From Hebrews 10.12; Christ, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
And this is the principle of faith, being the Word of God which is living and powerful in us, that we receive in our heart, believe it in our mind and speak it with our mouth, when the facts are contrary, when what we see doesn’t jive with what the spirit is saying and we choose to believe the word in spite of the physical proof screaming at us and tell us contrary to the spirit. “Hath God really said?” For those who follow God in this way? They are the children of God. (Romans 8)
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
This then is salvation and the eternal gospel “once and for all delivered to us” to take us into the presence of the Almighty in the here and now.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND AND ACTIVE TODAY!
The truth is the saving and redemption is to what Adam lost. A co-conscientiousness with God the Father. As Christ prayed “Father that they may be one with us”. This is the reconciliation of the cross Paul saying “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us this word of reconciliation. (not a future reconciling)20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. (this is what Adam lost and passed onto all humanity) 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Adams loss restored, Adams fallen lifted back up, raised and resurrected). This is not a gift delegated to a 2nd coming savior but the cross as having happened. The reconciliation of the world described in these verses are a new world view that the created world responds differently to.
Adam departed from his God given role and took on the contrast. The creation that he was to “have dominion over” now had dominion over him saying “of the sweat of your face you shall work the earth and thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you”. God did not curse the earth or Adams flesh. Adam started thinking backwards relying on his lower nature and its senses. So implemented the opposite of faith being shame, fear and self preservation as the carnal senses informed him. Proof of this is he did work with his hands in the Garden as evident by the fig leaf where he covered himself in a shameful way. Until then God was his covering and to that we are restored by means of the gospel. Like when God visited Abraham God said to Him “I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward”. That about covers it. What more could you want? You see all Gods works are word.
And this is what the gospel does to those who hear Gods word and believe it. We are re clothed. We are covered and refitted to glorify God by doing what God does, which is to speak a thing to be. “For greater works shall you do because I go to the Father” were the words of Christ”. In this way “we are a kind of first fruits of His creation. We are His kind and not fish, fowl or animal. This is what it means to “put on Christ. And this is mandated now and not at a 2nd coming. We become saints, holy and glorious like “the Father of Glories”. We become “the perfect man is able to bridle his mouth”.
Together with my dead body[b] they shall arise. (26.19)
From Colossians “you have put off the old man with his deeds,Â 10Â and have put on the newÂ manÂ who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,Â These too are the words in scripture.
Redemption is in three parts and is incomplete without including creation. And that has happened for those who believe in scripture as is evident by these bible quotes. “Christ came to “redeem all things to himself”. God restored all things to himself through Jesus Christ and He is the propitiation for the whole world”, “for God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to Himself”. And “God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world but that the world through Him would be saved”. If we are in Him it is. And last but not least;
It was Isaiah who spoke of this being corrected saying in 55;
My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
12For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
And it shall be to the Lord for a name,
For an everlasting sign
The resurrection of life is available now and the new creation is available now. The transformation by the Spirit from glory to glory is available now, and putting on Christ is available now. This is true godliness, or God-like-ness.
We have discussed how a steward is a minister to administer, a distributor to distribute or a dispenser to dispense. That the words steward and dispensation come from the same Greek word in the New Testament. A minister and a steward of scripture distributes and dispenses the things of God according to the degree of what they have received and attained. They can only take you as far as they have been in the faith. And someone who is looking for a second coming Jesus and a second coming Kingdom is not qualified to represent the Kingdom of God now at hand.
Time is not the steward the dispenser or the distributor of the Kingdom of God and the things of God. The gospel is. And a true minister of the gospel reveals to you what is just beyond the veil of human perception made visible, or knowable only by revelation. Even as Paul said “The gospel that I preach to you did not come by man nor is it taught by man but by revelation (seeing things invisible) of Jesus Christ, and not a 2nd coming event of carnal visuals. Or God would have to apologise to those He said “seeing with their eyes they see not,hearing with their ears they hear not. It is with the heart that one must see and hear to understand the things of God”.
