“Abiding”

The higher calling that is coming forth from God during this, our day and season in God, is drawing a people into a greater fulfillment and manifestation of His heavens. This call, as it comes forth from God, speaks of a far greater spiritual life-style and authority as it is being imparted by the Holy Spirit. This position is for the purpose of revealing Christ to the world in a greater manifestation of His glory. This Christ, as we remember from scripture, speaks of both the head of Christ, named Jesus, as well as His many membered body, a man-child being birthed. This is the call that is placing into Christ and bringing His hearing people into their ordained place of rest. This is a rest that transforms the soul into the nature of Christ. Matt. 11:28 declares, “Come unto [denotes going toward, implying motion onward, addition and view as an end] Me, all [those seeking rest] you that labor and are heavy laden [those burdened] and I will give you rest [His rest]”. Here Christ refers, not to sins, but to service; not to guilt, but to labor; not to the conscience, but to the heart; not to repentance, but to learning; not to finding forgiveness, but to finding rest.

For this experience called rest, God makes available and gives instructions to all who are hungering and thirsting for this rest, a rest He supplies from Himself. This supplying of Himself was the great accomplishment which took place upon the cross of sacrifice. That is, the giving of His first-born son as the needed sacrifice for all mankind. This sacrifice enables yielded vessels to be birthed from out of the realm called death. This realm of death is that conquering foe that seeks to destroy all that God has purposed for His people. But, unto all so called and desiring, they can come into His rest, His life-style. HOW? John 15:4, Abide in Me, and I [He abiding in us] in you. As the branch cannot [expressing full and direct negation] bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more [even so neither] can you except you abide in Me”.

Especially note the above word “abide” as it is used three times within this verse, implying its great importance. Therefore, its importance rest in its full meaning to those who hear Him. “Abide” points to “dwell, remain, continue, endure, abide still, tarry and be present”. Here God stresses the need for His people to bring forth fruit. This fruit belongs to Him and it is impossible to gain maturity without this steadfast abiding in the vine which is Christ. Herein, that which is in Christ, causes the fruit to mature above and beyond measure when it’s not limited by the minds of carnal man. This fruit, the results of the Holy Spirits ministry, can ripen and manifest as God’s harvest. This happens completely without and beyond the thought’s and ability of the carnal man in all his efforts.

Know that the half has not yet been told, seen nor heard concerning the manifestations which God’s wisdom shall bring forth. Unto the men and women who purposely abide in the vine, they shall mature beyond the thoughts and limited intents of mankind’s own wisdom. Without Christ, the vine, the mature fruit shall not appear. Without exception, this lack includes the appearing of the tares which speaks of counterfeit product or fruit. In this, let’s note the response that comes from the Queen of Sheba in her response to King Solomon’s reign. In this, understand that the naturel expression revealed in the context is but a type or shadow to the revealing of God’s fruit even as it comes forth today.

I Kings 10:4-9, “And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit within her. And she said to the king, it was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold [directing special attention to some particular point or subject] the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceeded the fame which I heard. Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before you, and they hear your wisdom. Blessed by the Lord your God, which delighted in thee, to set you on the throne of Israel: because the Lord has loved Israel forever. Therefore, He made you king, to do judgment and justice [righteousness]”.

When yielding unto God, our spirit, our soul and our body, a chain reaction begins to take place which is purposed to swallow up the complete man. This results in fulfillment within each committed one God’s purpose for each receiving vessel, which is, becoming one in Him. This oneness provides for each yielded vessel all the increase necessary to manifest this oneness. Note God’s plan and purpose as stated in 1 Peter 2:9-10, “But you are a chosen generation [race, kind], a royal nation, a peculiar people, that you should shew forth the praises [virtues] of Him Who hath called you out [out from] darkness into [motion into] His marvelous light [that which is underived (not turned from its main channel nor obtained by reasoning),  and absolute]: which in time past were not a people but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy”. This is coming into that place of complete and perfect fulfillment, a people becoming one with God to now manifest Christ unto all creation.

HOW? But by the hand of God who releases from Himself unto those willing to receive. HOW? Through the vessel humbling himself before God and allowing the stubborn rebellious heart to become crucified in Him and enter into His rest. Matt. 11:29 states, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me [a deliverance or passing away from any state or condition]; For I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your souls”. While the old carnal natural man finds himself in opposition to being meek and lowly in heart, the new creation man finds his soul responding to and becoming one of manifesting the Christ. Herein they now manifest Christ in their mind, their will, their emotions and their desires. This change is the product of being yoked to Christ even as the branch needs to stay connected to the vine. In this, all that is in and from the vine produces a like-kind fruit known as the nature of Christ. Herein, obedience to the Holy Spirit enables each responding vessel to abide in the vine as full grown precious fruit manifest in its fullness. By dwelling with Christ in His yoke, note that God enables the yoke and burden to be made easy and light (illumination). Matt. 11:30, “For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light”.

Pause and take note that the above stated scriptures are promises from God. In believing God’s word and His promises, believing vessels find available to them a new mind-set. A mind-set that sees, knows, believes, understands and responds to the workmanship of Christ within. We have this confidence, that even as spoken, God shall provide, perform and manifest. Our dependency is not upon self, our talents, nor our own knowledge and ability, but by the handiwork of God alone. In this, we rest in Him as, through continual obedience, He completes and manifest His purpose. Phil. 4:7, “And the peace of God, which passes [surpasses] all understanding [every mind or thought of carnal man], shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.

Can there be any greater assurance but that God shall complete that which He began? Nothing greater, for he does all things until the finished work reaches completion, which is when man walks in complete obedience. Obedience from a humble heart completes and releases the Holy Spirit to make man whole. HOW? Because our conversation, our citizenship is now changed. Meaning a new seat of government rules, of which we are citizens, including both our rights and responsibilities.

