Everything with God begins and ends with Spirit. The spirit realm is the highest form of Life. The natural, literal, physical realm are the lower forms of the spirit realm manifested. What begins at the height of spirit must manifest either in the natural coming out of, or the natural dying first to release the spirit that is with the form. When we see shadows of Light we are processing a lower form of potential energy of Light found in the natural realm of what the fullness of spirit has within itself.
The spirit realm can be good, bad, or Holy – Divine from God or familiar from man. The Holy Spirit IS Eternal Life Now. "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" (John 17:3). These are the words of Jesus. Let us weigh these words carefully, "Now this is eternal Life." The word "now" is Jesus telling us where eternal Life can be found. What He is not saying is it is a place we go when our bodies return to the dust of the ground. So where is heaven?
"Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it" (Psalm 96:11). "The heavens praise your wonders, Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones" (Psalm 89:5).
Heaven and earth are not about a place somewhere, but about the Being- Divine Spirit - that is present in the Place. The heavens rejoice and the earth be glad is about a people – not hills, rocks, clouds or planets. These people are living in the world, but not of the world – they carry the eternal presence of the Holy Spirit, Divine presence called Christ within their form while functioning in the heavens or the earth. Remember God is Spirit, Love, and Life. There is no boundaries or finite form that our imagination can place on God.
"The heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array" (Genesis 2:1). This word "completed" means finished. "From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17).
Now let's weigh these verses. Heavens – this is not one heaven but plural – and the earth are completed in all their glory BEFORE God's image in mankind ever did anything. The image of God and God Almighty formed the Sabbath resting presence of oneness on day seven of creation.
When Jesus comes into the world, He established as the WORD that God's presence, the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven is Now. Today, the world is the inheritance of mankind created in the image of God which we refer to as humanity. This inheritance is available today, if we so choose, in our present reality, or we can wait someday in our future when we die.
God took His world and made it invisible so that it could not be attacked externally. "Therefore, judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God" (1 Corinthians 4:5).
God placed His Kingdom in us as a member of the One New Man called Christ who Jesus Christ is the head of this one corporate body. In the Kingdom of God there is only one citizen – the last Adam that is led by the Holy Spirit. "His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit" (Ephesians 2:15b-18).
When Jesus hung on the cross, he referenced to the world words from Psalm 22 which were prophesied by King David hundreds of years earlier. "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"(Psalm 22:1). Jesus was always teaching, even during the intensity of hanging from the cross. Those that heard these words would have known he was saying more than just crying out to God. This was his pattern He began His ministry with reading from Isaiah 61:1-2a, then closed the scroll. The Torah reading wasn't finished, but what Jesus said was fulfilled in that hour. The rest of Isaiah 61 is the prophecy for the body of Christ today since that time in history. This is the same pattern Jesus is establishing by crying out the first verse of Psalm 22.
If we go to Psalm 22 we find some hidden treasures for the body of Christ today.
"A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation" (Psalm 22:30). This word "seed" in the Greek refers to reproduction- sperma - or production of a family. This seed is Christ. It is Christ in you, whether you know it or not. It is the glory of God, the Father's Divine presence that He established in each of our hearts (Col. 1:27). "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end" (Eccl. 3:11). It can be unveiled and evident on the earth while in our natural body, or when our natural body deteriorates to the dust of the ground and our spirit crosses over into the unseen realm.
"The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live forever. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindred of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the governor among the nations. All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul" (Psalm 22:26-29).
"Your heart – God's heart – the heartbeat of Christ generation shall live forever. The Message translation shares Hebrews 8:10 as follows:
"But Jesus' priestly work far surpasses what these other priests do, since he's working from a far better plan. If the first plan—the old covenant—had worked out, a second wouldn't have been needed. But we know the first was found wanting, because God said, Heads up! The days are coming when I'll set up a new plan for dealing with Israel and Judah. I'll throw out the old plan I set up with their ancestors when I led them by the hand out of Egypt. They didn't keep their part of the bargain, so I looked away and let it go. This new plan I'm making with Israel isn't going to be written on paper, isn't going to be chiseled in stone; This time I'm writing out the plan in them, carving it on the lining of their hearts. I'll be their God, they'll be my people. They won't go to school to learn about me, or buy a book called God in Five Easy Lessons. They'll all get to know me first-hand, the little and the big, the small and the great. They'll get to know me by being kindly forgiven, with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean. By coming up with a new plan, a new covenant between God and his people, God put the old plan on the shelf. And there it stays, gathering dust."
