A PREPARED PEOPLE WITH A HOLY PURPOSE
Part Eight August 1999
A prepared people with a holy purpose in the kingdom of God are growing
spiritually to become the living, prophetic word of God in the earth. While
events in our lives and in the world at large may divert our attention at times,
our real focus should be on the work of the Spirit in our lives and in the lives
of all His elect. To look outwardly at things in the world around us will only
cloud our vision of our Father and His ongoing purposes. But when we behold the
Christ of glory, we will then see clearly to fully realize the glorious work He
is doing within us to fulfill all His holy purposes for His suffering creation,
which is groaning and travailing for deliverance.
Our Father is showing His wrath and making His power known in the world
around us and outside us, to show that He is willing to "endure with much
longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction" (Ro. 9:22). Some
people are manifesting the darkness of their troubled souls or minds. These are
"the vessels of wrath" that our Father has "fitted to destruction"
at this time. They show His wrath and make His power known in His kingdom
process of the judgment of the nations. They must do their thing, for our Father
prepared those vessels of wrath for this very purpose. This is the hour for the
manifestation of that darkness! The vessels of wrath are only doing what they
were created to do. But this is not the end of the matter.
Our Father created vessels of wrath that He has fitted and prepared for
destruction. So also has He brought forth "vessels of mercy, which he had AFORE
prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but
also of the Gentiles" (Ro. 9:23-24). The word "afore" in the above verse of
scripture is a very interesting word in this passage. It is a word that we
should learn more about. Strong's Concordance shows that the word "afore" comes
from the Greek word "proetoimazo," meaning, "to fit up in advance." This Greek
word is also translated as, "ordain before" and "prepare afore." Therefore, God
wanted us to know that He made provision for us to become those "vessels of
mercy" from the very beginning, when He first set forth His eternal purposes
along with all the fullness of the Godhead, before the world began.
We were not called and chosen of God in a hap-hazard, indifferent, or random
way, nor did Father allow us to choose of ourselves to take this path to sonship.
But we were called and chosen BY God "with a holy calling, not according to
our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which
was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began" (2
Tim. 1:9). Those who are walking the straight and narrow path to the fullness of
the kingdom of God were not chosen of God because they desired this walk. Nor
were they chosen of God because of their devotion to the Lord, or for their love
of Him. Those who are following hard after the Lamb were chosen by their Father
"according to His own purpose and grace," and for no other reason.
Because we were chosen according to His eternal purpose, and called and prepared
beforehand, we know we shall make it to the end, to become fully manifest sons
of God just like Christ.
We are those "vessels of mercy, which he had AFORE prepared unto glory." We
were also chosen of our Father "according to His own purpose and grace,
which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began."
Thus, our calling and preparation all took place and was fulfilled in God,
before the world began. When Jesus said, "It is finished," as He hung
on the cross and then gave up the ghost (Jo. 19:30), our full salvation was
truly and thoroughly finished then. We are complete in Christ! Nothing more of
God's work in the realm of Spirit need be added to complete our salvation! But
the work of God in our lives is not yet finished, nor will it be until we come
forth in His full image and likeness. God has already done all He needs to do to
complete our salvation. But we must yet receive all the fullness of God that is
already provided for us in the realm of the Spirit!
In the Spirit and from God's viewpoint, we were fully prepared and saved
"before the world began." But how can this be? How is
it possible for our Father to prepare us for that glory to come in the
beginning, before the world began and before we were ever born? The truth of it
is simple enough! All the provisions and preparations of God for His elect are
reserved for us in the realm of Spirit. Every spiritual aspect of our full
salvation is already finished in the Spirit. When Father selects a person to
become a son of God, He gives that person "the adoption of sons." By
this sovereign act, our Father sends "forth the Spirit of his Son into your
hearts, crying, Abba, Father" (Gal. 4:5-6). "Abba" is an Aramaic word,
meaning, father. Therefore, all true sons, who have been called and chosen of
their Father, continually cry, Father, Father, for the Spirit of the Son is
Sons of God are true sons indeed, for the Spirit of the Son is within them.
This also tells us that God has given them the measure or degree of His Spirit
that will bring them to sonship fulfilled. All the provisions and preparations
of the Spirit necessary to bring anyone to the fullness of sonship are reserved
for us all in the realm of Spirit. It makes no difference when we were born, or
when we first heard the message of the good news of the kingdom of God. All true
sons of God of every age and generation have access to the same Spirit of
sonship that shall make all of us sons of God in truth and in fact. The Apostle
Paul, and many others also, are sons of God by the same Spirit that makes each
of us a son of God. The Lord has called and chosen those who shall become sons.
