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The Beatitudes of Jesus are the principles by which we shall live, and move, and have out being in the Kingdom of our Father. Jesus had just taken His disciples up a mountain, where He would teach them. The Beatitudes of the Kingdom were the first words He spoke. Jesus said very little about the church or about church order or church ministry. He did not teach them how to have meetings or how to organize a church! Jesus seldom spoke of the church; He mentioned it only twice (see Mt. 16:18 and 18:17); His main interest and focus was the Kingdom of Heaven! The Kingdom of Heaven, or the Kingdom of God, was His first priority! And it should be ours as well! Jesus left the organization of the church, as well as its ministry to His disciples, mainly to Peter (Mt. 16:18) and Paul (Acts 13:1-3). But the Kingdom of God is that which essentially and primarily concerned Jesus! The Kingdom was His first priority; it was the main object of His concern. The Kingdom of God is God’s ultimate purpose; it is His utmost and highest intention for this world and also for the whole creation! And it should be ours as well!
The church is a secondary entity; it was created to be a TEMPORARY means to an end, not the end in itself. The church was purposed of the Lord to lead people, specifically a remnant, into the Kingdom of God! But, sad to say, the church and its function and purpose in the world have become the main concern of many believers today. Many of them are totally engrossed in the church and its limited purpose. Either they never knew or understood the truths of the Kingdom of God, or they lost sight of God’s ultimate purpose and concern, which is the Kingdom of God! The church has a temporary purpose, while the Kingdom is constant and eternal. The purpose of the church is explained in the book of Acts. When there was a dispute in Jerusalem about circumcision, James stood in the midst of the assembled apostles and elders, and said to them: “Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:” (Christ will set up His Church, for what purpose?) “That the residue” (or a remnant) “of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:13-18).
What was Father’s purpose or intention for the church? “To take out of them a people for his name.” Or, “that the residue (or a remnant) of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called.” The Lord has already taken out of the world a people for His Name! Father already has His remnant, His firstfruits, upon whom His Name is called. They have been gathered out from the nations and also out of the church, unto Himself! And He did all this through His Church! The Church was God’s instrument, His tool, by which He has already gathered to Himself a holy remnant, who shall do His pure and perfect will in all the earth. Therefore, the true Church has fulfilled its purpose; its ministry is over; God has brought His purpose for the Church to a successful conclusion! Other “Christians” may remain there, but God has called His chosen remnant out of the church! And now, the church is devoid of Divine purpose and true, spiritual ministry. Church order, including meetings, are all a part of the past! The Lord has done all He has intended to do with His Church! And we are that remnant, whom Father has called out of the world and also out of the Church, to fulfill His eternal purpose for the Kingdom of God on earth.
The true Church has fulfilled its Divine purpose! So also the gifts of the Spirit and the ministry gifts, which were set in the Church by the Lord, have already been fulfilled, by the Spirit. The Word of the Lord tells us, “God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues” (1 Cor. 12:28). All these ministries have been set in the Church by God! Therefore, all those church order ministries, have also been fulfilled by the Spirit. And that which has already been fulfilled by the Lord no longer has a spiritual purpose, function or reason for existing, particularly for the elect.
The Word of the Lord has also been declared, saying to us, “Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy ( the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth]. For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect). But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded). When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God]” (1 Cor. 13:8-12, AMP).
That which is complete and perfect, which is the Kingdom of God, has come and is coming to the earth! Therefore, the incomplete and imperfect has vanished and is vanishing away, it is becoming antiquated, and is void, and has been superseded by that which is greater and higher, which is the Kingdom of our Father! And all who once were “children,” who formerly talked like little children, thought like little children, and reasoned like little children, are now becoming spiritual adults. They are also putting away all the childish “toys” of their youth! We are growing and maturing spiritually, beyond the “mirror” image of things, to see reality and face to face! Formerly, we knew in part, but now we are growing spiritually to know and understand more fully and more clearly! To talk about sonship is not enough! Unless we put away the old, dead, church order, including meetings and all other aspects of our childhood, we are still babes in Christ, partaking of the “milk” of our infancy!
