“God’s Created Man – Chapter Ten”

 

        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.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Nine”

 

In becoming aware of your right to choose which level of existence you desire to live concerning God’s purpose, it encourages us to seek the Lord for His will and purpose as He desires to spiritually mature our lives. In knowing that God has chosen to release to us His life and with His life being eternal in us, we can co-exist with Him. Meaning that we can have a final victory in God, even to the resurrection of the body which is not to be subject to the law of sin and death.

1 Cor. 15:50-55, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when the corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O hades, where is your victory?”

God’s people should understand that He is not looking toward those who are dead in body and gone to the grave to receive any glory and praise. Nay, but it is toward the living that God looks. It is from among the living that God seeks to have fellowship with man’s spirit, soul and body. Like with Adam, in the beginning, God’s desire was to walk and talk with man in the cool (spirit) of the day. Isa. 38:17-19, “Indeed it was for my own peace that I had great bitterness; But you [God] have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, for you have cast all my sins behind your back. For Sheol cannot thank you, death cannot praise you; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your truth. The living, the living man, he shall praise you, as I do this day; the father shall make known your truth to the children”.

God’s desire is to have a living fellowship with man. In bringing forth the completion of His created man, God shall have a living, praising, glorious son and family in which to dwell. It is not through the realm of death concerning the people that brings forth victory, but through those that are alive and living in union with Christ.

God’s promise of manifesting His remnant first-fruits company of people moves Him to send forth any needed ministry for preparing a people for the day. Today is the day of preparation that comes before the dreadful day of the Lord. A time when the sheep and the goats are being separated. Separation, the results of judgment shall have its day as God matures His people to send them forth as His King/Priest who are then to establish His kingdom. This speaks of those who are established that they might establish God’s kingdom on the earth. Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse”.

Yes, it is unto the living that God promises a renewal of the body in being birthed by the Holy Spirit. God’s dealings with man concerning life brings them to spiritual maturity. This maturing process results as each receiving man response to God in a knowing of God’s purpose and ways. God’s requirement for man is that he might wait upon the Lord. This means that man is to go about the routines of daily life with a fervent, patient hope that God will consummate His purpose in them according to His time. Isa. 40:28-31, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint”. 

The word “wait” in the above scripture has the meaning of “look for, expect, hope and to wait for”. Thus, we are longingly looking to and standing in the place of abiding in Him, the God of heaven and earth. Proverbs 3:3-8, “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of you heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh [navel] and strength to your bones”. Mercy and truth are to be our constant companions, never to be forsaken nor left behind. Trust God alone and know Him intimately. Acknowledge Him in all that you do, and He will make a clear way before you. This brings man into a place where we are fully aware of Him and stand in fellowship with Him. “Health to the navel” means that we have healing going into and throughout the whole body.

When a vessel begins to hunger and thirst after righteousness, a spiritual umbilical cord is established between God and the vessel. In this, spiritual food begins to flow into the vessel. Let us acknowledge that a mother does not push the food into the embryonic infant within her womb. Nay, but the child itself draws nourishment, as needed, through the umbilical cord. “Strength or marrow to the bones” is the regenerating substance that restores the worn out cells back to life. John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly”. “Abundantly” is a word that means “superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, extraordinary, above the ordinary and more than sufficient”.

Herein, by abiding in the vine, which Christ is, we have this promise. That life, as it flows from the Father unto those who hunger and thirst, they shall be filled. This life of God as it flows into the nurturing vessel is more than enough. It has no lack. All that the receiving vessel has need of is available. The life spoken of here is that fountain of life that comes from the heart of God unto life everlasting. Man’s fall, which took him from the realm of life, caused him to be separated from God’s life. Death speaks of being separated from God, the fruit of disobedience, which causes man to toil and sweat to receive enough sustenance just to sustain himself.

This is that which God spoke to Adam in Gen. 3:17-19, “Then to Adam He [God] said, because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, you shall not eat of it. Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are and dust you shall return”. This is speaking of the life-style we have all known, for we all have stood in that life which never produced any completeness or fulfillment.

This carnal natural life has the promise, that death shall be its reward, as the body returns back to the dust from which it came. But, we who have received new life from God, His calling is extended to us with an invitation. This invitation is that we might begin a journey upon a different path than the carnal world. This is a path which rebukes the promise of death to the natural fleshly body, to instill a promise that speaks of eternal life, one that includes man’s body. But, the promise of eternal life is not one without the testing necessary to separate and put us upon this narrow path to life. Matt. 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”. Are you ready for a life-style change? Are you ready to be different in that you fulfill God’s purpose?

