THESE ARE THEY ...
Of all we have written throughout this series about “these are they,” some of the most important truths pertaining to Father’s chosen and elect sons are still to be researched and presented. But we need to keep our studies in their proper perspective, relative to the Truth and Father’s purpose for it. Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me!” (Jo. 5:39, AMP). May we never assume that the Scriptures will lead us to eternal Life! We may search, study and investigate the Scriptures diligently, but eternal Life will not be found in the written word. The Scriptures, or the written word of the Lord, testify of and reveal our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! And when we read and discover Christ in and through His anointed Word of Truth, we will then realize that every Word of God is purposed of our Father to point to and reveal the Christ of God! We will then know that He and He alone, is the Way to Eternal Life! Christ is indeed the Way, the Truth and the Life!
He is especially that to all the elect, of whom it is written: these are “they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness (who) shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:17). Father is preparing us to reign! However, ours will not be an ordinary reign, one that is common in the eyes of the people of this world, for we shall “reign in life!” And to “reign in life,” we must be transformed into the image and likeness of Christ, our glorified elder Brother! Our loving and merciful Father is making us one with Christ in every area of our being! Christ is within us, thereby enabling us to become all that He is! When Father’s work in our lives is complete, we shall be fully inChristed! Christ shall be fully in us and we shall be fully in Him!
We are now receiving the abundance of His grace, and also the precious gift of the righteousness of Christ! This is a process of spiritual growth, resulting from our many, difficult tests and trials, which we have experienced throughout this earthly, yet spiritual, journey. Peter tells us, “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God” (1 Pet. 4:1-2). Father has given us the same spiritual mind Peter was referring to. It is the mind of Christ! We will know the mind of Christ is within us, not by all the scriptures we could quote, or by the wisdom we might display, or by our doctrinal stand, but by the sufferings we are enduring, which are the will of God for us! The mind of Christ is the mind that leads us to suffer as Christ suffered, so that we no longer live our lives in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God! True sons of God do not follow man, or do other carnal things that fulfil the lusts of the flesh! They do the will of God above all else, nothing more and nothing less!
Peter also told us, “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (1 Pet. 4:19). When we experience the trials of this life, which seem to be wearisome and troublesome at times, there is nothing else we can do but commit the keeping of our souls to the Lord, Who is a faithful Creator! Do you know your Father is “a faithful Creator?” He is faithfully, and with great determination and zeal, creating us into His own image and likeness! There seems to be no release, no let up, in the intensity and the degree of our trials, for the time is short and the Day of our transformation has come! Our Father is putting increased pressure on us to bring us to fullness and completeness, and to prepare us for our transformation or our metamorphosis!
Our Preparation - Both in Spirit and in Soul
One of Father’s purposes in leading us to experience the tests and trials of this life is to prepare both our spirits and our souls to put on that new body, which is reserved for us in the Spirit. We know we are triune beings, that we are spirit, soul and body! We also know that our spirit will return to God Who gave it should we die (Ecc. 12:7). Our spirits came from God, and so did the spirit of every other person in this world. But there is certainly a difference between the spirit of one who is called to sonship and the spirits of those who know not God (see Mt. 13:18-23). To receive Christ is to be begotten of the Spirit; it is as a conception; it is to be conceived of the holy Spirit; it is the planting of the seed of Christ within the believer. The spirit of every person came from God! But this does not suggest to us that the seed of Christ is in every man. The seed of Christ is planted within a person when they receive Christ as their Savior (Mt. 13:23). That is the beginning of our spiritual life in this world! From then on, we will grow spiritually, by the work of the holy Spirit in and through our spirits, to become all that He is.