It is a wonderful truth to understand, by the Spirit, that Father knows all His wonderful works that He would do on this earth, from the beginning of the world unto the end of it! He planned it all from the beginning, before He ever created the earth or the people on it! Our all-wise Father is not allowing things on earth to progress and grow without a plan! His Kingdom is increasing from one age to the next, according to His merciful plan and Kingdom purpose. Father’s purpose for this world will not be delayed, nor will He stop to assess His plan and purpose, to see what He might do next. God is causing all things everywhere to move forward from glory to glory, line upon line, and from one age to the next, fulfilling His purpose for each age, as the whole world order marches on to a successful conclusion, which is the greater fullness of the Kingdom of God manifestly evident in every person of every nation on earth. I believe this is what is meant by the Word of the Lord, which says, “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world!”
The supreme purposes of our illustrious Father have progressed onward, from Israel in the wilderness to Israel in their first promised land, from Israel worshiping the Lord under the old covenant to an expanded Israel worshiping the Lord in Spirit and in Truth, and from the old church order of the past to the new and higher order of the Kingdom of God on earth. The chosen elect of the Lord began their walk with God by worshiping Him in the partial glory of the old church order! They have progressed and grown spiritually, so they now worship Him in the new and greater order of the Kingdom of God on earth! We may not yet understand all our loving and merciful Father has done and is doing with us. But He has given us the faith to believe that we are walking a spiritual path, one that has already been marked out for us, and we are content to be walking closely with Him, as He continues to lead us! To walk the beaten paths of man is to remain in death! But to walk the high, Kingdom road with the Lord, by the Spirit, is to gain the greater Life of Christ, and reign with Him from our Father’s throne, in the Glory, Honor and Authority of the Kingdom of God!
Blessed are the Merciful (continued)
The sixth Beatitude of Jesus is, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt. 5:7). When Jesus was asked why He ate with publicans and sinners, He said to them, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mt. 9:12-13). By the inspiration of the Spirit, many of us now know what Jesus meant when He said this. He was telling us that the sick among mankind are the sinners; they are those who need the salvation of the Lord to forgive their sins and make them whole. Those who are sick, therefore, needed the ministry of Christ, the great Physician. But the assumed righteous, or those who observed the Jewish religion, with all its rules, regulations and traditions, did not know that they also needed the mercy of the great Physician. He was also telling us that the day of sacrifices was over, and the day of His abundant mercy had begun. He Who is the great Physician is calling all sinners to repentance. And the same spiritual work and ministry of the Lord has continued from that day to this.
Jesus put His merciful salvation in perspective, when He said to the scribes and Pharisees, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you give a tenth of your mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected and omitted the weightier (more important) matters of the Law--right and justice and mercy and fidelity. These you ought [particularly] to have done, without neglecting the others” (Mt. 23:24, AMP). It is also of interest for us to know that our Father refers to us, His anointed, called and chosen elect, as “vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory” (Rom. 9:23). As vessels of mercy, Father has created us to be merciful priests, who will show mercy to all in need, according to His will (see Rom. 11:30-32).
James tells us, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:18). And Peter said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Pet. 1:3-5). And Jude advised us to “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 21). By the abundant mercy of the Lord, we are walking the spiritual path to His fullness! And by His mercy, we shall achieve that Life and the glory beyond!
