A JOURNEY into DISCOVERING GOD’S PURPOSE

BY:  KENNETH GREATOREX

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INTRODUCTION

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THE TEMPORARY SEPARATION

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CREATED for HIS PURPOSE

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GOD’S HEART to CREATION and ONWARDS

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CHANGED into HIS IMAGE

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FROM ADAM to the LAST ADAM

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ALL BECOMES NEW

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PART ONE

INTRODUCTION

The things that will be written about in this series of articles have not come to my spiritual or mental understanding in one brilliant flash like the lightening, but rather are progressive in nature, even as I write this series fresh understanding comes. I should also say that some thoughts will be spoken of in more than one place and could also be deemed to be progressive in nature.

In Kenneth Greatorex no way do I suggest that what I am now writing is the ultimate understanding in any area of truth that we will look into, or that all topics raised are fully answered. Unlike an evangelist, I once heard, who offered to sell you his teachings that explained everything in the Bible, I profess no such claim to know it all. What I have to offer is but a part of what I believe our Lord has revealed to me throughout my 70 plus years upon this earth. They have been years of much unlearning, learning and at times relearning and still knowing that it is the knowledge of the Holy One that is the absolute ultimate revelation.

We must ask, if it possible that we may have a glimpse into the Father heart of God, and a wee bit of the understanding of his glorious purposes? May we as Moses [Psalm 103:7] have some knowledge of the ways of God, and some understanding of “The Why, The How, and The What” of which our Father is doing, or even is not doing, as his purposes are being accomplished in this earth? Notice that I left out “The When,” as there has been too much speculation on our Father’s timing and foolish date setting. I do believe that if, in the spiritual realm, we have eyes that are opened to see, and ears to hear that we may indeed become aware of what the Spirit is progressively saying.

This series of articles will include such additional light that our Father God has given in various areas of understanding but must not be construed as my knowing it all. Nor will we codify what we have learned and seal it in a concrete box as denominational beliefs tend to be. As the years have passed by our Lord has continued to shed further light on his plans and purposes in ages past long before this world was spoken into being, and man was created.

It was in 1956 that the expectation and a brief glimpse, of his glory was planted deep within my spirit. In Numbers 14:21 we read, “But as I live, in very truth the glory of the LORD shall fill the earth.” [NEB] Many today see only darkness, gloom, wickedness abounding, and fear dark schemes, such as the Illuminati that are said to want to have a New World Order. I too was once caught up in these various speculations years ago that have yet come to pass. There is only ONE behind the scenes scenario that I believe in – God working to do his will, as he raise up and puts down people, governments and nations. We must NEVER take our eyes off of the centrality of Christ. Some become so fearful that they pray for a quick exit out of this world. Our Father’s plan is not escapism but people to express his love, light and glory in the often nasty here and now. He did alone raises up and puts as he wills to accomplish his purposes. His end goal is this earth being filled with his glory as the Sons of God arise. Keep your eyes on the prize.

The most significant word in Paul’s Epistles is the word IN. It is from the Greek word is “EN,” which is in the Greek text eighty-nine times. E.W. Bullinger defines “EN” as, “a being or remaining within, with the primary idea of rest in any place or thing.” True understanding of this IN position should bring one to the end of fleshly efforts and into his REST! The writer to the Hebrews makes clear that natural Israel never entered rest, not then, not ever. This place is reserved for us, the true spiritual Israel of God. We must never forget that within the womb of natural Israel up until Jesus was born; there has always been the spiritual.

In Ephesians 1:1 Paul states that his authority as an apostle (commissioned and sent one) of Jesus Christ is BY THE WILL OF GOD. No election and no popularity contest here, it was just by the determination, purpose and resolve of God. In the time in which we now live, there is an emphasis on man centered philosophy, both in the world and the church. The will of God is assumed to be inferior to that of man. Man, or shall I say “humankind,” is said to have the God given right to be a free moral agent, and the will to choose no matter how bad or wrong the choice. This effectively makes God a slave to the choices of man. What kind of “free will” does one have that is in bondage to alcohol or drugs? None! What kind of a God, whose primary nature is LOVE, permits man to choose to go to the place they call the Bible hell, an abhorrent error which came into the church from paganism when multitudes became instant Christians.

Ray Prinzing wrote in Daily Overcoming: “Sovereignty of will is the prerogative of God. Thus the exercise of all other WILLS is within the sphere of limitation, subject to HIS WILL. It is utterly impossible to operate any will outside of the ultimate, over-all circle of the will of God. If there be any power than can operate its own will against the will of God, and gain an eternal victory over God’s will, then obviously God is not the omnipotent God which we know Him to be. Therefore, because He is totally sovereign, whatever happens within the workings of creation, has to ultimately be used to work out the furtherance of His plan of the ages, and while we are unable with finite minds to comprehend all of His purposes, we rightly conclude that He doeth all things well, and in due time we shall see more clearly that “I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God.” Ezekiel 14:23. End of quote

Many believers are paranoid about Satan, the devil and demons. They simply do not accept and believe the fact that the devil is NOT a roaring lion; he can only pretend to be one. Nor do they believe the words of Jesus when he said in Matthew 28:18, “ALL AUTHORITY has been given to me in heaven and on earth. [NASB] They put this authority off to some age to come after the devil has had a grand time killing off all who won’t bow to some supposed antichrist to come. John wrote (1 John 2:18) that the antichrists were present THEN. Anyone or anything may be an antichrist to any one of us, and take the place of the enthronement of our Lord in our lives. Our eyes should not be focused upon various persons, or nations, including the secular state of Israel.

What happened in Job Chapter One? At a heavenly council the LORD asked Satan what he thought about Job. In response to Satan’s complaints that God was giving him special protection, God twice told Satan that he could basically do as he wished to Job, his possessions and family, but not to take his life. Note it was GOD who set all of this in motion, and it was GOD whom Job knew was responsible. Never once did he, “rebuke the devil,” as so many today would do. Consider Jude Verse Nine, “Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” NKJV. How interesting that is! When God is the cause, you can rebuke the devil, your husband/wife, your employer, the government etc. until you are blue in the face to no avail. Rather than come to the place that Job did, and could say, “all the days of my struggle I will wait until my change comes.” Job 14:14 We will do anything to escape the dealings of God in our lives because any change that comes, we want on our terms!

It has been said that Smith Wigglesworth, who was known as the “apostle of faith,” awoke from his sleep one night to discover the devil sitting on the end of his bed. He simply said, “Oh it’s you,” and went back to sleep. How many of us would do that? Or would we begin to bind the devil and plead the blood? Our plea before God Almighty is, “Not guilty” based on the blood of Jesus, and is not to be an incantation term for protection. The question is, Is Jesus Lord or is the devil? Does Jesus have ALL power/authority? Either he does or he doesn’t. If you believe Jesus does then rest in His victory as Wigglesworth did.

God is the beginning, the ultimate source from which all things originate and exist, and find their ending. The New English Bible [NEB] has Romans 11:36 this way, “SOURCE, GUIDE, and GOAL of all that is.” We may have a problem understanding how, but God is working out his purposes in the earth. He has been, and remains, the Supreme One. As my father used to say, “God is still on his throne, AND, he is not about to get off.” God has never surrendered his sovereignty! It is imperative that we recognize the will and rule of God above all else. When we see from our Father’s viewpoint we discover the starting point is not creation, sin, the fall, or even redemption’s plan. IT IS GOD HIMSELF! Our view point then is, what we are to God, and not, what kind of a servant God should be to us, or even we to him.

