JUDGMENT IN THE EARTH
It is good to know that we are a new creation in Christ Jesus - born of the Spirit! All things in Christ become new! To be taken into new things we have to get out of the old - out of the oldness of the letter, the oldness of the flesh and of our earthiness. Since the new creation is in the Spirit, it is not in the seen realm. Entering completely into the unseen spiritual realm is a pilgrimage for us.
In some of the earlier Good Seed teachings I taught on judgment. Some of these things bear repetition and some thoughts need to be expanded. True judgment is lacking among God's people because they don't want to accept the absolute, complete and perfect judgment of God. They keep straying from it. God says that humanity is separated from God and therefore in death. We have to accept His judgment concerning humanity! When He says everyone is dead in Adam, it means everyone who is in Adam is dead! A dead person can be dressed up and painted up to look better, but he cannot be made better! There is no way we can get out of our death realm without help.
That which is mortal can never attain to immortality! No promise of future immortality has been given to anything natural! People have perverted that judgment with their faulty interpretation and by glossing it over. Because God is good, they think that He will save all
God has made a way in Jesus Christ! He is the way out of death, the way into God and the way into life! Only Christ has immortality. If we can't accept this judgment, we will not have a foundation for understanding that we are new creatures in Christ and that we have been born again. In the flesh we have a body, soul and spirit. The new man, the new creature who has been born of the incorruptible seed of God has everything in the Spirit. He has the mind of Christ, the will of Christ, and is a member of the body of Christ. All this is spiritual!
But our subject is judgment, and judgment has been labeled as being criticism and condemnation - condemning people to hell.
We are the sons of God, and we'll know it because the Spirit reveals this to us. Only through revelation can we know we are His sons! This knowledge comes through a personal relationship with the Father in Christ Jesus! The Bible gives us information about receiving salvation, healing and the Holy Spirit. But it is only in Christ that we can have and enjoy a Father-son relationship! All things become new in Christ! Everything we come into after we have repented and have been forgiven, has to ascend into a new realization. We receive a new realization of repentance, death, life, Christ and the Holy Spirit!
Although all things have become new, it does not necessarily follow that we are aware of this fact. If the Word has not been made alive to us, this newness has not yet become a reality to us. As long as our faith depends upon what we can do in our physical body, a body that is tied to creation, it is in the death realm. Our body receives its sustenance from the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. These are natural things and they are in the death realm. They all have a beginning and an end. But the things of God and His kingdom are eternal. Faith that is rooted in Christ is in life!
In Genesis 2:17 God introduced the word death to Adam. He told Adam that disobedience to His commandment would bring death. Throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, the punishment for disobeying God is death. It is not hell; it is not individual catastrophes, like broken bones or car accidents, etc.; it is death! Death is separation from God. Since God is omnipresent, the only way we can be separated from Him is in our realization, consciousness, awareness or sense of being. Jesus came to usher in a kingdom that supersedes the kingdom of this world.
In Noah's day, everyone did what was right in his own eyes. There were no spoken laws and no written laws, and everyone had his own standard by which he lived. This system was destroyed by the flood. A judgment by water took place. Natural things foreshadowed the spiritual things that were to occur. The judgment by water typified water baptism. We must pass through the water and then through the fire - the two realms of judgment mentioned in 2 Peter 3. This fire is not a natural fire, but the fire that accompanies the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Peter also tells us of three world systems, each containing heavens and an earth. The first one was destroyed by water and the second one is being destroyed by fire; the third one is the fruit of the judgments of water and fire! The fruit of those judgments is righteousness!
The sea of humanity is characterized by its emphasis on the outward rather than on the inward spiritual sense of living. When we are baptized in water, we pass judgment on that natural sense of living and put it away; when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, the fire of the Holy Spirit produces a spiritual cleansing in us. All our natural thinking of spiritual realities has to be burned away; it is dross and has to be put under judgment! Finally we find ourselves ascending into an understanding that Christ is our righteousness and He has become our life! We have been united with Him and now have a relationship with Him in righteousness! We have everything that is resident IN Him because we are IN Him; they are not produced in us BY Him. When we live in that relationship and in the spiritual sense of being that He had, we are the Lord's Christ!
We often hear people say we mustn't judge. They say we are not worthy to judge. If we are not worthy to judge, we are in an extremely sad condition. You see if we are incapable of judging, we'll believe anything and everything except the truth. Our error becomes truth to us. If we don't stand for something, we fall for anything! Paul referred to human judgment when he said that those who judge practice the same thing. But when we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive God's judgment and He enables us to judge correctly. In Isaiah it says that when God's judgments are in the earth, man will learn righteousness.