I view the Spirit of God as a great Wheel, with Christ and the Father at the center of that Wheel, or as a Wheel within a Wheel (see Eze. 1:16, 10:9-10)! With this view in mind, I also see that it is God’s plan in redemption that all believers, no matter at what level in the spirit they began their journey, should grow spiritually, from the outer fringes of the Wheel that God is, to the center of that Wheel, to become just like the Lord. And all the sons of God must also grow spiritually from their initial state, to be fully inChristed, or to become a part of the Center of the innermost Wheel of Spirit, which is Christ in His greater fullness. And I believe the spirits of those who are now far from God came from the outer fringes of the great Wheel, which I believe represents God’s Spirit. In the fullness of time, those spirits that are now far from God shall be drawn by the holy Spirit closer to the Center of that Wheel. They will eventually grow to receive Christ as their Savior, to know the Lord and the power of His resurrection, by the work of His Spirit within them. They shall then become members of the glorious and spiritual Kingdom of our Lord, Who also is the God and Father of all!
Father’s elect and chosen sons have within them the Spirit of Sonship! It is that Spirit of God which came from the center of the great Wheel of God, or from the very heart of God. But we were not yet fully matured sons of God when we began our spiritual journey. It is the work of the Spirit of God “to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Is. 57:15). It is God Who “formeth the spirit of man within him” (Zech. 12:1). Our Father has been reviving our spirits and our hearts, or our souls, by the work of His Spirit within us. Our spirit, or the spirit that we are, is the vehicle or the means, by which we communicate with God and He with us. Our souls or minds are not the vehicles the Lord uses to commune with His people. God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (Jo. 4:24)! But, sad to say, many Christians, including some in the so-called sonship or kingdom realms, have a soulish or a mind-based religion, rather than a spiritual connection with God! This is nothing new, but it has resulted in the creation and perpetuation of the “new age” movement, as well as the conglomerate, harlot system known as religious Babylon. Such mind-oriented, mind-based or soulish Christians continue to perpetuate and support all the empty traditions of religion, such as the dead creeds and doctrines of the past, as well as churches, fellowships and meetings. And tradition is the great enemy of truth, spiritual progress and the new and more revolutionary principles of the Kingdom of God on earth! This is a new Day, and man’s useless, religious traditions of the past are either dead or dying!
As a believer continues to grow in grace, God will then give them “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (Eph. 1:17). There are other steps of spiritual growth, which a believer must go through and which have also been a part of our walk with the Lord. By our spiritual growth, which has resulted from the tests and trials we endured, we have grown beyond the immaturity of “baby” sons, or as the Greek gives it, as “teknon” or child sons, as in John 1:12, to become more mature “huios” sons of God, as in Rom. 8:19.
When our spirits have matured and grown spiritually, God must then deal with our souls (our mind, will and emotions)! Or, perhaps He deals with our souls while bringing our spirits to maturity. What we do know is that the ways of the Lord are past finding out (Rom. 11:33)! Whatever Father’s plan is and however He purposes to do His work in us, we know both our spirits and our souls must be nurtured, restored and brought to maturity, in preparation for our new bodies, which are just like His! The creation of man is written this way: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). Think of it! God breathed into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life, and man - all mankind - became living souls! From that moment on, man has been a triune being; he is spirit, soul and body, by the creative power of the Lord our God.
Our spirits, or the spirits of all the sons of God, which came from the heart of God, must be sustained, nurtured and nourished by the presence and power of the Spirit of the Lord, and fed the pure Truth and the Bread of God, by His Spirit. This will cause our souls to grow to full maturity, to be joined to our spirits in a holy, spiritual union, thus preparing us to receive that new and glorious body that is reserved for us in the realm of Spirit. And this great work is aided, accomplished and fulfilled in us by the tests and trials that Father sends our way! How we appreciate this great truth: “these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” The “robes” referred to here are full-length garments, as in Rev. 1:13. They are our “robes of righteousness,” or our new bodies, which are fashioned like unto His glorious body; it is that Heavenly body which we shall put on over this old, carnal, earthly body, as in 2 Cor. 5:1-4.
