THE KINGDOM OF GOD COMES TO EARTH
The Kingdom of God is coming down from God out of Heaven to the earth; it is Christ coming to dwell within His elect in a greater way. We may wonder just how the Kingdom comes and what takes place in our lives when He comes. The Kingdom of God is to be seen first within us (Lu. 17:21). When the first or initial phase of the Kingdom of God came to the earth, it was Christ coming in secret, or as a “mystery,” to dwell within His elect. His coming within them changed the lives of the disciples of Jesus so dramatically that they could no longer function as they did before. The lives of all who walked with the Lord in those days, by observing the laws and rituals of the old covenant of the past, were so drastically changed that they ceased doing the things they once did. The laws and ceremonies of the past, which once were anointed of the Lord and expressed the will and purpose of the Lord for a time, suddenly became lifeless and dead, devoid of the Spirit and presence of the Lord, no longer expressing the will and purpose of God.
To begin the new age of Grace and the church order, the Lord called twelve disciples to walk with Him in strict obedience to His perfect will. One of them was not a true follower - Jesus said he was “a devil,” (Jo. 6:70-71), but Judas was counted among the twelve disciples nevertheless. Jesus must have known the heart of Judas when He called Him to be His disciple, for He was the Son of God possessing the same wisdom, knowledge and understanding as His Father(1 Cor. 1:30). Just before He was to be condemned and crucified, Jesus revealed the true heart of Judas as the one who would make Him known to the soldiers. He revealed Judas as the disciple who would betray Him when He gave Judas the “sop,” which He had dipped for him to eat. Immediately after Judas ate the “sop,” Satan entered into Judas and caused him to betray Jesus (see Jo. 13:21-27). Can we not see from this that God calls “vessels of honor,” as well as “vessels of dishonor” and “vessels of wrath,” to serve His Kingdom purposes (Ro. 9:14-24), so that all the will of God shall be fulfilled? It was just as important to the eternal purposes of God that there be one among His disciples who would serve a negative, evil, or carnal purpose, as it was to have those who would serve the Lord by ministering His word and His life, by the Spirit!
The first disciple the Lord called was Simon Peter, who was fishing with his brother, Andrew. Jesus called both the brothers, saying to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then, as He continued walking along the shore, Jesus saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were mending their nets, preparing to go fishing. Jesus called both of them to follow Him also. And what did they do when they heard their Master’s urgent and decisive call? “They immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him” (Mt. 4:22). Such immediate and total obedience also is what the Lord is looking for in His people today.
The Kingdom of God is coming to earth, more specifically. Christ is coming in Kingdom power and glory to dwell within His elect in a greater way. If we welcome Christ into our lives in a greater way to receive Him and all He has to offer, we are also receiving the new order of the Kingdom of God on earth. To receive the Kingdom of God is to receive Christ in His newness and freshness, as He is appearing now! And the reverse of this is also true! If we reject the new order of the Kingdom of God, we are also rejecting Christ and His coming into our lives to do a new and greater work within us. But the Lord’s elect are faithful and obedient! They joyfully hear and receive all the Lord speaks to them, including His coming to us in greater power and glory. Christ is appearing within us now as the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
The Apostle Paul then advised us to continue to “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called” (1 Tim. 6:12). Paul also advised us to continue that “fight,” and to lay hold on eternal life “in the presence of God, Who preserves alive all living things, and of Christ Jesus, Who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I [solemnly] charge you To keep all His precepts unsullied and flawless, irreproachable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Anointed one), Which [appearing] will be shown forth in His own proper time by the blessed, only Sovereign (Ruler), the King of kings and the Lord of lords, Who alone has immortality [in the sense of exemption from every kind of death] and lives in unapproachable light, Whom no man has ever seen or can see. Unto Him be honor and everlasting power and dominion. Amen (so be it)” (1 Tim. 6:13-16, AMP). This is the time called, “His own proper time,” when Christ shall appear! He is appearing now! And by the Spirit, I now see Father’s chosen elect “in the presence of God!”