The prophet Amos said that in the last days there will be a a scarcity of spiritual food. This famine is due to the fact that the Son is not being proclaimed. Neither are the people willing to hear the Word, for their hearts are not open to hearing it. At present we have Bibles up to our ears; we have preachers, doctrines, traditions, everything, but people are not hearing the Son! God has spoken to us in His Son in these last days. To hear God, we have to hear the Son. Before He sent His Son, He spoke through the law and the prophets. Now He speaks through His Son!
"But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked."
Jesus Christ is the pattern Son. He demonstrated God's way for us by the things He did. Just as He repented from having been under the law, so we need to be taught by the law so it can bear the fruit of repentance in us; we have to receive the water-judgment and repent. This enables us to receive Christ. After Jesus was baptized in water He heard the Father saying,
We are not qualified to pass judgment until the Holy Spirit has become a reality in us. Not that we go around speaking judgment, but the spiritual truth in us is the judgment. The letter and the law bring condemnation, but spiritual truth is simply a declaration of reality. Jesus, the Prince of peace said,
On the Mount of Transfiguration the Father brought a revelation of Christ's true identity to Peter, James and John, and instructed them to listen to Christ! There He said,
Our passage from death to life has been accomplished for us by Jesus!
Once something has been made spiritually alive in us, we are secure in that knowledge! Therefore humanity's wrong judgment - the false judgment of those who are still in their Adamic consciousness - won't have a great effect on us! We won't get all riled up about it because we are sure of what we know. However we will continue to declare the truth, for truth itself is the greatest judgment that there is!
At one time Paul asked,
This explains why God makes enemies, Christ makes enemies, and we make enemies! It is because the world system has brainwashed humanity, causing it to live in the flesh. The carnal mind dominates man. He hears the flesh, sees with the flesh, believes in the flesh and minds the flesh! He cannot mind the Spirit. Since he is pro-self, he is antiGod and antiChrist!
Many today are afraid to say what they believe because they either don't want to offend anyone or they do not want to be rejected. Jesus was not like that! He was not such a "nice guy" that He was afraid of offending anyone. Nor did He fear rejection! He spoke whatever the Father told Him to say! This brought Him to the cross. Paul experienced persecution for the same reason. So did James and John! James was beheaded and John was banished to the Isle of Patmos.
Jesus said that if you are ashamed of Me before men, I will be ashamed of you before My Father in heaven. We do not want Him to be ashamed of us! If we think we have something to lose by confessing Christ, it will be easy to deny Him. We need to realize that nothing of eternal value can be taken from us. No one can take away our life! We are justified by God, and God is our life and protector!
"For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son."
"So that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life."
The question is,
Since His words do not pass away, this is very serious business. Those who have passed from death into life will not come into judgment because they have already gone through judgment! They have come into life and there is no condemnation in life. They are free from all that. This is for today! It says have passed; this is past perfect tense! We do not have to wait until some future time when the sons of God are manifested, or a second coming, or the millennium! This was written almost two thousand years ago and it doesn't say it will happen in the future.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live."
The dead need to be resurrected, and Jesus is the resurrection. He said,
Then Jesus revealed another important truth.
"And He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man."
2 Cor. 5:19 tells us that God has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation! We are to reconcile people to God because He is not charging our sins to our account. How can that be possible, and how is this ministry connected to judgment? The Father has given all judgment to His Son, and He is the one who pronounces us not guilty! This is a true statement, for He is the truth! Now this ministry of reconciliation, including judgment and the authority to judge, has been given to the saints of the Most High - as Daniel prophesied!
Before we can be reconciled, we have to agree with Christ's judgment that we are dead in our transgressions and sins, and that the Father has sent Christ with the good news of the kingdom, which consists of God's rule over us by His Spirit. This includes more than salvation and going to heaven! The kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy IN the Holy Spirit. The kingdom of God comes to us in the Holy Spirit who has been poured out into our hearts; it does not come BY means of the Holy Spirit. The fact that we are IN Christ has to get a hold of us! This is proper judgment.
We are the body of Christ. Just like Jesus was manifested on earth in His physical body as the Son of God, so He is now manifested in His spiritual body on earth. This is the ministry that has been given to us. Jesus said,
As we become like Christ, we manifest Him on this earth. Does that mean that the manifested sons of God will fulfill the whole program that Jesus left to us? Since manifested sons are those who manifest the Christ here on earth, and His kingdom is not of this world, let's take another look at this and see what it means.
God's program for us does not include fighting for the things of this world. If Christ's kingdom were of this world His disciples would also fight. But since it isn't, they don't! The kingdoms of this world fight for the things they want or need, but God's children do not! Jesus has already overcome the world so we can be of good cheer!
The world is a system of rule that operates through the carnal mind! It is antiChrist and has its own god! Initially everyone lives under this rule. To get out of it, we have to be made alive by the Spirit of Christ. He who hears the voice of the Son will live - he becomes a new creature in Christ! How wonderful to know that there is a new creation in Christ!
