THESE ARE THEY ...
Our loving and merciful Father has a company of sons in the earth today who shall be literally, bodily and physically transformed and changed into the glorious image and heavenly likeness of Christ, the Lord of Life. “These are they . . . ” to whom the prophetic Word of the Lord referred, when God said, “let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). Man, especially the elect, have been in this process of change and transformation ever since that new creation morning! And now, six prophetic, age-days later, Father’s elect and chosen ones, as a corporate body which includes those of all previous generations, are much closer to that pinnacle of Life than any others ever have been!
Without a doubt, the major question most people would ask about that Life and how to achieve it, was this question asked by one of those who followed Jesus during His earthly ministry: “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Mt. 19:16). Jesus replied, “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Mt. 19:17). The first part of the man’s question, which Jesus dealt with, was his salutation: “Good Master!” Jesus corrected the man, when He said, “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.”
Indeed, in all the world of humanity, there is not one good person anywhere, according to the Divine standard of goodness! All the people of this world, who are still in flesh and blood bodies, are far from being good! You may search the world over and you will not find one good person, for all of us are corrupted and in a sinful condition because of the Adamic mind and nature, which is still a part of us. For this reason, we do not pattern our lives after any person or group of people! Jesus knew He was not good either, for He also had this sinful, carnal nature, along with a body of flesh and blood, as we all do! But through His death, burial, resurrection and glorification, Jesus became Christ, the first manifested Son of God, fully perfected and in the image of His Father (2 Cor. 4:4)! The only good ones anywhere are God and Christ, which are two expressions of the one God! He is our example! Jesus became a perfected Son of God by enduring the tests and trials of this life and by continually walking a spiritual path of true righteousness and holiness (Heb. 5:7-9)! And so are we! Therefore, we will pattern our lives according to His perfect example, that we might become all that HE IS! It may not appear that way now, but we are getting “there” by taking one, spiritual step at a time! With each step of spiritual progress, we are ascending higher up that mountain, which is the pinnacle of His Life!
When that man asked Jesus, “what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” he obviously wanted the Lord to tell him only one good thing he might do to receive that Life. How simple and easy it would be if there was just one good thing we could all do to inherit His Life! Many others also would gleefully jump aboard the “bandwagon” of Life! But there is no easy, simple, good thing we might do to inherit the fullness of the Life of Christ! To receive that Life, we will have to live and walk hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly, obeying the commandments, the principles, and the revealed Word of the Lord, as if our lives depended upon it! And indeed they do!
One example we have of a man who was transformed, from this
body of flesh to a new spiritual body, was Enoch. It is written of Enoch, “And
Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with
God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch
walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Gen. 5:21-24). And
the New Testament has this to say about Enoch: “By faith Enoch was translated
that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had TRANSLATED
him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God”
(Heb. 11:5). What “good thing” must we do to receive the Life that
Enoch did? Walk with God for three hundred years, or for a large portion of
our lifetime, as Enoch did, always and continually doing Father’s will
and obeying the Life-imparting Word of the Lord!
Our life in this world will certainly not continue for three hundred or more years, as Enoch’s did! But we are responsible only for the term of “life” in this present world that Father has allotted to us. What we do with our lives in this world after we were apprehended of the Lord for sonship will determine our spiritual destiny. If we have faithfully and consistently kept the commandments of the Lord, as well as the revealed Word of the Lord, from the very moment we first knew we were apprehended of our Father for sonship, then we shall be among those who shall be blessed with the glorious image and heavenly likeness of Christ, the Lord of Glory and Life!
The writer to the Hebrews wrote, saying, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection” (Heb. 6:1). Perfection is the goal referred to in this chapter. Then, we read, “And this will we do (go on to perfection), if God permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away (from the walk unto perfection), to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Heb. 6:3-6).