Therefore, we should thank the Lord for the tests and trials Father has assigned to us and which we have endured, for by them, we are growing spiritually, from babes in Christ, to become more mature, manifest sons of our Father. Then we shall live the glorious Life of the Kingdom of God in blessed fullness! The will of our Father is clearly working in our lives! We are becoming His will! And in becoming the will of our Father, we are receiving His grace and His righteousness, to acquire the glorious image and heavenly likeness of Him whose example we are following! When we have received the grace of our Lord in abundance and in fullness, as well as the precious gift of His righteousness in completeness, we shall then “reign in life by one, Jesus Christ!”
If we should ever feel sorry for ourselves or complain of our lot in life, it may help us to hear all that Christ Jesus, the first Son, suffered in this life. It is written of Him: “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Is. 53:7, 10-12).
Since it “pleased the LORD to bruise” the first manifested Son, think how pleased our Father must be to have a company of mature sons who are graciously and patiently suffering (are we?) through their own set of tests and trials in this great Day, just to bear the image and likeness of Him Who led the way! And like Jesus, we will also see the results or the benefits of “the travail” of our souls, and will be satisfied with all that has occurred in our lives! While in Gethsemane with His disciples before His crucifixion, Jesus said to them, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me” (Mt. 26:38). What great sorrow of soul the Son of God, the Savior of the world and the King of kings, must have endured as a man of flesh and blood! Jesus, our elder Brother, had a soul and a soulish nature just as we do, but He overcame it all in triumphant victory, even as we are!
In one of His parables, Jesus told of a certain rich man who had a very good harvest. But his old barns were not large enough for the fruits of his harvest, so he tore down the old barns and built larger ones. Then, the rich man said, “I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Lu. 12:19-21). It is the soul of man that finds pleasure and satisfaction with the things of this world. The redeemed spirit, or the Spirit of Christ that is within every true son, only groans and travails because of the things of this world, even though those things may be a natural blessing for us. The things of this world can only be of a carnal and soulish nature! No doubt, we have all heard many sermons preached on this scripture. But I would draw your attention to this portion: “this night THY SOUL shall be required of thee.”
Obviously, it is not our entire being that will stand before the Lord in judgment unto correction; it will be our souls, which is that part of us that needs to be judged, corrected and redeemed, so that our bodies may also be redeemed and transformed. And all this is to take place at night! Could it be this present night? Our souls represent what we are and what we have been in this life. I believe our souls will display or manifest a record of the life we lived in this world, when “we” stand before the judgment seat of Christ! If there is any unforgiven sin in our lives, the soul will obviously convey or reveal that truth to Him, Who is the great Judge and Restorer of all. Our souls are that part of us that may be a great mystery and not clearly understood. But it is that part of us which will be judged and corrected by the Lord and then joined to our spirits, if our souls have been judged clean and pure in the sight of the Lord.
Centuries ago, the Lord spoke through His prophet to say, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,.... he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD” (Eze. 18:4-5, 9). The Hebrew word “muwth,” which is translated “die,” means exactly that! The soul that sins shall die! That is the truth of God’s word! However, that death may be a temporary death, until the spirit of that one is restored and the soul is saved by their restored spirit. Since we know God will have all mankind to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4), we must also know that the death of a soul that sins in not a final death! In order for God to be a God of love, mercy, grace and justice, He must also have a plan for the souls who die because of unforgiven sin. And since it is not given to me to know all the mysteries of God and of His Kingdom, (not yet anyway), I leave it all with Him. God’s Word clearly declares that all shall ultimately be saved, and that is good enough for me!
Regarding our souls, Jesus said, “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt. 10:28). Neither one man, a group of men nor all the demons of hell, can destroy a soul. The soul of man can only live, unless that one should “die” temporarily as a result of unforgiven sin. Only God can destroy both soul and body in hell, according to God’s Word! But, in that case, it must also be true that the soul that dies will “suffer” in that state of “death,” as in Romans 2:8-9, and that “suffering” will result in the correction, redemption and salvation of the soul of that person. And when the soul is fully redeemed, it is then joined to the spirit of that person, resulting in the full salvation of the whole person! The more we delve into the riches of God, as well as His truth and His great plan of salvation, we continually discover how great, how majestic, how awesome and how wonderful He really is!
