The deepest secrets of life remain hidden mysteries to the cultures of the nations of the world. (1 Cor 2:6-8). The heritage of Adam affects the lives of human beings to this day. The results of partaking of the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil continues to blind the minds and hearts of natural-minded mankind. (Gen 3) (2 Cor 4:3-4).
The deep secrets of life are being progressively revealed to mankind on earth. God’s ultimate plan for Planet Earth and the deep secrets of how to actually experience the perfect way of abundant real life is being revealed to pure-hearted holy people of God. There is a way to abundant life of righteousness, peace, and joy that is becoming more clearly visible in this season. (Mark 4:22).
The Strife of Life Outside the Garden
Ever since mankind in Adam was driven from God’s provision in the Garden of Eden, man’s existence has been one of toil and strife. The entire world is saturated with a form of pseudo life that is not really life at all but an existence in strife. (Gen 3:17-19).
There is a daily striving against the elements of the world and competition among the people for food, clean water, clothing, shelter, and some form of pleasure and significance in this life. The battle to stay alive and to have a good life consumes the people of the world. (James 4:1-3).
The curse of striving for life is passed on from generation to generation in all who have not been fully redeemed to the tree of LIFE in Christ Jesus by the Spirit of the living God.
The curse of death that came upon mankind in Adam is the source of all sickness, disease, malformation, and every malady of mankind whether physical, mental, or spiritual. All lack along with its desperate need to always have more and always seeking more to satisfy the emptiness of the human soul is the result of being without the full provisions of Father God. (Gen 2:16-17).
The Partial Restoration in the Church Age
We praise God for the works of reformation that God has brought over the past five centuries. The recent centuries of the church age restored the revelation of the works of salvation by grace through faith and the baptism in the Holy Spirit among many other miraculous works of Spirit God.
The major focus of the church age was the desperate need of depraved mankind. The need was for the reality of a new Spirit birth as a babe in Christ – to be reborn a new creature to grow and mature into faithful servants of God. The stories of the sacrificial lives of the missionaries who carried the good news of salvation to the world are beautiful testimonies of the love, commitment, and sacrifice of the church.
The Greater Restoration of the Kingdom Age
This morning after a time with the Lord, I was having breakfast. I turned on the TV and caught parts of a few of the major Christian broadcasts of today. I was impressed with how they all were so tuned toward helping the people to fit God into their busy lives. A couple of them were urging the people to put God first be starting their day with God in the word and prayer. They offered devotional type materials to help the people get a scripture verse into mind and guidance in a prayer before heading out on their busy day.
This is a good thing and may be the best that they can do with the busy people of this current world. In this passing church age lifestyle, the people do well to manage to get to church for a few hours of the week to honor and worship God. Some of the more faithful also take a few minutes in the morning before going out into the secular “real” world.
There is a mental and practical distinction made between the things of God and the things of the workaday natural life of Christians in the church age mentality.
This is DI-VISION that leads to lack of fullness on both sides of our divided lives. Many if not most Christians lead double lives. One life is their spiritual or religious part of honoring God, and the other is doing and being what they feel they have to do to gain the money and position to have the things they want and need in their lives.
This is not the kingdom of God way of life. There are major areas of shifting and change as we transition into the fully redeemed and restored kingdom of God way of life as it was before the fall of Adam.
The Next Life Now
In the kingdom of God reality life, all of everything is ONE in purpose and function. Seeking the kingdom of God FIRST means more than seeking it first thing in the morning.
It means in every decision, every thought and activity of life, the kingdom of God and His righteousness is the first and predominant consideration. God is not a part of our lives. In the kingdom order of His love, He is our lives, and every facet of our lives is His life flowing through us into the world.
The ways of the passing church emphasis age were only a portion or season of parts of the kingdom of God in Christ being formed in a maturing people on earth. The church age rightfully produced committed servants of God. It was and yet is needful that man be born again, healed spiritually: mentally and physically, and set free from the demonic prisons of all forms of greed, need, lust, every form of selfishness or self-rule, and all other gods.
