Part 2 The Gathering and the fullness of time

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We have discussed in previous articles how Paul teaches in Ephesians that we having been made alive together with Christ, having raised us up together In Christ, and made us sit together with Christ in the heavens with Christ is the very “gathering together of the fullness of times”. The mystery of the gospel that was entrusted to Paul for him to make all men see.

 
Pauls stewardship and purpose was just this. To make all see the purpose that He accomplished in Christ at the cross so that we would have “boldness and access with confidence and faith “In Him”. Paul had finally come to grips with his purpose of making clear what our inheritance is now, not at a 2nd coming.
But by the work of Christ on earth, not a future one. For us to accept this gift by faith and grow in understanding it through the gospel.
Any gospel message that stops short of this current reality of life with the Father, stops short of bringing you into the Kingdom of God “In Christ”.
 
You could say that Paul became a gate keeper for the kingdom of God. Unlike all the St. Peter jokes at the pearly gate after death or at a 2nd coming. Paul’s gospel message here is at the dispensation of the fullness of time whereby we are gathered together with Christ “In Christ”, seated with Him now by the working of faith. Didn’t Jesus say many times that “the Kingdom of God is at hand”? Well this is what that is. And it is as true now as it was then.
 
Now Paul was not always clear in his mind of his calling and objectives like he is here. He understood that he had not yet attained, that he was not yet perfected, but he knew it was attainable and worthy to reach for in this current age. This is true godliness, god-like-ness. 
 
Paul further describes this in Ephesians 4 as “the work of the ministry, the building up of the body of Christ on earth, till we all come to the unity of faith, to a complete knowledge, to a perfect man and full stature of Christs likeness. To grow up into Him who is the head of the body. Seated in the heavens. 
 
I know how hard it is for us to divorce this concept from the leavened loaf of the end timers teaching. For they think the gathering together is at a 2nd coming event on earth as with most of the scriptures. Paul spoke of this in Ephesians too. To “no longer be tossed to and fro by every wind and doctrine of men (of carnal thinking) by which they lie in wait to deceive”. 
 
However well intended these people may seem to be. Anyone who has you occupy your thinking of a 2nd coming for the fulfillment  of Gods word in your life is keeping you out of the Kingdom now” They cannot be quickened, resurrected, raised and seated together with Him now in their mind if it is later. They reject the gift of God “in Christ”.
 
The whole book of Ephesians is to make clear this point and our purpose here on earth. To gather together in one. To awaken to this reality of being seated with Him now. To grow in understanding this now. In one all things in Christ Jesus.
Now this may seem like too big of a stretch for you to believe this reality, this mystery that Paul is trying to convey to us. To help us be renewed in our mind to accept being seated now in the heavens “In Christ” Jesus. But this is not a new concept. It was just new for Paul. It is a mystery hidden in Christ for the fullness of times. And your fullness of times can be now if you allow Him to be glorified now and not at some 2nd coming where He has to do another work. Even as the disciples said that they remembered these things were written of Him after He was glorified”. You too will think anew, or remember when He is glorified in your mind. This is your fullness of time to glorify Him now as King, victor, and salvation being the full work of God  displayed by Jesus the man not left for a second coming. “Be ye reconciled to this”Be ye seated” 
 
So lets look where else this is at in scripture. In John 17 Jesus speaks with our Father. He finished His work on earth. He has authority over all. He was restored with the Glory He had with the Father from before the beginning. Then He speaks of those who He has kept, who have “received His word”. Who are “not of this world but in the world” that the world may know. And this was not just to those alive in that day but also to those “Who would believe in Me through their word”.
 
Jesus goes on to say to the Father in John 17.

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[e] believe in Me through their word;21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it,that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

 

Isn’t being one with Him being raised together, ascended together and seated together with Him like Paul said? And this is our stewardship to proclaim this same truth now! Why? “That the world may know” and “that they (us who believe) made be made perfect in one” That is us now, perfect in understanding, being joined to Him who is the head of the body seated in the heavens now. 

 

So do not say in your mind, well who is going to go to heaven to bring this down for us? (like a 2nd coming) Or who will ascend from the deep to bring Him up? Or, how can I climb up to sit down myself? 

 

Romans 8.8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”[a] (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.   Unto completion, the full package, seated with Him in Glory, a perfect man, a full measure of Christ.

 

This is the gospel of the true Kingdom of God and the place of our calling. To Him through the working of faith.

To the intent that NOW! Eph 3.10

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 To the intent that now the manifest, declared wisdom of God would be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavens. To make all of us see the dispensation of this mystery. Paul said these words then and it is as true for us today.

 
It is Christ’s body, the church that fills all and all now (1.20) It was by His death and resurrection that He was seated far above all powers in this age and every age for all eternity. And this is a reality not at a 2nd coming but by the work of the cross.
 
