In your patience possess ye your soul.
Jesus Christ said these words pertaining to a time that would come upon the whole world and test the hearts of people. Their affections for the things they have and the things they think they need, would distract them from what is really important, and the only thing they can obtain, and the only real thing God is concerned about, being your invisible part that is uniquely designed to interact and cohabitate with Him called your soul. Even as Jesus said “what does it profit a man to gain the world and loose his soul”, given that the world and all its embellishments will be removed for the eternal to be unhindered. So you know what the real meaning of life is, to live eternally with the Father.
We use words like soul, heart and conscience to define this expanse in spirit and occupied by those who are of “the body of Christ”. Not like the body of a man, but somewhat like a political body of edicts, but much greater, being a collective ownership of selves/cells that make up the Body of Christ, being a conglomeration of those who have obtained the things given to us described in scripture and called them their own, as co-owners and heirs of the things of God. We are the Elect and the purpose of this time is our preparation.
In possessing your soul, when there are those who seek to hurt or kill you, God said “not a hair on your head shall be lost” showing us that our physical body is not what we hold on to tightly. That is only a vessel, a container, a bag and a rag that gets put off and returns to the dust.
And again from Jesus “do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”. Which shows us what really matters.
In truth, our new person is an embodiment like God is,. Andnot confined to time and matter, but your physical body is. We don’t let that define or limit us. We know we don’t keep that. As Paul teaches in Colossians 3. That “we have put off the body of the sins of the flesh, and (we have) put on the new person who is just like Christ”, not being crafted with elements specific to time and matter, but constructs of words, God’s words. These all collected together and re-assembled inside us, qualifies us as the Elect, of those having received the gift of God seen in His Son through scripture.
Some prophets call Gods collection a terrible crystal and others a sea of glass, as being a congruant, harmonious transparency of saints and holy ones. Did you know the word holy means a transparency that is invisible. That those who are called saints are a piece this? Even as Jesus said “be Holy as I am Holy”
To put off the body of the sins of the flesh is to detach from the dependency, services and products of this age that appear to empower people, that have them bound by contracts, terms, conditions and services and such. Do not touch, handle or taste for those that do will perish with using them them. Stay clear of these and you can say like Jesus said “the god of this age comes and has nothing in Me” because we have put off the deeds of the flesh with all its embellishments, and put on true righteousness which is according to Godliness.
There are no deposits we need to return, there are no contracts that we are beholden to, there are no balances of services we need to use or perform. All our accounts are paid in full. We remain paid in full with no real obligations but to love God and the souls God has given us. In doing so, we have come clean. The god of this age comes? Let him blow right on by. There are no entanglements.
This is why the Psalmist says “Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; The snare is broken, and we have escaped.”
What a blessedness to be beholden to nothing but the grace of God. What tender love.
Jesus when asked about His Kingdom said “My Kingdom is not of this age” so we know what our inheritance is. It’s a timeless piece.
As a matter of fact, every time we were withheld from accomplishing and attaining to something here and denied, it is because God already gave it to us, but He reserved it for us in our rightful home with Him. We have lost nothing. Where our treasure is, there our heart our heart is also. The things of this age comes and goes, but “the Word of the Lord endureth forever. It is our eternal consumable product that needs no preservatives and never wears out.
For the things we were denied or stolen from us, in truth we were kept from spending our inheritance here. If you are of this sort, Thank you for your patience and perseverance there is a reconning coming your way. Rejoice, your reward in Heaven is Great. And it is not that it is reserved in some far away place because we partake and participate with it even now. And it is not as if the reward is an it. It is a Him many call Christ Jesus and The Word of God. He is called Christ first because that is central to what He does, but He has many other names, like wonderful counselor, almighty God and King of kings.
The modern name Jesus has lost its true meaning, so we know Him as savior. He saves us from the rapid fire procession of distractions that try to pull on you and to distract you as if to hold you back. But these things have no gravitational pull on us who are born of the spirit.
And from David in Psalms 11.
In the Lord I put my trust;
How can you say to my soul,
“Flee as a bird to your mountain”? As if to defy gravity? According to Isaiah some of us have done that. We know how to flee like a bird to His mountain. We have taken God at His Word as the rightful heirs and co-owners of the things of God, that He had before He ever said “let there be light. We are seated in the Heavenlies in Christ Jesus” the Originator and architect of all of creation. We know it as “that which is from the beginning” which is the same as all that is left after the dust of creation has been recalled. It served it’s purpose. God’s Word accomplished all His desire. We are His desire of those that have made it home.
Does this all sound strange to you? Well think of the testimony of Enoch, 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” This one was not distracted by the unfolding events in the place that is in constant change, creation.
So you have to ask, why did God put that testimony of Enoch there? It is to entice you, to spur you on to the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. If Enoch obtained such a reward, so can we because we have the same composition, design and calling, providing that we stay focused and keep on growing in the knowledge of Him. This grants us access to Him and His things that are with Him beckoning us upward.
In this way the Kingdom of God is always at hand. It is a timeless call of a place that is always open.