Here, in the presence of God, our hope is being renewed, our faith is being restored and is being raised in the Spirit to become His living faith. Here, in His presence, we are clinging, with determination, faith and the zeal of the Lord, to the hope that is set before us, which is the eternal and immortal life of Christ. Here, in His resplendent presence, the glorious and completed Christ of God is reigning over all! Here, in the presence of the Lord, there are no impossibilities or failures, but all is Perfection, Truth, Life and Rest! Here, in His wonderful and awesome presence, I see Him Who is the anointed one; He is the sovereign Ruler, the only Potentate, the King of kings and the Lord of lords!
Furthermore, here in His presence, He Who appears to be “unapproachable” when viewed from the worldly, carnal realm of man, is now openly accessible to all who are chosen of Him! Here, in the presence of the Lord, I see us fighting the good fight of faith; yet, it is not we ourselves who are fighting, it is Christ, the Spirit and power of God, fighting all our battles for us! Here, in His presence, I see myself and all others of the elect standing complete and perfect in Him. We are being transformed into His own magnificent image and brilliant likeness! Here, in the majestic presence of the Lord, I see all mankind and the whole creation transformed, to live the Life of Christ in fullness, manifesting the glory and the power of the Kingdom of our Father! And here in His presence, all is well, for all has been redeemed and restored to show forth the glory of the Lord! Amen and amen!
The Christ within is increasing in the glory and power of the new order of the Kingdom of our Father! Our Father is leading us to walk a new spiritual path. As we walk this new Kingdom path, we are establishing a new Day of greater glory in the earth. And when we hear His trumpet call, in the Spirit and by the Spirit, we will leave the old “ship” of religious tradition and carnal, church works, and will walk a new way with Him (as in Mt. 4:22). We will also leave the religious realm of our earthly father and other family members, and will follow the Lord wherever He would lead us. When He calls, we will also forsake the religion of yesterday to walk with the Lord over the uncharted and sometimes rocky paths leading to all the wonderful tomorrows in the Kingdom of our Father. We have no roadmap, or any other charts or marked-out paths to follow. We are walking where no man has ever walked before! We are blazing a trail for the multitudes who shall follow! And the only guiding information or instructions we will have are these: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Is. 30:21).
We shall remain “in the presence of God,” for here, in His presence, our Father is preserving us, keeping us alive in this realm with His Life, unto the appointed moment when we shall be transformed to live the Life of Christ in holy fullness and blessed completeness. As we wait for that precious moment, we will continue to maintain a good testimony of faith, purity and righteousness, just as Jesus did when He stood before Pilate. As Jesus maintained a good confession, so also shall we. We shall keep and observe all the holy precepts and principles of the Lord and of His Kingdom, flawlessly and irreproachably, according to His perfect will, until the next, greater appearing of Christ, Who is the anointed Son of the living God, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
The fickle crowds followed Jesus as long as He was healing
their sick and ministering to their needs. But He soon left the multitudes and
took His disciples up to a mountain to teach them the principles of the Kingdom
of God (Mt. 5:1). That was His Father’s plan and purpose for Jesus at
that time. Throughout His earthly ministry Jesus called for a holy, separated
remnant to walk with Him and become the foundation of the new Kingdom He had
just brought to the earth. And when Jesus told the people that He would soon
die for the sins of the world, the crowds thinned considerably.
Back to their tasks the crowd had gone
And He was left alone
Save for a little company
Whom He could call His own.
What use was there for restless crowds?
That worldly, giddy throng
Could listen to the music,
But never hear the song.
Some today can listen to the music, rejoicing in the heavenly, prophetic sounds of restoration and full salvation, but they are not really hearing the song itself. The message of the music is forgotten in a moment of ecstacy and jubilation, reducing the glory and power of sonship to something common, making it a calling open to all, without the necessary processings, which make the glory of sonship something ordinary and universally accepted. The sonship calling is a very high and holy calling! It is for the called and chosen of the Lord only! True sons of God are called and chosen of the Father and are led by the Spirit! This high calling of God in Christ is not intended for the casual believer, nor is it intended of the Father to be a calling that is “up for grabs.” It is true that Jesus declared sonship to be available to all who believed, to those who received Him and who were begotten of God (Jo. 1:12-13). But Paul, by the Spirit, described the true sons of God as being those who are led by the Spirit (Ro. 8:14). And this narrows the field considerably!
