God, an eternal being, is the creator of all things universal, which includes the heavens and the earth. God also formed for Himself a man, formed from the dust of the earth in which He breathed His life. As God breathed into the formed man, the spirit of God entered the man and he became a living soul. A “living soul” is that which contains the nature of God, which is His will, His mind, His emotions, and His desires. In breathing into man, God gave humankind the precious life that only God has to give. This life from God is eternal in its nature, which when placed within the man; man’s life became one purposed for eternity. Herein, man can begin to see the fullness of what he lost in his act of disobedience. Before the fall of the living soul, the nature of God enabled the man to have a covering for spirit and soul, which is a body of an eternal, immortal, and incorruptible existence.
However, when man fell, the fall robbed him of this status with God to become a man with a separated spirit, a fallen soul, and a mortal, corruptible body known as “this body of death”. With man created to be one with an all-inclusive self-rule, this death is also inclusive concerning man and his spiritual, moral, social, relational, and ultimately his physical being. This all-inclusive arena has one exception concerning man’s eternal destiny. The exception is for those who desire not to remain separated from God. This exception is another way, the truth and the life made available through the sacrifice of God’s pure and holy Son, Jesus Christ who becomes our Lord. While fallen man’s lot is eternal death and the fear of death, no such fear exist when God’s Spirit dwells within. II Tim. 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”.
“A sound mind” is that part of man’s make-up, which seems to be absent when it comes to fallen man. These words as used in the above scripture denote “good judgment, disciplined thought patterns, and the ability to understand and make right decisions. It includes the qualities of self-control and self-discipline”. These characteristics are absent when man seeks all things after the order of the carnal mind. Thus, a world controlled by carnality that has become the realm of death and destruction as it rules over humanity today. Nevertheless, as mentioned above there is one exception, the sacrifice when received and obeyed can remove the man from today’s destructive world to a world wherein God alone rules through His kings and priests.
Unto those who dare to believe they can stand with Peter in the statement made in II Peter 1:16, “For we do not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty”. God’s power and coming points us to the event fulfilled on the Mt. of Transfiguration as prophesied in the Old Testament concerning Christ’ coming kingdom. This word “coming” is the Greek word “PAROUSIA” which signifies His second advent and never used to describe His first coming. “PAROUSIA” points to the arrival that includes a permanent presence from that coming onward. Thus, Christ’ arrival speaks of a permanent residence within His glorified people. With God’s word declaring that when we see Him as He is, we become like Him, we have the consolation that He is even now appearing to a people by revelation as to whom He the Christ really is. His presence came on the day of Pentecost and has never left as He continues to reveal Himself to all who seek Him.
Heb. 2:14-15, “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He (Jesus) Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death he might destroy him who had the power of death that is the devil, and released those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage”. The destruction of Satan does not mean his annihilation was complete at this point, but his power now curbed in the lives of those committed to Christ. To those totally committed to the indwelling Christ and His life, life swallows up the realm of death. This life is the life of Christ now dwelling within the receiving vessel until incorruption replaces corruption and immortality replaces mortality. As the Holy Spirit reveals the Christ to a receiving people, they become as written in II Peter 12:16, “… eyewitnesses of His majesty”.
“Majesty” is a word that speaks of “sublimity, grandeur, glory, magnificence, splendor, superbness, and greatness”. Is this not what Peter, James, and John were shown on the Mt. of Transfiguration? Revealing to a people who become a people manifesting an outward expression of that which they are inwardly, that is the Christ dwelling within the soul, becoming a new creation with a new nature. This also speaks of a people who dwell in the realm called heaven, the dimension of the Spirit manifesting a visible spiritual life and seen through the completed man. I Peter 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”.
The above scripture references the place reserved for His people and their ability to live in those heavens, receiving the inheritance of becoming incorruptible and undefiled. This, also points to the part of our salvation, which rest in an order of completeness, a place in which we are to dwell. Heaven, that invisible place to the physical eye but a place of reality as seen by the spiritual eye which affects daily living, a living and dwelling with Christ in His throne-room. This place is beyond the forgiveness of sins. This place is beyond the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This place is a place of dwelling where there is no other gods before us, a place where carnality does not dwell. This dwelling place is where we partake of the “hidden manna, resurrection life and an ascending before the Father”. II Cor. 3:16-18, “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord”.
