THESE ARE THEY ...
“These are they...” who are the overcomers! They also are the Lord’s elect, His chosen ones, His firstfruits company, His royal sonship company, the man-child company, members of His Body, the Lord’s separated and set-apart remnant, and kings and priests with Him after the order of Melchisedec! They are of the sonship company, for they are following the Lamb withersoever He goeth, as He leads them to their appointed destiny as manifest sons of their Father! They delight in doing only the perfect will of their Father! They are the man-child company, for they have grown and matured spiritually to have the spiritual maturity, strength and wisdom of a full-grown adult! They are members of His body, for they are growing up into the Head to become all that He is! They are called “overcomers,” for they are patiently walking through the tests and trials of this life. They also are overcoming all that is of this world, including man’s corruption and bondages, as well as the thraldom of sin and death!
“These are they” who also are the Lord’s elect, for He has chosen them to be a special people unto Himself! They are His firstfruits company, for Father has chosen them to be the first to enter into His Kingdom and all that pertains to that Kingdom, along with His many abundant promises, blessings and benefits! They are of the Melchisedec order of kings and priests, for they are growing to perfection and Life; they are partaking of Christ, by the Spirit of the Lord! Indeed, “these are they,” who stand at the crossroads or the juncture of the ages at this time, prepared to bridge the gulf between the old age of the church and the new age of the Kingdom of God on earth! They are ready and willing to take that next step in God, for they have had enough of the old ways of man and the old order, religious works of the dead past!
We are also “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy” (1 Pet. 2:9-10). We also are “they that are with him (who) are called, and chosen, and faithful” (Rev. 17:14). We are “a chosen generation,” for our Father chose us as His own at this time of the juncture of the ages, when He must have a spiritually strong people who shall minister unto Him, bridge the gap between the former orders of man and the new order of the Kingdom of God on earth, and represent His Kingdom. The former orders, ages, or time periods, were each governed by one of the major covenants that God made with man.
The Bible mentions the covenant the Lord made with Noah (Gen. 9:9, Jer. 33:20), which governed the life of man on earth for a season as well as that of every living creature. That covenant with Noah also promised that God would never again destroy the earth by a flood. Then there was the covenant between the Lord and Abraham, calling him to leave his homeland and search for a new land (Gen. 12:1-3). In that covenant, the Lord promised Abraham that he would have a son, and that through his seed all the nations of the world would be blessed. This was followed by the covenant of the law, which confirmed Israel as a nation, with the law of the Lord in the form of the ten commandments, to guide and keep them (Ex. 24:3, 34:38). There are at least seven covenants and, therefore, seven ages or time periods, which are governed by one of those covenants. The church age, the age of grace, or the previous age, was the last age; it was the last period of the six days or ages of man. During the church age, God’s people were governed by the spiritual principles of the fivefold ministries and the gifts of the Spirit.
The late George Hawtin once wrote this prophetic word about man, the ages of this world and the new age of the Kingdom of God on earth: “Never was it intended that man should live on and on in flesh and blood; but all things are passing as the vapor that appeareth for a little time and is gone. Thus it is with man, the creature about whom everything revolves during this great age that reaches from that far off morning of joy in Eden’s lovely garden to the desolation and gloom through which this present age has passed. That which is true of man and every animate and inanimate thing is true also of the age in which we live. It is true of every day, which begins with the glow of morning and ends with the twilight of evening. It is true of every year, which begins with the bustling life of spring and ends with the rustling leaves that fall downwards to the sod, there to be covered with the snowy blanket of death we call winter. That which is true of our years is equally true of every age and dispensation, each of which comes to its birth with the glory of A NEW PROMISE and the beauty of A NEW COVENANT, the hallowed magnificence of an Eden, the majesty and power of a Pentecost, or the glory of the appearing of the sons of God in the clouds with the triumphant armies of heaven to begin a kingdom in which Christ shall reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
”The age of grace, in which we have lived for almost two thousand years, a dispensation which had its beginning with the triumph of the resurrection and the mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, has now grown old and is ready to vanish away. It has served its term. It has seen its glories and triumphs. It has wept over its persecutions and mourned for its multiplied millions of martyrs. It has grieved over its strifes and divisions, its miserable failures and backslidings. It has felt the iron heel of that mother of harlots and abominations of the earth, bringing the people of God into a more cruel and devastating bondage than Israel suffered during her four hundred years of slavery in Egypt. Side by side in the same field with its apostles and prophets have flourished every imaginable false ministry, false prophets, false pastors and teachers and thousands of fake evangelists. Today it hobbles abroad on its crutches with no more appetite for truth and ready to fall into its grave and be no more.
