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

We have been considering the word “house” with its true meaning being “a way or realm of life”. This points to a life being lived according to the Father’s will and purpose, declaring His plan for the ages. For this cause, we should take note of Heb. 3:5-6, “And Moses verily was faithful in all His house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after. But Christ as a Son, over His own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” Christ is worthy of much more glory than Moses because Moses was merely a servant, and himself a member of the house. In contrast, in God, Christ is both builder and Lord of His house and He is the fulfillment of all that Moses foreshadowed. Let us notice the contrast:

Moses House                                 Christ House

1. Servant in the house                 1. House of Son-ship

2. House of servitude                    2. House of Becoming

3. Obeying Laws                             3. Nature of God

Thus, Moses’ house or way of life was, as a servant, going about trying to obey the laws regulating the house. But the Christ house was a house that birthed those who were to become sons by nature. They were becoming a people in the likeness of Christ, to become Christ’ dwelling place within them, manifesting His many member body. Eph. 2:19-22 reads, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; In Whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy Temple in the Lord; in Whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit”. 

        With the house of the Christ becoming a many member house, it is growing together to become the fullness of His Temple and His habitation. This, God’s dwelling place, is the house that is being filled with an authority to do God’s “last day” work. In reading John 12:1-5 let’s take notice that it is now time for His feet members to receive the in-Christ anointing, “Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom He raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then said one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which would betray Him, why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor?” 

        Here we notice the number 300 is used which is a number God uses for “divine deliverance”. As used in this scripture, we should consider the truth that this “feet companies” anointing is for bringing divine deliverance to a groaning creation. Recognize also that with Lazarus, he that was dead but now was present, drawing our attention to the resurrection power of God as being a part of this last day anointing. With this feet company of the body of Christ anointed to usher in divine deliverance, the old house of the law lays desolate. The house of the law, which had rejected the anointed Savior, continued to live according to fleshly their desires. All that remains of them will be an empty system of religion, even with its man-made temples, rituals and sacrifices. As we consider these empty of true life religious systems, what about the emptiness of religious gatherings that function today among modern day man?

Luke 13:34-35, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killed the prophets, and stoned them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me, until the time come when ye shall say, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord“. This “time” spoken of here is the last day anointed “Feet Company,” the first-fruits of God’s harvest coming forth in a full measure. These are the results of God writing His nature upon their hearts and in their minds. The true house of the Lord is becoming the dwelling place of God Almighty and is establishing His kingdom through the necessary judgments coming from God.

Meanwhile, the adversary’s house, his way of life, shall be spoiled and made desolate. These anointed ones shall bind up the strong one’s house. It is the strong one, the adversary, who has held the world in bondage to a way of life which makes them captive to the darken world and all that is carnally wicked and evil. This is a way of life that calls evil – good and good – evil and it will be spoiled, and all its goods will be plundered. Mark 3:27, “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” Generations have been and are now in bondage to this strong man, that old adversary’s house under the guise of religious freedom, which has falsely declared to be patterned after the ways of God. In the above verse, the word “goods,” is interpreted to mean “vessels (of gold and silver)”. This is speaking of God’s nature through His available redemption. These, the vessels which have been bound and held captive by carnal religious concepts, they shall be released as the anointed ones of God appear to release God’s Day of Atonement unto the earth.

Now let us look at a house called “the house of the harlot” which is also called “a strange woman.” Herein, we see another need for the deliverance of a people, those which remain bound by a harlot system of religion. These live after the orders of manufactured church systems, that which is their own man-made houses, their own religious life-styles which have become a “way of life”. Here we have a people who would rather follow the fabricated traditions of man, while they refuse to be led by the Holy Spirit of God. As Jeremiah says in chapter 5 verse 7, “How shall I pardon thee for this? Thy children have forsaken me and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlot’s houses.”

Is this not a picture of much of today’s Christian Community? The many who refuse to allow themselves to recognize a need for a God’s sent Holy Spirit leadership. Is it not so that God’s Holy Spirit needs to be ever present, giving them continual guidance in all their activities? They have become lukewarm in their gatherings by following after man-made rituals left to them by their ancestor’s life-styles. Where is the fresh daily bread that comes forth from God’s throne? The houses of this harlot have produced a “way of life” which the scripture calls a house inclined to death. Proverbs 2:18-19, For her [strange women] house inclines unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.” 