If God permits us to go on to perfection, we will go on to attain that high and lofty relationship with our Father. The thought presented here in this scripture is that if any “shall fall away” from this high calling unto perfection, then it is evident that God is not permitting them to do so. But that is for Him to decide; it is not given to us alone to make such decisions. Yet, we do make such decisions when we “fall away” from keeping and doing all the will of our Father. Then the scripture states, quite emphatically, that if anyone should fall away from the high calling unto PERFECTION, it would then be impossible “to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Again, such relationships with God are up to Him to decide! But of this we may be certain: listen to the voice of the carnal man of flesh within you and you could “fall away!” Hear the pure Word of the Lord from the very heart of Him Whose image and likeness we desire, and we will make it to sonship fulfilled! It is our high calling to be faithful to the Lord by keeping and doing all His will, whether His will is revealed to us through His written word or by His word given to us by the Spirit.
The subject of the above scripture (Heb. 6:3-6) is not about the elementary salvation of a person, or of the whole world for that matter. The subject of this passage, which speaks about “falling away,” is PERFECTION! It is all about attaining to PERFECTION AND SONSHIP, and not about our basic, elementary salvation! If someone is unable to keep and do all that Father requires of them to attain to sonship and perfection, they may “fall away,” according to Father’s plan for them. All shall ultimately be saved, and there is nothing anyone must do to receive that initial salvation. Our initial or basic salvation is the free gift of God! But our full salvation, or the ultimate salvation of our whole being, including our bodily, physical transformation, is the subject here! Full salvation, eternal Life, or the redemption of our bodies, shall be given to those who meet Father’s requirements and conditions, which is to do all His will as He reveals it, and be led by His Spirit!
The word of the Lord, written to the Hebrews, declares: “it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Therefore, to be enlightened by the holy Spirit, taste the heavenly gift of God, which is sonship, partake of the precious Holy Spirit, and were once among those blessed, elect ones who have tasted the good word of God, along with the powers of the age to come, which is this new Kingdom age, is a direct reference to those who once walked with the Lord in this high calling unto SONSHIP AND PERFECTION! Of those who “fall away” from that high calling, the scripture declares that it is impossible “to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”
Dearly beloved, we have come too far on our spiritual journey to “fall away!” We have come too far to give in to the voices of the carnal-minded, who would have us compromise our walk with God, by playing their religious games! We have come too far to allow the traditions of the past to interfere with the higher principles of this new Day! We have come too far to allow anything to deter us from this high and holy walk with our Father! Considering where we are in God now, it is impossible for us to fall away, supposing we can then return to our present relationship with the Lord! These are serious times! May we continue to walk with Him IN WHITE (as in Rev. 3:4-5), doing all His will and being led only and always by His Spirit! By maintaining an active and growing relationship with the Lord, doing His will and obeying His every revealed Word, we will make it to perfection and sonship fulfilled! And we are almost “there!” Father is in the process of bringing a company of sons to perfection, and all His elect are included in this spiritual process!
Whether we walk with God for three hundred years, a hundred, or fifty, or twenty, or ten, or five, matters little. I believe Father is looking for a people, even a small remnant, who will walk with Him consistently and continuously unto Life, with no compromises, no arguments, no hesitation, no deviation, keeping His Word and hearing all Father would say to them, as they take this Life-journey with Him. Obviously, to keep all the commandments is not enough, according to the word that Jesus spoke to that wealthy young man. As our beloved Lord did then with that young man, He may point out some other areas of our lives that need to be dealt with, above and beyond what the written Word has already revealed. For that very reason, we must be able to hear His word, receive that Word, and then obey it, making the necessary changes in our lives, as we walk with Him unto sonship, perfection and full salvation.