Then, when He determines that we are faithful (Rev. 17:4), He gives us of the
abundance of His Spirit that enables us to become full-grown sons of God, who
shall be changed into the image and likeness of Christ, the first Son. The
Spirit of sonship, which we have received, is that Spirit that will bring us to
full maturity in Christ. And the blessed truth is, our preparation and
perfection is already accomplished and fulfilled in the Spirit.
Our Father's expressed purpose is to bring forth a remnant in the earth, and
then to provide that remnant with the fullness of His salvation. This is what
the Lord has been doing and what He is doing even more aggressively now than any
time in the past. The Lord has raised up a chosen, faithful remnant, by His
Spirit. He is now bringing that chosen remnant to maturity, that His purposes
for the creation and for the kingdom of God might be completely fulfilled. Our
full salvation is nearer now than when we first believed! Paul revealed Father's
purpose in a remnant, when he wrote, "Esaias also crieth concerning Israel,
Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a
remnant shall be saved: For he will finish the work, and cut it short
in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth"
Israel has indeed become a multitude of people and nations in the earth. But
our Father's purpose does not involve those multitudes! All He wants now is a
holy, dedicated remnant, who shall do all His holy will. And He has already
called, chosen, and set aside that remnant. Their meat is to do the will of
their Father! And now, God is bringing that chosen remnant to sonship fulfilled
by the power of the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. Every morsel of
spiritual Bread necessary to make us fully matured sons of God is already
prepared and waiting for us in the realm of Spirit. A sumptuous feast has been
prepared, served, and set forth for us on that spiritual "table" in the
heavenlies of Spirit. All we need to do is ascend in the Spirit and reach out
and accept that living Bread of God. The carnal mind may try to tell us that
this will be a difficult thing to do. But the mind of Christ within us tells us
it is an easy and simple thing for us to do, since we are led by His Spirit.
The way has already been opened for us to ascend in the Spirit and receive
all God has for us. The windows of heaven are open! We have been given access to
the heavenly realm of Spirit! The blood of Jesus has been applied to us, so that
all our Father sees when He looks at us is the precious blood. That same
precious blood has also been applied to the altar of heaven in the realm of
Spirit, thereby giving us immediate and constant access to the heavenly,
spiritual sanctuary. The same precious blood that cleanses us, also is our
passport to the heavenly realm of Spirit. And Christ is the ladder by which we
may readily and continually ascend the spiritual heights in God (see page six of
our June 1998 booklet regarding this "ladder"). Every provision has already been
made for us to ascend the spiritual heights in God. Therefore, we should ascend
to the heavenlies, to commune with Him regularly. In this way, we are
replenishing our supply of the oil of His Spirit, as we await the midnight
appearing of Christ, the Bridegroom.
To understand the truths of the kingdom and take advantage of the open
heavens, we only need to turn our attention away from the weak and beggarly
elements of this world, including all that is of the old, dead church order.
Then, we will turn our faces heavenward to behold Christ in all His glory. All
it takes is just one, brief look at Him, and all that is of this corrupt,
worldly order of man will soon dim and fade from view. Once we see Christ in His
ascended, heavenly, spiritual glory, nothing of this old, dead, worldly order of
man can hold any attraction for us. When we see Christ in His glory, we will
then come to know Him, as well as everything else we need to know, to walk with
Him unto glory, fullness and perfection. Christ is the Day Star that resides
within; He comes to dwell in us in greater fullness. He is the Light that rises
within us, the One who changes us from within. This is the fullness of the glory
of the kingdom of God that now awaits every called and chosen son of God!
The "Marriage" of Soul and Spirit
In our July 1999 booklet, on page fifteen, I wrote the following, "our
feminine souls are being crucified to be renewed and resurrected, then to be
married to our masculine spirits, in preparation for our transformation." This
was a revelation of the Spirit to me! For some time the Spirit has been dealing
with me regarding our souls, which includes our mind, our will, and our
emotions. I was made to realize that God must do something more within us to
renew our minds or our souls in preparation for our bodily transformation (Ro.
12:2). Although the Lord has been renewing our minds by progressively revealing
more truth to us, all that is of our souls must be more thoroughly renewed and
transformed to become spirit.