It is also said in John 2.24+ that Jesus did not commit Himself to man because He knows what is in man. And He had no need for man to testify of Him. So question the objective of scripture.
Also it says (John 3.27) “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from above”. So then only those who are born again that can see the Kingdom of God, and those who are born from above that can enter The Kingdom of God(John3.3-11) and it is us who can say “Most assuredly we speak what we know and we testify what we have seen”. These are they that are “the least in the Kingdom of Heaven that are greater than John the Baptist” So now we speak.
You see the second coming message is simply a mans convolution of the truth quite frankly because they admitently have never been into Gods Kingdom they are looking for. They reject these scriptures, or they would not be looking without for something that is within (Luke 17.22) They are blind leading the blind. A sorrowful sadness with an empty expectation of a future hope when the thing they are looking for “is in the mouth of their sack”. As scripture says, TODAY! If you can hear His voice. But they hear something else. (Read 1st post on stewards to understand “mouth of their sack”)
In Matthew 10 the Lord sends His disciples out to preach saying “The Kingdom of Heaven is now at hand”. Having empowered them and given them instruction He then tells them (Verse 40+) He who receives you receives me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet receives a prophets reward. He who receives a righteous man receives a righteous mans reward”. But we have come to you in the name of the Lord with a much greater reward, for he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than a prophet or a good man. For even the lowest stature person who is in the Kingdom of God of which you seek, is greater than a prophet or good man saying “of those born among women there is none greater than John the baptist, however He who is least in the kingdom is greater than he”. Why? Because we are born of a different sort. Even an once of eternity is more important and far out weights all time and matter because time and matter is what is being removed. (Hebrews 12.28)
It is the old style prophet who speaks forward of a coming thing that is not yet, but we speak to you what we have seen and testify to you what we hear about the true Kingdom of God. Not speaking forward about a second coming Kingdom that is not yet, but speaking as one who is from there. For we receive the testimony God has given in His Son and we follow Him where He is that we may be there also, and we do this “that the world may believe” at His command.
If you receive these words you receive more than any prophet or good person. Why? Because those who are in the Kingdom “In Christ” have reassembled the testimony of Christ within themselves having received His fullness, growing up into Him who is the head, who is far above all powers and principalities and powers. We are able to come back and lay out the bread crumbs that Christ left for us so that where He is you may be also. So we say. This is what a faithful steward does. We see what the Son does and do likewise. We receive the Gift of life and become givers of the indistinguishable, undiminishable gift from God. As our Lord promised “those who believe in me shall become rivers if living water”. So we do. His gift is confirmed in us and assures our duty as ambassadors. For how can one be an ambassador to a Kingdom they have never been to?
Let us go up from here.
We also showed you in the account given of Joseph and His steward to “follow me so that where I am you may be also. That we may be one in the Father and fill to be full in you the words of Christ that He prayed for you to the Father in John 17 the word “Father I pray not just for these but also those who will believe in Me through their (our) word, that they may be one with us”. This is the Kingdom of heaven. Come join us.
The message remains even now, till the end of this age “Go preaching the kingdom of God is at hand!!” (Mt 10.6+) This is the message preached from the beginning, then given to us, that the 2nd coming seekers distort and confuse for something that is not yet, but must some day be. For that which was from the beginning was never negated or taken away or the Lords words would not be eternal but seasonal like 1st and 2nd comings? We are called to the Kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world. Selah!
So as Christ said, so say we because as He is so are we in this world” Meaning not the man Jesus. He is not that anymore but His true self is as He is, so are we. Word. In the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the Word was and is God. John 1.1
As He is so are we? He is one with the Father and prayed that for us too. Did you receive that word? He also said “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him. And we will come to him and make our home in him. Do you have that?
Christ said “if anyone serves Me let him follow Me that where I am he may be also. Who also said “I am the way” who also said ” and the way you know! And it is not a 2nd coming train station departure bench of sit and wait.