The Beatitudes According to Luke
Luke’s account of the Beatitudes is a little different, yet both Matthew and Luke said basically the same thing. Matthew’s account is shorter and more concise, while Luke’s account is more detailed and tells us some very important truths. We continue Luke’s account with verse twenty-two and twenty-three of chapter six: “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.” The blessedness of the Kingdom of God is also given to those elect of the Lord who are hated by some “men,” or by those who are “man-minded” or carnal-minded. If you are hated by man, separated from their company, reproached, and referred to as evil, for the Son of man’s sake, then you are in good company, spiritually speaking. Your reward will be great in Heaven! Their fathers in history treated the true prophets of the Lord in their day the same way some of us might be treated today. True prophets, priests and kings in the Kingdom of God may be hated, separated, reproached, lied about and declared to be evil! And our Lord told us to rejoice when this happened to us, for we shall have a great reward in the Kingdom of Heaven!
Luke’s version continues with this Word: “But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets” (Lu. 6:24-26). How clearly and distinctly our Lord expressed the great truths of the Kingdom of God! His Kingdom is not of this world! Jesus clearly cut through all the worldliness of the carnal minded and the hypocrisy of the religiously oriented to let us know what really matters in the Kingdom of God. Money and wealth mean nothing to the Lord! Position in society matters not in the Kingdom of God! Religious leadership has no place in the Kingdom of our Father! Rather, Jesus pronounced woes upon the rich, telling them that they have received their reward in this world. The word “consolation” means comfort or solace. Therefore, those who love their riches and are satisfied with this world’s goods shall be comforted with their wealth alone, while those who suffer for the cause of Christ and endure hardship in this life shall be comforted with the greater, spiritual abundance of the Kingdom of God.
The self-satisfied, or those who are full, supposing that they need nothing more from the Lord, shall truly be spiritually hungry. And those who laugh now, enjoying the fleshly comforts and the empty joy of the flesh of man shall weep and mourn later. Those who weep and mourn now, as they await the appearing of their Lord, Savior and King, shall truly rejoice with the joy of the Lord, when He appears. And then Jesus said, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” May these mighty words of Truth be deeply engraved upon the hearts of all who read these lines, by the Spirit of the Living God! This is a very important Truth, especially in these dark and troubling days! How are we to know a false prophet? Jesus told us how! If many people speak well of a minister, a writer, or anyone else, who ministers the Word of the Lord to the people, praising them and exalting them above and beyond the normal treatment of ministers, then that one is a FALSE PROPHET! False prophets minister to the people and for the people, to receive the praises of man! True prophets of the Lord minister for the Lord and for Him only! True prophets, priests and kings in the Kingdom of God are enduring the “sufferings of Christ.” They may also be hated, separated, reproached, lied about and declared to be evil, while false prophets will enjoy the esteem, the admiration, the plaudits and the praises of man!
The Beatitudes given by Luke continues with these words: “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you” (Lu. 6:27-28). You will notice that Jesus directed His message “unto you which hear.” Only those with “hearing ears” will understand these words of Jesus! Again, we see the contrast here between the things of this world and the Kingdom of God. The spiritual view of things is just the opposite from the worldly view! According to the worldly view, we should keep our distance from our enemies, treat them in an evil way, the same as they have treated us, and maybe even hate them. But according to the Spiritual, Kingdom view of things, we should love our enemies, do good to them, bless them and pray for them. What a dramatic change would take place in this world if these principles were observed by the faithful remnant of the Lord! And what a dramatic change would take place among the nations if these Kingdom principles were followed in the world, beginning with our own “Israel” nation (according to Gal. 3:7, 14), which may have more believers than any other nation on earth! The day will come when these Kingdom principles will be the standard by which all men shall live! And these principles must first begin in our own lives, for we are the firstfruits of the Kingdom of God on earth!
Luke’s account continues by saying, “And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again” (Lu. 6:29-30). In the Kingdom of God there will be no needy ones, for all true believers will share what they have with those who have little or nothing. This principle will work the way God intended it to work, when all believers are living according to the high, spiritual standards of the Kingdom of God on earth. When that day comes, there will be no lust or greed, no covetousness, no envy, no selfishness and no avarice, for all the elect will have a Kingdom heart, to live the Life of Christ among men of earth, according to the spiritual principles and the ruling authority of the Kingdom of God on earth! What a glorious Day that will be! And we are not far from that blessed hour!