Our souls are that part of us that needs the greatest change, so we may be transformed to “reign in life!” There are many scriptures that teach us the truth of the soul, but we will quote only a few. The Psalmist said, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Ps. 19:7). Thus, the soul needs to be redeemed, converted and restored (see also Ps. 23:3, 34:22 & 49:8). The term, “the soul,” often refers to the whole person ( see Ex. 12:15, 19, 31:14, Lev. 4:2 & Num. 19:13, 20, 22). And the Psalmist also said, “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16:10-11). This is a prophetic word referring to Jesus (Acts 2:29-32), but it applies to us as well. If we are among His chosen elect, our Father will not leave our souls in hell, nor will He allow us to see the corruption of death - not death itself - but the corruption of death. Others, who know not God, may “see” the corruption of death, which may be a realm of spiritual darkness surrounding and accompanying death. But because of the Life of Christ within us, we shall not see that corruption. Instead, He will show us the path of Life that leads to His loving presence, and will place us on His throne at His right hand, where there are pleasures for evermore. The word of the Lord for us is, “Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live” (Jer. 38:20).
Job said that God speaks often to us and opens our ears and seals our instructions, for what reason? “That he may withdraw man from his (own carnal, selfish) purpose, and hide pride from man. He keepeth back HIS SOUL from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword” (Job 33:`17-18). Understanding this passage as we do, we appreciate the ability to hear the precious Word of the Lord, which corrects us, restores us and blesses us with His many Kingdom benefits! It is Father’s plan and purpose for His people to satiate “the weary soul,” and to replenish “every sorrowful soul.” (Jer. 31:25). And He is doing that with us! We are also seeking the Lord with both our spirits and our souls that are in spiritual union during this night of the judgments of the Lord, knowing that when His judgments are in the earth, “the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness” (Is. 26:9). In all that Father is doing in our lives, we see that He is keeping our souls, our minds, our emotions, or our carnal, soulish nature, on the right track, so that our carnal souls cannot lead us into the dreadful pit of sin and death!
Here is another anointed Word regarding the soul of man: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance” (Ps. 42:1-5). From this scripture, we see that it is the soul of man that pants, thirsts, or earnestly desires the Lord. We seek communion with God! From our innermost being, which is our soul, we desire the Lord more than anything else in this world! He is our Life! He is our Source! He is our all! And He also is our Savior, the One who is changing us from glory to glory, by His Spirit!
In our desire for the Lord, we want to know when we will be ready to appear before Him, to be transformed and changed into His glorious likeness. Our tears have become our “meat” during the days as well as the long nights of our travail. Those around us, who have observed our lives, wonder where our God is, this One Who is to transform us and make such a radical change in our lives. When we remember all these things, we then pour out our souls to the Lord. We remember when in years past we went with the multitudes to church, where, at that time, the Spirit was moving and there was joy and gladness and rejoicing before the Lord. But now, with a vision of better and more glorious things, we mournfully travail for that which the Spirit has revealed. Now we have a much better hope, based on the sure and immutable Word of our Father, Who controls all things by that very Word.
Therefore, our hope in the Lord is strengthened; we have hope in God, that the vision we have shall surely be fulfilled in due time! We know we will yet praise Him for the help of His countenance! This is a reference to Christ’s appearing to us! Then, we shall see His face. When we do see Him, we shall see Him as He is, to become all that He is in blessed and glorious fullness! And, we shall surely praise Him for that great Glory, which has transformed us! Until then, we believe this promise is for us, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God YOUR WHOLE SPIRIT AND SOUL AND BODY BE PRESERVED BLAMELESS UNTO THE COMING OF OUR LORD Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (1 Thess. 5:23-24).
