THESE ARE THEY ...
“These are they...” who are becoming kings and priests, with the authority of their beloved Head, Lord and King, in the Kingdom of their Father. They are becoming all Jesus said they would be in His beatitudes, or His Kingdom blessings, which He gave in His “sermon on the mount.” The word “beatitude” comes from a Latin word meaning blessedness or happiness. It is not a scriptural word, but was given by man to the many blessings of the Lord, which give us spiritual blessedness and happiness. The elect of the Lord are indeed becoming blessed and happy saints of the Lord, by the work of the Spirit within them. We may not be happy now, as we go through the processings of this life, but we will be when God is finished with us. If we are lacking in any of those “beatitudes” or blessings in our lives, the Lord will supply us with all that we lack in due time. He is both the Author as well as the Finisher of our faith! He will finish that which He began within us, for His glory! And that process of blessedness has already begun in each one of us! The Beatitudes of Jesus are given in Matthew chapter five, verses one to twelve, and in Luke chapter six, verses twenty to thirty-eight. Within those verses of scripture are found the Lord’s description of a true son of God; it shows all we are becoming in the Kingdom of our Father.
The first Beatitude of Jesus is, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The words, “poor in spirit,” in this verse mean to be as a beggar or a pauper in our souls, or in the depths of our being. We are more than that in spiritual reality, but our Lord told us we must be “poor in spirit” to inherit the Kingdom of God. The spiritual path leading to the blessedness and happiness of the Kingdom of God requires us to be “poor in spirit.” That term refers to a humble person, but it also indicates that that person acknowledges they are lacking in the greater spiritual riches of the fullness of the Spirit of God. They readily acknowledge that they have not yet attained to all the fullness of God. The Apostle Paul was one who was truly “poor in spirit,” for he said, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:10-14). Paul demonstrated what it means to be “poor in spirit.” He truly walked the Kingdom walk, therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven is his inheritance! So many “Christians” today are proud, arrogant and boastful! They claim to have and know so much, yet, because of their proud spirit, they are strangers and foreigners to the Kingdom of God! The Kingdom of God shall not be given to the proud and haughty of spirit; it already belongs to all those who are “poor in spirit,” or to those who walk the Kingdom walk of humility, obedience, faith, dedication and purpose!
As we pointed out in our previous message, to be “poor in spirit,” also means to be humble. The Lord explained to Israel of old why He led them as He did for forty years through the wilderness. He said to them, “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live” (Deut. 8:3). I wonder if we have learned this all-important lesson? Do we really know that we cannot live by earthly bread alone, but we must live by every word that continually proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord? We need the continuing, progressive sustenance of the Word of our Father, revealed within us by the Spirit, to live His Life in fullness!
It should be of particular interest for us to know that our Father began each and every creation day or age with this announcement: “AND GOD SAID...” (See Gen. 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 29, 2:18, 6:13, 17:9, etc.). By the commanding authority and power of the Word of our Father, each new day or age was spoken into being. By His creative Word a new era on earth began, to fulfill the eternal purposes of our Father for each of those eras, days, ages, or time periods. There may not be any outward evidence to show it, but a new age always begins when Father speaks His creative Word. Also, each and every covenant of the Lord was spoken forth by Him to one of His chosen ones, to guide and direct His people of that era in the way they should walk for that particular age. So also is a new covenant coming forth for this new Day. And that new covenant for this new Kingdom Day gives us guidance and direction, as our Father’s will for this new Day is revealed! Our Father wants us to know that we can only live His Life in completeness and in fullness by hearing His continuing and progressively revealed Word, which always proceeds out of the “mouth” of the Lord!
