God’s purpose for creation is to obtain people like Himself called The Elect. “For the Lord’s portion is his people; (Deuteronomy 32.9)
God’s objective for the Elect is to share His Glory with them. For this reason He is called “The Father of Glory”. He calls us to Himself so we must participate in this project.
When He is done with us, He is what we become. Even as it’s written that the gospel is “for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the full measure and stature of the fullness of Christ;
How do we do this? With scripture, Eternal life for those who by patient continuance seek for Glory, Honor and Immortality. It is as we seek these things, the Holy Spirit reciprocates God’s glory as Paul also taught us that “we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transfigured into His self same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Showing for us that the vehicle we use to get to Glory is not a train, a boat, car or a plane but the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit also strives for this cause saying “the Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Fortunately for us Paul was at the suffering stage of his transformation so we can understand that our part is to persevere because “our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal”.
Our afflictions are equal to the obstacles we encounter in the temporal realm of things we need to hold on to loosely.
These things cause afflictions, and prohibit your transfiguration. This is why we “lay aside every weight and sin that easily ensnares us, running the race with endurance, looking to Christ the author and finisher of our faith”. Why? Because He is the storehouse where all of our wares come from to help our cause. Even as Christ spoke to the woman at the well “if you knew who you are talking to, you would ask and I would give you the living waters”. And so we did.
Our Glory is a shared Glory. Even as Paul went on to describe this saying, “For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to bring to light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. This is why He said “if you see Me, you have seen the Father.
Paul also described the Glory as being part of the salvation package with these words “ Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. This is a faithful saying.” So we don’t want to stop short of aquiring the “Eternal Glory” as something we are expected to partake of.
As we participate in this Heavenly gaze, we become what we see and the Works of God are carried out in us. Likewise God’s work in us reaches a completion as well. That is what the completion is, Glory of a Heavenly sort, so you need not wait for another physical appearing to bring you something God hasn’t already given us.
From the beginning of creation, God put in play a harvest designed uniquely for Him of entities that resemble Him. The writer of Hebrews put it like this “ For it became fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many to glory” Christ’s objective for becoming human. It is for us the Elect, to bask in this blessedness of Knowing Him fully.
It is to bring forth the replicas of “The Only Begotten” with His attributes for the “Father of Glories”. To begat offspring of His kind being “bone of His bone, and flesh of His flesh” of glorious spirit and truth. This is what the Father seeks. Such are the Elect. We are the purpose, objective and conclusion of creation.
As it says in Ephesians “That in the consumation of the fulness of times, God would gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him”. And because it is said of Christ “He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, in order to fill all things.” And because He is everywhere, we don’t need to go somewhere to be gathered to Him but Spirit and Truth, because God is not bound by creation, so also our new person cannot be confined as such. We know we are gathered to Him already because we can’t get any closer to Him than we already are for He is the “I will never leave you or forsake you” and the “Lo I am with you always. And “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever”. (Hebrews 13.8)
We are gathered together “in Christ” with these words and fulfill our fullness of times. As Paul described as being “each one in their own order” (1 Corinthians 15. 23 ) showing us there is a successive order, and every age has a harvest.
John defined us as those “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of men but of God”.
James says “we are born by the word of truth to be a kind of firstfruits of His creation” of things that supersede the 6-day creation. “each one in their own order” so maybe now it is your turn.
The gospel refers to a successive order with these words “For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear” showing the progression. The Elect are the full heads of corn plucked and held in the father’s hand. Guarded, preserved and protected “in Christ”.
Scripture also says “the wheat and tares mature together”, and “the first shall be last and the last shall be first”. There is a greater maturation today as the harvest time ripens. We see wickedness abound but there is a spiritual abounding not readily discernable to the carnal senses that prevails. “For the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain anticipating the manifestation of the offspring of God”.
We are popping like popcorn, “first the blade then the full head, and “the Gates of hell will not prevail”. They can only lend to our cause because they are food for us.
It is us the Elect who are born of the spirit who have our earthen hardware in tact because since Christ was God-like in human form, He shows us it is possible to become His full stature now, because as He is, so are we in the world”. Even as Paul said “let the mind that was in Christ Jesus be in you. Who being in the form of a man, thought it not robbery to be equal with God”.