This is the objective of every faithful steward in the things of God. To present every one “In Christ” a perfect citizen. To the full measure and stature of the fullness of Christ now and not at a second coming but now in Him. (Eph 4.13) If you can receive that the Kingdom of God is now at hand,then press in to attain this prize. “That You Father are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one with Us that the world may know. Can you receive this?
If you seek a second coming Jesus, you cannot have what we speak about for this is what you deny and make him a liar and reject the testimony that the Father gave you of His Son. God sent His Son not into the world to condemn but to save. This is what a savior does. He did not hand you a promisary note of a future king and kingdom but the one at hand, even at your proverbial fingertips.
The Kingdom is at hand” also correctly interpretated “immediate”. Repent and believe the true gospel. There is simply no room for a 2000 year gap for the one who has faith, for how is it we overcome the world? Is it of another appearance of another Jesus of another saving one of another gospel to finish what the first Jesus couldn’t do? No! Blasphemy! That which overcomes the world for us is our faith in Him in the here and now. 1st John 5.5
Today! If you will hear His voice.
The Kingdom of God is now at hand. This is the Eternal Gospel!
Stewardship equals distributorship; to manage or look after another mans property. Especially a large house or an estate. One who is given care over provisions to distribute according to owners specifications. A stewardship in scripture is also translated dispensation, and means to dispense, to distribute and administer..
Knock knock!Â Who is there? Hi Dad this is Jesus. Hey those guys you gave me? Well I told them about your mansion with many rooms. Well they asked me if they could come over. I told them I would prepare a place for them, and that I would come back and get them. Well they really have their hopes up, so I was wondering if they could come over? To this the Father said “No! Not in a million years! Jesus then trying to save face with his buddiesÂ bargainsÂ with His Father saying. Aw come on Dad, that’s a long time. How about just 2000 years, to which the Father says ;Okay!
The currency of our age is money. If you have enough you can go any where and do anything.Â Money is power for the things of this age.
But the currency of the eternal,Â invisibleÂ realm is word. Gods word. It is His word that grants us access. As different currencies display the icon of that kingdom, be it a king or a queen. It is the power of that one it carries. It is the assorted words that make up the gospel and re-assembled in us that displays the icon of our currency Jesus Christ. But unlike the artwork of an icon on a dead piece of paper or coin that bears an image to acquire things of that culture, our currency being the word of God has more than just a depiction of a man, but the very handiwork of God Himself being His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the Word of God that the words of the gospel display. And this word is living and powerful for our transformation now.
So we who have faith â€œIn Christâ€ carry about not a dead document called money with a picture of a dead man on it but God in Word form. This is what all those born of His kingdom have. To the one who has faith in Him, in His Word, they have God in Word form and the true impression or reflection and likeness of the Father is Jesus Christ being the Word of God, and the Word was God. (John 1.1) This is the very nature of God.
We partake of the Word of God being the bread of life. Which is food of the Spirit in the Kingdom of God. It is as we accept the testimony of Gods Son, the words in our inward person by faith and washed by the Holy Spirit that it becomes for us not just an iconic figure of a dead man, but the impression of God Himself. We take on not an impression like a tattoo on our outward man but His very nature and character in our invisible inward parts. We are of His kind. For even the angels in heaven behold the face of the Father in these little onesâ€. (Mt 18.10)
We donâ€™t have to carry dead money in our pocket for our new culture. We have His Word stored up in our heart. These are the keys to the Kingdom of God â€œIn Christâ€ for us in the here and now. We have the same measure of faith. We believe therefor we speakâ€. (2 Corinthians 4.13) It is the word we receive by faith that we speak that grants us access.Â So when we are instructed to follow those who through faith and patience receive the promisesâ€¦? (Heb 6.12) This is that.
The promises are ourÂ currencyÂ and are not a deadÂ Â document or coin. When you inherit the promise, you receive the thing that is said. And it is said of Gods Son â€œWho shall descend into the deep to bring Him up? Or who shall ascend to the heavens to bring Him down? But what does His Word say? The word is close to you, even in your heart that you may hear it and do itâ€. And what is it that we will do not by human endeavor but by our work of faith? We believe and speak, but we do not bring Him back. We go up.