Following his emphasis on the will of God, Paul then says something that few actually believe as all they can see is their humanness and weaknesses. Paul’s letter was addressed to THE SAINTS WHICH ARE, and that is in the present tense. It is not about those who through the Popes choice may merit sainthood after death, but who presently are saints. It is very sad that many today can only see themselves as sinners and that even though they have been saved by grace, they will always be sinners. Frankly, WE ARE SAINTS by GRACE! Grace is much more than unmerited favor. It is the divine enablement of God at work in our lives. We are NOW “believers incorporate in Christ Jesus.” WOW! We are IN Christ and therefore saints now.

Paul often greeted the saints with what I would call an expression from the heart of God. “GRACE to you and PEACE from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” This speaks of the power, the divine enablement, of God so that we know we are not dependent upon our own ability to walk the Christian life. PEACE is our lifestyle, not worry or fear, for it is ALL of Him and not dependant one wee bit on you or me. The grace of God establishes the kingdom of peace within where Christ reigns as the true “Christian life.”

My prayer is that as our Lord has open the eyes of my spirit, and in time my thinking, to a fuller understanding of Christ Jesus, that where required yours eyes and understanding will also be open to be taught of the Spirit of our Lord.

PART TWO

THE TEMPORARY SEPARATION

God is never surprised or caught off guard regardless of what religion teaches. We have been taught through the ages that God is OMNISCIENT – having all knowledge, as well as possessing omnipotence and is also omnipresent. The question is, was he caught off guard by what we call “the fall”? Some, I suspect think that he was. Perhaps it may take you by surprise to suggest that it was predetermined by our Father in his infinite wisdom and knowledge.

Since Kenneth Greatorex God, is present every place and has power without any limits, why did he allow Adam and Eve to eat the one fruit they were forbidden to eat? In fact his command could be taken as an enticement. Why could he not have fixed the problem right then? Zapped the serpent! Let the fruit shrivel in their hands before it could be bitten! The answer that the vast majority of Christianity teaches, and the world has latched onto this concept, is “free will,” or “free moral choice,” but is it the correct answer even though there appears to have been an element of choice?

John Gavazzoni has said: “Just what does the evangelical community mean by the doctrine of free will? I’ll boil it down for you: The doctrine essentially insists that God sovereignly ceded over to man a core element of divine sovereignty, that being the determination of our eternal destiny. In effect, the doctrine of free will proposes that God decided that man should have the autonomous right and capacity to have things his (man’s) way, and that God Himself would be bound to respect man’s decision, even if it went against His desire, will and purpose for man.” End of quote.

We do need to be careful that we have a balanced view of both the sovereignty of God and man’s ability to choose. The will of God reigns supreme, the will of man does not. Whatever freedom mankind may seem to have in making choices, in the end comes down to accountability. As Romans 14:12 says, “So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.” [NASU] This statement is made following the discussion on matters of conscious. And in 1 Peter 4:5, “but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” [NASU] Any freedom of action taken is accountable to God, and any freedom of action ultimately works within the sovereignty of his purposes.

We must realize that our Father did have advance notice, not that he needed it, of what would happen in the Garden of Eden with the result of all mankind becoming sinners by nature, and he clearly planned to deal with it. Let us look at Revelation 13:8 and 1 Peter 1:19-20 to see a record of his foreknowledge.

The following are quotations of the relevant part of Revelation 13:8 from various translations, the last one being from Kenneth Wuest’s New Testament.

All on earth will worship it, except those whose names the Lamb that was slain keeps in his roll of the living, written there since the world was made. NEB

Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. NKJV

Written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. NASU

The Book of the Lamb who has been offered in sacrifice ever since the creation of the world. Weymouth NT.

Belonging to the Lamb who has been slain {in the mind and purpose of God} since the time when the foundations of the universe were laid, and who is looked upon {by God} as the slain Lamb at present. NT by Kenneth Wuest

We also find this prior knowledge and determination of God with regard to our need of salvation and redemption when we consider 1 Peter 1:19-20 from various translations.

The price paid in precious blood, as it were of a lamb without mark or blemish – the blood of Christ. Predestined before the foundation of the world. NEB

But with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world. NASU

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world. NKJV

But with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation the world. ESV

But with the precious blood of Christ–as of an unblemished and spotless lamb. He was pre-destined indeed to this work, even before the creation of the world. Weymouth N

These verses from make clear that within the wisdom and knowledge of God, he was fully prepared to take care of the need of man for a Savior, yet in his timing, and with a larger goal in mind.

One must wonder why God our Father allowed sin and the subjection of man to become a reality, unless there was a need within Deity (not the archaic word Godhead) for it to happen. What possible need could the God-family have in this? Rather than attempt to put God into oneness, two-ness, or three-ness boxes, I used the term – God-family. We are well aware that God IS Spirit, who has revealed himself as the Father, who is revealed to us as Son in the humanness of Jesus the Christ, as well as demonstrating the capacity of Motherhood in the name El Shaddai beginning in Genesis17:1-2. When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—’God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.” NLT (New Living Translation)

The following quotation gives some light about the name El Shaddai: “Shaddai itself occurs forty-eight times in the Old Testament and is translated “almighty.” The other word so like it, and from which we believe it to be derived, occurs twenty-four times and is translated “breast.” As connected with the word breast, the title Shaddai signifies one who nourishes, supplies, satisfies. Connected with the word for God, El, it then becomes the “One mighty to nourish, satisfy, supply.” Naturally with God the idea would be intensified, and it comes to mean the One who “sheds forth” and “pours” out sustenance and blessing. In this sense, then, God is the all-sufficient, the all-bountiful.” (Quote from Names of God, Copyright 1944 by The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago)

This reminds us of Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image and likeness. — So God created human beings in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. [NCV] The Hebrew words used for image and likeness are similar in meaning. Man was created to be as similar to God as possible out of all of his created beings. We do not read of God breathing into the other created beings, even if the DNA was similar to that used in the fashioning of “the adam.” This wording of image and likeness is mentioned twice in Genesis 1:26-27. In Genesis 5:3 we read, Adam was one hundred and thirty years old when begot a son in his likeness and image, and named Seth. NEB. Seth was seen to be similar to his father Adam, as he probably looked like him and in time may have taken on his behavioral characteristics, just like little Susy is said to look, and talk just like great-aunt Matilda. We do know that “the adam” was breathed into to become the image and likeness of God.

Man, unlike the birds, fish and animals were given the ability to have spiritual fellowship with his creator because of the Spirit of the Creator breathed into him. In actual fact I believe that “the created” birthed from out of the Deity, or perhaps it is better to say, birthed from within Deity was destined for more than just being a being made physically from the dust because that which is birthed of Spirit is spirit.

Whatever on believes about the creation of the universes, however many there are, in the end it all comes back to faith. Did it all start from a “big bang?” If so, where did the material that exploded in the “big bang” come from? One highly educated person is known to have asked; “If there is a god then who created him?” That thinking becomes endless as it provides no answer, just as the ancient gods were said to have been the creation of other gods. In the end it still comes back to faith, BUT faith in what or whom?

