During this time, which is our day, God is imparting increased knowledge and wisdom unto His people. This imparted knowledge and wisdom is for those who have a will to pursue the things of God. In their pursuit, each one declares a desire to obey God in all things that He might be their all and all. In this pursuit of knowledge, we are speaking about much more than a knowing about God or just a passing acquaintance. God’s word speaks of knowledge in the light of precise or further knowledge. It speaks of a relationship, the results of becoming acquainted with Him in the light of a daily walk, a gaining of true knowledge. With knowledge, imparted in this manner, God’s power becomes a part of men’s life and glory. God’s power is more than just physical strength, but it is an inherent power. God’s power, working within a people, is a power that can reproduce itself. Therefore, not only imparting the God life within us, but also reproducing itself unto a full measure.
This life is a life that includes both resurrection and eternal life. 2 Peter 1:1-4, “Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 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 promise given, that God’s precious promises are given that we might be partakers of His divine nature, that we might be sharers of a deep spiritual union with Christ. This union speaks of the blessings and benefits of Christ, which includes His godliness, the result of sharing in His fullness now as well as eternally. Receiving God’s divine nature enables us to escape the corruption of this world. That which we are or have been is not what we shall be. Though we have been born into a natural body as men of the dust, we shall also come forth with a spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:49-50, “And as we have borne the image of the man of dust [natural man], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly [spiritual] man. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption”. Thus, the needed change.
Coming into the kingdom of God speaks of coming up out of the dust realm into the heavenlies, the spiritual realms of God as man becomes His abiding place. It speaks of the resurrected body that will not be subject to the law of sin and death. It will not only be beautiful and perfect but will also have unlimited capabilities unknown to the dustman. This resurrected body will be adapted for life in the spiritual realm. A spiritual body does not speak of an immaterial body, but one adapted to the realities of the spiritual realm. This means our resurrected bodies will be like the resurrected Jesus Christ. As a life-giving spirit, the resurrected Christ is the fountainhead of God’s new creation, a new creation that has received the inherent power of God, which reproduces itself. While the natural life is that which is but sensual, responding to the five senses of man operating with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. But, Christ’ spiritual life within the new creation man pertains only to the things of the divine sphere, which includes all things in and of God.
It is for this cause, that Christ gave ascension gifts of ministry to the church, gifts from God to nurture and equip the church for the work of the ministry. These gifts are not for hierarchical control or competition, but ministries given for the equipping of the saints. Equipping implies a recovered wholeness as when a broken limb is set and mends. Also, a discovered function, as when a physical member is properly operating. The work of the ministry is the enterprise of each member of the body of Christ and not the exclusive charge of certain select leaders. Ministries are simply to cultivate the individual and the corporate ministries of the body of Christ.
This speaks of a progress into maturity, stability and integrity in each individual member’s experience, which result in the whole body’s growth and edifying. (Read Eph. 4:7-16). Note in verse 8 that Christ ascended on high, a word used in Eph. 3:18 that speaks of comprehending what are the width, length, depth and height, being filled with all the fullness of God. Thus, height speaks of the higher dimension which Christ Jesus ascended into wherein the fullness of God dwells. It is in this place, this height, that a people can come to know the fullness of God.
In Eph. 4:9, this verse reveals that Christ first descended into the lower parts of the earth. A word the Greeks used for the unseen world, hell and the grave, speaking of a state of death, a separation from God. This state of death also speaks of all those unbelievers who are separation from God while living a life in a death realm, those whom Christ is willing to descend into (by the Holy Spirit) that He might also cause ascension from within them as they yield to His maturing processes. Thus, this people can come to know full salvation wherein God has purposed a state of perfection. This word “perfecting” of “perfecting the saints” is from a verb meaning to arrange or set in order. This is a perfected people who are no longer independent nor rebellious, but each person maturing unto their place of ministry, with “ministry” meaning service rendered by a servant. A service rendered because of the work of becoming one who has reached maturity as to spiritual age or qualification.
In this, we praise God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon His people, blessings that become ours because of our relationship with Jesus Christ that is in our lives by the person of the Holy Spirit. Speaking of a people in whom the mysteries of God’s will becomes their understanding, a mystery that was formerly a divine secret becoming a fully disclosed truth of understanding and application. This understanding, set apart for God’s fullness of times, is a dispensation that references the fact that God has a plan to gather the fragmented and alienated universe so that human history ultimately culminates in achieving His purpose. (Read Eph. 1:4-10). This is a plan that had its beginning in God before the foundation of the world. This word “before” denotes “the position as being in sight, or before one, in place.” The word “foundation” refers to “the casting down, or overthrow, the disruption or ruin of the world.” This is a reference to that which took place in Gen. 1:1-2 as God began bringing forth light out of the darkness, the illumination of His divine purposes and in the fullness of time to bring forth His day of perfection.