The BEatitudes of Jesus continue with the principles of the Kingdom of God, as revealed by Luke, when He said, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil” (Lu. 6:31-35).
The Divine standard is: “as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” This is “the bottom line,” the major principle, which the elect, or those with a Kingdom heart, should follow in their dealings with people! I have heard some say that their intension is to “do others before they do you!” That is the spirit of the world; it is the way things are done in this corrupt and evil world! But the world shall be changed, just as we shall be changed, by observing the Heavenly, spiritual principles of the Kingdom of God on earth! And unless a remnant of believers observe these Divine principles, the world will never be changed! The world shall continue on with its anti-Christ and anti-Kingdom behavior, as it has for many millenniums in the past, until a people come forth who shall do all the will of their Father on earth! They shall represent the Kingdom of God to all, by living according to His spiritual, Kingdom principles, and by manifesting Christ for all the world to see! All these principles are summed up in this one deeply profound, Kingdom truth: “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
The merciful will show their Father’s abundant mercy to those who are in need and who know they are needy! In verse thirty-seven, Jesus said, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven” (Lu. 6:37). How important it is for us to maintain a loving, merciful and forgiving attitude toward all, especially toward the so-called “sinners” of this world! Many of them already know they are sinners. They certainly do not need to be told that they are. Our calling is not to condemn them, or judge them, or pass laws to restrict them, but to forgive them and offer them the abundant, rich and free salvation of the Lord.
The sixth chapter of Luke is a long chapter with many rich truths. But for the sake of brevity, we will quote just a few. Jesus also said, “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master” (Lu. 6:40). What Truth this is! We shall be perfect as Christ is perfect! The word “perfect” here means to be fresh and complete! And that is what we are becoming! We shall come forth from this tribulation, fresh and complete, transformed to be just like Christ, the Lord of glory! Indeed, “THESE ARE THEY which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them” (Rev. 7:14-15). Our God is perfect, pure, holy and righteous! And because God is perfect, pure and holy, He would not make His home with the sinful and the defiled. Therefore, when God is seen dwelling among His sons, or among His elect, He is dwelling among His purified ones, who are as pure and righteous as He is!
Jesus also said, “the disciple is not above his master.” The same perfection that our Master and our Teacher displayed to us and taught us about, shall also be ours! Not only that, but the same process that brought Jesus the Christ to perfection, shall also bring us to perfection! And what was that process? It was and is the process of death to self and to the corruption of this world, by which we shall attain to the same Life that He is, which also is the Life that He lives and manifests. Then, “every one that is perfect shall be as his master!”
Jesus closed His Kingdom message, or His BEatitudes as recorded by Luke, saying, “Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you? For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or founded on a rock. But he who merely hears and does not practice doing My words is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great” (Lu. 6:46-49, AMP). Many “houses” today, which represent the lives of some “Christians,” are being built upon the shifting sands of man’s carnal minded opinions and religious Babylon’s false doctrines! But, as for the elect, we shall truly HEAR AND DO all our Father’s perfect will on earth! Then our spiritual “home” will be built upon the solid Rock of Christ, Who is perfect, fresh and complete! Then we also shall become a part of that mighty ROCK of Truth and Life, which is Christ, the Lord of Glory!
Blessed are the Pure in Heart
The next Beatitude is, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Mt. 5:8). What a blessed and wonderful hope that is: the pure in heart shall see God! The Amplified Translation gives that verse as, “Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous-possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God! [Ps 24:3,4.]” The pure in heart are those who are clean, clear and pure within! They have been processed by the tests and trials of this life until there are no impurities within that could defile them! Further, the blood of Christ covers them completely, so that when God looks upon them, He does not see their potential for sin. He sees only the blood of Christ that covers them! He does not see them as sinners, but as fully redeemed sons of the living God! The pure in heart are those who see as God sees! They also have the wisdom of God, for “the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17). “These are they,” who shall see God and Live! They shall drink of that “pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Rev. 22:1).