When the man asked Jesus what good thing he might do to receive that Life, Jesus replied, “If you would enter into THE Life, you must continually keep the commandments” (Mt. 19:17, AMP). I like that translation of this verse! The words, “THE Life,” as used in this passage, indicate that the Life of Christ is the only Life worth having. It is a quality of Life that is the highest and best Life available; it is the Life of the ages, or the Life of the Kingdom of God! Jesus said, if we would enter into that Life, which is the Life of the Kingdom of God, then “you must continually keep the commandments.” It is not enough to keep the commandments, or the Word of the Lord, when we feel like it, if and when our carnal minds agree with it, or only occasionally! We are called to “CONTINUALLY keep the commandments.” There must be constancy and continuance in our lives, so that we are constantly and always obeying the revealed Word of the Lord! Whatever our Father tells us to do we will do it without hesitation or compromise! He knows what is required of us to make it all the way Home and to inherit the greater Life of Christ, which is the abundant Life of the Kingdom of God!
To inherit that Life and the Glory beyond, Jesus told that young man that he was required to continually keep all the commandments! The young man asked Jesus, “which” commandment, as if to imply that maybe there was only one or two that he needed to keep and do. But Jesus replied, “Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?” (Mt. 19:18-20). Rather than one or two commandments, we are called to keep and do all of them! And we can only keep them with His help! The Lord has helped us by writing His law-word upon the tables of our hearts, according to His promise: “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Heb. 8:10). We shall keep the law and will faithfully do all our Father requires of us when His law and His word are written on the tables of our hearts. But, should we fall short at any time, which is highly likely, we have an advocate with the Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, who will intercede for us (1 Jo. 2:1). The law/word of the Lord, written on our hearts, is an aggressive weapon against the carnal mind and nature. By the strength of His Word and His Presence within, we are able to keep and do all our Father asks of us! Although we may struggle with the flesh at times, there is no condemnation to those who walk in the Spirit! The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ has made us free from the law of sin and death (see Rom. 7:15-8:4).
That young man was certainly faithful and diligent about keeping the commandments! He had kept them all since his youth. But when he asked the Lord “what lack I yet,” he opened himself up before the Lord to a further probing and investigation of his life, relative to the high calling unto sonship, perfection and the greater Life of Christ. So the Lord looked into his life with His all-seeing “eye” of spiritual discernment and Divine wisdom and understanding, and replied, “If thou wilt be PERFECT, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions” (Mt. 19:21-22).
The one thing that young man lacked was the one thing he could not forsake and do for the cause of Christ and the high calling unto Life! Hearing the Lord’s opinion of him, that young man went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. The wealth of this world, or his earthly, worldly possessions, were the very things that stood in the way of that young man’s walk unto eternal life; it was only the fleeting, temporal, material “things” of this world that he could not give up! What a loss it was for that man to exchange the things of this world for the very Life of the Kingdom of God, or the Life of Christ! It is not that wealth is necessarily wrong for anyone who would attain to that Life, but it is the love and dedication to wealth that will prevent a person from inheriting that Life and the Glory beyond. It is not wrong for us to have some money, it is the love of money that is harmful to us! Paul wrote to Timothy to tell him and us as well: “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For THE LOVE OF MONEY is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. BUT THOU, O MAN OF GOD, FLEE THESE THINGS; AND FOLLOW AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS, GODLINESS, FAITH, LOVE, PATIENCE, MEEKNESS” (1 Tim. 6:9-11).
What is the great transgression here? What is it that will “drown men (even the best of us) in destruction (punishment) and perdition ( ruin or loss)?” It is the LOVE of money! It is to covet wealth and the paltry things of this world, which will cause any one of us to err from the faith, so that we will spiritually pierce ourselves “through with many arrows!” The things of this world are not worth such a sacrificial loss, especially when we are very near the hour of our transformation, as we are now!
Our loving and merciful Father has called all His chosen elect out of triune Babylon, which consists of the religious realm of man, the political-governmental realm, and also the economic realm of Babylon (Rev. 18:1-5)! We may not yet be entirely free of Babylon’s economic realm, for we are still in this human, fleshly body, which requires some minimal involvement in economic Babylon. But we must be sure that we are free from it in our hearts and minds, which is our souls, lest our soulish attachment to any part of mystery Babylon should bring us to an end of our spiritual walk with God and our high calling unto Life. These are crucial days for all the elect! God will help us through these times if our hearts are right with Him! He will lead us through this spiritual darkness and the tests and trials of this life, not somehow, but triumphantly! And if there is any one thing that we may lack, as there was in that young man’s life, our merciful Father will reveal it to us, making it possible for us to be free from all such bondages and iniquities, as well as the shortcomings of our flesh, which bind us to the Babylonish harlotry of the world and its corrupt systems!
