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

Unto God’s adversary who is the prince of darkness, the one that rules over this present evil age and its darken realm, the judgment of this world and its prince is now come. With John 12:31 declaring, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. Here we should take note of some of these words and their meanings. “Judgment = crisis” meaning “a separating, especially of judicial proceedings”. Thus, as the result of God’s judgment, light and darkness know judgment within each vessel. Mankind, through God’s judgment, can now choose to walk in one realm (light) or the other realm (darkness). “Prince = Archon” meaning “ruler”. The phrase “cast out” means “to thrust without, outside.” This adversary of God, the ruler of darkness who has ruled over this age of darkness and sin promotes a world that has missed the mark. The mark, that which is established according to God’s purpose means that falling short causes this adversary is to be cast out.

Nevertheless, know and understand that this adversary could not nor cannot take hold of Jesus Christ because there was nothing in Jesus that this adversary can or could touch. John 14:30, “… for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me”. The word “nothing” denotes that there was no committed sin or falling short found in Jesus that evil forces could find and touch. However, what about each vessel of humanity and where do they stand in this judgment? Could it be that each vessel who is a part of the body of Christ, those who are in Him, His first-fruits, they can also be appropriated unto this place of victory? Was not the Holy Spirit sent from the resurrected Jesus to convict man of sin and enable the believer, the first-fruits body of Christ, to walk in righteousness through this time of judgment?

John 16:7-11 says, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on Me; Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged”.

The coming of the Holy Spirit compensated the loss of Jesus’ presence at His ascension back to the Father; for Jesus promised that He would send Him. The ministry of the Holy Spirit to unbelievers is that of convicting them of sin and becoming, to those who repent and receive Him, their teacher. The Holy Spirit uses man’s unbelief to prove the gravity of sin, while the triumphant work of Christ on the cross is to prove the availability of His righteousness. This righteousness defeats the adversary and proves the solemn certainty of judgment upon all sin, the sin nature.

With the Holy Spirit exposing this adversary, we have found that the adversary uses mainly the power of death. While knowing that this adversary’s dominion includes the realms of death, darkness, and evil, know that Jesus Christ has defeated him. Heb. 2:14, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He [Jesus] also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the enemy“. The ultimate purpose of Jesus Christ’ birth was for the destruction of this enemy as well as for humanity’s deliverance from this fear of death and its fruits. The destruction of this adversary means that his power is powerless in the lives of those who are totally committed to Christ.

When looking at the dominion of Jesus Christ we observe that His authority rules over the realm of life, of light, and of righteousness. Heb. 1:8, “But unto the Son He saith, thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom”. By being Head or King over such a kingdom, Christ desire was and is to share that kingdom with a people. For this cause, He was willing to overpower that realm of death and its fruits. Meaning, that this people who have dwelt in this realm of death, might now receive Him to resurrect and live in His realm of life.

Acts 3:14-15, “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; and killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” “Prince” as spoken of in this scripture means “leader; one who stands at the head or beginning of a list, or rank.” Being the Prince of Life means, that death could not hold Jesus and we can also know and must understand that His life is greater than death. Therefore, unto the ones who totally receive Christ completely throughout the spirit, soul and then the body, they likewise cannot be held captive to death.

Christ Jesus was but the leader, the one who stands at the head or beginning of a list, or rank of followers who follow behind Him. Jesus is the redeeming sacrifice; His sacrifice has given to all receiving believers the privileges that once belonged to ancient Israel. Christ has made us kings and priests. Rev. 1:5-6, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful Witness, and the First Begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. The word “washed” in the above scripture means, “loosed.” Thus, He loosed us from our past sins while progressively delivering us from the sin nature which produces the death realm. These sins are man’s failure to hit the mark in a moral sense. Therefore, sin; whether by omission or commission in thought, word, or deed, remains a sin.

If this enemy, the adversary of God, is the god of this age, then our struggle is against this ruler of darkness. One of God’s greatest demands is for His people to rightly discern between the spiritual struggles of man and all other social and personal difficulties. Otherwise, believers become easily detoured, wrestling with human adversaries instead of warring against the invisible works of God’s adversary who works behind the scenes and through the carnal mind. Eph. 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Let us look at some of the words used in this scripture:

Principalities = the chief rule or ruler.

Powers = authority or delegated power.

Rulers = world rulers.

Darkness = the present order of things.

Spiritual wickedness = spiritual host of wickedness, these are wicked spirits of evil.

High places = heavenlies, the invisible spirit realm.

Thus, there is a warfare going on. There are a people of the world who refuse to worship God, that refuse to walk in the light of revelation as they serve the god of this world. These disobedient ones are spiritually and morally dead and in need of someone who is able to resurrect their spirits and transform their moral essence. The mood and manner of this world’s society, shaped by the prince of the power of the air, a title given for the adversary, as he exercises influence globally and within each culture. Eph. 2:1-2, “And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”.

This adversary is the god of this age and as he blinds the minds of the people in their choosing not to believe, this results in their inability to neither see nor come into the glory of Christ. 2 Cor. 4:3-4 states, “But if our gospel be hid to them that are lost [perishing]: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light [illumination] of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”. 

        With Christ presenting to the world the availability of salvation, it remains important for us to see and know the conditions of today’s present world (age). This age knows death, poverty, pain, and sorrow. However, tomorrows world (age) is that which results in change. There shall be a complete house cleaning, starting with the first-fruits. The adversary, with all his evil works is desirous to destroy God’s first-fruits and to progressively bring destruction concerning God’s purpose. But they, the first-fruits shall and are overcoming and are bringing forth victory. The question often asked is how shall this be done? The answer; it shall be accomplished by the hand of God under the administration of the Holy Spirit as released from within His first-fruits people. These are the sons of God who shall rule and reign with Christ on the earth.

1 Cor. 15:22-25 relates, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order [rank]: Christ the first fruits [the foretaste and pledge of the eternal inheritance, the first-fruits, both the head and His many member body]; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming [His presence manifesting through Christ, the head, the body, and the bride]. Then cometh the end [not of this age but the millennial age], when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet”.

Unto all those who trust and believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit has sealed them and is maturing them with the mind of Christ. This is the mark of God’s ownership and a receiving of man’s covering from God. The Holy Spirit is but the down payment of the full inheritance that comes as He appears unto and through those believing and receiving ones. Notice that He shall put all enemies under His feet which is that part of the body of Christ being birthed now, the first-fruits. These ones are anointed for this next age appearing. Eph. 1:13-14, “In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory”. A people manifesting God’s light as His first-fruits appear and are manifested.