“The age has become old and is ready to vanish away.
The time has come once more when our heavenly Father will `take away the first
that He may establish the second.’
The sun is setting now and bands of light
Like rosy fingers steal across the skies.
Down in the sheltered vale the deepening night
Like a dark mantle o’er the tired earth lies.
Deep shadows creep along the country lanes,
And birds are winging homeward to their nests.
Bright little lights wink out from window panes
And bid the weary toilers home to rest.
The night of this age has come; but the morning of a new age is appearing. Dawn with rosy steps advancing in the eastern clime is putting forth her golden fingers to draw aside the shades of night and open the gates of day. It is the long loved and long awaited kingdom day, for it was Jesus who taught us to pray for this glorious day when He said, `When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.’ Millions upon millions of times have the words, Thy kingdom come, been repeated, sometimes in ceremony as listless worshipers stand in their pews. Soldiers, pausing before the battle, have prayed, `Thy kingdom come.’ Murderers, standing on the gallows, have repeated those sacred words, `Thy kingdom come,’ and the whole creation today is groaning amid its thralldom of decay and amid its groaning it prays, `Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.’ In the hearts of a million faithful saints the prayer often unheard or unspoken is ascending as incense to heaven to the Father’s ears, `Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” (End of quotation.)
Indeed, whether we speak it or not, that prayer is often repeated in our spirits and is sent forth from within us to our Father in Heaven, Who hears us. We are praying this prayer without ceasing! Brother Hawtin wrote this prophetic word almost twenty years ago, yet its truth remains to confirm to us all that the old age has passed away and the new is beginning to unfold before us. We have progressed through the ages of man in this world and their respective covenants, until we now find ourselves at the end of those tired old ages and the beginning of the great Day, or age, of the Kingdom of God on earth. In this new Day or age, we are no longer governed and led by the fivefold ministries and the gifts of the Spirit. A new Day demands a new administration with a new set of principles, along with a firm commitment to the “Constitution,” as well as the “Articles of Confederation,” which will govern us all in the Kingdom of God on earth.
The Beatitudes, given in chapters five, six and seven of Matthew’s Gospel, give what we might call, “the Articles of Confederation of the Kingdom of God.” They are the principles by which we shall live, and move, and have our being in the very spiritual Kingdom of our Father. And the will of God is what we would call “the Constitution of the Kingdom of God on earth!” There are no laws of man in the Kingdom of our Father, and certainly no man-made legalisms are allowed here either, only the pure and perfect will of our Father in Heaven! Father’s plan for us is written or engraved within our spirits, so that our lives are guided according to His perfect will for each one of us. No laws of man are ever needed, for He leads and guides us from within, by His Spirit! Also, by the revelation of His will to His elect, the Lord is establishing His Kingdom on earth, to ultimately provide peace, prosperity, blessings abundant and Kingdom Life to all!
Understanding the Kingdom of God
Our Father’s purpose for the Kingdom of God on earth has been displayed and examples were given from the beginning of time. The Kingdom of God on earth is Father’s ultimate purpose and intention for this world, and has been since that blessed hour when our Father spoke those creative words of purpose: “Let there be light!” It will also help us understand the Kingdom of God and its relationship to the world if we will realize that the Garden of Eden was an example of the Kingdom of God on earth! That Garden represented something of what God has planned for this world; it gives us a picture of what the world will be like in the wonderful and peaceful age of the Kingdom of God on earth. The Bible begins with a word picture of the Kingdom on earth and ends with the same beautiful picture! And just as surely as that beautiful, prophetic picture depicts the light, the glory and the wonder of a new age of peace, righteousness and blessings unlimited on this earth, so surely shall it become a living reality in the fullness of time, affecting the whole creation, for God has given both His word and His oath to confirm the fulfillment thereof (Heb. 6:16-20)!