        However, unto those who become the true “house of the Lord,” a mighty glory rest upon them. A group of people liken unto some of the children of Israel are now delivered out from their Babylonian captivity. In coming out, they are being asked to consider God’s house. Haggai 2:3, “Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? And how do ye see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?” God brought about their deliverance from Babylon for a purpose, that they might restore the temple of God, being restored back to a God way of life. Nevertheless, the mind-set of these people had remained ignorant concerning God’s purpose. The purpose which God had for them had been disannulled until they could recognize the need concerning the reason and purpose for their present tense God purposed freedom.

Haggai 1:2, “Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, this people say, the time is not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.” Speaking here of a mind-set which has left out the need for God’s “way of life” to be rebuilt. Thus, they remained desolate of God’s way of life while each one, each family earnestly contended to build for themselves a house or way of life in which to satisfy self. In building for themselves, they let God’s house continue in its desolation. Haggai 1:4, “Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this [God’s house] lie waste”.

This word “ceiled” means “paneled” the lining of an arched roof. This shows that their houses were not only roofed, but also wainscoted or decorated, houses that they maintained faithfully. Consider that the mind-set of these former captives could not begin to compare the greatness of Solomon’s Temple and the waste of Haggai’s day. Because of their 70 years of captivity in Babylon, they were a willing people for freedom but didn’t maintain the vision needed to see the greatness of their God. In this, God’s people of today need to remember, His purpose for salvation is for the building of Himself a house in which to dwell. His house is a house that will have many rooms or individual members, dwelling places or mansions, with this declaration, “The glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former.”

A question to be asked! How does today’s Christian Community compare to the early church? The early church in the Book of Acts is the one that came forth from that upper room on the Day of Pentecost. This feast of Pentecost filled them with the power and authority of God. However, like the Children of Israel and because of a mind-set established by years of spiritual captivity, the church has become a splintered group manifesting the results of false teachings and deceitful traditions. Today’s Christian Community, for the most part, does not feel that this last day church is to measure up to the early church. What kind of captivity has produced such a mind-set? The church has fallen into captivity because they have allowed the people to drift away from the Gospel that states, “You must worship God in Spirit and in Truth.”

The Holy Spirit has now been replaced or completely removed from the activities of most of the weakened church of today. How, because rituals alone have become so common place and so important that man thinks there is no further need for the Spirit’s presence to present God in spirit and truth. The Truth of God is now distorted by man’s doctrines and traditions that expel God’s truth in exchange for man’s truth. Is not God a God of increase? Not just monetary gain, but increase in revelation of truth that enables His people to mature into God’s purposed state of perfection. Nevertheless, because of a Babylonian mind-set, most feel that it is impossible to manifest the likeness of Jesus. They fail to see and understand that God’s purpose is to have first-fruits, a many member body of people in which to dwell, a body that will measure up to a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle. This failure results in man’s nature remaining the same without change, a people not knowing change by that same Holy Spirit because most have rejected Him.

God has this to say, Haggai 2:6-9, “For thus saith the Lord of host, yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of host. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. The glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.” God’s promise is that we shall see His glory fill the house. A house, the church without spot or wrinkle, shall rise up out of the rubble of today’s distorted fallen down church. God is building Himself a house to live in. This latter-day church shall be a glorious church. God shall find rest as He lives in His people to manifest all His will and purpose throughout His creation.

Heb. 12:25-28, “See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused Him That spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him That speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He hath promised, saying, yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things, which cannot be shaken, may remain. Wherefore we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” The appearing of Christ in His body is even now upon us. At this appearing there shall be a removal of those things that are earthly and temporal, in this the heavenly and the spiritual things of God’s truth will appear and remain.

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“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 birthed to qualify and become for God a habitation to live in. Jesus became that man in which God might reveal Himself through. The house (way of life) that Jesus became as coming from God was a house of holiness, one of obedience, sinless perfection, humility, compassion, and true Godly love. Qualifying to be a sacrifice and becoming a willing 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 progressively restored into a relationship with Him through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In this, His power is released to receivers from the body of His sacrifice, 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 the 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 or person among created man to inhabit nor 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 these 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 his 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 for His 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 that is to be harvested, the Holy Spirit is the pledge of our full adoption, when our bodies shall know full redemption, God’s Day of Atonement. This metaphor also suggests that the Holy Spirits indwelling is but the foretaste of the life that is to come. We groan because although our souls are in the process of knowing 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? This 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 be left naked. A spirit and soul left without a heavenly 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, the process of the resurrection effects our bodies, souls, and spirits as we are transformed by the Spirit of God. Therefore, 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 of heaven will clothe us with the realm of Gods life and shall become a way of life for us. Remember Stephen, who reveals for us that God’s only dwelling place was in Jesus but was also to be imparted to live in 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 my body and I will make it into a many member body or temple, God’s many membered places of dwelling, His mansion.