Our Father is still speaking today! At the conclusion of the Scriptures you will see the words “THE END.” But that is not all the truth! The revelation of Christ does not end! The Lord continues to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His Kingdom to those who have ears to hear, which He is doing in this very day and hour! The Lord spoke yesterday, He is speaking today, and He will continue speaking to His elect in all our tomorrows. The Word of the Lord has come forth, is coming forth, and shall continue to come forth, until we stand complete and perfect, transformed into His glorious image and full likeness! And those who have ears to hear and who are spiritual will hear and receive His Word, by the Spirit! The Lord humbled Israel of old in the wilderness to make them know that they cannot live by literal bread alone! He taught them that they must live by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. So it is with us today! We can only live the Life of Christ in fullness and in completeness by hearing, receiving and doing every revealed Word of our Father!
The word “proceedeth” is a very important word in this passage. That word comes from the Hebrew word, “mowtsa,” and means, “a going forth, an exit; specifically, dawn, the rising of the sun (the East), exportation, a gate, a fountain, a mine, a meadow (as producing grass)” (from Strong’s Concordance). The scriptural meaning of the word “proceedeth” includes much more than that single word implies. It tells us that God’s Word is always going forth or proceeding out of the mouth of the Lord. And that continually proceeding Word of our Father is a forward-looking Word; it is a prophetic Word! It is an anointed Word from the heart of our Father that leads us to the dawn of a new Day in God. The Word of God, which is coming forth now, is as the rising of the Son of righteousness within us. His continually proceeding Word provides us with His resurrection Life by leading us through a narrow gate, beyond which we shall find a fountain, which is the fountain of the waters of the Life of Christ. His Word also leads us to a mine, which is the spiritual “mine” where all the riches of Christ are to be found. Next in our spiritual journey, we come to a meadow, abounding with lush grasses and other forms of vegetation, representing the rich and abundant spiritual treasures of the Kingdom of God! Here, in the spiritual “meadow” of the Kingdom of God, we are feeding on Christ, the Bread of Life, to become all that He is! All these are among the many, rich and rewarding spiritual benefits and Kingdom blessings to be given to those elect and chosen ones who are “poor in spirit.”
“These are they...” who are “poor in spirit.” They shall hear the word of the Lord, for Father has given them ears to hear! How important it is for us to hear and receive the Word of the Lord at this time when there is an obvious famine for the hearing of that Word! By the Word of the Lord, God began each new Day or age! By the word of the Lord given to Moses, the entire nation of Israel was delivered out of Egyptian bondage! And, “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth” (Ps. 33:6). The Psalmist rejoiced in the word of the Lord, saying, “In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word” (Ps. 56:10). The patriarch Joseph was tried and tested by the word of the Lord, just as we are also (Ps. 105:19)! And it is Christ, the Son of God, Who is the brightness of the Father’s glory, the express image of His person, Who also upholds all things in the vast universe by the Word of His power. He also is the One Who has spoken to us in the last days of the past age, and the One Who speaks to us in this new Day as well! He is the glorious One who has been appointed the heir of all things by the Father, by whom also he made the worlds (Heb. 1:2-3). He Who spoke to Israel of old to lead them out of their wilderness, is also speaking to us today, leading us out of our wilderness of this corrupt and sinful world.
The next Beatitude is, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” We also dealt with this Beatitude in our last writing. Those who mourn shall be comforted. We may spend an entire lifetime mourning about the things of this life, which would be a waste of time and effort, but we are assured that we shall be comforted in due time! And when we are finally comforted with the comfort of the Spirit of the Lord, our song then shall be: “Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted” (Is. 49:13). When we consider the many wonderful promises of God, we have much to be thankful for and also much more to look forward to!
The Meek shall Inherit the Earth
The third Beatitude is, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” What a wonderful promise that is! Our inheritance is not the old earth of the present, with its wars, confusion and turmoil, but it is the new, restored and recreated earth that we shall inherit! Through the reign of Christ and His sons, every enemy shall be defeated and put under our feet (1 Cor. 15:25), resulting in the creation of that new earth, wherein dwells righteousness, even the pure and holy righteousness of Christ (Is. 65:17, 66:22, 2 Pet. 3:13 & Rev. 21:1)! There is a beautiful, vibrant new Earth waiting for us just over the horizon; it lies in that realm of time that is just beyond this midnight hour, at the dawn of the new morning! And that process of complete victory over the enemies of the Lord and the total recreation, reorganization and restoration of the earth shall begin with the manifestation of the sons of God (Ro. 8:19-23)! The whole creation is waiting for us to grow up and become manifest sons of our Father! And we will not disappoint them! We shall continue to “press” our way through to the fullness of Christ!
