THE KINGDOM AND SEXUALITY – Part 1 – By Ron McGatlin
Dear Reader: We are now today, with this writing moving in response to the leadership of Spirit God into a realm that is vitally important to the people of God at this time, especially the younger families.
(This word will be presented in several parts. Please study all the parts in order as one narrative. Each part builds into the next part.)
I grew up in Texas and worked as a hand on a cattle ranch when in my teens. I also loved to watch the old western movies and knew a few old fashioned real cowboys. In the movies, there were times when the hero type cowboy would face something that must be done for the good of some people or perhaps the whole town. It would be very dangerous to get involved to fix the situation. The cowboy would sort of pull his hat down tight in front and might say something like “a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.” That is sort of how I feel as I begin writing this.
Someone has said, God loves us too much to leave us as we are. The love of God is bringing abundant change to us and to our world.
Yes, God is still on the throne, and is in this time of seemingly monumental decay of immoral and insane corruption in our people, homes, and nations God is doing the most profound work of world changing ever done on earth. Fasten your seat belt and prepare for a work that the world will never forget. You are here for such a time as this. It is always the darkest just before the dawn. The dawn of the glorious reality of the kingdom people of God ARISING. Lift up your heads, and look through the darkness of late night to see the light of the DAY OF THE LORD APPROACHING RAPIDLY.
In this series of articles, we are proceeding into a wide awake look into the spiritual natural reality of that which is happening in America and much of the world today. The severe and drastic hostile divisions that are disrupting cultures and causing vicious conflict among individuals, groups, families, tribes, and nations at many levels is indeed dangerous grounds to tread upon.
On a personal level lives are falling apart and people are in painful and pitiful situations of vileness, addictions, premature deaths, suicides, child abuse, trafficking, slaughtering unborn babies, and hatred for anything about Christianity. Multiple acts of mindless mass murder of innocents are broadcast worldwide on mass media news on an almost daily basis. Unreported on mass media extreme persecution including slaughtering multitudes of Christians is taking place in many nations.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?
WHAT ON EARTH CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
WHY IS ALL THIS HAPPENING NOW?
WHERE IS GOD IN ALL OF THIS?
THE LIGHT AND LOVE OF GOD
God’s light is shining into our darkness. Light exposes and dissolves darkness. Light encompasses wisdom and understanding that leads to peaceful and fruitful life. The absence of light is darkness that causes stressful, unfruitful, and difficult life with much painful stumbling. (Psalm 119:105) (Isaiah 42:16) (Isaiah 59:8-10).
The source of light is the one true Spirit God who created light. The ultimate source of light available to mankind today on Planet Earth is Spirit God abiding in His people. God by His Spirit spoke through Christ Jesus the words of life and light. Spirit God in Jesus called disciples to bear witness to the light of spoken and written word from Father God. Holy men inspired by God penned the word of the light of God. It has been preserved and translated into our language in the Holy Bible. (Genesis 1:3, 14-15) (John 8:12) (John 1613) (2 Peter 1:19-21).
The great God of all creation has given us instructive words of how to work with and fit into perfect harmony with the unmeasurable elaborate glorious creation of all matter and all life that is all perfectly ordered and balanced on earth and beyond.
The massive complexity of creation is far above all combined human understanding. Yet marvelously God has given simple basic instruction and principles that allow us to function in harmony with all creation. Even more, God has given Himself to abide in and with us to provide His strength and wisdom to guide and empower us. The Bible and the Holy Spirit can navigate us into perfect harmony with creation and thereby help us fulfill our part in His plan and purpose on earth. (John 16:12-13) (John 14:15-18).
Mankind can receive the preserved written word by the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. The light of the written word in the Bible revealed by the Holy Spirit cleanses the spirits, hearts, and minds of those who receive it. It fills the spirit and soul of a man with the light of God that dispels darkness and brings peaceful and fruitful life on earth.
THERE IS NO HATE IN GOD TOWARD MANKIND.
There is no hate speech toward mankind in the Bible. The root of every instructive word from God is love for mankind and the world. However, there is hate for the evil darkness that disorders, damages, and destroys the lives of His people and His world.
Both God and His people hate the horrible destruction and loss that comes from the powers of darkness. Christ Jesus, the Son of God came to destroy the works of darkness with the light of truth. There is never any unloving deeds or thoughts toward mankind in Jesus or the word of God. (John 10:10).
