THE KINGDOM OF GOD COMES TO EARTH
With the coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth, there also comes an entirely new spiritual order, with a new set of principles and a new awareness of God’s sovereign authority, power, glory and purpose. Once we see and understand that the new order of the Kingdom of God is coming to the earth, we will also receive an impartation of new hope, faith and promise from the Lord of glory, Who also is the great King of kings and the Lord of lords. There is no King or Ruler like Him! Christ shall reign, and His co-kings with Him, until every enemy is defeated and His righteousness, justice and peace prevails everywhere for every person. With renewed hope, faith and trust in our Father and His benevolent promises, we are able to make it through this spiritually dark night with triumphant purpose and confident determination.
Hope for all in the Kingdom of our Father
It has been said, “to travel with hope is more important than arrivin!” There is much truth to this statement! But, for us today, arriving at our destination will be much more glorious than anything we have ever experienced! We are traveling onward and upward; we are on a spiritual journey! We are seen spiritually climbing the mountain of the spirit, which is Mt. Zion, where we shall meet with the Lord, commune with Him there, and be transformed into His glorious image and likeness! We are also to be seen spiritually walking out other situations, which parallel some of Israel’s experiences in their history! We are traveling with the Lord, in the Spirit and by the Spirit, from Egypt’s bondage, typical of the world and its corrupt systems, to our wonderful and hope-inspiring Promised Land of the Kingdom of God on earth! And our constant Companion on this spiritual journey is the Lord of glory, Who always gives us hope, faith and trust in His prophetic Word of Truth and Who lights our way midst the spiritual darkness of this world with the glory and the brilliance of the illuminating Light that He is!
As we travel on this spiritual journey, we are walking or traveling WITH HOPE! With each step forward and upward we take the HOPE within is growing and increasing with the increase of God (Is. 9:7). And to travel with HOPE is as important as arriving! We are walking by faith, trusting the Lord and maintaining the positive hope He has given us, as we await the glory of the Life of Christ in the blessed Kingdom of our Father. Without hope, the journey would be much more difficult. Like Abraham, our father in the faith, “who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations” (Ro. 4:18), we will also believe in the hope He has given us. We “rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Ro. 5:2-5).
The whole creation and every creature in it were made subject to this present, worldly “vanity.” They/we were not made subject to vanity by any person’s will, but by the will of God, Who has subjected this entire creation “in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children (or sons) of God” (Ro. 8:21, NIV). One of Job’s friends described our present attitude and spiritual state, showing how we will be when we have been awakened and made aware of our new hope of Life in the Kingdom of God. He said, “You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor” (Job 11:16-19, NIV). This almost sounds like someone else’s life, not mine! But when I look to Him Who is within, and also see Him Who is high and lifted up, exalted far above the heavens, and arrayed in the glory of the Father, my life and outlook is just like this description given by Zophar, one of Job’s friends. And your life is, can be and will be also, by the same Spirit! May God grant that all who read these lines are partakers of that hope, life and glory of God, which is necessary for us as we travel this pathway to the ultimate Life and Glory of Christ!
Again, to travel with hope is as important as arriving! It is much like preparing for an extensive trip to some distant part of the world. The anticipation, the expectation, the preparations, are all as exciting as the trip itself. And for us today, we should be happy and rejoicing in the Lord, enjoying the trip, as we travel with hope to our appointed destiny in God! We are cheerfully preparing to see the Lord, when He appears, to be changed into His very image and likeness. Therefore, we are joyful and glad because of the hope He has given us. The Psalmist was speaking to himself when he said, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Ps. 43:5-44:1, NIV). Let this be our determination: “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day” (Ps. 71:14-15, NIV). Neither carnal-minded people nor the hosts of evil can rob us of our joy or destroy our ultimate hope. Our hope comes from the Lord Who made heaven and earth. Therefore, we are immune to the confusion and the spiritual darkness of this world!