It is written of Moses, “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Num. 12:3). The word “meek” in this passage means to be depressed or gentle in mind or circumstances, to be needy, especially saintly. To be meek certainly does not mean to be weak or indecisive, for that is not what Moses was. He was meek and gentle, yet Moses was also very strong spiritually and quite persuasive after hearing the Word of the Lord. Give a true, Godly person the Word of the Lord and they can do anything within the bounds of the will of God. And when that Godly person receives the Word of the Lord, he or she will never again want to hear the impure word of man! Those who are accustomed to hearing and obeying the Word of their Father will never ever revert to hearing the imperfect and impure word of the carnal mind! By hearing the Word of the Lord, the carnal mind is put under our feet, where every enemy belongs (1 Cor. 15:25).
On one occasion, when Jesus was ministering to the people, He was told that His mother and His brethren were trying to see Him, but could not because of the multitudes of people surrounding Jesus. When they told Jesus that His mother and His brethren wanted to see Him, He said to them, “My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it” (Lu. 8:21). How important it is for us to be true, spiritual “brethren” to our Lord Jesus Christ, by hearing and doing every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Father! And may our Father grant that all who read these lines may receive a fresh revelation of this pure Word of the Lord: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, AND THE WORD WAS GOD. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (Jo. 1:1-5).
Furthermore, we are now in the process of “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Pet. 1:23). When we are finally born again of the Spirit, we shall become spirit, to be given a new body like unto His glorious body of Life and Glory. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit IS SPIRIT” (Jo. 3:5-6). To be “born of water,” is to be born of the flesh, while to be born “of the Spirit,” is to be transformed in our bodies to become like Christ. That will be the manifestation of the sons of God! That will also be our new, spiritual adornment! And the spiritual adornment of the saints of the Lord includes much more than their outward appearance. “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Pet. 3:4). What matters most about our new nature and our new individual characteristic is to have a meek and quiet spirit in the sight of the Lord. That is of great price or value to Him! This is what we are becoming! And the pressures of this life, which are of God, are gradually changing us into His glorious image and divine likeness!
“These are they...” who shall inherit the earth! They are the meek, the humble and the gentle saints of the Lord who have been prepared of their Father to inherit the new earth with its new, Heavenly glory and splendor. They are courageous reformers and leaders like Moses, through whom the power and glory of the Kingdom of God shall be fully manifest! It is written: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb. 11:3). And “by the word of God,” the new Earth shall come forth in the fullness of time, gloriously arrayed in the royal splendor and Life of the Kingdom of our Father!
Of the meek, the Psalmist declared, “The meek shall eat
and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall
live for ever. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD:
and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee” (Ps. 22:26-27).
The meek shall not only inherit the new earth, they shall also know the joy
and victory of all the nations of the world turning to Christ, to worship Him
in Spirit and in Truth! And again, the Psalmist said, “The meek will he
guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the
LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies”
(Ps. 25:9-10). And also, “Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven;
the earth feared, and was still,
When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.” (Ps. 76:8-9). May our God soon arise to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth! Amen and amen!
And what else will the Lord do for His chosen ones who are meek and gentle of spirit? “The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground” (Ps. 147:6). And, “the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation” (Ps. 149:4). In other words, the Lord will clothe His meek ones with the royal robe of the righteousness of Christ, which also is the full salvation of the Lord. And that also will be the manifestation of the sons of God!
“The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel” (Is. 29:19). The prophet Zephaniah prophesied to say, “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger” (Zeph. 2:3). And Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Mt. 11:28-30). What blessed REST we shall find when we learn of Him and become meek and lowly in heart and mind, just as He is!