What it Means to “Reign in Life”
There are those who reign today, as well as others who have reigned in the past, and they all do so from the realm of sin and death! But in the new order of the Kingdom of God on earth, the elect of the Lord, or “these are they,” shall REIGN IN LIFE, which is the fullness of the Life of Christ! What a dramatic change shall take place in this world when the elect reign IN LIFE! No longer will sin and death reign in this world, as it is now and as it has in the past, for sin and death will be forever vanquished! But before we can reign in life, the old sinful, Adamic nature and mind must be fully conquered and removed from within us! Sin and death shall no longer dwell in any part of us, for we must be and we shall be, fully inChristed!
It is by one man’s (Adam’s) sin that the whole world now suffers through the reign of sin and death. The entire, conglomerate, Babylon, Adamic systems of this world have grown and united to become a strong, powerful world dictatorship! There is no escaping this massive evil, except by the power of our God! And now, finally, the reign of sin and death has reached its climax, its culmination and its end! The reign of sinful Adam must be the worst ever, especially is this true of the end of it. We can clearly see that this is true, particularly in our own nation! This will be revealed to the carnal-minded, unrepentant Christians soon enough! By these signs, we now know that the time is near when the sons of God shall reign in Life! Paul tells us, “For if, by the trespass of the one man (Adam), death reigned through that one man, how MUCH MORE will those (SONS) who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness REIGN IN LIFE THROUGH the one man, JESUS CHRIST” (Rom. 5:17, NIV).
What a contrast between these two men! One man, the Adamic man of sin and death or the man of this world, is a man of corrupt and sinful flesh, who can only function in, by and of the flesh! The other Man is our resurrected, ascended and glorified Lord Jesus Christ, Who is in union with His inChristed sons! He is the Man of the Spirit and a Man of abundant grace and pure righteousness. And that Christ-Man, which is Christ, the Head joined to Christ, the Body, shall REIGN IN LIFE! What a holy and awesome privilege it is for us to be made the sons of God and the Body of Christ, by the wisdom of God and the sovereign decree of our heavenly Father! We are made sons of God, not by our own choice or some preacher’s hopeful impartation, but only by the very will and purpose of the Lord (Jo. 1:12-13)! And then to be given the abundant provision of His grace, as well as the gift of His righteousness, is something to be treasured and welcomed into our lives. Although the grace of the Lord and His righteousness came to us at the price of the tests and trials of this life, and may have been more difficult than we ever could have imagined, we know it will be worth it all! “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us” (Rom. 8:18, AMP).
The Kingdom and Dominion of God is that almighty power that delivers us from this present, evil world, and translates us into His blessed Kingdom, where He rules over all. Do you fully understand that the Kingdom of God shall rule over all things everywhere? Do you know that there shall not be one area of the universe where Christ does not reign? And of course, you also know that you will eventually reign with Christ over all that vast territory, whether spiritual or material, which includes everything everywhere! The Apostle Paul wrote to say, “Grace and spiritual blessing be to you and [soul] peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), Who gave (yielded) Himself up [to atone] for our sins [and to save and sanctify us], in order to rescue and deliver us from this present wicked age and world order, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God and Father – To Him [be ascribed all] the glory through all the ages of the ages and the eternities of the eternities! Amen (so be it)” (Gal. 1:3-5, AMP).
It is our Father’s sovereign plan and omnipotent purpose to rescue us and deliver us all from this present wicked and sinful world order, and place us in our proper places in His almighty and glorious Kingdom of Love, Peace, Righteousness, Mercy, Forgiveness and full salvation! And we are getting “there” by taking one spiritual step at a time! In the beginning of all things, we read, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1:26-27). God’s plan in the beginning was to make man in His image and likeness, and then to give that man dominion over all the earth! And that is still His plan and purpose today! No one presently living bears His image and likeness, for we are all still living in death. God did make Adam into His own image and likeness in the beginning, but Adam “fell” from that blessed estate by the will of God (Rom. 8:20), and ceased to bear the image and likeness of his Father. So both the man, Adam, and his wife, Eve, were sent out of the Garden of Eden! But, thank God, the Day has come when a people shall come forth, bearing the fullness of the glorious image and Heavenly likeness of their Father, to serve His Kingdom purposes! And then, when He has created us into the image and likeness of God, our Father will promote us to His Heavenly throne, where we shall rule and reign with Christ over all things everywhere!