Phil. 3:20-21, “For our conversation [citizenship] is [exist now] in heaven [God’s dwelling place including within redeemed man]; from whence also we look for [eagerly wait for] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change [transform, change the fashion of] our vile body [our body of humiliation], that it may be fashioned like [conformed] into His glorious body [becoming His body of glory], according to the working whereby He is able [of His ability] to subdue [subject] all things into Himself”. Therefore, God is maturing a people who shall become likened unto Him, the results of abiding in Him. In this truth, let us abide in Him, our Forgiver, Our Sanctifier, Our Healer, Our Deliverer and Our Glorifier.

 

 

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“Who Are We?

The importance of knowing who we are according to and living in God reveals itself increasingly as we, the people of God, begin to take our place in Him. This, man’s destiny, is determined by God’s will and purpose for each yielded vessel. In knowing that God created the first man Adam to have dominion over God’s creation. God’s continuing purpose as from the beginning, is that man might subdue, have dominion over and replenish the earth. God’s purpose was that, beginning with Adam He might fill the earth with His presence in every dimension of life and throughout each manifesting order as released from God. Adam, while in total dependency upon God lived in that dominion, which was recognized and realized as Adam and Eve related to God in the cool, the spirit of the day in their beginning. Thus, Adam and Eve had a relationship with God that was one of constant communication, even as according to God’s purpose, for the day of beginnings.

Gen. 3:8a, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [spirit] of the day…”  However, their removal from this place of fellowship and dominion within the realm of the garden, was the results of disobedience. However, God in mercy, left them with a continuing promise. This promise declares that the way to the tree of life was to be protected by God. Protected until man could, through the purposed coming Christ, re-enter and again abide in the realm that was then called the Garden of Eden. This garden represents the place, the realm wherein man might be restored and partake of the available tree of life, therein to know and receive eternal life as God’s family.

What a glorious promise of purpose. In this promise, God is helping man to reclaim His purpose. It being important for man to know the place from which he fell. To also understand the why or reason for that fall. In the garden, when approached by the serpent, the exchanged communications between God’s enemy and Eve produced a mind-set that removed Eve and then Adam from their lofty realm of dominion. In accepting and receiving the serpent’s lies, that which the serpent is and what he represents became the mind-set of Eve, to then be passed on to Adam and then unto all generations following. Isa. 14:12-14 reveals the fallen angel’s mind-set to be passed on to mankind, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken [subdued] the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven [the heavens – including the throne-room], I will exalt my throne above the stars of GOD: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the MOST HIGH”.

God’s created man, coming out of Him was what He purposed before the foundation of the world. Man was created from the dust of the earth to then receive the breath of life coming from God, His spirit, to become a living soul. Adam was now a living soul, purposed to manifest the nature of God. But now, because of disobedience, fallen creation lives in a fallen condition. They could now, in their fallen condition, begin to recognize the lofty place from which they had fallen. This fall was from a lofty realm of dwelling in light (dwelling in the knowledge and presence of God) into a realm of living in darkness (separated from the God’s Life and purpose). However, in His love, God’s promise of restoration enables man to find his way back to that realm of light from which he fell. The promise from God concerning a Son to be birthed and become a sacrifice came, and now makes available to fallen man the ministry of progressive salvation, complete redemption and restoration.

This sacrifice, in becoming man’s salvation, is available to bring any repentant man back to that spiritual place God intended for man to possess and dwell. Back from darkness, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, to that realm of light which abides in Christ. The completion of our salvation through Jesus Christ results in the true meaning of the “word” and “work” of resurrection. This “work” of resurrection begins for repentant man at the cross of Jesus to continue until knowing that the completed work (restoration of spirit, soul, and body) is accomplished. Note that the word “resurrection” is a word that means “a reversal”. In this, along with Paul, we can express our desire, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection”.

God’s intention has never changed. From before the foundation of the world He purposed to make man in the likeness of His image. As written in Gen. 1:26, “And God said, Let Us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over …” This word “man” as used here is the Hebrew word “AW-DAM’ with the meaning of “one showing blood (life) in the face”. This is speaking of man, whose countenance reflects the quality of his inner nature, a nature that is the results of the breath, the life of God breathed into the formed dust of the earth man. God’s breath, His Spirit caused the man of dust to become a living soul, a living soul reflecting the nature of God. “Made in God’s image” speaks of the man being in the same “shade” as God. “Shade” denotes that man vibrated or existed in the same realm as God. These vibrations speak of the different realms or expressions that extend from God in fulfilling all His purposes.

Psalms 89:15 reveals, “Blessed is the People that know the joyful sound: They shall walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy countenance [face, life]“. Remember that the scripture does declare that when we see Him as He is, we shall be like Him. In the above scripture, take note of the words “sound” and “light”. With each, sound or light becoming a manifestation, these are the results that come from a certain vibration. “Sound” has a certain vibration while “light” is the result of a higher vibration. Before man’s fall in Eden, he existed in pure spirit form and his body was a covering purposed to expressed God’s light. However, according to God’s wisdom, He allows man the freedom to fall from that higher vibration to a lesser vibration but with a purposed hope.

Note Rom. 8:20, “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope”. Hope, having its fulfillment through salvation means for man that deliverance from the bondage of fallen corruption is available. Salvation is the process, made available by the cross, by which we can return to God. This reversal will once again give expression to the life and light that we are as being in Him.

This also speaks that unto those who continue to reject the work of salvation which God has made available; there is a continuation of life locked into that realm of darkness. Their countenance, their nature expresses a realm of evil that maintains the manifestation of that darkness. Matt. 6:23 states, “But if thine eye be evil, the whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness”. With darkness, having many forms of expressions, sometimes it even has the appearance of light; but its source continues to be of the realm of darkness.

Can we understand that darkness is part of light? It is simply light whose vibration has slowed way down. Thus, man, in his fall, fell from a realm of pure light to a realm of light slowed down to appear now as darkness. Remember, God is “pure light” and in man’s present fallen slowed down condition of darkness, he cannot behold God and live. For this cause, God, the Word, became flesh. Meaning that God emptied Himself to become much less than what He really is. He lowered His vibration of light to become a man. For what reason did God Lower Himself? To deal with humanity on man’s level of darkness, a far lower vibration than the eternal God.