We ascend to the very heights of heaven to God Himself. The keys to His Kingdom are His words displayed in His Son being the bread of life broken down for our consumption, received, believed and re-assembling Himself inside of us through the gospel which repeats the Word already spoken, â€œfor God in former times spoke to the fathers by the law and the prophets has in His final saying spoken to us by His Sonâ€ (Heb 1+) The Son is His final answer on everything that pertains to eternal life and god-like-ness. God has spoken. Now waiting for His enemies to become His footstool.
It is now your doubts and fears that you lay at the feet of Jesus that are His enemies that kept you from the Kingdom because He paid your price. For it is by the cross that He has already defeated for you the god of the Adamic age and that He overcame sin and death and gave this to you. Jesus Christ dies no more for these, nor does He squabble or fight over them any more ever again. He defeated them publicly,Â victoriouslyÂ triumphing over them. (Col 2.14) And He does not repeat Himself or have to come a 2nd time to become victorious as if He wasnâ€™t powerful enough the first time for â€œGod has spokenâ€.
It is as we know His word and have faith in the things He has said, that have been passed on to us in what we call the gospel, it is these very words given then mixed with faith that grants you the thing youÂ believe.
If God said itâ€¦it is. If Jesus said itâ€¦it is. The two are one. â€œWhat the Father does the Son likewise doesâ€. So when Jesus said â€œI go to prepare a place for you..He did saying â€ that where I am you may be alsoâ€â€¦He did. He Also said â€œI will come again to receive you to myselfâ€. Who also said â€œFather I want those whom you have given me to be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory, that the Glory you have given me I have given themâ€â€¦. and it is so. Â Who also said â€œI speak not to just these here today but those also who will believe their word, (the gospel) that they too may be oneâ€. Â He said itâ€¦and it is. Believe it or not. The choice is yours.
He creates everything with His word and His word creates. He does not speak in jest and He does not repeat Himself as though the thing that He said is not true yet. He healed the sick and raised the dead how? With His word. With a word. He does not speak 2000+ year time release capsules. And He does not need to be said again or performed by a second coming Jesus. And it is not as though you need to see it with human eyes for it to be true â€œfor we look to the things that are unseen. The things that are seen are temporary but the things that are unseen are eternal. Like it or not. His words not mine.
This is why Paul could say that we are seated together with Jesus Christ in the heavens. He believed in His heart and spoke to receive the promise being the keys and currency of the Kingdom of God in Christ to whom belongs eternal Glory amen!
Now then you who were baptized into His death, what was it that you saw when you became dead? You were raised by faith to new life having come up out of the water. What was it you saw then when you were resurrected? So why is it that you started by the spirit that you are to be perfected by something you see? And why is it you are waiting to be resurrected at a second coming when you already went through baptism? Did you not believe? Who told you this. This persuasion cometh not from Him who calls you to His eternal Glory through the Gospel. Believe the gospel. That which is from the beginning. Not that which is coming as though it is not yet.
The Son has spoken. The Gospel re-iterates what has been spoken for each generation to experience the gift of God in Christ Jesus, being God the Father. God does not repeat Himself. The scriptures do and we do. This is what becomes alive. This is our living. Our eternal life now. This is the faith once and for all delivered to the saints (jude..)
God said through His Son â€œlet there be lightâ€ for the first creation and it was so, spokeÂ by His Son in these last days, His final say so on the matter who made a bridge for us to the new creation saying (John 17)â€Father that those whomÂ you have given me may be with me where I amâ€. And who are those with Him where He is? â€œTo them He gave power to be His children, even to those who believe in His name who are not born of flesh but of Spiritâ€.
This is His inscription and His likeness. It is at that point our soul is stamped with Him. His name is stamped on our forehead by a renewed mind according to His word. It is here that we carry not a dead iconic impression on a deadÂ pieceÂ of paper or coin but the living word in our heart is our currency.