The path of true sons, of those who obey the will of their Father, was described by the Psalmist, who said, “I delight in your commands because I love them. I lift up my hands to (do all) your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees. Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life” (Ps. 119:47-50, NIV). Indeed, our Father’s promises will preserve our lives, not only in this life, but also in that Life in the next realm, which is true Life indeed! And, this word is also given for us: “I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel HOPE in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption” (Ps. 130:5-7). And, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God” (Ps. 146:5).
May this prayer be our portion: “Now THE GOD OF HOPE fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in HOPE, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Ro. 15:13). The mystery of our joyous and cheerful hope is within us; it is the Christ within, Who is our hope of glory (Col. 1:27). The hope we have within is the hope for the eternal future as well. Paul wrote of this to the Corinthians, when he said, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Cor. 15:19). As we travel on this spiritual highway, we are clad with the full armor of God, which includes, “an helmet, (which is) THE HOPE OF (our Full) SALVATION” (1 Thess. 5:8). Furthermore, the hope we have is not an “it,” or a “thing”; it is a Person revealed through “the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which (or Who) is our hope” (1 Tim. 1:1). Our Lord is the God of hope; He alone is the hope of our full salvation!
The hope within us, which keeps us plodding ever upward on this pathway to the glory of sonship fulfilled and the eternal Life of Christ, is the mystery within us; it is the Christ within Who is our hope of glory! Is it any wonder that we are filled with joy and expectation as we travel this path, for He Who is within us keeps us singing in the midst of the spiritual darkness of these times. Our hope is getting stronger and brighter, for it is given to us “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2). As we travel, we are “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). And we also are, “justified by his grace, (that) we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7). We are members of His house “if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of THE HOPE firm unto the end” (He. 3:6).
To maintain our hope firm unto the end is what our Father expects of us! The hope He gave us is not a temporary thing; it is not based on the temporal things of this world. The hope of God is eternal as He is eternal, and will bring us to the desired end in triumphant victory. The writer to the Hebrews wrote to tell us, “And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (He. 6:11-12). Then the holy Spirit used the example of Abraham’s life and experience to illustrate the results and benefits of true hope. “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil” (He. 6:15-19).
How important it is for us to patiently endure the tests and trials of this “life,” that we may, like Abraham, obtain the promise! Man swears, vows, or makes an oath by that which is the greater and more certain thing. That which is absolute and perfect is the only, true basis for a valid and reliable oath! And an oath for confirmation is to us an end of all strife. If that is true in the literal, natural realm, how much greater and more powerful is the oath of God! We are the heirs of the promises of God! To show us the immutability or the unchangeability of His wisdom and counsel, our Father confirmed His oath to us by two immutable and unchangeable things. They are His Word and His Person, including His Name, His character and His nature. The hope He gave us is confirmed by His oath and is sure to be fulfilled. When Father gives us the faith to believe His Word or His Oath, it becomes the anchor of our souls. It identifies us and ties us firmly, securely and steadfastly to our Father, giving us access to all the eternal, spiritual glories that are within the veil of His most intimate presence. And to enter in beyond the veil into the most Holy Place is to receive the abundant Life of Christ!
We also understand that “the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God” (He. 7:19). The law of the Lord pertained to an age or a time period when the law was in effect; it was God’s method of dealing with His people at that time. There was not much hope for the people under the law. So the Lord abolished that old, former age of less hope, and brought in an age of A BETTER HOPE, making it possible for His people to draw nigh unto God! Since the transition from the age of the law to the church age brought in a better hope, imagine how much greater HOPE we have now as a result of our Father bringing in a new Day or age! A new Day or age has come to the earth. It is the blessed age of the Kingdom of God on earth. And with this new Day has come A BETTER HOPE FOR THE ELECT OF THE LORD and also for the whole world of mankind! With this new and better HOPE, our Father has given us greater access to Him and His all-glorious and all-encompassing Kingdom, providing us with more of His benefits and blessings!
We are begotten of the Father unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Pe. 1:3). And because the fullness of our salvation depends on receiving His Life when He appears, we will “gird up the loins of your (our) mind(s), be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pe. 1:13). How important it is for us to maintain our hope firm and steadfast unto the end, when the fullness of the transformed, resurrected and glorified Christ will be revealed to us!