How does mankind find and stay upon this narrow path? There is a place in God wherein we can be filled with heavenly manna. This place is a place where we are satisfied with food in abundance, the manna which comes forth from God sustains us, to satisfy completely the hungry soul. Matt. 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”. This speaks to us that we cannot be satisfied with what we have until body, soul, and spirit are perfected by God. Again, how are we perfected? By asking, seeking and knocking. In our asking, seeking and knocking for the fullness of perfection, let’s remember, that one portion of God’s truth does not fill us with all God’s fullness. God’s fullness only comes unto the one which continues to hunger after righteousness. In this the fullness comes.

Read Isa. 28:9-20 and note, the covenant with death shall be annulled. Spiritual growth, a maturing process that carries with it the promise is, that death shall lose its hold upon this people. A people that shall know their place and calling in God. This is a people that shall enter into a Spirit-filled rest. This is a people that know a daily refreshing in Christ. A people walking in the fullness of “let us make man, in our likeness and image and let’s give him dominion”. Thus, a place as God’s created man, to subdue the earth, to replenish it and glorify God to the fullness of Himself. Herein can we not see a kingdom being established? This is a kingdom wherein a remnant of King/Priest will govern with Christ in God’s eternal love. A love that becomes, to these overcomers, a living reality. In this eternal love let us rise up, awake from sleep and know the glory of God that shall cover those willing to receive.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Eight”

 

Scripture reveals for us that there is a way that seems right to man but it is a way that leads to destruction. The scripture which is the word of God, also declares, “but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. (Matt. 6:33). Just how do we seek after the things of God’s Kingdom? Firstly, by recognizing that you cannot walk the kingdom way unless you determine that God’s will, purpose, and glory is your priority as you seek after Him. This can be accomplished by turning to the truth, the word of God, which brings forth an understanding, when received, that man might manifest God’s will and His way’s. When receiving this understanding, as revealed by the Holy Spirit, we begin to recognize God’s way and to know the hearing of His voice.

The Kingdom of God is all truth and all powerful as we enter it by desiring, asking, and being true to God’s revealed truth. Psalms 119:17-19 reveals such an open heart. “Deal bountiful with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from your law [God’s covenant nature]. I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide your commandments from me”.

It is man himself who can choose the level of existence that he desires to live. Meaning, that man is living after a death and life principle which is already at work in creation. Any seed, when planted must give itself up to a death process so a new life can emerge in the form of fruit. Like a seed, our present physical bodies potentially contain the resurrected body that shall come forth. Unto those receiving people, a resurrected body will not be subject to the death realm. It will be beautiful and perfect. It will have unlimited capabilities as it adapts to a life in the spiritual realm of God.

A spiritual body does not mean having an immaterial body, but it does mean one that is adaptable to the realities of the kingdom of God. (Read 1 Cor. 15:35-44). Note verses 39 and 40, “All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one and the glory of the terrestrial is another”. In this scripture we can see that there are three different types of bodies made available to man. That is a flesh body, the terrestrial body, and the celestial body.

Man’s “flesh body” is that natural body which human kind is born unto. This is a life lived after the emotional and mental cravings of the carnal fleshly man. This consist of his carnal flesh and all its attributes and appetite’s. Rom. 8:5-8, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God”. This reveals that the flesh man is a man who walks the path of pursuing his own lusts, his own physical desires and his many unproven beliefs. He walks in the realm of death, unable to obey or please God. In this, we should understand what is always behind anything the world offers us. We should recognize, that the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is the basis for all sin.

Remember, sin had it’s beginning in the Garden of Eden when Eve yielded to the temptation that moved her out of God’s world. 1 John 2:15-17 declares, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever”. God created the world and Adam, but Adam, through Eve’s enticement, loved the world more than the creator of the world. In this disobedience Adam took a fall from God’s heavenly Eden to now live in a sin-cursed fallen world. Herein, this flesh man remains unfulfilled, with a life that remains as a roller coaster ride of lusting after the outside, emotional and carnal level way of life.

The “terrestrial body” is that man of the earthly realm whose life has the mentality, the ability to think and this he has chosen to do. It is here, in the thinking mode, that a renewing can take place as we choose and faithfully follow the things of God as He ministers, that is, as He reveals them to us. Rom. 12:1-2 states, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. The word “world” in this verse denotes “the age”. It is by the renewing of the mind, by a renovation, that we choose to depart from the god of this age and yield to the God of all creation. We are to present all that we are as a living sacrifice, holy to God. We are to let our life be a daily expression of worship. We are not to live according to the ways of the world, but to allow truth, as revealed from God, to transform our minds. We are then to think and act according to God’s will and way, His purpose for each day.

Thinking involves a process of choosing, eliminating and proving. As one proves or experiences God’s truth, he comes into a knowing as to the fulfillment and fullness of that revealed truth. Eph. 3:16-19, “That He [Christ Jesus] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height, to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”. This scripture speaks of becoming mighty in God, according to His power, as the Holy Spirit brings the power of God, reproducing itself, to work in our lives.