This becomes for us more than any currency or money of unrighteous mammon and even more powerful than a passport holding you spell bound and idle waiting for a 2nd coming promise for another Jesus. Oh no no no. There is nothing dead or in limbo or waiting about the word of God but doubts fears and deceptions. It is these things that are Â the enemies of God. Why? Because God already gave you the victory over satan sin and death at the cross. You just donâ€™tÂ believeÂ it yet. You donâ€™t have the thing that has been spoken. You have not received the promise.
It is not you that are the enemy for He is the propitiation for the whole world. But it is your wrong thoughts. This is why the gospel says that â€œthe weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God, pulling down arguments, strongholds and every high thing that exalts itself against this knowledge of Godâ€. If you are still fighting against satan sin and death you donâ€™t understand the gospel or the power of God. You must battle with the word of God, the sword of the spirit in the upper echelons of your mind.
If youÂ believeÂ that the words of God are I.O.U.â€™s to beÂ activated by a second coming Jesus when he comes to defeat satan sin and death, that is a powerless place to be. You must defeat that mindset now by the word of God in the upper echelons/heavens of your mind. These are the things that keep you out of the kingdom now. Not satan or sin but unbelief and deceptions. It is these that must be put under foot for the word of God to be fulfilled in you, not for Him to come back and do that. He did that.
This is what Jesus meant when He said â€œThe Kingdom of God is at handâ€ even back then. He also said that â€œthe Kingdom cometh not with (carnal) observationâ€. But this is what every 2nd coming seeker cult does. â€œLook here or look thereâ€, but Jesus said â€œdo not follow themâ€ (Luke 17 20+). Apply the words God already spoke by His Son and defeat that crap. Put it underfoot. Lay it at the feet of JesusÂ where all His enemies are like satan sin and death.
Everything that stands between you and God the Father today is an enemy and an anti-christ, but not satan sin or death. This is why Paul pleaded â€œbe ye reconciled (to the Father)n for He made Him who knew no sin to become our sin for us to become His righteousness in Himâ€. This is our inscription. This is our currency.
Come thou good and faithful (Full of faith) servant. Enter the joy of the Lord.
Antichrist and the Last time Deception in 1st John
1 John 2.18Â Little children, it is the last time; and as you have heard that theÂ Antichrist is coming, even now manyÂ anti-christsÂ have come, by which we know that it is the last time.Â 19Â TheyÂ went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; butÂ they went outÂ that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.Â
1 John 4.1Â Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; becauseÂ many false prophets have gone outÂ into the world.Â 2Â By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,Â 3Â and every spirit that does not confess that[a]Â Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is theÂ spiritÂ of the Antichrist, whichÂ you have heard was coming, and is nowÂ already in the world.Â
The writer John here talks about some who were among them, who would leave them and teach other things. John was safe guarding the believers from these anti-christs who went out from them. It is easy for us to think that John was talking about other beliefs and other religions when thinking about this anti-christ spirit that was then and expected to grow. But it was from among them that the falsehood would come. They use the scriptures.
As part of his safe guard John coined some Â phrases, and these phrases are relevant to the message about those trying to deceive them and you. And if they were aware that this falsehood was coming they needed to certainly be aware that it already was. If it was small then to get bigger, what is it today?Â
Well let’s unlock that by associating it with Johns newly termed phrases. Â Two of them are related to time. “that which was from the beginning” and “the last time” Â which Â means “end times”. Â These terms were for our safe guarding as well as a 3rd term “anti-christs” being those who “went out who manifest a new spirit or teaching that violated the truth that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. Those who deny Â this, who came out from them, believe something different but similar enough to deceive.Â
If it was not similar it would be no threat but this threat that now 2000 years later has become the threat of all threats to violate the faith once and for all delivered to the saints.
This threatÂ ignoresÂ the true message “from theÂ beginning”Â andÂ teaches another “last time” or end times, for John to have to clarify “last time”. That message that is anti-christ that came out of them that is a counterfeit to the truth that obscures that which is from the beginning. Their new gospel message obscures “Him who has come in the flesh” who brought salvation. They teach another end time and another coming one to save.
