CALL OF THE KINGDOM
Perfection Flows From Relationship In Jesus
Beloved, our perfection flows from our relationship with Christ Jesus. It is a personal, perpetual, consciousness where we have a liberating love of walking in His will. We respond to His love in a newfound consciousness of His nearness. There is nothing else we can do to make ourselves more pleasing to Him. It is through the crucifixion of God's Son that we enjoy His nearness, and through His resurrection life we abide in His nearness.
"By the which will we are sanctified through the offering if the body of Jesus Christ once for all...For by one offering He has perfected for ever them who are sanctified." Heb. 10: 10,14,15.
Here we have come into the consciousness of a secret of greatest importance. Perfection is our Father's work done in us, not our attainment. We are sanctified of the Lord Jesus through His one "offering," "perfected by His one offering," and "the Holy Spirit is a witness to us" of our sanctification and perfection. It is also our son to father relationship/kinship to Him. Our Father tells us we are "perfected for ever." Perhaps not already matured to His fullness. But a child when first born with every member and faculty intact is perfect at that stage.
This grand perfection whereof He speaks is an abiding relationship; a consciousness in the living Father Almighty, which is most pleasing to Him. We cannot make ourselves more pleasing to Him by going back to the "beggarly elements" of works and behavioral concepts of righteousness. This perfection flows out of a relationship of intimacy with the Lord. This intimacy has given us such a desire to please Him whom we love. Our spirit soars in the newly found consciousness and anticipation of responding to His love. Our once poor self concept and fear of displeasing Him is fading as He embraces us to Himself in this personal union.
This pure agape union with Elohim God the Father has caught us up to a higher plane of expression in the Spirit. This pure agape expression cannot be found written in mans books of "Positive Thinking," or "Name it and Claim it," neither in theologians book of ethics, and moral codes of law. "For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death." Rom. 8:2.
Through Christ's one majestic "offering" He has "perfected (completed) them which are sanctified." "We are sanctified... once for all," through the one offering of the body of Jesus Christ."
With this personal intimate consciousness, our life is delivered from the bondage of legalism of the religious system of the hour. The love of Christ constrains us. His love lifts you out beyond the plane of legalistic rules. His love brings joy, and encourages, inspires and motivates us to personal, intimate fellowship in His body.
How can one know what pleases the Father outside this love relationship of personal intimate communion with Him? Not one of mankind's offspring can of itself, be perfect. But of Father's unconditional love for all, He doesn't hold any such high expectation over our head. It is "through Christ's one offering once for all' that we enjoy His Paternal approval, love and face to face communion. There are inexperienced facets of our Father's love awaiting us, and the world too.
Heaven used to be a far off place, but is now a present realization, and is currently available to us through Jesus and His "one offering" at Calvary.
When He said, "It is finished," He triumphed over all death, Hades and the devil's works. In His entire unutterable and speechless splendor Christ arose out of the tomb triumphant Lord of all. He said, "If I go away (to the Father), I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am there you may be also." Jn. 14.
Aren't you glad that the triumphant Lord of all has personally come to you, making His abode with you? Jn. 14: 2,20,23. Because of Jesus death, resurrection and ascension, He is now appearing and residing in you.
Unfortunately, God's people have for hundreds of years been content with a minimal experience with the Lord. The utter spiritual power and splendor the early church had has been deficient in deplorable degrees through church history for 18 hundred years. Church theologians change their doctrines along the way to suit their lack of faith, and shallow experience. Almost all God's New Testament treasures have been relegated to the millennium or when they get to heaven. But a change is taking place in the spiritual realm. And we are in great expectation of change world wide as the kingdom provisions come into visibility.
Christian theologians have sold the people a church far below in stature than that which the New Testament portrays. So much so, that the majority of what is popularly acclaimed "church" is the apostate one the writers of scripture spoke of. It would be a miracle if one percent of their theologians and ministry believe in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit given its N.T. writers. Such as the "Jesus Seminar" participants who are apostate teachers of lies and everything contrary to Jesus and the New Testament writers teachings. They are "hirelings" of the most blasphemous sort. The spiritual can see the darkness of Hades on their countenance.
A beacon light like there has never been seen is beginning to sweep across the darkened land called Christianity, and the world at large. The spirit word like mountainous tidal waves has set in to wash away all opposition. People are tired of the religious tyranny that has dictated their steps, and has placed iron bars of spiritual darkness over their minds. They are ready to revolt against the religious dictators in true patriotism to Jesus Christ, and His kingdom.