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 planted, He is raising up to become 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. This sound is calling forth and gathering in a first-fruits people. These are 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 of the Lord at hand?

 

 

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

When Jesus was speaking of mansions as He spoke to His disciples, know that the word “mansions”, as He used it, literally means, “dwelling places.” A better translation is “rooms.” Therefore, God, through Christ Jesus, is preparing “rooms, dwelling places” in which He desires to dwell. As we consider David’s life, what is it that he means when saying, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”? Psalms 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”. 

        And again, in Psalms 27:4 David declares, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple”. Could David have been crying out from his spirit to be able to live in the same realm of life, the way-of-life in which Christ Jesus lived and manifested? Consider that the realm where God lives is a way-of-life, a way-of-life as lived, spoken about and manifested through Jesus. The scripture also reveals a God-life as the realm of life where Christ Jesus has gone after His resurrection. The place where He went to prepare for His people, making available a dwelling place for them, consisting of a new eternal way-of-life.

Let us also consider the revelation that God is opening up to His people concerning this way-of-life in which He dwells. With open eyes, opened by the Holy Spirit, we can begin to behold a glimpse of God’s Glory. This glimpse humbles a people to, along with David, cry out in humility. Psalms 84:10, “For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” “To be a doorkeeper” literally means, “to stand at the door or at the threshold.” With the word “tents” being symbolic of a temporary dwelling place, we can see a picture of this sinful age with understanding. Sins dwelling place is only a temporary dwelling place in which fallen man dwells and it will, according to God’s purpose pass away from within those receiving Christ. A temporary place in which a people of Christ are just passing through until taking up a new way-of-life as it flows from the heart of God.

When speaking of a tent as in the above verse it always speaks of a passing order, a way-of-life that is to pass away. In 1 Chron. 17:4-5, Nathan the prophet is being sent to tell David, “Go and tell David My servant, thus saith the Lord, thou shalt not build Me a house to dwell in: For I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another”. Has this not been true also concerning the church for these last 2000 years? The church, in a like kind going from one tent to another, has progressively gone from one revelation and understanding to another. A living truth until we now find ourselves living in the season of God when He is actively completing the building of His temple, His dwelling place. Fulfilling the Feast of Tabernacles.

What is it that God means when declaring that He dwelt in tents, going from one place to another? As revealed through Abraham, God’s purpose was not to remain only in the many levels of a passing in-part order. Nay, but His desire was to dwell in a temple, a way-of-life, one not made with the hands of man. Abraham lived in tents because he had seen a city that was not earthy in its nature. Understand that buildings made from those things of the earth, they cannot compare with that which God is building. Heb. 11:9-10, “By faith he [Abraham] sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles [tents] with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”.

Can we not see that Abraham, who became very rich and powerful, could have stopped and built a house or a city for himself at any time, but he had already seen something far greater? If Abraham had stopped to build, by building a house and a city, he would have been saying, “I have reached my expectations.” However, by dwelling in tents, it signifies that his present way-of-life was only temporary, and he was looking for something far greater. Always remember that while God lived with Abraham in his tent, He never let him build a city on that realm or level of understanding. Heb. 13:14 declares, “… for here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come”.

This present-day world, this present-day way-of-life is a world full of sin, one that is very wicked and full of evil. Even though we have only known God’s power and presence from an in-part standing, God speaks of something far greater. He, Himself has reserved for a people, a generation that was to come, a time of a perfect way-of-life. This points to a realm fulfilling “the fullness of times”. Therefore, for this cause Abraham never built a permanent dwelling place on any lesser realm. He had a willingness to live in tents, but only until he would come into that city in which God alone builds.

Israel was the chosen nation of God as He walked with them and as He lived among them. But, throughout their journey’s, because of the promises of God, they only lived in tents. Let us remember that Israel’s journey was only to be a temporary one. Their living in tents reveals that their journey was a passing order, a passing life-style or way-of-life. Therefore, God reveals that He will not build His house among something that is temporal or passing away. All of Israel’s history was one of God desiring to lead them; even as He desires to lead the true church of today. In this, we must recognize that there is something for us and among us that is of a higher Godly order. A realm, a way-of-life, that is not temporary, but one that is eternally permanent. It is in this place that God is building for Himself a house with many rooms, in which He shall dwell in His glory.