Jonathan Mitchell wrote: “The church has long discussed, and most have accepted as fact, the doctrine of *ex nihilo*, that God created the universe “out of nothing.” J. Preston Eby has discussed this subject, logically asking, that if before creation there was only God, of what then did God create things, since “nothing comes from nothing.” Eby’s logical conclusion was that God took from Himself to form, or fashion, Himself in a different form of Himself (note: “form,” or, “fashion” is the meaning of the Heb. word *bara* which is used in Gen. 1:1, and commonly translated “create” – it does not mean to make something out of nothing, or, *ex nihilo*). This thought, or idea, can be seen in Paul’s words found in Rom. 11:36, “Because from out of the midst of Him… [are] all things.” Again, in 1 Cor. 8:6, he say, “But to the contrary, with us (or: to and for us) [there is] one God, the Father, out of the midst of Whom [are; or: come] all things (or: the whole [of the created universe]).” He repeats the phrase in 2 Cor. 5:18, “all things (Greek: *ta panta*) [come into existence (following the verb “ginomai” in vs. 17)] from out of the midst of God.” (Can God Die? 2009)

John Gavazzoni has said, “I dare to say that it’s been shown to me, that the “material” from which God formed/fashioned/carved-out the universe, with Adam as its federal head under Christ, is not only generally speaking, God’s own spirit-substance, but specifically the spirit-substance of Who He begot—the eternal Son, inclusive of His many brethren.” End of quote.

Dr Paul Brand & co-author Philip Yancy wrote in their book – “In His Image,” the following: “Somehow the essence of God entered the bodies of the first created humans, and they bore His image on this planet. For a time the two natures, the physical nature of organs and blood and bone and a spiritual nature allowing direct communications with God, fit together in harmony.” End of quote.

We do know that God spoke into being, and speaking is spirit and even Jesus said, “The words I speak they are spirit and life.” We agree with what was written to the Hebrews (1:1-3), “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.” NASU

Would our Father create a race of beings in his similitude in which he would not have a vested interest? If man was simply created as a test case, like some laboratory experiment, to see how well they would do under the hypothesis of free will, with the prior knowledge that his experiment would fail, what would be the point? Is God the ultimate sadist who takes pleasure in all, except for a tiny few, of those made in his image and likeness suffering endlessly? This is the belief that is prevalent amongst so many who profess to be Bible believers. There must be a better purpose than that! This burn all endlessly, except for a tiny speck of mankind error, is a smear on the character of Father God, and contrary to his primary nature which is LOVE.

This basic truth that must be emphasized again and again is, GOD IS LOVE! GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE SENT HIS SON! And LOVE NEVER FAILS! I like the way that Jonathan Mitchell translated 1 Corinthians 13:7. “[Love] continuously covers all mankind; it is habitually loyal to all humanity; it is constantly having an expectation for all mankind; it is continuously remaining under and giving support to all people. (or, since “all” can be neuter: It progressively puts a protecting roof over all things; it is habitually trusting in and believing all things; it is continually hoping in or for all things; it keeps on patiently enduring all things.)  Hallelujah! Let us rejoice and be glad!

PART THREE

CREATED for HIS PURPOSE

In Kenneth Greatorex Genesis 3:8 we read, “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,” [NASU] Now we know that God is spirit and that spirit doesn’t have the ability to physically walk, so we must consider the word “walking” in the same sense of relationship as in Enoch walked with God (Gen 5:24) and that Noah also walked with God (Gen 6:9). The old hymn Trust and Obey described walking this way, “When we walk with the Lord. In the light of his word,” – the forth verse continuing with – “Then in fellowship sweet. We will sit at his feet, Or we’ll walk by his side in the way.” Upon hearing the voice of the Lord, Adam and Eve knew that it was fellowship time. BUT, the basis of their union in fellowship had come apart because of disobedience.

One thing that I have stressed in many of my writings has been praise and worship with the emphasis being on true worship. It may well come up some place in these writings. True worship, (as opposed to “doing worship” often with the hidden to us, desire for personal blessing) is really at the heart of our Father, for it is to him that we bring honor and glory in our worship.

There are two unique references to worship the O.T. that speaks much to us. When Job learned of his losses, this was what he did, “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.” Job 1:20-21. [NASU] Then consider when Abraham was on his way to slay the son God had promised, “Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” Genesis 22:5 [NASU] True worship is a heart attitude that acknowledges the correctness of the ways of God. Have you ever been challenged as Abraham or Job, and still worship the ways and worthiness of God?

Many years ago I did a word meaning search as I was preparing a study on Genesis 2:8-15. An interesting aspect of meaning of the Hebrew word translated TEND, in the fifteenth verse, helped me to see that man was created to worship.

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. NKJV

Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. NASU

The meaning of “to cultivate” or “to tend” from the Hebrew word Abad (Strong’s #5647) has the meaning of worship in it as well as the primary meaning of to serve. In the majority of places where this Hebrew word is used, it is translated as “serve.” However, in 2 Kings 10:19-23 it is translated as WORSHIP in several translations. The NIV has it as ministers. This meaning of “worship” seems to be part of what Adam was created for, and no doubt the sense of separation from the Lord God after partaking of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil ended the purity of worship. Within mankind there has always been, and remains a need to worship someone or something.

Revelation 4:11 which is sung with the KJV wording, is one chorus that has spoken to me through the years since I first learned it. Below it is quoted from several translations for us to appreciate.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. KJV

Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honour and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” NASU

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, because you made all things. Everything existed and was made, because you wanted it.” NCV

“It is fitting, O our Lord and God, That we should ascribe unto Thee the glory and the honor and the power; For Thou didst create all things, And because it was Thy will they came into existence, and were created.” Weymouth NT

You are worthy, our Lord and God, To have ascribed to you the glory, honor and power; For you created everything, And since you willed it so, they came into existence and were created. Williams NT.

You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honour and power, because you created all things; by your will they were created and have their being. REB

The all-important thing in these words of worship is that from out of his creation, which came into being by his WILL, is the worthiness of our Lord God being extolled. One point of interest is the phrase, “YOU CREATED ALL things.” The word “things” is not in the Greek. It is just panta/pas simply meaning ALL. How far does the word ALL extend? That depends on whether or not you believe the word PAS is all inclusive, or leaves some things, or some created beings out. In Isaiah 54:16 we read, “Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals And brings out a weapon for its work; And I have created the destroyer (KJV – waster) to ruin.” [NASU] That verse simply stated that God is involved in everything whether or not it fits our theology. After describing the various locusts in Joel 2:25, these amazing words follow: “My great army which I sent against you”; [NEB] Yes, indeed it was the army of God.

In Colossians 1:16 again it is clear that God is indeed in charge of everything. As I recall, he looked upon his handiwork and pronounced it as good not just once, but multiple times.

“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.” NASU

Through his power all things were made – – – things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, all powers, authorities, lords, and rulers. All things were made through Christ and for Christ. NCV

For in Him was created the universe of things in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, thrones, dominions, princedoms, powers–all were created, and exist through and for Him. Weymouth NT

Adam Clarke said concerning the creation of man; “God was now producing a spirit, and a spirit, too, formed after the perfections of his own nature. God is the fountain whence this spirit issued, hence, the stream must resemble the spring which produced it. – – – – It was created after the image of God; and that image, Paul tells us, consisted in righteousness, true holiness, and knowledge, Eph. 4:24; Col 3:10. Hence, man was wise in his mind, holy in his heart, and righteous in his actions.” End of quote. If you can get it, God birthed out of himself as the Primal Being. Where else could ‘the adam” have come from but of his own spirit-substance leading in time to the Last Adam, who would be the elder son of a vast family of many brethren.