If we reject this fact and ascribe it to some 2nd coming where He will be seated and rule in all power, we are disconnected from the head that supplies the nutrients that make this truth your reality by the working of faith. So not only is He seated in all power, so are we because we are seated with Him and “In Him” All power and principality subject to us now. Not at a 2nd coming. This is the fellowship, the stewardship, the fullness and the mystery that Paul describes that is given to us now. All things being subject to us.
 
Because ” in the fullness of time God sent forth His son born of a women” to activate this reality by the working of faith. To be far above all powers being in Him, seated with Him, powers being subject to us.
 
We do not have to strategize how to fight those powers. (I beheld as Satan fell from heaven) Satans fall is more the truth that we have been seated far above him. Way above a battle. This is by the blood of Christ and not relegated to a 2nd coming. Satan loves it that some refuse the gift by not going up and wait for a 2nd coming. We do not wait to be seated at a 2nd coming of Jesus but sit down with Him now.
 
So we do not have to wring our hands or wrangle over an enemy for we have been delivered from this current age by faith. Even as 1st John says “You have overcome the wicked one”
 
So Satan is a topic of discussion and an obstacle for those who have not accepted the invitation to sit down with our Lord in the heavens by the working of faith.
“To the intent that NOW the manifest, declared wisdom of God would be made known by us believers. This is not a 2nd coming event but is gifted to us NOW. Eph 1.3 of Christ ” who has given us every spiritual blessing in Christ, in the heavens.
 
In the gospels Jesus said “destroy the temple and I will rebuild it in 3 days” was speaking of His body. And He meant more than a physical body dressed in a robe. We are His body, the fullness of Him who fills all and all, everything every where, heaven and earth. And He is the head we are nourished from.
 
It was at the cross He said “Eli, Eli, lama sabacthani”. Then the temple was then torn from top to bottom signifying that the all the levels in the temple were exposed and that we were granted access to the top. This was “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. To the intent that NOW!. But some look for this as a 2nd coming attraction for Jesus to come to earth and rule like a man as a king. But Hosanna came. “Blessed is He who came in the name of the Lord” All powers being made subject to Him, as He said “All things have been given to me from heaven and earth”.
 
The only reason He would have to come again like the 2nd coming seekers expect, would be to convince your carnal mind that it is so. But He does not convince unbelief with tangible facts for that violates faith. For why then would we need faith to please Him?
 
 
He has come and taken away the partition walls that kept us out of the Kingdom by the works of the cross. Not a 2nd coming.
 
The law and the prophets were until John. Now the Kingdom is preached and all are pressing their way into it. The kingdom has come to earth as it is in heaven. This is the mystery that was hidden that Paul finally learned to understand and presented it in the book of Ephesians. The kingdom has come, Christ is the Kingdom come, He is the kingdom at hand. He is the head and we are the body. We are “In Him”. 
 
2nd coming seekers are like a headless body because they believe that they rule later. But I read scripture that says “to the intent that NOW! It was said of those who looked to the apostles and prophets that, greater is the one who is least in the kingdom” meaning greater than the prophets . Wen stand onthe accomplishments and the understanding of what they learned and brought forth for us. “Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets”. We stand on their works and are greater.
 
The Kingdom of God is at hand

Part 1 The Gathering and the Fullness of Time

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Ephesians 2.20+ Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone. In whom the whole building of God is joined together.

 
Wow! What a remarkable verse. We “Having been built” in the city of our God.
 
2.11 Therefor remember, be reminded, know and understand that we were once gentiles, we were once aliens from the citizenship. But now we are not. We have been brought together by the blood of Jesus Christ. Not a 2nd coming event. “He made us all one, He reconciled us all together through the cross.
 
4.4 This is the bond of peace, the blood. This is the unity of the body. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, actuated by the finished work of the cross not a 2nd coming, but through His blood, the forgiveness of sin.
 
And having done this He (2.1+5+) made us alive together, un-noticeble  to the carnal senses. He raised us up together. He made us sit together, by the work of the cross. Not second coming events.
 
Wake up you deniers and despisers of the cross. You ascribe all things things to be fulfilled at a 2nd coming and reject this gift from God. To be baptised together, made alive together, raised together, and seated together with Him. To this we are citizens.
 
This is the very gathering you are seeking to obtain, but not by faith but as it were at a 2nd coming, but the elect have obtained it. To be “In Christ”, to be made alive “In Him” to be raised and sat down together with Him. These are not blank words to be actuated at some 2nd coming but a current reality to the one with this faith.
 
Can you say that you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets with Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone? Isn’t this later for the 2nd coming seekers? Is it that the apostles the prophets and Jesus need to do another work for this to be so? That they are not the foundation but they will be later? That maybe they are in heaven playing checkers waiting for the time of a 2nd coming to become famous?
 
You are alienated in your mind from the truth that is “In Christ”. We are being built together growing to be a habitation of God in the spirit. The only thing being built now is our understanding. You are complete “In Him” now learn to understand that. 
 