One of the most wonderful and awe-inspiring chapters in the Bible is Romans, chapter eight! In that glorious chapter, Paul wrote the truth of the manifestation of the sons of God and its effect on the creation. He told how the whole creation, including us, is groaning and travailing in pain, waiting for the redemption of our bodies. Then Paul wrote to say: “ For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it” (Ro. 8:24-25). The NIV translation has it this way: “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” The Lord’s precious people, including those elect throughout the previous ages up to the present time, have been patiently waiting IN HOPE! The Hope we are referring to is that blessed hope within that gives us the promise of that future, spiritual Life, which is the real Life, the Life of the Kingdom of God.
This scripture should be clear enough to us all. We can only hope for something we do not have, for if we already have that thing, we do not need to hope for it. To have the thing we hoped for is the end of hope. We no longer need hope if we have that very thing. But we have hope for deliverance from this “life,” that we might, by a spiritual transformation and a resurrection, be elevated to that new Life of Christ in the Kingdom of our Father. To have that blessed hope within shows clearly that we do not yet have Him in fullness. But we are patiently waiting for Him! We hope for Him and a manifestation of His grace because we do not yet have Him in fullness! So we continue to HOPE FOR HIM! And we are saved in glorious fullness by that hope!
When the Kingdom of God is fully established, resulting in the formation of a new earth, every need of man will be met and all mankind will be fully satisfied with the Lord’s abundant provisions. Therefore, the Kingdom of God is the only hope for the poor and needy of this world! One of Job’s friends said of the Lord, “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. He bestows rain on the earth; he sends water upon the countryside. The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away. Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night. He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth” (Job 5:9-16, NIV). What a wonderful truth that is!
When the poor have hope, injustice, including sin, evil, iniquity and unrighteousness, will shut its mouth! Amen and amen! How blessed we are to know our Father as we do! No one will ever convince us that our Father does not care for the poor and the needy of this world! He cares for us, therefore, we know He will show the same concern for other needy ones as well. And because Father cares about all mankind and their many needs, we also know and understand that our loving and merciful Father has already made abundant provision for all of man’s needs in the Kingdom of God. There is not one need or requirement of man that is not fully supplied in the blessed Kingdom of our Father! The total answer or the complete solution to the needs and concerns of all mankind are not to be found in the world and its corrupt systems. Only in the Kingdom of God are all the many needs of every man fully and completely supplied and satisfied!
In the above scripture in Job, we are told, by the Spirit, that the Lord performs wonders and miracles in the earth. He sends rain upon the earth to water the countryside. He sets the lowly on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. He thwarts the plans of the crafty and the carnal-minded and catches the wise and the wily in their deceitfulness. He saves the needy from the sword, which is the vile word that is in their mouths, and prevents them from saying terrible things that kill and destroy (Ja. 3:8). He also saves the needy from the clutches of the powerful in this world and gives them hope. And when the poor and needy of this world have a little hope, injustice and evil will then close its “mouth” to trouble them no more. This tells us that if the poor and the needy of this world are given some hope of deliverance and freedom from their helpless and destitute condition, the desire to do evil and wicked things will be stilled within them. The voice of the carnal mind within them will be silenced and they will be at peace with all mankind.
The answer to terrorism today is not more war and destruction; it is to give them hope of deliverance from their poor and hopeless condition. Without any hope whatsoever, the poor and the needy of this world become angry terrorists and devilish destroyers. Injustice, iniquity and evil thoughts will fill their minds continually, until they yield to those evil thoughts. The message of the Kingdom of God, and the abundant provisions of that Kingdom, must be received by many more believers. And when all the Lord’s elect and chosen ones fully believe in His Kingdom and have embraced the Kingdom of God and all its abundant promises, the “table” of the Lord will be fully supplied, in the Spirit and by the Spirit, to meet the needs of every person. Then, the needy of this world will find their places at the generously rich and plentiful table of the Lord, which is in the Spirit. All the answers to every person’s real, earthly needs are to be found only in the Spirit! As the Lord’s firstfruits, we must first partake of the glories of the Kingdom of God, thus blazing the trail for many others to follow!