When one reads this part of Isaiah 53:10“He shall see His seed” [NKJV] – the question arises as to how a dying man would “see his seed,” his offspring. No! I’m not talking about some of the stories that circulate claiming the Jesus never really died but was just unconscious and his supposed marriage. This prophetic thought is also found in Psalm 89:29 “And I have set his seed for ever, And his throne as the days of the heavens.” [YLT] On the surface it applies to King David, however, since the true seed of Abraham was Christ (Galatians 3:16), this indeed speaks of a greater one than David. Jesus Christ was indeed the “firstborn of many brethren.” I like the NEB way of putting it, “For God knew his own before they ever were, and also ordained that they should be shaped to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the eldest among a large family of brothers.”

The question arises as to why God in his perfection would have the need, or the desire, to have a fleshly body to dwell in? John Gavazzoni put it this way; “God BECAME parental and filial by giving birth to a Son. This BECOMING of God, sprang forth out of the depths of the BEING of God.” (What’s Going On God? 2009) How can God be a Father, and a Mother without it being realized in family? Remember Luke 3:38 where the linage of Jesus – the Last Adam, ends with Adam the son of God. But that word “son” is not in the original language. The following translations have it right.

Adam, of GodConcordant NT

Adam of GodPanin NT

Adam, who was of GodLamsa

[son] of Enos (or: Enosh), [son] of Seth, [son] of Adam, [son] of God. [NOTE: Following Joseph, in vs. 24, each name of this genealogy is a genitive phrase. Alternate renderings are: belonging to Eli…. belonging to God; or: whose source is Eli…. whose source is God; or, as a genitive of apposition: who is Eli…. who is God] Jonathan Mitchell NT

Since God made the choice, to be manifest in the flesh, he also choose to take on the limitations of humanness, so that he could relate to us with the same kind of fleshly journey that had begun with Adam. Within “the adam,” was the seed – today we would call it the DNA – of the entire human race. This seed line would in time pass through the birth canal of a young Jewish woman by the name of Mariam/Maria/Mary. This son would bear the prophetic name of Jehoshua meaning – Jehovah-saved. In the western world we call him Jesus.

Perhaps we could ask, How else could his flawlessness in every sense be tested, other than by the limitations of a physical body? In other words, would it work outside of the realm of the God-family? Again we could also ask, How else could the perfection of his created being – “the adam” – be proven to be really “good” unless subject to the fires of testing, even as metal is refined? Hence, the need for the testing of those created in his image and likeness in the Garden of Eden.

While Jonathan Mitchell wrote this about the blinding of the eyes Israel, “If you have eyes to see, you will realize that this was also the same purpose of the fall of humanity, and the expulsion from Eden. It was for enrichment.” (God of This Age 2009)

Was the failure of “the adam” the end of it all? Hardly so, for our Father desired to have a vast family of sons and with his foreknowledge already had provision for redemption that would eventually lead to the maturing of his creation into what we call sonship. As John 12:24 says,

In most solemn truth I tell you that unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains what it was–a single grain; but that if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. Weymouth NT

In truth, in very truth I tell you, a grain of wheat remains a solitary grain unless it falls into the ground and dies; but if it dies, it bears a rich harvest. NEB

The seed line through the First Adam to the Last Adam has indeed born a rich harvest which today we see as the Body of Christ for we are indeed born of God, as the apostle John wrote in his first epistle (1 John 1:5:1).

PART FOUR

GOD’S HEART to CREATION and ONWARDS

In Kenneth Greatorex our journey we are becoming awake to the realization that the goal of our Father will ultimately be reached in perfection, even as gold that has been purified by fire. However, before looking into the ways and means used to bring perfection, we need to step back and see what has been accomplished IN Christ, for it is IN him that we live and move and have our being and Christ is the perfection of God.

Most of us have an understanding of the facts of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. At this point we seek to discover something of the plans to accomplish the purposes our FATHER’S HEART. In Ephesians 1:4 we again find that God has always been in charge and both knew, and knows, what he is doing. We read, “IN Christ he chose us before the world was founded, to be dedicated, to be without blemish IN his sight, to be full of love;” NEB

Where were we chosen? IN CHRIST. When were we chosen? Back before it all began. Why were we chosen? In order to be the perfection of his purity and love which is only possible IN CHRIST, we can then be “to the praise of his glory.” Verse Twelve came alive to me as I spoke to a group of young people in about 1960. It gave me the needed sense of purpose that I was lacking. “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.” [KJV] It suddenly became clear that there was more than just being saved, not missing the rapture, and going to heaven when I died. Those beliefs were basically self centered objectives. It was in the NOW that my life should be lived, not for me, but for his glory.

It is a valid question to ask, whom did he choose? Was it just believers in Christ? The Jews? My dad got in trouble once for saying, “God thought of you before he thought of the Jew,” but it’s true. Is it just possible that this choosing covers everyone, past, present and future? Well, scripture is clear that we were CHOSEN IN CHRIST It was not based upon our merits, but rather a heart of love. How big is your view of God? Do you place qualifications on this previously made choice, because if you do, what are you going to do with the grace of God? I believe that grace has absolutely nothing to do with merit, and everything to do with the fact that IN CHRIST, there is no need of merit, for Christ is the perfection of God.

The GRACE of God is marvelous regrettably it tends to be underrated by the Evangelical world as just being “unmerited favor,” but is it? The Scripture indicates that it is much more than a favor issue on man’s part, but rather one of Deity’s favors. Consider the following from Titus 2:11.

The grace of God has appeared to every man. NASU

For the saving grace of God made its advent to all humanity. Concordant NT

This grace, this shining (epiphany) of God into our hearts, does bring positive change in order for us to live in righteousness. We are indeed “transformed by grace divine.” In the wording of the NEB, “For the grace of God has dawned upon the world with healing for all mankind.” Healing takes place where ever it is needed – spirit, soul, mind and body, however, it takes place in God’s timing.

We again see the predetermination of God in Ephesians 1:5. This true meaning of this verse is usually changed from the original meaning in order to have it fit with our modern understanding of word meanings. It reads, “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,” [NASU] It is this word ADOPTION that is so misunderstood. This, “adoption as sons” is from one Greek word – huiothesia. It means “the placing as a son” which was a formal ceremony somewhat akin to the Jewish Bar Mitzvah, and NOT adopting someone into a family. Contrary to the Evangelical adoption myth, we are BORN into Gods family as children – Greek teknon – IN CHRIST – and adoption is a place of maturity, a place where one is no longer playing with spiritual toys, but as Moses did in Numbers 14:11-21 be able to speak to the LORD, in a manner that brought salvation to rebellious Israel.

The following quotation of R.B. Jones was used by DeVern Fromke in his first book, “The Ultimate Intention.” I received a first edition copy in 1962 when DeVern Fromke was introducing it at a Toronto convention. This Jones quotation is complementary to Galatians 4:1-5 which speaks of the careful training required for a child to come to sonship.

A child is one born of God,

A son is one taught of God.

A child has God’s nature;

A son has God’s character.

 

Having spoken a little of our Fathers “heart” and of his purposes, we must give consideration to the process which leads us to the great divide, known as THE CROSS. I would suggest we consider it as the start of the process leading to the resurrection, the ascension and glorification of Jesus to the right hand of God which resulted in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. This outpouring is the proof positive that Jesus Christ, the almighty conqueror, had completed his mission.

