The invitation to come unto God is continuously being extended from Him during this age. This invitation is for mankind to not only receive Him, but to allow the Holy Spirit to mature man into a state of perfection. Perfection is a life-style that becomes liken to Christ’ nature while manifesting a visible expression of an invisible God. Therefore, in choosing a people to become His visible expression, God places within them a Christ seed with the intention and potential for it to produce after its own kind. Like a plant, man is purposed to grow and mature along each stage of growth until the Christ nature, liken to the full corn in the ear is present. This speaks of accepting the basic principles of Christ into our lives, spiritually fulfilling each principle, and continuing into perfection. Perfection equals a full measure of growth concerning the purpose of our birth.
Heb. 6:1-2, “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment”. These mentioned principles are only established as building blocks and stepping stones to prepare children for that which we are to become in Christ. In Christ is a place of perfection, a place of maturity, becoming God’s adopted sons.
In continuing to mature in Christ let us take note of a few key words in the above scripture from Hebrews. The word “leaving” has the meaning of “have left”, which speaks to us of something we entertain and appropriate for a season but move away from by the fulfillment thereof. The word “resurrection” speaks of “standing up again, restoration to life, rising from the dead”. It also speaks of “being enlightened by the recovery of spiritual truth”. This is a people coming out of the realm of death into that realm of God life, His Shekinah glory life. “Judgment”, is a legal term describing the judicial process of deciding guilt or innocence, the verdict. This speaks of a people who are called of God as they move away from their natural birthing of the sin-nature realm. Here they are walking away from that realm of death to experience the power of God, the in-Christ life living in a heavenly existence. This Christ life is the results of spiritual enlightenment and being declared completely innocent.
This is the time of “the day of God” in which we are now living. A time when the principles given us are to open the way into that which is perfect. Perfection speaks of becoming a manifesting son. It speaks of spiritual maturity in understanding and fulfillment by living in Christ. 1 Cor. 13:9-12, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now, we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known”. Is the time of “then” now upon us?
This is the process of growth that reveals God’s time of release from childhood to manhood. It is a time of knowing the times of God and declaring it to be so. This is a time for coming forth as a mature, complete, perfected man in Christ. The promise is ours; the truth of God’s purpose has been made known. The enlightenment of the Holy Spirit is the promise and first-fruits of man’s fulfillment. Luke 13:32, “And He [Jesus] said to them, go, tell that fox, behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected”. Is this not also the third day spoken of? The remnant of God’s created man is now to come forth in the full manifestation of their calling, into Christ’ nature, as it begins to move them to obey God’s purpose and desires in all things. Their faithfulness to these principles of the doctrines of Christ has justified each to manifest the callings of God upon their lives.
These principles of Christ doctrine are fulfilled in each vessel through obedience. First, they have experienced repentance from dead works. Meaning, they have made an about-face from formulas, ritualism and lust for carnal practices by rejecting the sin-nature to know the inward straight and narrow path of God, knowing His maturing processes. Secondly, the laying on of hands which imparts portions of God’s wisdom and knowledge revealing the desire of God for each vessel. While the laying on of hands does not fulfill the intense desire to know God, it becomes a foundation which can be built upon. The building is erected as we come to the place of seeing His unveiled face. And by seeing him we experience the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. These spiritual increases become stepping stones that lead to the promised perfection. (Read Rev. 20:1-15). Understand that all who die, they shall be resurrected; they shall stand before God and be judged. But unto those who become the overcomers, they can avoid this event called the judgment of the dead. For unto the overcomers, they have already been judged.
Rev. 3:21, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father in His throne”. This is the truth that makes us free. The over-comer can bypass the time of death and eternal judgment as they move on into God’s promised perfection. It is unto those who die, who pass on, that shall be resurrected on that day to stand before God and be judged righteously. To those who overcome, they have already faced and overcome the judgment of death. These are being resurrected through the daily judgments of God. 1 Cor. 15:22-26, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the first-fruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the father, when he puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death”.
By what law or word from God can we use to stand in the truth of overcoming death? Luke 10:25-28 declares, “And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said to him, what is written in the law? What is your reading of it? So he answered and said, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. And He said to him, you have answered rightly; do this and you will live”.
Here Jesus presents devotion as a matter of the heart. Jesus contrasts sincere, heartfelt devotion with the external, hypocritical, pretentious practices of piety lived among the Pharisees. Christ warns His disciples against allowing even genuine good works to distract them from a wholehearted devotion to Him. Devotion is a matter of developing an intimate relationship with the living God. This relationship touches the warmth of a life that draws near to his Fathers heart. It is love that will quicken the whole man. We, in our love for God, can come to perfection as we partake of and become living waters. John 4:13-14 states, “Jesus answered and said to her, whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”. This word “everlasting” speaks of a life that’s “perpetual unchanging, of unlimited duration, eternal, age long, unending. It could also denote that which is without either beginning or end; without beginning; without end”.
This type of devotion unto perfection frees a man from all darkness, with darkness being the absence of spiritual knowledge concerning Christ. In accepting what Christ as done on the cross, this vessel becomes one that is born of the spirit. This birthing of the spirit also speaks of receiving a new creation body which is without mortality and corruption. John 3:6-8 declares, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, you must be born again. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit”. In this truth, let’s remember that Jesus had this experience while upon the Mount of Transfiguration. Matt. 17:1-2, “now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light”.
The above scripture speaks of a birthing known as the law of translation. One which enables us to come and go as the wind. It is also a love that consumes the whole man. It changes the carnal flesh man to flesh divine without going through the law of death. A promise is given and left for those who would dare to believe, for those who dare to have faith in God’s will and purpose for the completion of that which He desires. This is a people coming forth in life everlasting, in its duration that we might glorify God. In becoming God’s created man, we dwell in the place He dwells. Heb. 11:5, By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because God had taken him; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God”.
Know that obedience to the commandments of God tests one’s knowledge of and their believing in Him. Genuine love for God and a true relationship with Him is evidenced by loyalty. 1 John 2:3-5, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He, who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him”. This word “perfected” speaks of being complete, accomplish, carry through to the end, bring to a successful conclusion, reach a goal, fulfill. It signifies a bringing to maturity, to perfection”. In this, the manifesting of God’s created man is that which we are beginning to see as he appears in the earth realm today. Becoming a visible expression of an invisible God to establish the coming Kingdom of God throughout the earth. Therefore, the completion and fulfilling of God’s created man. God’s created man is now to appear and establish God’s kingdom over all the earth. Amen and amen according to that which He has purposed from Himself before the foundation of the world.