“First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter thirteen”

Isa. 66:1-2 & 7, “Thus saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all these things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word……Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child“. 1 Chron. 17:11-14, “And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he shall be My son: and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee; but I will settle him in Mine house and in My kingdom forever: and his throne shall be established for evermore“. Luke 1:31-32, “And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end”. 

        This son of Mary, called Jesus, was the first man ever qualified to build God a habitation to live in and for which He might reveal Himself through. The house (way of life) that Jesus built from God was a house of holiness, one of obedience, sinless perfection, humility, compassion, and true Godly love. Because of His sacrifice, Mary’s son Jesus became the minister of reconciliation. Reconciliation is the process by which God brings man back together with Him again. This is possible through the shed blood of Jesus, which He demonstrates because of His sacrifice and power, becoming the model for reconciliation. Humanity was estranged but now through receiving Christ, these are brought back to God and restored into a relationship with Him through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In this, His power is released to receivers through the body of His flesh, because and through His death. As children of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, we are enjoined to follow the standard He left for us, to be reconciled to God and with each other as He reconciles us back to God. 2 Cor. 5:19, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation”. 

         God has a house in heaven, an invisible dwelling place, which is a realm of His life and His invisible habitation, the means of expressing Himself in the invisible. However, until Jesus came, God had no earthly visible house, called man, to inhabit nor in which to express Himself through. Why, because there was no place He could feel at home. God cannot feel at home in a house that is full of gossip, lust, fears, profanity, and all other immoral sins. These expressions speak of all the many houses made by the hands of man, carnal houses in which He cannot dwell. Therefore, God Himself is building, through Christ Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, His own house, one that has many abiding places, many rooms.

Why does the Bible say to us that those living in Christ are strangers and pilgrims on this earth? Could this be because we are no longer citizens of this mortal realm where death reigns? With man being born from Adam’s lineage, we are under the curse, but through Christ becoming a curse for us, our spirits ascend into the heavens where we are members with a heavenly citizenship. Being citizens of the heavens, we now have all the rights of that realm. While our bodies still dwell in the realm of mortality, we nevertheless are rightful heirs of immortality and eternal life. Therefore, we are heirs and co-heirs in Christ and we should no longer feel at home in this earthly realm. For this cause, our spirits are continually groaning for the redemption of our bodies, a growing up into the place where man’s spirit, soul, and body know the reality of God dwelling in their house in a full measure. This groaning for the redemption of our bodies is for the perfecting of the house, that it might become a habitation on earth for God to have a dwelling place, just as He did in Jesus.

Rom. 8:22-23 states, “For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”. Just as the first-fruits of a harvest are a pledge of the full crop to come, the Holy Spirit is the pledge of our full adoption, when our bodies shall know full redemption, God’s Day of Atonement. The metaphor also suggests that the Holy Spirit is the foretaste of the life to come. We groan because although our souls are in the process of salvation and resurrection, our bodies are still subject to pain and sin. However, we continue to look forward with hope for our redeemed bodies, which will free us from all physical frailty and any indwelling sin.

Being called by God to be His first-fruits, are you ready to put on your house from heaven? The present earthly body is like a fragile test in contrast to the redeemed body, which is a building, a house. 2 Cor. 5:1-4 declares, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house, which is from heaven: if so be that being clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but be clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.” Our earthly house in which we now live will dissolve. Our groaning is that we might be clothed upon with a new body and not left naked. A spirit or soul without a body is naked. Therefore, we desire not to escape from the body by a physical death, but to be clothed upon, to put on a new body before having to go to some kind of natural grave.

We know that this earthly life realm is actually a dying life, a passing order that is a temporary tent. However, we also know that the eternal house of the heavens is the realm of God that, through change, through the process of the resurrection of our bodies, souls, and spirits we come into the heavens of God. In addition, it is for this we groan, being loosed from the mortality of this body of death unto that habitation of life from God. This means that our house, which is from heaven, clothes us with the realm of Gods life and becoming a way of life for us. Remember Stephen, who reveals for us that God’s only dwelling place is in Jesus but to also be imparted into His many member body. Not in Solomon’s temple nor any house (way of life) made by man’s hands. (Read Acts 7:44-50).

Jesus also brings this to our attention, when talking about His body by saying that His body is a temple set in the earth for a sign. John 2:18-21, “Then answered the Jews and said unto Him, what sign shewest Thou unto us, seeing that Thou does these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, destroy this Temple, and in three days, I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, forty and six years was this Temple in building, and wilt Thou rear it up in three days? But He spoke of the Temple of His body.” Remember, the word “temple” refers to a dwelling place, a way of life. Jesus was saying, if you destroy God’s dwelling place in Jesus, the physical body, He would raise it up in three days. With His body being the dwelling place of God on the earth, He was saying, kill it and I will make it into a many member body or temple, God’s many membered place of dwelling.

Sure enough as written, Jesus’ body knew resurrection on the third day. From there, He appeared to about 500 people and after forty days, He ascended back into the heavens with His singular body to remain until the times of restoration, the “fullness of times.” Now we have come to another third day, when this many member body of Christ, His first-fruits, shall likewise know a resurrection. Luke 13:32, “And He [Jesus] said unto them, go ye, and tell that fox, behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected”. Jesus is saying that He will rise on the third day to become the House of God to then become the many member body of Christ who shall appear on another third day, the third thousand-year day from Christ Jesus. They destroyed one body, but as a corn of wheat, He is raising up a many member first-fruits harvest.

John 12:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone, but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.” This He, Jesus, did. He died and now, at this time, a harvest of like kind is come upon us. A trumpet is blowing, a sound is coming forth throughout the land, a calling forth and a gathering in of a first-fruits to establish God’s kingdom in the earth as the kingdoms of this world continue to fall until God’s fullness of times is complete. To him that hath an ear; let him hear what the Spirit of God is saying to His first-fruits, come forth, you people of God, come forth. Is not the day at hand?

 

 

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