The Kingdom of God is not just beginning, for His Kingdom has been in force from the very beginning. In the Garden of Eden, Adam walked and talked with God. He had blessed communion with God, and through that communion, Adam was instructed and governed by His Lord (Gen. 2:15-17). That is the Kingdom of God in manifestation and demonstration! Later, when Israel wanted a king like all the other nations around them, the Lord was displeased with that people, for He wanted to be their only King! But rebellious Israel rejected the Lord and chose Saul as their first king. And when Saul disobeyed the Lord, God removed him from being Israel’s king and gave them another king. This also is the Kingdom of God in active demonstration! Throughout the scriptures, we have been given evidence to show that the Kingdom of God has always existed. The Psalmist said, “He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah” (Ps. 66:7). And, “The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all” (Ps. 103:19). The Lord made King Nebuchadnezzar eat grass like an ox, “until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will” (Dan. 4:32). Indeed, the Lord reigned all during the eras of Adam, David and Nebuchadnezzar, just as He has since those times. The Lord has always reigned, but now the reign of Christ is increasing and expanding, coming to the earth to ultimately take over the world’s governments and the kingdoms of man.
The ages or time periods in this world, as well as the covenants that governed each of those ages, are all a part of the Kingdom of our Father! Each and every covenant, as well as every Word of God, given from the beginning of time, are all parts of the Kingdom of God and were given with the Kingdom in view. The Kingdom of God has been in force throughout Biblical history. In His earthly ministry, Jesus seldom spoke of the church, but He mentioned the Kingdom over one hundred times in the Gospels. And yet, in spite of the many references to the Kingdom in scripture, the church system has seldom mentioned it. It is a tragedy that the truths of the Kingdom of God have rarely been taught in the churches and religious systems of this world. But the Spirit of the Lord is now moving in restoration power, to restore to us all that was lost due to man’s lack of spiritual understanding. Yet, even that “lack” was a part of Father’s plan and purpose. The revelation of the great truths of the Kingdom of God had to await the coming forth of a people who would receive those Kingdom truths and be the spiritual administrators of that most awesome and magnificent Kingdom.
We have now come to a time in God when all that was lacking in the past is being restored to the people of God. This is a new Day of the revelation of the Light and the Glory of the Lord! Truth is now coming forth, shedding its glorious Light upon our path, and leading us to the bright Glory of this new, Kingdom Day. The past, with its inpartness and incompleteness is gone forever! The new Day of Light, Glory, Truth and Fullness has arrived! And we are those chosen of our Father to receive the blessed truths of His Kingdom, and then ultimately to share the benefits and blessings of those glorious, Kingdom truths with the needy of this world and bless the whole creation through the manifestation of the sons of God. By the manifestation of the sons of God all mankind and the whole creation shall be blessed and changed. And now, the world, along with the creation, is waiting for our manifestation as sons of the living God, to the Glory and Honor of our Father.
But how are we to bless the world and deliver the creation? Not by the works of the flesh or through the dead ministries of the past, but only by the manifestation of the sons of God. The solution to the problems of the world is a spiritual one, not something physical, carnal, or of this world. We must know that the creation is not waiting for more preaching and teaching by man, or for those so-called “good works” to be done by those who love the Lord and want to “help people.” We can only help people spiritually and bring deliverance to them in fullness and in completeness by doing the pure and perfect will of our Father in Heaven. The world and the whole creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God (Ro. 8:19). And nothing less than our manifestation as sons of God will meet the growing challenge before us.
All the “good deeds,” or the “good works,” of man are nothing but the works of the flesh. And the works of the flesh shall not be done in the pure and holy Kingdom of our Father. The truth is, it is a transgression for the elect of the Lord to function OUTSIDE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD! For us to do anything without the Spirit, the Life and the anointing of the Lord, is to revert to the old, dead works of the flesh. Everything we do must be judged and governed by the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ. To work after the flesh is to live, and move, and have our being in the old order of man. But Father has a chosen people today who are committed to doing only the perfect will of God, by the Spirit, and not by the works of the flesh. They are the sons of Zadok and priests after the order of Melchisedec! The prophet, Ezekiel, foretold of these elect and chosen ones when he declared, “But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD: they shall enter into My sanctuary and they shall come near to My table, TO MINISTER UNTO ME, AND THEY SHALL KEEP MY CHARGE” (Eze. 44:15-16). What a holy privilege it is to enter into His sanctuary and minister unto the Lord! To “keep my charge,” means we will stay true to our office, our post, or our place of spiritual ministry unto the Lord; we will do only His pure and perfect will on earth.
