The Return of Christ
Beloved, we are (even here and) now God's children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be (hereafter), but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall (as God's children) resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He (really) is. I John 3:2 (Amplified).
Is the appearing a one-day thing in the future, or a continual process of manifestation as revelation of the Word comes forth in our life? Is the appearing of Jesus Christ subject to time, or is eternity brought into time to be in this world but not of this world?
Most of us read this verse with an understanding that "yes", someday the Lord will return, but I probably won't see all of Him till I die. We have the mind mentality that God needs to use death as a vessel for us to travel thru to see all of Christ. The words "when he appears" can be understood as when we resemble. Whenever we have a revelation from God he becomes more real to us. The characteristics of God become more tangible to us to flow thru us. Then his appearing becomes a manifestation of heaven brought forth in the earth. God is in the form of reduction so that anything that is not Him must go. Covenant with God is: He is everything, and He takes you into His covenant to become everything in Him. It is not an equal partnership of sharing; it is God all in all. It is not God and I, but all God and just God. Selah.
I John 3:5(amplified) says, "You know that He appeared in visible form and became Man to take away (upon Himself) sins, and in Him there is no sin (essentially and forever)." In Christ Jesus sin does not exist, nor any judgment and condemnation (Romans 8:1). We are the body of Christ with Him as our head of the children of God. We are to look to Him so we can have the mindset of who He is so are we. Think about what is being declared, and then think about what really goes on in the church today. How often do we give place to a mindset of being a sinner? If we are looking for His appearing then we should see no sin. Jesus did not see sin. I repeat; JESUS DID NOT SEE SIN!! He declared the finished work of the people that God ordained before the foundations of the world were created. (Jeremiah 1:5). He took back the children of God that the enemy had stolen declaring them righteous in His sight whether or not they believed it. Seeing as Jesus did begins with the understanding of our own identity. The choices we have towards Christianity are not whether we choose to receive Jesus Christ as our personal savior because He already chose for us to accept us. Our choice is to acknowledge our true identity as children of God brought back into the Father's presence because of the finished work on the cross. To declare that the life of the flesh in the blood of all mankind is the blood of Jesus, and with it comes the power and authority of the Father. However, we must be mature in Christ that when the workings of the Father are done, it is His glory that is amplified, not mine.
When a child is born into a royal family, he is raised differently than a common boy or girl. He learns of his position of authority and power to one-day rule as a king. If a child is born of royalty, but kidnapped, as a newborn never rose with the inheritance he legally has, he won't have the confidence and assurance of power and authority that should have been taught to him as a child. Learning it as an adult will cause confusion, insecurity, and doubt because of the childhood issues he must overcome that would not have been part of raising royalty. If there is understanding, love, warmth, forgiveness from the family because of the mistakes that are made, the person will be an over-comer and probably a very good king with understanding and compassion. If, however, the person were met with frustration, judgment, and criticism from the royal family it would be difficult to find the security and confidence to take on the position of a selfless king.
When we are raised in a church environment that is critical, pointing out the flaws of do's and don'ts to declare Christianity we are mixing the legalism of religion with the finished work of the cross. It causes a double-minded temple of God, which can't be. The temple of God must have only the mind of God in order for the finished work of Jesus Christ to flow bringing forth the manifestation of His appearing.
Let's go to Matthew 16:13 in the KJV, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?" Verse 16, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God". When Peter declared these words he saw the "appearing" right then. The revelation of the Word was given to him right then and he saw Jesus as He is. In Matt. 16:18 Jesus responds saying, "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church….". Notice that Peter's anointing of revelation did not change him into Jesus. His name is Peter, but he received an anointing of revelation from God. "This rock" is the stone that builds the church, the body of Jesus Christ.
Let's talk about stones: Stones are used to build with, but they can also come down upon something and destroy. Some people use the phrase "I received a nugget from the Lord". A nugget is a piece of gold in the form of a rock. God's character is gold and a revelation of Jesus Christ is a rock given by the Holy Spirit. Stones are revelations of the Word of God, Jesus Christ, in manifestation of the Son of God. He who brought the will of the Father to the world to redeem all mankind giving them Life, Light, and Love. When the Word is revealed in this manifestation it is building the body of Jesus Christ for His appearing. However, when the Word is used to bind people with rules and condemnation bringing forth the law versus the love of Jesus then it tears down and destroys.
Is the appearing of Jesus Christ subject to time, or is eternity brought into time to be in this world, but not of this world? Peter saw the "appearing" of Jesus Christ as the Son of God when the Holy Spirit revealed the eternalness of who Jesus is at that moment of time. With the revelation that Peter received was the declaration of a stone, something tangible, that came from heaven, spiritual, to be manifested on earth.
In Daniel 2:34-35 we read of a stone that destroys the mighty image of Nebuchadnezzar's dream. This dream is a representation of how man's imagination can create; the power man has of creation through the ability of using his imagination. However, as awesome and fearsome as man may think he is capable of creating, one stone from heaven, one Word, will crush and destroy the creation of man. Think about the creation of tall buildings, nuclear bombs, huge ocean liners, medical science, etc. Some creation are good and some are not, but all are either of God or of man. If it is men then there is the ability by the power of the Word to crush and destroy the creation. All that is left is the "great mountain" (verse 35), which is the Mount of Olives where Jesus exchanged His righteousness for our sins to do away with sin. It is the mount of unconditional love and forgiveness our Father has for all mankind.
