The Glory of the Lord
Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench" (I Kings 18:36-38).
What did Elijah know in his spirit that gave him the assurance that God would show up? He knew his own identity and the authority given to him by the Word of God. As he declared the Father is the Word, he placed an emphasis on his a relationship with God. The word "thy" here implies that Elijah had an understanding of the will of God. As he spoke God's will, they become Elijah's power and words; just as they were when Jesus spoke. Elijah did not have an attitude of sin consciousness when he made his request to God. There is a difference between asking and commanding. If we command in an asking manner nothing happens. We are not sure if we will receive the request or not. The attitude is "I hope it will happen, but I'm not sure." Once we speak in a commanding manner of surety, then the Word in us has power. We cannot have a spirit of sin consciousness and expect to understand the power of words. We must first understand who we are in Christ Jesus to understand the power and authority that goes with the Word.
"Giving thanks unto the Father; which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God the first born of every creature: 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" (Colossians 1:12-16).
Ask yourself, does the word inheritance and sainthood mean the same thing? No. Think about your own children, do they lose their identity (sainthood) if they choose not to receive the inheritance that you have established for them? Are they no longer your children if they choose a path of life that does not reflect positive morality? We have misused the words "inheritance" and "sainthood" in many of our Christian teachings. Saint identity is an established position given to us when we were born-again on resurrection morning of the firstborn, Jesus Christ, who died for all men. He transformed us into children of God. Whether we receive our inheritance of righteous identity (established 2000 years ago) now (in the physical body) or later (out of the physical body) is up to His order. It is to our advantage to receive it now because of the power of peace that flows to us, and because the power of the fruits of the Spirit can now grow and develop in our lives. Saint identity (salvation) belongs to each and every one now; however, traditional teachings have not shown God's truth to His children, making them think there is something they have to do to receive their identity. In verse 12, God says He made us meet to receive the inheritance. In other words, He gave us our new identity. This is our foundation; to know that our Father made us who we are and that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith to "be" partakers of the inheritance (our Christ nature).
"Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 3:21.) Heaven must hold back Jesus until his kingdom is established on this earth. His kingdom is His word and His will. It is the kingdom of peace. We must see every word in the Bible bringing the life and peace of God which comes from knowing His will; that none shall perish. If we look upon others with the eyes of the finished work of Jesus Christ, who He died for all mankind, then we see them as forgiven with the unconditional love of the Father. Most of us have not looked at others in this fashion. Instead, we have looked at the outside of their lives and have brought judgment and condemnation into the temple of God. In doing so, we have turned our lives of sainthood into the lives of Pharisees.
Jesus cannot walk where His will is not reflected of His image. He will not share His temple with a sin-conscious people. Elijah called down the glory of God, but the earth wasn't ready for it. If Jesus returned now there would be another Sodom and Gomorrah scene. It would look like destruction as God's glory came into manifestation. When the healing presence of the fire of God comes into the presence of radical cells, which are likened to religious activity, destruction would come to all that is not God. If Elijah, who is one cell of the body of the Lord, can bring destruction to 50 by calling the glory of the Lord, what would happen if the Lord Jesus showed up? As being the cells of the body of Christ, we should see the destruction of the evil one as we manifest His identity as a "cell" of the Word.
Walk with me to Genesis chapter one; we read that "God created"…what was the real reason that God "created us"? Is there life on other planets? We would have to assume that there is if God created it, for God is LIFE. It may not be life as we categorize it. On this planet, He chose for the creation of the earth and the fullness of it to be His bride, His mate, and His throne. Heaven is supposed to be on this planet, as we rule over all the other creations of God. God is not going to destroy His throne or any of His creation because then He would be destroying His Word; Jesus. (That's a rabbit trail to think about.).
Genesis 1:26-27 says, "And God said, Let us make man in our image and after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish, of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." God made man in His own image means that God looked into a mirror at His own face and made Himself. He made another Him and called the image Adam. Adam is both male and female. Adam and God are face to face.
Moses wanted to see God face to face; Abraham spoke to God face to face. What does this mean? "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth," (Exodus 20:4). God is saying that we will have no graven images before Him, or face to face. You will have no other gods before my face. When you look at something long enough face to face you become like it. People that have been married for a long time start to look, eat, and know one another well enough to predict what the other is thinking because they have taken on the other person's way of thinking.