Indeed, we shall see the Lord, to be transformed and live the Life of Christ in fullness! Job said, “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me” (Job 19:26-27). Job stated clearly that he would see God while he was still in the flesh. And so shall we! We shall see Him while we are still in these old bodies of sin and death, to be transformed and become all that He is. We must see Him as He is, while we are still in this flesh and blood body, to be changed into His image and likeness! And in seeing Him in this body, we shall be transformed, to become what He is: a spirit being with a new body just like His! Although our “reins be consumed within me,” or our body has deteriorated and has become weak and sickly, yet we know that “in my flesh shall I see God!” And when we do see God, we shall truly Live!
Isaiah, the prophet of the Lord, described a Godly person as one “who walks righteously and speaks uprightly.” The prophet said of them, “[Such a man] will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; water for him will be sure. Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; [your eyes] will behold a land of wide distances that stretches afar” (Is. 33:15-17, AMP). Those who walk righteously and speak uprightly dwell in the heights! They shall see the King in all His beauty and splendor! Their eyes will also behold a Land of wide distances that stretches afar. And that Land is none other than the Spiritually restored Land of the Kingdom of God on earth! It is the whole earth covered with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea! May our Father give us all a vision of that new Kingdom Land! Then, we will never want to go back to the old desert land of inpartness, incompleteness and imperfection!
Jesus spoke of a time when the powers of the heavens would be shaken. Then He said, “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Mt. 24:30). To see the Lord when He appears requires that we have plenty of the “oil” of the Spirit within us. The spiritual oil of past experiences will not carry is through to the moment of His appearing! Therefore, we must have a fresh supply of the oil of His Spirit within us to keep us unto the moment of His appearing. We all know this story well, but let us read it again: “THEN THE kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. five of them were foolish (thoughtless, without forethought) and five were wise (sensible, intelligent, and prudent). For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any [extra] oil with them; But the wise took flasks of oil along with them [also] with their lamps. Watch therefore [give strict attention and be cautious and active], for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come.” (See Mt. 25:1- 4, AMP).
To “give strict attention and be cautious and active” does not mean that we are to be active in the flesh, but to be cautious and active in the Spirit and by the Spirit. We are to be spiritually alive, aware and active, worshiping the Lord in Spirit and in Truth, as we approach the moment of His glorious appearing! And if we are spiritually alive, aware and active, we shall be open to receive all the Truth that Christ is, when He speaks! The spiritually wise will also have an extra supply of the oil of the Spirit within them, as they await the life-changing appearing of Christ, in the glory, power and authority of His Resurrection!
There are some things we shall “see” in the Spirit,
as we grow to walk with Him to His fullness. When asked if He was the Christ,
Jesus replied, “I AM; and you will [all] see the Son of Man seated at
the right hand of Power ( the Almighty) and coming on the clouds of heaven.
[Ps 110:1; Dan 7:13.]” (Mk. 14:62, AMP). The phrase, “ye shall see,”
includes the ability to gaze with wide-open eyes as at something remarkable.
It also signifies an earnest but more continued inspection of that which is
seen; it includes the thought of watching something from a distance. Indeed,
we are seeing the Lord high and lifted up, by the Spirit, in the highest of
the Heavens, while He is seated at the right hand of power and authority and
coming in the clouds of heaven, or in the clouds of the Spirit of God!
Christ, the Spirit of the Son, is seated at the right hand of the Father, far above all other principalities and powers, where He reigns over all! And, since He is Spirit, Christ also comes to us in the clouds of Heaven, or in and by the clouds of Spirit, while He sits on His throne! He comes or appears to us by the Spirit, bringing us a message of truth, or revealing more of Himself! It is a paradox in the natural, but by the Spirit, we have seen that Christ, Who is Spirit, comes to us even while He sits on His Heavenly throne!