The scripture is clear that “all alike have sinned, and are deprived of the divine splendour,” [NEB] The whole Adamic race is gathered up together in this statement. I recall that Watchman Nee wrote, “God’s purpose for man is glory! Glory! Glory!” The coming into this place of GLORY is what Adam forfeited because of his sin. Now since ALL are included in Adam, all entered into the same position and have the disposition of a sinner. Geneticists claim that all of mankind can be trace back genetically to one woman who is said to have lived in Africa. Whether that is proven to be scientifically factual or not, it helps us to understand the human race since Adam – the First, and Eve. But, our Father has his LAST Adam – Jesus Christ to bring us into his heart desires.

In 2 Corinthians 5:21 we read of Jesus becoming “sin” for us. Many NT translations use the wording “sin offering” in place of “sin,” which if understood correctly has merit. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. NASU.

The One not knowing failure (sin; error) by intimate experience He made a failure over us (or: He constructed [as] a sin [offering] for our sake; He accomplished a miss of the target for us), to the end that we may be birthed (come into existence being; come to be) God’s right-wising (God’s right relationship with fair and equitable dealing in accord with the Way pointed out; God’s justice; God’s well-ordered living with right thinking), within Him. Jonathan Mitchell NT

In the Sixteenth Chapter of Leviticus, we read about the atonement process, in which a ram was chosen to be a burnt offering, and two male goats were chosen to be a two-part sin offering. One goat was slaughtered for a “sin offering” and the other goat became a “scapegoat” (Verse 21). Aaron laid his hands on the head of the live goat, and confessed over it the sins of the people. After this impartation of sin by the laying on of hands, the scapegoat (goat of departure) was driven into the wilderness as it bore the blame, the responsibility for the sins of Israel.

What is atonement, which is also called propitiation, or expiation? It is not “at-one-ment” as some would say, even though it is true that God included us IN Christ at his death. It actually has to do with covering of blood that was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat (kapporeth – Strong’s #3727) and was also placed on the horns of the altar. The Mercy Seat was a covering on top of the Ark and God would meet with the High Priest there. “There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony. Exodus 25:22 NASU

The importance our Father’s provision for us in Jesus is stressed in 1 John 4:10, “in this is the love, not that we loved God, but that He did love us, and did send His Son a propitiation for our sins.” [YLT] This is indeed the one spoken of in Matthew 1:21 who was to be named JESUS because he was to “save his people from their sins.” As Jonathan Mitchell puts it, “for he will restore His people to health and wholeness (will rescue, save and deliver His people and return them to their original state and condition), away from their failures to hit the target (from their mistakes, errors and sins).” And Matthew 1:23 continues with, ‘Lo, the virgin shall conceive, and she shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel,’ which is, being interpreted ‘With us [he is] God.’ YLT [Young’s Literal Translation]

Jesus lived his life on earth doing the will of his Father, which brought him to death on the cross. We are well aware of the historical and outward cross, and the horror of it all, including the point where he became sin. We remember his cry on the cross of, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Lamsa’s translation from the Aramaic has it this way, My God, My God, for this I was spared! (The footnote reads “This was my destiny.) Between the Greek and the Aramaic we get a good understanding of the intensity of what was happening. However, it is imperative that we move beyond the cross, for which we are truly thankful, for if we stay there and worship it, as some seem to do, we will miss the power of the resurrection.

In 1956 I lived in a rooming house in Chicago, and one of roomers wanted me to see the beauty of his (Roman Catholic) church edifice. Indeed it was, however, what left a lasting impression was the huge crucifix covered with a veil (It was the Easter season) and I found myself feeling the heaviness of death. As we walked out into the sunshine, I found these words springing up within me – “I serve a risen Saviour – – – HE LIVES!” Frankly, there is too much melancholiness about the death of Jesus. It really is very religious, and not life giving as it should be.

We must never forget the INWARD working of the cross in the life of Jesus, for it brought him to that place of total surrender. It was a present tense working, not only in the various testings, but in the limitations of his sonship, something that few appreciate as he functioned in with human limitations and that he did not do what his humanness may have wanted to do.

Previously I wrote, “Since God made the choice, to be manifest in the flesh, he also made the choice to take on the limitations of humanness. How else could he relate to us unless he took the same kind of fleshly journey as had begun with Adam?” Remember that Adam made the choice to “do it his way.” Now would this human – the Last Adam – do it his way or do it the easy way?

In Matthew Chapter Four we read how Jesus was “led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” It was the SPIRIT that put him into this place of temptation, this place of testing and trying where Jesus was enticed to do something FOR himself – turn stones into bread to satisfy his hunger; to do something WITH himself – test God by taking a ‘swan dive’ from the pinnacle of the temple; and to do something OF himself – worship Satan in order to obtain the kingdoms of this world which would have side-stepped the cross. However, it says in Romans 15:3 “For even Christ did not please himself.” What a lesson that is to would be rulers in God’s kingdom! Sadly much of the Evangelical/Charismatic church world thinks that God should fulfill every carnal desire they have – just name it and claim it – BUT Jesus did NOT take the self-centered way.

We read in Hebrews 2:18, “For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.” [NASU] That he can come to our aid is something to rejoice in; however the question must be asked, Where the tests genuine tests where there was the possibility of Failure? It may shock you to suggest that if the temptation or testings were not genuine, then one wonders how can he come to our aid, or understand us in our situations.

Since our Savior was subject to intense testing within his humanness, should we expect to be exempt from testing, temptation, trying or proving? God does have a purpose in everything that we go through, and even our limitations are ordained of God in order that we will learn to trust him wholly and find him in him both all that we both need and want. This is the principle of the inward working of the cross. It is not my will be done, but only yours, not what I wish to be, but only how, and what, you want me to be. To you O Lord be all the glory, honor and praise! Hallelujah!

PART FIVE

CHANGED Into HIS IMAGE

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 NASU

There Kenneth Greatorex are some who believe, and confess that they are now walking in spiritual completeness and perfection. There are Scriptures to support this belief, however, what is complete and finished in God’s purposes, is not necessarily evident in our lives, in the “now” sense. The truth is, just as a baby from the moment of conception is potentially an adult, it does not make it into an instant adult, even though its DNA is designed to bring it to the state of maturity, which is how our Father sees us IN Christ.

One can pick a juicy ripe Apple from a tree, and marvel at its goodness. It all started in the spring as a flower that was pollinated by a bee. In time the petals fell off and the apple began to grow. Along the way the apple was dependent upon the tree receiving nourishment from the tree, and the tree from the soil. The sun, the wind, the rain and its preprogrammed DNA growth program were all part of the growth cycle. I have used this illustration many times when discussing the “fruit” of the Spirit. Many new Christians may have a lot of joy, with exuberance, and love, yet in time this tends to pass, just as the petals fall off of the pollinated flower. However, as the Spirit works in one’s life, one should come into a state of maturity in every area.

The word “transformed” in 2 Corinthians 3:18, comes from the Greek word “metamorphoo,” which implies a progression of change. Most of us will know that the word metamorphosis describes the process in changing a caterpillar into a butterfly. It was about 1986 when my friend Alan Mc Savage described this transforming change in this manner. You are looking in the mirror and see yourself yet the unchanged. Then day by day as the Lord works in your life, you notice a change taking place and in time when you look, you no longer see yourself, you just see the Lord in you as you are being changed from glory to glory.

