IS IMMORTALITY FOR TODAY?
BY: AUDREY DRUMMONDS
The people of God have been in bondage. They have been declared Eagles by God, but raised with the mindset of being Chickens. The scriptures are supposed to bring peace, life, and wholeness, yet they have manifested as the gospel of condemnation and separation. When the gospel is presented as truth we will also find it to be the pathway to bring forth immortality.
The seed of immortality is not off in the eastern sky, but is inside you. “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4). The seed that is growing inside you is an immortal seed manifesting His kind, the image of God. The seed is Christ, and he has been placed in you over 2000 years ago for you to grow up after His kind. You are a new creation today because the old Adam was done away with on the cross of Calvary. WE are spiritual beings coming forth, being changed into His image to manifest the new heaven and the new earth.
The gospel is an everlasting gospel; one of eternity, not judgment versus long grace. God is not a Father that loves you when you’re good and then is ready to beat you and send you to hell if you get out of line. He doesn’t manage love; He is love. In John 5:22 we are told that He judges no man.
The gospel of immortality has been locked up; and instead, all we have heard from religion is long grace. Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1:10 that the gospels bring immortality and abolish death. In 2 Timothy 1:9 Paul tells us when death was abolished. It took place at Calvary by the One who “hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling.” He said in John 19, “It is finished.”
This “holy calling” is the Greek word “hagios” which means that we have been set apart, sanctified, consecrated, and purified sharing in God’s purity. This word reflects the quality of character for which there need not be any proof. If we use the Greek word “hagiasmos,” then we would bring holiness into a works of right and wrong which is why Paul did not use this word; however, many churches are interpreting it as such.
There are 3 stages of the “Holy calling” that Paul speaks about that are revealed by the Holy Spirit to individuals. They are not attained by the length of time a person has been a Christian or how good a Christian they try to be, but by His drawing. In Romans 1:4 the Holy Spirit reveals the holiness of God, which developed the plan of redemption and manifested it in Christ Jesus. What the Holy Spirit is bringing to light is not what Christ achieved, but what Jesus was in Himself that is Holy. The Holy Spirit Showed Jesus that He was the Son of God, and likewise gives this revelation to us.
We find the next stage in 2 Corinthians 7:1. Now that we know who Jesus is, and that the promises of immortality are given because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we ourselves need to be “cleansed from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” This filth that Paul speaks of is not what we call the filth of natural man: drugs, pornography, abuse, etc. which is from insecurities of the not knowing our true identity in Christ Jesus. This filth refers to the darkness that religion has placed on the people of God in bringing judgment, condemnation, and separation versus the truth of the “WORD.” The cleansing is the unconditional love, mercy, and forgiveness that we receive from knowing who Jesus Christ is and what He completed 2000 years ago. II Corinthians 7:1 brings us into perfecting holiness in the fear of God, not by condemnation, but by love. Romans 8:1 tells us in Christ there is no condemnation. Most Christians are good about giving out the grace of God to non-Christian; but once received, grace turns into the works of do’s and don’ts. The law never produced life in the Old Testament, and still won’t in the New Testament. Paul challenges us to be cleansed from mixing God’s word of life with judgment and condemnation. He tells us to begin in our own temple. When we receive the unconditional love of our Father then we are able to give unconditional love to others.
The 3rd stage to be manifested is found in I Thes. 3:13, Ephesians 1:4, 5:27, and Colossians 1:22 which speaks of the holiness of man. Because of who He is, so are we now in the flesh reconciled unto Him. If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and we are His body, we must accept that we too are sons of God. The blood that nourishes the mind of a body is the same blood that feeds and gives energy to every cell of the body. If Jesus is the head, his body must be as He is with the same power and authority that He has. Jesus completed the work of restoring His body 2000 years ago. The work was finished then, and we are now seeing the manifestation of that finished work.
These three stages of holiness that Paul refers to with the word “hagios” parallel our understanding of the three courts in Moses’ tabernacle in the wilderness. The outer court is likened to the understanding of who Jesus is and what He accomplished on the cross for us. The middle court is the perfecting of holiness in the love and mercy of God. The inner court is being Holy as He is Holy manifested on this earth. The inner court is also the knowing, the intercourse intimacy of reflecting our true identity as a Son of God so that others receive the unconditional love, mercy, and forgiveness of the Father through you.
Verse 10 of 2 Timothy chapter one says, “hath abolished death.” Paul is telling us that Jesus took death away, but yet we are taught in most churches that in order to have any kind of heavenly experience you have to die to get to heaven. According to scripture, today we can live and come into immortality because of the finished work at Calvary. The gospels (Matt. Mark, Luke, and John) are our pattern of what Jesus has given to us in order to bring forth immortality. The gospel of good news, hope, and salvation is that you can live and not die while in this body. The fountain of youth (of living waters) lives inside of us speaking to our spirit to let us know we have the everlasting gospel in wholeness and completeness now, (not a little today and the rest someday on the other side). We have the gospel of light and immortality now because “Heaven came down and glory filled out souls” (John 6:37). We are NOW the “God Kind,” not the “Adam Kind.” We have a new nature today. We are Christ ones. Romans 2:7 tells us we are to “seek for” glory, honor, immortality, and eternal life. You can’t “seek for” if you’re dead (Selah). Most churches encourage the seeking for glory and honor to give to Jesus, but in verse 6 we are told that this “seeking” is for man. If it weren’t possible for us to obtain immortality it wouldn’t have been written in scripture. We have a difficult time swallowing this because of hearing by others’ interpretations of what our Father has said versus what the Holy Spirit is teaching.
John 6:47-51 tells us that if we see the bread of life as “manna” or “what is it” (as if Jesus is a mystery) we will die as they did in the Old Testament even though they were eating the WORD. When we know Jesus with the knowing of intercourse where His seed is Life within us then the Holy Spirit reveals our true identity as the temple of God with the power and authority of a helpmate or bride to the Son of God. This makes us sons of God that will live and not die.
This is a progressive process of His nature unlocking the control of our soul life. Our progress is motivated by the Father’s love, which gives us the desire to do His will. When others see our lives life they can see their Father drawing them to Him by His love as it is manifested through us. Let us be about our Father’s business (Luke 2:49). We tend to forget that scripture tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…” God loved His creation and still does. God does not destroy what He creates and loves. He does not create by chance, and then destroy what isn’t to His liking. Most of us form an opinion of who the Father is based on our perception of dealing with situations; then we find scriptures to “justify” a godly response to the circumstance.
We don’t always begin by first acknowledging that God is love, and God is perfect. He completed the perfect work before creating the beginning. Revelation was completed before Genesis. Jesus was the lamb slain “before” the foundations of the world. God knew you “before” you were conceived in the womb. In order to go through the process of overcoming death, hell, and the grave we must begin with the mercy seat of God. Jesus is our mercy seat. We are His beloved. Then, as trials and tribulations come daily across our path we must see the finished work of God in each circumstance. We must not wait for someday when we get to heaven, but receive the heaven that is inside of us and see the earth as filled with the Glory of God.
“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)
“Bringing many sons unto glory.” (Hebrew 2:10)
May this teaching stir you and draw you to the Father’s love.
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