When we become weary and heavily laden with the carnal, religious works of man and with the cares of this life, our Lord invites us to come to Him and find Rest. And where else would we want to go but to Him? He is the spiritual Rest we need and desire! Only the Lord could give us that true Rest that is beyond human understanding! The word “labour” means to feel fatigue, possibly from working hard doing the useless and empty religious works of man. To be “heavy laden” means we are loaded and over burdened with the dead, religious ceremonies of the carnal, church systems of man. So our Lord invites us to “take my yoke upon you, and learn of me.” When we take His yoke upon us, we are being “yoked” or joined to Christ. We are coupled, joined or connected to Him, by the Spirit, not as a beast of burden is yoked or connected to a heavy load, but we are joined to Him as co-workers with Christ in the power and glory of the Kingdom of our Father. The original word translated “yoke” indicates a joining or a connection as with the balance beam of a scales. Thus, the Body of Christ, or the elect, supply that which is needed to make the Christ complete. We make the Christ complete, for we are as the other side of the balance beam that makes up the spiritual “scales” of Christ. When we take His yoke upon ourselves, we are Christ the Body that is being joined to Christ the Head in the blessed Kingdom of our Father.
When we have taken the Lord’s yoke upon us, we also are to learn of Him. And when we learn of Him we will find that He is very different from the description given of Him by the religious systems of this world. He is not the tyrant, law-enforcer, condemning judge and dictator, as described by some in the church system. But when we learn of Him, we will see that Christ is the compassionate Lord, the loving, faithful, merciful and forgiving High Priest, the benevolent King and the Savior of the world. When His great plan of full salvation, redemption and reconciliation is fulfilled, no one will ever be lost, for all mankind will have been gathered into His Heavenly Kingdom of Love! And all who are in His Kingdom of Love and Life shall worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. They will learn of Him to really know Him as He is, causing the whole world to want to know Him also.
I have said it before and I will say it again: the false doctrines of the church system are responsible for many of the wars, sorrows and troubles in the world today. But may we learn of Him, to see Christ as He is, and then declare Him as He is to the world, by becoming a new creation, transformed into His pure image and glorious likeness. Then, many nations will come to Him by the multitudes, to learn of Him and become yoked with Him, Who is Love and Life personified!
When we learn of our blessed Lord, we will find that He is “meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We will see Him as He is! And when we do, we shall learn that He is meek and lowly of heart. This means He is humble and often humiliated in heart, or in His mind. What sorrow Jesus must have endured as He walked through His brief life in this world, being humbled and humiliated by man, and then to suffer that agony and sorrow in His mind! And when we see Him that way, we will find Rest unto our souls. We will then realize that He suffered as we are suffering in this world, but no doubt in a greater way than we are. We will also realize that His “yoke is easy,” which is to say, His yoke is useful, gracious and kind; His “yoke” also is that which supplies us with all that is needed. And His “burden is light,” or His work and service to humanity and to the world is light and easy. In the Kingdom of God, there is no work for the man of flesh and blood to do! The reason for this is that the Lord works by His Spirit and not by the fleshly, carnal works of the religious, Adamic man.
Isaiah also prophesied the word of the Lord, when he said, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” (Is. 45:22-23). It is by looking to the Lord that we are saved! And that salvation is promised for all mankind in all the earth, not just for a few select “Christians.” That redemptive, restorative Word has gone forth out of the mouth of the Lord in right-eousness. And that Word shall not return to Him void or without fulfillment, for our Father has already determined and decreed that every knee shall bow to worship Him and every tongue shall confess His Name to the glory of the Father! The Apostle Paul quoted this prophecy when he wrote, “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Ro. 14:11, see also Is. 45:23 & Phil. 2:9-11). It is written that the Lord lives, and that is the living Truth of God! And because it is written and He lives, nothing shall ever hinder or prevent the glorious fulfillment of this Word of the Lord! And may we see Him as He is, to become all that He is!