 

 

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First-fruits of God’s Harvest – chapter five”

Being ”In Christ”, with the word “in” having the meaning of a people who are in and remaining within Christ, our daily requirement. Herein, we find that His many member body has the inherited right to dwell in the authority of heavenly places. Even though our feet are still on the ground, we find that our lives are to dwell, that is, to live after the laws of another order or realm which scriptures called the heavens, the spiritual dimensions of God. With the body of Christ being the temple of God and His dwelling place, the heavens spoken of speak of God’s dwelling place within each receiving vessel. Man should note also that the first-born son, Christ Jesus, was raised up from the death realm to rule from a place above all things in this present age as well as in the ages that are to come.

Eph. 1:18-21 speaks to us on this wise, “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come”.

The heavenly places spoken of in this verse is not limited, as most think, to a natural heaven in the sky. Carnal minds declare that the natural sky above as being the destined home of the redeemed. But consider, that it speaks more of a throne room realm of authority, a spiritual temple, a body of people in which Christ does and shall come into for His dwelling place. The Greek word for “heaven” as used above refers to the invisible realm that surrounds our present daily situations, the arena, or sphere of spiritual action and activity. Christ’s authority, which encompasses every age and exceeds every known power, is also in the here and now. Principality, power, might, and dominion are terms used for ruling authorities in both the visible and the invisible realms.

The New Testament reveals there is an invisible hierarchy of evil powers who deceive and manipulate human behavior, thereby advancing the adversaries strategy. Christ Himself and all who are in Christ are shown to be placed in authority above these evil powers, an authority that only spiritual warfare can assert, demonstrate, and sustain. Present conditions make it seem as if the church has missed the mark. However, provision is available in Christ and available to us, but the church community, for the most part, has not believed, accepted nor participated in it as yet. However, with the transitional time, the age we are in, and coming to an end, humanity will see this fullness of God operating through His many member first-fruits.

Let us realize that there are certain things, or orders that we will not become a part of in the age that is to come. Things conceived to be and sometimes even established as doctrine, such as setting about in limbo, sitting on white clouds and strumming harps. We shall not be polishing our crowns nor admiring our white robes. We shall not be just sitting under our own fig tree, but instead, Christ body will be actively fulfilling their purpose of being just like Jesus. Jesus declares in John 4:34 that, “… my food is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.” Note, the word “sent,” which is the Greek word “PEMPO” has the meaning of “to send, the sender accompanying those sent.” Therefore, God sends forth a people with the purpose of walking along side those whom He sends.

This is an order of manifestation for the body of Christ in the next coming age, the one that is even now rushing upon us. This order shall move us into the supernatural order of God. This supernatural realm will far exceed the blessings of these past ages. These first-fruits people shall be of those who receive and stay committed as stated in Hebrews 6:4-5, those who receive that portion of God that fulfills all His purposes. “…. those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,”

The word “enlightened” above is from the Greek word “PHOTIZO” which means “may light thee”. Also, in Luke 11:36 we read, “If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light“. This phrase “doth give thee light” is also the word “PHOTIZO”, stating again its meaning, “may light thee.” Becoming enlightened is the light of Christ that anoints the vessel to lighten up a darken world while leaving nothing within that is dark. This light enables us to move in the anointed nature of God, which means, becoming a people who only do His will, who only speak His word and who work the works of the Father.

Back to Heb. 6:4-5, the word “gift” in that scripture is the Greek word “DOREA” which means “a gift.” What is this gift, this “DOREA”? John 4:10, “Jesus answered and said unto her, if thou knowest the gift of God and Who it is That saith to thee, Give Me drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water”. Receiving a born-again experience is this gift, that which shall progressively enlighten the whole man in his spirit, his soul, and finally his body, a progressive sanctification that births for God the completed perfect man. A born-again experience that enables the vessel to come and go as the wind. (Read John 3:3-8).

Again, back to Heb. 6:4-5, let’s look at the word “partakers.” It is from the Greek word “METOCHOS” meaning “fellows.” This same Greek word is used in Heb. 1:9 stating, “… therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows“. Note the anointing that enables a people to come into unity, a partaking of the same Christ who walked in that first-born Son Jesus. Note, this does not make us a God, but only sons of a first-fruits harvest. Next, let us take note of the word “powers” in verse five. From the Greek word “DUNAMIS” meaning, “inherent power, the power of reproducing itself, mighty works, the manifestations of power.” Could this be speaking of a people called and chosen, but also those who are to manifest that which they received? This is a moving away from that old cursed Adam man into that new creation man to manifest the nature of Christ in all things.

During this age of grace in which we live, called the church age, we have only tasted of limited powers according to and by the Holy Spirit. Here the church knows a restrained anointing because there remains a portion within the church and individuals that remains dark or carnal. Thus, this church age is one that restrains man, moving only in a gift realm anointing that manifest, according to the Apostle Paul, as an in-part order only. However, in the age that is now coming upon us, this speaks of a vanishing away of the in-part order. 1 Cor. 13:9-12, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall 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 through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known”.

The word “perfect” in verse ten above is the Greek word “TELEIOS” which means “that which has reached its end.” Did not Jesus say while on the cross, “it is finished”? This is declaring a paid in full sacrifice; it has reached its end, now to be appropriated into His body, through faith and obedience, until in them it also reaches its end, thus maturing unto being perfect. Again, in verse ten, the phrase “done away,” when speaking of the in- part, means “faileth, to be brought to naught.” This is signifying that the in-part realm of the Holy place order shall pass away in the lives of this overcoming people. Having been completely borne again (spirit, soul, and body), now perfected to enter into God’s Holy of Holies, the heavenlies. They shall stand in that which has already come, that which is perfect or has reached its end, in becoming the manifested first-fruits of God in the earth. What a day it is, as the glory of God begins to appear through His first-fruits.

 

 

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

With God the Father being revealed to humanity in many patterns and ways, He continues to commune with man, even as in ages past when speaking to the fathers of Israel by the prophets. The Father God continues today to speak during this time called “the last days”, even unto man living in the end of these days. Without fail He is still speaking to His people. He is talking to us by His Son Whom God the Father has appointed heir of all things. Know also that it is through this same Son that God made the ages. That is the ages past, as well as the age we are now in, and also the ages that are to come in the future. It is through this Son that God the Father is looking for an increase.