To “comprehend” means to receive experientially and not just simply to understand intellectually. “All the fullness of God” speaks of more than one experience or one aspect of God’s truth and power. It points to a broad-based spirituality, balanced through participating in all of God’s blessings, resources, and wisdom. It is when a vessel enters the realm of knowing God and His mercy that emotions are brought under control. While the flesh man reacts to things from the nature of a beast, God’s word reminds us that, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. (John 8:31-32). God will then bring his vessel from being moved by the beast-nature, the flesh man, to a life of one who moves according to the mind of Christ. This, a terrestrial bodied man, is one that is living a progressive sanctifying life.

Then the “celestial body”, is the body of that man which lives according to the heavenly supernatural realm. This one is a man whose conscious mind has joined with the super-conscious mind of God. Herein, our complete value system changes. No longer do we desire the things of this world or age, for our mind-set is now caught up to dwell among the heavenlies of God. No longer are our treasures of an earth bound nature. But, because our hearts, our lives are now supported and energized only by heavenly treasures. Herein, we only dwell and exist for the heavenlies. This does not point to or mean a people that live only in an invisible body or invisible realm. These are those who do live in that body which is visible as they glorify God in a glorified existence, a spiritual body (one that can be visible or invisible according to God’s desires as He sends them). In Matt. 6:19-21 we are cautioned to, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also”.

Remind yourselves where the heavens are. They are living within the saved, sanctified, reborn man who lives unto God. Meaning, that his complete spirit, soul, and body reflects the God life who lives in His heavens within the man. It is here that the peace which passes all understanding dwells. Love goes beyond all thought and herein one knows the truth for he will experience it. Christ declares in John 16:13-16 that, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify me, for He will take of what is mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of mine and declare it to you. A little while, and You will not see me; and again, a little while, and you will see Me because I go to the Father”.

In the above verse the first “see” has the meaning of “to bodily behold” while the second “see” has the meaning of “not so much the act of seeing, but the state and condition of the one to whose eye the object is presented. Hence, to truly comprehend”. Here stands the elect. Those who do not fail to yield to the enlightenment communicated from heaven to the mind. (Read 2 Peter 1:3-22). This is our promised land, our Holy of Holies, and the secret place of the Most High God. We have been called for such a time as this. The choice for our dwelling place to live is set before us, therefore choose life in God and live. Man has been birthed to no longer walk the earth realm, but to spiritually ascend and dwell in the realm of the heavenlies. This is the promised Christ nature and the receiving of a celestial body, to dwell in the presence of the Father, our God, forever. To this we say amen, is it not time to manifest the loving Father to all creation.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Seven”

In the process of God maturing His created man, that man is being justified through his faith in God. To become a “justified” man means to be set forth as righteous. The word righteous is a legal term signifying “to acquit”. This means that we have been set free from the bondage of our former fallen nature to be birthed again into a standing of righteousness before God. This is the enabling principle that causes us to desire to obey Him in all things. This speaks of not remaining or having just a desire only but bringing forth a manifestation of obedience that brings forth the reality of righteousness in the person’s life. These truths bring believers to that place of genuine freedom where they are now free to obey God.       Receiving vessels do not obtain God’s favor only, because He has already given us favor. Remember, justification is ours because of what Christ has done. That is, being loosed into the joy of knowing His friendship and Kingship. It is God’s truth that brings change, not by threatening us, but by lavishing His love upon us. Being justified by God releases us to allow the Holy Spirit within to will and do God’s good pleasure. Phil. 2:13 says, “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure”.

Mankind then is being justified by faith, a “faith” in the living and divinely implanted principle of God which enables Him to fulfill in man His divine purpose. Rom. 5:1-5 declares, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us”.

Thus, a truth, the just and those being justified live a life of faith. Here righteousness reveals the Christ-life in us. This Christ-life is revealed, and it manifests the nature of God from within that He might appear through each receiving son. “Reveal”, a word meaning “to unveil to be visible”. In this, Christ shall appear in the earth again. Rom. 1:16-17, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith”.

Herein, the law of love, that which God is, when received, it becomes the law which transforms every condition and all things proceeding from the carnal mind. Where we once stood in the sinfulness of the self-life, God’s love begins and continues to work until it is finished. This is that which transforms our nature as we partake of the fruit of the tree of life. Rev. 2:4 & 7, “Nevertheless I have this against you that you have left your first love … He, who has an ear to ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God”.