To know Christ, as well as His sufferings, and the power of His resurrection, is to know Him completely. Paul wrote this familiar passage, which we have all read and pondered through the years: “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” (Phil. 3:10-11). To “attain unto the resurrection of the dead,” we must know Christ completely. If we would know Christ and the glory and power of His resurrection at all, we must first know and experience “the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death!”
Father uses different means to test and try each one of us. Our own personal “sufferings,” also are a part of the sufferings of Christ, and are uniquely designed for each one of us. We are not all tested and tried the same way, or through the same workings of the cross within us. My trials are not your trials and your trials are not my trials. But our own individual trials are working for us to fulfill Father’s purposes in us, for His glory. We may think that our “sufferings” are difficult and intense, and in some cases they are, but the Word of the Lord refers to our trials as “light afflictions.” As Paul wrote, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor. 4:17).
We also know we have been “predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Eph. 1:11). And “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13). We also know “there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all” (1 Cor. 12:6). Strange indeed are the workings of the Spirit within the lives of all His apprehended ones! But Father is working toward a wonderful purpose, a purpose which shall soon be revealed at the manifestation of the sons of God! And by His faith, we shall endure unto the end, which is to be transformed into His glorious image and heavenly likeness!
Blessed are the Peacemakers
The next Beatitude, according to Matthew’s account, is “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Mt. 5:9). A peacemaker is one who is peaceable, but who also makes peace, or brings about peaceful situations and circumstances, where there once was strife and bitterness. “These are they...” who “shall be called the children (or, the sons) of God!” In the midst of a world ruled by corrupt, sinful leaders, who bring war and trouble of every kind into the lives of people and nations, Father has an elect remnant, who are the hope of the world! They are a peaceable people, who shall bring true and lasting peace to this troubled world, by reigning from their Father’s throne, with the authority of Him Who is the Prince of Peace! “They shall be called the children (or the sons) of God!”
Unless Christ, the King, and His co-kings with Him, reigns in all the earth, there will be no true and lasting peace in this world! But first, those who shall reign with Christ must learn what true peace is, along with the principles of the Kingdom of God. When he was speaking for the Lord, the Psalmist said, “Come, ye children (or, sons of the Father), hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry” (Ps. 34:11-15). Here, the Father is asking all His sons to pay attention to Him, as He teaches them the fear of the Lord! And those sons who will hearken unto their Father are the elect! “These are they...” who desire Life and many days, that they may see good come to this world. They will keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking guile. They have departed from evil, to do good; they also seek peace, even the Peace of Christ, which also is the peace of the Kingdom of God! And they will pursue that peace with all the spiritual fortitude of a true son of their Father!
When we have learned the ways of the Lord, as well as His total sovereignty, we will then understand that “The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace” (Ps. 29:9-11). Unless we get our peace from the Lord, it will not be the true and lasting Peace of the Kingdom of God! His Peace will bless those who receive it, and will bring joy and comfort to the world, while the feeble, half-hearted peace of man can only bring more trouble, war, terrorism, sorrow and suffering to mankind. Our Father has it all figured out, for He planned it all from the beginning. He knows the end from the beginning, for He has said, “evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (Ps. 37:9-11). Indeed, when the Peace of the Lord comes to this world, which it surely shall, we will all delight ourselves in the abundance of His Peace! We will be overjoyed at the quality and the quantity of His Peace, which shall cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea! And what was “a little while” then, has now become a shorter moment of time! Therefore, in a short moment of time, this anointed, prophetic Word shall surely come to pass!
The Psalmist also said, “Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace” (Ps. 37:37, NKJV). Those who are denying self and keeping self on the cross, are blameless and upright before the Lord. “These are they...” whose future will be totally peaceful! They shall inherit the Kingdom Land of Love and Life, where there also is true and lasting Peace! The prayer of David for the reign of his son, Solomon, is also our prayer for the reign of the sons of God, with Christ, the King. Thus, we read, “Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. The mountains (or, governments and kingdoms, Is. 2:2, 13:4, under the dominion of the Kingdom of God) shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills (lesser or smaller governments), by righteousness. He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. He (Christ) shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth (Hos. 6:1-3, & Joel 2:23). In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth” (Ps. 72;1-8). What a Day that will be, when His Glory we shall see!