“These are they,...” who shall keep His charge and enter into the most holy place in His Heavenly sanctuary, to minister unto the Lord. They are priests and kings under the Headship of Christ and after the order of Melchisedec. They have been given the power of an endless Life by their Father! They are the sons of God who shall soon be manifested, to display the Life and the Glory of the risen and glorified Christ. The whole creation is waiting for them to be manifested, thereby giving evidence that they are indeed the sons of God, who are prepared of their Father to set the whole creation free.
May we never forget that our Father is also giving us “a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth” (Is. 41:15). This new ministry is very different from our previous “threshing instrument!” Is it not Kingdom power and authority, which He has given us, enabling us to reign on the earth as kings and priests after the order of Melchisedec? Is that not our new, sharp threshing instrument? This new “threshing instrument” gives us the ability and the authority to reign with Christ from His Heavenly, Spiritual throne. And are not the “teeth” of our new, sharp threshing instrument the Word of the Lord and His pure and righteous Kingdom principles, which are to be written on the tables of the hearts of all?
Let us See What Father is Making of us
As we have already written, the will of our Father is the Constitution of the Kingdom of God on earth! A constitution, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is “a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or organization is governed.” The administrators and members of the Kingdom of God on earth are governed by the pure and perfect will of their Father. God’s will is our “constitution”; it is that “body of fundamental principles” by which we shall live, and move, and have our being in the pure and holy Kingdom of our Father. The will of God, or the constitution of the Kingdom, may not be written somewhere on paper or stone, for His will does not consist of a set of static rules and regulations designed for the understanding of the carnal mind. The constitution of the Kingdom of God, or the will of our Father, rests in the Spirit realm, or in the Heavenlies with God, and is spoken forth to those saints on earth who have ears to hear what the Spirit saith. And they will all hear and obey their Father’s pure Word!
Only as we consistently hear and do our Father’s will here on earth are we establishing His Kingdom and fulfilling His purposes for His Kingdom and dominion here on earth! Jesus taught us to pray this prayer: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:9-10). The will of God must be done on earth, as it is being done in the heavens of His Spirit! The will of man has ruled this world since the beginning and is the cause of all our wars, privation, trouble and sorrow. Unless His will is done on earth in every detail, His Kingdom cannot fully come to the earth, to change the world and establish His peace and righteousness everywhere. And our Father is giving us hearing ears to hear Him speak, along with the ability to do all His revealed will.
If the Lord tells us to do something, we should do it! But first we should make sure it is the Lord speaking to us. How often have I heard people blame the Lord for every sort of weird, religious work that they wanted to do! It is high time that we dethroned the carnal mind, which is the mind of old Adam, and received His pure mind, or the mind of Christ! If the Lord does not tell us to do something, we should then DO NOTHING. It is better for us to do nothing, or maybe just “go fishing” like Peter did, than to corrupt ourselves and the work of the Lord with more of the works of the flesh. Restless and anxious flesh often gets in the way of doing the pure and perfect will of our Father! But that restless, anxious, carnal flesh of man must be taken to the cross of Christ, where it shall be crucified, thus bringing an end to the flesh and all its carnal ways! Then and only then will we be totally free to do only the pure and perfect will of our Father in Heaven!
When Judah thought they should look to Egypt for help in fighting their enemies, the Lord said to them, “Now the Egyptians are men and not God, and their horses are flesh and not spirit; and when the Lord stretches out His hand, both [Egypt] who helps will stumble, and [Judah] who is helped will fall, and they will all perish and be consumed together” (Is. 31:3, AMP). There is a vast gulf between man and God and between flesh and spirit. But that gulf is removed and becomes non-existent when we are led by the Spirit to do only and always the pure and perfect will of our Father. It is better to do the will of God than to trust in the feeble arm of man. And it is better to walk the pathway of this “life” being led by the Spirit than to put our trust in the flesh. To put our trust and confidence in the flesh and in man, according to the above scripture, will cause us to stumble and fall and be consumed. No doubt we have seen this in real life experiences. The will of our Father is the Constitution of the Kingdom of God. And He is creating us into His own image and likeness, so we will joyfully do only that which our loving and merciful Father tells us to do, by His Spirit.
