When Gods prototype of a new man whom people call Jesus, was on trial He was asked if He were a king. He answered them “you have rightly said, for this reason I have come into the world”.
If you remember, Christ was born King, so He did not come to become a King, but to erase the fall of Adam who lost his sovereignty, who was told to “go forth to rule and reign” like a king but lost it to Satan with the forbidden fruit.
So you see Adam was a king too, but became a slave to work the earth as a curse. This was a spiritual polarity reversal and a self imposed curse, and the reason the Son of God became a man.
It was because a man messed this all up, that a man had to fix it. And because “all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God”, there was no one from the liniage of Adam to do it.
The Glory was the measurement of the gift that God gave each one of us. For this reason the Son of God “became flesh and dwelled among us” to reverse that curse. He did this in order to restore in us Adams original purpose, by having a new offspring of those who are born again (John 3) to become joint heirs of co-Sovereigns. “For in Him (Christ) dwells the fullness of the Godhead body, and you are complete in Him (meaning those in Christ) who is ruler over all.”
It was for this reason that Paul the apostle called Christ “the last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45) for having expired that liniage of sinners for a new creation called the saints. Therefore we are no longer fallen like Adam.
And that’s what the gospel provides to us, each one of us gets our own do over. Again from Paul “each one in due time, in their own time and order (1 Corinthians 15.23). Meaning, if you are getting this brand new right now, you are on time and this is your time to press into the Father for the shared Glory of being “joint heirs in Christ”..
Yes Christ on earth expired the old to open up “a new and living” way of doing things. For this reason “old things having passed away, and all things have become new, (now ) and all things are (Heavenly) from Christ”, because He became the prototype to imitate. Even as Paul said to “imitate me as I imitate Christ”. And as John said “to as many as received Him, to them He (Christ) gave power (to them) to become His children, even to those who believe in His name” because that’s the realm of faith. For one must first believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him, in regard to faith, which is the substance of things unseen, which is also a description of the new you.
Christ was born King, He was raised from a babe in a manger in hiding, and even untill death, did He hide His Glory, at least to the carnal senses. But there are plenty of us who know.
He came to Jerusalem proclaiming the Kingdom of God at hand, fulfilling all the promises of all the prophets whose verbage that spoke of this day was “on that day” and “in that day” and “in the Day of The Lord” and the acceptable year of our Lord, all the same thing according to Israel’s tradition. He came riding on a foal of a colt. For this He was rejected because He didn’t fit their fantasy. A pauper on a donkey? With no place to lay His head? But there are those of us who saw him riding on a white horse, having His vestment dipped in blood, whose name is “The Word of God”. You cannot see these things with carnal inclinations, but with the eyes of your understanding you can. (Ephesians 1.17+)
Zechariah foretold of “that day” and “in that day” and “in the day of our Lord” saying; Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation (because He is salvation for that is what His name means), Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.” With this the whole old Mosaic covenant and all its promises, all the law and the prophets were fulfilled and filled to the full. They were expired and shelved to be used for their historicity only.
We say this to make this point; as becoming a saint, you have to know what you’ve been given, to know what you have, for you to know who you are to become, and how you are suppose to impliment your new God given features as becoming one of His. You who are now joint heirs of the things of God, and your need to understand the promise given to those sojourning here on earth. That you have already been delivered and redeemed through the working of the cross by faith. If this is not true the cross was a failure. Or maybe it’s just your faith?
For those of us who know, we have “the prophetic word more sure than what they heard. Meaning those of the old Covenant. Him who came riding lowly on a colt having salvation. From A to Z, the whole package. Because of “such a great salvation spoken of by the law and the prophets.
From Revelation 2.
26 And those who overcome, and keep My works until the end, to them I will give power over the nations—
27 ‘They shall rule them with a rod of iron;
And dash them to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—
as I also have received from My Father, was the promise from our protos, the Greek word we get prototype from, meaning the Only Begotten of the Father.
This then is the promise to all those who, as Paul said “reach out to lay ahold of why Christ laid ahold of me” being joint heirs with a shared purpose.
Let us beware tho, lest we get ahead of our calling. As much as it is encumbant upon us to lay ahold of our God given soveriegnty, we learn like Christ to walk incognito, so we don’t get ahead of Him.
If you remember the Jews sought to kill Him in the temple and scripture says “He walked right through their midst”? This shows us not to cower or hide or to be swayed by fear because our Heavenly Father WILL NOT ALLOW ANYTHING TO HAPPEN that is NOT part of His plan and for our completion and our foreordination.
Do not fear little flock, do not struggle and do not cower and do not hide. You are much more greater than they, and they cannot do anything against you anyway. For “no weapon formed against you shall prosper”.