That is right. The message preached from end timers speak of another Jesus to come again on the world scene to save His people and bring salvation to planet earth. Yes. another Jesus to appear on the human stage.
Johns point in us needing to believe that Jesus the Son of God has come, is that what end time seekers expect Jesus to do at a 2nd coming, is what He already did. We already have what they expect to get. We have overcome the world.
Look what John said about this.. 1 John 5.4 “and what is the victory that overcomes the world? Even our faith!” Now this discredits a 2nd coming Jesus to overcome the world, for it is not an end time or another day event. And these anti-christs are those who teach another end time with another Jesus for delivering us from this world. They call it end times and a 2nd coming Jesus.
This is scary stuff if you are mixed up in it. Is it the message of the 2nd coming? Or that which is from theÂ beginning” that John teaches and affirms? John felt it important enough to address this by letter. Is it the message of the cross? Or a tribulation a rapture and a futureÂ resurrectionÂ that overcomes the world and saves you? So when Jesus came to save, deliver and redeem, did He do that then?Â Or just give you aÂ promissoryÂ note?
Is He King of Kings now or must He become that at a 2nd coming? Is He in full Glory now or must He come here to claim a victory later? Did He defeat satan sin and death or does He do that later?Â If you are not sure I am afraid for you for you know Him not.
Jesus said in John 12.31 “Now is the judgment of this world! Now the ruler of this world is cast out!”Â Was this a prophesy of a future event? I think not if you have faith in the one who said it “from the beginning” for He cannot lie. Every word He ever spoke was accomplished the moment He said it as evidenced by Him speaking forth creation. He who said “Let there be light”? He said “arise and walk”.
Another end time teaching of another deliverer to save you keeps you from the gift of God that is “InÂ Christ” now. You cannotÂ receiveÂ thisÂ rewardÂ because you are closed off thinking it is later. You have faith in a fairy tale of fallenÂ fairies. You shouldn’t just ponder thisÂ message but you should flee. I mean if John equates another last time, end times with “anti-christ”? It is anti-christ because it rejects the truth that he has saved, delivered, redeemed, and atoned. He put away transgression, made reconciliation for inequity, He brought us everlasting righteousness, He sealed up vision and prophesy and was anointed Most Holy as Jesus said “Now the Son of man is Glorified. And if God is Glorified in Him God will also Glorify Him immediately.” Now there is the Father and Son I know.
Who is this 2nd coming deliverer? That message is anti-christ, as is the whole message of another coming one clearly has not accepted that Christ already came in the flesh of whom 2 Peter 1.4 says that we are partakers of the divine nature having (already) escaped the corruption that is in the world”Â
Who is your deliverer? Â The Christ who is? Or a 2nd coming Jesus?
That which we have seen we have heard we have handled”. Not what you will see hear and handle at a 2nd coming, but “that from the beginning”.
The Kingdom of God is at hand.
To be in Christ is some what obscured. If we better understand what this means we can better know the gift of God given to us “In Christ” Jesus.
In 1st Corinthians 15 Paul defines The gospel from the cross of Jesus Christ. Paul qualifies himself as the 12 born inÂ due timeÂ as one having seen the Lord, of which is the main qualification to have seen the Lord “to take part in this ministry” (Acts 2). Paul however did not witness the physical cross and Jesus with his eyes but that of a light that shown from heaven that blinded him. The eyes of his understanding. He saw theÂ Lord as He truly is.Â
Paul wraps up his discourse of this topic with these wordsÂ in verseÂ 57Â But thanksÂ beÂ to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” This victory was the cross that defeated death and broughtÂ immortalityÂ to light through the gospel. This is the true gospel.
Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand!