The Beatitudes that Jesus set forth in His “sermon on the mount” have been called “the Articles of Confederation of the Kingdom of God!” The Beatitudes of Jesus are just that; they are more properly, BE-ATTITUDES of the Kingdom. They are the attitudes and principles of the Kingdom of God on earth. We call them, BE-attitudes, for they represent what we must BE, not merely what we should talk about. But let us understand clearly that we cannot BE something that we have not yet become. God must make us what He wants us to BE. We cannot make ourselves BE that which God desires, nor should we fall into the error of putting on a false front by attempting to imitate what we think He wants us to be. God is creating us into His own image and likeness, and He is beginning that work WITHIN US. When He is finished with us, our external being will manifest and show forth that which is within us. That will be the manifestation of the sons of God! As long as there is any corruption still within us, it will be evident and manifest on the outside of us. Therefore, there must be a tiny bit of corruption still within us. Otherwise, we would no longer remain in this limited condition, but would be transformed from this body of sin and death into our new body of the Life and the Glory of Christ. Most assuredly, we must be made new and re-created FROM WITHIN.
For example, Job referred to the tests and trials he was going through, and described them this way: “For the arrows of the Almighty are WITHIN ME, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me” (Job 6:4). Do you feel sometimes like “the arrows of the Almighty are WITHIN” you? And as if “the terrors of God do set themselves in array against” you? That’s the way Job felt! It is within us where God must do His greatest work. Jesus said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but WITHIN they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is WITHIN the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are WITHIN full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but WITHIN ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” (Mt. 23:25-28).
No one would want to be full of extortion and excess, and of hypocrisy and iniquity WITHIN. We earnestly desire to be cleansed and made whole, both within and without. And that is precisely what God is doing with us now. It may seem to us that our tests and trials have been going on for many years. Our Father has been working with us for so long that it may seem to be a lifetime. But in my spirit I sense the nearness of the hour of the manifestation of the sons of God. I sense the nearness of God! I sense His approaching Glory! I sense the soon dawning of the morning of this new Day! I sense that God’s work within me is soon to be completed, and that the Seed of Life within me shall soon burst forth, to bring forth a full-grown son of the living God. And I also sense that this is true in the lives of all His chosen ones as well. The night is almost over, and the morning cometh! It will not only be morning for us, but for the whole creation as well. As the arrows of the Lord continue to work within us to destroy all that is of the flesh, and the external things of earth all around us continue to rumble on to a certain end, doing a work outside of us as well, we know Who holds the reins of power and authority. He is the Lord, and He will be glorified through it all! He will not only be our Lord, but He will be the Lord of all, to all and for all, to the glory of the Father of all! Amen and amen!
We are looking for and anticipating “the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen” (1 Tim. 6:14-16). When Christ appears, we shall see Him as He is! And when we see Him as He is, we shall then be like Him! What an awesome and encouraging promise that is! But there is a preparation process necessary to receive those blessed promises! The Psalmist asked,“Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah” (Ps. 24:3-6).
Those who are ascending the holy hill of the Lord are being cleansed and purified by the blood of the Lamb and the washing of the water of His pure Word of Truth! They have clean spiritual hands, a pure heart, and have not allowed their soulish mind to be exalted to indulge in the vanity of destructive, desolating, useless and evil things, nor have they sworn deceitfully, or engaged in lies. The Lord, the King of Israel, must first cast out the enemies within us! Then, the King of Glory shall come within us to wholly and completely possess us. Thus, it is written, “The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more” (Zeph. 3:13-15).
“These are they...” who shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of their salvation. They shall be blessed with His full salvation, for they are of the generation of those that seek His face (2 Chron. 7:13-14)! They are sons of God now, and are becoming soon-to-be-manifest sons of their Father, by the cleansing process of the Holy Spirit within them! They shall deliver the whole creation, for they have been thoroughly cleansed and prepared of their Father to bring forth that glorious, “in a moment,” deliverance and victory!
Paul wrote by the inspiration of the Spirit to tell us, “And just as we have borne the image [of the man] of dust, so shall we and so let us also bear the image [of the Man] of heaven. But I tell you this, brethren, flesh and blood cannot [become partakers of eternal salvation and] inherit or share in the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable (that which is decaying) inherit or share in the imperishable (the immortal). Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed). For this perishable [part of us] must put on the imperishable [nature], and this mortal [part of us, this nature that is capable of dying] must put on immortality (freedom from death). And when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the Scripture that says, Death is swallowed up (utterly vanquished forever) in and unto victory. [Isa 25:8.]” (1 Cor. 15:49-54, AMP).