In the finding and the calling forth of these chosen people for His increase, the Father sets forth the qualifications. These qualifications are established for man in obtaining the fullness of this place in becoming an heir of God and a co-heir of Christ. Mark 10:29-30 states, “So Jesus answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time — houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions — and in the age to come, eternal life”.

This word “left” as used in the above scripture is the Greek word “APHIEMI” which means, “to leave behind, let go, disregard,” meaning to place God and His purpose above all those things and He will make a way for receiving the hundredfold. The blessings Jesus Christ gives to His people will far outweigh any material loss and persecution incurred by living unto Him. The word “time” in the above scripture has the meaning of a “season.” Thus, indicating a season of time in which the callings of God, yielded unto, brings forth the many blessings of the Father.

The phrase “the age to come” is from the Greek word “AION” which denotes the “coming age.” This reveals that God is a God of continual increase to all those who obey Him. Paul reveals that knowing and fellowshipping Christ is the fulfillment of all things. Phil. 3:7-8, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” Herein, being in Christ enables us to know Him in His resurrection power, a power that is filling all and in all who stand in Him.

This declaration of fact, that “the world (age) to come” is not speaking of a different planet or earth but is speaking of this same planet earth, but with the coming forth of a new age with a new government. It is the same ground or earth but with increase under a different government. Let us take note of the parable of the wheat and tares as written.

Matt. 13:36-43, “Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him saying; explain to us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said to them: He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the adversary, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels [the elect ministries of God]. Therefore, as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He, who has ears to hear, let him hear!” 

        Let us take note of some of the words used in the above scriptures and their meanings, for Jesus Christ desires for us to be the hearers of His word. In verse 38 concerning the “field is the world” it is the Greek word “KOSMOS” which has the meaning of “the world as created, ordered and arranged.” However, in verse 39 and 40, the word “world,” as translated in the King James, is the word “AION” which means “age,” speaking of this present time. Therefore, the Christ is telling us that the world as created, ordered, and arranged by God shall abide forever. Nevertheless, because of those things that offend, that causes offence or a stumbling, those things, which are of unrighteousness, lawlessness, iniquity and wrongdoing, are the tares God removes during this age. A certain age out of many which shall bring purity back into the “kosmos”, as it was created by God to be.

Could this be telling us that God has for us an age when death shall end? A removal that shall usher in the age wherein a man-child, a many member body of first-fruits, shall rule and reign with God. If we can understand that in this present evil age of death and darkness, with the sons of darkness being the rulers as spoken in God’s word; these sons of darkness are seemingly wiser or shrewder than God’s children of light as spoken of in Luke 16:8. “So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are shrewder in their generation than the sons of light.” Nevertheless, is it not a fact that we, God’s first-fruits are not of this age of darkness, this generation. Therefore, we are not to live unto the authority of this age-time of darkness, but we are to recognize and believe that our citizenship is not of this age but is of the age to come. All the effects and influences of this darken-age shall pass away from us as the Christ within comes forth in yielded vessels as He has promised.

Phil. 3:20-21, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who 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”. This is telling us that God’s divine government is within this overcoming people. A people which is the seat of government wherein Christ rules and reigns unto the transformation of our bodies likened unto the body of His glory. Gal. 3:16 & 29 declares, “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, and to seeds, as of many, but as of one, and to your Seed, who is Christ. …. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” (Also, read Rev. 5:1-10).

The next coming age, the millennial Kingdom of God, the one we are now beginning to see for entering into, will be but one more of the many ages that stretch out before us. The word tells us in Psalms 105:8-9 that these promises were unto God’s people for a thousand generations. “He [God] remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, and the covenant which He made with Abraham and His oath to Isaac.” With the true church being the spiritual seed of Abraham, God’s promises are for us. With a bible generation being approximately 40 years, from Abraham unto now has been only about 4000 years. Thus, only 100 generations have passed which leaves us, at the least, 900 more generations to go.

Eph. 2:4-7 declares, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”. Pronouncing the first-fruits of God being proclaimed and the coming harvest.

 

 

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

To gain insight into the present tense purpose which God has for man we need to know, just what are God’s plans and what is His purpose for man, especially during this our day and time. Doesn’t scripture tell us that all creation is to be made subject to God’s Christ and His many member body? Heb. 2:8, “You have put all things in subjection under his feet [Christ]. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. …..”. Because we are living in the last of “the last days,” the phrase “the last days” is speaking of the closing out of this present age with great expectation for the coming in of another. This also speaks to us of a coming new world while the old world is to pass away. The word “world” (OIKOUMENE) means “the world as inhabited, to dwell.” Thus, the word “world,” as spoken to us here is speaking of the inhabitants, the dwellers who live upon the planet under their own government and not the soil man lives upon.

This also speaks to us a new world order coming declaring a change in rulership. This speaks of a governmental change as the inhabitants who once ruled are now being defeated and removed. In this removal a new governmental order is being established. Rulers of darkness along with spiritual wickedness in high places which have ruled the darkness of this present evil world, are to be removed with all their deceptive power and authority. Why? Because a governmental order of heaven, God’s dwelling place within repentant man, shall replace the old order of rulership in the next age that is arriving. Rev. 20:1-3, “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, which is the enemy and adversary, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. …..”. 

        With the adversary and his messengers being bound for that coming period of time, who is it that shall rule over this new instilled government, this new world, God’s new age? Rev. 2:7 speaks to us, “He, who has an 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.” Verse 11 says, “…..He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” Verse 17, To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” 

        Verses 26-28, “And he who overcomes, and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations. He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels, as I also have received from My Father, and I will give him the morning star.” Rev. 3:5, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels“. Verse 12, “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more, I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem [God’s first-fruits and bride become this city], which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him my new name.” 

        Verse 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 on His throne.” This word “overcome,” as used here repeatedly is from the Greek word “NIKAO.” This word as used means, “to conquer, or overcome.” Therefore, unto those who conquer, by the Holy Spirit’s power, the fallen world of the first Adam, he will rule in this new government of the coming age. Where is God’s government to manifest but from within the overcomer, a government that has been planted within the hearts, the Christ nature of God’s new creation people.