I was driving a vehicle like a golf cart. Along came this man who I would define as despicable having characteristics of every wicked person I have ever encountered. I knew this man to be evil but I also knew that I was divinely instructed to go with him against my will. I proceeded to drive backwards looking over my shoulder but then cooperating I turned the cart around to better see where I was going.. I then knew we were visiting the lower ranks in the spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:13-21New King James Version (NKJV)
13 For if we are beside ourselves,Â it isÂ for God; or if we are of sound mind,Â it isÂ for you.Â 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;Â 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 Therefore,Â from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, (a man or a baby)Â yet now we know Him thus no longer.Â 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,Â he is (now)Â a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for (and citizens from) Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christs behalf, be reconciled to God (not in the rickety rooms or the basement but where He is in His Kingdom now). 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
I don’t know how someone could read this as something actuated at a 2nd coming for it is all past tense and actuated by the working of faith.
The fact is the first words out of the mouth of the man Jesus is still our starting point with Him “today!” if you will hear His voice. And that is?
Repent! For the Kingdom of God is at hand.
We have discussed in previous articles how Paul teaches in Ephesians that we having been made aliveÂ togetherÂ with Christ, having raised us upÂ togetherÂ In Christ, and made us sitÂ togetherÂ with ChristÂ in the heavens with Christ is the very “gathering togetherÂ of the fullness of times”. The mystery of the gospel that was entrusted to Paul for him to make all men see.
20Â â€œI do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[e]Â believe in Me through their word;21Â that they all may be one, as You, Father,Â areÂ in Me, and I in You; thatÂ they also may be one in Us,Â that the world may believe that You sent Me.Â 22Â And the glory which You gave Me I have given them,Â that they may be one just as We are one:Â 23Â I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
24Â â€œFather, I desire that they also whom You gave MeÂ may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.Â 25Â O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.Â 26Â And I have declared to them Your name, and will declareÂ it,that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.â€
Isn’t being one with Him being raised together, ascended together and seated together with Him like Paul said? And this is our stewardship to proclaim this same truth now! Why? “That the world may know” and “that they (us who believe) made be made perfect in one” That is us now, perfect in understanding, being joined to Him who is the head of the body seated in the heavens now.Â
So do not say in your mind, well who is going to go to heaven to bring this down for us? (like a 2nd coming) Or who will ascend from the deep to bring Him up? Or, how can I climb up to sit down myself?Â
Romans 8.8Â But what does it say?Â â€œThe word is near you, in your mouth and in your heartâ€[a]Â (that is, the word of faith which we preach):Â 9Â that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.Â 10Â For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Â Unto completion, the full package, seated with Him in Glory, a perfect man, a full measure of Christ.
This is the gospel of the true Kingdom of God and the place of our calling. To Him through the working of faith.
Ephesians 2.20+ Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone. In whom the whole building of God is joined together.
The Lords Supper
27Â And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28Â For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29Â But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
Here we have at the Lord’s supper Him saying that He would not drink from it again until He drinks it new in the Kingdom. It is the bread and the wine that become new first. Simply put it is us who put off our old nature symbolized at baptism that become new to drink it with Him, for it is the bread and the wine of the new covenant which is in effect now that His blood has been shed. (Hebrews 9.15)
It is in this way that we drink it new. He nourishes the spirit not the man. It is our spirit that is new that allows us to drink it new in the Kingdom. His words are spirit and they are life and this is what we partake. This is the Lords Supper. It does not refer to a future coming kingdom that does not exist yet like those who suppose it to be at a 2nd coming of something yet to be fulfilled. It is filled full now. The Kingdom is preached and men are pressing their way into it. Luke 16.16
This is how we are filled now that we are new. We partake of His word and His spirit. It is not like meat on a BBQ to be cooked that you see but His holy word that is perceived so you can receive it by your new person. It is not His Kingdom that is being made new to have a grand opening at a second coming for it already is or Jesus could not have already said “The Kingdom of God is at hand”.
