COME TO THE GARDEN
By Ronald D McGatlin
Come to the place of quiet rest that is prepared for you. The heart of God is near you. Come together as one with the HEART OF GOD within you. Move from the flesh life of trying to provide and care for yourself and others with natural tools and abilities to the place prepared by Jesus. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.”
It is a very short move from the “natural life” to the “Spirit life” in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, Father God, and Christ Jesus abide as one in and with His saints (those set apart unto God).
As we choose to live in the Spirit, by the Spirit we are given revelation of the present reality of the written word of God. The Bible begins to speak to us of the promises of God now coming to pass in this world. This is a major transition from the traditional limited interpretations of the past to the revelation of life now in Spirit God on earth.
We must move into the Spirit to find and experience our prepared place and abundant life now in this life. Our prepared place is in this world, but it is not of this world. It is a Spirit reality place of heaven on earth.
The Gospel of the Kingdom
The truth is that the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus preached and demonstrated was not just about going to heaven to experience being with Him in heaven after we die. Rather it was almost entirely about bringing heaven to earth in this life. It is about living heaven’s way now on earth. It is about being with Him now in this life. When we read the words of Jesus in the light of heaven’s ways coming to earth in us, greater kingdom meaning begins to shine through into our hearts.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwellings; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and RECEIVE YOU TO MYSELF; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” John 14:1-4.
Jesus said to His disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Our hearts can be troubled in this life about many things of life. In Luke 10:41 Jesus spoke to Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But ONE thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” The one greater thing that is needed is being close to Jesus. We are to be even closer to Him now than Mary was sitting at his feet.
The Spirit of Truth
Our hearts no longer need to be troubled about things of this world when Jesus and the Father abide in us by the Holy Spirit as we abide in Him. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify GOD IN YOUR BODY AND IN YOUR SPIRIT, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
Jesus is the Spirit of truth in us by the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. 19 ‘A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to (or in) him.’” John 14:17-21.
These and other scriptures are clearly saying that Jesus came back to indwell His people, the saints of God. We are the prepared dwelling of God on earth as He abides in us and we abide in Him.
We are His “dwelling place” on earth. The place where Jesus is and we are with Him also is within us now in this world.
We are the Body of Christ on earth. (1 Corinthians 12-27). It is the mystery of Christ in us, the hope (confident expectation) of glory. (Collisions 1:27).
ETERNAL LIFE BEGINS NOW
This is not to say that there is not a life in heaven with God after we leave this earth. However, THAT ABUNDANT AND, ETERNAL LIFE WITH GOD BEGINS NOW IN THIS LIFE. Everlasting life does not begin after we die and go to heaven.
However, there is a death involved in our entering the garden place prepared for us in this life. It is the end of our self-life as orphans apart from God. It is the intimate oneness of pure holy love relationship with our God. It is our life now becoming one with God in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit. It is life in the fullness of His presence in a face to face love experience in this life.
We come to this garden of His presence alone to become one with Christ in the Spirit as mature Sons of God bringing the reality of the kingdom of God to Planet Earth. The rule of God’s LOVE “on earth as it is in heaven” is the goal and purpose of the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus preached and that He is again bringing forth in those mature Sons in whom He dwells.
It is the resurrection life of Christ Jesus in the sons and daughters of God that are bringing the great transformation of this world to the reality of the kingdom of God. The Body of Christ on earth is transitioning from a religious church tradition into a vibrant living Body of disciples who are living representations of Christ on earth establishing the righteousness and peace of heaven on earth.
The Manifest Glory
A New Israel of God, under the ruling city of New Jerusalem, is descending from heaven into earth. A new nation taken from all the nations of the world becoming a Spirit reality of God’s rule of LOVE restoring the GLORY of God for all creation to see the magnificent Glory of the one all loving, all powerful and all wise ALMIGHTY GOD! (Revelation 3:12, 21:2, 9, 22).
Let all the earth praise God! The glory of God fills the earth and shines into the heavens. The glory of God is brilliantly shining forth from the garden planet of God in mankind demonstrating the majesty of LOVE bringing perfect order to creation.
The romance of eternity is exposed and made known to all creation in the love of the Father of all creation for His chosen Bride fully prepared for Him.
We are now receiving our place in the love story of eternity. Let all creation rejoice in the fullness of the multiplied glory in the offspring of God ruling and reigning with Him now and forever.
Live in the Spirit; Walk in the Spirit.