The beloved Apostle Paul wrote, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:7-9). And many of us sense that that “due season,” is at hand! “Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away” (Heb. 8:13). If we were to set forth just one thing we might do to receive eternal Life, it is given in the above verses. If we will sow to the flesh by doing carnal, fleshly deeds, we will reap a harvest of corruption because of our fleshly, sinful nature, which is the nature of old Adam! The one thing we must do if we would have eternal Life is to cease walking in the flesh and doing those things which please and gratify the flesh. Only those who sow to the Spirit shall, of the Spirit, reap the Life of the Spirit. And that which is decaying and waxing old is about ready to vanish and disappear from the earth! The harvest time we have all anticipated - the due season during which we shall reap His Life - is at hand! Therefore, let us not be weary in our well-doing! We shall surely reap the Life of Christ, if we faint not, for harvest time is near!
The Discipline and Chastisement of LOVE
It is not that the Lord dislikes us, or thinks less of us, when He points out our fleshly iniquities and weaknesses, as He did with that wealthy young man. But He does it to us and for us BECAUSE HE LOVES US. In Mark’s record of that same story, we read this: “Then Jesus BEHOLDING HIM LOVED HIM, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me” (Mk. 10:21). It is because of the Lord’s intense love and concern for us that He disciplines us and informs us of our iniquities, as He did that wealthy young man! “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth” (Heb. 12:6). Because the Lord loves us and desires a Father-Son relationship with us, He chastens us and prepares us for that special relationship with Him! And if we truly love Him, we will indeed take up our own cross, which is a daily experience of self-denial and crucifixion, and will follow Him!
When He chastens us, the Lord is also removing from us all those “little foxes” that spoil the vine that we are in the Kingdom of God! Solomon described the place where we are now in God, when he sang this wonderful song about Spring time and the approaching harvest: “The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth and ripens her green figs, and the vines are in blossom and give forth their fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. [So I went with him, and when we were climbing the rocky steps up the hillside, my beloved shepherd said to me] O my dove, [while you are here] in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. [My heart was touched and I fervently sang to him my desire] Take for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [of our love], for our vineyards are in blossom” (Song 2:12-15, AMP).
When the green figs on the fig tree ripen, when the vines are in blossom and give forth their fragrance, and when our vineyards are in bloom and the grapes have become tender, what time is it? What is the great event, which these signs foretell? That one great, spiritual event, that wonderful event, which we have all anticipated, is THE HARVEST OF THE SONS OF GOD! It signals to us that this is harvest time! It is the time of the manifestation of the sons of God! It is that great event, for which the whole creation has been groaning and travailing, including ourselves! Using the telltale signs of Spring, Solomon in wisdom is telling us that the winter of our sorrow, seclusion and darkness is ending, and Spring, even the Spring of a new Day and a new beginning, is at hand! When the long winter of darkness and confusion ends and Spring begins to show forth its glimmering signs of hope and promise, we then see the flowers appear where formerly there was nothing but hard, frozen ground. We then hear the singing of the birds, which could not sing all through the long, dark winter of our discontent! But when the Light of a new Day shines upon the whole creation, everything that has a voice begins to sing a new song of the glory of our blessed Lord, Savior and King!
In Spring, the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. But it is not only the voice of the turtledove we hear; it is also the Voice of our Beloved Shepherd that we hear! He is calling upon us to, “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” It is our Beloved Lord inviting us to join Him and be where He is! And where is He? Our blessed Lord is not to be seen in the religious systems of man, or in the church system, nor is He to be found among any of the religious groups and fellowships of man during this harvest time! But Christ our blessed Lord, Head and King, is to be found “in the (spiritual) seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff.” That’s where He is! And what joy is ours when we find Him and join Him there!