The Psalmist said something similar to what Job’s friend declared, when he said, “He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way. Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD” (Ps. 107:40-43). It appears to us that God has now poured out His contempt upon the “princes” of this world, causing them to wander in a wilderness, where there is no way. The blind are leading the blind, and there appears to be no way out of the present dilemma. Everything in this world is confusion and chaos! The time is ripe for the Kingdom of God to come to the earth, as it is doing now, and for God to set the once poor and afflicted of His flock on high, where they shall reign with Him. Then, “The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.” Then, every voice of man shall be stilled and the Lord’s Voice alone shall be heard in all the earth (Ps. 18:13, 46:6, & 68:33). “Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.”
Hannah was the mother of Samuel, an anointed prophet of the Lord. She prayed and then began to prophesy the word of the Lord. She said, “The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them” (1 Sam. 2:7-8). The Lord makes some poor and others rich, to fulfill His plans and purposes in the earth. Through the interplay of good and evil, light and darkness and the rich and the poor, the Lord fulfills His plans and purposes for the ultimate reconciliation of all mankind and the absolute dominion of His Kingdom over all. Through the power of His Kingdom, the Lord will eventually raise the poor out of the dust of their condition, and lift the beggar up from the dunghill of his beggarly existence. He has lifted some of us up from our former spiritually poor and beggarly state, made us sit among princes in His Kingdom, and is causing us to inherit the throne of His glory. The Kingdom of God is not only the government of God, it also is that power and authority of God that will establish a new order in the earth, restore all mankind, change and renew everything that is wrong with this old world, and make it into the new earth of our Father’s holy, sovereign purpose.
The Well-stocked Kingdom Table of the Lord
The carnal-minded and wicked people of this world think war is the answer to terrorism and many other ills of mankind. But they are sitting at the table supplied by the devil and the old Adamic mind and nature within them. They are eating the devil’s food at the devil’s table (as in 1 Cor. 10:21). But in the Kingdom of God, they shall all eat the new spiritual food provided by the Lord at His table, which will make them grow to become spiritual people. The Lord has a table in His Kingdom, supplied with rich, spiritual food for all (Lu. 22:30). And I believe He has a table with rich, spiritual food for every man on every level or walk of faith, from the atheist to the maturing sons of God. I also believe it is Father’s plan and purpose that all mankind should eat from that table of the Lord, to partake of the abundant and rich spiritual, Kingdom foods, which He has prepared for every one of them. What a wonderful and all-encompassing plan our Father has for the people of this world!
Do not worry any longer about your wayward sons and daughters or other family members! They will sit down at His table in His Kingdom and will eat from the abundance of His spiritual, Kingdom food, to become like Christ, in answer to your many prayers. Then they will join you in giving praise, honor and glory to the Lord, Who has delivered them from all their bondages! Then the hopeless, the needy and the destitute will find the total and complete answer to all their many needs! Then the voice of evil and iniquity within every man will be forever stilled, to be replaced with the high praises of the Lord. And they will truly love and honor the Lord and Him alone. The Kingdom of God will have met all their needs, and violence and war will end! When this great truth breaks in upon our inquiring souls and minds, we will then seek the Lord with total abandonment to our Father’s eternal purposes in His glorious Kingdom of love, light, righteousness, justice and peace!
The Lord has an elect remnant in the earth today who are worshiping Him at His table in the highest of the heavens of Spirit. It is written of them: “But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD: They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to MY TABLE, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge” (Ez. 44:15-16). Herein lies the main principle of the Kingdom of God. Doing the will of our Father and keeping His charge is the major principle of the Kingdom of God! Another principle of the Kingdom is that we now minister to the Lord, not to people. But others will receive from God by our spiritual ministry. The table of the Lord, which is in His heavenly sanctuary, is well stocked and supplied by those obedient Zadok priests who have kept His charge when the rest of God’s people went astray. Because of their obedience and faithfulness to the word of their Father, those priests of the Lord were given access to the most intimate and holy presence of the Lord.
