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#370 Kingdom: A Totally Different Restoration

One of the confusing things about this current restoration that is totally different from the many former restorations is that all the other Restorations were logical and could be completed under natural light. That means that Repentance from dead works, forgiveness of sins through faith in God, the laying aside of our old life, baptism in water, the putting on the full garments of God, {the priests garments}, the baptism of the Holy Spirit and offering ourselves to God as a living sacrifice in full consecration are all logical and can be easily understood and obeyed by anyone. Even the natural man can comprehend these simple acts of faith and obey out of natural understanding. Experiencing these foundational experiences along with the laying on of hands, resurrection from the dead and eternal judgement will bring us up to but not entrance into the next transition through the Second Veil or entrance into the Holy Place dimension.

God has made our entrance into “Jesus The Way” open to all who seeks entrance into the salvation processes of God. However, He has designed our salvation NOT just to save us from something but to save us unto fulfilling His Eternal Purpose. Since “Our Eternity” involves a totally spiritual dimension, God must transform us from our totally natural and fallen state into a totally new and different, totally spiritual state. All this “begins” through forgiveness of sins but surely doesn’t end there. Making forgiveness of sins the goal of the believers has weakened the church and undermined the purpose of God and deceived the church from running the race and pressing on to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

The reason this error is so widespread is that the visible church has opted to preach a partial gospel of “salvation by forgiveness of sins” rather than the Gospel of the Kingdom which includes fulfilling the purpose of God, doing His will and completing the reason man was created in the beginning.

After “forgiveness of sins” God must separate us from the life of Adam and remove from us all the nasty stuff that we inherited from Adam. That includes All of Adam’s fallen characteristics, habits and lack of revelation, direction and vision. God’s purpose is NOT just to forgive man his trespasses and sins but to create a totally new man in the image and likeness of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ! To accomplish this God has made a completely New Covenant with mankind through Jesus Christ AFTER WE HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN AND CLEANSED BY HIS SHED BLOOD.

The nearly total ignorance of God’s pattern for the Christian Life in the Tabernacle of Moses has led the “theologians” to ONLY recognize the forgiveness of sins at the Brass Altar- which speaks of one aspect of Calvary- while ignoring ALL the rest of the Tabernacle.

God has set the Tabernacle of Moses as the total TYPE AND SHADOW of God’s

Eternal Purpose and as a picture for us of the process by which He permits us to participate in that purpose. All this is clearly revealed in the Book of Hebrews. By ignoring the Tabernacle of Moses the visible church has set Calvary and forgiveness of sins as the total goal of the Christian Life. Baptism in water has become optional and the baptism of the Holy Spirit {the anointing} has now passed away with the last Apostle. The Consecration of the priests is not necessary because we are “saved by grace” and NOTHING is demanded of us under grace. Everything other than “grace through faith” has been labeled as “works” which will end up undermining our faith and cancelling out for us the benefit of Calvary. All this has been shared as the “true gospel” and has deceived multitudes of believers around the world into believing that God loves them just the way they are and there is no reason to change. The “common gospel” has made it clear that Jesus paid it all so everything is free and nothing is demanded from us. They preach that as soon as you believe your salvation is completely complete and nothing can be added to it and nothing can be taken from it.

All this satisfies the natural man and he is willing to remain in the flesh and as just a natural man who now believes something about Jesus. Since he is assured of “full salvation” he can return to his self-centered life and continue to live for himself and continue in his old ways.

Even if we could show fifty scriptures that refutes this error we are still labeled as heretics that don’t believe the scriptures or that we just preach works as the means to salvation.

Coming to perfection or to maturity is presented as just for those seeking for rewards or crowns which we will have to throw at Jesus’ feet anyway. Why bother? Just enjoy God’s grace!

Into this disturbing atmosphere we are called to introduce the inner life, the Priesthood after the order of Melchizedek, the Kingdom of God, the manifested sons of God and God’s eternal purpose. To the natural believer and the Outer Court Christian all this is just hypothetical, mystical, theoretical and totally unnecessary to the Christian Life. The reason is always the same. We are saved by grace not by works lest any man should boast. The warning is this; If you did achieve to any of those things you would have reason to boast, which leads to pride, which leads to the fall. The fact is this; The natural man will never have to worry about achieving ANYTHING because everything “Christian” is beyond his natural ability. The next fact is this; God never intended us to remain as natural men and women but to experience a total metamorphosis into a totally new creation. The new creation man will certainly have nothing in which he can boast because he is the product of a spiritual and eternal seed that God placed in him when he was born-again. This “seed” is the Living and Abiding Word of God, which IS Christ in us, our ONLY hope of glory.