We finally found Him Whom our soul loves! So we joined Him in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, and in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, which is a spiritual realm in God reserved for the elect! The original language indicates that “the clefts of the rock,” is a place of refuge; it is a hidden place in the Spirit, where we are free! It is that hidden place in God where the strivings of the flesh no longer trouble us; it is a realm in the Spirit where we are safe and secure in Christ! And how did we get here? By spiritually “climbing the rocky steps up the hillside!” It was not easy getting here, to be where HE IS, but with His help we made it! And we will remain here “in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff,” until our Father tells us to do something else! Only a prepared people could join Him here, and only a prepared people, which are the elect, could see Him as He is, here in this secret, secluded, sheltered place in the Spirit! Here, in the seclusion, separation and secret place in the Spirit, we joined Him Whom we love, that we might see His face and become all that He is! As we remain here in this secret, hidden place in the Spirit, we shall surely receive our promised inheritance! Just as the caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly during its seclusion within its cocoon, so also are we becoming manifest sons of God here in this secret, secluded and sheltered abode with our blessed Lord!
When our beloved Shepherd and Savior asked to see our faces and hear our voices, we responded in the Spirit, saying to Him, “Take for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [of our love], for our vineyards are in blossom!” According to Solomon’s inspired and anointed spiritual message, this is the song we are to sing to our Beloved! Our concern now, above and beyond any other concern we might have, is that our blessed Lord, Shepherd and Savior, would take from us the “foxes,” all those “little foxes,” or those fleshly, carnal desires and iniquities, from us, for they are spoiling our most intimate and holy love relationship with Him! We are asking Him to remove them from us and make us clean and pure in His sight, thus preparing us for our impending transformation! We will also praise Him in advance, knowing full well that our Shepherd will remove those “little foxes” from us and will shepherd us into the fullness of the glory of His Kingdom! And we shall faithfully remain here in this sheltered, secluded place in the Spirit, until we come forth in His glorious image and heavenly likeness!
But let us notice one important and significant truth in Solomon’s message! When our Bridegroom invited us, who are typical of His Bride, to come away with Him, we responded by going with Him. We are becoming a part of Christ, Who is the Bridegroom! Other believers will ultimately make up the true Bride company, which shall be “married” to Christ, the Bridegroom company, making one complete Christ! But until we are changed into His image and likeness, to become what He is, which is the Bridegroom, we must first assume a “bride” relationship with Christ! We are as a “bride” following her Lover into intimate fellowship, to be made one with Him and become all that He is! Thus, we read, “So I went with him, and when we were climbing the rocky steps up the hillside, my beloved shepherd said to me] O my dove, [while you are here] in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”
Notice Who is speaking here! It is the Bridegroom Who is speaking! And He is speaking to us, His elect and chosen ones! It is our Shepherd speaking! It is our beloved Lord, for Whom we have waited! And what is He asking of us, His elect, who are now as a “bride” in relation to Him? He is asking to see our faces and to hear our voices, for He says our voice is sweet and our face is lovely! Imagine that! The Lord wants to see our faces and He wants to hear our voices! And now that we are more mature, we will surely do what our Beloved asks of us!
Rather than us waiting to see His face and hear His Voice, our blessed Lord and Savior is waiting to see our faces and He is waiting to hear our voices! He is asking to see our faces and hear our voices, so that we may establish a more intimate Life-Love-relationship with Him in the Spirit! Father also knows what we will say when we speak to Him, for He planted that Word deep within our spirits. And what will we say to Him? We will plead with Him, saying, “Take for us (or from us) the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [of our love], for our vineyards are in blossom!” We are really saying to Him, “Clean us up, Lord,” for we long to receive our inheritance in the Kingdom of our God! Until we are finally and completely transformed and changed into His glorious image and heavenly likeness, our prayer to our Father shall continually be: “Take for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [of our love], for our vineyards are in blossom!” We long to be like Him! We fully believe and expect to become all that He is, and these “little foxes” within us are the only “enemies” now standing in our way!