To His original twelve disciples, Jesus said this: “Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first” (Mt. 19:28-30). There was a price to pay then and there is a price to pay today! Those who were true sons of God yesterday are now becoming Kingdom ambassadors today, or representatives of the Kingdom of God, through the necessary processings of this life! They are becoming reigning kings and ministering priests of the Lord, after the order of Melchisedec! And they are becoming Kingdom kings and Melchisedec priests as a result of the cleansing and renewing work of the Spirit within them, which made them true sons of God in the first place. After being qualified and chosen as sons of God, Father has then raised those sons to higher spiritual realms, making them kings and priests in His Kingdom. True and faithful sons of God are now becoming a kingdom of priests in the Dominion of our Father!
This new, Kingdom path is not for the fickle of heart and mind,
nor is it the way for the worldly wise or the sophisticated of soul who are
looking to make a name for themselves. This way is not for professional religionists
or for money-hungry and ministry-crazed pastors and evangelists. Nor is this
the way for those who are driven by the needs, wishes and desires of the people!
A new Day demands a renewed people, with a new vision and a new sense of purpose,
who shall walk a new path with the Lord in this new Day. This new Kingdom path
is an entirely new way for us to walk in this new Day. The following poem by
the late Thomas Wyatt well describes this new, Kingdom path:
O’re uncharted sea
To their hearts desire
Do men of faith set sail.
While the beaten men
Walk with fearful hearts
Along life’s beaten trail.
The men of faith will challenge
Both men and Satan’s wrath,
But the beaten man will compromise
And walk the beaten path.
Beaten roads are for beaten men,
As they walk with measured tread;
With tuneless souls they move along
To dwell among the dead.
But men of Faith climb unscaled walls,
And sail uncharted sea.
They dare to cross convention’s bounds
To set the captives free.
What does it mean for us now “to set the captives free?” It means that we shall be gloriously transformed from this body of sin and death into our new bodies of the Life and Glory of Christ. It means that when we are transformed by the mighty power of God, we shall become the example and pattern for many others who will follow in our footsteps. It also means that the whole creation shall be set free from the bondages of sin and death (Ro. 8:20-23).
A Parable of the Kingdom of God
Jesus demonstrated the Kingdom of God by healing the sick and saving the lost. But He spoke a parable of the Kingdom to the people “because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear” (Lu. 19:11). And because we have entered the new Day of the Kingdom of God on earth, some may presume once again that the Kingdom of God should immediately appear. But the Kingdom will not now immediately appear in the earth in all its glory and power, bringing peace, love and righteousness to all the world, for Christ must first reign until every enemy is defeated and put under His feet (1 Cor. 15:25). And the last enemy to be defeated and put under the feet of the Christ will be death! THEN, THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL APPEAR IN ALL THE EARTH IN GLORY, POWER, PEACE, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE LOVE OF GOD! First the enemies of Christ must be put under His feet, then the Kingdom of God shall gloriously appear in the earth, manifesting all that God is.
Father has appointed a time for each of His purposes to be fulfilled in the earth. The wise man has said, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecc. 3:1). When Christ came to the earth in the person of Jesus Christ, it was the time for the coming of the Kingdom of God to dwell within those who believed and who received Him. That was the first phase of the coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth; it was His coming within us (Lu. 17:21). Now, we are entering the next phase of the Kingdom of God, which is the time of the reign of Christ in a greater way. Christ came then to reign within us. He comes now to put all His enemies under His feet and also to reign more completely over all men and all nations. Not until every enemy has been put under our feet can the Kingdom of God appear in greater power and glory! How can Christ reign in all the earth in the full glory of His righteousness, love and life as long as there are enemies in the earth manifesting their sinful, corrupt and evil ways?
