Adamic nature to die through yielding our members unto God. “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor [uproar], and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice; and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”. (Eph. 4:30-32).

Read and study Rom. 8:18-23, and understand that we are sealed, that we are a purchased possession, a finished transaction, to manifest from within the fullness of adoption. Rom. 8:23 declares, “…. but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”. Being “sealed” becomes the earnest of our redemption. “Sealed” is a fulfilling and sealing until the redemption of the purchased possession.

As Phil. 3:20-21 states, “For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven [the spiritual, invisible realms of God, also within], from whence also we look [eagerly wait for] for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change [transform, or change the fashion of] our vile body, that it may be fashioned like [to be conformed] unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself”. How many are eagerly looking for Him? As revelation reveals unto us the anointed Savior, Christ Jesus, we, by the power of that revelation, become that which we see. Do you see Him, and are you changed? When the noise of the world grows silent, in those quite times, does not that inner longing for the Christ surface?

Seek Christ first and all the other things, He adds unto you. As we seek Christ, our understanding increases and our eyes began to see Him more clearly. Revelation begins to reveal the mysteries of God and we begin to know Him. We become thoroughly acquainted with Him and see the truth of His Word. We see in the truth of His word the hope of our calling, which is, a call into Son-ship and our acceptance as sons in the Beloved Son. We begin to understand what the riches of the glory of His inheritance is in the saints. We become His peculiar treasure and we begin to know the exceeding greatness of His power in us. We begin to experience our place with Him in the heavenlies, far above all powers, and dominions. With Him, we shall know the experience of having all things put under the feet of the Christ, the head and many member body. For scripture says, that we are His body, the fullness of Him that fills all things. (Read and study Eph. 1:15-23).

In the beginning, before the foundation of the world, God’s will and purpose was spoken and all things began to come into being, according to its time and season. He called, and He chose. He allowed the adversary to fulfill his purpose. He set into motion the way of salvation, through the Lamb chosen before the foundation of the world that a people would come forth in the likeness of His image. Thus, that which He began, as the First and the Last, we shall find Him finishing. We shall see all things coming forth in their order, until the redemption of the body, by the power of His resurrection, raising us up to become His glorious body.

Thus, we have this assurance, because He began, He shall likewise finish. A sealing unto the purchased possession is the day of His appearance, when He, in His sons, the many member body of Christ, appears. For this cause, we, even now know the workings of the Holy Spirit, to bring about the justifying, which is ours in Him. We can now begin to pray with Christ Jesus, Father, give us back the glory that we had in you before we came into this world. Come forth quickly.

 

 

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

“The Mysteries Made Known”

There is somewhat of a knowing, especially among Christian peoples, that God’s Word is all-powerful. When received, the Word of God is not restricted nor hindered from performing completely and totally that which He speaks. His words, written or unwritten, contain within themselves all that is necessary to bring about their complete fulfillment. Unto the reader or hearer that receives these words, they also receive within them the power to become the expression of that word. This power received, will rest within the receiving vessel, until the receiver spiritually matures and expresses the word’s power from within. Often, as not a spiritual warfare within the vessel comes first before the Word of God begins to manifest. All opposition within each vessel is to be and can be conquered. This warfare, much of the time, causes confusion and a great inner concern or fear. Nevertheless, unto that one who stands firm in faith, the released word will conquer every enemy; it will conquer everything that stands in opposition to God’s released word.

This battle will continue until finally the word expresses itself in a full measure. It is for this reason and cause that God releases to the receiver, line upon line, precept upon precept, a little at a time, until spiritual maturity comes forth. Recognize that God does not reveal His complete glory, all at once unto the fallen man because His glory would consume the man because of his sin nature. Could this be one of the reasons God causes some things to remain a hidden mystery unknown by man? God desires to increase understanding and then He allows for a further work. When God reveals a truth, removing all the mystery, the work through submission according to its intended purpose brings forth a visible expression. What is it that God desires to reveal in and through you? What is He speaking unto you now? Could it be that now is the time for a people to become a greater expression of God in the earth, greater than ever before? If so, hear the words of the Father. For unto some, those hearing and receiving the word, now is the time for their complete fulfillment.

One thing we should ever keep in mind is that God has an eternal purpose. According to that purpose, He calls, He chooses, He reveals, and He releases the power to become. We draw attention to the scripture written in Eph. 1:5 that declare, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” We were foreordained by God to be His sons according to His own counsel and will; He is at work within us for His good pleasure as the blood of the lamb redeems us. While having spent our whole lives under the restrictive laws of this present carnal world, we are destined to know liberty and move into a place of rulership in Christ. A people, elected by God, to hold such an office of purpose that we might take dominion over the earth, to subdue it, to be fruitful, multiply, and establish God’s authority over all His creation.

