It may interest you to recall that prophets of old prophesied of the coming of God to man (i.e. God’s kingdom), but John the Baptist whom Jesus described as being more than a prophet (Matt. 11:9), being greater than all men born of women (Matt. 11:11), attained a stature that empowered him to witness that kingdom was at hand (Matt. 3:2) and from that day, Satan changed his strategy (Matt. 11:12)!
The earth was meant to gradually conform to the image of heaven but it continues to fall short of this divine intent because Satan has persistently fought God’s mysterious plan to share his throne with mortal man (Ps. 115:16/Heb. 2:6/Rev. 3:21), like he never would with glorious angels. We therefore need a stronger resolve to overcome him and receive ALL OF GOD in the days of our flesh, like Jesus, his apostles and very few others have, in successive generations.
I trust that the following counsel would cause our souls to appreciate in salvation, amen.
Non-Negotiable Counsels of God's Kingdom - Part 5
Scriptural Text: John 3:1–5
The new birth helps you to come to a level where you can have discernment for the kingdom, can reason and locate the kingdom in your soul i.e. your heart and mind (Heb. 8:10c-d).
The things we see are the things we believe and profess. Jesus was therefore simply saying “it‘s high time for man to see the things that he naturally can’t see”. To see God’s things means to locate, discern, understand and sight from within.
The earthly walk of unbelievers is traceable to the blindness of their hearts (Eph. 4:18) which informs the vanity of their minds (Eph. 4:17). The power to see is one of the provisions of new birth which takes place through the process of journeying from the faith or state described in Eph. 1:15 to the encounter of Eph. 1:17-18, which hasn’t begun for many believers.
You can be born again and yet lack the sight that an encounter with the Spirit of wisdom and revelation is meant to open us up to. When our eyes within hasn’t been healed, we won’t be able to engage heaven with our souls. Interestingly, going to heaven does not change your mind. God made provisions for the healing of our souls to take place here on earth. Jesus prayed to the Father that He should not take us from here but to keep us from evil (Jn. 17:15) so we can be begotten of God in our souls (1Jn. 5:18).
We have been blessed with time so that we can use it to learn of God’s dominion and come into judgments (reasoning, discernment of God) like Jesus did (Jn. 3:35/5:20&22). The Lord wants to fill us with His Father’s reasoning so we can see things visible or invincible like they do. He wants to make us see divinely, beyond the veil.
Veils are what limit us as men; they are the things of man that hinder us from seeing afar off (2Pet. 1:9). The Greeks had theirs in the wisdom they seek (1Cor. 1:22b), the Jews had theirs in Judaism, the Gentiles in dumb idols (1Cor. 12:2) of a truth, God wants us to see beyond angels, so we can judge the angelic (1Cor. 6:3). So it is possible to carry the inward sight of Divinity and this is our portion. The eyes of the lord is our blessing.
Jesus was anointed to preach the gospel to the poor, the broken-heartened (Luke 4:18/Isa. 61:1). You cannot hear this gospel except you are meek (i.e. poor), after we have emptied ourselves so that He can pour all of Himself into us.
A broken-heartened fellow (Isa. 66:2/Ps. 34:18) is someone who is contrite and defenseless. The lord would break you to a place where all you would need from Him is just Him. Before God would come, He must see the end of man, like he saw in Abraham. Jesus had to die various deaths and then the ultimate death of the cross (Phil. 2:8) after which God (resurrection power) raised Him. Abraham had been emptied of self in a high degree before God brought him Isaac. God wants to bring that to his realm which is far beyond the reach of man
Man used to see beyond the natural but his sight was stolen by Satan. When his eye was lustfully opened in Eden, it was blinded, so the reason for Christianity is to bring back our sight, to connect us back to our life which the devil stole (Jn. 10:10) but which was fully restored in Christ. The beginning of God’s provision for man to receive his sight back is to be quickened in his spirit so he can relate with the message that would restore his soul (Ps. 23:3a)
We won’t begin to see until our sight is graduated to comprehend His dominion. Israel lost their dominion because their judgment was low. They sought dominion carnally. Jesus spoke to them from above but they were thinking earthly. They lost out in their redemption and missed the day of their visitation.
God will relate with you at the level of your sight. If you see Him as one who should bless you primarily with cash, He will condescend to you at that level but that will be the limit of your blessing. If you see him as one who would blessed you with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, he would. (Eph. 1:3)
From Jn. 3:28-36, we can see that what we are supposed to sight his life. There is a life that is a lie and there is a life that is truth. When you have seen God’s life, you have seen the kingdom but Satan would fight you doing so. The enmity against the church is that they should be limited in sight like the world does. Jesus said in Jn. 14:19, “Yet a little while, and the world would see me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also”. It means we are meant to come into a new definition of life. We are a peculiar people.
The kingdom of God is at hand. I perceive in my spirit, in five years’ time, the message of the kingdom would be preeminent everywhere. Some would be the first fruits of what the Lord is declaring right here, right now. Many more will still come into it, so count yourself privileged to hear it now. This message is going to take over everywhere because the Lord has said “As long as I live, the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth as water cover the seas”. (Hab.2:14/Isa.9:11).
When you see life, then you should be prepared to enter into it, which translates to entering the dominion of God. We have life in our quickened human spirit but our souls still needs to know what life is. We need to see the life that our spirit received at new birth so our soul can come into salvation and be glorified also.
When the soul begins to live out the life of God that has been unveiled to it, entrance into the kingdom has commenced (2Pet. 1:11). God wants eternal life that is resident in your spirit to be the actual life you live on earth and it is possible. The fact the new birth is possible, this next level also is possible but the problem is that it hasn’t been preached.
To make the life of God be the life of a man is not an easy task. God’s life was imparted to our spirit at new birth but hitherto, we haven’t discerned it and continue with the former life (Eph. 4:22). This life is greater and more superior life than the one will cherish here (on earth), so God is saying; eternal life can be lived here on earth and we need not procrastinate witnessing this in heaven. .
If God planted the tree of life in Eden, here on earth before man sinned, then you can see his agenda for a kind of life that should run humanity. The life we are now used to is that of the tree of good and evil which Adam chose and it still informs most of our judgments.
As preachers, if we are not careful we would preach the life of the knowledge of good and evil because that tree has a ‘good’ side. But God wants to take out everything about that other life to make sure His life flows out of our spirit. It must be a fountain out of our spirit and it should build a life that governs our flesh.
It is possible for eternal life to take over flesh! Apostle Paul said; ‘Pray for me that I should preach with all boldness (Phil. 1:20), that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh (2Cor. 4:11). The earth is not just this planet; it also talks about our body. God’s design for the earth is that, like the heavens, nothing should rule the earth but His life and he has planted eternal life in us not to make us feel good but so we can live it out, amen.
Rev. Kayode Oyegoke
The Pathway into the Kingdom
VGC Fortnight Lively Stones Fellowship
16th Feb. 2014 (First Half)
VGC Fortnight Lively Stones Fellowship
16th Feb. 2014 (First Half)
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