It is from God’s word that we find God also declaring judgment upon a certain people. These people He calls a “world.” Thus, it is important for us to see that there is more than one world involved in God’s judgments. God has promised us a coming King and 2 Peter 3:3-7 declares insight concerning this promise. “Knowing this first: those scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of His coming? For since, the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation. For this they willfully forget that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world [government, nature, the people] that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word are reserved for fire until the Day of Judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

According to these scriptures, it reveals that we are still living on the same earth or soil that saw the flood in Noah’s day. Was Noah’s ark transported to another planet somewhere, I think not. What world was destroyed by the flood, but the world created by the people, those people who were living in a rebellious nature against God? Yes, I think this is so for again, what does Peter show us as to this present world which is to be burned up by the wrath of God in these last days, which is our day? While heaven and earth shall remain, it will be this present day governmental world, both the political and the religious carnality, that God destroys. All things birthed by ungodly men who follow their own lust begin to experience God’s wrath and judgment and they shall not remain. The truth is that while God does not destroy the natural earth, He does establish a Godly governmental order, bringing forth the destruction of all ungodly governments that rule at the present time. It is through the Christ and His many member body, the first-fruits that God has chosen to rule over His kingdom age, that is appearing.

Humanity needs to awaken and get the picture. God uncovers the truth of His kingdom as we read from Isaiah 11:1-9, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His Lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Read also Isaiah 65:17-25.

Today’s men still have an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to wake them up. Can we not get the picture? We see coming a reigning on earth wherein the Christ and His many member body, His first-fruits will minister life to all of creation. We will be able to know the reality of true and truth living. There will be houses built and jobs to work at. Real animals alive that do not destroy nor hurt one another, with children being born that are not afraid of snakes and lambs that are not afraid of wolves. In all of God’s creation, the first-fruits of God are becoming a people that are conformed to the image of the Son of God. These people have overcome because they have put all their enemies under foot with their last enemy being destroyed, which is death.

Note the truth of God’s word in 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 [God’s Christ, both head and his many member body], afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming [Jesus the head and His many member body are to appear for the bride]. 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.” With death destroyed, the end comes to be delivered unto the Father because there shall be no more sin and death, a time when every remaining tongue shall confess Him as Lord.

 

 

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

Known by but a few, throughout all of God’s creation of mankind, is the knowledge that being “in-Christ” means God’s people are more than conquerors. This word “in” is a word meaning, “being and remaining within.” Therefore, know that through His redeemed first-fruits God has chosen to dwell, and in and through them, He shall reap His harvest and establish His kingdom on the earth through spiritual warfare. Eph. 6:12, “because our conflict is not with blood and flesh, but with the governments, with the authorities, with the potentates of this darkness, with the spiritual things of wickedness in the heavenlies.”

When God purposed to create the man and place him in the Garden of Eden according to His overall plan of creation, we know that angels were already in place as purposed by God. Angels were created by God to be used according to His purpose, but they were not the highest or the ultimate of God’s creation. God had something greater in mind and for this cause, when He created man, it was man who is to become the ultimate manifestation of God by becoming His sons, His family. Scripture reveals that God’s purposed place for His manifested sons is life of a higher realm.

Heb. 1:4-6, “Having become so much better than the angels, as He [Jesus Christ] has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say: You are My Son, Today I have begotten you? And again: I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: Let all angels of God Worship Him”. Jesus Christ therefore is of a much higher order than the angels. Jesus Christ, established as the firstborn Son of God, is God’s glorified and exalted man. This firstborn Son become the seed-pattern for redeemed creation, beginning with the first-fruits.

While we note that the angels are spirit beings, it is from humanity that God calls forth a ministry to become His flames of fire. But, unto Jesus Christ, the seed-pattern Son, God declares an eternal throne. Heb. 1:7-8, “And of the angels He says: Who makes His angel’s spirits and His ministers a flame of fire. But to the Son He says: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.” As we continue to read, we can see that this throne is an eternal throne and anointed with “the oil of gladness.” Heb. 1:9, “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore, God, Your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions.” 

        Therefore, we should recognize that this place in God, those becoming His first-fruits, is also eternal in purpose. When God speaks of the coming forth of a new heaven and earth, it is mainly speaking of a new way of life. The old way of life connected to the fallen Adamic race is the heaven and earth that shall perish. All that has existed in what God calls the old heaven and earth shall pass away. Know that repentant humanity shall know the reality of the passing away of that old life that they might know a coming forth into that which is new and now available. Heb. 1:10-12, “And: You Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak, you will fold them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not fail.” 

        Angels then are of a lower state of existence than those who are becoming God’s first-fruits, for unto the angels the good and precious promises of God are not given. However, unto Gods first-fruits, the Christ and His body, these promises are stated and given that God shall put all enemies under the feet of these who overcome. Secondly, that in Christ and overcomers as His body, God causes them to sit down on the right hand of God. Thirdly, as God’s children, they can become heirs of His full salvation. Fourthly, they become joint-heirs with Jesus Christ and fifthly they gain the right to sit in the throne room of God. Heb. 1:13, “But to which of the angels has He ever said; Sit at My right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool.” In addition, we read again, in Rev. 3:21 as He declares, “to him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” 

        While many humans would tremble in the presence of a mighty angel, we must ever remember that they are but servants of God with the ministry of serving the saints. But, it is unto the overcomers that God chooses, not only to speak to but also to manifest Himself through. It is these first-fruits who shall be co-heirs of salvation unto the kingdom of God. Heb. 1:14 states, “Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” Have you heard of or ever considered God’s promise for the overcomers in becoming a son? If not, you can, and in so doing, man receives instructions and warnings not to drift from that promise.

Heb. 2:1, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” What about you, has complacency and slothfulness seem to have become a way of life for you as with much of the Christian Community? These are those who dwell in that carnal established mind-set which manifests what was and is being passed down from generation to generation. This carnal established mind-set makes the Word of God non-effective, becoming a people never expecting nor seeking for its fulfillment. If an angel were to appear before them, most people would bow at his presence and at his voice. Yet these same people are very careless when it comes to respecting the Word of God when spoken through His true ministries, the apostles, the prophets, the evangelist, the shepherds, and the teachers of God and His word, those called to be preparers for Christ appearing.

Heb. 2:2-4, “For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?” 