This is the parable of the Kingdom of God that Jesus presented to the people: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us” (Lu. 19:12-14). When I read this, I wondered why He called “TEN servants.” Jesus had twelve disciples, but one of them was Judas, the betrayer. So why ten? Ten is one of the perfect numbers. The ten servants are symbolic of the elect, and signifies the perfection of Divine order. Jesus called TEN servants and gave them TEN pounds to show the perfection of Divine order in the Kingdom of God. When Christ appears in the glory, power and authority of His Kingdom, the perfection of the Divine order of the Kingdom of God on earth will then become generally evident and universally manifest!
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the “certain nobleman (Who) went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.” While He was present in the earth, Jesus called His ten servants. He gave them ten pounds and told them, “occupy till I come.” Those ten were to take the ten pounds, which represented the Seed of the Kingdom of God, and invest it/Him, expecting that investment to bring forth more pounds, or more of the qualities and characteristics of the Kingdom of God. But the citizens of the Kingdom, who were of Judah (or the Jews), and were His own people, rejected Him, as it is written, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (Jo. 1:11). They said of Christ, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” When it came time to present the rewards, or to judge the guilty, Jesus said this about those who rejected Him and His Kingdom reign: “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me” (Lu. 19:27). Jesus was just outside the city of Jerusalem when He said that. Ever since then, Jerusalem and the surrounding area has been an area of constant war, trouble and chaos. Indeed, every Word of the Lord is the living truth of God and is surely being fulfilled in the earth!
We are the elect and are also among those “ten servants.” God has given us our Kingdom “pounds,” enabling us to “invest” His Kingdom Seed in the things of the Spirit, thus producing an abundant harvest of spiritual treasures in the Kingdom of our Father. Do you know that your heavenly Father has invested a portion of Himself within you? Do you realize that you have a portion of Kingdom treasures within you, and that our Lord and Master, when He returns in the glory of His Kingdom, will expect of us a spiritual return on that spiritual investment?
The carnal-minded Christians of the church system interpret this Kingdom parable to mean the filthy lucre of this world. But the Spirit is referring to Kingdom treasures and spiritual values here, not to worldly money, or the things of this world. May the Lord help us all to understand that this is a parable of the Kingdom of God. It is not a parable that tells us to be wise in worldly matters, such as the handling of money or other worldly goods. The Kingdom of God is not of this world, therefore, this Kingdom parable has nothing whatever to do with worldly matters.
“And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading” (Lu. 19:15). Money is used here only as an example of the Lord’s investment in His people. God is Spirit, and because He is Spirit, the Lord has imparted Himself to His people, by His Spirit. He has deposited His Spirit within us, not the things of this world. And it is those spiritual, Kingdom qualities that Father shall harvest from us, not anything that is of this world.
The above verse tells us that our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is
the “certain nobleman (has) returned.” But where did He go and what
did He do when He went there? I am sure we all know the answer. Jesus was crucified,
buried and rose again from the dead. In order to “receive for himself
a kingdom,” Jesus had to die for the sins of the world. Without fulfilling
that portion of His Father’s plan and purpose, Christ could not have received
the Kingdom of God. So He had to die for the sins of the world to inherit the
Kingdom of His Father. He was the certain nobleman who “went into a far
country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.” He was to receive
the Kingdom by dying for the sins of the world, thus reconciling the world to
Himself and making it possible for the whole world of sinful mankind to enter
the blessed Kingdom of His Father. When Jesus died, He was three days and three
nights in the heart of the earth (Mt. 3:40). Peter tells us that Christ “went
and preached unto the spirits in prison” (1 Pe. 3:19), perhaps during
those three days and three nights. That was the “far country” to
which Christ went! Those who died before Jesus gave His life for their sins
had the Gospel preached to them by the greatest Preacher ever to walk the earth
or to traverse the heavenly realms. Christ preached to them while they were
in the “prison” house of sin and death, thereby releasing them from
that “prison” by His redeeming and restoring power and authority.
