be More than conquerORS–—
overcome in the first degree
BY: BARBARA J. STRAUSER
Overcome: To finish in your flesh what remains of the afflictions that sent Christ Jesus to the cross.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
In the day when Christ’s body is established, people will notice. They will see God’s righteousness in review (passing before them in the Christed.) They will say, “Let us walk in that way also”. The WORD will go forth in all truth to teach the nations.
We have walked in a period of grace but that period is ending.
It is time for the garment of righteousness to be fitted to each individual.
In order for the reconstruction of all things to come about, mankind will go through a tremendous change – a transformation. The mortal shall put on immortality — he will lay all things down before the Lord, and walk in the way that the Almighty has promised… and He will raise them up.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable,
and the mortal with immortality,
then the saying that is written will come true:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.” [1 Corinithians15: 3-5]
8 he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces;
he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.
The LORD has spoken [Isaiah 25:8]
It is not a bloody battle that will accomplish this for the BATTLE has been won. All people will be called upon to transfer their allegiance to the VICTOR.
As mankind worships the Lord in truth, what transpires in the hearts of men will spread to his surroundings. The waters and the air will be refreshed. Man in his own ingenuity and strength can never clean up what carnality has destroyed. There is no other way. Truth will set people free and the Spirit of Truth leads to all truth.
10 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps. [Psalms 85:10-13]
It is time for righteousness [love] and obedience [faithfulness] to meet and unite. The period of grace will not be extended. All of the pleasures, indulgences and prizes of the world are but trash, bound to death. The body broken for us shall be healed – restored – at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles at the turning of the age. Those who willingly lay down the robe of flesh to take up the sword of truth and don the garment of peace, which is righteousness, will accomplish the sublime in submission. This congruent body is prepared through the processing for priesthood, cleansed and purified, becoming the unprofaned flesh of the elect. They no longer live by the blood but by the spirit and are, indeed, the holocaust offering of the Feast of Tabernacles.
The shroud that covers mankind’s eyes has clouded the vision of life. Eternal man does not notice all that the world holds out to taunt, tempt and tease mortal man. The pain and injury that befalls and distracts mortal man is not present in God’s realm. The victory that Christ Jesus won will become a manifested fact!
6 On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine- the best of meats and the finest of wines.
7 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations; [Isaiah 25: 6, 7]
Great hordes of unrighteous people will disappear from the earth [their surroundings] at this time. Those whose hearts are hardened and the Word has not penetrated will be removed. But many will come alive as Christ rises in them. When the called out remnant begins to walk in the overcoming strength many will come alive as they observe the events, and bow down to Christ. There will be pain and turmoil still in the Valley of Decision for it remains in the realm of the world. It has a purpose. On one side of the great valley is Zion; on the other is destruction (Moab). But only spiritual eyes can discern the difference. The mountain of destruction will be engulfed in flames, and from that fire will emerge all things made new. [This, dear ones is a good thing!]
God has covered man with His grace as imputed righteousness. (Mankind’s covering of skin equals God’s grace.) When grace is removed all that is within will be exposed. Without God’s extended grace man will be naked. What mankind has called good, what has been wrongly offered up as holy will clothe the unrighteous and it will be as wearing his own excrement.
17 I will bring distress on the people and they will walk like blind men,
because they have sinned against the LORD .
Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like filth. [Zephaniah 1:17]
Man’s character bears witness to his soul, revealed in the Light, seen only by God.
1Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Since mankind’s banishment from the Garden of Eden, he has labored to sustain his flesh. Not only his flesh and blood body but his fleshly nature as well. It is this unrighteous form of life that has caused all of the pain and defeat known in the world.
From whence came the unrighteousness of man? It came from out of God. God sent out His alter ego in His creation to be overcome and banished forever by His created man – humankind made in His Image.
The spirit of every human creature had it’s beginning in Christ and to Christ each shall return. The business that we are to be about is eradicating the carnal nature from the created soul, which was recognized when God’s Spirit was dispelled in the garden. This is the overcoming work that must be accomplished to complete what Jesus Christ conquered on the cross.
The concept of the righteous rule of God in the world is so far removed from fallen man’s understanding that he is unable to even entertain the thought. His mind has been warped by the deception of his inherent fallen nature, and his will submitted to the desires of the carnal drive within. Even the teachings of Christianity have been taken into the worldly realm and acted out to the pleasure of humankind’s flesh nature. This is the carnal nature’s way of placating the innate longing within the soul of man for a higher form of life. It is a ploy of the prince of the power of the air to keep man down – to trick him into believing that doing “religious things” is pleasing to God, helping others to feel better or more comfortable is doing God’s work. NOT SO!!
Now things are changing to unending, to how they were in the beginning, the beginning of time that is now!
The elect of God are endued with the power of God in overcoming strength and sent out to complete what Jesus paid for – freedom from separation from God. He overpowered the flesh in His flesh, parted the veil in His death and sealed us in His resurrection.
BE MORE THAN CONQUERERS – OVERCOME IN THE FIRST DEGREE [Barbara J. Strauser] 1