Jesus Christ said that He had overcome the world! How did He overcome it? He overcame the world by submitting His will to the Father, by listening to the Father and by only doing what the Father told Him to do! He did not do away with the people who hated Him. He manifested His Sonship and so they killed Him. What an awesome truth to realize that all who live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution!
Our desire is to minister out of the holy place. But there was only ONE who could enter the holy place, namely, the High Priest. Neither the common man nor the anointed priesthood were allowed in there. So how can we enter the holy place? We can only enter when we are in Christ, the Son, the High Priest of our profession! Christ is God's provision for us.
What an awesome ministry God has given us! We can bring people the good news that in Christ we become new creatures! He delivers us from our slavery to earthly things! We have been given the ministry of letting people know that they have been reconciled to God! This will antagonize those who want power over people and those who want the glory of self-effort. But those who receive and believe God's judgment will be filled with peace and joy!
Judgment begins in the household of God - that's us. We are the ones who have to receive God's judgment on our wrong beliefs. By receiving His judgment we overcome the world and its system of rule. This enables us to be ruled by the kingdom of God - by the rule of the Holy Spirit! The Lord is that Spirit!
1 Cor. 6:1-2:
How do we judge the world? The world consists of things that exalt themselves against a spiritual understanding of God, Christ, and the body of Christ. These things are judged by Christ, the truth. He gives saints the ability to discern the lies that masquerade in garments of religiosity and exalt themselves against the true understanding of God! Christ is the Head of His body (the ecclesia). He gives us direction and understanding!
"Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?"
So how do we judge angels? At one time
We know that some messengers come against the truth that is in Christ. These are destroyed by the Spirit of the Word of His mouth - that is the fire of God. This is God's spiritual judgment against all unrighteousness. Unrighteousness includes all lies, all evil, all distortion, all darkness. These are all included in the word sin. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God!
The church in Laodicea is an example of a church that had lost its ability to judge.
To explain this, we go back to the Old Testament, to the Urim and the Thummim on the breastplate of the high priest. When the high priest sought an answer from the Lord, he would consult the Urim and the Thummim. These signified the light and perfection of judgment. There were only two possible answers, namely, "Yes" or "No". There wasn't anything between; there was no maybe. Jesus said,
Here is an important truth! It says you have to be either hot or cold! This represents judgment. You are either for something or you are against something. If you think you can walk in a grey area - between something that is right and that which is wrong, between something that is life and that which is death - you are mistaken! You will not have the Word that comes out of His mouth; you will not have the fire of judgment that destroys the wicked one!
In Hebrews we read that after death comes the judgment. Most people think that the great white throne judgment, the judgment seat or bema of Jesus, occurs after our physical death. In
The things in the book of Revelation are figurative, and the truths they represent are brought into the earth in Jesus Christ. He is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets, of all the promises of God and of all the things given by God. They all have their yes and Amen in Christ! Those who have been made new in Christ understand that their identification is in the Christ! They are the ones who carry out His mission in the earth!
Those who make perverse judgments, condemn people. God's judgment proclaims that natural man is dead in his trespasses and sins. There is no life in him. So God's promises are not for the natural man - whether Jew or Gentile, good or bad. Actually, only God is truly good.
Human love fails all the time! We are constantly being encouraged to love one another and to accept one another regardless of our faults. Acceptance is to produce love for one another. There are various kinds and depths of human love, but God's love supersedes all!
God's love differs incredibly from human love. Jesus never loved anyone according to the flesh. He never had a wife and family. His love for people was not based on family relationships or upon people's charismatic personalities. He had the love of God working in Him because He had the Holy Spirit. This same love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit!
The basis of our fellowship with believers is a love for the things of God; a love for the same things that Christ loved! The fellowship that is based on believing the same doctrines has a wrong foundation. This may seem to be a strong statement, but there is no other foundation than that which has been laid, that is, Jesus Christ! He IS the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. All the promises of God are fulfilled in Him! They are not fulfilled in days, times or seasons; they are fulfilled in Him! Therefore we have to put away our futuristic emphasis on the rapture, the millennium, and the manifestation of the sons of God.
"But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men."
This judgment by fire is a spiritual judgment.
"After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, `Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; because His judgments are true and righteous.'"
Many claim to hear God but they do not understand how the Spirit works. This brings about a soulish understanding of God's work. Hearing the Spirit is essential to understanding how the Spirit works. A spiritual realization dawns on us like the coming of light. The more we hear the Spirit, the more we recognize that God speaks to us in our spirit! He leads us into truth!
"But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day."
However it is important to know that the time is now to repent and believe the gospel of the kingdom! That is for us! Repentance is not penance; it is spiritual! It means that we turn away from our own ways and ideas and will, and accept God's ways! It is a submission to God!
So may God bless you and give you insight and understanding! Consider what has been said and God will give you enlightenment. Amen.