There, in the rich and intimate presence of the Lord, the faithful priests of the Lord shall come near to the table of the Lord, to minister to Him, keep His charge and do all His holy will. And as they minister to the Lord, the Lord’s table is being supplied with rich, spiritual food for the sustenance of all mankind. Of course, I could be wrong, but it is my opinion that heavenly, spiritual food needs to be “broken down” and presented to the world in a digestible form, so that less spiritual people may be able to both eat it and digest it, that they may receive the benefits and blessings provided by that heavenly, spiritual, Kingdom food. And I believe that is what we are doing when we minister to the Lord! A new and higher quality of spiritual food is being given to us in this new Day, that we might dispense it to the world, just as Jesus blessed the bread and the fish and then gave it to His disciples first so they could give it to the hungry multitudes (Mt. 14:19). And, as the priests of the Lord for this new Day, we are not ministering according to the old principles of the dead church order of the past. We are functioning by the new and higher principles of the Kingdom of God! The Lord has said of us, “They shall enter into my sanctuary, and THEY SHALL COME NEAR TO MY TABLE, TO MINISTER UNTO ME, and they shall keep my charge.”
To “keep my charge,” is to keep and do all the will of God. The original words show that we have custody of our Father’s will; we keep His will and watch over it as sentries or guards might do. As a sentry might guard and protect the Federal Constitution from being changed or perverted, so we are to guard and watch over the will of our Father, lest it is changed or perverted, for His will is the constitution of the Kingdom of God. The word “table,” from the original Hebrew, means a table that is spread out. That word includes not only the table itself but the sumptuous meal that is upon it. When the Lord of glory prepares a table, He does not present us with an empty table; He provides us with a table that has a feast of good, spiritual food upon it. His table contains spiritual food that replenishes and restores the souls and spirits of all who partake of that rich and nourishing, heavenly food. Our Father is using us to supply spiritual food for all mankind. We are to be His dispensers of that new, Kingdom food, which is now being given to us. We shall then give it out to the multitudes in greater, multiplied abundance, in obedience to His command and His will, for that which we received of Him will be multiplied in our “hands,” to meet the needs of the hungry and needy of this world.
Spiritual, Kingdom food is coming through our lives, so that it is being seasoned with all the experiences of our lives, whether we think those experiences were good or bad. All that we have gone through to bring us to the fullness of sonship is contained in the “book” of our lives. And it is my conviction that all the experiences of our lives, or all that is written in our “book,” are going into the rich, spiritual foods of the Lord, then to be placed on the sumptuous “table” of the Lord, where the multitudes shall partake of it, thus providing spiritual answers for the many needs and questions of their lives. The walk and the way of righteousness is being lived and walked out in our lives. Then, others shall partake of that digestible, yet rich, heavenly food, to receive of its blessings and provisions in this wonderful new Day of the Kingdom of God on earth.
The Lord has already made provision for all the people of the world, who shall feed and feast at the table of the Lord. “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).
This passage tells us that our Father has heard us, called us to Himself, and then preserved us and made us to be His covenant people or His people of promise. All that is within us is becoming His pure Word, declaring that He will establish the earth and restore it, so it conforms to the righteous and just standards of His Kingdom. And now, we represent the covenant of the Lord for all the people of the world! His word and His covenant are bound together in Christ, Who is within us, thus assuring the salvation of all. Or, to say it another way, God has given to us the ministry of reconciliation, which is that ministry that will restore all mankind to Divine favor. By this Divine act, we will be made “ambassadors for Christ,” so that we stand or minister “in Christ’s stead.” We will then say to the multitudes of the world, “be ye reconciled to God.” The word “reconcile,” means that the people of the world will be changed, to become more liken Him (see 2 Cor. 5:18-20). In the fullness of time, we shall “call” to the prisoners who are in bondage to old Adam and “his” corrupt systems, and to those in spiritual darkness, telling them to “go forth.” And go forth they shall, by the power of the Spirit! When they are loosed from the prisons of the carnal mind and the sinful, Adamic nature, they shall feed in the way of the Lord, which will lead them to the vast and flourishing spiritual pastures in heavenly places in the Spirit.