        If disobedience to a revelation transmitted by angels is punishable, indifference to salvation and the kingdom truths brought by Christ (the head and body) receives even greater punishment. The greatness of salvation and entering into the kingdom of God is given by these three facts of conformation: 1. Spoken by the Lord; 2. The apostles confirmed, 3. Attested by the ministry of the Holy Spirit through miracles and spiritual gifts. It is an age-long expectation that the Holy Spirit, in confirming the gospel, will minister manifestations of Christ’s glory. Remember, the angels are of a lower realm than Christ is, so the gospel of Christ and God’s kingdom is of a far greater realm than the realm of angels. The Holy Spirit shall not only anoint these first-fruits, the body of Christ, but also the message as it comes through those who hear from heaven.

1 Cor. 2:1-5, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and He crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 

        God’s ways revealed to humanity through the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross are ways beyond the ways of man. Paul did not preach the message of the cross to show off his oratorical skills and to draw attention to himself; rather, he spoke with fear, and trembling, a figure of speech denoting the opposite of self-confidence. Demonstration of the Holy Spirit and power not only refers to the fact that the miraculous accompanies God’s Word when anointed, it also refers to the Holy Spirit’s transforming power in the individual lives of the saints at the time of their conversion. This is more than a mere intellectual conversion through human wisdom, but an encounter with the Holy Spirit Himself, who demonstrated His presence in them. Thus, we have before us the way and the walk of those becoming His first-fruits.

While angels are purposed of God to minister to the saints, they have not been given the place of rulership over the world that is to come. This rulership has been given to a part of humanity, those of Christ’ body, who shall become ministers of “so great a salvation,” which changes man’s spirit, soul and body. These are those who are to usher in a new day in God in which they shall rule and reign with Christ. It is the eternal promise and purpose of God, that man shall rule and have dominion over all of God’s creation. Heb. 2:5-8, “For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying: What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor and set him over the works of your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him”. 

        What a promise and what are we seeing manifested now, as we begin to see Christ. The fruit of the seed, the first-fruits shall come forth in a full measure, each one coming to their season. We shall see them because we see Jesus who states that He is bringing many sons unto that same glory. Heb. 2:9-11, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for who are all things and by who are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” 

        We can read in Heb. 2:12-18 that Jesus became, for us, a merciful and faithful High Priest. In this office as, High Priest He makes reconciliation for our sins, a forgiveness of sins and a progressive changing from the sin nature. In this, the process of our spiritual maturity, we might likewise bring others in and minister unto the nations the ministry of reconciliation. Jesus is our High Priest whose purpose is to gather and lay hold of Abraham’s seed. Understanding is given that we are Abraham’s seed by faith in Christ, thus the call.

Gal. 3:16 & 29 states, “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, and to seeds, as of many, but as of one, and to your Seed, who is Christ. … And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” A call comes forth. We did not choose Him, but He chose us. In responding to the call in God choosing us, the process for our being apprehended begins. A desire springing up from within, to come to the place of truly knowing Him as a bride knows her husband. An intimate union in the Christ until a consummation and the birthing takes place.

Phil. 3:10-14 declares, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected, but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

        This is a seeking to know Him, a devoting of ourselves in the pursuit of intimacy with God. We can ask the Holy Spirit to birth in us a deep hunger and longing for more of Christ. Asking God to place in our hearts a burning desire to know Him in a greater way than ever before. Seeking Him with our entire mind, will, emotions and desires. Thus, the purpose of this life is to press our way into a full measure of that for which God has called us. We are to become that visible expression of God in the earth that all men might see Him as He is, the Head with His many member body, the first-fruits of His harvest.

 

 

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

From before the foundation of His creation, God purposed from within Himself that He, in the process of His timing, would bring forth a seed in the earth to be birthed after His own kind. As God spoke in the first chapter of Genesis, He proclaimed the fashion of that seed. Gen. 1:26“Then God said, Let Us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth”. This scripture refers to and includes such qualities as reason, personality, and the intellect. It also includes the capacity to relate, to hear, to smell, to see, to feel and to speak.

All these are characteristics of God, which He chose to reproduce within His created man. This man is purposed to be God’s kingdom agent, to rule within and subdue all the rest of creation, including the aggressive fallen forces of the adversary that would, did and does infringe upon God’s purpose. Within this plan, a created man was to become a seed, a seed that was to produce a man to finally become a many member one. Creation should understand that this plan is not one that God has forgotten about nor left to be unfulfilled. Understand that it is down through the dispensations of time that God purposed the molding and maturing of this created man, becoming the many member body of Christ who is becoming a full measure of the plan.

From scripture, as written in the book of Hebrews, the revelation of that seed had its beginning as the seed, the Son of God Christ Jesus begins. Heb. 1:1-2, “God who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds”. God’s son, superior to everything in every way, is the perfect reflection of God’s glory and the image of His Person. Herein, lays the promise that God gave and its coming forth, as a first-born Son. Note with understanding that while the first-born is the Heir, the purpose and promise will not be complete until the co-heirs likewise find their place of fulfillment as members of the Christ. In this they become Christ many member body. These many members of Christ, appearing as a first-fruits company, have their beginning in making up His body until its completion.

Rom. 8:14-17 openly declares, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together”.

From this verse, we can see the progression as a person receives forgiveness of past sins to become one of the children of God. However, in the spirit realm as in the natural, a child needs to grow, and in its maturing processes, he matures to qualify and finally become an adopted son, a son that begins to move in the Fathers delegated authority. Thus, this child finally becomes a part of the matured body of Christ, the glorified ones in which Jesus prayed for in John 17:22, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:”. This oneness prayed for is not an organizational oneness but a spiritual unity, a body that will manifest the life of Christ as first-fruits, as they bear full witness to the divine mission of Christ.

As clearly stated in the Word of God, Jesus Christ is but the firstborn son. It also declares that God, in His foreknowledge, purposed that others would also mature into the image of His First Son. Rom. 8:29, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. That He might be the firstborn among many brethren”. The writer, looking into eternity past sees that God’s purpose for His people has only and always been good. God foreknew and predestined these believers to be like Christ. With clarity, God states that a people shall become His sons. The requirement stated is that they are required to overcome. “Overcome” is a word that speaks of conquering. Thus, unto those who conquer, they shall likewise inherit from the Father, becoming a first-fruits people who gain a place called “sons.” These shall receive from God all things that He has prepared for them that love Him. Rev. 21:7, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son”.