Churches are dying because they are not going beyond having a dead image of the cross. They need to see life as a whole process of death to self, and moving on to resurrection in Christ. When we get past the cross we can then tell others about the love of their Father and how he wants to have a relationship with them as His children. We will no longer be anxious to scare people that they are going to a place called hell if they don't get their act together and get right with Jesus.
Let's check out these Scriptures to see what God has to tell us: Romans 8:28-29, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose, for whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." I Corinthians 13:12, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
These Scriptures are showing us that our heavenly Father loved us so much; that He knew what was going to happen with Adam in Genesis chapter 3, and the impact that would take place among all His children. This is why He made a plan for all of His children to be brought back to Him (redeemed). God's will is that none will be lost.
Right now, many of us are going through a transformation process of looking into a sea of glass (sand) (the word), and not clearly seeing the Living Word. Yet, the more we look into the word, looking God face to face we will be known as He is known. He is Love, He is Light, and He is Life. We will manifest Love, Light, and Life as we know this to be our identity in Him. Evil and darkness cannot stay around us. The fire of the word consumes all darkness revealing His Light. The Word becomes my word or my identity in Christ. What we set before our face, we will become. This is why we confess the word of God.
When we talk with His word and His authority, the "fire" comes down. The fire and the glory of God is His word, Jesus Christ. When we as the cells of the body of Christ talk with His word and authority we are cells transformed into His image receiving from His mind as the Head of His Body. We are known as He is Known, not as Jesus the man (the temple) who manifested the glory of God 2000 years ago, but as a Christ-one. We recognize the identity we have as sons of God with the deity of that title and authority as a cell of His body.
We take on the title Christ ________(your name). Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. Who are the kings and lords that He has headship over? It is you and me. We are the kings and lords as the children of God; however, most of us don't receive the authority and power given to us (our inheritance of what Jesus did for us on the cross) which allows us to sit at the right hand of the Father to rule and rein with Him now.
Elijah knew his identity that was given to him by God, and he used the power and authority of that it. He knew an intimate relationship with God as his Father. He was able to stand before "royal darkness" and declare that His "daddy" was bigger than theirs and that his "Father" would be the "God" of all. Do we display that kind of relationship to others to see the love of their Father, or do we give the impression that God is going to get us with judgment and condemnation sending His own children to hell if they don't get their act together? Whose father do you identify with and show to others?
This is the wisdom of the New Age established 2000 years ago by the disciples. It is the creativity to be peacemakers in building the kingdom of God; the creativity of the power of peace.
Prophets today who declare judgment and destruction are not working under the power of the Holy Spirit. All religious prophecy is opposed to the creative power of peace ready to blow up the earth with God's word. Satan tries to encourage this mindset to get rid of the inheritance of the children of God (Matt. 5:5) before they figure out their true identity and power. God created the earth by His word. If He were to destroy the earth as some have prophesied, He would be destroying His son Jesus, who is the Word (John 1).
Jesus said, "Peace be into you" (John 20). He gave us the power and ability that man had lost to create peace through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given to make peace. He trains our mouths to declare the works of the natural man versus declaring the works of God. When sweet and sour come out of our mouths we are inter-mingling the kingdom of God with the kingdom of Satan. This is a violation of our true identity as a Christ-one and a child of God. We must choose whose kingdom will be manifested, for the temple of God is to be a declaration of peace.
How do we make peace? By giving no place to the devil and holding no man's sins against them. Peace is manifested when we believe that God gave us the ability to forgive sins by the power of His Holy Spirit in us according to John 20:21-23. Keep in mind that this is what Jesus was being persecuted for by forgiving sins in Luke 5:20-21. Religion will persecute those that are peacemakers because to establish peace we must know our identity and power as sons of God. Religion says only God can forgive sins and you are not God. Jesus said, "I ascend to my Father, and your Father, my God, and your God." (John 20:17).
When John the Baptist stood in the Jordan River, the crossover, with Jesus he had religion standing on the side. John could have discussed the issue of the Messiah with them, but instead he chose to hear the Father's voice baring record that Jesus is the Son of God, and seeing the Holy Spirit descending and remaining on Him, the symbol of peace (John 1:32-34).
Jesus said in Luke 7:28, "Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist." John was considered greater than all the many patriarchs of Old Testament because he saw God (Matt.5:8), and he was a peacemaker (Matt. 5:9).
The kingdom of God will be built by the peacemakers that forgive sins. We are to hold no man's sins against them.