This means that God took on the form of slowed down light to appear in the realm of fallen men and the darken world. Jesus, as a flesh man, now depended upon the Holy Spirit to maintain His total victory over the flesh realm. Jesus gained victory over the realm of darkness, first through total obedience to the Father and then through His sacrifice on the cross. Man, through receiving that available sacrifice can once again approach the realm of light. That is, a quickening of vibration by the Holy Spirit to relate again with God in the realm of pure light. Therefore, we are encouraged to let the revelation of God run its course in us, that we might again become that pure light in spirit, soul and body. Proverbs 4:18, “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day”. 

        With revelation from and of God coming in a progressive manner, man has the tendency to build temples around those certain revealed truths. When this tendency transpires, it takes those certain truths of light and boxes in the light, to slow it down again until it finally becomes darkness again. Remember, darkness is light which has slowed down. Man-made temples become walls that stop the progressive flow of Gods light, thus moving towards and again becoming darkness. Therefore, revelation must remain free to move us more and more into God’s perfect day. A day wherein the light shines brighter than the noonday sun, a perfect day of restoration. Knowing a reversal from death into the power of His resurrection glorifies the Father in all things.

John 8:12, “Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”. Therefore, let us rise and shine for God’s glory is available for all who are willing to see Him as He is. In seeing Him as He is, man can become His image and likeness to manifest Christ unto the entire world. Thus, a called responding people becoming the light of God, as they began to know who they really are in Christ. Herein they manifest the Christ nature unto a darken world, becoming God’s light bearers until establishing completely the kingdom of God, that is by removing all the darkness. Thus, who are we, but God’s light bearers establishing the kingdom of God in the earth. Arise and shine for God’s glory has come.

 

 

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“We, The Christ Body”

Daily, when reading the news as reported in the newspaper and hearing about world events on television or the radio, we are becoming more and more aware of the darken dangerous times in which we live. These times are pointing to the fact that many events are taking place, which will eventually and are even now shocking the entire world. These shock waves are beginning to affect the people of the world, especially among those of the carnal and religious world. Meanwhile, as these events take place, many spiritual minded people, those classified in the Bible as “the overcomers”, those living according to the Word of God, are going to enter what He, the Christ is.

As these come into a full measure of the Christ, these “overcomers” shall lay to rest the controversy of our day as to whom and what the true church really is. A trumpet is now sounding as the voice of God is declaring that a time for spiritual reality is upon us. A departing and moving out of the realm of just knowing about or believing about only, into the realm of becoming the manifestation of that which God has spoken. This means that these overcomers shall move from the arena of concepts and revelation only into the arena of realities.

This speaks to us of the cross on which Jesus died as He became our means of death to self, a death that now means that His glory can rest upon us. This means that His life has become ours because we are now dead to the sin-nature of self and alive in Him. This speaks to us of a realm of life wherein we enter to go out no more. Rev. 3:12a, “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out no more ….” What a place to live, a dwelling in and with the presence of God Himself. In this, we should remember that our God is a consuming fire, a realm of life wherein the sin nature, the self-life nor rebellion can live. Thus, these people shall come to know the reality of “I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me”.

The place wherein sinners and hypocrites fear to dwell has become a place of life for the overcomer. Isa. 33:14-16 declares, “The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, he who despises the gain of oppressions, who gesture with his hands, refusing bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil: he will dwell on high; his place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; bread will be given him, his water will be sure”. By considering the form of “death” as spoken of here, we are not speaking of going to the grave, but rather we speak of coming to the end of the self-life. We are not speaking of those who remain independent in their own self-will, their purpose, their desires and mind, but to those who are becoming willfully obedient to God in all things. In considering death, we must ask ourselves these questions:

  1. Does this death to self-mean a loss of our life? Rev. 2:7, “He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God”.
  2. Does this death mean a loss of credibility? Rev. 2:26, “And he who overcomes, and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations”.
  3. Does this death mean the loss of home, lands, friends, even all things? Rev. 21:7, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son”. Remember Job.
  4. Does this death mean the loss of your good name? Rev. 3:12b, “… I will write on him [overcomer] the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem which comes down out of heaven from My God”. 

        In answering these questions, we find out that there is no true loss in Christ, but only gain. However, our gain is through loss concerning the realm of death, a living after the self-life. We gain life through death to self, the sin-nature. Glory takes the place of shame. Power is gained through weakness and we become exalted through abasement. This death is that which takes place at the cross and all that the cross accomplishes in a yielded vessel. This living unto the death realm was once lived through the saints but as they overcome, they are to be “sealed” unto Christ. Rev. 7:3, “Saying, do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”

God’s servants are those who are receiving the mind of Christ. The sealing in the foreheads takes us to Rom. 8:23b, which speaks of the time of our adoption, “even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our bodies”. Adoption, likened to the time of Jesus’ baptism, has the meaning of being “placed as sons”. It is at this time of adoption that the ministry of Jesus had its true beginning. Matt. 3:17, “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.

Here we consider an often-asked question. What is being a “son” but not yet a “manifested son”? 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be. But we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is”. This word “children”, in this scripture is the Greek word “TEKNON” which has the meaning of “little child, an offspring but very young in maturity”. The reason given as the why God calls them children is because it has not yet been revealed to them what they shall be. This means a people who have not yet come to full age and the Christ is not yet been fully manifested to and in them. This means that these sons, these children have not yet known the “placement of adoption”. These have not yet come out from under the law of sin and death.

Gal. 4:5, “to redeem those who were under the law [religious laws and concepts], that we might receive the adoption as sons”. Son’s in this scripture is the Greek word “HUIOTHISIA” which speaks of “maturity and relationship. It speaks of authority and commitment, a commitment to that Father-Son relationship”. These are in the placement of adoption that means they have fully yielded to the sealing of the sons, receiving the mind of Christ. These are now taking their place as Gods manifested sons.