The maturing kingdom church is producing grown up sons and daughters of God. They are in no way better than God’s children of the past. They are the same children of God who functioned no differently from a slave or servant in the house but are now maturing into the Sons of God – the rule and reign with Christ in the works of the Father in the world. “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father,” Galatians 2:4.
The love of God is the same for the child and the mature sons. Yet the mature Sons are recognized (adopted) by the Father and given the signet ring (authority) of transacting the Father’s business.
The Body and Bride of Christ as a whole continues to mature in the love of God to reproduce the rule of the love of God in all aspects of this world.
WORLD CULTURE IS BECOMING GOD CULTURE
No one strives to make a living in the Garden (New Jerusalem) God culture of the kingdom of God. There is no lack and no stress to get or gain more in the Garden. (Mat 6:31-33).
It is God’s design now, and always has been, to bring the life and ways of heaven’s perfect order of His love to this world. This is the greater hope and reality of the kingdom of heaven manifesting from the Spirit on earth.
The Visible Work of Love
Consider all of the life resources of time, effort, and vast amounts of money spent on earth trying to prevent and repair the damage done to mankind and the earth by the disorder of the ungodly rule of fallen man. Imagine what this vast amount of God’s provisions that will be saved by the rule of love on earth can do for the good of mankind and Planet Earth.
Love will purify the harlot into a pure bride. (Eph 5:25-27).
Love will cause us to not defraud our neighbor and naturally keep all the law. (Rom 13:9).
Love will cause us to seek to provide for others which will in turn activate the law of sowing and reaping, and we shall be adequately supplied because of our love.
Love will cause us to be better servants to God and to others, and as we become faithful servants we become Sons ruling and reigning with Christ in His kingdom. (Mat 25:21).
Love causes us to not exercise authority in an overlord manner which will allow the authority of God to rule and establish His authority. (Mat 20:25-26).
Love will keep us from costly disputes and disorders which steal the provision of God in our lives. (Mat 5:25-26).
By love coming forth in man and ruling in the earth, there will be no painful church splits or strife.
By love there will be no wrong marriages and no divorces.
Love will stop all costly conflicts and deadly wars.
Love will cause all the assets of man and earth to be used for good and not evil.
Love will stop crime and empty the prisons.
God’s love will prosper the entire earth.
Only by His love will righteousness, peace, and joy reign over the earth.
Love is the primary and predominant substance of the kingdom of God.
HOW DO WE GET THIS LOVE
Perhaps a better question is, “HOW DO WE BECOME THIS LOVE.”
If you are a born again, Spirit baptized follower of Christ Jesus you already have it.
If you have it and it is not flowing in your life, ask God for the full manifestation of His love to be released in you. Then be prepared for what will come to you.
There are often blockages that must be dissolved. Many times the blockages will be removed through an experience of severe brokenness bringing us into weakness. (2 Cor 12:8-10).
It may take something like persecution or misadventure of some sort to cause us to lose our lives of self-strength and be weakened to receive His strength. This is not necessarily God’s plan for us all. It is the result of our self-strength, strong will, and pride that allows the enemy to bring bad things against us that will break our strength -thus allowing us to come fully to God empty of self and ready to allow His life to abide where we once lived.
When we in His intimate presence truly see and experience the vast ocean of His pure holy love for us, while we are yet imperfect, our heart’s desire response is to lay our life down before Him at His alter of pure holy love. (Luke 9:24) (Gal 2:20).
Experiencing His FORGIVENESS for us releases in us the ability to completely forgive every person or thing that has ever hurt or harmed us in any way. Our forgiveness is for everyone and everything including forgiving ourselves for anything we have done to hurt or harm ourselves or others. (Mark 11:25) (Mat 5:44) (1 Cor 13).
For the prideful person the devastation of a fall or severe loss can blow away our false gods and make room for us to fully engage the river of the pure holy love of God filling and becoming His life in us. (Prov 16:18).
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose,” Romans 8:28.
Next week more about hidden mysteries of life.