As King David appears and comes on the scene, he, being led of God knew that the Ark of the Covenant (God’s glory and presence) belonged in the city of God, Jerusalem (a type of the true church). 2 Chron. 1:4, “But the ark of God David had brought up from Kirjath-jearim to the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem”. Here we see another tent erected, a temporary dwelling place. David, being a man with blood on his hands could not build God a house in the realm which was the realm of continuous warfare. Again, God has promised the church that He would have for Himself a house to dwell. This house was to become a dwelling place of a permanent nature, one of rest and peace.

1 Chron. 17:11-12, “And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou [David] 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 stablish his throne forever.” Now while some may think that the fulfillment of this promise rested only in Solomon, this promise never knew fulfillment until Jesus came from the Father. Isaiah reveals for us that 300 years after the building of Solomon’s temple, God states that He was still looking for a Son to build for Him a house. Isa. 66:1-2, “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 those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor [lowly] and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at [cares anxiously for] my word”.

Thus, we have the man, when Jesus came He was the fulfiller of the promise, He was the corner stone of the house that God would dwell in. Luke 1:31-33, “And, behold, thou [Mary] 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 is speaking of the beginning of the house that God alone does build. God’s house is His permanent dwelling place and a way-of-life that takes each room (vessel) of His dwelling place out of this sin cursed world to become a part of the nature of God, a new-way-of-life. In this, man becomes His temple and His way of life in the earth. Is God preparing you to become His room of dwelling? As our High Priest, our King, He is even now molding and shaping each vessel by the indwelling Holy Spirit of God that dwells within the receiving saints. Therefore, He has come and is continually coming until He fills all and all. God is building a glorious house to dwell in, a many roomed house without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.

 

 

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

Today’s church should ask themselves this question, when is a house not a house? In responding to this question, we should ask ourselves and consider all that Jesus Christ is and what He has done for us. We must see that as our Apostle, He is God’s representative to His people and as our High Priest, He is the people’s representative to God. We should also understand that Jesus Christ is worth much more glory than was Moses because Moses was merely a servant, and but a member of the house of natural Israel. In contrast, as God, Jesus Christ is both the builder of and the Lord of His own House. He is the fulfillment of all that Moses could only foreshadow.

Heb. 3:1-6 declares, “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to Him that appointed Him, as also Moses was faithful to all His house. For this Man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath built the house hath more honor than the house. For every house is built by some man, but He that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over His own house; Whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end”. 

        Again, we ask this question, when is a house not a house? Gen. 7:1 says, And the Lord said unto Noah, come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation”. Was God telling Noah to piece by piece tear down His dwelling place, his man-made house, and put it into the ark? No, when God was speaking to Noah concerning his house, He was declaring that the house which he was referring to and had built within this earth realm was not something that he lived in but rather “a way of life.” This “way of life”, that Noah had chosen to live was one that separated him from the life styles of the multitudes living around him. Noah chose to live a life that was one of righteousness, faith, grace, and obedience. How did the rest of the world live? They lived a way of life, a life-style also called a house, which was one that was patterned after sin, rebellion, wickedness, debauchery and idolatry.

Meaning that the world around Noah had built for themselves a house, a way of life, one they dwelt among and pursued with their corrupted hearts. With us knowing that the world’s way of life, which they of Noah’s time lived in, was one that God destroyed by the flood. Note, that if Noah’s house had also been destroyed along with the rest of the world, his way of life would have also perished. Nevertheless, Noah, because of righteousness in the saving of his house, brought judgment to the rest of the world, along with their lifestyles. Heb. 11:7, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house [way of life]; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith“. Is God, in our generation, likewise speaking to us of things not yet seen? Again, the question to ask, when is a house not a natural wood and brick house? When it is a human body, a place of habitation for the spirit. That is, becoming a realm or way of life, a place in which God desires to dwell according to His nature.

Abraham and his household also became an example as they multiplied to become the House of Israel. In them, God established a way of life through Abraham that God desired to set in the earth. In this way of life, Israel became the people known as God’s people. Gen. 18:19, “For I [God] know him, that he [Abraham] will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of Him”. These, the household of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, were the house which God had chosen to build for Himself as a dwelling place. God desired to bring forth, out from Himself, a people in which to manifest His image and to continue from generation to generation manifesting His God life within and upon the earth. How then was it that God built the house of Israel? It was not with hammer and nails, but by birthing unto Jacob twelve sons that were to carry on in living the revealed God life upon the earth. These twelve sons were to become a way of life that was to be established and manifested through them to eventually affect all the earth.