The question arises as to how this change takes place. Any form of change is subject to the environment surrounding it. We like to think that blessings and all the good things we desire are what we really need. Is, “Name it and claim it,” really proof of being blessed? This is hardly so. How does an athlete develop strength and endurance? It is by hard work, which may even be painful, and countless hours of practice, and training under a coach. Years ago there was a chorus called, “He is All I Need.” At a camp meeting in Western Canada I remember a couple of brothers who came up from Washington State with this version – “He is All I WANT.” Did you get it? More than what we need, but he becomes our hearts’ desire.

My friend of many years, Jerry Cornell, has often said, “The judgments of God are remedial.” In other words designed to produce positive change in our lives. “But wait, wait,” some may say, doesn’t judgment mean that we can we call down fire on our enemies, criminals etc. This desire for revenge in the name of justice comes from Old Testament legalism. It seems that true justice is rarely wanted, but the desire, as some say, “Let him/her rot in hell is often heard.” True justice is an impartial judgment concerning the facts of a criminal case either way. However, it seems that the accused are often deemed “guilty” until proven “innocent,” as the system appears to be bias toward conviction at any cost, rather than true justice. Today DNA evidence is setting many wrongly convicted persons free. How about the wrongly executed? Thank God that we have been judged righteously. While we are guilty, our Father sees us IN Christ, and pronounces us innocent, because Jesus dealt with our sin, and guilt which we need bear no longer.

In Leviticus 24:17 we read about “an eye for and eye,” (the only Bible verse some seem to know), however, Jesus gave an interpretation of this that few may have read, and fewer want to practice. Consider Matthew 5:38-45 where Jesus quotes Leviticus and then says, “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. [NASU] Where is there room for revenge in that kind of attitude?

This remedial working of Gods judgments happens to us in many ways, as our loving Father is conforming us to the image of Jesus Christ. In Romans 5:3 there is a word used that is usually translated “tribulation”, it really means pressure. It is from the Greek – thlipsis (Strong’s #2347) and means PRESSURE. This word, thlipsis, is translated as, tribulation, affliction, trouble, anguish, or distress. When reading Verses 3-5 we find that this thlipsis is designed to bring positive change in our lives. Back in 1953 while in Los Angeles my father sent me

PRESSED

Pressed out of measure, and pressed to all length,

Pressed so intently, it seems beyond strength,

Pressed in the body, and pressed in the soul,

Pressed in the mind, till the dark surges roll,

Pressure by foe, and pressure by friends,

Pressure on pressure, till life nearly ends.

Pressed into knowing no helper but God,

Pressed into loving the staff and the rod,

Pressed into liberty, where nothing clings,

Pressed into faith, for impossible things,

Pressed into living, a LIFE IN THE LORD,

Pressed into living, a CHRIST LIFE outpoured.

This work of conforming us to the image of Christ, of the judgments of God doing their remedial work, that is producing positive change in us, happens to us in many ways. At times it may feel like fire of the Lord is burning within and without. An old song from my childhood Pentecostal days comes to memory. The chorus went, “Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire, to burn our every trace of sin – -.” To me it seemed to mean that it was to keep us from the long list of sins we Pentecostals had. More importantly the fire was to bring us great joy as “the glory came down.” When the “glory came down,” we all felt good and full of rejoicing.

Dead seriously, there is a fiery trial, a purging that happens to metal when the heat is put to it as all of the dross is burned away. This is all within our Fathers plan for his glory, oh yes, and our best. In 1 Peter 4:12 we read, “My Dear Friends, do not be bewildered by the fiery ordeal that is upon you, as though it were something extraordinary.” NEB

My friend David EL Johnson often speaks about the KATHAROS river of Revelation 22:1. His basis of using this Greek word is based upon the river found in Daniel 7:9-10.

“I kept looking, Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow, And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire.

“A RIVER OF FIRE was flowing, And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat, And the books were opened.” NASU

The “Ancient of Days” was seated to give judgment. It should be remembered that our “God is a consuming fire” and he is not mean, cruel and vindictive, but one who, in love is producing change in our lives. The fire is for our good as we are being changed from glory to glory. Hallelujah! We worship you O our Lord for the correctness of your ways and your righteous acts.

Now as we see the Katharos River in Revelation 22:1 we notice that it is described as other than in a fiery form. “Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,” [NASU] The Greek word for clear – lampros Strong’s #2986 – has the meaning of white, bright, gorgeous. The phrase “fine linen” is found in Revelation 19:8. “It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” [NASU] This linen is “bright” or “white” (lampros) and is clean – Greek katharos (Strong’s #2513) – means free from impurity. It has been through the process as it has been cleansed (katharizo Strong’s #2511), purged and purified.

Have you been through the fire, or are you in the fire? Then as hard as it may be for you to do, rejoice. Not phoney praises, but with an inward thankfulness that it will come to an end and you will be “changed into the image of Christ.” Our Father is polishing his sons and daughters, and while the pressure may be great and the heat very hot, the end result will bring forth praise and glory to him.

Concerning judgment at the temple, or house of God, 1 Corinthians 3:12-13 says this, “Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the FIRE itself will TEST the quality of each man’s work. [NASU] That which is produced by fleshly, soulish, or even well meant religious effort is to be dealt with to its ultimate end.

As we have discussed being changed into the image of Christ, I was reminded of, and found, the following poem that I came across during my years of fellowship with the brethren from North Battleford Saskatchewan.

TRANSFORMED

The change is coming O Blessed hope,

When sons of God shall arise from flesh,

When in cocoon a change is wrought,

And from chrysalis there shall arise, a creature new,

An earth bound creature went inside,

The robe of flesh encased him there,

And now from robes of flesh comes forth,

A creature that can soar and not be held to earth,

No more to crawl upon the dust,

No more of earth to bind,

And now to rise and walk the stars,

he heavenly realm as home.

F. T. Paterson – Edmonton Alberta Canada

The processing we go through results in a PURE river, not one with carnal, soulish mixture, but bright and white. This is our ultimate place as sons of God. Revelation 22:2-5 continues this way. “On either side of the river was the TREE of LIFE, bearing twelve kinds of FRUIT, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the HEALING OF THE NATIONS. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. NASU.   Let us rejoice and be glad. Our God Reigns! Halleluiah!

PART SIX

FROM ADAM to the LAST ADAM

“For as IN Adam all die, so also IN Christ ALL will be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:22

“For just as within Adam all keep on (everyone continues) dying, in the same way, also, within the Christ all (everyone) will be made alive” Jonathan Mitchell NT

 

“FOR AS IN ADAM ALL DIE”:

There Kenneth Greatorex is a Greek word – apoptosis – that means “programmed cell death”: Simply said, from the beginning our physical bodies are in a state of dying. Our bodies are constantly shedding cells that no longer are living. This is in accord with what the LORD God said to Adam. “but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:17 [NASU] This literally means “dying you will die.” The immediate effect was spiritual death in relation to our Father, and mankind was left to live after the flesh – the soul and the physical. While we have a human spirit living in a body, our outer expression is of the soul, unless our spirit is quickened in union with the Holy Spirit.