We walk by faith, we receive by faith, we enter and sit down by faith. It is from faith to faith. Every step. Those who seek for it to be activated at an event defined as a 2nd coming have departed from that which is from the beginning.
 
We have discussed the specifics of the event of Ephesians 1.10 “that in the fullness of times He would gather together in one all things that are In Christ Jesus, both which are in heaven and on earth “In Him” In whom we have obtained an inheritance now. Not the 2nd coming.  
 
It is the same fullness of time described in Galatians 4.3-7 but when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His son born of a women, to redeem those bound by the elements and time frame of the first creation and now we are his heirs and offspring.
 
End time pursuers deny all this and ascribe these things to an event they call the 2nd coming. They think they have to undergo their own death or a rapture to realize the truth we have just spoken of being resurrected and seated in the heavens “In Christ”
 
So we have died and been raised gathered together with Him. We have ascended and been seated gathered together with Him. Being raised together, seated together by one spirit by one event, the cross. Not of ourselves at a 2nd coming.
 
Are you still bound by the elements of time and matter from the 1st creation? Are you not a new creation? Do you really think that you are completed and delivered at a 2nd coming?
 
Repent for the Kingdom of God is AT Hand!

When that which is perfect has come, that which is in part is done away with

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When that which is perfect has come, that which is in part is done away with. 1 Corinthians 13.10
 
 
Abraham was waiting for a city whose builder and maker, or fabrication and anatomy is God. This place of our inheritance being eternal is God. The gift of eternal life that we are receiving is not something being made as though it had not been. If it had once not been it could not be eternal.

 
The word talks about the buildings and structures  of Jerusalem. But the buildings and structures and Jerusalem had their invisible counterpart. Meaning that they teach of and represent eternal realities. Not that the buildings on earth had any other significance then to build the kingdom within you. God establishes those realities in you.
 
This is why Jesus is the way, and that He came preaching “The Kingdom of God is at hand” or at your finger tips. He is speaking of His anatomy. Not a thing to be made, but something He is. It is “In Him”. This is why the Jewish leaders were befuddled when He said “destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in 3 days. He is the temple, He is the city and He is the Holy Land.
 
This too then is our rebuilding. We walk in His promises. This is the Promised land. This is why there is no mention of a promised land in the new testament as though that is outstanding to be fulfilled for “all the promises of God are yes and amen in Christ”. If you are “In Christ” then you are in the place where the promises are fulfilled. They are in Him, they are Him.
 
All the Old Testament tools of teaching, be it the Sabbath, the Land, the city or a feast, these are all for our instruction and understanding of things invisible and eternal. “But when that which is perfect has come then that which is in part will be done away with. The end meaning of all those things are “in Christ” All the old testament teaching tools have a trade in value. Temporary for the eternal. This is a redemption and a cross over point is that in the renewed mind this is the new and living way, the new creation. This is the “when that which is perfect has come, that which is in part is done away with”
 
This takes place not as a single event called the 2nd coming, but by His assorted comings to us He presents Himself now by His word and He shows us how these things are fulfilled “in Christ” by His Holy Spirit. That which is in part that is done away with are things of the 6 days of creation. This is also called “the shaking” from Hebrews 12.27. That which can be shaken will be shaken so that the eternal remains. He is speaking and shaking even now.  
 
And this does not have to happen visibly but by faith. You do not see it with your eyes for “no man (of the Adamic nature) shall see God and live”. You must be born again of His composition of spirit not that of time and matter. You must be renewed, tried and transfigured. And again, this is not done at a singular event called a 2nd coming, but by a lifestyle of walking with Him.
 
If this transition takes place at a 2nd coming then many scriptural concepts are un-necessary and lost. How can you become holy? “Be ye Holy as I am Holy”. Peter quotes this as a continual occurring reality. The gospel of Jesus Christ is according to godliness, meaning god-like-ness. This is not a religious concept of piety and self righteousness. “Be ye holy as I am Holy” is become His Holiness, by faith. He has given us everything that pertains to life and god-like-ness.
 
Titus 2.11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation (which is not the 2nd coming) hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly (god-like), in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing(s) of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify (by the transformation of putting Him on) unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

15 These things speak, 
 
And this we do. We look to Him now and and He appears as He truly is now in His Glory and this is what we become. This is our transformation now. This is “the prophetic word more sure”. Put this on, put Him on. You cannot put Him on now if you are waiting to see Him at a 2nd coming. You are deprived of the truth of transformation and have traded it for something else. You have lost your reward. Are you not called “saints”? What do you think that means? Do you accept this? Do you receive this? This god-like-ness in this age? You mean it is later? Do you see what happens to your thinking? That means salvation is later and Christ died in vain to have to redeem you at a 2nd coming.
 