Then I was given to understand that when our minds or souls are renewed, by
the Spirit, there would also be a joining or a "marriage" between our soul and
our spirit. Since our spirit is one Spirit with God, our spirits are masculine
in type. But our souls, including our mind, our will, and our emotions, are not
yet fully of and by the Spirit; the soul is earthly, carnal, and of the flesh,
and must be renewed and changed. Therefore, our souls are considered to be
feminine. This union between the feminine soul and the masculine spirit within
us, or this joining in a "marriage" union within, will eliminate all the duality
that is still within us, making us one spirit. God's order for our
transformation was simply stated by the Apostle Paul, when he said, "Be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Ro. 12:2). Then
the Lord revealed to me that certain events and experiences in my life were
taking place to fulfill Father's purpose of joining my soul to my spirit,
resulting in a "marriage" union within.
There are scriptures that speak of a marriage, such as in Rev. 19:7, where it
refers to "the marriage of the Lamb." This passage of scripture may
very well refer to a greater marriage, such as the union of the
masculine company of the body of Christ with the feminine company of the
bride of Christ. When I considered this, the Lord gave me to
understand that unless there is a marriage union between soul and spirit within
us, uniting us within and eliminating all duality within us, there could be no
greater marriage union with Christ, as Rev. 19:7 may be interpreted. There can
be no duality of soul and spirit within us for us to be more fully joined to
Christ. Therefore, a marriage union must take place within us before any other,
greater marriage union can take place. And I am being made aware, by the Spirit
of God, that this marriage between soul and spirit - this union to eliminate all
duality within us - shall take place, to fully prepare us for that greater and
more glorious marriage union to come.
Before "the marriage of the Lamb" took place, as seen in the
nineteenth chapter of the book of Revelations, we read this, "And I heard as
it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters (or,
peoples), and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for
the Lord God omnipotent reigneth" (Rev. 19:6). The one, great
unquestionable and undeniable truth of God for this present hour is,
"the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." This is the beginning of
the Day of the reign of Christ over all the earth. This also is the Day when
"the marriage of the Lamb" shall take place, first within us, and then
later in greater fullness and in a more complete and universal sense. The next
verse states, "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the
marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready"
Why should it be said that "his wife hath made herself ready?"
For the simple reason that the feminine part of us, which is our soul, is as an
unclean bride that must make herself ready to be joined to the pure, masculine
spirit within us. This may be the primary, spiritual interpretation of Rev,
19:7. The masculine spirit, which we are, is already pure and clean, for it has
been joined to God's Spirit. Since our spirit is one with the Spirit of God, it
is the only part of us that is pure and holy. But the soul is that part of our
total being that tends to carnality and unrighteousness. Therefore, our soul,
including our mind, our will, and our emotions, must be prepared for this
"marriage" by the work of the Spirit within us, as revealed in Rev. 11:7-10. Our
impure, feminine soul must be made ready for this marriage union within, and
this is what our Father is doing in us!
To understand the need for soul's renewal, through a death and resurrection
process patterned after that of Jesus, we should read a few scriptures. In some
scriptures, the soul is seen as the guiding force of a person. It is considered
the governing area of our entire being (see Ge. 27:31, 34:8, Lev. 4:2, 5:1-4,
15, 23:29-30, Acts 3:23, Ro. 2:9, 13:1). Other scriptures reveal the soul of man
as a discouraged and troubled soul at times, including the soul of Jesus (see Nu.
11:1-6, 21:4, Job 10:1, Ps. 88:3, Mt. 26:38, Jo. 12:27). The soul is also the
more natural life force of the earthly, fleshly person that we are in this world
(see 1 Ki. 17:22, 2 Ki. 2:2-6, Is. 53:10-12, 1 Co. 15:45, Ja. 5:20, Rev. 16:3).
The Lord told the Israelites they would find God if they would seek Him with all
their heart and soul (see De. 4:29, 10:12-13, 11:13). Long ago, the Lord set
forth His purpose to redeem our souls. Elihu, one of Job's "friends," said to
him, "Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, to bring
back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the
living" (Job 33:29-30).
Job also acknowledged that "the soul of every living thing, and the
breath of all mankind" is in the hands of the Lord (Job 12:10). The
Psalmist said, "my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also
shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell"
(Ps. 16:9-10). The Psalmist also said of the Lord, "He restoreth my
soul" (Ps. 23:3), and "God will redeem my soul from
the power of the grave: for he shall receive me" (Ps. 49:15). And
again, "the Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall
preserve thy soul" (Ps. 121:7, see also Ps. 107:9, 116:4, Is.