Our attention is also brought to the occasion when, during the time of Elijah and Ahab, a drought was in the land. This drought was the result of Israel’s rebellion and mismanagement concerning the order and things of God. Is there not a like-kind frame of mind operating among the Christian community of our day and time? According to the word of God to Amos the prophet, God has declared there would be a time of famine. Even as we see God’s promised famine fulfilled among a people of today, we behold the fulfillment of that promise. Amos 8:11, “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord”.
This prophecy, now fulfilled, is birthing a people as they cry out to the Lord to restore the living word back to them. A time of restoration, that causes these hungry and thirsty people to hear the words of God and become complete in them. Thus, today’s like-kind Elijah prophets are now sounding out the trumpet to prepare the way for the appearing of this Christ as He comes forth in the perfected corporate body of Christ. Through this restored ministry, a true restoration is coming forth.
1 Kings 18:41-46 declares, “Then Elijah said to Ahab, go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of abundance of rain, So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, go up now, look toward the sea. So, he went up and looked, and said, there is nothing. And seven times, he said, go again. Then it came to pass the seventh [God’s number for completion and perfection] time that he said, there is a cloud, as small, as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea! [The sea represents humanity and the carnal church] So he said, go up, and say to Ahab, prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you. Now it happens in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So, Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel”.
In this setting, God shows the natural exercise in performing the supernatural that is being fulfilled in our day for the fulfilling of the spiritual. Even now, an anointed ministry is sounding out and releasing the fulfillment of this event. Going up to Mt. Carmel speaks to us of ascending into a garden, a meeting place wherein the supernatural lives in God. Thus, a modern day restored ministry, anointed with a God given authority, speaking to prepare a people for the appearing of the Christ.
In verse 43, we see a natural sea while in the spiritual we see a sea (the heart of the carnal church) of carnal humanity. Going up seven times (God’s number for a time of perfection) speaks to us of coming to the time and place of spiritual perfection and completion. In verse 44, we see a natural cloud, while in the spiritual we observe a people coming up out of the sea of humanity, a people becoming the cloud of witnesses in which the Christ manifests Himself. When speaking of a man’s hand, this word “man” as used here speaks of a great man in contrast with ordinary men. It speaks of a spiritual man versus the natural man. The “hand” spoken of here is a type of the five ministries spoken of in Eph. chapter 4. With the wind of verse 45 speaking of the spirit, an invisible force except by its seen manifestations. This spirit is the invisible origin of life that comes from God and returns to Him.
Note that Elijah and Ahab both go forth into Jezreel, with the prophet supernaturally partaking of Jezreel first, which means, “God sows”. Thus, that which took place in the natural during Elijah’s day is in God’s fullness of times being completed in a people of the spirit of God. The fullness of times points to that time of restoration for those things the carnal church system still deems as being unnecessary. This divine system of God no longer abides in the theory of a ministry of perfection only, but a ministry that is coming forth in the measure of the full stature of Christ, that place of experienced perfection.
Because we are now entering the time of the seventh day, the Sabbath day, we are going to find a carnal church, which has not been willing to except those who move outside their own religious carnal laws. However, to those who finally obey God they shall know a time of restoring, a refreshing of the five ministries that God set within the church as they move into the anointing of equipping the saints, for the work of the ministry. This is a body coming forth as a perfect man in the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Read Mark 3:1-6 – the withered hand healed) With the anointing of the body of Christ being now present among the people, they shall behold the anointing of Christ body as it makes its appearance. The work of the body of Christ shall captivate the attention of the crippled church and a needed healing shall take place.
(Read Mark 2:1-12). “We never saw it on this fashion”. The carnal church and the people of a worldly nature shall know the judgments of God. Unto those who repent, receive and obey, they shall know the peace of God, but unto those who continue to rebel against the truth, they shall experience the hand of God’s wrath. (Read Eph. 4:17-24). Those who follow Christ shall experience renewal in the spirit of their mind. Thus, they put on the new man as the old man passes away. The old life-style, dominated by the spirit of disobedience is now becoming a life-style of obedience by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Thus, our seventh day of perfection is upon us. Therefore, let us rejoice and be glad. Knowing a fellowship with God in the spirit of our day and herein we shall know life.