Having our lowly external body, filled with our internal, spiritual man who is seated Eternal in the heavens “in Christ”, to rule and reign with him even now and fulfill the verse in ourselves that says “we are complete in Him who is head over all principalities and Powers”. Us having attained the victory over the sub sector rogue entities who decieve. Having pulled down every high things that exaulted (past tense) itself against the knowledge of God” and using them to walk on. We clamoured up the things God has said to join Him there, at His behest. His word did not return to Him void, because we returned with that Word and fulfilled the words of Christ who said”follow me that where I am you may be also, and we did. We are the elect. It did not give us a task we could not accomplish.
We are not counted with those who think “my Lord has delayed his coming” because He comes by stealth to give us according to our work be it fear or faith. You receive according to your dominant mindset. Our minds have been re-fitted, formatted and rescripted by scripture to become word, God’s Word. Like God’s Son who was Word before He became human.
We are God’s overcomers. And “who is it that overcomes the world? Those who believe that Christ came in the Flesh” and need not come and save again. (1 John 5)
Just as you must have gills and fins to follow a fish, and you must have wings to mingle with birds, Christ is God’s Word and you must become Word to follow Him. This is how He is “the way, the truth and the life” and “no one comes to the Father except through Me”. So we did. We put word on. We join Him there. Like Jacobs ladder we climb up. Even as Christ said “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man”. Showing us that Word is verticle climb in the spirit for the reversal and eraser of the fall.
This is an irreversible, eternal work of something far greater than an elusive second coming concept, and different work from the 6 days of creation. We call it “the rest of God” from which He ceased from creating. We rest from our works too.
All the law and the prophets meticulously laid this ladder out over a few thousand years for our understanding, beginning with Moses through the Red Sea symbolizing baptism. Forget about the 40 year wandering, that was disasterous. Then their journey continued with Joshua into the promised land with the works of the collective shouts. Then with David taking all the artifacts laid out in the previous ages, the priest, the commander-in-chief and King of Israel, with the ark of the Covenant which contained the tablets and show bread and such David stood them up like a ladder and went up into Jerusalem, both physical and invisibly. David then danced naked in public, symbolizing the completion and expiration of all the temporal old Covenant artifacts, for the implimentation of the Eternally New things in Christ, showing The Revelation and unveiling of Jesus Christ and His eternal Bride, His city, Heavenly Jerusalem. All of this was done before the Son went to the cross to impliment the New Covenant. Heavenly Jerusalem is where all the old concepts expire, pointing to the eternal form as being “the Kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world” and the original eternal images of “God made man in His image male and female made He them” King and Kingdom. Heavenly Jerusalem is the female of the Godhead. The one on earth was Hagar and Mt Sinai.
Those old artifacts physically mimicked invisible realities hidden in Christ of things God told Moses “see that you make all things according to the pattern I showed you. Because the law Covenant was only patterns and pictures of the reality invisible to the naked eye, “for eye has not seen, not ear heard the things that God has for those who love Him. But He reveals them to us by His spirit, ya even the deep things of God”. Yes even the hard and complicated become comprehendable. Even as we are told “you have the unction from the Holy one and you know all things”so there should be no confusion. With this you should have your silent witness.
For the old Covenant wanderers, God’s Glory was denied. Moses was shielded from His Glory as the Lord passed by and Moses only saw the trail of light that lingered. As Christ said “those who have seen Me, have seen the Father. And “when we see Him we shall be like Him.
This is what the good news provides. This is what the gospel delivers. Replicants of the Father full of Glory. This why Paul told the Philippeans “5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it [b]robbery to be equal with God” and so we do.
The Israelites journey was one physically on Earth, but ours is not. We have a Heavenly calling and aspiration. The Heavenly Father did not give us a journey we could not accomplish. But you must walk in the spirit to complete this journey and not with human feet.
There is no comingling of the two. Even as Paul said “flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom of God”, but the re-spirited mind of faith does. Paul also said, “For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit” showing he learned the distinction between the inner and the outer man to discard his old limitations, as do we. This is how we know we are the Elect. In this way we fulfill the verse that says, the wind blows where it wishes to you can hear the sound of it but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes, so is everyone born of the spirit” having attributes and features unique only to God and His offspring.
Even as scripture says ” I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Cor 6) so we must see ourselves like Him.