If we learn to receive this then this too becomes us. As He said “He who has seen me has seen the Father” Most don’t understand this. When people interact with us they see something they don’t understand. They see the invisible light and the truth that resides in each one of us, being Gods Holy Spirit. Some admire this, some are jealous and try to squelch this. This is sharing His persecution. On our part he is glorified.
 
This is not done by calling people to a 2nd coming for even Islam, and Buddhists and other religions believe in a coming Messiah and a renewed earth later. It is the gospel that brings salvation in the here and now that is an offence. The work from the cross is our point in faith, not His return. And we love His appearing but this appearing is continual, not a 2nd coming
 
We become holy now in this age and “we have this treasure in earthen vessels so the excellency and the power may be of God not ourselves for we do not preach ourselves but Christ crucified”. That is the power of transformation. Look to that for change.We are like a light on a hill that cannot be hid, a bushel of light under a bed.
 
Doesn’t Paul say that we are living epistles written not on stone but on the heart by the Holy Spirit? That we are read by all men? And if we reject our calling for holy living now, for god-like-ness now, and live for a hope only to be realized at a 2nd coming then we are of all men most pitiable. What a shame and what a sham, for the good news of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation “Today” not tomorrow or 2000 years later. If we are not saved we have nothing. If we are saved then we have the redemption, the adoption, the justification, the reconciliation and the at-one-ment now. Today!
 
The price has been paid and the only thing that stands in your way is that you want to have a visible confirmation of these truths. So you lump together what you cannot receive by faith and say it is coming later at a 2nd coming and associate yourself with doubters of Gods Holy word. Hath God really said?
 
If we live only in the hope of a change at a 2nd coming we are of most men to be pitied. What a shame. What a sham. For isn’t the gospel the power of God unto Salvation for today? Now? Or are we in limbo for a 2nd coming? 
 
This is where our cultural Christianity stops short of His fullness. We do become holy and grow in god-like-ness even now or why would the word say “As He is so are we in this world”? This is not just the same as the man Jesus was because Jesus said “Greater works shall you do for I go to the Father.” And if we can only be like the man Jesus who walked the earth we could not become greater. But as we see Him as He truly is through the gospel we become like Him. This is our mirror to put Him on. Him who is with the father is He who displays a greater reality of the Father. And this is Him in His transfigured, eternal state. This is what we behold. “Tell the disciples that I have ascended to My God and your God, to My Father and your Father. Cling to this. perceive this. Look upon this and become transfigured from the glory to the glory. (2 Corinthians 3.18)
 
It is enough for a student to become like his teacher and all students perfectly trained do so. So if we see Him as He truly is, it is enough to be like Him as He is. Not a man on earth but raised incorruptible. He is the last Adam who has become a life giving spirit. So too this becomes us. This becomes our greater works. “Good master what must I do to do the works of God? Believe in Him who was sent.” This one who was sent returned and it is there we behold Him, that we are seated with Him, “In Him”. And if we see Him any less we see Him in part. But when that which is perfect has come, that which is in part is done away. This is His gift to us. Eternal life and life is in the Son where He is with the Father. If it is any less then He has not given us of His fullness, but He has. John 1.16. Either He has or He hasn’t, black and white. The gray exists only in a wavering mind.
So do you want to do the greater works? Then believe in Him who was sent from where He came from and where He returned. It is He who calls us to Himself that we may “behold the glory given to Him from the foundations of the world”
There is not much transformation in a man named Jesus. And there is even less in a Jesus who must come back to work salvation. But there is all we need in Him who said it is done, and sat down to prove it.  

The Lords Supper 8/17

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The Lords Supper

 
Matthew 26.26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

 

Here we have at the Lord’s supper Him saying that He would not drink from it again until He drinks it new in the Kingdom. It is the bread and the wine that become new first. Simply put it is us who put off our old nature symbolized at baptism that become new to drink it with Him, for it is the bread and the wine of the new covenant which is in effect now that His blood has been shed. (Hebrews 9.15)

It is in this way that we drink it new. He nourishes the spirit not the man. It is our spirit that is new that allows us to drink it new in the Kingdom. His words are spirit and they are life and this is what we partake. This is the Lords Supper. It does not refer to a future coming kingdom that does not exist yet like those who suppose it to be at a 2nd coming of something yet to be fulfilled. It is filled full now. The Kingdom is preached and men are pressing their way into it. Luke 16.16

This is how we are filled now that we are new. We partake of His word and His spirit. It is not like meat on a BBQ to be cooked that you see but His holy word that is perceived so you can receive it by your new person. It is not His Kingdom that is being made new to have a grand opening at a second coming for it already is or Jesus could not have already said “The Kingdom of God is at hand”.