With God’s purpose unable to ever be defeated and by using all things to complete His will, God releases from Himself unto the called, spiritual energy (the anointing) that all things may be according to what He has spoken. Eph. 1:8-9 says, “Wherein he hath abounded toward us all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:”. In God relating with a people, He delights in sharing His wisdom with them. However, thus far certain things concerning His will have continued to remain a secret mystery kept from us, to remain so, until the time of His choosing.

Then and only then, will He reveal and bring them forth. Know this, that it is the Father’s good pleasure to reveal Himself to each called vessel, to work a perfecting work within them, until perfection comes forth unto full manifestation. From the above scripture, God withholds His secrets; He keeps them from humankind’s understanding, until the time for their manifestation. Again, we should understand that God’s word spoken among us, with the hearing of it only, does not make it a word received within. However, unto those who receive the word and the revelation within, in obedience they shall also receive power and authority to become that revealed word. An enlightened word will begin to captivate their attention until it becomes the complete focus. When focusing upon the revelation and giving ourselves up to it, the enlightened word consumes us and burns away all resistance until finally that word is fulfilled unto manifestation.

People of God, there are mysteries that continue to remain a secret. They are mysteries hidden since the world began, could it not be that the mysteries and those chosen from before the foundation of the world are an interlocking truth. One is as the other, only finding themselves fulfilling each other. Rom. 16:25 declares, “Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.” A mystery will remain a secret, only until the time for its God intended release. At that time, it shall become established through those receiving understanding and then it becomes an expression unto manifestation. “But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.” (Rom. 16:26).

Where was this mystery, this secret hidden? Could it not have been hidden among the scriptures all the time, only hidden from prying eyes as parables, until the time for man to be brought forth in that truth? Even now, as in Jesus’ day, much of the Christian populace only hears the truth in parables. When Jesus was asked about why He taught in parables, He had this to say, “And the disciples came, and said unto him, why speak thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” (Matt. 13:10-11).

We must remember that every called man is called to come forth in his own God chosen order and then called into the place for his fulfillment. When the time of your order comes forth, the mysteries of that parable shall no longer remain hidden. Restoration is for those who have an ear to hear by the quickening of the Holy Spirit. Have you not heard it spoken, “I just don’t understand”, only to have that same one later come forth rejoicing because of their new found understanding of that which was once hidden?

A mystery, a parable is a hidden truth, but it has a purpose, to be timely and divinely revealed. The English word “mystery” is a transliteration of the Greek word “MUSTERIOM,” which means “a sacred secret.” From the Chaldee word “RAZ” as used in Daniel’s day, it means, “to conceal.” Hence, a mystery is something concealed with purpose until the time for its revealing. A mystery is something concealed that was there all the time. In Heb. 1:1, God has made known His will “at sundry times and in divers’ manners.” He also kept certain things secret, to reveal them from time to time according to His purpose and counsel. Thus, God conceals secrets until the time of His choosing, to the individual, as well as collectively and dispensational.

Again in Matt. 13:10-11 we are shown that God revealed secrets of the Kingdom to his disciples, but not to the people in general. “And the disciples came, and said unto Him, why speak Thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Here this truth, as we take notice, is speaking of a mystery of truth not known before and rejected as in Jesus’ time concerning God’s kingdom. In its rejection, there would be a long interval between that rejection and the kingdom finally being set up in God’s glory.

In Isa. 6:9-10, scripture tells of a people who would be blind concerning God’s true kingdom. And He said, Go, and tell the People, hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of the People fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.” While this blindness and dull of hearing was made known to Isaiah, the duration of this condition was kept a “secret” from him and the people only to be revealed through Paul later.

Rom. 11:25 tells us, “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in”. There is much that can be said here, but simply consider, that blindness was also to be a part of God’s promise concerning His seed (the sons of God) until the latter-day church came into its time. Then, God would open the eyes of His chosen seed that they might know, understand, and become the sons of God to establish God’s Kingdom in the earth.

While there are many secrets hidden in God, one being revealed and is very important for this last day church. It is that God shall have for Himself a perfected people through which to establish His kingdom and to rule with Him on the earth. It is through these perfected ones that God shall establish His Kingdom on the earth, so they might restore all things back to God. The mystery of Godliness is a mystery that reveals and shows that a people, in perfection, are His people and He shall be their God. Could it not be that He shall dwell in them, making the whole man complete, spirit, soul, and body? A whole man made complete and manifesting the glory (nature) of God.

