THE ROBE, THE RING, AND THE CROWN
BY: JAN A. ANTONSSON – MARCH 31, 1997
From eons of glory, a celestial span, God announced to Himself that He had a plan.
When God announced His plan before the foundations of the world, the morning stars sang together and the sons of God shouted for joy. (Job 38:7). In the divine blueprint, He declared that He would share His eternal glory with this creature He had in mind to bring forth on planet Earth. During that predawn age, He called us out of Himself, (II Tim. 1:9-10) the sons of God, to be a part of His grand design. (Eph. 1:4-6; Is. 42:1) Reaching deep into the swirling masses of Himself, and bringing order out of chaos, He created a small planet which He named Earth. (Gen. 1:10; Job 38:4-6).
In the beginning, this swirling contradiction of solar ice and hot gasses was a thermonuclear reactor with a promising future. “Let there be light!” (Gen. 1:3-4). He decreed. The newly created star which we call the Sun, mirrored the furnace of God’s love, and thus, there was light and love reflected on the hot, dark rocks of Earth. The other chunks of solar gas and matter which He also manifested out of Himself, became the tiny solar system. All this majesty and promise, He placed within a minor galaxy known as the Milky Way.
He’d breathe life into a human form. (Job 33:4)
From out of Himself, a man was born. (Gen.1:26-27)
Having established the infinite boundaries of the Universe, (Job 38:31-33) He named and numbered the stars, (Ps. 8:3;147:4) and then hurled them out and away into the velvet, inky blackness of space. Only then, in preparation for His crowning creation, did He begin to rehab the lovely blue green planet, third voyager from the sun, to receive His ultimate creation. In a fertile valley, East of Eden, (Gen. 2:8) He planted a fruitful, well watered garden to be the now and future home of His Beloved. Then, scooping up the dust of the ground, the Most High breathed the breath of life into this glob of dirt He had fashioned into human form. From the depths of His own heart, and the bosom of the earth, He created a man. ( Gen. 2:7).
All went well until God sent the snake (Gen. 3:1)
to help Adam and Eve the next step to take.(Deut. 32:39)
God knew all along that Paradise would not hold us for long, because perfection without tension to mold it and shape it is boring in the extreme, and certainly not fulfilling for the creator heart of God who desired fellowship, not robotic obedience. So, He sent the serpent along to advance His plan to the next step. Why? Because we were not yet fully functioning spirit/flesh beings.
Now man lost his crown of glory and pride. (Job 19:9)
From dust he came, and in dust he’d abide. (Gen. 3:19)
Before the fall, we were just flesh and blood, bone and sinew, clothed on the outside with glory, but it was only “skin deep.” After the fall, we lost that covering of God’s glory and were reduced in our own minds to dust creatures, grubbing about, trying to eke out a living amongst the thorns and thistles. (Gen. 3:17-18). As Satan had hissed to Eve, we did know right from wrong, (Gen. 3:4-5) but we discovered that such knowledge did NOT make us gods. It made us confused! It caused us to be lost, estranged, separated from our Maker. After all knowing good and evil doesn’t do any good if you can’t do anything about it. (Rom. 7:14-19). When man fell into sin, he lost his covering of glory; forgot who he was (Is. 51:12-13; James 1:23-25) and where he came from. The memories of being with God before the foundations of the world and afterwards in the Garden of Eden all slipped away. Now, stripped by God of his crown of glory, (Job 19:9; Lam. 5:16) he behaved like the mud creature he was. This made him very cranky! (Ps. 2:1; Acts 4:25-31).
For ages, we grumbled, “Enough is enough! (Gal. 3:21,24)
We can’t get it right! We’ve not got the right stuff.” (Gal. 2:16)
Millennium later, after trying and failing, and trying and failing, man finally cried, “Uncle! Help us! We can’t do it alone. We can’t get it right no matter what we do!”
So, as He ordained it when He first began, (Rev. 13:8),
God clothed Himself in the form of a man. (Phil. 2:6-7).
In the fullness of time, (Gal. 4:4) according to God’s eternal blueprint, Jesus was born of a virgin by the seed of the Spirit. (Luke 1:31-35). He came to earth to fulfill all the words of the prophets that had been spoken about Him for centuries. (Luke 24:27) He knew His Father’s name and He manifested it to the men God had given Him. (John 17:6). When he was 12, His parents took him to Jerusalem, and mistakenly left without him. When they finally found him in the temple, He answered His mother’s reproaches by saying, “I had to be about my Father’s business.” (Luke 2:49).