55:3). The Psalmist also said, "My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing
unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed" (Ps.
71:23, see also Ps. 57:1-6, 84:2, 86:13, Is. 26:8-9, 38:17, 61:10, Jer. 31:12).
God has already redeemed our souls, but until that victory is fulfilled in us,
we continue to wait and hope for that so great salvation (see Ps. 42:, 103:1-2,
Regarding the soul, Jesus said, "And fear not them which kill the body,
but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy
both soul and body in hell" (Mt. 10:28). The word "hell" comes from the
Hebrew "geena," or Gehenna, which is a valley in Jerusalem, and represents the
state of judgment unto correction. Obviously, the body can be killed. But the
soul will live on, either as a fully corrected and redeemed soul joined to our
spirit, or as an uncorrected soul to be placed in that state of judgment unto
correction, where it will then be corrected and fully redeemed. Jesus is our
pattern or example unto Life! His soul was obviously redeemed before He died on
the cross. He demonstrated that fact when He was transfigured on the mount (Mt.
17:1-2). Father then said of His Son, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am
well pleased; hear ye him" (Mt. 17:5). Only a soul redeemed and perfected
by the tests and trials of this life could be part of a person who would be
transformed without going by way of death. If we would be changed into His image
and likeness, our souls must first be renewed and then married to our pure
spirits, to become one Spirit with God. May that be our goal in this life!
We see a difference in the expression of soul and spirit in Mary's experience
when she realized she would give birth to the Son of God. She said, "My soul
doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour" (Lu.
1:46-47). When she heard that which would take place in her life, Mary's spirit
rejoiced within her. Then, after her spirit within had rejoiced in God her
Savior, her soul began to magnify the Lord. Her soul responded to what had
already taken place in her spirit. Another truth we learn regarding the soul was
declared by Simeon when the Spirit revealed to him that he would not see death
until he saw the Lord's Christ. Simeon then said to Mary, "(Yea, a sword
shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be
revealed" (Lu. 2:35). This prophecy suggests that the sword of the Spirit
would pierce the soul of man, revealing the thoughts, purposes, and intents of
all mankind, that they may be brought to judgment unto correction for their
carnal, evil motives. This is taking place within the remnant of the Lord now!
We also learn that it is the soul of man that has the potential of laying up
for itself, either the things of this worldly life, or that which concerns the
kingdom of God (see Lu. 12:18-21). The soul that lays up treasure for himself or
herself in this life is the soul of the "fool" (vs. 20). That soul cares only
for the things of this life, and disregards the Life to come. Such a soul
"is not rich toward God" (vs. 21). The wise attend the heavenly, spiritual
sanctuary of the Lord regularly, communing with Him in the Spirit, to receive
the fresh oil of His Spirit (Mt. 25:1-13). They are like David, who said,
"I foresaw the Lord ALWAYS before my face, for he is on my
right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my
tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou
wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One
to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of LIFE; thou shalt make
me full of joy with thy countenance" (Acts 2:25-28).
When Paul closed his first letter to the Thessalonians, he said to them,
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your
whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do
it" (1 Thess. 5:23-24). Those who are laying up for themselves treasures in
heaven, or in the realm of Spirit, have also committed their whole spirit, soul,
and body unto the Lord. He shall preserve our whole being unto the appearings of
Christ, when we shall be changed into His pure image and likeness.
This "hope we have (is) as an anchor of the soul, both
sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the
forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the
order of Melchisedec" (He. 6:19-20). Some may draw back from the faith,
"but we are not of them who draw back unto perdition (ruin or loss); but of them
that believe to the saving of the soul" (He. 10:38-39).
Peter warned us to "abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against
the soul," and indeed we shall (1 Pe. 2:11). While we wait for His
appearing, our soul is being crucified, to be restored and then brought forth in
the glory of the resurrection life of Christ.
Our souls are being brought to a death by a type or a form of crucifixion
within us, according to the pattern of Jesus, the first Son. Then, our souls
shall be resurrected unto Life, by the Spirit, to be joined to our spirit in a
spiritual marriage within. When our souls are joined or married to our spirits,
making us one spirit within, all duality shall then be eliminated from within
us. Then we shall be transformed by the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the
dead. When we become aware of the present work of the Spirit within us, which
prophetically is called "the marriage of the Lamb," we will indeed be
glad, and will rejoice and give honor to our King and Lord of all. Hallelujah!