Herein lays the revelation concerning that which God purposed when He declared, “let us make man in our image, according to our likeness”. With the Holy Spirits revealing, we can understand that the seed, Christ Jesus, is but the beginning of God’s creation. In other words, Jesus Christ was the pattern for other coming sons. God saw Him before the making of any man, with the man becoming many in number that would finally grow-up into the likeness of the first-born son. Rev. 3:14, “… These things say the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God”. Jesus Christ then, birthed through Mary, came forth from God, not only to become a sacrifice for sin, but as God’s pattern son. He, as a planted seed, is to become a harvest of sons made in His image and likeness. Thus, we have the witness that the firstborn has come. He lived, died, was in the tomb, rose to life again to now be seated at the Fathers right hand.

With the Sonship of Jesus being made complete and by Him becoming the sacrifice needed, God continues working and is still waiting for the body of Christ, the precious fruit of the earth to be made complete. James 5:7 states, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord [includes His first-fruit many member body]. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” God’s patience, according to the times and seasons of creation will bring forth this great harvest of first-fruit sons.

When is it that the heirs of God shall possess their inheritance? In answering this question, we must consider the phrase “in the last days.” Acts 2:17, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God …”. This phrase “in the last days” refers to the era of the church from the upper room Feast of Pentecost to the return of Christ. This brings todays man to the overlapping of today’s age and the age that is to come. 2 Tim. 3:1, But know this that in the last days’ perilous times will come.” This word “perilous” has the meaning of “harsh, savage, difficult, dangerous, painful, fierce, grievous, hard to deal with.” This word describes a society that is barren of virtue but abounding with vices. Appearing “in the last days” certain events begin to take place that bring about the fulfillment of those things previously declared.

With the entire dispensation of grace, the church age referred to as “the last days,” the Apostles revealed that they, likewise, were living “in the last days”. Yet 2000 years later, we find we are still living “in these last days”. Thus, a 2000-year period given to prepare and mature the harvest of the Christ seed that was planted those 2000 years ago. It is here that we should note that Jesus, as our sacrifice, was lifted upon the cross at the third hour, the morning sacrifice, speaking of 9:00 AM. Mark 15:25, “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.” Jesus then remained on the cross until the ninth hour, the evening sacrifice, speaking of 3:00 PM. Mark 15:33-34, “Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is translated, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? [the sacrifice completed]

Fallen man, unable to restore himself, can now know restoration, but only through this sacrifice of Jesus. This sacrifice was needed because man, born into the fallen condition of the first Adam man, could not pay the penalty for himself. Fallen man needed a worthy sacrifice found only in God’s firstborn Son, the man Christ Jesus. Herein He died; He paid the price that was necessary for man’s sinful life. He hung on the cross for as long as needed and then He cried out, “it is finished.” His sacrifice for man was now a price paid in full. John 19:30, “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, it is finished! And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” Now, with that requirement met, God begins to focus upon another son, a corporate son, one that has many members.

Jesus, the firstborn son came forth in the morning of these “last days,” but now, at the time of the evening sacrifice (the closing hours of the last days) Jesus again cries, “It is finished.” Here, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, He pours Himself by the Holy Spirit into a called and chosen body of sons who now do the ministry of the “greater things.” John 14:12, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes 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.” Because His purpose was the crucifixion, Jesus’ earthly ministry was limited to only a few years. However, after the resurrection of Jesus and with the sent Holy Spirit poured out at Pentecost, His ministry continues to multiply as Holy Spirit empowered believers become a harvest of first-fruits. These first-fruits are now coming forth to establish the kingdom of God in all the earth.

According to God’s plan, from the beginning, He purposed to have a many member son. These, with Jesus Christ as the head, are purposed to restore creation back into a restored divine order. Back, from the realm of death, to God’s realm of life. Heb. 2:10, “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory; to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings”. While the Old Testament people knew God only as the creator, the lawgiver and a punisher of sins, Jesus came to reveal and unveil God’s true nature.

Heb. 1:3, Who [Christ Jesus] being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,”. This Christ seed now planted in the souls of receiving people was purposed that these receiving ones might live again. The law of the seed, with every seed bringing forth after its own kind, Jesus Christ brings forth a harvest liken unto the first born, the visible image of the invisible God. As stated in Col. 1:15, it says, “He [Jesus Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” 

        Herein we can rest assured in this fact, that Jesus was and is the overcomer. He overcame, not for Himself alone, but that man could also become partakers of God’s divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4, “By which have been given to us exceedingly 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”. These great and precious promises are given to us in Jesus Christ whose very nature can become who we are. While it is only in the blood of Jesus Christ that man can know redemption, we can also remember that His other sons are spiritually birthed do the greater works spoken of by Jesus. I Cor. 15:22-24, “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”. 

        This scripture is pointing to the resurrection, an experience for first-fruits, with Jesus Christ being the authentic Man who acted in their behalf. The second coming of Christ within His completed purpose will complete the resurrection harvest. Having subdued all enemies, Christ will then turn over the reins of the divine government to God the Father. In this, let us remember that the Christ is the Head and He has a many member body, the first-fruits to be manifested in the earth.

 

 

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“Your Destiny – God’s Will and Purpose – chapter fifteen”

“As a Man Thinks, so is He”

Man, God’s creation, is a body, soul, and spirit. God has chosen to create this man for fellowship as the man remained submissive and in relationship with Him. A relationship that includes union with the spiritually mature completed vessel becoming God’s dwelling place. In having a relationship, God chooses to affect man’s make-up by changing every aspect of his being, enabling man to stand in His presence. In God’s presence man is to know Him, to see Him, to hear Him, to feel Him and to obey Him. Man is to become the visible expression, a visible manifestation as offspring of God Himself. In this relationship, we know that God is Spirit; therefore, we must begin by relating to Him in spirit. For this spiritual union to become a reality, God must first renew a right spirit within man that will enable that man to relate to God through communication and fellowship.

In this regard what of man’s soul and body, is there a place for them in this Godly fellowship? Here, a continuing work continues to change man’s polarity of influence. Instead of receiving all his priorities from influences outside the body through the five-sense realm, man is being brought to a right standing, a standing up, wherein he is influenced from the internal dwelling of the Holy Spirit. Herein the soul responds to the spirit, while the body responds to the direction given by the Holy Spirit from the spirit through the soul. Does God have a different and better plan for man than this natural lifestyle of the fallen Adam? If so, how does God plan to reveal this better plan, this new covenant lifestyle to His creation?

