AT ONE WITH GOD
BY: ALAN McSAVAGE
JUNE 25, 2005
THE SECRET OF THIS MYSTERY
THE KINGDOM IS WITHIN
In John 14 we have a beautiful description of Christ’s Coming unto His own by the Spirit. Let it apply our heavenly heritage, even the “heavenlies” that God has placed us in by His grace. But those who will reach out and appropriate this new life, and are initiated into His “secret life” – and theirs shall be the joy and delight of exploring the heavenlies long before they get there.
“Let not your heart be troubled: (Said Jesus) Believe on God, and, on me, believe.” John 14:1
“In the house of my Father, are, many dwellings; or else I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2
The disciples wondered what He was saying until the Lord explained fully what He meant by “In the house of my Father, are, many dwellings;” and the place which He was going to prepare for them.
First of all He shows that it is a spiritual place of union with the Father and the Son, a union so blessed and intimate that, if the Son whom they thought they knew was really apprehended and really known – then they would be in vital union with the Father also.
The word vital, means as close and as indispensable to each other as the vital organs in the human body.
“Jesus saith unto him – I, am the way, and the truth, and the life: No one, cometh unto the Father, but through me. If ye had been getting to know me, my Father also, had ye known.” John 14: 6-7
In consequence of this glorious union, therefore, it would come to pass that the beloved disciples would do;
“Verily, verily, I say unto you – He that believeth on me, the works which, I, am doing, he also, shall do; and, greater than these, shall he do, because, I, unto the Father, am going,” John 14:12 “greater works” than Christ Himself performed when on earth, how, because He was returning to the Father; and the vital power and life and union which was His with the Father would then be transmitted to the disciples, and it would become their heritage.
So positive and so real and so genuine is this secret life in union with the Father and the Son that Jesus promised it without any qualifications whatsoever,
“And because, whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, the same, will I do, that, the Father, may be glorified, in the Son,” John 14: 3
In our carnal minds we reason that God could not mean exactly that, because if He did, then men would be asking for all manner of earthly and selfish things, and God would be dishonored, and still duty-bound to grant the request. But the fact is this: Christ has made this promise only to such as know the “secret of the Lord,” and are in vital union with the Father through Him. Such a man in such a spiritual condition could ask nothing except what would please the Father, and God would have to hear his prayer. In fact, the believer’s prayer would be the very prayer of the Spirit of God within him. For in this blessed condition we have “the mind of Christ,
“For who hath come to know the mind of the Lord that shall instruct him? But, we, have, the mind of Christ.” –1 Cor. 2:16
(But, we, have, the mind of Christ) and we could only think and pray in the Spirit.
Then the matter is solved, for the Lord goes on to explain how all this shall come to pass. When He went away He would ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit (ADVOCATE) “And, I, will request the Father, and, Another Advocate, will he give unto you, that he may be with you age-abidingly,” John 14:16. (with them forever)
NT:3875 Advocate = parakletos (par-ak’-lay-tos); an intercessor, consoler
1 John 2:1-2 we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
Advocate, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ the Righteous, The Spirit of Christ. NT:4151
The Spirit of Christ who was in them 1 Peter 1:11
Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit
And it is this age-abiding experience in the Holy Spirit (Advocate) Christ that constitutes this new life of which we speak. “I will not leave you bereft, (destitute) – I am coming unto you,” (Vs. 18.) Jesus said, let us notice, “I am coming” – and He was referring to the coming of the Holy Spirit (Advocate) or literally, the spirit of the Son in the fullness of His age abiding presence.
“But, when his brethren had gone up unto the feast, then, he also, went up, not openly, but as it were in secret.” John 7:10
“Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.” John 7:14
“For you are the temple of the living God.” 2 Cor. 6:16
The Appearing of the Lord in secret in the hearts of His disciples!
“Yet a little, and, the world, no longer beholdeth me; but, ye, behold me, –Because, I, live, ye also, shall live…” (Vs. 19) Notice this also: “Ye behold me…” Let us remember, that the real things of God are not seen with the natural eye, but are seen by the eye of the Spirit. This Coming of the Lord, therefore, is genuine and real to those who can see Him after this manner: in fact, far more real than His physical and bodily appearance to the world. “Ye behold me…”
See Him not in the flesh, for “So that, we, henceforth, know, no one, after the flesh: if we have even been gaining, after the flesh, a knowledge of Christ, we would know Him thus no more.” (2 Cor. 5:16);
But see him with the eyes of the Spirit, like Moses of old beholding Him “who is invisible,” That Christ is not speaking here of a literal and physical appearance it is evident, for He says, “The world, no longer beholdeth me; but, ye, behold me, And why?