Eating Bread in the Kingdom of God
It is a wonderful truth to know that Father feeds us where we are! He gave us good, spiritual food even though we were in our “baby” stage. The food He gave us then was mere “milk,” but within it was sufficient nourishment to cause us to grow up spiritually. Even when we were in “prison” in the Babylonish religious systems, the Lord fed us while we were there. He fed us the simple, elementary “milk” of the word, but He faithfully fed us nevertheless. That “milk” caused us to grow! When we grew spiritually beyond the “milk” stage, our Father called us out of that realm of Babylon, that He might feed us the true, heavenly Bread. And we have been eating the true Bread of life ever since! So shall it be also with all the rest of the people of the world! They shall all partake of Him, to grow from babes to the maturity of sonship, by the Spirit, in the Kingdom of God! But they will grow much faster than we did, for God will do a short, quick work in this new Day!
Now we fully understand that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Mt. 4:4). In order to live in this earthly realm, the elect of the Lord must have natural bread, and we must especially have that “Bread,” or that “Word” that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. It is not enough to eat natural bread and food alone! We must also have that Bread of God that continually “proceedeth,” or that is always and continually coming forth, out of the “mouth” of the Lord! And those who eat His Bread shall live forever (Jo. 6:58); they shall never die! Our prayer now is and always will be until we are changed: “Give us this day our daily bread” (Mt. 6:11).
Jesus said to His disciples, “Blessed is he that shall
eat bread in the kingdom of God” (Lu. 14:15). Do you realize how blessed
we are to be eating this spiritual “bread” in the Kingdom of God?
To eat “bread” in the Kingdom of God is to partake of new, spiritual
food in His Kingdom. It is “bread” which is of a higher spiritual
quality than anything we have ever eaten before. We are eating “bread”
that the disciples of Jesus and those of the early church knew nothing about.
This “Bread” is not provided in the churches of today, for it/He
is reserved for those who have grown to the maturity of sonship, which has taken
the believer beyond the church system and its carnal-minded doctrines! This
fresh, new, Kingdom Bread will give eternal Life to all who partake of it! It
is both a privilege and an honor to eat “bread” in the Kingdom of
God, for by the sustenance provided in this new Kingdom “bread,”
we shall be transformed to become just like the resurrected Christ of glory!
Jesus also told His disciples, “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (Jo. 6:33-35). Knowing the eternal value of the Bread of Christ, which giveth life to the world, we will join the disciples in saying to Him, “Lord, evermore give us this bread.” It is also written, “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Rev. 7:17). What a Day that shall be when God wipes away all tears from the eyes of us all! But we must first eat that true Bread provided for us by the gloriously arrayed Lamb who is sitting on the throne of His glory!
All sighing, sorrow, trouble, darkness and sin shall be removed from all mankind in all the earth. The curse shall be removed from all men and from every creature. Then mankind will truly know what it is to live! Wars and rumors of war shall cease, for the peace of Christ and of His Kingdom shall prevail in the heart of every man in all the earth. And to attain to that high and holy state in this world, the Lord’s elect and chosen ones must continue to eat of Him until this carnal flesh, nature and mind ceases to exist in us and we are changed into the glorious image and likeness of Him Who gave Himself for our full and complete redemption! When we eat the Bread of Christ, we are also partaking of His Life. That is why Jesus said, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” How important the words of Jesus are to us at this time, when we are approaching our transformation! To never hunger and thirst again is to be elevated spiritually to a place in God where we are completely and entirely satisfied with His Bread and His Wine. These spiritual foods will indeed give us NEW LIFE, for they are the substance of all that HE IS!
To eat at the Lord’s “table” in heavenly places, we will have to quit eating at man’s tables! We have listened to man and the voices of “strangers” long enough (Jo. 10:5)! It is time for us now to HEAR the Voice and the Word of our heavenly Father, and to hear Him ONLY! Jesus also said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live” (Jo. 5:24-25). We heard His word and then we fully believed on Him; therefore, Christ is within us. By virtue of His indwelling presence, we also have the Seed of everlasting life within us. And, just as we received the seed of everlasting life by hearing His word and believing on Him, so also shall we LIVE THAT LIFE in reality and in fullness by continuing to hear the voice of the Son of God, and by believing and obeying Him!