What great truth there is in the following passage of scripture: “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Ps. 51:5-7). The Lord desires that His Truth should be planted firmly within our innermost being; His truth is not for the outer man alone, but it is to be imparted deep within us, thus eliminating every thing within us that is not pure. And when His truth and His wisdom are planted deep within us, we shall be clean, both within and without! Our Father wants to see our faces and hear our voices, for He knows our condition and our lack, which He will heal, restore and fill up when we look to Him. O that God would purge us with hyssop! Hyssop is a plant that was thought to have detergent qualities, and was used for purification services in the old Jewish ceremonies. David referred to the cleansing qualities of the hyssop plant when he asked the Lord to purge him and make him clean within. He knew that when God cleaned him up, by His Spirit and with His own spiritual, cleansing agents, which is the consuming fires of His presence, he would then be “whiter than snow!”
Then, David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee” (Ps. 51:10-13). Let this be our prayer; let this be our request when we look to the Lord. And the word He wants to hear from us is this same prayer that David prayed. This is not a normal prayer to be prayed by the average Christian. This is a prayer the elect will pray as we approach the moment of our transformation. Herein lies the secret of the conversion of the multitudes of the world! Cleanse us, O Lord, create within us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us! Father, cleanse us thoroughly, and then transform us within and without! Then, we will “teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee!” And how will we teach them His ways? By our example, which will be the manifestation of the sons of God! How important God’s order is! First we need to be cleansed of all our iniquities - of all the “little foxes,” that may destroy the vine which we are. And then, AFTER we have been cleansed, renewed and given a right spirit, along with the seven spirits of the Lord, we will teach transgressors His ways, and the multitudes of all the nations shall be converted unto the Lord, to enter into His Kingdom!
In order for us to be changed and transformed into His glorious image and heavenly likeness, we are called upon to turn our faces toward Him, so He can see our faces and hear our voices! Our Father knows what we look like, but He wants us to look to Him for all our needs and all our sustenance, rather than looking to man for man’s meager help!
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Is. 45:22). The first thing our Beloved said to us, in the scripture we quoted from the Song of Solomon, on page nine, was: “let me see your face!” He wants us to turn our faces toward Him! Our God and Father wants us to look to Him, for it is in looking to Him that we shall be fully saved! As the old song goes, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace!” When we turn our eyes upon Christ (not Jesus in the flesh, but Christ, Who is Spirit), we are seeing Him in the Spirit, where the clouds of darkness, unbelief and despair cannot exist! In looking unto Him, we shall be saved in fullness, for He is God over all Who rules over all, including sin and death! When we look full into His wonderful face, we are seeing Him Who is Life personified! We are viewing all true spiritual realities, as well as Him Who is the Life of the Kingdom of God! When we see Him, Who also is the bright and morning Star, we are seeing that glorious Light of God, which we are becoming! And to see Him as He is, is to see that power that is changing us; it is that Almighty power of our Father, which will ultimately transform us, and others also, into His glorious image and heavenly likeness!
When we are transformed, and the manifestation of the sons of God has taken place, we will then become a part of Christ, the Bridegroom! We shall then be one with Him, Who is the Bridegroom! We will ultimately be joined, as in a marriage union, to the Bride company, making the Christ full and complete! O the mystery of it! O the wonder of it! We are in the process of being changed into the glorious image and heavenly likeness of Christ, our Beloved Lover, Bridegroom, Savior and Friend, and He is telling us how to get “there!” We will surely make it all the way “home” if we will hear His word and do all His will!