“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice
in thee? Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation. I will hear
what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to
his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh
them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met
together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven” (Ps. 85:6-11).
The Lord our God will surely revive us again! He will show us His mercy and grant us His full salvation! As for our part in this covenant, we will HEAR what He will say! No matter what He wants to tell us, we will HEAR His Word when He speaks, for He will surely speak to us! We will not turn again to the folly of the carnal mind or of sinful old Adam when our Father speaks, but will HEAR AND DO all He tells us to do! His full salvation is very near us, for we fear Him, knowing that Glory shall dwell in our land! Christ shall appear to us! Then, mercy and truth shall meet together, and righteousness and peace shall kiss each other, for Heaven will have fully come to the earth! Then, Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from Heaven, filling the whole earth with the righteousness of Christ!
The Name of our Lord Jesus Christ “shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Is. 9:6-7). With the coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth at this time to begin a new Day in God, He Who is the Prince of Peace is bringing HIS PEACE to this troubled, war-torn world! It is the Lord alone Who makes Peace (Is. 45:7). He Who is Peace has ordained or established His Peace for every one of us (Is. 26:12). And that high quality, Kingdom Peace, coming from the Prince of Peace, shall never end! It shall continue to increase without end, until His Peace has filled every one of us, and also the whole earth, imparting that Peace to every man and every nation! What a glorious Day this is! And what a much more glorious Day this is becoming!
“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea” (Is. 48:17-18). If we will obey the Word of our loving, merciful Father, we shall be blessed with the river of His Peace, and our righteousness will be as the waves of the sea! And what is the relevant Word for us to obey now? It is this: “Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob” (Is. 48:20). Later, the Spirit of the Lord said it this way: “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities” (Rev. 18:4-5). If we would have the Peace and the Righteousness of Christ, we will obey this Word! Our Father’s revealed will is for every one of His elect to be free of the great harlot thing, called Babylon! She represents the systems of religion and of this world, and is also called, “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev. 17:5).
In the great restoration and reconciliation that is soon to come, those who once afflicted us and despised us “shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations” (Is. 60:14-15). The Lord also said, “I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time” (Is. 60:17-22).
It is the Lord’s responsibility to fulfill, both His word and His purpose! And He surely shall in His good time! The above prophecy began with our Father saying “I will,” and ends with Him saying “I the LORD will hasten it in his time!” All the carnal efforts of man to fulfill the glorious, prophetic words of the Lord are empty, vain and useless! Yet the church system keeps trying! But the chosen elect of the Lord know Him and His ways! They have ceased all the labors of man and have entered into His Rest! When we understand the “I WILLS” of our heavenly Father, we will also know of His sovereignty, by which every Word He has spoken shall surely be fulfilled in due time!
Among the “I wills” of the Lord are these, “For
I the LORD thy God WILL hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I WILL
help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I WILL help thee,
saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel” (Is. 41:13-14).
He would also say to us, “Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have
I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I WILL preserve
thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to
cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That thou mayest say to the prisoners,
Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in
the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places” (Is. 49:8-9).
And also, “0 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and
I WILL dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. And many nations shall be
joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I WILL dwell in
the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto
thee” (Zech. 2:10-11). The Lord was speaking of us, when He said, “And
I WILL bring the third part through the fire, and WILL refine them as silver
is refined, and WILL try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name,
and I WILL hear them: I WILL say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD
is my God” (Zech. 13:9). “These are they” who are coming out
of the fires of their tribulation, pure and clean, to be as He is!
Paul and Emily Mueller
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