Because, I, live, ye also, shall live” The world beholdeth (sees) me no more; but ye see me. (behold me) “And why? “Because I live, ye shall also shall live.”
Then notice once again how vital and how glorious this union becomes when we enter into the fullness of this experience.
“In that day, shall ye get to know, That, I, am in my Father, and, ye, in me, and, I, in you.” John 14: 20
What day? The day of which He has been speaking all through this article, the day of this abiding experience in the Holy Spirit (HIMSELF) “As He is so are we in this world.”
“I am in my Father” He said. We cannot doubt that; we know that the Son is genuinely one with the Father, completely immersed in His glory.
John 17:22-24 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
23] I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
24] “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world
But in the same breath He continues, “And ye in me, and I in you.” Therefore, if the union of the Father and Son is genuine real and vital and powerful, then the union of the Son and the many brethren is to be just as real and just as glorious.
THE SECRET OF THIS MYSTERY
What is the secret of being initiated into this secret experience? It is very, very, simple; and therefore at the same time very difficult for man to appropriate: because he must cast away his life in the natural, that he might find it in the more abundant life of the Spirit. He must lose his life in order that he might find it. He must consecrate Himself absolutely and entirely unto the will of God. “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and We will come unto him…” The Coming of the Father and the Son! “We will come…” A secret visitation of Christ in the hearts of His people. “And make our dwelling place with him…”
When Jesus said, “We come unto him, and make our dwelling place with him.” He used the very same word for dwelling place as He used back in vs. 2 when He said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” The word “mansion” and “dwelling place” are one and the same Greek word. This, then, is the real mansion that Christ has gone to prepare for His own. Some might prefer a house of gold or of glistening white marble or pearl. But those things are corruptible; even gold and silver are described by the apostle as being “corruptible things.” They are not real. The real things are the spiritual counterparts of gold, and pearls, and sapphires, and emeralds, and jasper. In our finite and limited understanding these natural and earthly things are used to describe our heavenly heritage – because that is the only language that we can understand. But in reality, the glorious realm of the Spirit far transcends and outshines any such earthly glory.
One glorious thing about the realm of the Spirit is that here there is nothing stagnant or monotonous. Immediately one is introduced into this glorious realm. There is a ceaseless progression and activity.
Then you are linked up with the infinite and eternal God, whose ways are past finding out, whose depths are unsearchable, and whose heights are unattainable. Therefore the Lord tells us there are many dwelling places in Father’s House, depending on the level of one’s Christian experience, and his spiritual attainment through faith and obedience.
“In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.” (2 Tim. 2:20) There is a resting-place, a dwelling-place; but in God the true rest is found in the midst of outward strife and warfare: and the true dwelling-place is the one that is ceaselessly moving forward and upward into a closer and more vital union with the Father. Israel‘s rest in Canaan consisted in conquering the enemy and marching forward to possess their possessions. It did not consist of crossing Jordan, and then settling down on the banks of the river and singing the victory song. Nor is it so with the abiding experience in the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Christ). If we are dwelling in Christ, we are abiding in a River, a River that flows on forever.
THE KINGDOM IS WITHIN
“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say Lo here! or lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
“And, being questioned by the Pharisees, When cometh the kingdom of God? he answered them and said–The kingdom of God cometh not with narrow watching (A critical and judgmental gaze)”
“Neither shall they say – Lo, here! or, There. For lo! the kingdom of God, is, among you.” Luke. 17:20, 21”
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matt 7:13-14
A common explanation of this passage is this: the kingdom of God in the Church is invisible and “cometh not” with observation; but when the earthly Kingdom Age begins, then it will come with observation.
There is nothing intimated here about two kingdoms; nor is it stated that the Kingdom of God cannot, or will not, be observed. Of course it will be observed and made manifest in the earth in due course; and “of His Kingdom there shall be no end.”
“And he shall reign over the house of Jacob, unto the ages, and, of his kingdom, there shall be, no end.” Luke 1: 33”
This passage is very clear as to how and in what manner the Kingdom shall be brought into being. Not with a great burst of glory from Heaven, for it “cometh not” with observation (narrow watching). Rather shall it come “in secret,” in the hearts of God’s people.
“So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself: first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.” (Mk. 4:26-28) The full corn is wonderful to see; so is the ear: and even the blade is visible. But it all started under the ground through the mysterious, secret, invisible processes of nature, we now not how.
“Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field...” (Matt. 13:44) The hidden kingdom! And Christ is the One who sold all that He had, and purchased us unto Himself. To do so He redeemed the whole world through His Blood. Soon will He remove the treasure from its hiding place, and manifest it!
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