Yes, Jesus knew where He came from and He understood the mission for which He was sent to this small planet that held such big promise for the universe. (John 4:34; 8:42; 17:4,18) It came as no surprise to Him that the voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him.” (Matt.3:17 & Luke 9:35). And Jesus told Philip that if they saw Him, they had seen the Father. (John 14:9-11). The mystery of the trinity is as vast as the light years in space. It can only be embraced by the spirit, for God and Jesus were truly one, but truly two, and the Spirit was both as well as being separate; so there are really three. (II Cor.3:17). The mind needs help from the Spirit to understand the deep things of God. (I Cor.2:14).
He walked and talked with His creatures of dust, (Gen. 3:8)
until finally He said, “Kill me if you must. (Lk. 22:21,22)
I understand because of where you’ve been.
Take my life and I’ll rise again.” (John 2:19).
When the Spirit was made flesh and dwelt among us, (John 1:14) Jesus pierced the black night of sin and separation from God and caused the light to shine in the darkened hearts of men and women. (Is. 9:2; II Cor.4:6). He preached the glad tidings of the gospel of the Kingdom. (Luke 8:1). He was a threat to the religious establishment because He wasn’t political. (Acts 1:6-8). Much to their disappointment, the lost sheep of the house of Israel learned that He had not come to deliver them from the Romans, even though it was foretold that the government was to be upon His shoulders. (Is. 9:6). And, worse yet, He insisted that God was the only parentage that counted. (John 3:3-6). Children of Abraham? God could create some of these out of rocks, (Matt. 3:9) He said.
And so they nailed Him to Calvary‘s tree, (Gal. 3:13)
where He tasted death for you and me. (Rom. 6:10)
Now Jesus, God’s Passover lamb, (I Cor. 5:7)
brought man through death into the great “I am.” (Ex. 3:14).
The heirs of the promise killed Him. (Acts 2:23). Yet, Isaiah says that all we like sheep are guilty as charged of murdering God. (Isaiah 53:6). Nailed to a tree, He died. According to the plan, He went to hell and wiped out Satan’s power over us, (Acts 2:27; I Pet.3:18-19; 4:6) and overcoming the gates of hell, He set the captives free, (Is. 61:1; Luke 4:18) taking them to the eternal realm to be with God. (Eph. 4:8-10).
But the tomb was empty; the stone rolled away. (Luke 24:2-3).
Christ’s resurrection birthed a brand new day. (II Pet.1:19).
Because He lives, we need never fear death and hell again, for He destroyed him who had the power of death, that is, the devil. (Heb. 2:14-15). He who rides on the white horse, and goes forth conquering, (Rev. 6:2; 19:11) vanquished the powers of darkness (Col.2:15) with the sword of the spirit (Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12) and the rod of iron. (Ps. 2:9; Rev. 2:27). His weapons are mighty and His power invincible. (Col. 2:15). He is King of kings and Lord of Lords. (Rev.17:11-16). He overcame the darkness as Isaiah prophesied, “The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light.” (Is.9:2). Jesus is the light of the world and in Him is no darkness at all. (John 8:12).
Jesus called many and a few were chosen (Matt.20:16) to tell the world that He had arisen.
He pierced the gloom of man’s dark night.
He covered us with glory and eternal light. (Is.60:19).
Jesus did it all. (I Cor. 15:22). He paid the price. He canceled the debt. He reconciled man back to God from whence He came. (II Cor. 5:19). There was really never anything we could do to satisfy God’s heart, but He let us struggle and struggle with trying to redeem ourselves, until we finally collapsed in gratitude when we learned that there is NOTHING LEFT FOR ANY OF US TO DO. Now, we can simply be who we are: children of the Most High. (John 1:12-13). Through eyes of the Spirit, we can see that we have been invited to share in the glory (Rom. 8:17; I Pet. 5:1; II Thes.2:14) of the only begotten of the Father. (John 17:22). We are flesh/spirit creatures, covered up with, and wrapped up in the glory of God, (Is. 61:10) from the inside out! (I Cor. 6:19). Paul proclaims that we are the very temple of God. (I Cor. 3:16-17). We are the new creation. “Behold, old things are passed away and ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW.” (II Cor. 5:17).
The morning stars sang as God announced His plan.(Job. 38:7).
The angels were curious about why He made man. (I Pet.1:12).