The larger segment of Christianity has kept her children enslaved in external religion. Existing in forms and rituals, of a far off God, and external Christ, heaven and hell too. Everything is futuristic and external, outward, the antichrist, man of sin, serpent, Armageddon, Jerusalem, Zion, Day of the Lord, and an external Word of God. (Had to repeat that).
"PERFECT AS FATHER IS PERFECT!"
"Be therefore perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect." Matt. 5: 48.
His perfection courses through your veins in fellowship and oneness. Yours is a burning desire within to please Him. In the course of your response to Father's love, there is a leap in your heart, with flooding you within. The old hymn says: "Love lifted me, love lifted me. When nothing else could help. Love lifted me."
This love of God lifts you beyond the plane of mans moral laws of commandments, and church ethical codes. His love is our motive and guide in all we do, in all of our intents. "The love of Christ constrains us." 2 Cor. 5: 14. It goes beyond all the commandments. Jesus said: "The first, and greatest commandment is, You shall love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength."
The Father emblazoned something on my heart yesterday morning in Ephesians 2: 10: "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them."
As I looked in the Literal Concordant version, there was an overwhelming enlightenment. "His achievement are we being created in Christ Jesus." Suddenly it came, "We are God's achievement. We cannot achieve anything by our acts, or by our works of behavior. We are His achievement. We are already His finished product. It is in our perception, in our consciousness. The only difference in us now, and when we first came to know the Lord is in our perception. We have talked about the 30, the 60 and the 100 fold being stages of growth. But the growth is in our perception of where we are, and who we are, and who God is. Our perfection is not accomplishment on our part. "We are God's achievement created (formed) in Christ Jesus." Stacy Wood ministered yesterday that the 30, 60 and 100 fold is bearing "fruit," on those levels. It says that in the text: Matt. 13:23.
Grace, His favor does not mean that we are to achieve. All we can achieve in His sight is bow our heart, clothed in humility. When we see with His vision we see Christ in All Father does! He does see the end from the beginning. We have had our little Club, and if you joined our Club you were in, if not, you were out. So everybody has joined some exclusive Club, and each Club has excluded the other. But here again our perception was no further than the end of our nose. Once our perception is aligned with our Father's, we will see the big overall picture that God excludes none.
Inward division causes much of our inability to see our perfection in God. Until we can see that He and we are one, we will remain inwardly at clash with ourselves, and our inner life powers are neutralized and canceled by conflict.
"But we all with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Cor. 3: 18.
As the Lord looks into our face and sees Himself, we are changed (metamorphosed), a change of perception, a clearer consciousness of our being "as He is in this world." We see Him in the face of our brother, and sister. Who is our brother and sister? Until we see Him in them, we will never see Him in the face of the world.
In Acts 10, Peter belonged to an exclusive Club, called "The Church AT Jerusalem." God gave him a vision three times, speaking to him, before it broke through his hard head. As Peter began to minister to the house of Cornelius, he said, "God has showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean." Verses, 15 & 28.
When we began to see and practice this concept the hurting and unloved will come knocking on our doors. Jesus was criticized strongly because He ate and drank with the "Publicans, and sinners, the "winebibbers," and "harlots." There is a line of delineation between the harlots of the world, and harlots, and fornicating whoremongers that fellowship, and participate in some end time churches. Paul wrote some strong words against fellowshipping "fornicators" in his day. 1 Cor. 5:2 "You are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that has done this deed might be removed from among you."
Paul said that he "delivered such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?" Vs. 5, 6.
"Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of a harlot? God forbid." Vs 15. Some are spiritualizing this, but at that time, Paul was dealing with an actual case of fornication. Don't lift your hand, but you perhaps have seen this among kingdom churches.
We are the light of God to lighten the people everywhere. We are the leaves on the "Tree of Life" to heal the nations. Rev. 22: 2. We see the Father's face in one another, and His "name is written in our fore head." I give Him thanks that we now wear His Robe, His Ring and His Crown. And as we behold Him, we Become.
Gene Edwards wrote a book: "The Americanization Of Christianity." And he says, "All evangelical churches, all over the earth, look like American churches! This is the second time this has happened in church history...a one world Church!
In the Dark Ages there was only one church (with only one ritual): The Roman Catholic Church. To be anything else besides catholic was to be a heretic. Has this tragedy happened again?" Unquote.
We came out of Americanized Christianity, having much of her belief concepts (system) written in our "forehead." Now through Holy Spirit teaching we are conscious of our Father within, without mans tainted, structured teaching.
What a joyous laboring this is now. We are not trying to gain eternal life by keeping laws of works. Jesus finished work/sacrifice at Calvary. Abba's total love for all mankind was manifested at the cross.
