I’m often amazed as I walk with precious brothers/sisters in the Kingdom at how the hearts of Father’s children turn to Him. It is a beautiful thing to behold as you observe believers, at whatever stage they may be in, come to know Him in a deeper way and respond by opening their lives and hearts in even a greater way to Him.
In the same way, it is equally a blessing to see Father’s heart expressed towards His People. God is Love and He is not afraid to show it! After all, while we were His enemies He made the greatest sacrifice of all to express His Love by sending His Son to die. The reconciliation that occurs when we except Jesus’ work on the cross is tremendous and absolutely makes us capable of partaking of Father’s Love Nature and Life.
And, now that we are reconciled to God by the death of Jesus, we are to be perfected through His Resurrection Life that is now provided to us. The only catch is that in order to enter into Resurrection Life, death to our own life is required. Completely to the demise of our flesh and carnal life, the development of His Life in a believer happens through the never ending process of crisis and cycles of death and resurrection.
All believers, who are children (teknon) of God, must come to the maturity of sonship (huios) by learning to continually navigate through the processes of death (to self life and to this age) and resurrection (to His Life).
For this very purpose, Father has not only given His Son to us but He has also provided believers with one another. The fullness of Resurrection Life is reserved for those who will acknowledge and submit to the Unity of the Spirit and honor the relationships it births.
In writing to believers, Paul expresses the following:
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
Please notice that the comprehension of Love’s fullness comes to ALL the saints and not individually. Maturing in the faith, a believer will come to realize that Father is working His Purposes out in the earth according to Jesus’ High Priestly prayer which he offered in John 17. The decree of ONEness uttered there by Jesus before entering his passion, is consistent with Father’s eternal purpose of Unity in Christ expressed in Ephesians 1:10.
the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth in Him…….
Again, in Ephesians 4, Paul illuminates the REALITY of ONEness achieved by Christ and the ONEness that should be experienced in Christ.
There IS one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
I placed the BOLD emphasis above to make the point that in the reality of the Spirit, ONEness does exist and is connate in ALL those who bear His name. Just as sure as He is “I Am” ………..”There IS” one body and one Spirit…….. By seeding His very Nature in ALL of those born again, Father is drawing ALL those to Him that would dare, by faith and obedience, empty themselves, learn to partake of His Nature, love one another accordingly and trust Him to be filled with His Fullness.
The premise behind this post is not just an allusion, unrealistic hope or fantasy. Such an existence in the Body of Christ is not spiritual fiction…….it is the Father’s Intention and Purpose and it is the fruit of the Gospel of the Kingdom. Despite what you may see calling itself “church” and even beyond the signs of the times, be encouraged that Father will have such a People existing and active in the earth quite capable of fulfilling His Purposes. My prayer for this post is that the words will inspire you to hope and encourage you to faith in He Who is Faithful.
Paul addresses his letter to the Church in Philippi, “To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:” Obviously, the context of his writing is the ALL in a given location. Yet, the power of the words penned through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit reach us and must be applied today. Here the voice of the Spirit speak through the words of the apostle:
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Understand and believe, dear reader, and be encouraged……..Father initiated the work and He, as the Greek word used here implies, will take it upon Himself to bring to an end, accomplish, perfect, execute, complete the work.
He is now and has always been active in the process!
I am just one of many who can bear witness to the work that Father is doing currently. Hearts are becoming more and more sensitive to Father’s heart and they are turning not only to Him but also to one another! I see individuals connecting with individuals by the Spirit. I am seeing groups connecting with communities in cities, regions and nations; Father’s Family is finding one another and the expressions are completely different, both in nature and form, than what we have experienced.
Through Christ, His Life has prevailed over death and the kingdom of darkness. Now, Christ in His People is beginning to be revealed!
Keep your peace!