God’s promises are yea and amen, to those who overcome they become the in-Christed ones who now manifest the nature of Christ. Gal. 4:1-2 declares, “Now I say that the heir, 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”. This inheritance is one that is neither received nor experienced by those who only know about Jesus Christ. But, it does belong to them who overcome and experience their new life in Christ. By remaining children, it makes us heirs, but being heirs does not make us the inheritors. The inheritance belongs to them who spiritual mature by overcoming of the realm of death, that is the self-life living unto the sin-nature.

This realm of death is that carnal realm which dictates from the fleshly nature of man. It makes prisoners of those who desire to maintain their independence from God in spirit, soul and body. Rom. 8:7, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be”. Thus, we have a key given whereby we can be, together with Him, glorified. That is to suffer (deny self) with Him as we fulfill the act of obedience.

In reading Acts 15:14-17, we see that God has always purposed to do more than save a few and damn the rest. We see that God’s purpose is to visit the nations and take out of them a people for His name, His nature. God’s purpose in this is that the residue or rest of humanity might then seek after the Lord. In the Old Testament, when the High Priest was dressing to fulfill his role in the activities surrounding the Tabernacle and the Temple, the last part of the Priest garment put on was the “MITRE”. This “MITRE” points to and signifies the sealing with the mind of Christ, declaring that the overcomers receive the authority of God and a commission from Him to act in that authority from the time of their sealing.

These shall also experience the redemption of their bodies. Let us remember that the first-fruits of the Holy Spirit are only the earnest of the inheritance, not the fullness. However, have we not come to a day, a season in God wherein events are taking place when we shall see the salvation of our God? Herein the Christ begins to appear in a full measure in and through His many-member body? To this, we say yea and amen. Who are you and what do you desire? God is gathering His body together in the now, for the time of the manifestation of Christ, head and body has come. Christ in you is the hope now manifesting through His many member body that are now in Him. We, an overcoming people, are the body of Christ and God has purposed to reveal the Christ with and through them to the nations. Christ in this people becomes their hope of glory as well as for the residue that would follow Him. Therefore, let the people awake, come out of their slumber and see Him as He is. This is the pre-ordained work of the Holy Spirit as He reveals Jesus Christ to us.

 

 

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“Walking in the Light”

God is light and to those who desire to walk with Him in intimacy, they must walk in the light that He is. 1 John 1:5 speaks to us of this light by declaring, “This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. This word “light” used here has the meaning of “light (underived, meaning from no other source, also absolute); the opposite of darkness. Used therefore specially of God”. This gives us an understanding then, that to those who desire to fellowship increasingly with God, they must separate progressively from all that is not of God, all that is and remains as darkness. For the outside of God’s will and purpose for us, is a life living in shades of darkness. A darkened place wherein we have spent much of our dwelling but have been invited to depart from as we start our walk with God through believing and accepting the Christ and the fullness of His work.

Psalms 43:3 invites us to respond to the open-door invitation that God has made available. “O send out Thy light and Thy truth: Let them lead me; Let them bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles“. God’s “holy hill” points us to Mt. Zion of King David’s time and the children of Israel’s day. Here God’s glorious light shone forth in and above the tent scripture calls David’s tabernacle. But, now God’s abiding place in the earth is Him dwelling in the hearts, the souls of today’s true church. Pointing to His living saints which are todays Mt. Zion. “Tabernacles” from the above scripture has the meaning of “the great habitation, God’s dwelling place, the place containing the presence of God in that Light called Shekinah”. Has this not been God’s purpose from the beginning? That God might have for Himself a place to dwell in the hearts of a Holy people. God manifesting Himself through them as they are sent throughout all His creation in the Spirit without measure. (Read John 3:34).

We as His people must come to the place where we realize, that without Him, we continue to walk in the darkness of our base self (fallen sin nature). As we try to maintain ourselves from the standpoint of being our own god, we maintain a life of death and darkness, which is ours by the rights of the curse. This curse has its rights within man because of the results of Adams fall through disobedience to God’s stated purpose. God’s glorious covering of light, which was outshining from Adam and Eve, in the beginning as a covering, was now departed from them. They, Adam and Eve, now darkened and living in their own wisdom; walks separated from God and are lost in the darkness of self with no God light to lead them. Thus, fallen humanity now wonders through God’s creation as strangers to Him. Meanwhile this fallen man, in himself, is always building places to live in, dwelling places that never fulfill nor satisfy. With man’s appetite being so large in its lust, it never knows true fulfillment. A remaining intense desire that continually searches but never finds.

Nevertheless, thanks to God, He has supplied the ways and means to come out of this darkness into that great light which He is. While it is imperative that we come to the light, we must go further still and enter the light. How is this possible except we first recognize our need to die to the realm of darkness, that is, to be separated from the darkness of fallen creation? One might try to substitute this dying by participating in the carnal religious activities and religious games that are available for us today. These are games people play while trying to satisfy the longing in the human heart for a Savior. However, this Savior and salvation does not come through religious platitudes and phrases, nor through self-imposed religious life-styles patterned after the laws and traditions of the carnal, without being renewed mind of man.

John 3:19-21 states, “And this is the condemnation [judging; i.e. the process rather that the result] that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth [actively produces, having regard to the object and end of the action] truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be manifest, that they are wrought in God [in God’s strength]“. With a people coming out of darkness unto truth (light), this means a coming out of that which is a lie into God’s truth, that which cannot lie. Thus, this truth enlightens us and fills us with God’s light. Herein, the process of becoming light has a new beginning in us as we walk out John 3:30 which states, “He [Christ] must increase, but I [self, death, darkness, sin nature] must decrease”. How is this possible, except we, God’s people, allow for the increase of His light within us as it causes the darkness to decrease through sanctification?

