It was John the Baptist who said of Christ “here comes the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. It was Christ who is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2.1) It is in Christ that all things are made new and need not another. Christ at the cross said “It is finished!” as if to say “paid in full!”
Any other gospel message that comes short of taking away the sins of the world is incomplete. Any other message that teaches of a future saving or a future victory over sin or a future victory over Satan or a future victory in any way is a false gospel, a truncated gospel. It rejects the saving of the cross. But “we speak of what we’ve heard and testify to the things that we have seen” that “God has sent His Son as savior of the world.
John was a man sent forth by God. It was said of John the Baptist that of all the prophets he was the greatest. And he was the greatest, because he spoke plainly something that all the other prophets just alluded to saying “the Kingdom of God is at hand”. But he later asked “are you the coming one or do I seek another”. You see it was John first who said that “the kingdom of God is at hand” that later lost faith saying ” are you the coming one?” John wanted a visual. He wanted physical proof that “the Kingdom of God is at hand” as many do today. And it is, but it is not some silly city on earth called Jerusalem. That was turned “till not one stone was left upon another”. So you shouldn’t be confused. Jerusalem was sown corruptible visibly and raised incorruptible in the spirit portrayed at pentecost.
This is why “of those born among women there is none greater than John the Baptist?” The Kingdom is of a different construct then time and matter. That is why “he who is least in the Kingdom is greater than he”? Yes. Greater than John and for that matter even the apostles for they are the foundation we stand on. (Rev 21 and Eph 3)
You see no other prophet said it so plainly and so clearly. That the kingdom of God is something to be grasped. “At Hand”. To assimilate it and activate it now through the knowledge of the living God made manifest in the face of Christ. For “All the law and the prophets were until John the baptist. STOP. From that time the Kingdom the Kingdom is preached and all are pressing in”? Yes! The revelation through John takes us as far as any man can because “all the law and the prophets were parables”. Yes they were pictures and play things to mimic and imitate the invisible ever ready, ubiquitous heavenly Kingdom at hand even as we speak now. The law and the prophets were visible things to learn of the invisible. Parables to teach by carnal visuals of things we need to understand in the spirit of our mind of the “Kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world”? A pre-incarnate reality we call the spirit.
And “when that which is perfect has come”? This is the regenerate re-formatted mind of faith that co-rules and reigns with the Father even now. Rev 3 “He who overcomes shall rule with a rod of iron” And this happens how? 1 John 5 how is it that we overcome the world? By faith. This is the overcoming of scripture and need not another earthly Jesus or another city on earth but the one “Come down from God out of Heaven” (Rev 21). And who is it that it is said of? “He who overcomes shall be a pillar in the house of God”. Those who receive this in this age we live.
The churches were called to overcome as we’re the Jews but they got stuck in the visuals, like today. That it is not fact but faith. That is not of the eternal spirit but time and matter and every clock has a start and a stop. Every mountain erodes, every flower withers and every city has a deadline and an expiration date, but not the things of God.That is what eternal means and what we inherit. That which was before God ever said “Let there be light!” This is what we get. This is why John the apostle said “if that which is from the beginning abides in you, you abide in the truth”. A later coming Christ is an illusion of “him who is not yet” as John asked “are you the coming one “? A christ in progress will never will be. The 1st coming Christ who was rejected is rejected again today as they look for a 2nd coming savior to save from the world. And here is where John starts as we just said “here comes the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world”? And He did. Can you believe this? Can you receive this? Then you are of this kind scripture saying “that which is born of the flesh is.
No city or king on earth ever are the fulfillment of Gods word like Jesus said “My Kingdom is not of this world”? Meaning of time and matter.
Learn what this means ” Where there are prophecies they will fail, where ther are visions they will cease, but when that which is perfect has come, that which is in part is done away with”. This is what this we are talking about.
When Moses was instructed to “make things according to the pattern you saw on the mount” he was to make visible the invisible in a way for them to assimulate the Kingdom of God “from where “if even a man or a beast touches they will die”. This is the purpose of all the law and every true prophet. To make visible the invisible things of God and His invisible Kingdom, A place where flesh and blood can’t go but only to the re-spirited mind of faith as touching the invisible. And we do this with the tool of faith. Our invisible embelical cord to the invisible God and Savior. He was made flesh and dwelled among us only temporarily to return to His original self of being “the same yesterday, today and forever”? Yes! Invisible and ubiquitous.
And this is the whole purpose of the gospel. That those who are born of the spirit, being those who receive the invisible, which is more concrete than any substance of time and matter. That is “those born of the spirit who see and enter the kingdom in heaven now. They need not a 2nd coming Jesus. John 3.that which is born of the flesh is flesh, that which is born of the spirit is spirit? He is not coming back in a carnal form. “For we knew Christ once according to the flesh but henceforth know we Him that way no more”.
So we who are born from above are greater than John the baptist and any carnal prophet or righteous man. Even us who are “least in the Kingdom of God at hand”.