Likewise, along with Ruth, Boaz’ seed built the house that the Lord would give him through Ruth. Ruth 4:12-13, “And let thy house be like the house of Pharez whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young woman. So, Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bares a son.” Know that while Israel was one house, meaning that all twelve tribes were one. Also, within the house of Israel, were twelve houses, with each son being a house from himself for God. Understanding is necessary to know that the Bible makes it very plain, that when speaking of a “house”, it is not speaking of a building to go into, to eat and sleep in, but is speaking of a way of life. Their life-style was to become a way of life, revealing God and becoming a habitation or manifesting life-style for those who are also willing to enter this covenant of the Lord.

What kind of house is it that God is building in our day? In John 14:1-2 we read, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” In this scripture, the word “mansions” speaks of “abiding places.” Thus, speaking to us of the fact that the Fathers house is a way of life, a mansion or way of life in which the many are to participate in. What is it that you see when speaking of the Father’s house? Do you see golden streets with beautiful mansions, with the Father’s being the largest?

One thing we must always consider, that God is a Spirit. This means that no one physical structure, ever built in heaven or on the earth, could ever completely contain Him. In seeing this truth, do we need to worry that we will lose our beautiful large free mansion in the sky? The answer is no, because we never had one. When Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many dwellings (mansions),” He is referring to, as with Jacobs sons so also with God’s sons, the first-fruits many member body of Christ. Each son is a house or dwelling place for God’s way of life to dwell in and through. Like Jacob’s sons, each son was different, with different promises and ministries, but they were all the House of Israel.

In truth, we must understand what the truth here is. First, that there is a realm of life where God lives, and it is in that realm or way of life that He makes His habitation. Secondly, that it is in this realm of the Spirit that God is preparing a place for us. John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. This is saying that we shall live in the same realm of life, that certain manifesting life-style, that God lives in.

What does this mean, “That where I am, there you may be also”? Consider this; we have had an old house or way of life that we have dwelt in and been influenced by, it ruled over us. Our old house was a house of death, pain, sickness, sin, doubts, fears, loneliness, tears, tormenting spirits, religious confusions with misunderstandings as well as all manner of human difficulties. However, our new house or way of life is to be a place of eternal victory and glory, born of God and reproducing His life in the earth through our house or a way of life. Meanwhile we are inheriting all things according to God’s word. This means for us that each one shall have a prepared house, a way of life consisting of a ministry and a realm of dominion in the Father’s house. To this, we say yea and amen.

 

 

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

Mercy is the attribute of God which is promoted by His love and is extended to humankind that man might become partakers of His nature. Disobedience caused God to remove His like-kind nature from man as they became the sinful, corruptible, natural minded vessels of this world. Nevertheless, despite fallen man’s condition, through a sacrifice, God desires to write upon the hearts of receiving creation a new nature. For this cause, because of His love, Christ took upon Himself the form of humanity. In this, He, as our High Priest, became a sacrifice for us that He might represent us before God. Herein, He became one with the people of creation by becoming the word made flesh that He might represent them before God. Heb. 2:16-17, “For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” 

        With Jesus Christ being a merciful and faithful High Priest, He also became a seed, dwelling within receiving mankind to birth for Himself a many member body. With this many member body being of Him and for Him, which includes Christ in the man, they are also to become a merciful and faithful people. This means much more than receiving some kind of new revelation. It means much more than moving in the gift realm and it means much more than using man’s natural talents. What it does mean is that the body of Christ will spiritually mature even as any seed matures. How, but through a relationship with God, dwelling within His realm of mercy and faithfulness. Psalms 22:22 and verses 30-31 state, “I will declare Thy Name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. ….. A seed shall serve Him; it [the fruit of the seed] shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come and shall declare His righteousness unto a People that shall be born, that He hath done this.”

In the above scripture, when speaking of “Thy Name”, it denotes the person (Christ) and all His attributes; it is speaking of His nature. Notice that, when speaking of his attributes, His nature, He declares that it is purposed to be manifest through a generation that shall come. This speaks of a latter-day people, a people who shall be spiritually raised up to declare His righteousness throughout the earth. This declaration shall not be accomplished by just speaking about Him, words spoken from the mouth only, but through a people who shall manifest His righteousness through their character, because of a Christ-like nature. These become the generation that shall be spiritually re-born and matured unto His nature. This refers to the new birth as declared by Jesus Christ to Nicodemus in John’s gospel. When the above scripture declares, “He hath done this” it is also speaking of this present tense time. In knowing that it was finished in a legal manner some 2000 years ago, it shall and will be manifest according to God’s purpose in the present tense now.