The things that God hates are the things of disobedience that allow powers of darkness to steal, kill, and destroy the wonderful life of peace and fruitfulness that God has designed for His beloved mankind and the world.
God’s directional and correctional rules are always for the purpose of providing the best possible life for mankind and subsequently all creation on Planet Earth. His rules given in the Bible are never for the destruction of light and quality life on earth. But for the well-being of man and the glory of God.
God’s plans and patterns of light and life are described in the Bible and readily confirmed by the indwelling Holy Spirit of God in His people. However, the written words of God are rejected and viciously attacked by the spirits of darkness that are affecting the heart and soul of those in whom Christ does not reign by the Holy Spirit.
THE PRIMARY PLAN OR PATTERN OF GOD IS FAMILY
The all-consuming love of God is the core and foundation of His family plan and pattern for all governance on earth. Love of a husband and father for his wife and children is derived directly from the love of God from heaven. The loving respect of a wife and mother toward her husband and the love of husband and wife for their babies and growing children is the basic God-given plan and pattern for governance on earth.
The family pattern of God is a replica of the Spirit family pattern in heaven and at the same time, in the greater overview, it is actually an extension of the Spirit heavenly pattern on earth.
God clearly presents His foundational family plan of governance based in love in His inspired written word in the Bible. It is the one and only plan that truly produces righteousness, peace, and joy in a fruitful and multiplying life on earth for mankind and all life on Planet Earth. It is the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. (Ephesians 5:22-32).
A major key of the kingdom of God is knowing God – intimately and personally knowing Him, communing, and communicating with Him in a deep love relationship. (Jeremiah 24:7) (Mark 12:29-30) (2 Corinthians 6:16-18).
Beyond our natural human being, we are redeemed Spirit Beings in Christ connected to Spirit God, while at the same time we are in a natural body, and we have a human soul (mind, will, and emotions) that is being redeemed. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the manifesting of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonian 5:23).
Our earthly body and soul are created to live and function on Planet Earth. We are earthlings with the abilities to do life on earth. Man was originally created with the Spirit of God abiding in our human spirit causing man to be Sons of God in the image and likeness of God in an earthly godly Body, Soul, and Spirit. Only man had the breath (Spirit) of God life breathed into him by God. (Genesis 2:7)
THE LOVE MATE BRIDE OF GOD
Redeemed mankind is the earthly mate of heavenly Spirit God.
Mankind is the capstone of the earthly creation of God and is given the responsibility of dominion authority on Planet Earth.
Redeemed mankind on earth is as the parabolic mate or bride/wife counterpart of God. All creation is to reflect and multiply the image and glory of God on earth.
Heavenly creation on earth including mankind came out from God. It is of God, the same as Eve came out from Adam. The redeemed order or governance of creation is spoken of as New Jerusalem, mother of us all coming down from heaven. Our Father is Spirit God, and our mother is His natural creation that came out from God and manifested as natural reality. (Galatians 4:26). (Revelation 21:2-3, 9-11).
Coming together as one with God redeemed mankind becomes the true church of the firstborn, the care taker of creation producing God’s order or governance on earth – the Bride of Christ, the mother or New Jerusalem ruling city of creation on earth.
“…You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22-24.
The whole of creation on earth is geared to the love and subsequently the obedience of man to God. Man’s obedience, or lack of it, affects the entire world and all that is on it or in it. (Romans 8:18-22).
GOD’S INSTRUCTIONAL RULES OF LOVE
Very simply stated everything on earth emanates from Spirit God. All of creation function’s together in God’s designed dynamic order. Perfect harmony and fruitfulness exist in God’s order.
Any deviation from God’s designed order produces opposing responses of creation to press the order back toward perfect balance. The propensity to maintain perfect balance in the order of Creation is built into it from the beginning. It is the love of God restoring His perfect image and likeness back into place.
(For much more on this see, “Kingdom Growth Guide #024 Universal Law”)
God provides instructions of love that, when obeyed by mankind, causes us to be in alignment with creation’s perfect order. Man’s disobedience to the instructions always causes imbalance and disorder of creation that leads toward death.
(In Part 2 we will look at God’s family plan for all governance on earth and today’s deceptive challenges to God’s kingdom patterns of sexuality and bringing forth the true patterns of God. Don’t miss the coming episodes of the working of God in the vast darkness of this Day of the Lord!)
Seek the Kingdom of God,