Through the baptism picture you were taught and acknowledged through confessing that your old man died and was buried by faith through the working of God and accepted by you through faith. Then promptly raised out of the water, symbolizing and validating your resurrection to walk in your new life now, being raised from the dead. Death no longer has power over you. You have already made the detachment because flesh and bone do not receive the things of Gift, but the re-spirited mind of faith does. The new you is a you like Him before “He became flesh and dwelled among us”. And because He was fully Son of God and son of man, so can you be too. This is the resurrection of faith for the faithful. It is a re-inversion from the fall in thinking in the spirit of the mind where it happened. There were no boo-boos, broken bones or bruises just a broken way of thinking. But this is all reversed with recieving God’s Sin and Holy Spirit.
For this reason when Christ, the “First born among many brethren” (daughters too) was on trial about His Kingship, He replied “rightly (truly and accurately) have you said I am King, however My Kingdom is not from here (meaning it is not a voted into office position) or I would send legions of angels to fight, but my Kingdom is not from here” meaning earth.
With these words given to us, we need to understand that this age is NOT about our SELF PRESERVATION, but still about the work of salvation for a short time. Until the final number is reached in the saving of completed souls.
And lest you be discouraged, let us draw upon the testimony from John the beloved from his Revelation in chapter 5; For You were slain,
And You have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And You have made [d]us kings[e] and priests to our God;
And [f]we shall reign on the earth.” and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands”.
Even as Paul explained in Rome “if by one man’s sin many were made sinners, how much more by one mans righteousness were many made righteous?”
You need to understand that this age and this creation WILL NOT glorify another. That, when the number is complete, and the harvest has ended, the time will be cut short for the Elects sake because for the sake of the Elect was this age created and this time gets cut short in righteous. Meaning, when the number is complete, the unrighteous cease as well. That “all the earth with all its works (everything you’ve done and aquired) shall be burned up for the eternal to remain. (2 Peter 3.10)
It was mankind that was created on the 6th and final day of creating, as the primary specimen and crowning of creation.
Yes there is a desease trying to steel and detain that purpose for creation, but they, like all our enemies, are just food for our further development. “Wherever the carcass is, the Eagles are gathered together”? Eagles however don’t eat dead carcasses. But we can be on standby for the final Judgment on the vultures who do. It is us who are “seated in the Heavenlies in Christ”, who are taking notes and polishing our trade for the final trumpet call to come as Paul put it “in that day to be glorified in His saints.
Didn’t Enoch convey to us that ““Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him”?
Don’t you think you could be one of these? Obviously not, if you are fighting for this age. Christ didn’t. Didn’t He tell us “those who try to save their lives will lose it, but those who lose their lives for My sake will gain it it for eternity”? After all, you vowed at baptism that your old person, with all its needs and greed is buried at baptism to impliment your new person? Didn’t scripture instruct you to put on the new you? To put on Christ? Not the one at the cross. It was there that He became our sin and put on our man, so that we could become His righteous and put on this new man? Be careful what you are fighting for. Stand firm and stay focused.
Even like in the time of Joshua after their baptism in the Jordan, then at Jericho they were instructed not say a word until the command was given. And when the commander and chief gave the call, not Joshua, but the Angel that stood as a contrast in opposition to him, because it was Him who said “I have now come forth to lead the charge”. And what were the tools they used for this? A bunch of mouths, a bunch of loud mouths. They used their mouths and shouted, then the walls (symbolizing our obstacles) came down. All without bombs, military or dozers.
As Joshua was instructed “at the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the walls (strongholds) of that kingdom fall down flat. And the people go up every man straight before him.” And so they did.
That was just a picture, and like all scripture, it was given to teach us spiritual truths and realities of the only things that matter.
Just as they waited for the trumpet blast to shout. We too are waiting for our last trumpet call for our final implementation.
Like it says in the book of Ruth “who knows, maybe you were created for such a time as this?” It’s kinda up to you. Are you willing to press in? To take the Father at His word and use it, consume it, become it and be on standby?
And to reiterate Christ’s words to own as our own “for this reason I was re-born a king”, however our Kingdom is not of this age or we’d fight in this age, with the tools of this age. But we won’t.
We also have this from Romans 8.
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Meaning that what God has for us is retroactive) 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you (like He does now), He who raised Christ from the dead also gives life to your mortal bodies [d]through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Like He does now, if you are able recieve this.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live (even now). 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 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,[e] Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 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.” Not at an event but a realization.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For (even) the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. Because it too will be delivered from corruption to the glorious liberty of God.
But for now your work is still the gospel. Which is? To put Christ on one attribute and one understanding st a time until you “receive the end of your faith, the salvation of your soul” spoken of by James.
The Kingdom of God (is still) at hand. Amen!