Believers in Christ start their journey with the word of faith. That if you believe in your heart, and confess with your mouth you shall be saved. Romans 10. This was actually a quote by Paul from Deuteronomy 32 so this wasn’t new in Paul’s time.
It was here at the end of Israel’s 40 years sentence in the desert, led by Moses that the gospel message was presented to them one more time. You see they had rejected it. The Lord told them they would spend one year in the wilderness for every day they rejected to go into the promise land. 40 years for 40 days of disobedience. Ouch!
It was Moses who led these Israelites the 40 years through the wilderness, who coming to the end of his life and the end of his tenure as leading the Israelites through folly. He asked the Lord if he could then go into the promise Land, their original destination they were denied. The Lord told him, No! You cannot go into the promise land, for at the fountain at Meribah you refused to hallow me to the tribes of Israel.
You see at Meribah Moses was instructed to do a Word of Faith by speaking to the Rock to get water. Instead of a work of Faith by speaking a command, he smote the rock with a stick. He turned it into a physical work done by man, and not a work of faith. He preferred his physical instruments rather than the tools of our trade which is word. God’s word.
This is the reason why all the children of Israel did not complete their cross over except Joshua, Caleb and the new generation born after the rebellion. At the end of the 40 years some were over 80 years old and still children in faith. They just could not grow up. They failed to repudiate their past behavior and remained unchanged by their encounter with God and the events leading up to the Red Sea crossing. They continued to live their life the way they did before by the Adamic curse working by sweat off their brow.
Their journey started out of Egypt through the Red Sea where they were delivered from slave labor and all of their monsters and boogie men were drowned in the water. But they just could not accept that fact, retaining their lower nature of fear they invented new monsters and complained about everything. For this they were denied. They could not rise above their carnal nature and use their inheritance of Faith, the unseen substance of God’s provisions called “the Word of Faith”.
This is the reason why today many people live in defeat. Without knowing how to impliment faith by trusting God and applying His word, they use the world’s bandaids and solutions instead and say “in Jesus name”. This is a sort of blasphemy. It not His fault your remedies don’t work. He did not sanction it or they would’ve. If your prayers and efforts don’t work, you have to recalibrate your beliefs because the Lord says “I do not change”. He is a constant and we are being change, providing we hear the Holy Spirit. (2Corinthians 3.18)
James says “you have not because you ask not, and when you do ask, you do so to fulfill your flesh”. Meaning you use your heavenly powers to feed your lower nature. That is not what God’s provisions are for. And then you murmur and complain because you didn’t get the thing you asked for. Who does that sound like? The Israelites and the Jews of the bygone age.
The Elect have been given the ability to create by faith. James goes on to say “you ask and you don’t receive because you seek to consume it by your carnal nature”. Showing what the obstacle is.
If you approach God as a beggar or a borrower would, you insult the Gift and the Gift Giver. We have been given “love, power and a sound mind. And “we have the mind of Christ”. This is how you address the Father. This is what it means to pray “in Christ’s name”. For even the angels in heaven see the face of the Father in these little ones” who act like this. This is how we know we are His because He said “ask anything in My name and I will do, that the Father may be Glorified” through us by doing so.
If the Israelites would have used these tools of faith in the Son of God to impliment their eternal inheritance, they wouldn’t have had so many problems.
Like the children in the wilderness, there are many who are bound by fears like “the end times” as a reason to be inactive and don’t know that the command was given not to harm the earth till God writes His name on our foreheads. We are on a mission, a journey. This is why we are called pilgrims.
If Moses would have spoken to the Rock an invisible word to bring forth the provisions of God, the 40 years of wandering would not have happened. But they failed to use their crossover tools of Gods word applied by the believer by faith. As Joshua and Caleb said “if God gave us something, we are more than able to possess it. As 2 Peter says, God has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness, and we are partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. What are we waiting for to impliment the gift of eternal life?
As Christ shows us in His wilderness trial where Satan tempted Him, each temptation was met with these words saying, no for it is written. Then He proceeded to quote scripture, showing us how to conquer our oun wilderness testings. With scripture. That we may be found faithful to stand behind the sheild of this kind of faith and ward off all the fiery darts as Paul teaches in Ephesians 6
This is how faith works, but it is only faith when the facts and the physical findings are contrary to the unctions of the Holy Spirit. This is why “the carnal mind in enmity against God. It is not subject to the laws (ways) of God and neither can be. So those who are in the flesh, cannot please God”.
Like David said in the Psalms, and Paul quoted later in Corinthians, We Believe therefore we speak. It is believing a thing of Gods that is in scripture and speaking it, that the thing that is believed becomes the thing that is said. This is our new reality in spirit and truth. Kind of like when God said “let there be light” and there was light. Or when Christ said to Lazarus “rise up and walk” so we do.
Gods promises are implemented in this age in this way. As Paul said “all the promises of God are yes and Amen in Christ”. To be implimented in any age,
The writer of Hebrews said of Moses generation. 16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not believe? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”
After the 40 years in the wilderness, Moses was able to see the land of promise from Mt Nebo, but died there, having not receiving the promises because he did not understand that what he was shown portayed something invisible. This is what they all overlooked.
We see with Joshua, for whom it was promised that he would lead them into the land. It was at Jericho that the walls fell not with a stick, or of any of man’s devising, but with the shouts of faith. And because of this, with Joshua they were all able to cross over, defeat their enemies and advance to their inheritance. (Figuratively speaking) all participated. So must you to be counted as faithful.