Isaiah spoke of the Elect saying “they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?” We know. It is us, the Elect.
We have a birdseye view, and this perch is not our own. “But to as many as recieved Him, to them He gave them power to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name”. So you may join us too if you have this kind of faith. You could say, we are birds of a feather, come on up.
The father is most glorified when his task has been completely fulfilled in his offspring, the children of Glory as those perched with Him there.
Isaiah also said for us “In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. My Elect shall long enjoy the works of their hands.
As it was written of old times “Israel hath not obtained what he seeks for; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded.” Again that is true in our day. It is the religious establishments of our day who are hardened and knash their teeth at these concepts as they have always done showing who their father is.
Paul explained how important it is for the Elect to know how to activate their glorious heritage in Timothy saying “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the Elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ with Eternal Glory.
And if you are “in Christ” you are with eternal Glory. They are inseparable. This is the purpose of the Gospel and Paul’s express concern. Salvation with Eternal Glory. In God’s Heavens the two are indistinguishable. “All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God”? We are fallen no more. Salvation is His glory in us restored, from Faith to Faith.
There are no other tools or mechanisms to get you there. For all flesh is like grass and withers, but the Word of the Lord endureth forever”. This is why you must become Word to join Us here.
Peter says “ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” Showing that recieving the Glory is your obtainable crown and the reason for your humanity.
If the salvation message you heard does not include the gift of “eternal glory” as the objective of your pilgrimage, you’re not hearing the whole salvation message. If you are only half saved, you are still being saved and your journey is still in progress, “to the degree you are able to receive”.
“All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God”? You cannot be judged and condemned for something you are not capable of accomplishing.
Every human being has the potential of the Glory of God through repentance and perseverance, which simply means, turn around in your thinking and head for God. If you continue your journey from God you remain condemned. If you confess with your mouth, and believe in your heart in your inner man, you shall be saved, as long as this remains your new journey.
The price was paid, the gift was given, you have been forgiven and full clemency has been granted. You will never stand in God’s judgment for sins of the past. Only Satan brings that up. You are now evaluated by what you have aquired by faith in your inner person. Your old self has been dealt with, condemned and put out of business.
As Paul said of your body in Romans, recon it dead. Recon is an accounting term. Your debt column is closed and paid in full in blood, as evidenced by the cross. Unless you want to go back there, but even as the Israelites were instructed at their Passover, when the angel of death past over “eat this in haste” meaning accept it and move on. God is not impressed by those who are at the cross wallowing in their sin and self pity. Commence your journey. Proceed to the Glory, the destination of your Heavenly calling, the Pinnacle of faith. Seated in Glory, where the journey is over. Receive the gift. Relax.
Isaiah 55 put it like this ”
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
The sure mercies of David are in the promise of his son, not the physical one but the heir of that throne, Christ, being “The King of Kings and The Lord of lords. In Him the gospel message is complete.
This is why scripture says that “we are complete in him who is head over all power the principalities”, showing that we have the eternal glory too, gifted to us by the cross to be implimented by faith in this age and every age.
That we partake of a greater body of being “in Christ” of a heavenly sort. As Peter said “we are living stones built together a habitation for God in the spirit, and not man made structures and earthen buildings or human bodies, but nevertheless a body and a structure, but indiscernible to the carnal senses of taste, touch, sight, sound and smell, but perfectly understood by the re-scripted mind of faith as the body of Christ.
Paul says to those “not discerning the [h]Lord’s body (temple and building). 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many [i]sleep” (or die) to the things of God, showing it’s an agregious error to comingle Heavenly things with carnal, “for the carnal mind is enmity against the things of God. It is not subject to the things of God and neither indeed can be so then those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
This violates the eternal laws of kind begats according to kind “begats after kind” set in place from the beginning and reinforced in Noah’ who only took on male and female according to their kind. Fish for fish, bird for birds, mammal for mammals, man for woman and spirit for spirit. And we are a kind of firstfruits of His creation of spiritual things eternal and other worldly.
If the Glory seams too hard to accept, we need to go no further than the nectar of the Gospel where Christ went to the Father and asked for some specifics. He is prayed not for the world, but those whom the Father had given Him, namely us. Here is that discourse:
17 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
His Kingdom as always is at hand