The word “overcome” is of military terminology, suggesting combat against the forces of an evil one. To those who remain faithful during persecution and the many doctrinal errors of today’s religions, these give proof to their faith. The “tree of life” symbolizes spiritual sustenance given to maintain the God life within. Again, love produces obedience which is the enabler, the door opener that enables us to eat the fruit of the tree of life. Rev. 22:14, “Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city”. The direct translation of “do His commandments” is “to wash their robes”. This is speaking of the process and the finishing up of the act of being completely sanctified. (Read Rev. 7:9-17).

Let us remember, that man is spirit. We are spirit placed within a body of flesh. Our spirit remains in this body of flesh until the time of death, at which time the body and spirit separate. Ecclesiastes 12:7 states, “Then the dust [body] will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it”. Yes, the body it dies and the spirit it returns to God with one exception. Unto that one who is truly born of the Spirit, he can experience and achieve an inseparable condition. There is a natural birth and there is a spiritual birth. This spiritual birth enables us to enter a new realm, a new world where God’s new kingdom order can be realized. In this realm, the things of the earth can no longer make us prisoners nor hold us in bondage. Herein, we are free to manifest that which is of God’s new kingdom order.

2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”. This new creation man is more than simply being saved, the forgiveness of sins. It is a qualifying experience opening the possibilities of our whole being to the supernatural dimension of life. It also fits us for a beginning in God’s kingdom order. For this cause, we must be born again of the Spirit.

John 3:5-8, “Jesus answered, most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I say 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”. This Spiritual birth is a progressive birth that makes alive man’s spirit, then a restoring of the soul, to finally change the body. Enabling the completed vessel to, like the wind, move from place to place as God so sends.

When God breathed into Adam he became a living soul. In this beginning, man received from God the truth which God is. Before the fall, the truth was the foundation of man’s being and existence. But, in the fall, man was separated from union with God and His truth, with man being lost to the knowledge of who he really was. Darkness begin to cover him as he lost sight of the glorious light of God’s truth. Without truth he became ignorant and unaware of his lost divine nature. But, in Christ a new birth awakens the man to the freedom of a spiritual life. Herein, truth again stands him up to be renewed into the supernatural realm which is God dwelling within the vessel. John 8:31-32, “… if you abide in my word [truth], you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. Sin, the separator of body and spirit shall be disannulled. Deliverance, through Christ is come and our bodies shall be redeemed.

Rom. 8:21-23, “Because the creature itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption [decay] into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body”.

How shall these things be? Through obedience, the power of God gives unto us all the things that pertain to Godliness. The promises have been given, the indwelling Holy Spirit is the teacher to lead and guide us into all God’s truth. The Holy Spirit also awakens in us the truth as to who we really are in God. Herein Christ comes forth and manifest Himself through the body of His people, which is the body of Christ. 2 Peter 1:3-4 confirms this truth, “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”.

Amen and amen, according to your Word our Lord, let it be. As this new man stands forth in his new creation, the truth of God is manifested as the Christ nature comes forth through this new created man. In God’s new created man, Christ shall be revealed throughout the earth. Is it not, first, God revealing the Christ in us. Then spiritual maturity places us in Christ, that we might all manifest the Christ unto all we meet. In this the body of Christ, the coming forth sons as a man-child shall, with Christ the Head, establish the kingdom of God unto the entire world.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Six”

 

Jesus Christ, the first begotten Son of God, representing the best of heaven, was sent forth from God for restoring fallen man. This was the results of the Father’s love being extended towards His creation. The shining crown and glory of the ministry of the Son, Christ Jesus, was brought forth unto a full measure as He hung on the cross for the sins of all mankind. Prior to His death, the scriptures attest to the fact that God was well pleased with Jesus in His fulfilling the ministry He was sent forth to complete. Matt. 17:5 states, “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Again, we are told in 2 Peter 1:17, “For He received from the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.

The Son’s sacrifice for mankind and its acceptance by the Father was the results of the Son’s obedience. Obedience in a total and complete sense to all the Father revealed and purposed for Him. For this cause, Jesus Christ is the only way, the only truth and the only true life, and no man comes unto the Father but by and through Him. Thus, unto God’s Son, we owe complete obedience and a faithful following after Him. Faithfulness is that which increases is us of knowing Him. Faithfulness is the requirement ask by God unto all who would become His disciples. Man must understand that by just knowing things about God and His Christ is not good enough. We must have a relationship with God, a relationship that promotes a life-style change from a darkened fallen soul into receiving through Christ the nature of God.

His nature enlarges itself within a people who know Him. And for this reason, Jesus warns us against self- deception which comes as the result of just knowing about Him only. That is, never having an intimate relationship with Him that promotes a life of obedience to the will of God. Matt. 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness”. A lack of this intimate relationship with Christ is that which causes many people to cease from following Him. Again, just knowing about Him only causes many to declare, Christianity just doesn’t work.