By leaving this worldly realm and dying for the sins of the world, Jesus Christ received for Himself the Kingdom of God. He went into that “far country” to do a marvelous work in the Spirit that He might receive the Kingdom of God and be crowned King and Lord of that Kingdom. It was also in Father’s original plan that Christ should RETURN from that “far country,” which is the Spirit realm, and appoint kings and lords of that Kingdom, who would reign with Him. And the Lord’s method of appointing those who should reign with Him is determined by their responsible use of the spiritual treasures He has committed to each one of them/us. So when He returned, Christ, the King and Lord of the Kingdom of God, called for His servants to report to Him and give an account of their use of the Kingdom “pounds” that He had given to each of them. He expected them to gain more spiritual value by trading the soulish for the spiritual, by growing spiritually in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord, and by walking higher up the mountain of His Life, Light and Love.
The question the Lord asked of His servants was not “did your pound gain in value?” The Kingdom of God and all things spiritual can only grow and increase with the increase of God (Is. 9:7). It is the nature of the Kingdom of God to increase! Leave it alone in the fertile field of our spiritual lives and the Kingdom of God can only grow and expand (Mk. 4:26-28). But if, through our own neglect or careless indifference to the things of God, we allow the fertile soil of our spiritual lives to be filled with “rocks” and other counter productive spiritual debris, the precious Seed of Christ and His Kingdom within us cannot grow (see Mk. 4:3-9). That is why God has called us to REST! The precious Seed of Christ and of His Kingdom, which is within us, must not be defiled with the old, dead works of the church system. We are approaching the Sabbath Day of the Lord; it is a Day of rest for the people of God. God is calling us to cease working and to enter into His rest! It is the nature of the Seed within us to grow! Without the useless, religious works of man, His Seed within us can only grow. That is why, when the Lord returned, He did not ask His servants if their pounds had increased. He knew the Seed within them could only grow and increase. But He did ask them and us, how much their original “pounds” had gained since He gave it to them.
When He returned, the “nobleman,” or the Lord Jesus Christ, called His servants to come and tell Him “how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities” (Lu. 19:16-19). If the Kingdom Seed within us has grown and increased since we received Him, then we shall be given authority, as kings and priests in the Kingdom of God, to rule over cities, states or nations. Rulership in the Kingdom of God is the prize we shall be given as our reward for nurturing the Kingdom Seed or Plant within us! To the same degree that the Kingdom has increased within us will we be given Kingdom authority to reign with Christ.
If the Kingdom “pound” we received from the Lord has grown and increased to become ten Kingdom “pounds,” then it will be given unto us to reign over “ten cities.” If our Kingdom “pound” has gained five more “pounds,” we shall reign over five cities. According to the measure of increase shall our reward be in the Kingdom of God. From the words of Jesus in Luke, we can see that the measure or the amount of the Kingdom of God that He gave us initially is considered by our Lord to be “a very little.” To the one whose “pound” had increased to become ten “pounds,” Jesus said, “Well (done), thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.” The Lord knows that what He gave us of His Kingdom treasure is only “a very little,” compared to our full inheritance. But that very little within us shall become VERY MUCH, by the Spirit, as a result of our faithful and obedient walk with the Lord. Like that wonderful, old song says, “Little is much when God is in it! Labor not for wealth or fame. There’s a crown, and you can win it, if you’ll go in Jesus’ Name.”
All that we do IN HIS NAME will bring forth increase in the Kingdom of our Father! And I firmly believe that everyone of us shall wear that crown! We have done all that our Father has asked of us! Therefore, we shall inherit the fullness of the Kingdom of God, to reign with Christ, some over “ten cities,” and others over “five cities.” But we shall surely serve Him in His Kingdom, whether we should rule and reign with Him over little or over much! And how wonderful and encouraging it is to see that the glorious reign of Christ and His sons is coming to the earth, and that we are having a vital, living part in all that our Father is doing now in the earth, as this new Day is just beginning!