Galatians 1:11-16 in the amplified says, "For I want you to know, brethren, that the Gospel which was proclaimed and made known by me is not man's gospel (a human invention, according to or patterned after any human standard). For indeed I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but (it came to me) through a (direct) revelation (given) by Jesus Christ (the Messiah). You have heard of my earlier career and former manner of life in the Jewish religion (Judaism), how I persecuted and abused the church of God furiously and extensively, and (with fanatical zeal did my best) to make havoc of it and destroy it. And (you have heard how) I outstripped many of the men of my own generation among the people of my race in (my advancement in study and observance of the laws of) Judaism, so extremely enthusiastic and zealous I was for the traditions of my ancestors. But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart (even) before I was born and called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased to reveal (unveil, disclose) His Son within me so that I might proclaim His among the Gentiles (non-Jewish world) as the glad tidings (Gospel), immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood (did not consult or counsel with any frail human being or communicate with anyone). Many times these scripture words are taught with a denominational mindset. I have underlined a few of the words to emphasize what scripture says versus what religion says. Think about this with where your religious training is. The amplified Bible is not an alteration of scripture, but to enhance words of Hebrew and Greek that may have had other meanings that the English language didn't have.
The Holy Spirit came to Paul and taught him all that was truth about the Lord Jesus Christ. The teachings that he had been following were those of the great religious leaders, the theologians of the day. What they were teaching him before the Holy Spirit came was how to be the best Jew by keeping the law and traditions of the faith. He was zealous in setting an example of the Jewish faith. The Holy Spirit showed him that the teachings he was receiving that he thought were for the relationship of interacting with God were really benefiting the religious doctrine of the priesthood. How often do we use the Word to lift up a doctrine or a denomination versus Jesus? Paul shows us that you can belong to a religious community submissive to the law, the Word, and yet be destroying the church of God, the body of Jesus Christ. Paul was a good religious person active in the faith of Judaism, yet destroying the body.
When God is involved there is no destruction. When God is being manifested the stone of the Word, builds the body of Jesus Christ. The law will take the Word and bring judgment and condemnation. With the Holy Spirit there will be the manifestation of Jesus, which brings life, healing, wholeness, redemption, and preservation to bring forth the fullness of who He is in His body, which is you and I.
Religion gives the imagination of a magical appearing of Jesus Christ; someday He will appear out of the air instantly. As long as that mindset is being emphasized in the body of Christ we are glorifying the wrong father. There is no building of the church. It is being kept in bondage of time versus the inheritance of Life, Love, and Light that is available to us today. Today is the day of our redemption in Christ Jesus. The fullness of our inheritance is within us waiting for us to declare His truth to transform us into His image. Eternity has no yesterdays and no tomorrows. Yesterdays do not exist in eternity and tomorrows are a part of time, not God. Only today of each day can the fullness of eternity be enjoyed.
Lets take a look at Colossians 3:10-14. Verse 10 says, "Put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." Our Son ship was restored as the children of God 2000 years ago. Verse 11, "Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is ALL, and in ALL." This is telling us that whether we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or not He finished the work of restoration for ALL mankind, and is now in ALL mankind, which transformed the fallen nature of Adam back into the image of God that Adam had in the beginning of creation.
Verse 12-13, "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye" Once we have a personal relationship with Jesus, and understand the finished work He did for us on the cross we have a responsibility as Christians to continue His work with the mind set of verse 12 and 13. To see all men as brothers and sisters in Christ. WE are to intercede their burdens with the forgiveness, kindness mercy, etc. that has no judgment or condemnation. Verse 14 tells us, "And above all these things put on charity (love) which is the bond of perfectness."
Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:44-45, "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust"…….verse 48, "Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
When we love with the unconditional love and forgiveness of the Father, who sent Jesus Christ to redeem all mankind back to Himself, we see all men through the eyes of God. Matt. 6:22, "The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light" If you only see in others love and forgiveness the way Jesus did with no condemnation (Romans 8:1) then your body is full of the light of God and His love. That light will draw the one in darkness to him. Darkness cannot consume light unless the light is taken out, but light can consume darkness. Taking a life is to bring judgment and condemnation with the power and authority of the Word. The saying, " sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may never harm me" is wrong.
Going back to Colossians, in 3:16 we read, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord". When God's word becomes our word we teach, encourage, and lift others to the Father with the grace, mercy, and praises of our words.
Verse 17 says, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him". We do not have the right to judge anyone or hold sin against anyone of any kind. We do not have the right to undo the finished work established by Jesus by declaring some people will go to heaven and some will go to hell.
In closing, lets read Colossians 1:12-22, "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (able) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light (in love): Who hath delivered (already accomplished) us from the power of darkness (evil) and hath translated (placed) us into the kingdom of his dear Son (his body, soul, and spirit): In whom we have redemption (payment has been made) through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image (exact likeness) of the invisible God, the firstborn (the first of all others) of every creature (man or beast): For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased (fullness of glory) the Father that in him should all fullness (completeness of time, of all creation) dwell; and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile (the restoration of a relationship of peace) all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you Holy (body, soul, and spirit) and unblamable and unbearable in his sight".
His perfect body, soul, and spirit is my inheritance to receive now, so that as others see me they see Him; for He is All in All.
May God's blessings be upon you with this teaching to enlighten and draw you to the Father's love and mercy.