Obedience to God and His Word, along with the Holy Spirit, becomes the agent that promotes a knowing Him relationship. Obedience is better than any sacrifice, for in obedience we began to know Him that was sacrificed. Herein He is then enabled and available to teach us to know His voice. Note that it was in obedience that Jesus was found to be perfected. Heb. 5:8-9, “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, he became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”. This word “obedience” signifies attentive hearing, to listen with compliant submission, assent, and agreement. It is used for obedience to God’s commands, and for Christ’s obedience. The word “obey” in verse nine has the meaning of, “to hear as a subordinate, listen attentively, obey as a subject, answer and respond, submit without reservation”.

Obedience then is better than any sacrifice which involves the works of the carnal religious mind. In this, we must know His voice. We must obey and in obedience we shall be taught of Him and learn His ways. In the promises of God, and for man to see them fulfilled, we must meet the terms established upon for each promise to be fulfilled. Thus, in obedience we obtain the promise. The terms of the promise which God speaks to us are not base upon preaching, prophesying or casting out devils, but, again the Lord says unto us, obey me and I shall fulfill.

Because we are God’s called people, the arena we stand in and which we are to be motivated by is one of being thankful to God in all things. Herein, we shall be likened unto God, His nature and His glory wherein we might manifest Him. So often, Christians find it hard to be thankful unto God as He deals with us for bringing maturity in our witness for Him. We like to rejoice in the things that bring blessings to our wants, while complaining when the dealings of God war against our own selfish desires. But unto the obedient ones and those learning to be thankful in all things, God enlarges them in the spiritual things of God. These spiritual things are that which causes a people to dwell according to the heavenlies. God enables us to dwell in His heavenly orders while we still walk upon the earth.

Col. 3:15-17 states, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word and deed, do all in the name [nature] of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”. Note that “giving thanks” means “to give freely, to be grateful, to express gratitude, to be thankful”. In like manner, Jesus prayed this prayer for us that we might likewise glorify the Father even as He did.

John 17:1-5 and 20-22, “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I have glorified you on the earth. I have finished the work which you have given me to do. And now, O Father, glorify me together with yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was. … I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which you gave me I have given them, that they may be one just as we are one”.

Let us recognize that the ministry of Jesus on the cross and His being glorified by the Father will not be finished in a called people until the whole man, spirit, soul, and body have been born again. Know that he which is made glorious will truly be born again of the spirit even as the whole man is made complete. The heart cry of the true saints is that God would be glorified through them. In this, we shall be transformed to conform to His glorious body. Phil. 3:21, “Who [Christ Jesus] will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself”. Here man does not depend upon His own abilities or strength to accomplish these thing for self. It is not by man’s own works, but by God’s power and authority alone in which He is well able to fulfill. Fulfillment comes by the Holy Spirit, which has freedom to change us through obedience. In obedience we are born again to be change by a continual transformation until being conformed to the heavenlies.

John 3:3 states, “Jesus answered and said to Him, most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. This word “again” has the meaning of “from above”, a birthing that is brought about by the power of God. A birthing that is from above, meaning the heavenlies, which means for us that a people shall take off this robe of corruption. Corruption is a natural birthing robe which we have worn from our birth but purposed to finally be dressed in another robe. John 3:30-31 also reveals this as John the Baptist declares, “He [Jesus] must increase, but I [John the Baptist as a type of the sin nature, the carnal mind] must decrease. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all”. This word “from above” in verse 31 is the same Greek word as “born again” in verse 3 above. This reveals for us that unto those who are born again, they are born from above, from the heavenlies. These shall put on Christ that He might manifest Himself through them spirit, soul and body, throughout all the earth.

By a vessel becoming “born again from above”, with this including spirit, soul and body, that one is filled with light. No darkness remains in him as he becomes the light that comprehends all things. Matt. 6:22, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light”. Luke 11:34-36 continues by declaring, “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore, take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light”. The word “darkness” in the above verse is from a root world meaning “to cover”. This darkness arises from error, ignorance, disobedience, willful blindness and rebellion. Darkness is an evil system absolutely opposed to the light.

But, as we purpose to walk in the light, our thoughts will become single to God’s glory. 1 John 3:2-3, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure”. This word “pure” is from a root word meaning “holy”, describing a person or thing as clean, modest, pure, undefiled, morally faultless, and without blemish, meaning a death to the fallen soul of the carnal man while being resurrected to become the “living soul” breathed into man from God.

Herein, God incorporated Himself into the many member body of Christ with the purpose of manifesting that which he is. The basic foundational truth of God is that he is love. Therefore, the law of love shall cause each yielded vessel to be filled with the fullness of God. Eph. 3:19, “To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”. All the fullness of God speaks of more than a one-time experience or only knowing one aspect of His truth or power. It points to a broad-based spirituality, balanced through participating in all God’s blessings, resources, and wisdom. Therefore, as God’s Word commands in 1 John 3:18, “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth”. Is it not time for a people to become the visible manifestation of our invisible God? There are a people who have and are making themselves ready.