“IN CHRIST ALL WILL BE MADE ALIVE”:

There is a glorious hope to be found in Romans 6:5. “For if we have become united with Him IN the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be IN the likeness of His resurrection,” [NASU] The NEB has it this way, “For if we have become incorporate with him IN a death like his, we shall also be one with him IN a resurrection like his.” Simply said, when He died, we died! When God raised Him from the dead, we also rose from the dead. Who died in Christ? Just the Christians, or was it every person who has ever lived and will yet live. Now I regret to inform you that the word “everyone” includes a whole lot of unsavoury characters. In case you didn’t realize it, we too in God’s eyes were wicked sinners, outside of Christ.

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, in Chapter Five, he made it clear that since Adam’s transgression brought condemnation to all, making all sinners by nature, the obedience of Jesus Christ brought righteousness to “the many,” that is ALL – everyone.

When Paul wrote his letters (epistles) to the various churches, he presented powerful revelation truth for them, us believers, and many more. Now, since ALL were included in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then when Ephesians 2:5 says, “even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) [NASU], the question is, “Is this exclusive or inclusive?”

How about Verse Six where it reads, “and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” The problem is that not only do a multitude of believers personally not accept this fact and slither about in their Christian walk as but a worm, a greater multitude see it only as applying to those who are under the ‘Christian’ label. To rephrase it, we believe in a partial, not inclusive, death, resurrection, ascension, and glorification of Jesus Christ to the right hand of our Father.

Now if you understood what I just wrote, it may seem radical to you. In God, it is DONE, or completely FINISHED, because in these matters, He sees us IN CHRIST. When my wife Dale was asked by a child as to why they had a belly button (navel), she said, “When God finished making you, he would touch you in the stomach and say, ‘You’re done!’ That is how you got your belly button.” We need to be clear that, this is not based upon our decision to receive Christ as our own personal Savior, it was so even when we were still spiritually at war – enemies.

We look on the natural appearances, and judge accordingly. Our perception may be right from our natural reasoning – What evidence is there that so and so is a Christian, or for that matter of the salvation of all? What evidence is there of life in a seed? It looks rather dead, does it not? Yet, within, and in the due time, life can spring forth. As 1 Corinthians 15:23 says, “each in his own order.” The timing of our Father’s purpose for mankind is not in our hands, but his. Thank God for that!

Not only was the Cross earth shattering, so were the Resurrection, the Ascension, and the Glorification of Christ shattering! The old order was destroyed! Both sin and the sinners were successfully dealt with. How do we know? When Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost, he made reference to the patriarch King David as being a prophet and that, David “looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay.” This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. Acts 2:31-34 [NASU] The proof of success, the mission being accomplished was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Something unique also happened at that time. No longer was God limited to living in the body of just one man. The special entity known as the Body of Christ came into being. It is proof that God is alive in this world as Christ, in effect, transferred his God-life to us by our being included IN him.

Dr Paul Brand & Philip Yancey in their book, “Fearfully and Wonderfully made,” said this; “Note that Paul, a master of simile and metaphor, did not say the people of God are ‘like the body of Christ.’ In every place he said we are the body of Christ. The Spirit has come and dwelt among us, and the world knows an invisible God mainly by our representation, our ‘enfleshment,’ of Him.” Did you get that? The world knows an invisible God because he is manifest in the flesh – our enfleshment of him – the body of Jesus Christ.

This reminds us of the phrase in Hebrews 10:5“a body you have prepared for me.” It is true that this reference is about Jesus, however, this preparation also involves the Body of Jesus Christ, for as he was prepared, so were we. To put it simply, either we are IN Christ or we are not. If we believe the Scripture, we are IN Christ and members of his glorious body, and it is all his doing.

The inclusiveness of our Father’s ways can confuse our religious thinking. Such a verse as Romans 11:32 is an example. ”For in making all mankind prisoners to disobedience, God’ purpose was to show mercy to all mankind.’ [NEB] With this revelation it is no wonder that Paul burst out with, “O depth of wealth, wisdom, and knowledge in God!” – – – “Source, Guide, and Goal of all that is – to him be glory for ever! Amen.” (Verse 36)

It seems clear that not only, did God in his wisdom, allow, permit, choose, designate (take your choice) mankind to be “deprived of the divine splendour” [NEB], and thus cause all to become a prisoner of disobedience, but that he also planned for the ultimate reconciliation of all mankind. This reconciliation was through the “blood of the cross.” This processing was necessary in producing Emmanuel – God with us – in a many membered body which will set creation free into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. Consider what Paul had to say about this in Romans 8:18-22:

Why, what we now suffer I count as nothing in comparison with the glory which is soon to be manifested in us. For all creation, gazing eagerly as if with outstretched neck, is waiting and longing to see the manifestation of the sons of God. For the Creation fell into subjection to failure and unreality (not of its own choice, but by the will of Him who so subjected it). Yet there was always the hope that at last the Creation itself would also be set free from the thraldom of decay so as to enjoy the liberty that will attend the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole of Creation is groaning together in the pains of childbirth until this hour. Weymouth NT.

The phrase, “the whole of creation is groaning,” reminds us that today we are very much aware today of what is going on in our world with the kind of instant communications we have. Regrettably much of what we hear is negative. Not just about wars and other forms of terror, but the fear being raised about the warming climate of the earth, the projected change, and that man alone seems to be deemed responsible, both for it and to stop it. In the early 1960’s I recall reading about the earth cooling. Only God knows the truth about the current ideas, but it is factual that the earth has warmed up over thousands of years.

There is indeed change happening in the realm of the Spirit, and we will see it happen in the natural realm in accordance with our Father’s purposes, as it will create change to all creation.

PART SEVEN

ALL BECOMES NE

We Kenneth Greatorex We closed our discussion called, “From Adam to the Last Adam,” with the following words. “There is indeed change happening in the realm of the Spirit, and we will see it happen in the natural realm in accordance with our Father’s purposes, as he will create change in all of his creation.” We certainly do know that the whole of Creation is groaning together in the pains of childbirth. The pains of childbirth signal the arrival of a new child, a new generation. Back in the early years of the move of the Spirit, commonly called Latter Rain, there was a lot of talk about – The new thing! As the prophet Isaiah said, “Behold, I will do something new.”

We read in Revelation 21:5, “And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making ALL things NEW.” [NASU] The Weymouth NT puts it this way, “Then He who was seated on the throne said, “I am re-creating ALL things.” And He added, “Write down these words, for they are trustworthy and true.”

This word NEW, as used in Revelation 21:1, 2 and 5 (with its first usage being in Matthew 9:17), is from the Greek – kainos (Strong’s #2537). The following scripture quotations give us a good understanding of the meaning of the Greek word KAINOS as applicable to our study:

“And I saw a new (new in nature; different from the usual; better than the old; superior in value and attraction — Kittel; new in quality — Vincent; Wuest) heaven and a new [ibid.] Land (earth), for the first (former; preceding; earlier — Kittel) heaven and the first (former, preceding) Land (earth) went away (pass away), and the sea does not exist any longer.” Revelation 21:1 [Jonathan Mitchell NT] “And He who sat on the throne said, Consider this. I make all things new in quality.” Revelation 21:5. [Wuest NT] This is just like the Potter who took the clay that was spoiled in his hands, and took and made it into something better.