“Then another came and said, Lord, here is your mina (or, pound), which I have kept laid up in a handkerchief. For I was [constantly] afraid of you, because you are a stern (hard, severe) man; you pick up what you did not lay down, and you reap what you did not sow. He said to the servant, I will judge and condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked slave! You knew [did you] that I was a stern (hard, severe) man, picking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow? Then why did you not put my money in a bank, so that on my return, I might have collected it with interest?” (Lu. 19:20-23, AMP).
There are good servants in the Kingdom of God who have invested the spiritual resources within them by adding to what they have received of their Father. They invested the little they were given into Father’s spiritual “bank.” And how do we invest in the spiritual “bank” in the Kingdom of our Father? By looking well to the spiritual man that we really are! It is by “feeding” and “clothing” the spiritual man within us that we gain more value in the Kingdom of God! By taking the “little” we have been given and growing in grace and in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord, we thus invest what we have in the greater spiritual values of the Kingdom of God. Those who do so shall return unto their Lord more spiritual resources than the “very little” He gave them in the first place. They shall rule and reign with Christ in His Kingdom! Some of them shall reign over “ten cities,” while others among those good servants shall reign over “five cities.” And there will be enough good servants, who have wisely invested their “little” in the Kingdom “bank,” so that all the world will be governed by wise, prepared, anointed, and transformed servants in Christ. By their spiritual wisdom, understanding and God-given abilities, the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea.
Then the scriptures shall be fulfilled, which declares, “Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment” (Is. 32:1). And also, “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jer. 23:5-6). And also, “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 11:5). And finally: “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years” (Rev. 20:6). Amen! What a wonderful hope we have in Christ! And because of this hope, we will enter into the REST of the Lord and will cease all the religious works of the past age, which includes all that was done under yesterday’s old, dead church order.
This is what the Lord said He would do to the “wicked servant” who hid his Lord’s goods in a napkin and did not use it in such a way as to increase its value: “And he said to the bystanders, Take the mina (or the pound) away from him and give it to him who has the ten minas. And they said to him, Lord, he has ten minas [already]! And [said Jesus,] I tell you that to everyone who gets and has will more be given, but from the man who does not get and does not have, even what he has will be taken away” (Lu. 19:24-26, AMP). As the saying goes: use it, or lose it! We will either use what we have by increasing its value, or we will surrender the Kingdom Seed within us to another who has gained more spiritual value and substance by growing spiritually. To invest in the Kingdom of God, we must cease the dead works of the past, along with the old ways of the church, and do only the will of God for this new Day!
With God and in the Kingdom of God, His principle of use is more strict than that of this world. The Lord requires that we invest the Spiritual treasure we have within us, or we will see what little we have within us given to someone else, who invested wisely in the Spiritual values of the Kingdom of God. In our Father’s Kingdom, we will either use what we have, or we will lose it to someone who has learned the Kingdom principle of Spiritual increase! Our Spiritual treasure within us must increase, or we will lose it to someone who has obtained more of Father’s Kingdom treasures by investing wisely in things spiritual and in that which concerns the Kingdom of our Father!
Those of this high calling of God in Christ are not losing anything in the Kingdom of God, for we are growing in the Spirit and by the Spirit. That spiritual substance within us is growing and increasing daily, for we have learned the secret principle of Kingdom growth, in the Spirit and by the Spirit. We have learned that by being obedient to the will of our Father and by worshiping Him in Spirit and in Truth (not in Babylon’s houses of soul-worship), the Christ within, or the Kingdom within, is growing and increasing each and every day, even though we may not be able to see any sign of that growth and increase. Like the farmer in one of the parables of Jesus, who sowed seed in the earth but could not see its daily growth (Mk. 4:26-28), so the Seed of the Kingdom of God within us is growing and increasing by the work of the Spirit. It is a work taking place within us. He is growing within us with no outward show or evidence.