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – Chapter Five”

 

     

        When coming into an intimate relationship with Christ it takes us beyond the initial act of being forgiven of our past committed sins. While the opening step to salvation begins at the point of inviting Christ into our lives, through asking for forgiveness, Christ desires for a people to, line upon line and precept upon precept, mature into the fullness of that for which they have been birthed. The ingredient that must be exercised, through each step taken, is the act of faith. Faith in God with a knowing that He shall fulfill every word and promise that He has spoken. Heb. 11:6 reveals this truth by declaring, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.  Note that nothing pleases God as much as a steadfast faith in all that he is and all the He promises to do. Remember, it is not what we can do but what God can and does.

        Unto the continual receiving person, as faith is exercised, it will increase into that place wherein the believer grows into a knowing that nothing is impossible to him who believes and trust in God. The invitation to follow Christ, when obeyed, brings forth a relationship of knowing Him and who He is. As a vessel begins to understand Christ, it increases a desire within the person to live His teachings. This brings that one into a life-style of learning and experiencing the truth. Jesus Himself says unto His believing offspring in John 8:31-32, “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, if you abide in My Word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. This word “abide” speaks to a maturing people in line with the word “continuing”. This is an action word that declares the position of activity instead of a place of complacency. Man cannot rest upon their back-side while waiting upon or for something to happen. Forgiven man is invited to be actively pursuing the word of God and any revelation as it is revealed by the Holy Spirit. 

        Pursuing involves prayer in asking for God’s assistance because man, within his own strength, cannot bring change from the flesh realm to the spiritual realm of God. The word “know” from the above scripture is the Greek word “GINOSKO” which means “to perceive, understand, recognize, gain knowledge, realize, and come to know”. “GINOSKO” is knowledge that has an inception, a progress, and an attainment. It is the recognition of God’s truth by personal experience. In this, each person can know the truth that changes them from a life of death to a life in Christ. Belief in God’s truth becomes a way of life. Each believing person is to become a manifestation of the word as we live our lives according to that Word. As a person fulfills the Words of God, he will also become that word extended. He will then manifest a nature according to that word which he has received and believed from God. 

        Remember and know that the kingdom of God is within. Therefore, it is within the receiving vessel that God’s Word, the Christ and the Holy Spirit dwell. Are you looking for Him? Do you desire to find Him and to know Him? If so, then each person must be looking and paying attention to that which the Holy Spirit is speaking and doing from within. It becomes necessary for vessels to search their souls that each might yield to and begin to know Christ, the indwelling One, and therein gain God’s promise of eternal life. John 17:3 declares, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent”. Remember the word “know” as used in this verse means, “to know by experience”. As each person continues to increase in the word, by experience, they can gain the knowledge of who the Christ really is. In knowing Him, each one begins to take on a life-style change that causes the old carnal man to decrease until ultimately ceasing to be. In this, the new creation man shines forth to glorify God and to be made complete in the knowing of eternal life. 

        As each vessel learns to except and find God within their heart (soul), they begin to love Him. It is in this state of love for God that one finds joy and the true meaning for man’s existence. Each person begins to know their calling and purpose in Him. In this, each one begins to know that this love finds itself coming forth as a manifestation of the nature of God. Mark 12:30, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment”. The word “mind” from this scripture literally means “a thinking through”. The word suggests “understanding, insight, meditation, reflection, perception, the gift of apprehension, the faculty of thought”. With the renewing of the mind, man’s faculty of thought, there is a transition by the Holy Spirit within wherein the whole mind-set changes. It changes from the fearful negativism of the carnal mind to the vibrant, positive thinking of the quickened spiritual mind. 

        God’s desire is for man to know Him, and for this cause, the eternal invitation stands for man to find Christ that he might began to know Him. Luke 11:9-10, “So I [Jesus] say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it will be opened”. This is a promise that stands secure in its true meaning which means to look to Him and not to other sources. This scripture, in the Greek, is present tense, denoting a continuous asking, seeking, and knocking which speaks of continually receiving of the things of God in the process of becoming spiritually mature. 

        When a vessel yields to the Spirit of Christ that dwells within, we can begin to shut out the many voices of the world. These many worldly voices come from the many different avenues that have been established within man to fulfill the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. These speak loudly in areas of our social zones, our educational levels, our family structures, our economic environment and the many available religious circles. These voices pull at man to make them prisoners of the carnal nature in fulfilling carnal desires. But, by coming to the Christ that desires to dwell within, our thoughts and mind will begin to blend with Him until completely in agreement with the mind, the will, the emotions and the desires of God. This fellow-shipping with Christ is a continuous invitation to all that are willing to come. 

