In the beginning God said “Let us make man in our image and our likeness”. And God did. But the man was distracted by another. Man was tempted by the fruit of another tree of one who said “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God”. It was Satan who offered godliness, meaning god-like-ness, in a different way. But godliness is the objective of the gospel and our time sojourning on earth.
MISSION OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
Col 1.13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of His Son.
2 Pet 1.3 His divine power has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness.
This is a done deal and this is before a 2nd coming.
2 Pet 1.4 We are partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption of the world.
Now in this day and age.
These are all past tense fulfilled in Christ to be put on by the working of faith, which is our duty to God. Our faith which is our invisible umbilical cord to the invisible God. For “without faith it is impossible to please God, you much first believe that He is and He is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him”. And this He does as we seek, not as we wait to die or be raptured, saying “seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and these things will be added to you”.. And since we have these things, our spirit is already where our body wants to go, but our body will never go there. However the redeemed can experience the benefits and pleasures and because the redeption is complete “we are a new creation in Christ” as all things have been
And this includes earth. Yes earth is restored to the beginning being good, very good. The
“He has (already) qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance”? So we don’t need another day. We shouldn’t rely on a 2nd coming but faith. “From faith to faith” A 2nd coming would be factual. Christ said His kingdom is “not of this age” so we should expect something superior to time and matter. And His Word is
Our man is a digit, A singularity, a human, defined as a person in place and time. This is our old nature. It was Christ who became a man like us for us to become like Him saying “in the beginning was word” and “the word became flesh and dwelled among us” and “to as many as recieved Him? To them He gave power to become His people” not of a future hope but because the New Covenant is now in effect. “We knew Him once as a man, a digit, a singularity, but henceforth know we Him like that no more. (2 Cor 5.17) He is no longer a singularity and if anyone is “in Christ” they are no longer a singularity constricted to their old humanity, but are a “new creation” in His image, being ubiquitous. Not being restricted to this creation of time and space. God is spirit and He seeks those to worship Him in spirit and truth which precedes and supercedes time and matter.
The very reason that the Word became flesh and dwelled among us was to proof that godliness or God-like-ness is a reality while we sojourn here. We too
So being “in Christ”, “in the Spirit”, we have been quickened, we have been translated, we have been Raptured, we are where flesh and blood cannot go. This is why we “know no man, who is a believer, after the flesh” being a digit, a human. “For we have this treasure in earthen vessels for the excellence and the Glory is of God and not our digit. And since we are “in Christ”, “in the Spirit”, we too are partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light right now. Col 1.12
Our carnal desire is to be with a carnal Christ but this can never be. Flesh and blood does not, and cannot inherit the Kingdom. And this body does not go there it returns to dust. It is not for the physical eye or the physical ear. “For seeing with their eyes they see not and hearing with their ears they hear not. For it is with the heart one must see and hear to understand the things of God “. It is the new man made in His image that rules over the flesh. So the flesh can enjoy it saying “For He has given us richly all things to enjoy “.
So if we were Raptured, or taken away from this world in our current phase of transformation, we would freeze in our current condition as scripture says “when time is no more” ? “Let him who is unjust be unjust still he who is filthy let him be filthy still, he who is righteous let him be righteous still, he who is holy let him be holy still” Rev 22.11.
God would have to re-create the same current earthly conditions to finish His work in us. That is why we are here. As He said of this creation that “it is good, very good”. Earth is perfectly qualified to confine the fallen and teach renewal to the redeemed.
This is why eschatology and end times fascinations can be so dangerous. By being an escape from the greater work God wants to do in us now as we are instructed to “put on Christ’ in the here and now, and from Colossians 3 “since you are risen with Christ (not if) seek the things that are above. And verse 10 ” put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him”? But some wait to be raptured?
Eschatology focuses on and speaks of another day and derails the work of the Holy Spirit now who says Today! If you hear His voice. For “since there remains a rest for the people of God?” “see that you do not refuse Him who calls us from heaven”. And “why seek ye another? ” And “behold it is I! I kill and I bring to life Deu 32.39-40
If anything is unfruitful, it is a teaching to the body of Christ that morphs with every new fear, to keep people spiritually paralyzed and focused on the future and not real growth. Who does that sound like? Who steals, kills and destroys? Who detains and distracts? I mean Nibiru? Blood moons? What will they think of next? These are carnal fascinations with no connection to the invisible immortal eternal God.
So why do we need a rapture? To be saved? To be delivered from this evil world? To be quickened? To be translated? This has already happened if you neleive the scriptures, if you are “in Christ” who said “Father I pray not that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one”?.. And He did if you can receive it,. You are already in His will, why would you want to go somewhere else?
What shall separate us from the love of God “in Christ”? Height? Depth? Government powers? Demonic principalities? A sword? A famine? Martial law? Through all these we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
As Joshua and Caleb said of the promises f God ” if God has given us the land (invisible promises) we are well able to possess them!” These two men “were of a wholly different spirit” than the fear mongers of that day, and so are we.
As in Daniel there were 3 men threatened with fire, and their reply? God is able to deliver us from the fire, but even if He doesn’t I will not worship your image. It was in the fire where the forth man was seen. We know who He was. It is in the fire we learn to partake of heavenly pleasures scripture saying “think it not strange concerning the fire which is to try you as though it’s strange. For as you partake in the fire, is for you to experience Gods glory. And we do in greater degree after the trial and need not wait for a 2nd coming Jesus.
