Daily, while reading the news in the paper and hearing about world events on the television, we are becoming more and more aware of the times in which we live. These times are pointing to the fact that events are taking place, which will eventually and even now are shocking the entire world. These shock waves are going to affect the people, especially the religious world. Among these events, many spiritual minded people, those classified as “the overcomers” in the Word of God are going to enter into what He, the Christ, is. In coming 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 is. A trumpet is now sounding that is the voice of God declaring that the time for spiritual reality is upon us. A moving out of the realm of believing only, into the realm of becoming the manifestation of that which God has spoken. This means that these over-comers shall move from the arena of concepts to the arena of realities.
This speaks of the cross on which Jesus died becoming our means of death to self. This death means that now His glory rest upon us. This means that His life has now become ours because we are now dead to self and in Him. This speaks to us of a realm of life wherein we enter into it 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 the presence of God Himself. In this, we should remember that our God is a consuming fire, a realm of life wherein no sin, self nor rebellion can live. Thus, these people shall have 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 over-comer. Isa. 33:14-16, “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 “death” as spoken of here, we are not speaking of going to the grave, but rather we speak of a coming to the end of the self-life. We are not speaking of those who remain independent in their own self-will, purpose, desires and mind, but are becoming willfully obedient to God in all things. In considering death, we must ask these questions:
1. Does this death 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 [over-comer] 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, there is only gain. However, our gain is through loss. We gain life through death. Glory takes the place of shame. Power 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 manifested death, revealed through the saints at the time of their “sealing”, as they overcome. 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 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 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 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 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. Gal. 4:5, “to redeem those who were under the law [religious 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, the mind of Christ. These are now taking their place as the manifested sons.
God’s promises are yea and amen, to those who overcome they become the in-Christed ones to manifest the nature of God. 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 not to them that believe only, but it belongs to them who overcome. By remaining children, it makes us heirs, but being heirs does not make us the inheritors. The inheritance belongs to them who mature by the overcoming of the realm of death. This realm of death is that carnal realm which dictates to 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 are, together with Him, glorified. That is to suffer 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 signifies the sealing with the mind of Christ, declaring that the overcomers receive the authority of God and a commission 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 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 and we shall see the salvation of our God as the Christ begins to appear in a full measure in His many-member body? To this, we say yea and amen.