It is us eating this new in the spirit of our mind that makes it new. But it is the silly Adamic nature that postpones the spiritual nourishment until a 2nd coming for a coming Kingdom that does not exist yet waiting to be finished that it may be revealed. Yet the Kingdom never was Â not yet as though it still needs to be but only in our minds, this is where He builds it. You see then to drink it new in the Kingdom is not for a future kingdom. The newness has to do with us. It is us who are changeable and are changing. God and His Kingdom are not. So when we come together to eat the Lords supper, it is to eat it new in the Kingdom.
1 Corinthians 5.7 Therefore purge out the old leaven that you may become a new loaf since in truth you are unleavened.
This “drinking it new in the Kingdom”, the eternal kingdom is not as though it must be something later is not already. Â It is as eternal as He is for it is His home and cannot change. Or where would He be King until His kingdom is finished. You think He is subject to time as though He is ringing His hands in heaven just hoping for His kingdom to be built. Everything about Him is timeless, hence “enter the Kingdom prepared for you from (b4) the foundations of the world (ages). So it is us that becomes new not Him.
And how do we do this? By partaking of Him any day and every day. To us who “love His appearing” not as something future but daily and continual. We “eagerly await His appearing”. We look to the author and finisher of our faith”. Not of a 1st and 2nd coming but to Him who delays not His coming. We do not forsake the assembling and so much more as we see the coming day. Till the dawn of the old and morning star of the eternal day that needs not a jump start except in our thinking and understanding.
This is “the Kingdom that comes not with carnal observation” as the 2nd coming seekers are stuck on. It appears not to the eyes in your head but the eyes of your understanding (Eph 1.18) He appears to our perception and this way we are renewed, we recieve, we become what we receive. This is our spiritual growth. Not like food for the carnal man that nourishes the human but a new nutrition for the new man who is raised incorruptible. For He says “My words are spirit and they are life”. So if we believe His words, we ingest them, and we keep them. We become what we eat. We put this on. We put Him on. We put on Christ. This is putting on the new man. We perceive Him as He is and we become like Him. Today!
And we do this before a 2nd coming as is taught by others for if you do not do this now you will be found naked. If you have washed off the old man by baptism what is it that you wear now if you expect your new garments at a 2nd coming?
This is why the 2nd coming seeker churches are “poor blind and naked”. They think a 2nd coming is the fulfillment but now we can be filled full. Till we become a perfect man” (Eph 4.13?) They are poor because they reject the true riches of which we speak. They are blind because they do not see the “Kingdom of God” which is “at hand”. And they are obviously naked because they cannot put anything on they perceive to be later. In this they condemn themselves.
1 Tim 4 the spirit speaks expressly that in the later days men will depart from the faith giving head to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.” And again “after my departure you will be devoured by savage wolves. They have and they did. We are that.
They think to “drink it new in the Kingdom” is when they see it with human eyes, and this scoffs at the faith that pleases God. It is anti-faith and anti-Christ to ignore Him who speaks from Heaven now as though He must come in bodily form to appease our carnality and stand where we can see Him to believe.
But it is He who even now says, He who has been saying. Him whom you ignore “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door.” This is whom we ingest at the Lords Supper. “I will come into them and dine with them and them with Me.” This is drinking the fruit of the vine new in the Kingdom with Him. The new covenant is in full force, “the Kingdom is preached and men are pressing their way in” This is that which was from the beginning. Let that abide in you. Not a silly 2nd coming man you can see with the eyes in your head. What a powerless gospel with no transformation that leaves many disappointed and unchanged while they wait for something that is at their fingertips.
“For him who has ears to hear, hear what the spirit says to the churches” The words of this prophesy are not sealed for a 2nd coming. What I say to you I say to all watch. For if you do not watch, if you think I have delayed my coming, I will come upon you as a thief and take even that which you think you have. But to those who anticipate My coming, and love My appearing, I come quickly (unnoticeable to the carnal senses in the wink of an eye) and My reward is with me to give to each one according to their work. Blessed are they who do My commands for they have the right to the tree of life and enter through the gates into the City in the Kingdom. Yes, press into this. But outside are sorcerers, adulterers and whoever loves and keeps lies”
Where are you?