If one does not have an intimate personal relationship with the Lord they cannot know what pleases Him. This intimate love relationship lifts one out of the vice of legalistic bondage to the plane where the Spirit bears witness of sonship. Rom. 8: 16. Legalism is a vice? Yes, it is not grace.
My father was a Seventh Day Church of God believer. And always kept the Sabbath (Saturday)! There was no work on Saturday, except the real necessary things like feeding the livestock, and milking the cows. Other things were not allowed. No Pork was ever served on mother's table. Probably the better for it, health wise anyway. But my sister Madge and I would, when visiting friends, eat pork. We would help our friends get work done in the fields, so they could hurry and go to town with us. And Moses accused us. Jn. 5: 45. But Grace does not accuse you. You are not under the Law, but under Grace. Under Grace you, "by Him are justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses." Acts 13: 38, 39. To many, the love of God becomes so closely tied to their belief system, and their tradition of that system, that to take away their theology is to take away the security of that love. They no longer know where they stand with God and are offended at the person who caused an awakening.
Men become tied to their denominational rites to the core. And they don't know how to function with God without their church tenets. These tenets tie them emotionally to their projection of God. It is when we are conscious of our oneness with Christ in the truth of a personal intimate relationship that gives bold expression, that we don't fear what is contrary to the faith. We do not feel that we must destroy to preserve ourselves. Our faith is not in ourselves, but in Christ.
Legalism gives very little availability for Abba's Grace. It robs Father's storehouse within you of His divine provisions of Grace given in the New Testament. These vices have turned many aside from the real peace and joy that is theirs now.
Union with the Lord is for the here and now. 1 Cor. 6: 17. By faith we reject our old sense of being, for the acceptance of oneness in God. Death and burial to our identification with the earthly man, to our resurrection into the New Creation man, Christ. Clinging to yesterday's garments will not enable one to confront the principalities and powers of today. The concepts that most are holding to must be turned loose of and superseded by the fullness of the inheritance in the Spirit.
"To know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God." Eph. 3: 19.
Knowing the "love of Christ, which passes knowledge," ushers in the fullness of God. Resting in the unutterable illumination of the Father's love and nearness, we behold eternity in the Father's fullness, and are conscious of the vast expanses of His love. Beloved, as I sit here trying to fathom Abba Father's unconditional love and reconciliation, I see Him smile, and all the earth dances with unbridled joy and ecstasy. Nature is singing a luminous song of loving rest and contentment.
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth; make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the Lord with the harp...and the voice of a Psalm. With trumpets and the sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord the King." Ps. 98: 4-6.
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." Then He imparted that light unto us, saying, "You are the light of the world." We are the children of the day, and as light are swallowing up the dark, the night. Day is light; the "Day of the Lord" is light. When the Spirit quickens, He illuminates within, bringing light, which is truth. "The raging "battle of Armageddon" is being fought in the battleground of the mind of many, the light versus darkness. Rev. 16.
The Invincible "two witnesses" (spirit and word) of Revelation 11, are advancing boldly, fearlessly against the traditional teachings that have been prison walls holding people in spiritual dungeons of darkness.
Oh, what miracles we have witnessed just recently of prison doors swinging wide open, letting the prisoners come out weeping and rejoicing for joy. It was the spirit and word of life that set them free. And we weep with those that weep, and rejoice with those that rejoice.
The Lord is saying, "Put on the garments of humility. Descend to the level of those around you. Not partaking of sin, but to lift them out of the quagmire they are immersed in. Redeem them from their earthiness, and consciousness of separation from God. Watch them with rejoicing as they bury their old identification with the earthly man, to rise into new identification in the New Man."
The judgments of God will bring complete restoration to all mankind. And the glory of this New Day is restoration. The Father is saying: "If you would prosper in my life, come down from your high place, become lowly and meek before me and men. Cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself! Become vulnerable as I did. Be wise as serpents, but harmless as doves in thinking and talking. If asked to go a mile, go two. But be wise."
Jesus said, "I came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and give my life for many." So many of kingdom people claim to have so much spiritually. Yet they come to their gatherings not caring whether children, in spiritual things, are nurtured appropriately. They don't care if children get choked to death as long as they hear something "new" as did the philosophers of Athens that Paul confronted.
The Lord is speaking to His "angel" ministry today a word to tear down the religious Clubs of prostitution and their ministries that have not the interests of the people in their heart. Have you joined somebody's Club that has not the interest of all in their heart? With the attitude, "If you join our Club, you are in. If you are not in our Club, boy, look out!! These are man-centered fellowships.