When we consider the promises our Father has given us, every sacrifice we make, every effort we put forth and every time we submit to the will of God, those promises become ours so that it is worth it all. We are heirs with Christ of all the promises that God gave to man from the beginning. “Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David. [2 Sam 7:8-16; Acts 13:34; Heb 13:20.] Behold, I have appointed him (Him) [David, as a representative of the Messiah, or the Messiah Himself] to be a witness [one (one) who shall testify of salvation] to the nations, a prince (Prince) and commander (Commander) to the peoples” (Is. 55:3-4, AMP). Christ is the Prince and Commander referred to here. And we are in Christ and also with Him in the eternal purposes of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, the promises given in these verses belong to us as well.
Christ is the Prince of princes, the Commander of commanders, and also the King of kings and the Lord of lords. That makes us princes, commanders, kings and lords under the authority of Christ in the Kingdom of our Father. As a result of our obedience to our Head, Lord, King, Prince and Commander, the nations shall come running to us when we come forth in His glorious image and likeness.
The promises to us, as a result of our identification and union with Christ, is: “Behold, you [Israel] shall call nations that you know not, and nations that do not know you shall run to you because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy one of Israel, for He has glorified you. Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near” (Is. 55:3-6, Amplified). To show the immutability and the absolute authority of His pure word and His unchangeable promises, the Lord has said, “For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, [2 Cor. 9:10.] So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out [from the spiritual exile caused by sin and evil into the homeland] with joy and be led forth [by your Leader, the Lord Himself, and His word] with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” (Is. 55:3-6, AMP).
Much Spiritual Value is Coming Down from God to the Earth
The Word and the Truth that Father is giving us is “the bread of God.” Jesus said of this bread, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (Jo. 6:32-33, 35). So much of spiritual value and spiritual blessings are coming down from God out of heaven to the earth. All that heavenly, spiritual treasure is coming down from God to dwell within us, making us fruit-bearing sons of the Father, and causing the Life of God within us to grow and increase with the increase of God. The Christ within is increasing and so is the precious Seed of the Kingdom within.
What wonderful truth there is in this passage of scripture: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17) James prefaced the above verse with this firm declaration: “Do not err, my beloved brethren.” If we observe the things of earth or some of the things within us, we will find corruption and error. But all things perfect, pure, Heavenly and righteous “cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Others are eating of man’s teachings, man’s substance and the things of earth, but those who are spiritual and Heavenly minded are partaking of that pure Bread “which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.” They are partaking of His Bread, which is the Life of Christ and which is perfect and pure; they are being changed from glory to glory by the Spirit.
When the Lord of the vineyard comes to receive the harvest, He will find that we have been faithful to Him and His Word. The original “ten pounds,” which He gave us, has grown, increased and gained another “ten pounds.” This being true, we shall receive our true, Kingdom inheritance, to reign over “ten cities” of the earth, as kings and priests of the most High God in His Kingdom, which rules over all. It will indeed be worth it all! May we continue climbing up the mountain of the Lord, gaining in grace and in the wisdom and understanding of the Lord. When we have reached the spiritual heights, our Father shall reward us with kingship over the earth in His Kingdom of all power, glory and authority!
Obviously, Jesus was concerned with the government or the rulership of the cities of this world. And since Jesus only did or said those things that pleased His Father, we must know that our Father is also concerned with the government of this world and its cities. The wonderful truth of the Spirit is that the will of God shall be done IN ALL THE EARTH, just as it is being done in Heaven, or in the realm of Spirit (Mt. 6:10). And this includes all the cities and nations of this world! When the fullness of time has come and the Kingdom of God has fully come down from God out of Heaven to this earth, there will not be one area of this world that is not governed by the Christ company! AT THAT TIME ALL THE WORLD SHALL BE UNDER THE DOMINION OF CHRIST AND HIS PRIESTLY KINGS! Every city on earth will then be ruled and governed in perfect wisdom, love, grace, mercy and righteousness, by the sons of God, who have been transformed to become kings and priests in the Kingdom of their Father.