Christianity today is one of the great religions of the world? Yes! And that is all it is. Just another religion of man having lost their inheritance as they wait for it to come again. Having been robbed of its eternal purpose of “the kingdom of God at hand”. It ascribes the kingdom to another Jesus with another coming and forfeit their inheritance as did the Jews of old. They are lost in the visuals and cannot cross over. Like the 12 tribes who crossed the Red Sea to die in the wilderness, so too will these do, and why? Because that is as far as any man can take you. That way of thinking must be cut off hence the beheading of John the Baptist. You need a renewed mind. John the baptist was also a parable. And it is because of this there is no saving power without “the kingdom of God at hand”. Your in need of another Jesus and another Kingdom. The first one was rejected by you if you don’t except the saving of the cross.
Think about it. Don’t most of other religions and cults expect a savior? A saving one? To save them and help them from their falleness or wicked world? Then they expect a Kingdom of God in form of a man in a city made with mans devising located on earth some where with a zip code? But God in the beginning stepped out of His Kingdom and said “let there be” and there was something that appeared? He was before all that. So we speak and we testify that “God has sent His Son Savior of the world”. He returned it to its original purpose of being good, very good.
If this testimony is not true? Then God must send somebody to save again. Then yes there will be a second coming savior and the cross has no value but to keep you in a 2000+ year old prison of empty promises by leaving you here waiting to be saved and the cross is a hoax. Is Gods “Kingdom at hand”or not? Did He take it away to have to do another work? Where do you put your faith. In a future savior who left you here to decay? Or the savior of the cross who made clear to us the resurrection?
The 2nd coming message is why the saving of the Christ of the cross is road blocked and detoured like in the days of John the baptist, by a message “with all lying signs and wonders if possible to deceive the elect”. These people seek a second coming saving and it is because of this that the true gospel message has been obscurred.
John 3.17 God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world (like a 7 year tribulation) but that through him the world would be saved. And He did. That was the saving. The price was His life for yours. He paid for your death that you may live for “by His stripes we are healed ” and “on Him was laid the iniquity of us all”. In this way He is “the propitiation for the whole world “.
So here is the demise of John the baptist. He was beheaded. Yes he was a parrable too. As scripture states He only spoke in parables and without a parable spoke He not to “. John pictured that the only place man can take you to is the end of themselves, their time. “a student may become like their teacher but not greater” This is the need of another. To become like the teacher we have in Christ saying “you need not that any one teach you, but the anointing you’ve received teaches you all things?” The old mindset stuck in parables thinking they are real has to be cut off and replaced with “that which is perfect” which is perfect in understanding. That “God has given us everything that pertains to life and God-like-ness by knowledge”. (2 Peter 1)
As Christ’s struggle was at Golgotha, the skull, so ours is in our mind. This is why it is said of John “There is no one born among women greater than he, but he who is least in the kingdom is greater than John, so we are. John failed as the greatest prophet. He failed to get you there and shown us that when he sent to Jesus saying “are you the coming one? This is why Jesus said “I do not receive my testimony from man? And John’s truncated message was included, “for He knew -what was in man”. The is the need to be born again, of a different make up than time and matter with a new set of eyes and ears.
So “To as many as received Him? to them He gave power to become His children, even those who believed in His name”? Yes! No 2nd coming involvement necessary. We who receive Him as He is. We “are a kind of first fruits of His creation” now and need not another Jesus for this to be true.
They were all seeking a kingdom and Jesus sent word back “tell John the things you see” So we do. Christ has come savior of the world and provided for us the way. Himself saying “I am the way the truth and the light. This is the way. Him.
Christ is the new and living. The old didn’t work. Remember “Father if there be any other way? Never the less thy will be done”. And He did. And He said “It is finished”. This is about as close to thomas you will ever get. “Stick your fingers in this. This is “That which we have heard, which we have seen and handled concerning the word of life”. And this is the “Word that became flesh and dwelt among us”? Yes! WORD. He only put on carnality temporarily and returned to His true composition. He returned to the Father and calls us to Himself, the new and living way that expired the law and the prophets. They were put out of business by Jesus saying “Father that where I am they may be also” Him who said “I go away to the Father and you see me no more”? And Paul”s revelation “We once knew Christ of the flesh, henceforth we know Him that way no more”. Not ever again. The Word was in the beginning? The word was God? The Word was with God? The word Became flesh (not His natural composition) and dwelt among us” to return home like the parable of John 13.. So “to as many as received Him He gave power to become His children” is not those who received the man Jesus but the word. Which one is your Jesus? The man? Or the Word?
Look and behold it is Me and not another. Did I not say “Lo I am with you through the ages”? That “I will never leave you or forsake you? I am the same “Yesterday, today and forever”? Yes it is Me. It is I who “stands at the door and knocks”. Behold Me. I am the coming one coming through Word. I am Word in My natural composition and this is how I come. Not once like a 2nd coming but over and over and over as many times as you need until you receive Me.. Your “lord delays not His coming”. For the Lord who does not tarry comes to you now in Word form. This is the bread of life that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world now, not later. Receive me this way and not a silly wafer. Or worse another coming man for another coming kingdom on earth and not of Heaven. The place I was before the word came out “let there be…”John sent forth word “Are you the coming one?” The “another coming”mindset was John’s beheading showing the “putting off the body of sin of the flesh” is to be renewed in thinking. This is your rapture and you being “translated into the kingdom”.
When John said “The Kingdom of God is at hand”. That is as far as man goes. He can deliver the Word. The rest is up to you. “To as many as believed, to them He gave power to become His children”. Did you believe that? Did you receive that? Not the later coming Jesus but Me? Word? Whom do you seek?