        Matt. 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light”. This word “rest” as used here is a Greek word meaning “to make to cease”. This word describes a cessation from fleshy toil to a refreshment and intermission in the spirit. The word “easy” means “to use”. The word denotes that which is useful, pleasant, good, comfortable, suitable, and serviceable. With the carnal world and the legalistic religious systems being a great burden upon man, serving Jesus alone is well fitting and necessary. Serving Jesus alone is building a personal relationship with God by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. 

        Living for God by the indwelling Christ means dwelling in eternal life. As the seed and the Christ-light within is more fully developed, the mortal self-deceases and the vessel begins to receive and moves toward the fullness of God’s purpose. Eph. 3:14-19 speaks loudly, “for this reason I bow my knees to the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that  you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”. 

        This phrase, “the fullness of God”, as spoken of here, is not something which is poured into man from without. This “fullness” is that which, from within, is developed and brought forth to be manifested from the inward soul of the man. The end results are to fill the entire being who lives and learns to believe as the Holy Spirit reveals, quickens and manifests to finally affect the entire world we live in. 

        These saints are now in the maturing process and they are learning that God is always with them as growth increases into spiritual maturity and they know the ways of God more perfectly in walking with Him daily. In this walk man learns and grows to bring about an intensification of the presence and power of Jesus Christ. This people also know that Christ will be at home in their hearts. Christ will move from being just an acquaintance to be the center of their lives. Man will also grasp God’s love beyond intellectual or theological knowledge to become filled with God’s fullness as the Holy Spirit reveals each line and precept of Christ more fully. This fullness achieves God’s fuller work in each receiving person as the vessel remains unhindered without being grieved. In this position, the joy of the Lord fills the person to affect all his surroundings. Thus, the kingdom of God is present as God’s created man is manifest. Is it not time for a birthing of the sons to come forth?

 

 

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“God’s Created Man – chapter four”

 

        When God spoke and said, “let us make man in our image and after our likeness, we can receive further understanding from the dictionary as to the definition of “image and likeness”. Image is a word meaning “an imitation or representation of a person, to be a symbol or type; embodiment”. The word “likeness” means, “the state or quality of being like”. Therefore, beginning as a formed dust man, when God breathed into him, the man became a living soul with the ability to manifest a god likeness, to be the embodiment and quality of his creator. With this being a truth, what kind of value can we place upon the soul? Know that the mind, the will, the emotions and the desires placed within the man are from the life of God breathed to manifest a God-like nature. 

        To receive a degree of understanding of the soul’s value as God values it, we must consider what makes up man’s soul. It contains all power, even the power of reproducing itself as man allows himself to submit to God. That is, the perfecting, maturing process of God which, through obedience, matures man into God’s creative purpose for each vessel. Remember, God breathed from Himself His spirit into the man and herein man received that which is of God’s nature. With this being the desire of God from the very beginning, He eventually sent forth His Son Jesus Christ to become a sacrifice because disobedience caused man to fall. Jesus died on the cross that man might be restored to God’s original purpose. Therefore, unto that man which follows, in obedience, the pathway God places him upon at the time of repentance, that man shall come to know the fullness of God’s power working in and through him. 

        Man’s soul also contains within it the power for the fullness of joy. “Joy”, a word meaning “to rejoice, happiness, great pleasure, and delight, expressions of man’s feelings. Doesn’t this definition sound like that for which the whole world looks for? With the world’s continual search for such joy, all manner of counterfeit joys has been tried, only to find that these counterfeits continue to lead to death and destruction. But, within man’s soul the power of a joyful life still exists. The joy of the Lord is just waiting to come forth as man finally submits himself to follow God in all things revealed. In forsaking the fallen man’s nature, which seeks to follow the appetites of the flesh, and by pursuing the ways of God we have the promise of God in Rom. 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”. With joy being our promise in the things of God, the soul experiences the complete fullness of happiness. Again, is this not what mankind look for? Happiness is a reason for living, for giving, for coming into unity with the body of Christ that the kingdom of God might rule and reign on the earth. 

        Know that God places within man’s soul, at repentance, His own seed which contains the power of complete fulfillment. With mankind being motivated by his mind, his will, his emotions and his desires, we have found that man; left alone to pursue his own way has become a completely failure. All that mankind has achieved since his fall in Eden has fallen far short of that which God purposed for him. Man’s mind has been keen on building for himself kingdoms to rule over. With man’s kingdom (houses, lands, possessions, riches, position and religions, all that motivates his comings and goings), man still finds himself unfulfilled. Man’s will to create for himself status, through education and reputation, to make a name for himself in his chosen society, still does not know nor has it brought him complete fulfillment. 