So fear not these end time images they present to you for they will fail as do all prophecies (1 Corinthians 13.8 ). And they will present another and they will fail too. Do not fear little flock. We are where we need to be. “In Him”.
And the sentence by the word of the holy ones,
In order that the living may know
That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men,
Gives it to whomever He will,And sets over it the lowest of men.â€™
being flesh of My flesh (of invisible attributes seen in Christ) and bone of My bone (of being sound doctrine).
In previous posts we explain how creation now pleases God in the way that it was designed from the beginning. To raise His offspring showing that by contrast light from dark good and evil eternal vs temporary. It is by these contrasts that man can learn about God. “Eternal life to those who by patient continuing of doing good seek for glory, honor and immortality but to those who are self seeking? Indignation and wrath”. (Rom 2.8) We learn that God is light in the contrast of darkness we learn that God is good in the contrast of evil. God is invisible but we live in time and matter. These are the boundaries for our transfiguration and the polarities that define our choices.
In the beginning God made man in a polarity between heaven and earth saying “Of the ground God formed man from the dust, and God breathed into man and he became a living being”. After his tenor on earth his flesh would return to the dust and his spirit, meaning Gods breath, would return to God.
Â Â Â Man was made in the image of Â God and was installed on planet earth to become Godly. His purpose was to through trial and error learn of who he was. It was as he lived between contrasts, light and dark, hot and cold, wet and dry, decay and renewal etcetera, that he would put on godly attributes, to learn to discern good and evil. To choose godliness or follow the inclinations of his lower nature. He was made with the capacity to reject or reflect Gods glory and likeness from the beginning. And that was his value and the value of any human and the reason for the word to become flesh.
Because IÂ amÂ a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
TheÂ LordÂ of hosts.â€
Restoration of All Things
Hope is a word generally used as a term of a desire or an anticipation. “I hope it’s sunny tomorrow”. It conveys a longing for an uncertainty. Maybe it will be maybe it wont. Time will tell. You can’t do anything about it. So there is a desire but no plan or action to pull it off. You cannot participate.
Redemption in 3 parts, creation.
We speak for the Glory of God to be revealed
We all have a surname and they are usually passed on to us by our fathers. In times past it was also the trade or business of the father that was his name too. With names like Gardner Baker Smith Shoemacker and such. It was common that a son took over the Fathers business. The name was what they did.
It is from the first father Adam that we work in the” sweat of our face”. We do physically exertive tasks and spend physical energy for a ways and means. But there is a better way and it is called “the works of our Heavenly Â Father”. This is what Jesus did saying that he “came and did the works no man can do” being word, speaking a thing and it coming to be. This is what is given to us saints. We work with words too. We call a thing that was previously dark and murky and it is set in order by the things that we say. Like “Let there be light”.
Christ said “I do the deeds of my Father” which is word. By this He showed that He was the new creation and the Son of God . He did not work on the “sweat of his face” which was inherited through Adam. Gods works are word and our conversion, Â or better yet our transfiguration, and is a product of what He Said “from the beginning” and not an end time reality some call “the second comin”. Â This Word spoken Â is spoken in every generation of this creation through the agency of the gospel to which I am appointed.
In this way we show who our father is being the fallen nature of Adam or,,,Â the redeemed man in the image of Christ being re image by Him for He is the word of God. And Christ said to us “In this the Father is glorified that you bear much fruit” and ” Whatever you ask the Father (using words) in my name that He will do”. It is to the Glory of God the Father that your word bears fruit for in this age as the proof that you are one of His and share in His Glory now. And it is Christ who “brings many sons to Glory ” who shares His very Glory with us to be glorified with Him in the here and now being “seated in heavenly places, in “the Kingdom of God at hand” being at your fingertips. We join “the spirits of just men made perfect” Â And if we accept this invitation and strive for this calling by participating in sanctification, then we receive the full gift as a work of word and spirit.
John the baptizer said “there is one coming after me and He will baptize you with fire”. Sanctification is that fire that purifies and makes Holy and burns away the dross of this age so you too can say of the God of this age that “he has nothing in me”. This is “For those who come to the light to clearly see that whats required by them are done in God”. John 3.21
This is a totally foreign concept to someone who is looking to be raptured and rescued by another Jesus. But even Paul said that he “strives to lay hold of why Christ laid hold of him”. This is it and this is the “upward call of God in Christ” that we strive for now. This is not a 2nd coming reward for those holding on to their old Adamic nature by their fingernails saying “Jesus save me”
For us who are “living stones” the proverbial saying of ” chip of the old block” applies here. We are joined “in Christ” who is the Chief cornerstone. It is He who determines all the angles, the foundation being the 12 apostles on which we stand. And this is how we participate in Gods Kingdom now. Through the gospel.
Like it says in scripture that “man was made in the image and likeness of God”. Yes in design and function for the redeemed, sanctified by the Holy Spirit born of Word, and restored to that which is from the beginning where it is said of creation that “it is good, very good”, so we do. Â For those of us who have a new name, we do the deeds of our father with that name. Â His name is our name, his deeds are our deeds, we work like Him in His image and His likeness, in His design and function being just like Him. This is what Â it means to be in Christ. Â This is what Jesus was teaching when He said “go tell the disciples that I have ascended to my God and your God and to My Father and your Father”. So we tell you. And as Paul said “be ye reconciled to the Father” This is that. In word and deed. This is why “your shall be judged by every word that proceeds from your mouth.
“If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you can ask for anything you want and it shall be done for you”. If we do this the power of God displayed in the resurrection of Christ abIdes in us too.
In light of this examine your works and sdk yourself. Who is your father?