We may have experienced several resurrections out from among the dead in our spiritual journey. Every one of them was important to our spiritual growth, for we grew as a result of those “resurrections.” The most important and significant of those “out resurrections” took place when the Lord called us out of the church system. That was truly a resurrection out from among the dead, spiritually speaking. But it is certain that we must experience one more grand and glorious transformation and resurrection out from the death of this “life” to attain to the fullness of that Life, which He is. Of course, we first need to confess that this that we call “life” in this world is really death. This is not really true life at all! It is death, for we begin to die the moment we are born into this world. Paul explained the mystery of our lives in this world when he said we are, “dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed” (2 Co. 6:9).
Our spirits are alive by the Spirit of God. But our fleshly bodies are bodies of sin and death. These bodies came from the dust of the earth and will also return to the earth from which they came. Our bodies are only the shell that we live in, yet they separate us from the fullness of God and His Glory and Life. Paul tells us, “whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.” (2 Cor. 5:6). In other words, our fleshly bodies were not made for the presence of the Lord. They were made for this present earthly travail, which is intended of the Lord to process us and lead us to receive Him and His fullness. The body that we have is the temple, the tabernacle or the tent of the holy Spirit, but it is only a temporary dwelling place for our spirits. In the fullness of time, we shall receive a new body, or a new and greater Temple of the Spirit, one that is patterned after the body, the tabernacle, or the temple of the living and resurrected Christ of God! Then this present body will be swallowed up by our new body of the Life and Glory of Christ (2 Cor. 5:1-5).
Jesus also said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (Jo. 10:27-28). This scripture has been debated by many through the years, especially by those who subscribe to the doctrine of “eternal security.” And I would not diminish that wonderful truth or take anything away from its authority and power! Without a doubt, the believer is eternally secure in Christ! However, Jesus qualified those “sheep” who shall never perish and whom no man shall pluck out of His hand. The first truth that qualifies those “sheep” is that they hear His voice. It is vitally necessary for all the Lord’s “sheep” to hear His voice! And when we hear His voice, by the Spirit, we will have eternal life and shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck us out of His hand.
The next thing Jesus said about His “sheep” is “I know them.” There is a sense in which God knows all mankind. He knows the needs, the trials, as well as the type of life everyone in the world is living. God knows all things! Therefore, He knows about every person! But this is a sense of knowing that is special and unique. He knows His sheep, for they hear His voice. He knows them and all the most intimate details of their lives, for He planned their lives, in the Spirit and by the Spirit, before the foundation of the world. Then, He called them to be His elect and chosen ones, as well as His sons. The Lord also knows His sheep, for they are frequent and regular visitors to His spiritual sanctuary, which is in the highest of the heavens of the Spirit (see Ps. 102:19, 150:1 & Heb. 10:25)! They do not forsake the assembling together of the elect in that heavenly sanctuary, which is in the Spirit and is fulfilled by the Spirit. Therefore, the Lord knows them quite well!
Jesus Said to His Chosen Ones, Follow Me
Then Jesus said this about His sheep who shall never perish, “and they follow me.” The Lord’s true sheep are following Him. They began following Him at the cross. They continued following Him to Gethsemane, where the carnal mind was subdued and the mind of Christ, to do only and always the will of God, was imparted to them/us (see Mt. 26:36-42). As Jesus endured the sufferings common to the battle between our will and Father’s will at Gethsemane, so also do we go through a similar experience at our typical “Gethsemane,” for the same purpose. But we came through it with a new respect and a sincere devotion to the perfect will of our Father! We continued to follow Him from Passover to Pentecost. With every change in our spiritual walk while following Him, we went through a typical cross experience, which brought us to a death unto the old and a resurrection into that which is new and fresh.
We were there when they crucified our Lord! And now we see our Father’s purpose for that “crucifixion” as we keep following Him. We were also there, in Christ, when He was raised from the dead, glorified of the Father and then made to sit in heavenly places on Father’s throne. We shall continue following Him as He leads us, beyond Pentecost, through the spiritual experiences of the sounding of the trumpets and the day of atonement (Lev. 23:23-34). And we shall continue to follow Him all the way to His fullness - to the glory of sonship fulfilled, and the fulfillment of the grandest feast of them all, the feast of Tabernacles.