The question becomes, “Is God going to destroy the heavens and the earth and recreate them over again, as some teach, or is there another meaning to this?” We are reminded that, “The earth remains,” in Ecclesiastes 1:4, that it is the LORD’S and not the devils, in Psalm 24:2, and in Psalm 119:10 we can read, “You established the earth and it stands.” What would be the point of total destruction? It is clear that man has not been the kind of good steward that he should have been, and we do have pollution and other problems, which simply raises the question, “Is anything too hard for God, that he cannot restore it to the pristine condition it was in prior to the fall, and in fact make it even better?” I would say, “Yes, he can and will!” So I will add that this is what he has in mind for all of mankind, including all of the creation.

This line from an old chorus came to mind recently, “As creation finds its home in HIM again.” The time is coming when this will become a reality. The whole of creation is presently groaning as in the pangs of childbirth, just waiting for the release into our Father’s new reality. Just as the caterpillar is in the womb of the cocoon waiting to burst forth in the brilliance of the butterfly in its proper time and order, so it is all of the creation.

The Williams NT worded Romans 2:20-21 this way, “For nature did not of its own accord give up to failure; it was for the sake of Him who let it thus be given up, in the hope that even nature itself might finally be set free from its bondage to decay,” While mankind attempts to deal with part of the mess it has made, as it must and should, the real change comes in our Father’s timing, by his power, and to his credit and glory!

However, we must also consider that what our Father is doing covers more than the natural domain of the earth, moon, sun and stars. In Genesis 37:9-11 we have an interesting usage of these words. Joseph had a dream in which the sun, moon, and eleven stars would bow down to him. If someone said that to you today, would it be understood that it was not literal, but symbolic? Joseph’s brothers and father did understand that dad was the sun, mom was the moon, and the stars were his brothers, and they didn’t like this kid telling them that – no wonder his brothers wanted to kill him.

When Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away,” What kind of heavens and earth was he talking? First let me say that the languages of the Middle East are rich in metaphors – painting a word picture in order to suggest a likeness or similarity between them (up to the neck in debt), to explain a point. Also, even as we do, a lot of hyperbole (exaggeration – I’ve told you a million times) is used to make a point. We need to understand what the Spirit is saying, and not get caught up in the literal understanding of words.

John Bray (Matthew 24 Fulfilled) wrote, “In Bible figurative language, “heavens” refer to governments and rulers, and “earth” refers to the nation or people.” The ‘heaven and earth’ of Jesus’ time passed away in AD 70 as he said it would. The temple, its contents including records, Jerusalem, the land and the people were subject to the destruction described under the curse given in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. The promise of a return was fulfilled years before this happened. See 2 Chronicles 36:22-23 and Ezra 1:1 which refers to prophets in the OT who predicted both destruction and the return. No such promise of return was given by Jesus as it was the final end of the age of the Mosaic Law.

In the Book of Hebrews, written while Temple still stood, says, “He takes away the first in order to establish the second.” (10:9) And, “When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.” (8:13) Notice that it was still in the state of disappearing when it was finalized in AD 70. The Law is over, dead and done away with. Many Christians need to get out from what spiritually is a dead oppressive weight on them. We are under the New Covenant of Grace because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

We do recall that when God told Adam to NOT eat the fruit of Tree of Knowledge and Evil, and that in the day he ate of it would die. Eve, to whom God hadn’t given the warning, as she only existed within Adam, was conned into eating it, enjoyed it, and then gave some to Adam, who perhaps like a good husband wanted to please his wife, took it and who deliberately ate the fruit. He sinned, but did he drop dead then? The record indicates that he kept on living physically for many long years thereafter. He died first spiritually in his relationship to the LORD God, with the rest following in due time. So the order was spiritual – soul – then physical death. Within redemption there is the full reversing of this order, and more which takes us beyond the original Adam to the fullness of life in God’s LAST (the Second Man) ADAM.

At this point I want to deal briefly with the words found in Romans 8:23“adoption as sons, the REDEMPTION of our BODY.” The Greek word is, apolutrosis (Strong’s #629), which comes from two Greek words. Apo #575 – off or away, and luton #3083 – something to loose with. This is the process of being set free – deliverance IN Christ.

As I understand it, the final coming into full adult sonship is the releasing of the body from corruption, because even now, “we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit groaning within us” desire to enter endless life. No wonder so many seek to find the “fountain of eternal life” as the desire seems to be programmed within us. Now, I DON’T MEAN what I used to call – “never die,” or some call the “life” message, where anyone can now walk in “eternal life.” What I do see is that the time will come when, death will “be swallowed up in victory,” and some living today may be present as it all unfolds, and only our Father knows when this will be so. Isaiah 25:8 says, “he will swallow up death for all time,” 1 Corinthians 15:54 “Death is swallowed up in victory,” and Revelation 21:4 says, “there will no longer be death.”

The end of Death – the last enemy, is the complete victory of Jesus Christ coming into effect for all. He was the Firstfruit raised from the dead. “But the truth is, Christ was raised to life – the FIRSTFRUITS of the harvest of the dead.” 1 Corinthians 15:20 [NEB] Revelation 20:14 gives the final victory over death. “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of Fire; this is the Second Death–the Lake of fire.” [Weymouth NT] The first death that came into being because of Adams sin, is put to death in the Lake of Fire, which death – the Second death – is the death of death. Where does it die? It, along with Hades (erroneously translated as hell in many Bibles) dies in the Lake of Fire, which is the Fire of Theos, which is God, for our God is a Consuming fire.

The prophesy of Psalm 110:1 says; “The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” [NASU] Jesus, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father is now sitting, and ruling. This is the most repeated verse in the Bible, and that makes it very significant. (See Acts 2:34; Matthew 22:44; Hebrews 1:13; 10:13) Verse two continues, “The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.” No matter how our carnal judgment views things at the present time, there is only ONE behind the scenes government at work. All other attempts, if they exist, are but nothing, and but putty in his hands.

The time for the fullness of HIS GOVERNMENT is at hand. In Revelation 11:15 we read, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” [NASU] Prophetic, Yes, but as our Father NOW sees it, and he will bring it to pass. In the Fifth Chapter of Revelation we read the new song of the twenty-four elders which brings more ruling ones into the picture; “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign UPON THE EARTH.” [NASU] This in not the ruling in heaven that some may suggest, but here ON this earth where the redeemed will reign together with Jesus Christ our Lord.

Revelation 12:10 raises the question of, “Who is HIS CHRIST?” The answer is rather simple, ALL of those who are IN Christ, who are a kingdom of priests and function under and with his authority, doing the will of our Father.

There is so much that could be said, but this is just a journey in which we have made many stops along the way, and in some cases have meandered back over previous stops to add a bit more, and admittedly every question has not answered, as we seek to walk within HIS PURPOSES. We however, prophetically proclaim, “This is that day! And creation will finds its home in him again,” even as the lines of an old chorus proclaims:

And the government will be upon his shoulder,

As with rod of iron, He does rule and reign,

Every knee shall bow and tongue confess his glory,

As creation finds its home in Him again!

Hallelujah! Let us bow down and worship the wonders and ways of our Lord! We are reminded of the words found in Romans 11:36; “Because out From Him and Through Him and For Him are ALL things. To Him be the glory forever.” [Wuest NT] Source, Guide and Goal of ALL that is – to him be the glory for ever! Amen.” NEB

The Last Adam, is God’s NEW Man, expressed as a glorified body of Sons and daughters who are called to rule and reign with Christ ON this planet Earth! And thus cause creation to find its home in HIM again.

 

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