When Jesus spoke “It is finished,” it was a declaration of completeness. This completeness makes available to humanity of the fallen nature the right to receive that offered seed for the birthing of a new nature, the nature of the risen Christ. This is the Christ nature, which causes the High Praises to ring forth from lives given to God. High Praises are not just a mental assent to God’s greatness, or just a fearful giving of what you think He requires. How and what are these High Praises then? These praises are that which ring forth from the hearts of the people who are overflowing with praises to a gracious and loving Father. These praises are from those who are standing in God’s presence. These praises sound forth from a people who are dwelling in the throne room of God, the third heaven of God’s presence that also dwells within the spirit of the new born repentant man, purposed to manifest from them being within and according to God’s Holy of Holies.

Psalms 149:5-6, “Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand”. Human strength without the acknowledging of God’s power and might does not win in spiritual battles. “High praises” speak of being “lifted up or exalted.” This phase also can refer to an exalted place, a high place in the spirit world, and the heavens of God that dwells within receiving man.

Praises from the people expresses an effective weapon in spiritual warfare. Eph. 5:18-19 declares, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”. For a man being filled with the Holy Spirit, it makes clear that such a Spirit-filled condition does not stop with a single experience but is maintained by a continual increased filling. The Spirit is to influence all aspects of our lives. Spiritual songs, as mentioned above, are those songs sung by a spiritual people as applied to the divine sphere. Psalms 89:15 declares, “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound [God’s trumpet’s assembling sound]: They shall walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy countenance [face – dwelling in His presence, the throne-room]. These of a joyful sound are those who have learned to worship in the joy that result in their entering into God’s presence and finding happiness, to find eternal life.

These spiritual praises of worship are a singing of spiritual songs unto the Father, which places within a people the desire to see Him because they have come to know Him. This place of dwelling in God takes us from the visible to the invisible, allowing us to know the realities of the heavenlies, the invisible spirit realm. 1 John 3:2 states, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is”. This word “appear” as used in this verse has the meaning of “to bring to light, make manifest”. Thus, there remains for us those things that have not yet been brought to light. But, when the Christ is brought forth to be manifest by revelation, we shall see Him as He is. Our home is in the heavenlies and in this place, through worship, praise and spiritual songs we lodge in the presence of our Father to see Him in His manifestations.

“See” as used in the above scripture “has regard to the object presented to the eye, and also to the subject which perceives, at the same time. It denotes, not so much the act of seeing, but the state and condition of the one to whose eye the object is presented that we might truly comprehend.” “Truly comprehend” means for us a change. This means a coming forth into the likeness of that which we comprehend. This means a knowing Him, a walking with Him, fellowshipping with Him and becoming even as He is because we are seeing Him as He is. Is God presenting the Christ to you that in seeing Him you are becoming like Him? Therefore, are you willing to become a member of God’s first-fruits manifestations upon the earth?

 

 

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

The ultimate purpose of Jesus Christ’ birth was for the destruction of the adversary and the deliverance from the fear of death which existing among His chosen people. God’s chosen people speak of His true church which is the true spiritual house of Abraham. The destruction of the adversary does not mean that he is or was, at the time of Jesus’ sacrifice, annihilated. But it did mean that his power is curbed in the lives of those committed to live for and in Christ. Heb. 2:14-15 states, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And delivered them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage”. In this we should understand that Jesus has destroyed the power of death and released His people from the adversarial bondage of the fear of death. Would it be wrong to say that there is now available to the people of God, among His first-fruits, the ability to put death under their feet?

Could it also be said that some of scripture has not as yet been completely fulfilled? 1 Cor. 15:54 is an example, “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruptible, and the mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory”. Thus, the promise and the assurance that death must be and will be destroyed for it was, is, and remains the enemy of God’s creation. In 1 Cor. 15-56 we read, “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law”. In this verse of scripture, the word “strength” has the meaning of “inherent power; the power of reproducing itself”. Therefore, as stated, the strength of sin is the law. The law, good in itself, but was given to fleshly weak and sinful people. When the law’s moral claim encounters sinful human nature, it activates sin and rather than bringing salvation it brings condemnation. But, in the resurrection of Christ, when received and applied by the receiving vessel, it brings victory over sin, the law, and death. In Christ there is no condemnation.