The Lord would have us look to Him to be saved in fullness! Then it will be the time for the nations of the world to come running to the Lord, to receive Him, live for Him, and become members of the Kingdom of God, through the redemptive, restorative power of the Christ of God! AFTER we have been saved in fullness, by looking unto the Lord (as in Is. 45:22), this wonderful promise shall follow: “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” (Is. 45:23). How true it is: “It is plain to anyone with eyes to see that at the present time all created life groans in a sort of universal travail. And it is plain, too, that we who have a foretaste of the Spirit are in a state of painful tension, while we wait for that redemption of our bodies which will mean that at last we have realized our full sonship in Him” (Rom. 8:22-23, Phillips). The whole creation, including the people of all the nations of this world, are waiting for the redemption of our bodies, which will mean that at last we have realized our full sonship in Him! And what a release and deliverance shall take place in all the universe when our sonship is fulfilled! Then, whole nations of people shall come to the Lord to be fully saved, to serve the Lord and fulfill His Kingdom plans and purposes in all the earth, for His glory and honor! Lord, hasten the dawning of this grand and glorious new, Kingdom Day!
If our hearts are clean and pure before the Lord, it will be
easy for us to look unto the Lord. But if there is iniquity within, we will
not want to look to the Lord to behold Him! Thus, the Psalmist wrote, “For
innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon
me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head:
therefore my heart faileth me” (Ps. 40:12). The Psalmist David went through
many of the experiences in this life that we are going through. But after all
he endured because of the problems of the flesh, David realized that his only
help, his only Source of deliverance and blessing, was the Lord, his God! And
that is the lesson we are learning also! We are learning to trust the Lord in
all things! Our iniquities may seem as though they could prevent us from looking
to the Lord. But it is when we look to Him that all those iniquities and “little
foxes” shall be removed from us, making us clean and pure in the sight
of the Lord. We shall then show forth a new and greater Light, which is the
Glory of the Lord for all the world to see!
The prophet Isaiah foretold of a time to come when the only hope of the world would be in the remnant of God’s people. He prophesied saying, “Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel. At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images” (Is. 17:6-8). In other words, a time would come when the church would no longer represent Christ and His Kingdom. Those in the church system look to their altars, to the works of their hands, respecting that which their fingers have made, as well as their groves and images. But then, in that day, which is this new Day, a remnant would come forth. They/we are as “two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof.” There will be only a few of them, a small remnant, but the few that remained would look to their Maker, and their eyes would respect the Holy One of Israel! And that is where we are now! God has reserved unto Himself a small remnant in the earth at this time. And that remnant, which we are, are looking to their Maker and to Him alone, with deep and true respect for the Holy One of Israel!
And that remnant are His elect and chosen ones. Of them it is written, “Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth” (Rom. 9:27-28). It is not all Israel that God wants, even though they may be as numerous as the sands of the sea! He only wants and needs a “very small remnant” (Is. 1:9)! And that very small remnant shall be saved in fullness! In the Day of their full salvation, God will finish His great work of creating a Man in His image and likeness. He will cut His wonderful work short in righteousness in the earth, according to His foreordained plan and purpose, “because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.”
Other Christians will look to the church system, to all their religious creations, as well as the works of their hands, for the answer to the world’s dilemma. But the small remnant of the Lord will look only to their Maker! He alone has the answer, for HE IS THE ANSWER! Christ in His glorious fullness, imparted to and manifested through His very small remnant, will change the course of this world! Years ago I ministered healing to the sick in hospitals and homes throughout this area. In the years during and following the Latter Rain outpouring of the Spirit, God was healing people on a grand scale. When I came to the bedside of someone who was afflicted with diseases, such as cancer, etc. I would tell them that just as you would take your car back to the dealer - back to the maker - to get it fixed, so we are taking you back to your Maker for healing. I would tell them, we are here and now presenting you before the Lord, for the healing of your body. He is your Maker, and because He is, God is well able to heal you of your affliction. Many of them I ministered to received and believed, and the Lord, in His tender mercy and loving grace, healed them! What a joy it was to minister during those glorious days of visitation!
