“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.