God’s blessings, most generally, are beyond what man thinks concerning God. That which God has made available, blessings He desires to bestow upon His people can become ours as we enter into and pursue a relationship with Him. When considering spiritual blessings, an interested man becomes aware that God alone gives these divine privileges and resources. These blessings include man’s God given right to be chosen, forgiven and adopted. Also included are the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit, given to edify the church and for them to receive God’s blessings. God’s appointed plan and guaranty assures the receiving vessel an eternal destiny in God’s purpose. Therefore, unto those whom He accepts, it speaks of a people “graced with grace”. The grace that realizes man’s complete salvation that speaks of a salvation, which can take them into the realm where God fulfills His kingdom purposes.
God’s realm of grace stands upon and gives assurance to the man by the reconciling death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, God offers forgiveness whose strength is the results of His love. The mystery of man’s available salvation results from the mystery becoming a fully disclosed truth as the Holy Spirit makes alive and applies God’s word to the man through understanding. This, God’s will, His eternal and unchangeable plan, establishes a strong confidence of purpose and the solid ground for daily living. Herein, the receiving vessel, receives authority from God with His guaranty. Man receives a deposit, a down payment, or the first installment of the God life within. The Holy Spirit invests in man the heavenly rights that enable God to possess the man entirely and forever.
Eph. 1:3-14, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 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. In Him, also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the world of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory”.
Unto the overcomers, God promise is the rights to His throne-room authority. This throne-room, typed in Moses’ tabernacle as the Holy of Holies. This realm is of the Spirit, purposed to dwell within the man because of God’s act of redemption. Redemption points to a loosening from the power of the fallen soul realm to the resurrection of the soul to become God’s dwelling place. Recall that the fallen soul, separated from God, is the product of spiritual darkness. A soul, man’s nature formed from this arena of darkness that covers the depth man, the soul. This same darkness, until light spoken forth by God, is that which forms the mind, the will, the emotions, and the desires of the man. However, as the Holy Spirit moves, through the rights of the law of redemption, He speaks forth light that is the power of Christ resurrection, which processes the soul from darkness into light. This resurrection, a continuous changing process, until that which is perfect comes forth into full maturity of manifestation. Maturity is the revealing of the Christ through the redeemed man.
The resurrection of man’s soul opens up as the Christ of the heavenlies manifests His nature from within. This new nature with a resurrected mind is now responding to the world with the mind of Christ. Remember, a time of preparing took place as the way for Christ first coming enabled Jesus to make His appearance. A voice of one crying in the wilderness, a type of the wilderness of man’s mind needed to cease that the Christ mind could manifest. Why and how, John the Baptist now beheaded is a type of putting off the carnal mind to a putting on the mind of Christ. Herein, man released to become God’s new covenant. This speaks of a people who now live and dwell within the spirit, the nature of Christ manifesting from within.
II Cor. 3:3-6 shouts out this truth, “Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is the heart (soul). And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life”. Note the phrase in verse 6, “who also made us”. This present-tense statement speaks of the now. God has made us, His people who now have certain rights. While Gods enemy would steal from us this present-tense truth, Gods statement of fact belongs to man through the act of faith. That is, believing in a “dependable God”, one who fulfills to the uttermost His word of promise, the new covenant He has made available to man. In verse, 3 of II Cor. above, we see God in the act of writing upon man’s heart, speaking of imparting His nature within the man who now ministers and manifest God’s new covenant.
Heb. 8:7-8, “For if that first covenant (the law established to rule over man’s fallen nature) had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah”. This new covenant is the results of something God accomplishes from within the receiving vessel. The new is not as the old in that the foundation of the new covenant, built upon the life of Christ and now written upon man’s heart. This is a new covenant not based upon laws written upon stone. The fault of the old is that it only ministered condemnation and death. Man, in his fallen nature was unable to respond to life because in the fall he became “HUMAN”. This word human has the meaning of “hewed down man”. It points to the truth that “hewed down man” could not keep anything that God said to do. Man in his fallen nature desires the god’s of this world over the God of creation.
Humans of today’s world and especially the Christian community are very much like the children of Israel. That is, they seek to keep laws. These laws become a letter unto them that kills. Humans also make the Holy Spirit a matter of carnal laws and doctrines rather than the Holy Spirit of present reality and experience. This human mind-set puts all things that matter to God off into the future for some futuristic event, thus the need for God’s new covenant. Heb. 8:10, “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel (whose house we are) after those days (days of the old law), says the Lord: I will put my laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people (a present-tense God of relationship)”. Note that this word “mind” has a strong meaning, “it suggests understanding, insight, meditation, reflection, perception, the gift of apprehension, and the faculty of thought”. When the Holy Spirit renews this faculty of thought the whole mind-set changes. It changes from the fearful negativism of the carnal mind to the vibrant, positive thinking of the quickened spiritual mind.
“Our dependable God” is rising up in a people from being “human (hewed down)” to becoming a new creation people. Even as God purposed, they are becoming the “LOGOS” of God. This word “logos” is the thought and the expression of God. Logos is the perfect will and intent of God. Remember, when Jesus came from the Father through Mary He was the “Word made flesh”. John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. Note that Jesus is the living Word; the bible is the written Word, and the Holy Spirit is the spoken Word. In this, the Holy Spirit filled body of Christ is to become the living word even as the head, Jesus Christ.
“Our dependable God” has already opened heaven unto those who would dare to believe. As we again consider the Holy of Holies in Moses’ tabernacle we see the type that is already fulfill in Christ. This Holy of Holies is synonymous with “heaven, spirit, Eden, paradise, the promised land, and Moses’ tabernacle”. Its measurements are 10 x 10 x 10 = 1000 with 1000 speaking of a millennium. With the church calling the millennium the “kingdom age”, the church points to it as representing some future time. Nevertheless, we should consider that the millennium is, in its greater sense, the birthing of God’s kingdom from within a people. God’s kingdom always was and always shall be, thus an everlasting kingdom purposed to manifest from within a new creation people. While millennium does speak of a 1000 years, it also speaks of a realm that a people come into. In coming into this kingdom, God causes a birthing to begin. Thus, this millennium is the unsealing or loosening of the “nature of Christ” in our “day of redemption or atonement”.
We should note and understand that our “day of redemption” is now. The day of redemption is a realm where God births a people from the “human realm” into the “realm of the Spirit”, wherein lives God’s new creation people. This likewise speaks of the Holy of Holies, which is the realm of “the open heaven”, the realm of Zion.
II Peter 1:3-4, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceeding great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”. A few words in this scripture we need to pay special attention too:
1. “Called” – “KALCO” to call or clamor. The word is used to invite or to summon, and is especially used of God’s call to participate in the blessings of the kingdom.
2. “Glory” – “DOXA” originally, an opinion or estimation in which one is held. The word came to denote the reputation, good standing, and esteem given to a person. It progressed to honor or glory given to peoples, nations, and individuals.
3. “Virtue” – “ARETE” describes any quality that elicited preeminent estimation for a person. The word signifies intrinsic value, moral excellence, and goodness. Arête, a word also used to refer to the manifestations of God’s miracle power.
4. “Promises” – “EPANGELMA” signifies a promise made.
“Our dependable God” stands before us to unveil Himself through the Christ, head, and body, revealing Himself through spiritual knowledge gained by a receiving people. This points to and speaks of a knowing that His nature is becoming our nature. We are not to know a removal out of corruption, but we can escape it by partaking of the divine nature of God. His promises are yea and amen through our dependable God. Unto those who believe all things are possible in Him.