It is us eating this new in the spirit of our mind that makes it new. But it is the silly Adamic nature that postpones the spiritual nourishment until a 2nd coming for a coming Kingdom that does not exist yet waiting to be finished that it may be revealed. Yet the Kingdom never was  not yet as though it still needs to be but only in our minds, this is where He builds it. You see then to drink it new in the Kingdom is not for a future kingdom. The newness has to do with us. It is us who are changeable and are changing. God and His Kingdom are not. So when we come together to eat the Lords supper, it is to eat it new in the Kingdom.

1 Corinthians 5.7 Therefore purge out the old leaven that you may become a new loaf since in truth you are unleavened.

This “drinking it new in the Kingdom”, the eternal kingdom is not as though it must be something later is not already.  It is as eternal as He is for it is His home and cannot change. Or where would He be King until His kingdom is finished. You think He is subject to time as though He is ringing His hands in heaven just hoping for His kingdom to be built. Everything about Him is timeless, hence “enter the Kingdom prepared for you from (b4) the foundations of the world (ages). So it is us that becomes new not Him.

And how do we do this? By partaking of Him any day and every day. To us who “love His appearing” not as something future but daily and continual. We “eagerly await His appearing”. We look to the author and finisher of our faith”. Not of a 1st and 2nd coming but to Him who delays not His coming. We do not forsake the assembling and so much more as we see the coming day. Till the dawn of the old and morning star of the eternal day that needs not a jump start except in our thinking and understanding.

This is “the Kingdom that comes not with carnal observation” as the 2nd coming seekers are stuck on. It appears not to the eyes in your head but the eyes of your understanding (Eph 1.18) He appears to our perception and this way we are renewed, we recieve, we become what we receive. This is our spiritual growth. Not like food for the carnal man that nourishes the human but a new nutrition for the new man who is raised incorruptible. For He says “My words are spirit and they are life”. So if we believe His words, we ingest them, and we keep them. We become what we eat. We put this on. We put Him on. We put on Christ. This is putting on the new man. We perceive Him as He is and we become like Him. Today!

And we do this before a 2nd coming as is taught by others for if you do not do this now you will be found naked. If you have washed off the old man by baptism what is it that you wear now if you expect your new garments at a 2nd coming?

This is why the 2nd coming seeker churches are “poor blind and naked”. They think a 2nd coming is the fulfillment but now we can be filled full. Till we become a perfect man” (Eph 4.13?) They are poor because they reject the true riches of which we speak. They are blind because they do not see the “Kingdom of God” which is “at hand”. And they are obviously naked because they cannot put anything on they perceive to be later. In this they condemn themselves.

1 Tim 4 the spirit speaks expressly that in the later days men will depart from the faith giving head to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.” And again “after my departure you will be devoured by savage wolves. They have and they did. We are that.

They think to “drink it new in the Kingdom” is when they see it with human eyes, and this scoffs at the faith that pleases God. It is anti-faith and anti-Christ to ignore Him who speaks from Heaven now as though He must come in bodily form to appease our carnality and stand where we can see Him to believe.

But it is He who even now says, He who has been saying. Him whom you ignore “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door.” This is whom we ingest at the Lords Supper. “I will come into them and dine with them and them with Me.” This is drinking the fruit of the vine new in the Kingdom with Him. The new covenant is in full force, “the Kingdom is preached and men are pressing their way in” This is that which was from the beginning. Let that abide in you. Not a silly 2nd coming man you can see with the eyes in your head. What a powerless gospel with no transformation that leaves many disappointed and unchanged while they wait for something that is at their fingertips.

“For him who has ears to hear, hear what the spirit says to the churches” The words of this prophesy are not sealed for a 2nd coming. What I say to you I say to all watch. For if you do not watch, if you think I have delayed my coming, I will come upon you as a thief and take even that which you think you have. But to those who anticipate My coming, and love My appearing, I come quickly (unnoticeable to the carnal senses in the wink of an eye) and My reward is with me to give to each one according to their work. Blessed are they who do My commands for they have the right to the tree of life and enter through the gates into the City in the Kingdom. Yes, press into this. But outside are sorcerers, adulterers and whoever loves and keeps lies”

Where are you?

Baptized into Christ and to His fullness by the working of Faith

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Colossians 2. 9 For in him (Jesus Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, 

 

This is our calling and purpose to identify with Him. This is our salvation to be found “in Him” in his death, His resurrection and His quickening. Not ours. Not our physical body but His. This is what it means to be “In Christ” in the body of Christ, and not be in ourselves. It is to actualize these things by faith which is our salvation. He is our salvation. This is the full work of God in us in our lifetime. To be complete in Him is to know, understand and actualize this free gift by faith. This is to be to the measure of the full stature of Christ, to a perfect man. Ephesians 4.13

 

Unlike the 2nd coming seekers who deny that the work of Christ is now supposing Him to do it later when He comes again. This message creates refuge detainees to wait in a holding cell of un-belief for some 2000+ years, or at least until you physically die before you can activate the gift of God in Jesus Christ. But the price was paid in full and He said “it is done” having completed His task of salvation for that was His name, He returned from the flesh in His appearance. The new covenant in full effect now.  