In the beginning, Adam was given dominion over everything in all the earth. The whole earth was the extent or range of man’s dominion then, for man was yet imperfect and unfinished. But now, in the new and greater order of the Kingdom of God, the perfected Christ company shall reign over all things everywhere, including all the heavens and the vast distances of the universe! Jesus Himself said of us, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. OF A TRUTH I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT HE WILL MAKE HIM RULER OVER A-L-L THAT HE HATH” (Lu. 12:42-44). Some may argue that this is only a parable, but Jesus used this parable to illustrate the great truth of the extent of His Kingdom! He rules OVER ALL! There is nothing anywhere in the vast universe that is not ruled by our Father! And he made this promise to us very sure and certain by saying to us, “of a truth I say unto you!” And when we are finished, completed, perfected and transformed into His image and likeness, we shall rule and reign “OVER ALL THAT HE HATH!” Amen!
Consider if you will ALL THAT GOD HAS! And when you do, you will have discovered, not only the extent, the range, or the expanse of all over which the Lord now reigns, but also the vast expanse of the reign of the sons of God, who are in blessed and total union with Christ, the Lord of all! And in making this discovery, we will then also know and understand why our processings have been so difficult and overwhelming. To rule and reign over all that the Father has requires the best from among mankind that God can create! And we are that small remnant whom the Lord has chosen to serve His Kingdom purposes! When He is finished with us, we shall indeed be the best that our almighty God and Father of all could bring forth! Then, we shall be “perfect and entire, wanting nothing,” for we have allowed “patience (to) have her perfect work” in our lives during our processing unto perfection (James 1:4).
While praising and thanking the Lord, David sang this song unto Him: “Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for ALL THAT IS IN THE HEAVEN AND IN THE EARTH IS THINE; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head ABOVE ALL. Both riches and honour come of thee, and THOU REIGNEST OVER ALL; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all” (1 Chron. 29:10-12). I can believe that this anointed Word of the Lord was given to David by the Spirit. I also believe that this Word changed him within. And I also believe that this anointed Word of the Lord, when revealed to us by the Spirit, will also change us! What power there is in the anointed Word of the living God! Everything in all the Heavens as well as in the entire Earth is the Lord’s! The Psalmist said, “The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Ps. 24:1). And we are a part of that dynamic Kingdom, which even now reigns over all!
If we would know what it will be like when Christ reigns, and His sons with Him, we only need to look at the peaceful reign of King Solomon in Israel’s history. It is written of Solomon’s reign: “Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry. And SOLOMON REIGNED OVER ALL KINGDOMS from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life. FOR HE HAD DOMINION OVER ALL THE REGION on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, OVER ALL THE KINGS on this side the river: and HE HAD PEACE ON ALL SIDES ROUND ABOUT HIM. AND JUDAH AND ISRAEL DWELT SAFELY, EVERY MAN UNDER HIS VINE AND UNDER HIS FIG TREE, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon” (1 Kings 4:20-25). What a wonderful era of peace, prosperity and the blessings of the Lord, which once existed on this sinful old earth during the reign of King Solomon! But Solomon ceased to walk in the ways of the Lord. He reverted to the corrupt ways of the flesh, and the once peaceful and prosperous reign of Solomon, guided by the wisdom of God, became sensual and perverted by his many, heathen wives and concubines (1 Kings 11:1-11). The flesh is the problem! It was Solomon’s problem then, and it is the major problem for every generation, both in the past, as well as the present!