Much of what has been taught through Christian theology is that it is necessary to say a sinner's prayer of repentance accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior to go someplace defined as heaven after your body dies. The play on words is found in the usage of what is defined as "eternal Life."
Since we don't physically see a man named Jesus in a physical body walking on the earth, and the Scriptures tell us that today He is seated at the right hand of God the Father, we mix our logic understanding that Jesus is in Heaven with God, and we are still in our sinful state of limitations in our natural body. However, the Scriptures say, "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God" (Colossians 3:1).
When Paul is writing to the Colossians he is giving an illustration of a seed that has been planted in the ground, darkness and ignorance, but having Christ within the self-identity. As water (The Word) and sun (Love of God) shines upon the darkness and ignorance, the Christ seed within us reaches forth into its identity to produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit and release the essence of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control into the world as a member of Christ's body.
"Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God's throne where there is grace. There we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it" (Hebrew 4:16). So not only can we come anytime we want to this throne where Jesus Christ is at the right hand of the Father, but we are assured to receive mercy and grace to help us whenever we might need it.
There is only One Christ! Paul writes, "God made promises both to Abraham and to his descendant. God did not say, "and to your descendants." That would mean many people. But God said, "and to your descendant." That means only one person; that person is Christ" (Galatians 3:16). He also writes, "A person's body is one thing, but it has many parts. Though there are many parts to a body, all those parts make only one body. Christ is like that also" (1 Corinthians 12:12).
Now if we go back to Psalm 22 we find another treasure in verse 14, "I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels." Then in verse 17, "I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me."
When it was time to take Jesus off the cross just before the Sabbath eve began, the soldiers went to break the legs of those on the crosses to cause a quicker death, but when they got to Jesus, after breaking the legs of the thieves next to him, they realized He was already dead. A soldier pierced His side, and water and blood poured out upon the ground giving birth to the Holy Spirit into the world. This is where God took the Woman from the side of Man in Genesis 2. If the legs of Jesus had been broken, then there would have been no resurrection life per the prophecy (John 19:36). The bones were disjointed, but not broken.
Today, humanity has the seed of Christ within it (1 Corinthians 15:45) whether they know it or not. The blood of Jesus Christ paid the sin price for all humanity, and brought the Kingdom of God within a people. "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones" (Ephesians 5:30). The Life of Christ's flesh is found in His blood. The bones of Christ's bones are fitly joined together as His body – uniting a New Man with many members - functioning as cells of the DNA identity found from the Tree of Life released from the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
This is the generations of the heavens and the earth as the earth is filled with the glory of Christ in and among humanity.
"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God" (Revelation 21:3).
"I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one anotherin love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it" Ephesians 4:1-7).
The body of Christ Jesus is One New Man in Heaven and Earth. It is very active and energized with One Spirit, One Body, One Hope, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God, and One Father of ALL, Over ALL, through All, and if that's not enough…He's IN ALL! This is a corporate – One Body – physical form. This body is complete in Jesus Christ from Heaven to earth. Anything of us that is not of Him is simply not part of The Body. As our portion of Grace in Christ within us is unveiled, whatever is Not of Christ will be gone. Fear, darkness, and shadows of yesterday cannot stay in the full presence of Christ's Love, Light, and Life unveiled with the door opened through Grace.
We each are born into a generation formed by time. Within that period, we are surrounded by cultures and customs that require us to process information. The temptation is to stay within the law of what is right or wrong/good or bad. It is a season of what we sow we reap. The laws and approvals of our culture and customs help direct those options to live within the world.
When we are awakened by the Father's love through His Holy Spirit to be led by His Spirit we find there is a realm of Life and Love in an unseen realm tangible through the unconditional Love of God sending Jesus Christ to pay the price of death with His Own Life. This death was achieved on a Tree called Knowledge of Good and Evil. Jesus didn't just deal with the consequence of the "evil" fruit from this tree, but also the "good" that humanity established – past, present, or future.
Any "good" that humanity created had or has the potential to have a back door to evil in another generation. In that same situation, any "evil" of a past generation had or has the potential to be considered "good" in a future generation. Both the "good" fruit AND the "evil" fruit coming off the Tree of Knowledge would in time bring death. It has no place in the Garden of where we fellowship with God.
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20).
What is good? "And Jesus said unto him, why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is, God" (Luke 18:19). Selah.
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