There is a rich and wonderful truth hidden in the scriptures but revealed by the Spirit! And it is this: we are to look and see what we have been and also what we are becoming! To phrase it in other ways, we are to look and live, or look to the heavens; we are to see the Lord, become what He is and then live by His abundant and everlasting Life! In one case, Israel was to look up at a brass serpent erected on a pole, to see the symbol of that which was troubling them. The people rebelled against the Lord, so God sent poisonous snakes to correct them and bring them to repentance. To heal the people, the Lord instructed Moses to place a brass serpent on a pole, and then he was to command the people who wanted to be healed to look up at the brass serpent. And when the people looked up at the symbol of the serpents, or at the symbol of that which was afflicting them, they were healed.
Jesus referred to that event and said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (Jo. 3:14-15). As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so was the Son of man be lifted up on the cross, providing full redemption for all who look to Him! The command God gave Israel in the wilderness was for the people to look up at the serpent and be healed. In other words, the very thing that was the cause of their affliction was that which provided their redemption. Of course, there was no salvation in the serpent; the salvation, or the healing, was given as a result of the people’s obedience to the Lord. God told them to look up to the serpent and be healed. So they looked and were healed! In the same way, we are told to see the Son of man lifted up on the cross, believe on Him and be saved. As the serpent was the cause and the source of Israel’s afflictions in that day, so also is the flesh of man, depicted by the body of Jesus on the cross, the cause and the source of all our afflictions and troubles. Let us then SEE the flesh of man, which is the cause of all our troubles, crucified and removed from us in the body of Jesus, thereby preparing us for our transformation into the glorious image and likeness of the risen and glorified Christ of God.
Isaiah, the prophet of the Lord, said, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel” (Is. 17:7). What “day” was he referring to? The previous verse tells us it is the Day of the reign of the remnant saints of the Lord at the time of harvest! Thus, we read, “Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel” (Is. 17:6). Just as there were “two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof,” so also is there a remnant company of sons of God in the world today. “These are they ..” who have been chosen of their Father to represent His sovereign purposes for the propagation and administration of His righteous Kingdom in all the earth.
Blessed are those who are Spiritually Hungry and Thirsty
The next Beatitude of Jesus is: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Mt. 5:6). The word “blessed,” in these verses means to be supremely blessed, also to be fortunate and well off. The blessedness of the Lord, or to be blessed by Him, is truly supreme blessedness. It is the highest form of blessedness anyone could possibly know or experience. In fact, everything pertaining to the Kingdom of God represents the highest form of anything anywhere! The blessed Kingdom of our Father is the highest and the best for us, and also for the whole world of mankind! There is nothing better anywhere! There is supreme blessedness in knowing Him as He is! There is supreme blessedness to be experienced by walking with the Lord and doing all our Father’s will. There is supreme blessedness in partaking of Him in His fullness. There is supreme blessedness in serving the Lord according to His Kingdom purposes. There is also supreme blessedness in knowing that the tests and trials of this life are filling up that which is lacking of the sufferings of Christ (see 2 Cor. 1:5, 1 Pet. 1:11 & 5:1). There is supreme blessedness in reigning with Christ. And there also will be supreme blessedness in our lives when we are transformed into His glorious image and wondrous likeness.
Luke’s account of the beatitudes is a little different, but it tells us much more. Thus, it is written: “Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh” (Lu. 6:20-21). These are the anointed, prophetic and highly spiritual Words of Jesus! And all who are called according to His purposes should pay close attention to every word! In the Kingdom of God, everything is directly the opposite to what we may think it should be! Spiritual values are always opposite and contrary to, earthly or worldly values and the carnal opinions of man. Those who hunger now shall be filled! And those who claim to be full now shall truly be hungry! Those who claim to be full, who say they are “rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked,” the Lord advises them to “buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see” (Rev. 3:17). Those who claim to be full, rich, increased with goods and in need of nothing, have not yet completed their spiritual journey to the fullness of Christ and the Kingdom of God. But those who are poor and hungry now, in spiritual values, shall be filled with His fullness, to inherit the Kingdom of God. And those who are hungry and thirsty now, in spiritual values, shall partake of the abundant treasures of Christ, in the blessed Kingdom of their Father!