        Man has continually reached out to handle all things that he desires, left unfulfilled, then to finally move on to something else. In this, fullness seemingly and constantly slips away only to have desires that remain unfulfilled. With man being an emotional being, he has responded to every sort of pleasure that he could imagine, again seeking to be satisfied without permanent results. Wars have been fought and bodies lay wasted as drugs and alcohol consumes the emotions of the people. But, in it all fulfillment always seems to slip away with a driving force to consume something else, to try the newest fad. 

        Meanwhile, among all this darkness, the mystery of Godliness is but one step away. This step, once taken will cause man to come into a life changing relationship with the Christ, the One that fulfills man in all his makeup. Matt. 13:44 says, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field”. The scripture speaks to us of a person who is willing to part with everything of the carnal world to possess all that the kingdom of God consist of. Could it not be that Jesus purchased the field (which man is) to secure the kingdom for all who are willing to follow him? 

        Again, while the world offers much, it remains an empty shell to those who seek after her. Matt. 16:26 declares, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will man give in exchange for his soul?”. With God willing to give to all men eternal life, including the fullest experience of kingdom life, we must renounce all our self-centered empty ambitions in exchange for Him. 

        Can the seed of God, the breath of life placed within repentant man produce anything less that the giver of the seed? God, the eternal Spirit, has left us a promise. A promise from God has the assurance contained within it that the thing promised will be done. Thus, in 1 John 2:25 we are told, “And this is the promise that He has promised us, eternal life”. This scripture means that God has pledged to do something for us and that something He will do is eternal life. “Eternal life” signifies not only an endless life, but also a quality of life that comes only to those who have faith in Jesus Christ. 

        Thus, God gave a witness to attest to the promise when he declared in 1 John 5:7-13, “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: The father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: The Spirit, the water and the blood: and these three agree as one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God Which He has of His Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God”. 

        These verses speak of life denoting not only spiritual life, but also physical life, a life which one can possess only through faith in Jesus Christ and the acceptance of His sacrifice. It contains a present life of grace and a future life of glory. It is this life of glory that is now beginning to appear through and coming forth in a people. 

        With our priorities established in God, we are to put our hands to God’s way. (Read Matt. 6:24-34) with Matt. 6:24 declaring, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”. God takes great care of all things concerning the order of His kingdom. He watches over it and nurtures it in all the good things of God. Where then is this kingdom spoken of? Is it not within the heart, the soul of the receiving man as spoken in Luke 17:20-21, “Now when He [Jesus] was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said the kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, see here! Or see there! For indeed the kingdom of God is within you”. 

        Herein we see that the kingdom of God has already come. It is within the man who receives the seed of God. A seed that progressively matures until Christ is seen in and through the receiving vessel. But, in this kingdom, we must forever acknowledge that the kingdom of God is ruled over by God and we cannot operate independently of God’s power and grace, His government and nature. Obedience brings full salvation with a restored relationship with God gaining the full potential for His kingdom to rule within us. This is a people who only do those things that they see the Father do. They only say the things they hear the Father say, while only doing the works of the Father. With the revelation of knowing who the Christ is, the keys to the kingdom are given to his people even as Peter was given keys as He began to receive that understanding, the divine revelation of who Jesus Christ was. 

        Matt. 16:15-19, “He [Jesus] said to them, but who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered and said to him, blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven”. These keys denote authority that Jesus was passing on the His disciples, the authority or control to bind and too loose on earth. Jesus is stating that His people will be empowered to continue in the privileged responsibility of leavening the earth with His kingdom power and provision. This means an entering into God’s kingdom spirit, soul and body. 

        The main concern today is in recognizing that the church, for the most part, has not entered that life-style of such authority. The main reason is because of being a people of unbelief. Unbelief is the results of drifting away from the high calling that Christ has left for us. Entanglements with the things of the world will cause separation from God and keep men from being apprehended for that which they have been apprehended for. Where is that people who do the works and greater works that God has promised? John 14:12 states, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believed in me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father”. The door into Christ has never closed. It remains open to a people that have been called, chosen, and are being justified. The Christ is willing to sup with each one who opens the door to their soul, that He may come in and share with them the many-fold mysteries of His kingdom. Remember, remaining a vessel of the world means to remain in its darkness with the inability to see. Thus, those ones being and remaining blind unto God’s truth lack contentment and fullness but coming to Christ causes man to awake unto and walk in the light which is the knowledge of God. 

        What is the food prepared for God’s people to eat as Christ Jesus expresses a desire to sup with them? John 6:48-51, “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world”. In this, as we feed on Him through faith, we become partakers of the divine nature, which is life eternal. What a relationship, a nature changes as the result of what He has done for us. A relationship that joins us to a nature that receives from the Father renewed sight, hearing and strength. This all comes as the results of obedience to Christ through faith alone.

 

 

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