 

But this is what the Adamic mind of the flesh that is connected to the carnal senses fabricates. It says; I must die to be separated from my body for my soul to rise to God for His promises to be realized by me, for me to fully receive the gift of God. Or another mindset which is popular to 2nd coming seekers is “I will be raptured to the clouds in my carnal body, and my carnal body will take on a glowing status like the man Jesus who will occupy Jerusalem on earth and be King here. This is all quite reasonable and believable from a human standpoint, for this all follows the progression that seeing is believing. But this overlooks the basic tenant of our faith.

Hebrews 11.1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The unseen being more weighty than all matter from the 6 days of creation.

Faith is of another substance of non-substance, other than the substance experienced by the Adamic, carnal mind connected to the senses of the physical body. There is a reality that is non-human that takes precedence. This reality is not being made or created for God quit that on the 6th day. This place already is and you must enter it by learning and understanding after death and resurrection. 

 

Now you are confused because all Christians believe that. But it is not our death that is important but His. And it is not our bodily resurrection that we must see but His. The gift of salvation is activated by identifying with His death and resurrection that has already happened,. Not an event like a 2nd coming to happen later. Were you not baptized into His death to identify with His life? What are you waiting for? Physical proof? Yes this is what the Adamic nature does. Are you “in Adam”? or “In Christ”? So we die in Christ’s death, we resurrect in His resurrection and the overlooked one is that we ascend in His ascension, we see Him as He is and we join Him there. This is all actuated by faith in the unseen. Your human body cannot add to it or take away from it. Being in a flesh body cannot itself deny you access. You can just deny or believe in the spirit of your mind. The choice is yours. It already is and never not was so you don’t have to wait like for a 2nd coming.

 

Think of it like this. You have a free pass that includes travel, hotel accommodations, food clothing and entertainment to the Kingdom of God. But you have to use the coupon. This is our faith and appropriating His word grants us His fullness now like we read in Colossians. Not actuated by a 2nd coming, but faith. From faith to faith, as it is written.

 

Most of Christianity agrees that we have the keys to the Kingdom of God, but most hold it as a promise to be redeemed at a 2nd coming like a Rapture or when their body dies. But this is not faith but the carnal mind that is enmity against God. (Romans 8.7)

Here is sound reasoning. You heard the gospel message and you were baptized. There you confessed Christ and identified with His death to be raised in newness of life by faith. What was it then that you saw with your eyes that you think you need to see something today? Like Paul said “O foolish Galatians who has bewitched you? You whom Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? Having begun in the spirit you are to now be perfected in the flesh? Let me put this in context for today. O you foolish Americans. Having begun in the spirit will you now be perfected at some 2nd coming? You have lost your focus, your purpose and rewards. The 2nd coming mindset has robbed you from your inheritance now.

 

 It was Abraham that believed God and was Gifted righteousness being a perfect standing with the Lord. 

 

You see the Galatians too were side tracked from the spiritual invisible. They were circumvented and short circuited back to earth like the 2nd coming seekers who suppose they are going to see something and receive it but not as it were by faith. This will not happen because “without faith it is impossible to please God”. If the 2nd coming seekers get it without faith then God would have to apologize to all those throughout the ages who have believed without seeing. That would be unjust.

 

Colossians also says 1.12+ that we are partakers of this inheritance with the saints in the light” and there is no illusion to this being activated at some 2nd coming or that it is even later for it is not. And “He has delivered us from the power of darkness” Again no illusion of this being later. And He has (already) translated us into the Kingdom of His Son”. All of this is past tense and are His words not mine. Believe it or not. We are raised with Him through the working of faith, and He has quickened us together with Him through the work of the cross. This has all transpired un-noticeable to the human eye, in the blink of an eye like all the works of the spirit. According to Colossians all of this has nothing to do with the illusive 2nd coming but the cross, and like we spelled out from Galatians 3 that it is a work of the spirit not a perfecting of the flesh visible to the carnal eye.

 

So this all happens not after your physical body is buried and not after some supposed rapture at some 2nd coming but at the death of His mortal body and His resurrection and His ascension, not ours. To be “in Him” “in Christ” “in His body”. This is His body of believers, not those who borrow the name who dis-believe.

 

 Your keys to the Kingdom, your ticket to paradise, is your faith. From faith to faith in the person of Jesus Christ who was displayed for our Glory 2000+ years ago. As soon as you segregate any part of this gift to a 2nd coming you step outside of faith. You disbelieve the word of God.

 

The Kingdom of God is at hand.  