The Marriage Union - at the Midnight Hour
The Lord has also made me aware of the significance of the midnight hour as
it pertains to this new Day. Jesus told us that "the master of the house,"
which is Christ, would appear to His people "at even, or at
midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning" (Mk. 13:35).
Each of these periods of this night is important, for they represent times of
the appearings of Christ to His elect. By His appearings to us during this
night, we shall grow spiritually to be fully changed into His image and
likeness, prepared to awaken the dawn of the new morning. The evening hour has
passed, when Christ appeared to reveal the coming of His kingdom to the earth in
a greater way. Now we await another spiritual appearing of Christ as our
Bridegroom at the midnight hour of this new Day, to lead us onward to our full
The parable of the ten virgins foretells of a people who prepared to meet the
Bridegroom when he came to attend this marriage. Five of them were foolish, for
they did not bring enough oil of the Spirit with them to await the
midnight appearing of the Bridegroom. But five were wise, for they had
enough of the oil of the Spirit to keep their lamps burning brightly throughout
the night, and unto the midnight hour, when the Bridegroom
would appear to attend that marriage. While the five foolish virgins went to buy
oil because of their limited and inadequate supply, a cry was heard at
midnight, saying, "Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet
him" (Mt. 25:6). The Bridegroom came while the foolish virgins went to buy
oil to replenish their supply, and they missed Him.
The wise, on the other hand, had sufficient oil to keep their lamps burning
brightly unto the midnight appearing of the Bridegroom. They had a good supply
of the anointing oil of the Spirit within them, and were fully prepared to
attend the marriage with the Bridegroom when he came, that they might
participate in that marriage. But the door was shut to all others! When the
foolish virgins returned with a fresh supply of oil, they discovered that the
Bridegroom had already come at the promised midnight hour. So they asked the
Bridegroom to open the door and allow them to attend the marriage. But He
answered them, "Verily, I say unto you, I know you not" (see Mt.
Without a doubt, this parable is now being fulfilled in the lives of all the
apprehended ones. In the primary interpretation of this prophecy, our souls are
to be present at this midnight marriage, to meet the Bridegroom and be restored.
Then our spirit, which is already one Spirit in Christ, shall be married to our
newly restored and renewed soul, to become one pure spirit in Him. Then, both
our spirits and our souls will be pure, since they were united in that marriage
union to become one, eliminating all the duality that was within us. Some will
not have enough of the oil of the Spirit to make it to the midnight hour. Others
among us will have a sufficient supply of the oil of the Spirit to make it to
the midnight appearing of Christ, our Bridegroom.
Those who will have a sufficient supply of the oil of the Spirit within them
are communing with God in the Spirit. They have the faith of the Son of God
within, and therefore have full assurance of all that God is doing and revealing
to them, not only individually but also collectively to the entire body of the
sons of this high calling. Because they are becoming His word, they need not
that any man should teach them (see 1 Jo. 2:27). These elect ones are hearing
His fresh Word of truth directly from the mind of their Father! They are
constantly replenishing their supply of His oil by ministering to the Lord, in
the Spirit and by the Spirit. It is imperative that the elect be fully prepared
to participate in this marriage union between soul and spirit. Unless we
participate in this marriage union, we shall have no part in that greater and
more glorious marriage union yet to come.
When the Lord said to those foolish virgins, "I know you not," what
do you suppose He meant? I suppose He meant that He was not fully acquainted
with them. He was not familiar with them, for He seldom saw them in the heavenly
realm of Spirit. They rarely attended the heavenly sanctuary (as in He. 10:25),
to commune with their Lord in the Spirit! Some spend more time getting to know
people than they do their Head, Lord and King. They will run with the crowds,
rather than spend time in the silence and solitude of their closets. They reach
out to get acquainted with many other people, rather than getting to know their
Lord and Master. They have many heads, lords, and kings (Is. 26:13), but they
know very little of the one, great Head, Lord, and King of all! No wonder Christ
said to them, "I know you not!" This is the sad state of the foolish
virgins! They are carnally minded, not spiritually minded. They will be found
lacking; they will not have enough of the oil of the Spirit to allow them to
attend the marriage union, when Christ, the Bridegroom, appears.
Let the aspirations and the prayers of all the elect at this strange,
wonderful, awesome, and near-midnight hour now be, "THAT I MAY KNOW HIM, and
the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made
conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection
of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already
perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which
also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:10-12). The one supreme
goal we all should have, one that transcends all creeds and doctrines, is to
know Christ in all His fullness, and the power of His resurrection. We are not
to know Him in our minds only, but by our experiences with Him in the Spirit.