The wonderful truths in this scripture are plain, simple and easy to understand for all of us. We have heard it and read it for many years. But I would like to emphasize this portion: “We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call.” We know we are in a process of change during which we are continually being brought to the death of the cross of Christ. And through this process, the Lord is changing us gradually by the word of the Lord, “line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” Then there is this process of change: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18). Both these processes of our transformation are gradual and incremental. It is a process we have been experiencing most of our lives.
But there is an appointed “moment of time,” when we shall suddenly and with the sounding of a spiritual, prophetic trumpet, be changed by our Father. Then this corruptible will put on incorruption, and this mortal will put on immortality. We may condemn ourselves when we see the corruption that is still within us, or faint and lose faith when we see very little change in our lives. But we should know that only the Lord can change us, and He has reserved a time - “a moment” of time - when we shall be fully and completely changed into His glorious image and His resplendent likeness! That which was not fully accomplished in us during our lifetime of tests and trials and unending processings will instantly be fulfilled by the Lord of glory, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call.”
Those who have clean hands and a pure heart shall ascend the
holy hill of the Lord, to see Him and be transformed. When we are wholly cleansed
by the work of the Spirit within us, the King of glory can come into the temple
of our hearts, to change us into His glorious image and likeness. And He will
do that wonderful work from within us! Thus, it is written, “Lift up your
head, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory
shall COME IN. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD
mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting
doors; and the King of glory shall COME IN. Who is this King of glory? The LORD
of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah” (Ps. 24:7-10).
Who is this “King of glory,” Who comes within us to transform us? He is “the LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” When the King of Glory comes within us, He will transform us, both within and without, for He has all the power and authority to do that quick work! He comes within us as a strong and mighty warrior, prepared to conquer all the enemies that may still be within us or a part of us. He is also “The LORD of hosts.” This tells us that He is the Lord of a large group of Godly saints, particularly a large company of soldiers or spiritual warriors. This “LORD of hosts” Who comes within us, has a massive company of spiritual warriors at His beck and call. He commands the forces of Heaven in an all-out war against the devil, and against sin and death! He will also war against the principalities and powers in high places that might hinder the increase of His Kingdom and our bodily transformation. Whatever it takes to fulfill His eternal purposes concerning us and His Kingdom, “The LORD of hosts,” will do it with all His spiritual power and authority, and with all the mighty, spiritual warrior saints at His disposal. How encouraged we should be to know these wonderful truths!
Who is this Who comes to dwell within us to change us? He is the King of Glory; He also is the King of kings! As the King of kings, He is training, teaching, processing and bringing to perfection, a company of co-kings, who shall rule and reign with Him over all the earth. And I believe their peaceful and righteous reign over all the earth will begin when all the sons of God are fully revealed and manifested! At the manifestation of the sons of God, the whole creation shall be released from its thraldom to decay! It is written OF THEM: “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad FOR THEM; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.” What wonderful promises are given here for the whole creation! And as we go through our necessary processings, which will enable us to fulfill this word, the Spirit would say to us: “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. THEN the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. THEN shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilder-ness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert” (Is. 35:1-6).
The Constitution or the Covenant of the Kingdom of God
The will of God is the Constitution of His Kingdom, as well as its Covenant! A covenant has been described as, “an agreement held to be the basis of a relationship of commitment with God.” Thus, our agreement with God to do all His will is the covenant of the Kingdom! Jesus spoke often of His Father’s will and of His purpose to do that will exclusively! When He told us to pray as He did (in Mt. 7:21), Jesus was establishing the Covenant of the Kingdom of God, as well as the Constitution of that Kingdom. Jesus also said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Mt. 7:21). The primary issue is entering into the Kingdom of heaven! It is he that doeth the will of His Father who shall enter into the Kingdom of God, not merely those who call or pray to Him saying, “Lord, Lord.” Some believers may call Him “Lord, Lord,” but unless they do the will of their Father in Heaven, they shall not enter into the Kingdom of God. The will of our Father in Heaven is the major Covenant; it also is the Constitution, that shall govern us all in the blessed Kingdom of our Father.
When Jesus was teaching in the temple, the chief priests and elders came to Him, questioning His authority to do so. Instead of answering their question directly, Jesus said to them, “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you” (Mt. 21:28-31).