But it shall not be so in the future Kingdom of God! Those who reign with Christ in the Kingdom of God, shall be like Him, Whose “countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow” (Mt. 28:3, see also Ps. 51:7 & Is. 1:18). The flesh and its corruption shall have no place in the Kingdom of God, for those who reign with Christ shall be raised to immortality and incorruption, by the Spirit of Resurrection Life from the Lord our God! Thus, it is written, “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.]” (1Cor. 15:50-54, AMP). Then, and only then, will we be qualified to reign with Christ from our Father’s pure and holy throne of righteousness, mercy, peace, love and prosperity!
When faced with a strong and powerful enemy, Jehoshaphat, king
of Judah, stood in the house of the Lord and prayed. He said to the Lord: “O
LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and RULEST NOT THOU OVER
ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE HEATHEN? and in thine hand is there not power and might,
so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive
out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to
the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?” (2 Chron. 20:6-7). How good
it is for us to magnify and exalt the Lord as Jehoshaphat did when he was in
trouble! But we should not wait until trouble comes along to praise our Father
and exalt His great Name! There is none like Him anywhere! The feeble words
of man can hardly describe Him! He is greater than all! And He rules over all!
He is God in the Heavens and also God in all the earth! He is God at night just
as He is God during the day! He is the God of the valleys just as He is the
God of the mountains! He is God in the bad times just as He is God in the good
times! He is God in the darkness just as He is God in the Light! He is God in
troubles and in distress just as He is God in times of blessing and prosperity.
And when we acknowledge Him in all these areas and give Him the glory for being
all that He is, we will make that vital connection with a Power that is greater
than any we have ever known!
The Psalmist sang to the Lord, “The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart (or soul) 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. For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations” (Ps. 22:26-28). Let all the elect sing unto the Lord this song: “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart (or soul) trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart (my soul) greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever” (Ps. 28:7-9). Why should we praise and exalt the Lord? Because He has turned our sorrows and our mourning into joy and victory; He also is removing our “sackcloth” of this flesh and is girding us with the joy and gladness that will accompany our new bodies! “Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever” (Ps. 30:10-12).
What is there about us that will cause others to turn to the Lord? It is this: “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: MANY SHALL SEE IT, AND FEAR, AND SHALL TRUST IN THE LORD” (Ps. 40:1-3). The Psalmist also said, “I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart (or soul): and I will glorify thy name for evermore” (Ps. 86:12). How long will we be around to praise and glorify His Name? The Word tells us: “FOR EVERMORE!” Amen!
And then there is this wonderful Word of hope and promise: “O GOD, my heart is fixed (steadfast, in the confidence of faith); I will sing, yes, I will sing praises, even with my glory [ALL THE FACULTIES AND POWERS OF ONE CREATED IN YOUR IMAGE]! Awake, harp and lyre; I myself will wake very early--I WILL WAKEN THE DAWN! I will praise and give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; and I will sing praises unto You among the nations. For Your mercy and loving-kindness are great and high as the heavens! Your truth and faithfulness reach to the skies! [Ps 57:7-11.] Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let Your glory be over all the earth” (Ps. 108:1-5, AMP). Who shall join us in praising the Lord in that blessed hour? “ALL THE KINGS OF THE EARTH shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth” (Ps. 138:4). And how long will the reign of Christ last? “The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD” (Ps. 146:10). How would we describe those who may truly praise the Lord? We would describe them this way: “The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth” (Is. 38:19). “These are they,” ... “this people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise” (Is. 43:21).