The promise land symbolized receiving our inheritance in Christ, the true prize as described by Paul who said “ all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ”. Showing for us that the things they had were only physical toys that shadowed the things that are invisible, of things in Christ. That is why they were referred to as “children” a couple thousand times in the old covenant. Even after they wandered 40 years, they had not developed in faith so they could not conclude their journey and obtain the prize. Even so today many do not aquire the gift given but remain in their carnal estate. As James said, let Faith have its perfect work that you may be full and complete and lacking nothing, showing that our trials have an end. And even with Peter who said “after you have suffered a while, may God perfect establish strengthen and settle you” and so he does. That’s what the gospel is all about. And from Peter again, receiving the end of your faith the salvation of your soul.
The physical expression of faith of the New Covenant established by Christ and our crossover point today is baptism, whereby you profess that your old person died with Christ at the cross, being washed away, you now walk in newness of life. Your new form of life should be your proof. The cross of Christ is our crossover point from here to there, to where He is. This is symbolized by Him taking our crown of thorns indicative of the curse from Eden to exchange our crown for His. The price was paid. You must press on to lay hold of this with persistence and the impliments of faith, being the Holy Spirit and Gods Son called the Word of God broken down into words called the gospel, for our implimentation. Has God really said ? With an astounding shout we say YES! And the walls fall down between here and there and we cross over.
To obtain these things we say You must continue in a walk of faith being pilgrims and sojourners following Christ by doing what He does and going where He goes. He said, “follow me that where I am you may be also”. And so we do. We go to places feet can’t take you. Because in the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. To follow Christ, Gods Word, you must put on Christ one word at a time and one attribute at a time to be rewarded by the Father of Glory. You must be renewed in the spirit of your mind to become word. God’s Word is His Son, Him put put on in the loins of our mind. And those that do this? These are the elect. They arrive at a full stature in the family of God. Ephesians 4.13
We do this by the transfiguration by the Holy Spirit, one Revelation at a time until our realization is fully awakened to the things of God. These things are given to us, to be with Him where He is, one with the Father, seated at His own right hand, having dominion over all powers and principalities, in this age and every age, seated in the heavens in glory, the origination and destiny of our calling. In Christ, fully reconciled to the Father.
We do this one step at a time, adopting each of the several attributes by owning them to be with Them. This is the true reconciliation given to us. Even as Paul said “be reconciled to the Father! He made Him who knew no sin, to become our sin, for us to become the righteous of God like Him. Owning and possesing everything the Son has with us being joint heirs now of the things that God has.
This is why we put on Christ. In the loins of the mind we become godly by cloaking ourselves with these invisible attributes defined by Word, to be like Him. In doing so we make our calling and election sure and receive an open door to His Kingdom even as we speak. 2 Peter 1.10-11
God is invisible spirit and truth, and seeks such. Such are we. Him is what we get. In this way the scripture is fulfilled in us that says “when we see Him, we become like Him”. And so we do. We see Him who is eternal, immortal, invisible. Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13.8 His flesh was temporary. In the beginning He was Gods invisible Word. That is what He is still today.
Now the word is true that says “the world does not know us because they did not know Him.” And they did not know Him because they could not see Him who is invisible, as He is. They thought he was human. Because seeing with their eyes they see not. And hearing with their ears they hear not. It is with the heart that one must see and hear to understand the things of God. This they did not. But we do.
Our invisible part called our soul and heart is the only invisible thing that we have to interact with the living God. We impliment this with our invisible word of faith to reverberate the words that we heard showing we received the things the He said. He says many things, but just gives us one thing. Himself. He is described through the many words. These words reassembled become Word. This is our work today. To reassemble His truths inside ourselves to be like Him. One word and one Revelation at a time until our journey is complete. And we can accomplish this before our carnal nature dies.
This kind of faith is our invisible embelical cord to the invisible God for the transferance of the things He has said, from Him to us, to whom we aspire. His inspiration is our perspiration, a sweet savory scent to the Father is the Son. Paul put it like this “14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us [d]diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.
Because of this “we are the temple of the living God”. And as Paul pleaded to be reconciled to the Father, this we have done. This is how you know that you are the elect. You have been rescripted by scripture, reprogrammed and wired, reformatted and fitted to interact with the living God through Word, unhindered by your carnal nature. This is the full reconciliation and full salvation as our objective as prayed here by Paul in Colossians 1.28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily”. And so we do.
Let us go up from here. Let us, the called, the eklesia, understand more clearly our profession of baptism. That we may more clearly understand what we’ve crossed over to possess. So that we may understand more clearly what we are able to do. And as Paul had prayed, to know the power that is resident in each one of us. This great power that was displayed in Christ when He was raised from the dead, and seated at the Father’s own right hand, far above all powers and principalities in this age and every age. Ephesians 1.17+ This power given to us to accomplish the same thing as the first born. This power vested in us through faith to obtain the glory that “as He is, so are we in this world”. Not as He was when He put on flesh and dwelled among us, but as He is even now. Isn’t this what Christ asked of the Father? Father that those whom you have given Me to be with Me where I am. I with You, You with Me, them with us that the world may know. (John 17) Did the Father deny that request? And “Father, that those you have given Me, I have given them My glory. That they may be one with us.” The Father honored that request as well.
This is the good news. This is the gospel of the Christ of the cross and only savior. There is no future saving to supercede this.
We are just the reitterations of the Father. Those who follow the Lamb. Us to whom He said “greater works shall you do because I go to the Father and you see me again no more”. He is now seen as He is. He is the Word we become. As 1 John 3 says “when we see Him, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And so we did and now fulfill the verse that says “the world does not know us because they do not know Him”. We are the elect.
The Kingdom of God is at hand, fully functionable and operational today. Glory to God.
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying [i]to me, “Write:‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”