Why should he work by the sweat of his brow? (Gen.3:19).
when God could supply every need right now? (Phil.4:19).
Oh, for a thousand tongues (Ps. 126:2; Acts 2:11; 10:46) to sing that the mud creatures are now light beings, covered with God’s glory. Yet all religions seem to have this need to add to what Jesus already did. God’s eternal plan called for Christ, the Passover Lamb, (Rev.13:8) to break down the middle wall of partition between us and the Father. (Eph. 2:14).
With total power over hell and the grave, (I Cor.15:55-57).
Christ gave Himself the world to save. (John 3:15-17; Rom. 5:1).
God’s grand design, announced from before the foundations of the world, needs nothing else. May the everlasting Father remove the veil from our eyes so that we can see what He sovereignly did for us. (II Cor.3:14-16). There remains nothing, nothing, NOTHING which we have to do to approach the throne of grace, for Jesus, our high priest, bids us freely come. (Heb. 4:15-16). Jesus, God’s anointed, lives in us, (Gal. 2:20) and He renews our minds (Col.3:10; Eph. 4:23) through the life giving Spirit. (Jn. 6:63; Rom. 8:2; II Cor. 3:17).
Jesus is our life:
(John 6:35;11:25;14:6;20:31; Rom. 5:17-18; 6:23; II Cor. 4:10-11;Col. 3:4) redemptive and freeing. (Jn. 8:36).
From the dust of the earth, (Gen. 2:7)
God made a light being. (Matt. 5:14; Is. 42:6).
Isaiah called all our righteousness, FILTHY RAGS! (Is. 64:6). Yet, we continue to cling to those rags, because we fear to appear unclothed before God. (Gen. 3:10). The truth is that we are NOT naked anymore. We are covered from the crown of our heads to the souls of our feet in nothing less than God’s glory and righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10). Praise God! The mud creature has been released from his long captivity to death and decay. (Is. 61:1; Luke 4:18; Rom. 8:19-23).
God’s thoughts are always higher, (Is. 55:9)
but why would the way home be through fire? (I Cor.3:13 & I Pet. 1:7)
The return path to the garden leads past angels with flaming swords. (Gen. 3:24). This represents the tribulation, (Matt. 24:21-22) which God’s elect are going through right now. (Matt. 24:21-22; I Pet. 4:17 ). Why? Because God, Himself a consuming fire, (Heb. 12:29) is purging out the tares which have grown up with the wheat, ( Matt.13:29-30) and He is burning up the wood, hay, and stubble, (I Cor. 3:13-15) so that when He manifests Himself to the entire creation in His many membered body, (I Cor.12:12-27) we will see Him as He is, and we shall be like Him. (I Jn. 3:2). The glory of the Lord will be revealed, Isaiah said, and “ALL FLESH SHALL SEE IT TOGETHER.” (Is.40:5).
He called the elect to speak peace to the lost, (Zech. 9:10; II Cor.5:20)
to announce glad tidings from the foot of the cross. (I Cor.1:18; Isaiah 49:6; 52:7).
The angels were curious about God’s plan, because it had to do with this creature He had created and placed on planet Earth. Surely God could do better than that, they probably thought, as they compared human vulnerability with their own majesty, power and beauty. So, they have watched expectantly to see the plan unfold from ages past to ages yet to come. And still, the angels watch and wait as each prodigal child, one by one, goes off and wastes his inheritance in riotous living. (Rom. 3:23). When that lost son or daughter comes to himself in the pigpen of life, (Luke 15:15-17) the heavenly messengers rejoice (Luke 15:7) each time the wayward one makes a decision to arise and go home. When he arrives home, the Father is standing outside the doorway, looking longingly down the road, waiting to embrace this child whom He thought was dead, but who has come home again at last. Embracing the penitent one, the Father says to the angels, “Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” (Luke 15:22-24).
We, the redeemed of the Lord, return singing unto Zion, (Is. 51:11; 35:10) “the holy city, the new Jerusalem where the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” (Rev.21:2-3). There in the midst of His Garden, beside the river of water of life, where God is the light and there is no darkness at all, (Rev.22:1-5) we are renewed, and restored to fellowship with the Almighty, in fulfillment of His eternal plan which He announced before time began.
So at last, we come to the end of the story. (II Tim. 4:8)
The light being is now crowned with God’s glory.
(Is. 62:3;28:5; Zech. 9:16; I Pet.. 5:4; James 1:12; Rev. 2:10). The Beginning
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