In the Kingdom of God, the way up is down; the way to Life is to die the death of the cross of Christ; the way to His fullness is to confess having nothing and being nothing; the way to perfection is to suffer and die to self; the way to be filled with the Life and Glory of Christ is to be hungry and thirsty; and the way to receive the rich and abundant treasures of the Kingdom of our Father is to be poor in spirit! As long as they are in this world, the elect of the Lord shall suffer; they shall be denied, persecuted, reviled and morally crucified, especially by carnal-minded “Christians.” But in the end, those who have suffered for the cause of Christ shall rejoice with exceeding great joy, for they shall inherit the Kingdom of their Father, along with the Life and the Glory of Christ! Matthew’s account refers to, “they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness.” It is the righteousness of Christ for which we should hunger and thirst! The blessed hope we have is to become all that He is! It is more of the Lord that we need and for which we hunger! We desire Him and all that He is in His fullness, especially His pure Righteousness! And when we desire the righteousness of Christ along with all that He is, with a desire that is born of the Spirit, we shall truly receive of Him, to be filled with all the fullness of Christ!
Our blessed Lord said, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (Jo. 6:35). When we come to the Lord, Who is our Bread of Life, to receive from His bountiful hand, we shall never hunger or thirst. He is our all; Christ is the all-sufficient One; He is everything we need! When we feast on Him, we are not hungry, nor are we thirsty! But, as long as we are in these bodies of sin and death, we will continue to hunger and thirst for His Righteousness, or for that Life that is the manifestation of the pure and holy Righteousness of Christ. Just as surely as Christ is the Bread of Life, for Whom we hunger and thirst, so surely shall we be filled with His Righteousness, as well as all that He is, in the fullness of time! John saw us in the Spirit, and said of us: “THESE ARE THEY who have come out of the great tribulation (persecution), and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. [Gen. 49:11; Dan. 12:1.] For this reason they are [now] before the [very] throne of God and serve Him day and night in His sanctuary (temple); and He Who is sitting upon the throne will protect and spread His tabernacle over and shelter them with His presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun smite them, nor any scorching heat. [Isa. 49:10; Ps. 121:6.] For the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will guide them to the springs of the waters of life; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. [Ps. 23:2; Isa 25:8; Ezek. 34:23.] (Rev. 7:14-17, AMP).
Jesus also said, “seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt. 6:33). We have all quoted this verse many times. But the time has come when this Spirit-anointed and Spirit-inspired, Living Word of our Father must be transformed from the realm of simply hearing and listening, to the greater and higher realm of a grand Spiritual inworking within us. The time of merely quoting scriptures and truth is coming to an end! As we grow spiritually, we will realize that we are moving on beyond the realm of hearing and doing to the realm of BECOMING AND BEING!
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Rom. 14:17). The Kingdom of God does not function in the realm of earth, or the realm of man, for His Kingdom is not of this world. The Kingdom of God is that Spiritual state, that Heavenly state, where all is “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” When we have partaken of Christ to the full, we shall become His Righteousness, His Peace and His Joy, by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is also written: “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (1 Cor. 4:20). The Kingdom of God does not consist merely of a new set of creeds and doctrines, nor does it exist only in the realm of Truth and Spirit! It is the almighty authority and power of God! THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS THE ABSOLUTE, SOVEREIGN AND ALMIGHTY POWER OF GOD THAT SHALL CHANGE EVERYTHING AND EVERY PERSON EVERYWHERE IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE!