As man beholds the glory of the Lord, the Spirit of the Lord continually transforms them into that same image. Thus, a people with ever-increasing glory reflect what they behold. Even as the Lord is our Spirit, our Spirit is of the Lord. The word “liberty” used above is a word meaning “freedom from slavery, interdependence, absence from external restraint, a negation of control or domination, freedom of access”. This liberty makes us free to serve the Lord in all the ways that are consistent with His word, will, nature, and holiness.
With many different kinds of activity, taking place among the Christian community, their mind-set restricts most people to this limitation. Most are so intent concerning Christ future coming that they miss His daily appearing. I Thess. 4:14-17 shares with us an event available daily, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep (dead). For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God (sounding out daily by revelation). And the dead in Christ shall rise first (being done daily by the Spirit). Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds (groups of people) to meet the Lord in the air (the realm of spirit, breath of God) and thus we shall always be with the Lord”. This word “caught up” is the same word used to describe the Holy Spirit’s action in transferring Philip from one location to another and also Paul’s being caught up to Paradise.
Therefore, a people by knowing Christ, as He appears, even by revelation, this same people unite with His appearance. How, through seeing Christ as He is, they reveal Him to the nations. Herein Christ dwells in this people as He becomes enthroned within them. Thus, Christ becomes the mercy seat manifested through His people. This speaks concerning the judgment-seat (which Christ body is unto the world), a righteous judgment in nature that becomes God’s mercy seat. Thus, a people moving out from the realm of condemnation after the order of the knowledge of good and evil, to become the dimension of God’s spirit who is the controlling factor of their lives. Rom. 11:30-32, “For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience that He might have mercy on all”. Mercy, exercised from within with no other authority in control for all things are of God. This, the natural mind cannot see because it judges from the knowledge of good and evil. However, a new creation, now merciful because as a transformed people they are not hewed-down but in them God becomes their all in all.
Meanwhile, most of humanity desire to remain human (hewed-down man) wherein their nature is the duel nature of knowing the realm of good and evil. Nevertheless, God has His eternal purpose, to become Lord of our lives and one in Spirit. John 3:30, “He (Christ) must increase, but I decrease”. Have you ever heard this statement, “How can God be doing this evil to me?” Here man should understanding that sin and evil are not the same. While evil is an enemy to vex, to perplex, and distress man, sin is man missing the mark. That is, a falling short of God’s purpose for man in his creation. Here, some further questions that some are asking:
1. Did God mess up or is He in control?
2. Did Lucifer, a perfect creature, fall because God messed up?
3. Did Adam’s fall take God by surprise?
Rom. 8:20, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope”. Know that the whole universe has suffered the consequences of human sin, subjected to decomposition, futility, and corruption. However, that process of deterioration is only temporary, because God has provided hope of deliverance. This realm of death is conquered. Humanity, invited to come to the light can receive the sacrifice made by God where receiving humanity can have the life of the conquering Jesus. Know that God is in control. His control is in every situation realized as man gains more light. Darkness keeps our souls, which is our minds, our will, our emotions, and our desires in a pigpen realm. Receiving the light from God will put us back into the Kings authority.
In reading I John 3:2 His revealing appearance becomes available. “Beloved, now we are 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”. In knowing that God is in control, man can become what we see in Him. While death seems to rule in every aspect of man’s life, know that life is available through Christ Jesus as man desires to see Him. In Him, Christ Jesus, death has been conquered and He is descending in the unveiling of Himself to a people becoming even as He is. These conquering people conquer death and the grave as they sit with Him in His throne-room. Another question now asked, “How do you see Him”? Christ is revealing Himself at this time of His appearing and in His revealing man can become ever as He is in this world. This is conquering the death of a separated spirit from God. It also conquers the death of a fallen soul and the death of a corrupted body. Christ is revealing Himself by the revelation of the Holy Spirit and thus a people can say in their becoming, “Death has been conquered”.