Jesus said to two of His disciples, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Mt. 4:19). That was in the former order! Today, He would say to us, “follow me and I will make you inheritors of nations,” not just fishers of men. To another of His disciples, Jesus said, “Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead” (Mt. 8:22). I am sure He would say the same thing to us today. The old church order of the past is being phased out and a new order has come. Therefore, our Lord does not want us to associate with that which is of the dead past. To His disciples, Jesus said again, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Mt. 16:24-25).
The principle of life in the Kingdom of God is very different from the principles and laws that determine things in this world. If we would follow Him, it is certain that we will deny ourselves the pleasures and riches of this world, and will take up our cross, that we might follow Him. We need not think twice about how we might deny ourselves to gain our inheritance in the Kingdom. God will take care of that! He knows just how to bring that denial and sacrifice into each of our lives. The “cross” that each of us must bear includes the entire package of tests and trials that God has laid out for us to endure throughout our lifetimes. The cross of Christ will purge us and prepare us to follow Him and receive His Life in abundance. The principle of life in the Kingdom of God will lead us to lose our lives in this world that we might gain the Life of Christ for the future “world” of the Kingdom of God on earth. If we try to save our lives in this world, we will lose that Life, which is the life of the Kingdom of God. But to lose our life in this world is to gain the Life that is eternal.
A young man came to Jesus and asked Him what good thing he could do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told the young man to observe the law, but he told Jesus that he had done that since his youth. Then Jesus said to him, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me” (Mt. 19:21). You all know the story. When the young man heard this, he went away in sorrow, for he had great possessions. Jesus knew this young man was thoroughly and completely bound to his personal treasure in this world. So He told the young man that he needed to be separated from his wealth that he might have treasure in heaven, or in the realm of Spirit. I do not believe it matters to the Lord if some are wealthy, for it is the bondage that wealth brings that would prevent them from having their treasure in the heavens. But, as a general principle, the wealth of this world is a hindrance to those who are called to follow Christ!
Jesus repeated what He had said to the young man and to His disciples earlier, when He said, “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (Jo. 12:25-26). To love this life, as in “He that loveth his life,” is to be a friend to, have affection for, and have a personal attachment to, the life of this present, evil world. To love this life then, is to be firmly attached to it so that we are a friend of this world. And God’s word tells us that whosoever is a friend of the world is the enemy of God (James 4:4). But those who hate their lives in this world shall keep it unto eternal Life. To hate, from the original, simply means to detest, or to love less. Therefore, if we love our lives in this world less than we do the Life of the Kingdom of God, we shall save our lives unto that Life which is eternal.
You may remember that when Jesus asked Peter to feed His sheep, He also told Peter that another would carry him to a place where he did not want to go. Then, we read, “This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me” (Jo. 21:19). Poor Peter! He just heard His Lord tell him how he was going to die, and then the Lord said to him, “Follow me!” You would think that Peter would run the other way when the Lord said that to him. But Peter did what we all have done. We all should have known we were going to “die” to the flesh and the sinful ways of Adam, but, like Peter, we followed Him nevertheless. And we will continue to follow Him knowing full well that old Adam within us must “die” a certain death for us to inherit the Life of the Kingdom of God. This is what it means to follow Him! And as His sheep, we will continue following Him. Then we will receive that Life of God that is eternal and everlasting. We will never perish, neither shall anyone pluck us out of His hand, for we are one in Him and in His eternal and all-powerful Kingdom!
The following poem was found written on a bank note:
“This piece of paper in your hand, declares to you that on demand (?)
You twenty shillings shall receive. This simple promise you believe.
It puts your mind as much at rest, as if the silver you possessed.
So Christ Who died but now doth live, does unto you the promise give,
That if you in His Name believe, you shall eternal life receive.
Upon the first you calmly rest, which is the surest and the best?
The bank may break! He never can!”
Paul and Emily Mueller
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