Everything in this world shall be changed to reflect or mirror all that the Kingdom of God is! It shall all be changed by the mighty, sovereign power of the King of kings and the Lord of lords! And just as the Kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, so also shall the whole world become that in the fullness of time! That will be the new Earth under the power and authority of Christ the Head and Christ the body, united and made one by the Spirit, in the blessed Kingdom of our Father! Then, the Righteousness, the Peace, the Joy and the Love of God shall cover the whole earth, as the waters cover the sea! But before that can take place, the Lord’s faithful elect and chosen ones must first be transformed, to become all that Christ and His Kingdom is! Then, the same process that changed and transformed us, shall also transform the whole world, bringing forth the new Earth, which shall be birthed out of the prophetic, creative Mind of our Father!
“The life which (we) now live in the flesh (we) live
by the faith of the Son of God, who loved (us), and gave himself for (us)”
(Gal. 2:20). It is not our own faith alone that sustains us through the trials
and lessons of this life, it is the faith of the Son of God! By His faith, we
are walking this Kingdom walk of separation and aloneness, knowing He is leading
us out of this “death” and into the abundant Life of the Kingdom
of our Father. The faith that we have, which is His faith, is sufficient for
our own walk, and also for the transformation of the whole world of mankind
as well. The multitudes of this world have no faith! How can they have faith?
They have not yet heard the fullness of the Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom!
Therefore, we must have faith for them!
At times, I feel like David must have felt when he said, “For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall” (Ps. 18:29). It is His faith that gives us that kind of spiritual perseverance, strength and fortitude! If it was something our Father wanted us to do, we could also do what David did. But our Lord has given us faith, both for ourselves and our own salvation, as well as the faith to believe for the salvation of the whole world of fallen mankind! The church system is wayward, self-willed, backslidden and far from God, leaving no hope among them for mankind in this world! But Father has His elect remnant today, who are set aside for His sovereign, Kingdom purposes! They/we are the hope of the world! Our Lord has given us the faith to believe for the fulfillment of His own prophetic Word of truth, assuring the salvation of all, by the power of His Spirit! And His prophetic Word of truth shall surely be fulfilled, by the faith of the Son of God, which is within us!
Blessed are the Merciful
The next beatitude is, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt. 5:7). Here again, we see the Kingdom principle of opposites at work! You would think that those who lack mercy should be the ones to receive mercy. But in the Kingdom of God, it is all very different. The merciful shall obtain mercy! Mercy begets mercy, just as love begets, generates, or brings forth love; forgiveness brings forth forgiveness, tenderness begets tenderness, joy brings forth joy and peace begets or generates peace! The word “merciful” means to be compassionate in word or deed, especially by divine grace. It is not referring to mere human mercy, but it is God’s mercy. It is mercy that is a gift from the Lord, which operates in the realm of His overwhelming Love!
Moses was given a fresh revelation of the mercy of God when Israel turned to apostasy while Moses was in the mount, receiving the law of the Lord. While coming down from Mt. Sinai with the tables of stone, which contained the law of the Lord, Moses saw the rebellion and disobedience of the people, so he cast the tables of stone to the ground, breaking them. But the Lord told Moses to go back up the mountain with two more tables of stone to receive again the law of the Lord. Then the Lord appeared to Moses, and said to him: “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation” (Ex. 34:6-7). May we come to know the Lord as Moses knew Him then! He is truly merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving all their iniquities and sins.
Yet, the Lord also declared that He does not clear the guilty, but He visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, sometimes to the third and the fourth generation. In my own spirit, I believe the Lord has abolished that part of His law, by placing all mankind’s sins and iniquities upon Jesus, Who died for the sins of the whole world. The Lord Himself has said, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb. 8:12). And now, every person is free of the guilt of the past. I know by personal experience that they are free for evermore from the iniquities of their fathers, by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Who is the Lamb of God. What glorious freedom there is because of Christ! If we will take a merciful stand for the sinful and the rebellious among mankind, we too shall receive of the abundant mercy and the gracious goodness of the Lord! The Divine principle is: “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy!”