Enlightenment that comes through revelation (increased understanding) by the Holy Spirit enables us to see Him as He is, giving us opportunity to become like Him in the manifestations of our lives. This enables us to walk in the light, even as He is light. This means for us continual change, growing more and more into His likeness and manifesting His glory. Thus, becoming His hands, His body extended to a world wrapped up in the darkness of their own intellect, their own will, and their own desires and driven by their own emotions (lusts). However, to this darkened world God has made this promise to those receiving Him in Obadiah verse 21, “And saviors [deliverers] shall come up on mount Zion to judge [enlighten] the mount of Esau [the house of flesh, those who continue to walk in darkness]; and the kingdom shall be the Lords”.

Can we become such a people as this? Yes, because God has declared it to be and it shall be so. How except we become, by the increase of what He is, in His tabernacle (which is His people). This will bring results that can only come through obedience to God alone. This obedience is at a price, the ending of the old man by the increase of God within us. Obedience means a dying to the self-man (his own created world) because of a new set of priorities that, through love, now motivates this people. Jesus Himself sets these priorities for man in the declaration of who He is in relationship to Father God. John 5:19 states, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”. Jesus, the obedient Son that never did anything of Himself, He was faithful always to do those things led of the Father. Never moving in an independent mind-set but totally yielded unto the Father in all things.

Can we walk in the light as He is in the light? Yes, as the Holy Spirit quickens us to dwell in those heavenly places with Him, as we live only according to His leading. “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in times past ye walked according to the course of this world [darkness] according to the prince of the power of the air [spiritual darkness], the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation [manner of life] in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us [made us alive] together with Christ, [by grace ye are saved]; And hath raised us up together, and made us set together in heavenly places [in the light] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus”. (Eph. 2:1-7).

Because of and through salvation that was made available through Christ Jesus on the cross, we can enter the light even as He is the light. In this light we can now know the reality of living in heavenly places. This place is reserved for us as we stand before Him in His mercy and grace. In Him, we sit in these heavenlies. This means not only coming into the heavenlies, but the need to take on the mind-set and characteristics of these same heavens. Rom. 12:2 declares, “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”. Pointing to the need to come into union with the government and order that rules these heavenlies, totally dependent upon God in all things and walking in the light as He is in the light. These heavenly-minded people are a new creation people ruled over by a higher dimension of life.

This is a life that manifests the nature of God while walking with our feet on the ground. “…. Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints [revealing Himself in and through a people who become like Him]. (Jude verse 14). This invitation is extended to us to walk in the light of His glory, even as we abide in Him and Him in us. Rev. 21:7 says, “He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son“.

A Son is one that not only dwells in heavenly places, but also one that puts on the mind-set and order of these same heavens. These are manifesting Christ and glorifying God on earth while walking in the Light. A light that receiving and obedient vessels become as they go forth in establishing God’s kingdom throughout the earth, that is, all creation. Isa. 60:1-2, “Arise. Shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But His glory will be seen upon you.” It is these arising ones who become God’s light to the world. Therefore, we are invited to come forth, for now is the time to walk in and manifest the Christ light.

 

 

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“There is a River”

Psalms 46:4-5, “There is a river [a constantly flowing river coming from beneath Zion – God’s throne], the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles [God’s great habitation – mansions who make up the body of Christ] of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early”.

From the very beginning of creation, God purposed that out from Himself He would make a creation in which to fellowship as a family. It is to and through this created family that God chooses to progressively reveal Himself. Thus, when He formed man from the dust of the earth, God breathed into the formed dustman a part of Himself. This breath of life was God’s Spirit, which He placed into the dustman, and the dustman became a living soul. Man, as a living soul became one with a will having a desire to obey God in all His leadership. Man became a living soul with a mind to think the thoughts of God. Man, as a living soul had emotions in which to respond as God Himself would respond and a living soul, with desires, in which to long for only the purposes of God.

Man, in this state of being became one that God purposed to manifest Himself to and through. From the invisible realm (heaven) to the visible realm (earth), man was to manifest the light and life, which God is. With the soul filled with the life of God, the nature of God, both the visible as well as the invisible realms would know Him. This created man’s beginning was one of manifesting a covering of God’s glory. He was, in his beginning, able to walk with God without any reservation as being at one with God, but something happens. God confirms this place of Adam’s beginning life and then his death as written for us in Genesis.

Gen. 3:8-11, “And they heard the sound [God’s voice and presence] of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [spirit] of the day, [a common meeting place until after the fall], and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God [disobedience brings separation] among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, where are you? So, he said, I heard your voice in the garden [God’s place of manifestation], and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself. [Disobedience removes and rejects God’s covering of glory]. And He said, who told you that you were naked? [a question of fact, Adam losing his covering causes man to fear God’s presence] …”  Therefore, man created to manifest God’s glory and nature has fallen. In this fallen condition, man now is separated from God, is unable to neither stand in God’s presence nor manifest His glory.

With man knowing that in his first estate he was in the image of God and his purpose was to have dominion. Herein, humanity of today still needs to know that God’s plan and purpose has never changed. Man’s fall, the result of disobedience remains, but through a proper given sacrifice God continues in His purpose. God’s recognized sacrifice for fallen man was a Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, with God’s purpose made available for each receiving man for restoration. Restoration is the progressive bringing of creation back to the place of freedom wherein they could again manifest God’s eternal purpose, which is creation returning to a place of obedience and having dominion under God. Herein, man might again walk with God in the spirit of each day, having fellowship with Him. God reveals this process of restoration as He takes man from a fallen condition, first through the natural realm (Israel) and then into the spiritual realm (the true church) and continuing until the fullness of God, according to His purpose, comes forth (His kingdom on earth – first from within the man).

Through Moses and the wilderness tabernacle, we see that God gave natural laws to Israel for man’s re-establishment. In these laws man was to be led, under the mandate of those laws, to bring forth a natural kingdom in which God could dwell. Therefore, under obedience to these natural laws they were to become God’s representative natural nation, His people. It is here, using the wilderness tabernacle, that God began to restore a people to a place wherein they might again meet with Him. Exodus 25:21-22, “You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark, you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat…”

This was a new beginning, the restoring of man to a place of fellowshipping with God from the natural realm and becoming available to God for a relationship. Let us take note of the power of this covenant God makes with man. A deliverance was now available, from a fallen separated state of existence to a renewed ability for man to meet and fellowship with God again. This fellowship was to be done through obedience, according to the laws given as written on stone.