        In the beginning God declares His plan as He speaks in Gen. 1:26-27, “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over …. So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. Hence, God’s purpose to make man in the likeness of His image was for man having dominion over God’s creation. Here God speaks, and it became so as a man came forth as an invisible light Being, a spiritual man, who stands forth from the Spirit of our invisible spiritual God. Then in Gen. 2:7, something else takes place, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” God takes from the dust of the ground and forms for man a visible shape in which the invisible spirit man begins to dwell. Thus, into a formed visible body God breathed a spiritual invisible life form. He kindled life into the visible form, out from Himself to make a soul, a meeting place for the visible and the invisible to co-habitat, to dwell together in oneness of purpose.

        During this glorious time, the spiritual light being called Adam was outshining from the formed dust of the earth body. Thus, manifesting a triune being in which God could fellowship. God’s breath (life) birthed within the dustman a living soul, an intelligent man with mind (thought), emotion, will, and desire. In this, man is a triune man of body, soul, and spirit. One who radiates of the spirit of life as he fellowships with God in the spirit of the day, in God’s Garden of Eden realm. What a Being, what a man this was, one who manifested the Spirit of God, one who became the visible expression of an invisible God. This glory of God remained with Adam until sin, because of disobedience, appeared from him. Here man became human (hued down man). Meanwhile, God’s purpose in all things, despite man’s disobedience, was that God would eventually bring forth a restored people who would willfully choose to respond only to the Holy Spirit in all things. Rom. 8:14 declares, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” His family.

        In returning to Gen. 2:7-9, we see that God placed the formed man into a realm of life, a dimension called the Garden of Eden. In this garden, God begins a work in His created man that would reach down through the ages, until He would have for Himself offspring (His seed, Jesus Christ) who could take dominion, a seed who would become heirs and co-heirs with Christ in all God’s holy kingdom. In this purpose, to begin the process, God places within the garden two specific trees (life-styles). One life-style was the tree of life, which was for the supporting and the continuation of the life of God placed within the man. The other life-style was the tree of knowledge of good, and evil. The word “knowledge” is a word meaning “sense or perception.” (Read Gen.3:1-6).

        With Gen. 3:2 & 6 showing us that these trees were for food, can it not be seen that man, Adam and Eve, had within themselves characteristics that could only be awakened within as they ate of the certain trees made available? In this truth, Adam and Eve, in their first estate were completely innocent to all these characteristics. They related to outside events innocently until an awakening took place. They, Adam and Eve, could look upon all things around about them, but remain completely innocent to them, until such a time when they chose to awaken or experience them by the eating or choosing of that which was available.

        Could it be that this created man was punished, not so much for the eating of the forbidden fruit and gaining the experience, but more so because of their disobedience to God? Is not this the continual down-fall of man today, disobedience to that which God has said? Until man’s sin of disobedience, Adam and Eve were influenced only by the Spirit of God who fellowshipped with them in the spirit (cool) of the day. What was the spirit of the day? Was it not a day of innocence? However, in the day of their innocence, they could not yet have complete dominion. They would first have to awaken and conquer each event, each realm of knowledge, as they, becoming God-like through obedience, would rule over all God’s creation.

        Adam and Even were much like that which men are today. They love dwelling in fellowship with God’s available wisdom, but a tempter entices them to become wise within themselves. Hence, we as Adam, partake of the forbidden tree. We awaken to a sense or perception of what is good and evil. We move out of the realm of a spirit led life wherein God’s wisdom and knowledge dwell, where His nature rules, into a realm of establishing our own laws. A choosing between what we classify as good from that which we classify as evil. This means following a life-style that establishes for itself a need to obey certain laws to prove to ourselves or live what is called “good,” while in disobedience to that law we reveal what is called “evil”. Therefore, removing obedience to God from the equation.

        Gen. 3:7-8 declares, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons, and they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden”. In the eating of the forbidden tree, these scriptures reveal the results of becoming wise in themselves. “And the eyes of them both were opened to know that they were now naked.” This word “know” has the meaning of “to ascertain by seeing.” This speaks to us that while they were aware they were naked before eating the forbidden fruit, being completely innocent, the awaken knowledge of good and evil enabled their seeing to have a new meaning.

        This new meaning caused them to need a covering. It caused them to “sew fig leaves together and make for themselves aprons.” What had been their covering before this newfound knowledge? Was it not the covering of the spiritual Light Being of God radiating from within their spirit, which was outshining from their lives? By moving out of God’s wisdom and knowledge into man’s own wisdom and knowledge, man entered a death realm, the withdrawing of the outshining light of the Spirit of God.

        Adam and Eve, in their awakened knowledge could now see themselves, as they (man) really are, vessels in need of a covering from God. In Gen. 2:25 while they were in their first estate declares, “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” This word “naked” has the meaning of “wise.” This speaks to us that while Adam and Eve remained in God’s wisdom they had no cause to be ashamed. However, the serpent, used as a tempter, wiser than any other creature, caused Eve to desire to be a god unto herself. In desiring her own wisdom she ate in disobedience, then gave to her husband and they both awakened to their nakedness. They awoke to their own wisdom, wisdom of knowing the nature of good and evil. In this nature, they now knew the evil of themselves when living outside of God’s holiness. The lack of God’s holiness revealed a need for them to cover themselves, a need to make for them a covering to cover the knowing of self-worth, the knowledge of good and evil outside of God’s wisdom.

        Had God not promised that death would be the result of this disobedience? This death begins with the removal of God’s glorious light covering of life. With the results being, the aging of this dust of the earth body until it returns into the dust from whence it came. With man falling into a realm of death, it now means a life of self-survival, self-existence, and a lifestyle of providing for self under a law of good and evil. Living in a realm of fear as man seeks to hide himself from the all-Seeing Eye and the all-knowing mind of God. (Read Gen. 3:8-11). These verses reveal the reaction in Adam and Eve as God approached them in the cool of the day. “Cool” is a Hebrew word meaning “invisible force, spirit.”