For this cause, there has been given to God’s people a power source that comes through Jesus Christ, His death, burial and His resurrection. This power source supplies the ability to bring about a nature change that enables man to overcome sin, the law and death. Herein, we can put our enemy, which includes carnality and death, under our feet. Heb. 10:12-17, “But this Man [Christ Jesus], after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: For after that He had said before, this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, said the Lord; I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more”.

The Holy Spirit brings a witness to us that God will do a work within us to produce a new nature, including new desires to do His will. While the Old Covenant could only bring a reminder of sins, the New Covenant brings real forgiveness and a progressive resurrection of man’s soul, that is to say, man’s mind, his will, his emotions and his desires. In this resurrection, a new man appears to manifest as the first-fruits of God’s purposed harvest.

It is for this cause; Jesus Christ came to plant Himself as a seed into receiving earthen vessels that a new creation man might be formed and birthed. This new creation man, which has its beginning in and through Jesus Christ, is purposed to be made mature, finished and completed as Christ many member body. These are the ones who come forth in His likeness and image. Rom. 8:29, For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren”. Stating that God foreknew His plan for us before our natural birthing and predestinated for this people to become like Christ, His first-fruits and His many member body. Therefore, God calls and is in the process of justifying a people, as they stand and remain in Christ. These become His glorified first-fruits as they are fashioned into His image. God planned, in Himself, that he would have a people who would ultimately be like Jesus Christ, a people who would be conformed to the image of His Son.

How shall death and all its attributes be destroyed? (Read 1 Cor. 15:49-54). Also, a clear picture has been shown us in Rom. 8:10-11, “and if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you”. Again, we ask, how shall death be put under foot?

  1. By corruption putting on incorruption.
  2. By mortal putting on immortality.
  3. By a demonstration of the Christ being displayed in the sight of all the earth.
  4. By a demonstration before the eyes of principalities and powers in heavenly places.
  5. Meaning that both heaven and earth shall see a new creation man living on earth that is not subject to:
  6. Death
  7. Sickness
  8. Accidents
  9. Sin
  10. Nor the sin nature

In Psalms 91:9-16 we read, “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under foot, because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath know my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation”. The application of these verses apply to all the receiving ones who become of the seed (Christ) Who brings forth after His own kind.

Know that we, as a receiving people can claim all of God’s promises for ourselves as well as minister them to others. In knowing and receiving the Word of God we should take it as a personal word for each believer. Victory is ours as we stand upon the Word which God reveals by His Holy Spirit. That is to say, because we are building our lives upon the revealed Word of God, this received Word can and will become flesh in the earth again. That is, becoming a nature that manifest the life of God unto all the rest of mankind. In this, the Kingdom of God begins ruling over all the earth as it becomes established through these first-fruit sons.

 

 

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

There are a people created by God who are called to be chosen as becoming His offspring. But, with many of these, they continue to limit their goals in Christ simply because they limit their knowledge concerning Him and His true ways. In this they are hindering their desire for more of Him to be manifested. Often, as we consider our Christian peers, those who live around us, we limit ourselves because of what we see in them. However, the example that God places before us is Jesus and Him alone, not our peers. God speaks loud and clear that we are to look only toward the Savior He sent. We need to begin to see Jesus Christ as He really is, that we might become like Him. This remains God’s purpose and is that which is His continual desire for us. In this framework or picture of Christ, we can regard His promises and His purpose as to that which is really ours to claim.

Remember, God’s intent from the beginning as stated in Gen. 1:26-28 is, “And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

This statement of fact, God’s original and eternal purpose in creating man, is that He would place a people over the works of His hands, as they multiply, replenish, and subdue the earth. They were to rule over the earth with care as they received knowledge and wisdom from God. This was to be accomplished in the spirit of the day as God so instructed them. However, in their disobedience to God’s stated purpose, they fell from that place of authority, the realm of dominion, to a place of servitude. But, God’s nature like mercy was extended to them as a promise of restoration.