Believers in that day were very much like some believers are today! The first group refused to do the will of their Father, for they were listening only to the voice of the carnal mind within them. Perhaps they realized that they were hearing only the rejection of their carnal minds, so they repented and did what their Father wanted them to do! The second group loved the Lord and agreed to do His will. But when they were asked to do something, they agreed to do it, but never did what they promised to do for their father. So it is today! There are many believers who submitted their lives to the Lord, and who determined at one time to do the will of their Father. But when the will of God was revealed to them, which may have been very different from what they originally thought His will would be, they could not do that which their Father asked of them. Good intentions and a willingness to obey the Lord are not enough. We must have the will and the determination to obey the Lord and to do only and always His perfect will on earth. True sons of God will obey their Father’s will! All others will miss the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus! To those who did not do the will of God, Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.”
“And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour” (Mt. 8:5-13).
Hopefully, all who read these lines are totally committed to doing only and always the perfect will of their Father in Heaven! They are a hopeful and forward-looking people! They love the Lord and are ready to step out of the past, with all its worn-out ministries, glories and responsibilities, and into the new and greater glories, realities, truths and principles of the Kingdom of God on earth. “These are they...” who “shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.” What a holy privilege and a sacred honor that is!
Our Lord Jesus Christ also said this: "Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well” (Lu. 12:27-31, NIV). Many have interpreted the clothing referred to in this scripture as clothing for this mortal body only. But I believe Jesus included the clothing of our new, spiritual bodies as well!
Thus, we read, “We know, for instance, that if our earthly dwelling were taken down, like a tent, we have a permanent house in Heaven, made, not by man, but by God. In this present frame we sigh with deep longing for the heavenly house, for we do not want to face utter nakedness when death destroys our present dwelling - these bodies of ours. As long as we are clothed in this temporary dwelling we have a painful longing, not because we want just to get rid of these “clothes” but because we want to know the full cover of the permanent house that will be ours. WE WANT OUR TRANSITORY LIFE TO BE ABSORBED INTO THE LIFE THAT IS ETERNAL” (2 Cor. 5:1-4, Phillips).
How wonderful to share this precious truth of God, which is a commonly known truth for us and one for which we continue to groan inwardly. The Weymouth Translation interprets some of those verses this way: “For in this one (or, in this body) we sigh, because we long to put on over it our dwelling which comes from Heaven - if indeed having really put on a robe we shall not be found to be unclothed. Yes, we who are in this tent certainly do sigh under our burdens, for we do not wish to lay aside that with which we are now clothed, but to put on more, SO THAT OUR MORTALITY MAY BE ABSORBED IN LIFE. AND HE WHO FORMED US WITH THIS VERY END IN VIEW IS GOD, who has given us His Spirit as a pledge and foretaste of that bliss.”
Were we to die and go to Heaven, with our redeemed souls joined to our Heavenly spirits along with the promise of full salvation for our bodies, that would be good and acceptable. But the more perfect way is for us to put on our Heavenly, spiritual body of Light and Glory over this present, earthly body, so that our mortality of this “life” might be absorbed or swallowed up by the Life of Christ, without dying! To be transformed in all three areas of our being without dying is the high road of faith for all the elect of the Lord to take, if that is His will for us. We have the hope and promise of God’s holy Word of truth, telling us that an elect and chosen remnant will be transformed without dying, and we anticipate that we will be among that select company!
Paul admonished the “man of God” to “lay hold of the Life of the Ages, to which you were called” and also to “lay hold of the Life which is life indeed” (1 Tim. 6:12, 19, Weymouth). Paul referred to himself as “a bondservant of God and an Apostle of Jesus Christ for building up the faith of God’s own people... In hope of the Life of the Ages,... which God promised before the commencement of the Ages” (Titus 1:1-2, Wey-mouth). He also declared that we were saved, regenerated and renewed in our natures “in order that having been declared righteous through His grace we might become heirs to the Life of the Ages in fulfillment of our hopes” (Titus 1:7, Weymouth). The “Life of the Ages” is that salvation “which has been reserved in Heaven for you;” it is our full salvation “that even now stands ready for unveiling at the End of the Age” (1 Pet. 1:6-7, Weymouth). Therefore, we will continue to cling to His Word of promise, knowing the fulfillment of His Word is near! We will never give up the sure and certain hope we have in Christ!
Paul and Emily Mueller
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