And then there is this Word, which thrills and excites me: “O CLAP your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph and songs of joy! For the Lord Most High excites terror, awe, and dread; He is a great King over all the earth. He subdued peoples under us, and (puts) nations under our feet (1 Cor. 15:25), HE CHOSE OUR INHERITANCE FOR US, the glory and pride of Jacob, whom He loves. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! [1 Peter 1:4,5.]” (Ps. 47:1-4, AMP). Let’s get something clear here! Did Father allow us to choose our own spiritual inheritance? NO, HE CHOSE OUR INHERITANCE FOR US! THE TRUTH FOR ALL THE ELECT IS, THERE ARE NO CHOICES IN GOD! The Lord may allow some Christians to make choices (as in Joshua 24:15), but for all the elect, we can see that God makes all the choices for us, just as He chose our inheritance for us (see also Is. 14:1, 49:7, Zech. 1:17, 2:12, Acts 13:17 & 15:40)! Everything about the walk of sonship is a manifestation of the Sovereignty and the Omnipotence of our God!
There are very few choices for us to make, if we are among His called and chosen sons! I was saved when I was eight years old! What choice does an eight-year-old have? I did not know one thing about God. When I was gloriously saved at the age of eight years, I think I wept for an hour. So, I asked my mother what was happening to me. She replied, “O, God is blessing you!” I had no choice that day, for the Lord intervened and apprehended me when I knew nothing about Him and cared less for Him. It was my day of salvation! I can see now that at each and every step of my spiritual journey, my heavenly Father made all the choices for me! I did not choose the Latter Rain experience! My Father made that choice for me! I did not choose sonship! My Father made that choice for me! I did not choose this path of separation and suffering! My Father made that choice for me! And so it is with you! I am sure none of us would have chosen the way we were led in this life, which is a way of self-denial, aloneness and suffering, but our Father made those choices for us! And I can confidently say, with every fiber of my being, that I am pleased with the way my Father has led me! I wouldn’t change it for all the wealth in the world! And I am quite sure you can say the same!
We have an inheritance in the Kingdom of God that is greater and more expansive than anything we could ever have imagined! Our inheritance in the Kingdom of God includes the vast wealth of all the nations (Zech. 14:14)! Not only will we inherit the earth, the heavens, and the vast distances of space, but everything that is in them and of them as well! In the song of Moses, we find this Word of promise for the precious saints of the Lord: “Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established” (Ex. 15:17). Who will bring His people in and plant them in their places in the mountain of the Lord? The Lord, He will do that for us! And Who will bring us into our inheritance, which is the Sanctuary of the Lord, the place where He dwells, which His hands have established? The Lord God omnipotent, He will do that FOR US! Therefore, there is nothing left for us to DO in the flesh! All that is left for us to do is a spiritual effort; it is up to us to believe God, to love and honor Him above all else, and to accept and believe His pure Word of Truth!
The Lord chose our inheritance for us, and He will also see to it that we make it “there,” not with these old, worn out bodies of flesh and blood, but with our new, incorruptible and immortal bodies that are just like HIS! The thought of being incorruptible and immortal is beyond us. It is a mystery that is unknown to mortal man. Yet it is our Father’s promise for every one of us! And despite the mystery of it, our Father will bring it to pass in our lives, for His glory! This drastic change or transformation has nothing whatever to do with the health of our present bodies! Our natural, earthly, fleshly bodies are corruptible and dying! These bodies are to be sown or planted as a seed, and then raised incorruptible. Thus, it is written of our earthly bodies, “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body” (1 Cor. 15:44). And this is a pure work of the Spirit, which shall also be fulfilled by the Spirit!
The flesh and man’s ministry will have no part of that glorious work of the Spirit! The promise is: “the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Cor. 15:52-53). What a wonderful promise this is! Our Father’s immutable Word declares firmly and surely that this corruptible body “MUST PUT ON INCORRUPTION,” and this mortal that we are “MUST PUT ON IMMORTALITY,” and indeed we shall! Our inheritance is also incorruptible, for our Lord “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” (1:3-5). Our Father has already begun this great, spiritual work within us, for we are progressively and continually “BEING BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed, but OF INCORRUPTIBLE (SEED), by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1Pet. 1:23). What a wonderful future we have in Christ!
Paul and Emily Mueller
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