More on the Eternal Day

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Hebrews 3.13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,
 
10.25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
The main theme of the book of Hebrews is the “Rest of God, the true Sabbath where He is” This is the gospel, this is the message “Today! if you will hear His voice” Which is the voice that calls even today saying “refuse not Him who speaks from heaven”. This day being the eternal day, not the days of time and matter, but the everlasting day for the everlasting God, the day before creation where He rests from His creation to which we are of the called, hearing His voice to be with Him where He is before He ever spoke a word, before all creation. This place which has no night where Christ is seated right now and if we are truly “In Him” we are there now “in spirit and truth”. That is if you can see it and receive it, saying; there remains a rest to the people of God, and we who have believed have entered that rest” the place of time before the time of matter. We who have believed is the act of faith being the conduit by which we have received it.
 
So it is of this day that is not related to time as we know but to a greater reality which has no beginning or end like Melchizedek. This place is a place even higher than angels saying “for He has not put the world to come of which we speak in subjection of angels. And this world to come in which we speak is not in subjection to time either saying “Today” as it goes out even in our day.
 
Now “this world to come in which we speak” is pictorialized and memorialized throughout the scriptures but never meant to be earthly. For if it was of the earth “Joshua would not have spoken of another day” It is the carnal man and immature believers that see this in a linear time line to be revealed at a 2nd coming, meaning not “Today”
 
This mindset of looking for another day called the 2nd coming is a faithless testimony and confession. All the gossip, hoopla and energy spent investing “another day” a later day to be actualized by the human senses, is really quite a faithless act. (Heb 4.6) Thereby judging themselves being unbelieving, they receive nothing. “Be it according to your faith” and if you believe it is later then it is not “Today” for you. You have judged yourself unworthy of the full gift of God which is “in His Son”. We walk in the light as He is in the light” He is the light and “IN HIM” there is no darkness or nights at all.
But you say the Son will come later, but it is He who is coming now. As it was said back then so too in our time “There are some standing here today who will not taste death till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom with great power and Glory” and they did. So “Today” enter this. And He is coming not as a man, but in His true personage being eternal and invisible. It is the carnal mind hooked up to the senses of the flesh who are dead to Him who whisks about them beckoning them to “wake up”.
 
So cast off your ignorance and unbelief. Throw away the foolish notion that you cannot have Him now in His full Glory, that He must come again a 2nd time to do another work to the flesh to give you something you don’t have.
His visitations are many. Not just a 1st and 2nd coming.
 
It is He who stands at the door and knocks who always wants to sup with you, with your spirit for His words are spirit and they are life. Do not be like the evil servant who said “my Lord delays His coming” for He does not. It is you who get caught up in this life too much to enjoy Him who knocks, who is always coming. As He says “come to Me and I will give you rest” is “the world to come of which we speak” and is always coming.
Or would you rather gather with those of  a 2nd coming mindset and live in uncertainty and confusion? I mean really, who’s message do you think that is anyway?
 
From Hebrews 3.13 says we are exhorted to encourage each other while it is called “Today”. It does not say to exhort about another day like a tomorrow or like a 2nd coming. And Hebrews 10.25 furthers this concept saying to “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves as we see the day approaching” is not about a 2nd coming concept that is not said anywhere in scripture that it is a 1st and 2nd. The whole book of Hebrews speaks of the eternal day that was before time and matter as the place of our calling. 
 
The term from Hebrews 10.25 “so much more as you see the day approaching” is correctly rendered from the Greek as “see the day at hand” meaning at His fingertips. To give to you if you will receive it by faith. This is the same verbiage as “the Kingdom of God is at hand” And the place from 2 Peter 3.18 rendered  correctly in the Greek “To Him be the Glory both now and the eternal day” Again not a 2nd coming day as though it is not yet.
And again in Revelation “seal not the words of this book for the time is at hand” to enter now. What is not clear in your mind is settled in heaven. It is becoming in your mind not on earth. The things that are at hand are not the judgments and woe’s for those repeat themselves like with Antiochus Epiphanies and such. It is the revelation, the unveiling that is at hand. History repeats its self. Get your mind off things of the earth and seek that which is in heaven. In “that day” “Today!” the “eternal day” the time “at hand” the “coming day” that cometh not with (carnal) observation Luke 17.22. The kingdom finished from the foundation of the world, before God ever spoke a word. Settled in heaven.
 
Hebrews 4.3 We who have believed have entered. The Kingdom of God is at hand.

In My Fathers House are many Mansions 7/26

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John 14.2 Says ” In my Fathers house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you so. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will Come Again and receive you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Here we have mansions, dwellings or abodes depending on your translation, with the Father. And we have the way to these Jesus being the way the truth and the light”. The only thing missing was in your mind. When Jesus went to the Father and spoke these words not for His sake for the Father always hears Him, but for the sake of the hearers. Them and us. Jesus created a place with that word saying “Father that they may be with me where I am” Where? To the mansions prepared for you from before time, the kingdom prepared for you from the foundations of the world. (Mt 25.34) Jesus spoke and it was so proving He was like His Father.

