The religiously carnal Christian and the orthodox Jew is at odds with God in this way. They are always trying to make visible the invisible things of God. This is how “the carnal mind is enmity against God”. They interpret scripture in a way to be seen. Be it Jerusalem or the temple or the sacrifices or the feasts or the man they call the 2nd coming Jesus, which is just a regurgitation of scripture by re-packaging Christ to the same perspective as the Jews were condemned for. These things will not be. All the law and the prophets are visible concepts to be sown corruptible in their carnal visual form, then raised incorruptible and invisible in understanding in the spirit of the mind which is their proper domain. Where they pre-exist.
It is us who are called not to look to the things that are seen but the unseen saying “since you are risen with Christ, seek the things that are above” and not below. Not the carnally visible. The seen are just shadows of eternal realities of “the Kingdom prepared from the foundations of the world”. They are shadows of the building blocks we construct with from before time and matter ever started. These are things above. For the things seen are shadows but not the essence. The shadows are temporal (on a time frame) but the things that are unseen are eternal. Meaning ubiquitous, anytime, anywhere.
It is “in Him whom we live, dwell and have our being”. He doesn’t need to reappear to the carnal senses to accomplish something as though He is not yet. He is “the one who was and is”, not the one “who is and is not and must become”. He is our prize and our prize is immorality.
This is our calling home and our homeland. We “look for the city whose builder and maker is God”, made of eternal and invisible to the human eye, building blocks and not something like stone or granite. This is our journey and sojourn-ship to arrive there. This is our responsibility and our duty. We were redeemed with the incoruptible and not with corruptible things like silver and gold.
This is why Paul discarded a Pharisaic future earthly kingdom mindset and learned to say that “we are no longer strangers but citezines and fellow members of the household of God” now. Made of the things that are timeless, eternal, invisible and immortal. For the things that are seen will be shaken and removed for the carnally intangible to remain. This is the only thing real, true and enduring. This is our reality. All others fail. 2 Peter 3.10
Revelation 22.11 For the time is coming when “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous[e] still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
It is us who have acquired things in the spirit, who retain the things we have received by faith as our real self. The new man imaged like God as seen in the face of Christ. 2 Cor 3.18
Ephesians 4.22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to (just like) God, in true righteousness and holiness.” attaining to all the eternal, invisible attributes given to us “in Christ”. This has nothing to do with a rapture. For “flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom”.
We are no longer reckoned in the Adamic human race of the downward spiral but the spirit in Christ being as invisible “as He is so our we in this world”. Not as he was temporarily as a man, but made up of invisible things as is He. “For you are living stones having been built upon the foundation of the Apostles and the prophets Christ being the chief corner stone”. We who have assembled His self in us are the city of the living God being “living stones. “Where 2 or more are gathered in My Name, there I am” and so He is.
Our new association never fades or gets old. It is the constantly new eternal in which we abide and retain by faith, which is our invisible imbecilic cord to the Almighty God. Which is our faith. This is true holiness being invisible. In this way we are saints pure, true and clear. We are in the world but not of the world, not of this creation being “a kind of first fruits (now) of His creation”. Being “born by a word of truth” and not another construct of time and matter.
If you are “the called” out to be “in Christ” this is your calling, purpose direction and destiny. This is for your glory. The Fathers glory given to us and we fulfill the words of Christ saying “Father that they may be with me where I am” and “I say that not only to these standing here today but also to those who believe in their words” and also “Father the glory you have given me, I gave given them for the world to know” So we do. Christ said “I and the Father are one” and we are one with them. We are In Christ.
This is the gathering. “Oh Jerusalem how I would’ve gathered you as a hen gathers her chicks” and She does if you let Her. This is our gathering to these ubiquitous heavenly truths that never expire eternal in the heavens of your mind. For “the heavens cannot contain God” but the heavens of our mind can because this is what makes us the temple of the living God and not an earthen construct on earth called Jerusalem.
Didn’t Paul say that earthen Jerusalem is in bondage? But the Jerusalem above is the mother of us all”? Who is your mother? The one on earth? Or the one that comes down form heaven”?
Seek not the things below. That Jerusalem was given to be carnally sown corruptible then raised in understanding in concept to the spirit of the mind which is Her proper domain. We being born from above are not the kind belonging to water like a fish, or beasts of the field or birds of the air but a different kind. Not of the expanse of the sea or the air or the stars but the spirit.
Are you this kind? Spirit and truth? “If we show you earthly things and you do not understand, how can we show you the heavenly” invisible? For “seeing with their eyes they see not, and hearing with their ears they hear not because it is with the heart one must see and hear to understand the things of God.
Why does God have to go somewhere as though there is a place He is not, and why must He come again as though He ever left us for He is the “lo I am with you always”
The Kingdom of God is at hand, right now