Exodus 34:10-11, “And He [God] said, Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you. Observe what I command you this day. Behold I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite”. God’s promise given, to drive out the other nations (representing idolatrous life-styles of corruption) from before them, that they might see the glory of God revealed to a natural people, the Israelites, His chosen people. In obedience, God promised continual guidance that the people might follow the progressive presence of God through all their journeys. This guidance would enable them to enter the Promised Land, a natural place of dwelling. A place of becoming a people, separated from the nations (life-styles) of the world to take on the life-style of the governmental nature of God.

Here, God in a place of leadership, gives Israel direction in stepping towards restoration. Exodus 40:34-38, “Then the cloud covered that tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys, but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys”. While this promise was available, the children of Israel constantly rebelled and chose to follow other Gods, therefore losing out on all His promises. In this the children of Israel eventually fall away from God to become captives.

Then another day came forth for humanity when God chose to manifest Himself again. However, this time He does not restrict Himself only to the natural realm, but He is now ready to take His people into a higher realm, a realm that ushers them into the realm of spiritual guidance vs natural laws. In this, God begins to manifest Himself through Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the head of the church, He begins a move to birth a many member body into becoming a spiritual household, a dwelling place for God. It was now time for the fulfillment of the spiritual. (Read Luke 24:44-53). God, no longer satisfied to be living in tents and tabernacles made by rebellious man’s hands but He now desires to move into the spirit and soul of man. God’s purpose is to fill each responding vessel with the Holy Spirit, wherein He could manifest Himself through each new spiritually birthed man. Now, instead of a cloud by day and a fire by night over a man-made tent or tabernacle, His purpose was now to dwell and manifest Himself from within man.

In this Christ left them with directions as given to the disciples whom He called to become the beginning of the body of Christ, His church. They were to wait in Jerusalem for the impartation of God’s Holy Spirit. God’s desire was to move beyond living in a man-made tabernacle filled with rules and regulations. He now chooses to manifest His presence, by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within each receiving and obedient man. Herein releasing His power and glory by dwelling within. (Read Acts 2:1-4). Remember, this newborn church, the Body of Christ, was now moving into a new realm of life. A life-style in which the power and delegated authority of God is released to become a mind-set of having all things common. This is speaking of a people relating to God and each other in the power of unity as the Holy Spirit gives. This relationship is with God, one that manifest towards each other by knowing and living and having a common denominator, the presence and power of the Holy Spirit within. (Read Acts 2:41-47 & Acts 4:31-37). This is the Christ, a head and His many member body with but one heart.

But, now again, we have another day upon us and we have God moving forward again. No longer is God pleased with a church order that moves only in an in-part realm (read 1 Cor. Chap. 13 – pointing to the limitations of the Holy place, note verse nine). Now God is calling forth a people to come forth into a full measure, to again walk and talk with His creation in the spirit of that full measure. It is in these last days that God has chosen to manifest Himself in a greater way and to bring forth the birthing of a kingdom. A birthing accomplished and completed through the changing of man’s nature. Isa. 66:1-2, “Thus says the Lord: Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool. Where is the house that you will build me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those things my hand has made, and all those things exist, says the Lord. But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at my word”. 

        The sound of a blowing trumpet is blowing throughout the land. It is now time for the birthing of a nation, a kingdom of Priest/Kings and the coming forth of the first-fruits remnant. Isa. 66:5-8, “Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at His word: Your brethren who hated you, who cast you out for My name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy. But they shall be ashamed. The sound of noise from the city! A voice from the temple! The voice of the Lord, who fully repays His enemies! Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children”. Yes, here is the birthing of a nation, a nation of Priest/Kings to become the visible body of the Christ in the earth. A people raised up to be sent forth to establish the kingdom of God throughout the earth. Even as declared in John 3:34, “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him”.

Here we see a people, no longer bound to an in-part order or revelation, but those sent forth in a full spiritual measure to manifest the handy-works of God. This is the coming forth of the spirit-filled saints filled with the nature of God. His nature written within their minds and hearts. These are God’s two witnesses, both the Spirit and the Word manifesting the nature of God. Rev. 11:3-6, “And I will give power to my two witnesses [the remnant of God, the embodiment of the spirit and the word], and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees [spiritual anointing] and the two lampstands [revealed light and life-giving word] standing before the God of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their months and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. These have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire”. 

        Resurrection time is at hand. The seven-thunders are sounding and revealing the revelation of truth that will usher in the fullness of God. These seven thunders are the seven mysteries of God. These mysteries are the former hidden secrets, which through the seven (points to perfection) church’s, the overcomers, God progressively revealed Himself until this time of fullness, when the mystery of God shall be finished. Rev. 10:4 & 7, “Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them…… but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets”. Thus, this seventh trumpet is beginning to sound, as a voice of many waters, as a river declaring God’s total redemption plan that all things might be complete.

Through each order of truth, a trumpet has sounded to open that purposed mystery. Each mystery being the enlightenment of God made known in its part of the total redemption plan. Remember, God reveals Himself line upon line, precept upon precept, with each truth remaining steadfast as the next truth is added. This addition continues until the seventh order of perfection has come, which trumpet is now beginning to sound. These seven mysteries are:

Salvation through the God given sacrifice on the cross, accomplished for fallen man.

  1. Baptism, the mystery of sanctification and justification through participating in a covenant with Christ.
  2. Man coming into union with Christ.
  3. Feeding or partaking of Christ through the Christ within, the Christ in His many member body and the Christ among us.
  4. Man, with the indwelling Holy Spirit enabled to sacrifice completely the carnal soul realm and a coming into complete submission to the nature of God.
  5. Man birthed into a new nature in Christ through the overshadowing of God’s nature within the man.
  6. The appearing of Christ through the man-child wherein the life-giving church is now complete and incorporated into Christ.