Our experiences with our Father in the Spirit are what counts as we progress
and grow spiritually to become fully manifest sons of God. That which is in our
minds, whether doctrines, creeds, or teachings, matters little. Our relationship
with our Father in the Spirit is what matters most. Furthermore, we are to seek
the resurrection Life of Christ as if we had not yet attained and were not yet
perfect. Father's work concerning us was finished ages ago! But His work in our
lives is not yet finished! We will all know for sure and without a doubt that we
are totally finished, in truth, and in fact, when we stand complete, perfect,
and in His likeness. Then we shall BE the full image and likeness of our
glorified and resurrected Christ. Then, the whole creation also shall be
delivered of the curse of sin and death!
Wonderful promises have been given to those who will hold out to the end.
Although the vision tarries, we will wait for it, for it will surely come to
pass. Our total and complete transformation will take place in Father's time and
according to His eternal purposes, which He purposed in Christ before the world
began. We are on the verge of possessing our full inheritance in Christ, and we
will not be coerced into taking the carnal, intellectual path to sonship
fulfilled. We long for the real thing, and will not accept some cheap, false
The wonderful and glorious appearings of Christ are vital and necessary for
us to attain to full sonship, which includes our bodily transformation. Before
Jesus told the parable of the ten virgins, He spoke of the appearing of "the
Son of man." He compared His coming to the day of Noah in the twenty-fourth
chapter of Matthew. Actually, chapter twenty-four of Matthew should be read
along with chapter twenty-five. Jesus said the people outside the ark "were
eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe
entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them (those
outside the ark) all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then
two shall be in the field; the one (carnal man) shall be taken, and the other
(the spiritual man) left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one
(carnal woman) shall be taken, and the other (the spiritual man) left. Watch
therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come" (Mt. 24:37-42).
When our soul, including our mind, our will, and our emotions, is joined or
married to our spirit, making us one spirit within, there will be no duality
within us. Then the only part of us not yet fully redeemed will be our bodies.
By the appearing of Christ within us, the carnal, Adamic man, which is the man
of the flesh, shall be taken from us, leaving us fully redeemed, spiritual
beings. Then we shall be given a body like unto His, to manifest the full glory,
power, and authority of the kingdom of God in all the earth, and then in all the
universe. By the appearings of Christ within us, we shall be fully perfected and
transformed. Therefore, we should make sure our Lord knows us and that we know
Him, by attending His heavenly, spiritual sanctuary regularly, especially before
and during the midnight hour, to worship Him in Spirit and in truth (see Ps.
119:62 & Acts 16:25).
The Characteristics of our New Mind, which is the Mind of Christ
As we progressively receive new truth, by the Spirit, we are also gradually
receiving the fullness of His mind. This is a spiritual work that is taking
place within us, by the Spirit of God. This is not merely a mind game! We do not
receive the mind of Christ by changing our minds and then taking on a new set of
positive beliefs and optimistic statements of faith. If receiving the mind of
Christ was only a mind game - if it only involved changing our minds or our
opinions by some carnal, mental procedure or exercise - then the worldly
religions such as Christian science, new age, and other science of the mind
religions, would be the way to go. But God is not in those mind games!
Father's work concerning us involves changing our souls and our minds through
deep repentance, by the work of the Spirit within us, and not by some
intellectual religious practice, or carnal mind game. To think positively is
much better than thinking negatively! But all the positive thinking we can
muster will not change us like the Spirit of God will. We desperately need
Christ in all His fullness within us. The more He dwells within; the more He
will change us! Paul described this work of the Spirit within us, when he wrote,
"And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind
by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through
death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his
sight" (Col. 1:21-22). It is God Who set the standard of
righteousness, and it is only God Who shall reconcile us and all mankind to
Himself, changing our minds so we are no longer enemies in our minds.
The work of the Spirit of God is to change is so drastically that we will
repent of the errors of man's religion and will open our minds to hear and
receive His pure truth, by the operation of the Spirit of God within us. When
our feminine soul is transformed and renewed, and then joined to our pure,
masculine spirit, we shall have the mind of Christ in fullness. Then there will
be no duality within us, nor will we ever again express anything less than the
pure, righteous, and perfect wisdom of our Father. Paul wrote to say that he
delighted in the law of God after the inward man of the spirit. But he also saw
another law operating in his members that was warring against the law of his
mind, bringing him into captivity to the law of sin that was in his members (Ro.