        Until this death, Adam and Eve delighted in fellowshipping with God in the spirit of the day, knowing Him in the invisibleness of His existence. Now, in their own wisdom, they find it necessary to hide from God. Is it not true that humanity of today, for the most part, especially those without God in their lives, seek all within their power to eradicate God from their lives as well as from all the earth? For, in their way of thinking, by removing God from their world they would have no need to hide from Him in their own wisdom of evil. However, in all this, we should ever keep in mind that God is working according to His eternal plan and purpose. What is this plan? To have for Himself a people, who in the likeness of His image shall be able to rule as Priest and Kings in God’s Kingdom.

        If you read Gen. 3:22-24, these verses show the beginning of man’s journey from innocence to reconciliation, a journey that will finally lead them into a place of becoming heirs and co-heirs with Christ. Innocence is not profitable for rulership. In eating the forbidden fruit, Adam became as God in knowing good and evil. Nevertheless, Adam did not have the ability to rule yet because of his innate innocence. Man is to have knowledge of, but wisdom over good and evil. Wisdom is the results gained through the testing given and the choices made, as the indwelling Holy Spirit leads and teaches man by imparting wisdom through those experiences. For this cause, God did not close out the way to the tree of life, but simply placed a flaming sword in the path to keep the way open unto him who searches to find it.

        This path to life is open that each desiring vessel may return to partake of the God life, perfected by going to and through the flaming sword. This flaming sword is the Word of God, a flame that purifies all who submit themselves to its work of separating from carnality and a bringing them into wholeness. Our God is a consuming fire and His Word is a two-edged sword which provides for man a source of restoration back unto God. The word “guard or keep,” in verse 24 means to “preserve, keep safe” this way of life. God’s life and His word as it comes forth from God has never been nor can it ever be really polluted (it is man that seeks to pollute the word).

        1 John 5:11-12 says, “And this is the record [witness], that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” The question is, who has the Son of God? Does this take more than simply stating verbally that you know of Him? Could it not be that eternal life, as it dwells in the Son is, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we behold His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth”. (John 1:14). Christ is the Word of God made flesh, according to the will and purpose of God, that every man might likewise receive Him and the power to become the sons of God, the word made flesh again. John 1:12-13 says, “But as many as receive Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”. This is not just a one-time event but a continual happening, a God yielding, obedient lifestyle.

The big question often asked is where does wisdom dwell? God breathed into man the breath of life and man became a living soul. At the fall of Adam, what became of man’s soul? Could it be that the living soul (mind, emotion, will, and desires) breathed from God fell into a realm of death, a separation from God? Therein, fallen man’s soul was no longer alive unto God, but followed after the mind (thought life), emotions, will, and desires of man’s own fallen nature passions. Again, where does wisdom dwell? Is not its abiding place in the mind? In the fallen state, wisdom seeks for self-survival, looking out only for what is food for self. However, to the sons, those who have received power from God, they are led by God’s wisdom. What proceeds out from man’s mind but thoughts! In Proverbs 23:7, we read, “For as he [man] thinks in his heart [mind], so is he: ….” What promotes our thought processes, is it not those things we give our minds, our emotions, our wills, and our desires unto? We must recognize that we can remain under the law of good and evil without knowing the realm of eternal life. We can do well all the days of our lives and still dwell in the realm of death. Disobedience where God is concerned, while knowing good and evil, causes us to remain in that fallen state.

A person can do well all the days of his life, but is he being led of the wisdom, the Spirit, of God? If not, that person is in a state of rebellion and corruption, separated from God, to know the wisdom of this world of death. For this cause, God leads us from test to test, trial to trial, temptation to temptation, line upon line, precept upon precept, until we become that people who desire one thing only. That is, to be led by the Spirit of God in all things. Is it not so, that unto the one who chooses to think from the realm of a beast nature, that one becomes as a beast? Nevertheless, unto that one who thinks upon the love of God, with a desire to love God above all else, that one becomes love itself. In this, we can return through the flaming sword unto the tree of life, herein to know eternal life. We shall walk with God in the cool (spirit) of the day, unto that day of perfection.

Friends, God is available, He is revealing Himself to a people in this day of restoration and showing Himself with an unveiled face. As the revealed Word of God, given to this people by the quickening of His Spirit, they shall behold Him to see Him as He is. This is of a certainty, according to the measure we are willing to see Him we shall become. However, are we still trying to hide ourselves from His presence? Are we still reaching for man-made coverings to hide behind? Remember, as a man thinks, so is he. Therefore, let us stand before Him with an open heart and mind, with boldness and humility to become even as He is.

If it be a truth that according “as a man thinks in his heart (mind), so is He,” each human is liberated or bound by his own thinking habits. We can remain slaves to our own self-constructed prison cells or we can become freedom itself. Unto that individual who the liberty of God’s Spirit is setting free from the law of sin and death, that person is free. Yes, the Word of God is a sword, a sword with two edges. One in which to cut away the intents of an evil, rebellious heart (mind), while the other edge heals and makes whole, it makes one complete in God. The fire of God that consumes is a fire that liberates the vessel from that place of bondage. Everything, (wood, hay, and stubble) that can burn is consumed. This leads us into a place of liberty, a dwelling place of rest in the presence of eternal life. Has God, by His Spirit, been talking to you? What has He been asking, telling, or revealing to you? What is it that occupies your thoughts? What is it that your thoughts think? Do your thoughts remain heavenly long enough to lead you into the heavens? Are we gaining our place in God wherein we become free? Free from what, from everything that hinders, from every adversary, that we might see Him as He is, to become like Him.

1 John 3:1-2 speaks loudly, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore, the world knows us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doeth not yet appear what we shall be: But we know that, when he shall appear [make manifest], we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is”. Beloved, the Christ is appearing today. Now is the day of our salvation. Think upon these things. Take control of your mind and command its obedience to God. We should purpose to have a mind with a willingness to obey Him in all things, regardless as to where He would lead us.

Our destiny is before us as we remain in Christ, by the seeing of ourselves in the Word, which is Christ. Therefore, the invitation, extended from God unto all who will come. Every man in his own order according to God’s callings and choosing, each fulfilling Gods will and purpose as they gain the heights of God’s purpose for their lives. God has created and birthed all things after the manner of His preordained predetermined plan for every realm and order, each person coming into perfection, by obedience, to abound in the power and glory of God. To this, we say Amen. Yes, man has a destiny, one founded upon Gods will and purpose. Are you willing to find and come into that destiny? The weariness of this life is becoming too heavy to bear therefore, come unto Him whose way is life, an eternal life of living with Him according to His will and purpose.

 

 

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