Rev, 11:15, “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever”. This presents the consummation of God’s purpose with the glory of the Christ-ones reigning on the earth. Thus, the river, which came out of God in the beginning, is now flowing back into God, His eternal purpose is being completely fulfilled.

 

 

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“Repetition – Not God’s Order”

 

God is a God who supplies increase and a God that delights in revealing Himself to creation in a progressive manner. This progressive manner is necessary because of man’s inability to stand in God’s greater presence in his present carnal state. While at this time, with the Christian community only knowing in-part, and only seeing in-part, progression is the needed pathway established by God to bring humanity through His maturing processes unto the place of seeing Him that is perfect. In maturing, line upon line and precept upon precept, the light grows brighter and brighter until we see Him in that perfect day. In beholding Him as He is, we, in seeing His glory become like Him, for we began to see Him as He truly is. 1 John 3:2, “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 [is spiritually revealed, make manifest], we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

In remembering that the Old Testament saints were examples or types left for us to learn by, we should take care that the Christian community of this hour does not fall into the same snares and traps that consumed the children of Israel. (Read 1 Cor. 10:1-12). The Children of Israel constantly, after many occasions when God moved in their behalf, found themselves settling down to build for themselves a kingdom and a life-style that fell far short of God’s will and purpose. They made kings for themselves that did not follow God’s prescribed order. They built houses and cities for themselves while letting God’s will and purpose, His house, His intended dwelling place sit by the wayside.

What about the spiritual condition we see existing in the Christian community of today? Has today’s church world followed the examples set before them by the Children of Israel? While a trumpet from God has blown many times concerning the condition of today’s church world, the results of repetitious, ritualistic meetings and carnal services without true spiritual leadership remain. Therefore, where does today’s church stand? Are they, like their ancestors, departing from or simply trying to maintain the order of the church after that which has gone before them? Are they trying to exist on the revelations and understandings that brought forth only the in-part truths about Christ as given to their forefathers?

Paul speaks of these in-part truths while the Christian community seems to only majors only in the in-part. In this they mostly ignore the perfected order of God He is willing to reveal to them. That is, the truth which He is. 1 Cor. 13:9-10, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away”. Does this not speak to us of the need for continual revelation and spiritual enlightenment needed concerning Christ? This speaks of man’s former days coming to there completion? How, but through the Holy Spirit incorporating within self the completion and fulfillment of those things enlightened, herein, ushering in and manifesting Gods newly enlightened understandings until perfection or completeness is manifest.

Meanwhile, for the most part, what seems to be the order of the day in most Christian circles? Do they not dwell in an order of repetition, which hinders the ushering in of God’s increasing life intended for man because He has moved on beyond yesterday’s manna, which grows stale, rotten and full of holes? The church, like many of the early day disciples, depart from the progressive faith as they refuse to eat His flesh and drink His blood in a progressive manner. (Read John 6:50-71). Was it not a fact that the Children of Israel had to gather only enough manna for each day, except for the sixth day when they gathered enough for the seventh also? This means that today’s church must also receive fresh manna, fresh revelation and understanding for each day, with a double portion on the sixth day. Speaking that we likewise must cease from partaking of and forsake the old manna of our yesterdays by gathering spiritual food and revelation for this new day, the sixth day need for the double portion.

Repetition then becomes a tool for the tempter, the adversary to use as entrapments, making prisoners of the Christian community by stagnating them with yesterday’s manna. A day that now produces a lifestyle of death while deceiving the people in building for themselves religious activities and centers that keep them in spiritual darkness. Does not the Word declare that if the light that is in you becomes darkness, how great is that darkness? Denoting, that with God being the light that progressively reveals Himself unto that perfect day, all the light of our yesterdays becomes darkness unless yesterday’s light becomes our lifestyle and God moves us forward into that ever increasing light of God’s coming perfect day. God is an ever-present God who delights in revealing Himself to those who seek Him out. He is faithful to reveal Himself unto those that ask and desire for it to be so. Ask, and you shall receive, seek, and you shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

What is the pre-requisite for walking in the light? Increased light will only come to those who walk in obedience to the light already given, which speaks of the lack of independence, a ceasing from being your own god while making God the God of your whole being. This speaks of going where He leads, saying what He says and becoming His sons through humility and obedience. Does this not speak then of dying to all that is of a self-life, speaking of the sin-nature? Having revelations alone does not bring the fulfillment of God’s will and purpose for each vessel. Each vessel must come into the experience of the revelation and its fulfillment by becoming obedient to the God given revelation. Obedience is that which enables the life of God to manifest through the receiving vessel that the world might see Christ only. We take or make of ourselves as having no reputation, for it is not we that live, but Christ Who lives in us.

While continual repetition has strangled and held a death grip upon the modern-day church world, God remains faithful. Hosea 6:1-2, “Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days [2000 years] will he revive us; in the third day [the 3rd 1000-year day] he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight”. Are we not entering this third day from Jesus’ death for His raised us salvation as spoken of in the above scripture? What then is God saying to the church? God is calling forth Zion, the first-fruits of His kingdom, as they become the mountain of His holiness. This is the time for man’s separation from the darkness of absent light, a now time to walk in the light as He is in the light.

Isa. 52:10-12, “The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart ye, depart ye, go out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord. For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearward”. This scripture is speaking of a people who ascend from one order to another as they leave behind the doctrines of death by putting on garments of light. Thus, God is delivering a people. A people are awakening to who they really are in Christ. The anointed ones are coming forth as the results of their obedience to God and Him alone.

Isa. 52:1-3 & 6, “Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourself for naught; and ye shall be redeemed without money. ….. Therefore, my people shall know my name: therefore, they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak; behold it is I”.

Being totally dependent upon God does not speak of individuality or being a vessel standing alone. Nor does it mean just you and Jesus alone. Rather it speaks of a people coming into such unity with Christ that they become the many seen as one, even as God and the Son are one. John 17:21-22, “That they may all be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one”. This denotes that this many member body of Christ shall not stand-alone individually, but they shall in union, in the anointing, manifest the Christ, therein glorifying the Father.