7:22-23). This was not only true of Paul; it is also true of every one of us.
But the Lord is moving in our lives to deliver us of this duality, and give us
the fullness of the mind of Christ.
A man, who was both a lawyer and a Pharisee, came to Jesus to tempt Him by
asking Him questions. So he asked Jesus, "Master, which is the great
commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy mind. This is the first and great commandment" (Mt. 22:36-37).
To love the Lord our God with our whole heart, soul, and mind is a large order.
It may be difficult, if not impossible, for us to do while we are still in this
imperfect and in-part state. But with His help, we know we shall attain to all
that Father has set before us. First, we are to love the Lord, "with
ALL thy heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy mind."
The word "heart" is from the Greek word, "kardia," and means the heart,
figuratively, including the thoughts and feelings. The word "soul" comes from
the Greek word, "psuche," meaning breath, implying also the spirit. And the word
"mind," comes from the Greek word "dianoia," meaning deep thought, properly, the
faculty of the mind, implying its exercise. By using these three words, heart,
soul, and mind, Jesus included every minute portion of the total expression of
our beings, including our soul, our mind, our will, our every thought and
feeling, and all our emotions.
Every expression of the human being that we are was included in that
"first and great commandment," as given by Jesus. When we fully understand
all that is included in the total expression of our being in these words of
Jesus, we will then realize how much we lack to attain to His standard of
perfection. While the words of Jesus might appear to condemn us, we know He had
no such intention. He set forth the standard of righteousness, which is beyond
our limited, human ability to achieve. Then He provided the spiritual means by
which we shall attain to His righteous and holy standard of perfection.
The righteous perfection that Jesus set before us is fully attainable through
Him. Father has already made provision for our ultimate, total and complete
perfection, and that abundant, spiritual provision is reserved for us in the
realm of Spirit. All we need do to achieve it is ascend to the heavenly,
spiritual sanctuary of God, worship Him in Spirit and in truth, and minister to
Him, thereby receiving all the spiritual resources we need to make us perfect.
But I must emphasize again that this is a spiritual exercise, or experience, not
a mind game! Having achieved perfection in Christ, by experiencing Him in the
Spirit, we shall then truly "love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."
The Lord promised in His word that He would make a new covenant with the
house of Israel and with the house of Judah. That new covenant would be nothing
like the old covenant He made with them when He led them out of Egypt. Of this
new covenant, the Lord said, "For this is the covenant that I will make with
the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws
into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God,
and they shall be to me a people: and they shall not teach
every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for
all shall know me, from the least to the greatest" (He. 8:8-11).
Obviously, there is a lot more to truly knowing the Lord than merely being
assured of our salvation, having the baptism of the holy Spirit, and functioning
in the Pentecostal realm of gifts and ministries. Paul was an anointed and
Spirit-filled apostle, chosen of the Lord to serve Him and His kingdom purposes
in the beginning of the church age. Yet, the cry of his heart was, "THAT I
MAY KNOW HIM." Paul knew there was much more of God and of His Spirit for
him than what he had already experienced. So he earnestly and fervently
expressed his desire to know his Lord and Master in a greater way. If all the
elect of the Lord, or all the sons of God, truly knew the Lord in fullness
today, they would then enter into that new realm in God, which is the realm of
Tabernacles. They would then cease the old, Pentecostal procedure of teaching,
preaching and prophesying to their neighbors and to their brethren, saying,
"know the Lord," for they would all know Him in fullness. There would then
be no need for any of man's instructions, or their in-part teaching and
preaching, for all the elect would then know the Lord in the absolute sense of
That which our Father intends to do with all mankind, He shall first
accomplish in the lives of His chosen and set-apart remnant. If the remnant of
the Lord cannot receive the new covenant and walk in the light of its principles
and purposes, how can we expect the masses of the world to receive it? Beloved,
it is impossible! As our Father's chosen remnant in the earth today, we must
grow in the Spirit to know our Lord in greater fullness. Then we will gladly,
and with renewed hope and expectancy, lay aside the old, dead works of the past
age! Then every person among us will cease teaching and preaching, for all the
elect will know Him in Spirit and in truth, whom to know is Life eternal. And
this is just the basic principle of the new covenant!