 
We have to learn to see Him as He appears with the eyes of our understanding, as He who always was, and we have to see him as He was before time, for He was a man for only a short time. But as He was may be better understood from the mouth of the Father.
 
Hebrews 1.8-10 But to the Son He (the Father) says “Your throne Oh God (Jesus) is forever and ever, a scepter of righteousness is a scepter of Your Kingdom,… You Lord in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are a work of Your hands. They will perish but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment. Like a garment You will fold them up and they will be changed. But You are the same and Your years will not fail”
 
Those are words from God the Father about God the Son, ascribing all things to Him, deserving of all Glory and honor, showing that Jesus did not become something He already wasn’t in the eternals, but just that He came here and walked it out as a man, for our understanding so that we could follow Him, that where He is we would be also. But eternity has never been under construction. It just is. This age we live in was made in 6 days and God in Christ rested from all His works to not create like that anymore. The only construction hence forth is offspring of His Kingdom. The only thing that changed was an earthly name which came with a path change.
 
You see the old way failed. “Father if there is any other way?” Having expired the earthen model called “Jerusalem” where those went up for the feasts, Christ the new and living way being not patterns and pictures and earthen articles in an earthen city of “likenesses” of the Kingdom of God. Christ being in heaven now to appear on our behalf is not waiting to come back here to build something. For that carpenters son is a Son of another carpenter, God. And the building they are doing is not in heaven, and not on earth, but in your heart and mind and soul. For the mansions exist and the way exists but the path in your mind is obscure.
 
So in the old model what people were walking out by going up to the feasts was what should have been taking place in their hearts the whole time. That is why the man Jesus said to the Jewish leaders “you are not entering the Kingdom and you are keeping out those trying to enter”. They were in Jerusalem and never entered the kingdom, but just an earthen model (Jerusalem) for instruction. The carnal mind idolized those buildings and knew not God. 
 
As the Lord said in Isaiah 1.11+ What is the purpose of your sacrifices to Me? I have had enough!, when you come appear before Me who has required this of you to trample My courts? Bring to Me no more futile sacrifices, your sacred assemblies I cannot endure, your appointed feasts My soul hates. How the faithful city has become a harlot”. 
 
These are pretty harsh words about a model that people want to build and return to today. Rebuild Jerusalem so God can come? There is a certain curse for those who pursue this for this is the sin of what is spiritually called Sodom. (Isaiah 1.10 + Rev 11.8)
 
Jesus instructed us to “seek the Kingdom of God”. And in Colossian’s 3. Paul says “being raised with Christ, seek those things that are above”. And this is done not by laying out a chart of a timeline of how this jesus will come back to planet earth to set up a temporary millennial kingdom because of Him the Father said “like a cloak you shall fold them up, but Your years shall not fail”. Seek Him, be “In Him’ be “In Christ” Seek this. Not a coming thing as though it had not been but that which always is “the kingdom of God at hand” ever present always open to the one of faith.
So these wall charts plotting out Christs return on a time line for a 2nd coming is a faithless thing for the heart does not know Him. I understand that to some it is so ingrained that Christ will come in a certain way on a certain day,  so to see the truth will take some time for those who taste the new wine some like the old better. But new wine goes in new wine skins. You must be renewed in the spirit of your mind. This is where the building project of God takes place, not on earth but inside you. The mansions are there. The way is there. Can you believe it is now or must you wait for the next jesus?
 
The eternal cannot be created for it predates all creations visible and invisible. The 6 days of creating ceased now only serving a purpose for us to receive the Kingdom that “cometh not with (carnal) observation” (Luke 17.20) That we may seek the above for as the Father said of the Son, “You Lord in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, the heavens are the work of Your hands, they will perish, You remain, like a cloak You will fold them up and they will be changed. And from Hebrews 12.28 “We are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken”.
 
That is why Jesus said of Jerusalem “not one stone shall be left one upon another”. Not that he foresaw a coming enemy and was sad but He being God, judged and expired that idolistic concept of Himself. That which trained or detained people is taken away. As it is written “When that which is perfect comes that which is in part is done away with, for Him to establish another and He became a “new and living way” to the Father. This is your salvation already accomplished, not Him coming back to planet earth to live here. That was never the intent of God.
For all the law and the prophets were until John the baptist, now the Kingdom is preached and men are pressing their way into it. (Luke 16.16) Are you?
In My Fathers house are many dwellings. I go and prepare a place for you. And from there, Christ had a conversation with the Father. And this is the account in John 17. 24-26
 
 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.  And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” 
 
This is the intent of God and our call to the eternal Kingdom of God “In Christ”. If you are “in Him” you are in the Kingdom and you can grow into a greater reality of this truth. This is the place He prepared for you is “In Him”. And it is not that the place is new. It is the realization in your heart that is new. This is the work of God, and this is why “the Kingdom of God is always “at hand”.