When the Lord delivered David of his enemies, the King replied, “Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight. With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright. With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury. AND THE AFFLICTED PEOPLE THOU WILT SAVE” (2 Sam. 22:25-28). During the restoration of which Ezra and Nehemiah were a part, Nehemiah said of the Lord, “You are a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great steadfast love; and You did not forsake them. Even when they had made for themselves a molten calf and said, This is your god, who brought you out of Egypt, and had committed great and contemptible blasphemies, You in Your great mercy forsook them not in the wilderness; the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day to lead them in the way, nor the pillar of fire by night to light the way they should go” (Neh. 9:27-29, AMP).
If the Lord did all that to His people in the wilderness, as a result of His great mercy and His overwhelming grace, think what He will do for us! We are the people of purpose, who have come to this glorious Day, when the Kingdom of God is coming to the earth! We are the merciful, the upright and the pure people of the Lord, and He will manifest His mercy, His uprightness and His purity to us, by saving us in fullness. We are the afflicted ones who shall experience the full salvation of the Lord! We shall indeed know His mercy, more so than any other people in the history of the world! We are the people “upon whom the ends of the world are come (1 Cor. 10:11, KJV). And we are the people “in whose days the ages have reached their climax (their consummation and concluding period)” (1 Cor. 10:11, AMP). And we are also the people “on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come” (1 Cor. 10:11, NIV). Therefore, God must bring us to fullness and completeness, by His Spirit, for we are the people who are destined to fulfill His Kingdom purposes for this world and everything in it and of it!
When we see the Signs of His Appearing, LOOK UP
Our Lord said, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Lu. 21:28). I know quite well that this verse has been quoted and misquoted many times in the past. But we should not, yea, we must not, allow the spiritual darkness of these times to becloud our vision or disannul such wonderful and glorious truths of the Spirit. The signs are all around us, showing the nearness of the appearing of Christ. Therefore, we should give heed to our Lord’s wise admonition, calling upon us to “look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
We are told by the Apostle Paul, “look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting” (2 Cor. 4:18, AMP). Our vision, our seeing, our perception, should not be of the things of this dying world order! Rather, we should and must look to the Heavenly realm of the Spirit, to see our risen Lord, for it is from that Heavenly realm that He will come to transform us into His glorious image and Heavenly likeness! Nor should we “look on things after the outward appearance” (2 Cor. 10:7). We are to look at the things that are invisible, or to those spiritual things that are deathless and everlasting! The Apostle Paul also tells us, “we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it (from the Heavens, or from the realm of the Spirit) also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior, Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself” (Phil. 3:20-21, AMP).
And then the writer to the Hebrews gave us this further Word of anointed and holy Spirit-inspired truth concerning our transformation: “Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but TO BRING TO FULL SALVATION THOSE WHO ARE [EAGERLY, CONSTANTLY, AND PATIENTLY] WAITING FOR AND EXPECTING HIM” (Heb. 9:28, AMP). Could it be any plainer and simpler than that? Christ shall appear a second time to bring to full salvation all those who are eagerly, constantly, and patiently waiting for and expecting Him! THAT IS THE WORD OF OUR FATHER! Therefore, it shall surely come to pass! And when He appears to us, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is! “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but WE KNOW THAT, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 Jo. 3:2-3).
And all the elect, who have this blessed hope within them,
will then purify themselves, even as the Lord is pure! We are becoming what
Christ is! Our many years of travail, of sorrows and afflictions, and of tests
and trials, have not been in vain. Our Father has been testing and trying us,
to remove from us all that offends in His Kingdom! If we have submitted to His
loving and merciful hand of correction, we shall come forth in the purity of
the Son of God! We shall indeed be pure, even as He is pure! “So, beloved,
since you are expecting these things, be eager to be found by Him [at His coming]
without spot or blemish and at peace [in serene confidence, free from fears
and agitating passions and moral conflicts]. AND CONSIDER THAT THE LONG - SUFFERING
OF OUR LORD [His slowness in avenging wrongs and judging the world] IS SALVATION”
(2 Pet. 3:14-15, AMP).
Paul and Emily Mueller
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