Eph. 4:13 declares that a people shall be fully redeemed, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Thus, full salvation has a certain divine beginning and a certain divine conclusion, as well as a certain divine in-between. Much of the church of today dwells in the mind-set that says perfection or completion of man’s salvation will only take place after a physical death or a taken away to some other place called heaven. However, does the Word of God confirm or agree with that mind-set?

Paul, in his writings, does not speak as though that state of perfection in the Christians life was unattainable on earth. Rather, he says in Phil. 3:12-15 that he was looking to achieve this higher place of perfection. “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended but this one thing I do, forgetting those things, which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things, which are before, I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded”. Paul, the apostle, was called of God to receive such a revealing of this the word. He, used of God to write much of the New Testament, excelling in his ministry in every area, but knowing that God’s desire was to bring him and a people to a place of perfection, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

In Phil. 3:4-7, Paul’s natural pedigree tells us of those things he could count as accomplishments in the flesh, but he counted them all but loss for Christ. “Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, and Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless; But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ”. What was Paul trying to show us? Could it be that the goal of the Christian life is not just to wait for an external catching away event in some future time and place, as most of the church groups regularly teach and proclaim. Paul had been born again; he had experienced the speaking in tongues and the Pentecostal gifts. He had also known several years of fruitful ministry.

What then does Paul mean when saying in Phil.3:8, “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” God has set a goal before us, which is, the full possession of Christ, a goal in which we should direct our attention. Nowhere does Paul teach that this goal is only for a person after they leave the earth to go to a far-off heaven somewhere. Is not this limited teaching what most believe today? In always putting the truth of God’s Word off into the future, we become stagnated in a swamp of doctrinal correctness while Christ is simply saying to us as was spoken to Israel, “Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward.” (Exodus. 14:15).

However, the mind-set of today is much like the children of Israel, “to do good, but never-get-there” attitude. Not so with those whom the Holy Spirit is leading. He encourages us to go forward and possess everything that God ever has been or has done and is revealing to us individually and collectively. It pleased the Father to include in Jesus all the substance and nature of His Own Holy being, a perfect and complete revelation, and fulfillment of all God is. He who has the Son then, has everything, including the divine Godhead, all that God is, living within to flow out from their vessel.

A false concept in many man’s belief is: If we have been born again, spoken in tongues, gone to church for years, wrought miracles and done many wonderful works, then we have all of Christ. Not so, Paul, mighty in God, continued to press toward a higher calling. He was not willing to rest in his own righteousness, but he pressed toward the righteousness of God. Phil. 3:9 says, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law [law of the flesh]”. Friends, until we know Him and the power of His resurrection, working in the whole man, we are to be found pressing onward to the fullness of our calling in Christ. Let us agree with Paul in Phil. 3:10, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection….”

A “mystery,” a previously hidden truth, now divinely revealed, has much power. These truths, revealed today as never before in modern day history, what is their purpose? Remember, the word revealed gives power to become. Therefore, at the time of God’s revealing, He purposes to gather that truth into Himself as we remain in Christ. A many member body restored unto that which we were to be in Him before the foundation of the world.

Eph. 1:10 declares, “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him:” 1 Cor. 15:20-25 also states, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order; Christ the firstfruits, afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming. Then cometh the end, 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”.

Friends, we have a destiny. God has chosen us from before the foundation of the world with purpose. He has called us in due season and placed us under tutors of the Holy Spirit, that we might mature to the point of receiving our inheritance. These things are not after our own counsel, but of God the Fathers. Eph. 1:11 states, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will.” If He worked all things after the counsel of His own will, does He not then bring them to pass? Is God’s Word unattainable?

Is it something that is out of our reach for this life and attained only after physical death? Nay, but God has willed and purposed. He reveals Himself with purpose, to bring forth His firstfruits, the next order in God that each order may follow and come forth in their place, their order in God. As God reveals to you, receive and become, as He is even now coming forth in His saints. Set your goals and desires upon Christ and become a part of the Christ in the earth. Is this the day of our adoption? Is it now time for the sons of God to make their appearance? I say, “yea and amen.” It is time, come forth quickly.

 

 

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

“Our Bodily Right”

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

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

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

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

The definition of “redemption” from the dictionary means:

1. The act of redeeming and the condition achieved.

2. A recovery of something mortgaged; a repurchase.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

“Called and Chosen”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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“God’s True Church – In Travail”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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