Then we will blaze a new trail into the kingdom of God for the multitudes to
follow. It will be a new and clear trail or highway into the fullness of the
kingdom of God. "It shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall
not pass over it; but it shall be for those; the wayfaring men, though fools,
shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go
up thereon, it shall not be found there: but the redeemed shall walk there: And
the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and
everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow
and sighing shall flee away" (Is. 35:8-10).
Other characteristics of our new mind, or of the mind of Christ, includes the
peace of God. The anointed word of the prophet has declared, "Thou wilt keep
him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth
in thee" (Is. 26:3). The phrase, "in perfect peace,"
is given in the Hebrew as, "in shalowm shalowm." The Hebrew word,
"shalowm" can be translated "perfect," or "peace," for the peace that God gives
us is both perfect and complete. Nothing can be added to make the peace of God
any better than it is. It is perfect and complete, lacking nothing. When we have
that "shalowm shalowm," or "perfect peace," we will have the peace of
God multiplied and compounded by His greater fullness.
With that "perfect peace" within, we will never be troubled by circumstances
in our lives or in the world around us. With His "perfect peace" within, we will
never question the way of the Spirit of God in our lives, for we will have an
inner knowing that all is well. With His "perfect peace" within, we will never
be in doubt about what God is doing, for we will have that inner knowing that
God is doing a mighty and glorious work in the earth, and that we are a part of
it all. If we will grow in God and in the greater glory, power, and authority of
His kingdom, we will then realize that His "perfect peace" is coming to the
earth to overwhelm everything of man's corrupt order, and change it all into the
high quality of the peace of God.
Job learned something of God's mind, which is the mind we shall have. He
wanted to lodge his complaint with God, but he could not find Him. Job said of
God, "He hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he
knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the
words of his mouth more than my necessary food. But he is in ONE MIND,
and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. For he
performeth the thing that is appointed for me (including all the tests and
trials of this life): and many such things are with him" (Job 23:9-14). God
is of one mind to do all His will in our lives, including all the tests and
trials that are making us perfect. So also shall we be of one mind when our
souls are renewed and joined to our spirits, to become one spirit in Christ. Job
realized the purpose of his trials, when he said, "For God maketh my
heart (or soul) soft, and the Almighty troubleth me." (Vs. 16) God
has been softening our souls, by repentance, in preparation for the marriage
union between our soul and our spirit, to make us one in Him. All the duality of
soul and mind, which is within us now, will be removed to unite us and make us
one in mind and spirit. When that takes place within us, we shall be
Whenever God creates and brings forth something new, the old must be
discarded and removed from our minds. The mind of Christ is the mind that
receives new things when He reveals it. The word of the Lord has declared,
"For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall
not be remembered, nor come into mind" (Is. 65:17, see also Jer.
3:16). Many of us are familiar with this prophecy, but do we understand the
truth of it? The quality of the mind of Christ is such that His mind will always
turn away from the old and embrace the new. It is now time for the Lord's elect
to turn away from the old church order, which is the order of Pentecost, forget
all about it and let none of it come into our minds ever again. Then we will
fully embrace and manifest the new order of Tabernacles, and the new principles
of the kingdom of God in the earth.
The Lord knows every thought that is in our minds. He knows that our thoughts
are generally carnal thoughts, just as it was with the minds of the Israelites
of old (see Ez. 11:5). The Lord said to them, "that which cometh into your
mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the
families of the countries, to serve wood and stone. As I live, saith the Lord
God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury
poured out, will I rule over you" (Ez. 20:32-33). The Lord
is truly ruling over us! And one of the positive signs of the reign of Christ in
our lives is the present judgment unto correction of our souls and minds. When
He has fully ruled in our lives, and the marriage of the Lamb has taken place
within us, there will be no duality in us. We shall then be one in spirit and in
soul, which also includes our mind, our will, and our emotions.
The seed of Christ was planted in our spirits when Christ came to dwell in us. That Christ-seed has been working in us to cleanse us and make us pure within. The Christ within must do the work of changing us within and without. Unless He changes us, we will not be changed. The seed of Christ within us also is the seed of the kingdom of God. He who is within is as the leaven of the kingdom. He works in us until the triune lump that we are is as pure and righteous as the original Seed of Christ (see Mt. 13:33). The leaven of the kingdom is to be placed in three measures of meal, which is, 1) our spirit, 2) our soul, and then 3) our body, to totally transform us, resulting in the manifestation of the sons of God. What a mighty victory that will be!
Paul and Emily Mueller
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