Because all this is so offensive to the natural man, God begins His New Creation by establishing in each redeemed man the embryo of His uncreated Life. This is called “sperma” in Greek of we say “seed” in English. If this Life of God is nurtured and permitted to grow it will develop into a “new man” which after Christ is created in the image of God.

Col 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him 11 --a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

Eph 4:22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

“Likeness” has been supplied by the translators but in Col 3 “image” is in the original text. It is at least implied that the “new creation” is once again created in both image and likeness, the same in the first creation. Some commentaries say that the “new man” is the new creation man but to put on the Lord Jesus Christ or to put on the “new man” is speaking of putting on Christ as a garment. “Created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” is, they say, speaking of Christ. However all that is, there is a totally new man in which the old means of identification as male and female, Greek and Jew, slave or free, circumcised or uncircumcised no longer applies. The new man has a totally new identity, different from the old man. Why? Because he is of a different creation and dwells in another dimension.

This “New Man” is the result of a “new birth” but the scripture indicates that this “new man” still must experience another transformation or another [same word] “metamorphosis.”

The Metamorphosis Of The Inner Life.

Eph 3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;

2Co 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

Rom 7:22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.

Eph 4:21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Col 3:8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and

abusive speech from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him

The Bible is clear about the characteristics of the old man, the natural man, the old self, which is our former life. The “old man” manifests anger, wrath, malice, slander, abusive speech, lying , immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, homosexuals, thieves, drunkards, revilers, and swindlers.

This list may not be complete but it does reveal the problems in the old inner man are the common problems in the church. Why are these problems still in “redeemed” people? Because forgiveness of sins and forgiveness of these corrupt things, that were common to all of us, does not deal with the root problem. Forgiveness is one thing we all need, but continuous forgiveness for our failures is not the solution to the problems in the church. Sometime we must solve the root problem and close down the sin factory that is producing all these ugly things in the church. This process is called “cleansing” or Ephesians 5:26 calls it the washing of the water by the Word.

Eph 5:25------Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; 26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

This cleansing is for the church AFTER she has been redeemed and left the world system. The characteristics of the New Man should be exactly opposite the characteristics of the old natural man. The more we develop in the Christian Life the more we demonstrate the exact opposite of the old man and the more Christ-like we become. Whenever ANY of these old characteristics are manifested it should be clear that it is the old man that is being revealed rather than the New Man. Whenever the exact opposite of these things are being manifest we know it is the New Man that is functioning. Whatever is manifested by the old man is the signal that cleansing is needed. Just asking forgiveness, over and over, is not the solution. Making excuses for the ugly things is NO solution. Blaming others who CAUSED the ugly eruption is no solution because regardless of what the situation was, the ugliness is in us and manifested in us.

The cleansing must become a personal inner work by God so the longer we delay in repenting and seeking the Living and Abiding Word of God for cleansing, the longer we will delay our maturity! The quicker we repent and ask God for cleansing the quicker we will be changed from what we are, to become what He IS.

Just quoting the verse that “God is at work in us” and “I believe the Word” but failing to repent and then doing nothing to change is a fools paradise. Trying to change by human effort as seen in Romans 7 is no solution at all. This is truly God’s work of cleansing that is needed. Cleansing of the “sin factory” and shutting it down from functioning is much more conclusive than always asking for forgiveness for the product of the sin factory which is the ugly manifestations. “Cleansing” gets to the root cause of the garbage that is manifested. This is NOT just cleaning up the garbage that is manifested but removing the root cause.

If we speak about the “metamorphosis” in a super grace church they will immediately assume that ALL THAT took place the day they asked Jesus to be their personal Savior. They assume that “forgiveness of sins” automatically removes all these “roots of sin” and everything that we inherited from Adam! They also assume that a death and burial of the old man happened immediately [without water baptism] and removed ALL traces of Adam’s existence in us. They quote that old things have passed away and ALL things have become NEW. They quote that I no longer live when they are the only ones who live. Maybe their sins are forgiven but it is clear that Christ has NOT yet been formed in them.

This is the basic difference between the doctrine of salvation and the actual experience of salvation. Just quoting doctrine or verses when we have no experience is a basic error in popular Christianity and the basic reason for the comatose church living in a status quo condition.

All this is just a short and simple explanation of why the next restoration will be NOTHING like the former restorations and will be of a totally different realm.