Posted: 03/06/2012 at 12:29pm
The Natural Spiritual Rock
By Ron McGatlin
Can you imagine having both feet firmly planted in the air? Perhaps if you have stepped out of an airplane at several thousand feet in the air you have a real sense of standing firmly on nothing but the natural air of Planet Earth.
In this season God is opening spiritual eyes and ears to begin to grasp the solid eternal reality of the Spirit and the transient temporal reality of the natural realm of existence. Far beyond understanding, Spirit God remains the ultimate source of all that exists. There is no greater life on earth than to live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit – to see and hear that which exists in Spirit reality is beyond description. However, to speak into and speak from the Spirit reality is a privilege beyond all measure.
God, the creator of all spiritual and natural existence is Spirit. Jesus spoke of spirit as the wind that is not seen though the sound of it is heard and the results of it are clearly seen. The New Testament Greek word translated spirit is “pneuma” which literally means “a current of air.”
Spirit God is all powerful, all knowing, and always present; above all Spirit God is ultimate love. Yet, to the natural world of Adamic fallen mankind, God is unseen and unknowable. However, even fallen mankind can know that God exists because of His natural creation that can be seen and because of the dynamics of living moving creation that can be experienced. Yet, Spirit God Himself is not knowable to a natural person. Spirit God can only be intimately known and communed with by redeemed spirit to Spirit interrelationship.
Spiritual Rock in a Natural World
There is a solid rock foundation of Spirit God that was seen and clearly recorded (written) as the Son of God came to earth in human form for all to observe and believe. Spirit God came in natural flesh, a created solid natural form to connect with and redeem mankind and through man, the world. Spirit God became a natural man in Christ Jesus – a solid spiritual rock in a natural world. There is no way for natural man to ever come to God except by the Spirit Rock Christ Jesus.
Jesus is the foundation cornerstone of spiritual heaven in a natural world. He is the Solid Rock of Spirit that was seen and known by natural man. The same Christ Jesus, the Son of God now abides on Planet Earth in His people by the “Spirit of the Lord,” the Spirit-being Christ Jesus in the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 3:17). It is no longer necessary for man to stand in only thin air with no ability to intimately know and relate to God as Father.
The Old Testament picture of Moses speaking to the rock in the wilderness and water flowing out to the thirsty children of Israel is a clear type of the Spiritual Rock Christ Jesus flowing spiritual life into the natural world.
Moses was a major part of the work of God on earth in leading the chosen people of God out of captivity and through the wilderness toward the Promised Land which is a natural picture of the spiritual kingdom of God on earth.
Moses, in the frustration of leading the complaining children of Israel, struck the rock twice and thereby distorted the picture of Christ (Num 20:11-12). This act resulted in this very important man, who communed face to face with God and wrote much of the Old Testament, to not be able to enter with the children of Israel into the Promised Land, but rather to only see it from a distance.
Likewise, not everyone in this generation of the manifesting of the kingdom of God will enter into its New Jerusalem life now. Many who have had a part in the journey may only see the promised land of the kingdom of God lifestyle from a distance, in this life now.
The Call of Abraham
Abraham was called out from among his people to bring forth the generations of the people of God through Isaac, the promised son who the generations of the then future coming Messiah, Savior of the world, Christ Jesus. Isaac’s son Jacob became Israel and brought forth the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel through which Messiah, Christ Jesus, was to come.
Prior to the birth of Isaac, Abraham and Sarah became impatient in their old age and caused Abraham to father a son named Ishmael by a servant maid called Hagar. Ishmael was not the son of promise. He was not a part of the inherited promise of the linage of the coming Savior of the world. He became the father of the Arabian nations of the world who by nature to this day remain in bitter conflict with the sons of Israel.
For the most part, the children of Ishmael and the children of Israel are opposed to the Son of God Christ Jesus as Messiah or Savior. However, all who come to Christ Jesus, whether descendants of Israel or of Ishmael or Gentiles, can become one people in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit. In the kingdom of God there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile, bond or free, and male or female. In Christ Jesus, all are one.
Natural World Redemption and Transformation
In the kingdom of Christ Jesus there is one people with one Father of all (1 Cor 12:13) (Gal 3:28). The Jerusalem from above is the mother of us all (Gal 4:26). Through the one man Christ Jesus, the natural is becoming as the spiritual – the earthly is becoming the heavenly as it was originally created to be. It is becoming a visible living manifestation of Spirit God to show forth God’s glorious attributes. All things shall be gathered into Christ Jesus in the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven (Col 1:19-20). There shall be no end to His kingdom.
We are blessed to be a part of the redemption of this world, transforming the world into the glorious love and beauty of the holiness of God Almighty. The restoration process of all things has begun in the Spirit realm. The spiritual New Jerusalem is coming down, and there shall nothing enter it that defiles. The Spirit is bringing forth the will of God in the spiritual realm and those who will can walk in it now by living and walking in the Spirit of God now in this life. Enter the life of the Spirit now, and become a part of that which is now in the Spirit and will be manifest in the natural through those who live in the perfect peace of oneness with God in union with all things heavenly in Christ Jesus the Lord, King, and Savior of the world.
Heaven has come to earth in Christ Jesus living in us by the Spirit of the Lord. The Spirit realm is first and is the source of natural reality.
The natural is not forming the Spirit; the Spirit is forming, or should I say transforming, the natural.
From a natural perspective we see first the natural and then that which is spiritual. From the kingdom of God spiritual perspective, the spiritual is first and the natural follows. We see and hear what Father is doing and saying in the Spirit, and then we become a part of supernaturally bringing it forth into the natural world. Natural life becomes like a moving wheel within the larger supernatural spiritual wheel that turns first, and the inner wheel follows.
This mortality must put on immortality. The natural must put on the Spiritual. God is lifting up a humble people of all ethnicities who are of little or no reputation in the fallen world to become those who carry the Spirit reality of King Jesus in all the power of love releasing the new order of the kingdom of God on earth. Now, the Spirit is calling out those who will respond to come into the awakening of spiritual reality in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the LORD.
Make the inward journey to the upward call of God into the Spirit. Surrender your mind and heart to the will of God and abandon all that is not of His desire. He will lead you and lift you up into the realm of the Spirit above and beyond all the turmoil and strife of the present chaos of a fallen world. His burden is light, and His yoke is easy.
Set your affection on things that are above. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it will be opened to you. Ask for the Spirit to fill and saturate you, and He will take you into the holy of holies. The veil is rent; the way is before you. Enter into the Spirit realm of Christ Jesus, and walk in heavenly places in the Spirit of the Most High God. Allow your haughty spirit to become broken and contrite and receive the resurrected life of Christ to fully saturate your spirit with His Spirit, with the quality of His eternal life. Dwell with Him in high heavenly places of the Spirit now.
For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones - Isa 57:15.
"As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
If you keep My commandments, you abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” ~ Jesus
Keep on pursuing Love. Love never fails
and His kingdom never ends.
Edited by Ron McGatlin on 03/08/2012 at 3:47am