Some Christians seem to separate the Kingdom of God from the government and rulership of the world and all things of it. But the whole world and the entire universe are the intended objects of the rule and reign of Christ. Not as much as one teaspoon full of this earth shall ever be left outside the reign of Christ and His sons! Likewise, every star, every planet, along with the sun and the moon, in the whole vast universe shall also be subject to the government of Christ! One Day soon CHRIST SHALL RULE AND REIGN OVER ALL THINGS EVERYWHERE, including all the cities and nations of this world! And we shall have a part in that Divine government, for we are constantly and continually growing in the Spirit.
The very first covenant of promise the Lord made between man and the earth was this: “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” (Ge. 1:26). This verse describes God’s intention to make man in His own image and likeness, and then to give that new creation, spiritual man dominion over all the earth. This creative process began with the first Adam in the Garden of Eden and ends with us, who are a part of the last Adam! Man, specifically the Christ-Man, was created by God to have dominion over all the earth, including everything in it and of it. This promise was not given to the carnal, sinful Adamic man of the flesh, the man who has been reigning all during the last six days or ages, but to those righteous sons who have been changed into His glorious image and likeness, which is the Man of the seventh day. It has been a long, creative process, which has taken several ages, but we have finally come to the beginning of the age of the Kingdom of God on earth. This is the time when the promises of God must be fulfilled, and we are the people chosen of our Father to fulfill those eternal promises and Kingdom purposes. We are the people whose time has come!
The Psalmist also declared, by the Spirit, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet” (Ps. 8:4-6). What does it mean to be crowned with glory and honor? The crown we shall receive is also described as “a crown of glory (1 Pe. 5:4), “an incorruptible crown” (1 Co. 9:25), “a crown of righteousness” (2 Tim. 4:8), and “the crown of life” (James 1:12 & Rev. 2:10). And that crown, with which we shall be crowned, is the fullness of the Life and Glory of Christ. It represents our new adornment of His Life, His Glory, His Honor and His authority! Peter told us how we shall obtain that crown, when he declared, “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away” (1 Pe. 5:4). That which “fadeth not away” is indeed the fullness of the Life of Christ!
When He Came Down the Mountain Great Multitudes Followed Him
In the beginning of His earthly ministry, Jesus took His disciples up to a mountain and taught them the principles of the Kingdom of God. So do we, in spiritual type, ascend the spiritual mountain of the Lord, to learn His ways, as well as the spiritual principles of the Kingdom of God. When we have learned our spiritual lessons well, and the time is fulfilled, we shall come down from this spiritual mountain, which is the beautiful, heavenly Mt. Zion, to fulfill the promises of God on earth for all mankind. This was also foretold in spiritual type by the example of Jesus. Thus, we read, “When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him” (Mt. 8:1).
Just as the multitudes followed Jesus when He came down from that mountain, so also shall they follow this Christ company, when we come down from the spiritual mountain of the Lord. We shall then be anointed with the seven Spirits of the Lord, and will also be transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. Then, all nations shall run to us, wanting to receive what we have been given of our Father. The promise is: “Behold, you [Israel] shall call nations that you know not, and nations that do not know you shall run to you BECAUSE OF THE LORD YOUR GOD, and of the Holy one of Israel, FOR HE HAS GLORIFIED YOU. Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near” (Is. 55:3-6, Amplified). The word “glorified,” means to glean, to embellish, and to make clear or to reveal. That word is taken from another, meaning to give ornamentation to. The word “glorified,” can only refer to our transformation or our change into the glorious image and likeness of Christ, our elder Brother. When we are “glorified,” we shall display the beauty and ornamentation of the Lord of glory, Who has changed us into His full image and likeness.
The most important thing any of us can do now is to grow spiritually! May the Spirit within us urge us onward and upward in Christ! Forget the ministries of the past! Be done with yesterday’s church order and church plans! Forsake the static past with all its dead, lifeless traditions, ceremonies and responsibilities! The Kingdom of God has come to earth and will continue coming to earth until all that is of the lifeless past shall vanish and disappear. Give Him your all and He will give you the Kingdom! Our inheritance in the great and mighty Kingdom of our Father awaits us! Blessed be His glorious Name!
Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, PORTLAND, OR 97298-0055