Man, in this fallen condition while living under the curse, and because of Jesus’ sacrifice, begins to awaken to the fact that he has a need for a Savior. In finding his Savior man begins to understand that in order to have dominion over the earth, man must first of all take dominion, with God’s help, over self, over his lower fallen sin nature. This speaks to us of a need, that in taking dominion over all things (first our own bodies) we must first of all learn to contact and be ruled over by the power of God that exists within each vessel who would receive Him. How is this possible? Only by gaining the knowledge needed and the receiving of the Holy Spirit Who desires to dwell within the vessel while progressively sanctifying and restoring him. This enables the vessel to visualize and gain the goal God wishes for them to attain. What is your goal and in whom do you trust?

Wicked, degenerate desires of the fallen man will only seek to dominate and control self as well as others. Nevertheless, in Christ true righteousness and Godly inspired thoughts, when yielded unto, will mature until completely manifesting from within the man. At which time these Godly inspired thoughts will become a reality. For this cause, man needs a vision, a revelation of God’s purpose. Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law [government of God’s nature], happy is he”. What is a vision? A vision can become a prophetic vision, dream, oracle or a revelation, especially the kind of revelation that comes through knowledge and spiritual insight, namely a vision from God.

The prophets understood God’s counsel so clearly because He revealed matters to them in visible means. Meanwhile, when a society lacks any revelation (divine insight of God’s ways) from God such a society heads in the direction of anarchy. However, with a vision, a revelation once received, the vessel can embrace the goal that embraces a desire and then hope knows its fulfillment. Without a vision or revelation there can be no fulfillment, in which case the vessel without true life from God can only exist without Godly spiritual fulfillment.

God, who is rich in mercy and grace delights in giving vision and revelation to the hungry soul. Along with the vision imparted, God also releases from Himself a divine comforter with power to make it possible for the fulfillment of the vision and the revelation. Therefore, we see a need for the vessel to receive that Holy Spirit anointing as spoken of in scripture.

1 Cor. 2:9-16. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man, which is in him? Even so, the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit, which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Nevertheless, he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

Two elements are necessary to know the things of God. First, we need a revelation from God as given by the Holy Spirit, as well as an appropriate spiritual response from the receiving man. The natural man, unregenerate and devoid of the Spirit, has no appreciation for the word of God. The spiritual man, regenerate and possessing spiritual enlightenment, has received a nature that responds to and desires the truth. Meanwhile, the carnal man, though regenerate but living much like an unregenerate, is a believer with childish ways. One who lives more for human opinion than for Christ. In this God is not pleased because of the helper made available. Note John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”. 

        This Comforter in making a people perfect is God’s divine purpose, thus the need for this gift of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit which is rejected by many peoples. However, we, the people of God must co-operate with the Holy Spirits progressive sanctifying work. This is that which brings forth the act of perfection. Being obedient to this work is the pre-requisite which produces perfection; therefore, obedience becomes a necessary continuous product. John 5:19, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”.

Jesus did not nor ever act independently of the Father. On the contrary, He understood that, because He and the Father were one, He did only what His Father showed Him. (Read John 12:49 and 14:10). As the comforter begins to speak guidance to His people, He becomes our inner guide who acts at first as the voice of “conscience.” The Holy Spirit gives counsel or gives a rebuke when a vessel is in error. He also freely gives divine approval for an act of obedience that is well done.

When a vessel rejects the voice of the conscience habitually, the conscience can become silent. 1 Tim. 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”. However, unto those who respond to the comforter’s divine invitation and instructions, a glory will begin to spring forth as the anointing of God manifest Himself.

John 15:4-7, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

The fruit that God is looking for in His people is a Christ likeness. In order to be productive, a branch must submit to pruning, that is, to the discipline of the father while maintaining an abiding union with the vine. This union releases a glory as love returns to God. Love releases the comforter to become a constant living companion. The comforter, the Holy Spirit, will never fail us except when the vessel begins to reject Him. Meanwhile, while in submission, the Divine comforter and teacher will continue to enlighten us in every problem, regardless of how impossible they may seem.

John 16:13-15, “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall he speak: and He will show you things to come, He shall glorify me; for He shall receive of mine and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore, said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall show it unto you”. The Holy Spirits ministry, as directed to believers is that of a teacher. What He teaches He draws from and conveys in the authority of Christ and glorifies Christ in all that He does. True ministry in the Holy Spirit will never serve a private agenda. However, while working in and through God’s called first-fruits He continually glorifies Christ who glorifies the Father. Note John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.” Thus, the maturing of the first-fruits, in complete union with the Holy Spirit, matures into a oneness with the Christ even as Christ and the Father are one. In this oneness there is a sending forth of His first-fruits to establish God’s kingdom upon the earth.

 

 

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