God sees within, in the invisible corridors of the heart. He will purify the inner recesses of the heart of those that are after Him, and not after man centered fellowships. Father is not the building, organization or church group. All that is not gathering unto the Lord is gathering unto man, to be man pleasers. Many in that role look at their neighbor, pointing his finger, saying, "That sure fits him," While three of his fingers are pointing back at himself.
Our Father has vast unfathomable purposes and intents, which is to minister the fullness of His salvation purchased on the cross to all earth's inhabitants. God is calling us as I said, to be clothed upon in humility, to be vulnerable. He is not calling us to be ministered unto, but to minister and give our lives for the brethren and into a dimension in the Spirit beyond what eye has not seen or ear heard.
There is a teaching that the millennium has nearly all of God's promises of fulfillment waiting to be fulfilled in its realm of time. That teaching is a blight on New Testament promises for this hour. And has been since its (that teachings) inception. God has raised up angel/messengers that are speaking a word that is like an ax, cutting that blight out root and all (Jer. 51: 19, 20), just as John the Baptist did to the nation of Israel. He said, "The ax is laid to the root of the tree." The Israelite tree was cut out at the roots, in 70 A.D., after Paul had delivered his message of grace to them. and they rejected the message. The old religion of the Jewish nation received the finishing touches of its destruction from General Titus by our Father's hand of judgment.
Our Father's promises, thrust so far into the future by unenlightened and unbelieving men, are for all now. 1 Cor. 2: 9,11. Yet, there are many who are content with receiving so little of God now. Yet, most want assurance of getting to heaven after they die. There are those who will be content with no less than to sit with Christ in the heavenly. They desire to see all of God's creation transformed, and pleasing to Abba.
As the mind of the Lord leads our eyes to see, we are astonished at the skin-deep spirituality of His people and their uncircumcised ears to the truth and anointing. Why are Christians so content to live spiritually under such substandard conditions? They have been oriented into the letter of the word and man invented doctrine.
My sister a devout Catholic raised my nephew. He loves the Lord and wanted the truth. After college, he became a schoolteacher. He even does his best under school policy and conditions to teach the children what is right. About a year ago, he discovered that the Catholic Church had invented Purgatory. That was too much for him. That ages long deception caused him to leave the Catholic Church and go to a Protestant church that believes in the bible.
My heart wells up within, being found in Him, I feel a great sigh of relief. A deep indescribable joy overwhelms me. Within me my spirit begins intercession in great groaning that cannot be spoken to my understanding. It is here that I forget about myself, and focus upon the needs of others whom I see. I find myself interceding with the Lord for them in my spirit. His power, that cannot be exercised by man, is beyond the human mind. Oh, what ecstasy in it all, it is out of the Father and I know it is real.
Through Jesus blood we are empowered to approach Him in His majesty. Empowered to sit in His throne. Nothing here is seen but in Spirit. In this plane it is, "Not I but Christ," all is spirit. All that love Jesus nearness will follow Him into His fullness. All of God's dear saints who follow man cannot know the Lord's mind. His presence within me is pulsating, before me appears love, mercy and grace.
In this level of His majestic presence is everything the human is not. Love and mercy has no end. All who have not come to grips with the race question, and buried it in God's sea of forgetfulness has never known the true love of God.
My spirit is turning my heart to follow Father's unending purposes. My human mind wants to reject it, but I see the New Creation Man approaching as the dawning of a millennium. All else is passing, not permanent. We draw near to Him that we may know Him as He is.
All that hear the new sound turn away from outward visible appearance and its glimmer. As the Lord lays open my heart, I sing a rapturous song of intimacy to Him, not to man. The desire of my heart's fulfillment has come. My heart wells up in adoration and unspeakable joy. All must come worship and acknowledge Jesus as Lord. Rev. 5:13, Phil. 2:10. All those responding come into intimacy with Him in the nearness of His throne.
We cannot stop short of that for which we are "apprehended," even "all the fullness of God." Eph. 3:10. We are the temple of God, and in Rev. 16: 1 the word of God is manifested out of His temple. These angel messengers, from out of the temple, are establishing the government of God in His people who will walk in that divine government, not "despising government." 2 Pet. 2:10, Jude 8.
In Jesus Christ is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I only desire Him as my end. I have come to Him in complete abandon. And He said, "Not my will but thine be done." Here I realize that I am resigning the throne of my heart and rule of my life. The Lord's preeminence is the ruling agent in my heart. I can remember the moment His love and mercy reached out to me and drew me to Him, and even now in tears I give thanks and love to Him for His unconditional love to me. The kingdom of my world has become the kingdom of the Lord and His Christ.
Scott & Louise