Come; let us be gathered together in Him. Let us be progressively maturing into His nature, a nature that removes us from the works of repetition to increase eternally into that likeness of the Father. Our Father is a Father having many sons who make up the household of God. These sons are to establish His Kingdom throughout all His creation and the fulfilling of God’s will and purpose for all humanity. Even so, in this let our praise, worship and service be totally unto our Lord Jesus. In this, being led by the Holy Spirit, all things are and will be according to God’s word and purpose.

 

 

 

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“Redemption”

Redemption, just what is the importance and meaning of this word as it applies to man and his daily life? Just what is it that the work of “redemption” fulfills? While most believers believe simply that we all go to a place called heaven after we die because of believing on Christ, this is a very limited view of the glorious work that Christ accomplished for us on Calvary. While this limited view has held many religious prisoner’s captive for so many years, we can escape this limited view as we begin to seek and ask of the Father God, with honest motives, to give unto us a greater understanding. It becomes necessary to answer this question that is often asked, why is there a need for greater understandings? In this, we need to understand that increased understanding is the beginning of a relationship into true reality for man receiving from and expressing the Christ.

In reading the scriptures, they tell us that some mysteries of Christ would remain hidden from humanity for a time. For God’s purpose alone, He has obscured them until certain elected preordained seasons to then fulfill His purpose. Daniel 12:4, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase”. Rev. 10:4, “Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them”. With these seven thunders, know that they are speaking of the whole counsel of God concerning redemption. At the writing of the Book of Revelation, as concerning these veiled mysteries, revelatory understanding was not yet available.

Nevertheless, the promise is given that these same veiled understandings do belongs to us, the spiritual house of Israel. Deut. 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law [governmental nature of God]“. With the number seven being God’s number for fullness, completion, maturity and perfection, what these “seven thunders” have uttered then is revelation concerning the fullness of God manifesting in completion, maturity and perfection.  The fullness of this message, with revealed understanding, is the revelation God purposed not to reveal until a season called the “time of fullness” and the “time of the end”.

Note again, that as Daniel and John began to see something from God, God declares that these things uttered were to be “sealed up” for a time. However, God also declares with a further word, that a time would come when revelation with understanding would come. This shall be a time of revelation, when God would purpose for the mysteries to become a visible manifestation among and through His people. Rev. 10:7, “But in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets”. To answer the question of, when shall these things be, it shall be in the days when the seventh angel shall sound forth the message of fullness. What does this mean for humanity? This means a removal of any confusion that exists among humanity, concerning the things of God, would be removed. That which has been sealed and withheld shall cease from being a mystery. This is because God shall withhold Himself no longer, but will reveal Himself to His people, who then become the unveiling of the mystery.

Understanding needed is, that at the opening of each seal, one through seven, progressive restored revelation of further truth came to His church, His temple. To again answer, the question as to what happens when progressive revelation is given; it is God’s purpose for that truth to then become a visible manifestation. Truth revealed is not to become just another law. Just becoming another law causes one truth to resist a progressive truth. Law has the tendency to call “a part” the “whole or full” truth. God Himself cautions us in denying further truth and settling for less than what God is willing to impart. Heb. 6:1 encourages us to “go on to perfection”, “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God”. With the helping hand of the Holy Spirit, we are to build upon and become each truth given and revealed.

What then is the purpose of God in opening the seals in gradual disclosure? Eph. 1:10, “that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth, in Him”. Dispensations are not just restricted periods, but each reference the fact that God has a plan to gather the fragmented and alienated universe, so that human history ultimately culminates in achieving His full purpose. There has always been an “appointed time” when all these things would be brought into Christ. Just who or what is Christ? In Him is life, glory, the promises, the inheritance, resurrection and life. In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Thus, in Christ (the head and including His many member body), humanity can attain all the riches of the full assurance of understanding to the knowledge of the mystery of God. In Christ, we gain total and complete redemption.

However, in many religious circles of this, our day and time, we see “Ichabod [the glory has departed]” written over the doors of many meetings and gathering places. Why is this so? Scripture declares that there is a way that seems right to men, but its end is the way of destruction. Emotionalism, rituals and carnal programs are not fulfilling God’s purpose. Rev. 3:17 declares the error of many of these religious groups, “because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked”. These folks declare they can do for themselves, they say they have no need for divine assistance from the Holy Spirit, nor do they expect or desire any. This is not so with God’s true church.

The true church exists of those who have been chastened and trained, so weakened in the way, that they finally know they can do nothing of themselves. Jesus is calling for a fully separated people from the world’s value system that they become totally committed to Him. They are to find the spiritual power source in their lives in Christ, not in occult or carnal practices. The believer is to gauge success by the measuring rod of God, rather than by the world’s political, social, financial, and religious standards. The true church must have the presence and direction of Christ or they are lost as to what they are to do next. This true church lives in a place of knowing. They know that they cannot live outside the presence of Christ who is their life. This true church knows that they cannot live without Him in all things.

The true church then is coming to the place of true redemption. Note that redemption does not come by obeying man’s carnal ordinances and laws. True redemption comes only because of Christ. Rom. 8:28-30, and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, and these He also glorified”.

Even in hardship and suffering, even in bitter disappointments, even when wrongly treated, true Christians know that God will work amidst such situations to fulfill His good purpose in His people. God foreknew and predestined believers to be like Christ. Thus, He calls and justifies His people to finish that which he purposed. His ultimate purpose is to give a resurrected body to all who have become the justified. This purpose then speaks of the fact that during this present time, even in hardships, God is at work for the good of His people. The redemptive work of Christ cometh not by obeying carnal man’s ordinances and laws but our redemption becomes a part of who we are because of Christ and the cross that crucifies until declared, “It is finished” wherein true and full redemption has come. Amen and amen for He has come to fulfill all the Father’s purpose.

 

 

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