Building the City of God: the New Jerusalem
Psalm 40:7 "Then said I, Behold, I come (Jesus Christ); in the volume (body of Christ) of the book it is written of me."
Hebrews 10:7, "Then I said, Behold, here I am, coming to do Your will, O God--[to fulfill] what is written of Me in the volume (Genesis to Revelation) of the Book (Christ's autobiography; Husband and Wife; Jesus Christ & the church)."
2 Corinthians 3:3, "you are an epistle (pages in the book) of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart."
Epistles, chapters in the book...testimonies, are personal experiences of what Jesus Christ did for you while you were in a situation that only God could receive the glory.
Revelation 15:5, "After this I looked and the sanctuary of the tent of the testimony in heaven was thrown open."
A personal experience, a testimony, becomes a city by the actions of joining together as one with other testimonies. This is the church of the city of the New Jerusalem we read in Revelation that John wrote about. The city of God or the bride/wife of Jesus Christ on the earth filling the earth with His glory.
God is not interested in words from the churches that bring division and separation to the body of Christ, but THE CHURCH that has a covenantal spirit of unity with the foundation that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Matt. 16:16-18 AMP, "Simon Peter replied, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus answered him, blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, a large piece of rock, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it]."
Each person is a chapter, a testimony, in the book of Jesus Christ. Each time we read a name in the Bible, we are reading a testimony of the personal experience that person had with their relationship to Christ. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James, and the many other witnesses of Jesus Christ each shared their experiences and relationship of personal understanding with Christ Jesus. No one person had the full understanding, but together, their testimonies have laid the foundation for the church, the body of Jesus Christ to be manifested; the New Jerusalem, the city of God on the earth to rule and reign with Christ.
If we took 20 women sharing their experiences of preparing for their wedding, the actual wedding, and the day after the wedding we would hear similar events but a personal story that only that bride could share. No one would be able to contradict her experience. The same thing holds true if you asked 20 women of their experience of having their first child. Being a bride/wife as the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an experience that must come through the natural understanding of being a woman. The masculine side of the body of Christ has done a wonderful job of bringing the church into repentance, salvation, and justification as children and sons of God, but to be a bride and wife it takes teaching the body of Christ from the feminine side of the image of God HE created in Adam. "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (Genesis 1:27). "This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created" (Genesis 5:1-2).
The Old Testament gave us a pattern pointing the way for Jesus Christ to be manifested. The New Testament gives us the testimony of personal, covenant experiences becoming joint heirs with Christ. Our lives are not created to be about ourselves and what we can do, but about being joined as a wife to her husband Jesus Christ to create a family. When we use the inheritance of the testimony we have in the Bible to justify the means of building a denomination, decree, or doctrine that divides the body of Christ, we come under our own judgment with the WORD of God.
"For it is time for judgment to begin with God's household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17).
The world is experiencing a shaking that has never been seen before as God is cleansing and purifying His bride, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. For a season God has allowed separation and division with races, religions, genders, ages, cultures, economics, traditions, and customs. He is now removing the boundaries that have once separated His boy to come together as one body in the unity of His faith that will manifest the WORD made flesh and dwells among men.
As we discern the times and the seasons we realize that no one area has a greater voice or monopoly than another and the ability to express our voice can instantly be heard around the world. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is no longer a literal building place to come together to fellowship, but claims unity and dominion over the air, the sea, and under the earth by the WORD of the testimony of Christ within.
The WORD is Spirit which comes and goes as the wind with no building, place, or man's name to identify with for God does not share His glory with anyone or anything. The Spirit reveals itself through man by; love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
The WORD is LIFE which has no death, no issues of right way, wrong way, left or right, good or bad connected with knowledge.
The WORD is LIGHT which has no darkness or limitation involving time. It is NOW, which comes in faster than a twinkling eye where once darkness or time may have thought it controlled, does not even exist.
The WORD is LOVE which unveils itself with unconditional patient and kindness. It does not envy, or boast, nor is it proud. It does not dishonor others and is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered, or keeps record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.
"When I shut up the heavens (harden the hearts of men) so that there is no rain(revelation of the WORD), or command locusts (government, leaders, and religious officials) to devour the land (the people's inheritance) or send a plague(taxes) among my people, if my people, the bride/wife of Jesus Christ, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, judge their own hearts, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, (stop bringing the ego into the covenant relationship) then I will hear from heaven (the heart of my beloved), and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place (the marriage bed, the place of consummation between the Spirit and the bride, the HOLY of HOLIES). I have chosen and consecrated this temple (the hearts of my beloved) so that my Name (CHRIST) may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there." (2 Chronicles 7:13-15).
In Daniel chapter six we read a familiar story about King Darius who is a good king, but still had an ego issue in the way he rules which allowed a spirit of control and manipulation to enter in. He surrounds himself with many advisors including Daniel, but unfortunately the other advisors who had ego issues of their own do not care for Daniel and want him out of the committee because he does not go along with the crowd. They try to find some personal issues against Daniel to take to the king that would disqualify him to be a part of the advisory committee, but nothing could be found. The only possible way they were able to come up with was to address what was most important in Daniel's life and that was his relationship and allegiance to God. Now Darius didn't have a problem with Daniel worshipping God, but the others did. However, through a manipulative decree working towards King Darius's ego created by those that wanted Daniel out, they were able to get the King to establish a law that they knew would come against Daniel. Due to King Darius's ego he was blinded to the impact this decree would have on Daniel, who was his most faithful and loyal advisor, until it was too late.
"So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions' den. The king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!" King Darius was forced to put Daniel in the lion's den by his own word. "A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel's situation might not be changed." He grieved at the position he was placed in, but recognized that it was his own fault. "Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep." The next day at first light he went to the lion's den and called out to Daniel. "When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?"
I believe that the king repented and cried out to God all night while Daniel was in the pit of hell with the lions, but when the LIGHT of God is with you, and you know who you are in Christ the King, you have the covenant right of being one with the KING in HIS decree to call out the name that is in bondage, hell, and hades identifying with bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.
Daniel responds, "May the king live forever! My God sent his angel and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty."
Daniel tells the king the words that were used against him, "may the king live forever," but now it comes from the heart of glorifying God in unity with King Darius and not King Darius's ego.
This is the position that God is calling His church; His beloved wife. If My people called by My name. Are you called by the name of Christ? Are you a Christ one bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh? There is only one husband whose name is Jesus Christ. He gives the SEED of LIFE. The church; the wife of Christ; male and female are to prepare the soil with prepare to receive the consummation of the marriage to the Lamb of God so that out of our bellies will flow rivers of living water and the WORD of God becomes flesh as the LIGHT of the world among men that choose live among the tree of Knowledge and what seems right in their own eyes, but will become their own destruction.
Come Lord Jesus in the volume of your book. Let Your banner over us be Love, and may your mercy and grace go before your judgment and truth. Let the Spirit and the Bride say come! (Rev. 22:17).