Seeing the many needs in the world, the church system will have a conference to discuss it. They will have a conference about missions, and how to reach the nations for Christ. They will have a Sunday School conference, a missions conference, an outreach conference, or some other kind of conference, to discuss the problems with their carnal minds. None of their conferences will ever work, nor can they, for the answer, the solution, to the world’s problems IS A SPIRITUAL ONE! It may sound trite and common, but we all know, CHRIST IS THE ANSWER! While the church system looks to their religious structure, to their altars, their groves, their images, and to the works of their own hands, God has a very small remnant who are LOOKING TO THE LORD, THEIR MAKER! And when we LOOK TO OUR MAKER, He will enable His elect to minister to the multitudes of this world, by, through, and as a result of, the manifestation of the sons of God!
This must be the Day of our transformation, or the Day of our manifestation as the sons of God, for the Word of God is being fulfilled in this, our Day of victory and deliverance. The Lord has said, “AT THAT DAY shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” What Day is “that day,” referred to in this prophecy? It is the great Day when a holy, separate and secluded remnant are to be in their “booths!” Then there will be “two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof.” We are that remnant! We are that people! And this may be ‘THAT DAY!” Are you looking to your Maker? Do your eyes have respect to the Holy One of Israel? I know I am looking to my Maker! And I know I have respect to the Holy One of Israel! Therefore, based on what is happening in my life, I firmly believe this is that day when a man, even the Christ man, the sons of God, or the very small remnant, shall look to their Maker to be saved in fullness! What a blessed privilege is ours in this wonderful, new Kingdom Day!
When we look to our Maker, we will see that our God and Father of all is very active, doing all His will and fulfilling all His wonderful purposes. The word, “Maker,” as used in Isaiah’s prophecy, means “to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application.” (From Strong’s Concordance.) Among the many words used to describe the activity of the Lord as our Maker, are these: accomplish, advance, appoint, become, bestow, bring forth, be busy, commit, execute, fashion, finish, gather, go about, govern, make, be occupied, bring to pass and perform. There are many other words used to describe the action of the Lord when we see Him as our Maker, but these are sufficient to show how busy our Father really is. The Lord our Maker, is accomplishing His sovereign and omnipotent purposes in the earth! He is also advancing His cause among the people of the earth, to bring forth a holy remnant who are looking to Him. He is also appointing positions of authority to those of His sons who have proven themselves to be worthy of His trust. He is bestowing His special gifts upon them, to bring forth His kings and priests in the Kingdom of God. He is busy doing His great Kingdom work in this new Day, committing to His elect their special tasks, and executing His sovereign plans and purposes for this world. He has fashioned a remnant into His image and likeness, and is finishing that work. Christ and His brother sons with Him shall govern this world in righteousness, bringing forth peace and prosperity for all. Let us then see our God as the Maker that He really He is, for He is bringing to pass His Word and is performing His will, for the benefit of all!
Job and his friends understood something about their Maker. Elihu said, “Because of the multitudes of oppressions the people cry out; they cry for help because of the violence of the mighty. But no one says, Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs of rejoicing in the night, [Acts 16:25.]” (Job 35:9-10, AMP). To know God as our Maker is to know Him Who gives us songs to sing during this night of nights! While others may be saddened by present world conditions, we call on God our Maker, Who then gives us songs in the night! And when we know Him as our Maker, as the mighty One Who is always working to fulfill His purposes in the earth, we will then see our mighty God doing His will, which is to bring forth a Man in His image, and establish His Kingdom over all!
The spiritually barren ones, or the elect, are given the following
promise: “Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing,
and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children
of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. For thou
shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit
the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not; for thou
shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put
to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember
the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the
LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God
of the whole earth shall he be called” (Is. 54:1, 3-5). Knowing these
promises belong to us we will join the prophet of the Lord in saying: “But
as for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch; I
will wait WITH HOPE AND EXPECTANCY for the God of my salvation; MY GOD WILL
HEAR ME.” (Micah 7:1-4, 6-7, AMP)
Paul and Emily Mueller
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