Life in the Kingdom Family of God
By Ron McGatlin
There is a stream of glorious life flowing love and peace into a desperate world of masses of people. Everywhere this river of life flows, the world is transformed into realms of heaven. I see a generation of joy standing high upon the mountain of God singing praises to heaven and flowing abundance of love and peace to the valleys below, like pure white snow nourishing the valleys with life everlasting upon those who follow the Lamb/Shepherd/King, the glorious sacrificed Lamb resurrected as the Almighty King, Son of Father God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of all.
I see a glowing golden mist spiraling upward as whisks of soft sparks of fire in darkness carrying the souls of a multitude into heavenly glory. The souls of the precious saints departing their work in the natural and returning to the Spirit reality of glory in the beauty of eternal holiness.
And then mountains and hills of darkness crumbling before a glorious light from the mountain of God. Floods of raging water carrying away the substance of the wasted crumbling mountains of evil into a blazing ocean of fire dissolving the filth of the residue of evil darkness from earth.
THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH
God is NOT just making the earth like heaven; He is making it a living part of heaven.
God is NOT just making His people to be like Him or like His family. He is making His people to be filled with Himself as a living part of His family.
God chose to be a Spirit family in heaven and on earth. The Spirit family of God is in heaven and on earth. (Eph 3:15). We, His people here on earth, now are a part of the God family. There are not two God families, one in heaven and one in earth, but one living functioning family in heaven and earth.
Our natural families in our natural life are not necessarily our Spirit family. They may or may not be also a part of the Spirit family of God. (Mark 3:31-34). Our earthly natural human family pattern was designed by God to be a replica or illustration for our understanding of the Spirit family.
In the Spirit family of God in heaven, there was Father and Son all in one Spirit that is holy, and therefore called the Holy Spirit. There were also many holy servants who are messengers and warrior spirits in the household of God.
There was something missing in this picture of the family in heaven.
The same thing that was missing in heaven was missing in Adam on earth. There was no mate found for Adam just as there was no Bride/Wife in heaven. (Gen 2:18-21). God took a part of Adam and made a bride/wife for Adam. In the same way God is taking a part of the Body of Christ on earth and making Himself a Spirit Bride/Wife from which comes many Spirit sons to complete the family of God on earth and in heaven. (Heb 2:10).
As fully redeemed Spirit sons in Christ Jesus and He in us, we are the Bride married to God in Christ Jesus to produce many living Spirit sons, joint heirs with Christ. (Rom 8:16-17). We are a very real part of our Spirit family in heaven and on earth.
By Christ Jesus in the Holy Spirit, we are fully connected into our Father’s throne in heaven. By Christ in us by the Holy Spirit, Christ Jesus is now on earth in His living natural Body of many members of Spirit Sons who are both male and female in the natural.
WE AS THE BODY AND BRIDE ARE NOT A REPLICA. WE ARE ONE FAMILY ON EARTH AND IN HEAVEN.
We are not like Christ or like Father; we are the carriers of the actual life of Christ and Father God in the Holy Spirit as one Spirit with God. We are Spirit beings in earthly bodies now on earth to do the works of God in Christ Jesus, the same works that Jesus did in His incarnate body in the first century and even greater works as He said in John 14:12, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” Spirit Christ today is incarnate in a body of many pure holy sons on earth by the Holy Spirit abiding in His temple on earth. (1 COR 6:19-20) (Col 1:27).
The family of God is now entering a season of rapid expedited growth. The judgments of God coming upon all that is not of God on earth are part of a harvest time move of God removing the hindrances and restraints from the kingdom of God Sons becoming fully manifested on earth.
The New Jerusalem is the pure and holy Spirit Bride/wife of God pattern now coming down from heaven to rule on earth as the capital pattern city of the world. (Rev 21:2, 9-10).
God’s righteous judgments are not tedious to the Spirit people of God. Only with our eyes shall we see the fire dissolving all evil from the earth as thousands fall by our sides and it does not come near the Spirit Sons of God on earth. (Psalm 91:7-8).
The glory of the love and power of God arising from within and flowing out to one another is the Spirit life of heaven on earth as God Almighty dwells within and among His Spirit people. (Rev 7:13-17).
In this arising, the new heaven and the new earth are completely renewed with the glory of heaven. The new heaven is a heavenly atmosphere replacing the evil abode of the prince of the power of the air with the fresh pure pristine air of God’s original design of the Garden of Eden with no distance of sin and darkness between heaven and earth. All things will be under the feet of the Lord Christ Jesus, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Matthew 28:18: “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Eph 1:21) (Heb 2:8).
THIS WORD IS ABOUT TRUE SONSHIP NOW COMING FORTH ON EARTH FROM HEAVEN.
Natural human understanding derived from the first Adam and the tree of knowledge of good and evil led much of the church in the past to seek to try to be like God or act like God and to try to always do what Jesus would do. In short there was effort to replicate heaven’s ways on earth. Partially, this is what fueled the often heard accusation of the world that Christians were hypocrites.
In more recent centuries, our going to heaven by grace was often well understood. However, just as often living life was by trying hard to do the right thing, rather than by living holy by the grace empowerment of Christ within by the Holy Spirit.
Natural human strength without God could never replicate the love, power, and truth of Almighty God. Only God can be God.
In the now manifesting true Sonship, Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit is alive in His many Sons to redeem and restore the kingdoms of this world to Father God. His kingdom without end shall reign on earth as in heaven. (Isiah 9:6-7).
THE SPIRIT EXPERIENCE OF THE WORD
Divine encounters with the living God in a supernatural Spirit experience with God and His holy angels can transform a seeking son into a true God empowered, love filled, Servant Son of Almighty God on earth that can bring change to individuals, groups, cities, nations and move the world toward the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.
The commission of the written word is powerful. Yet a Spirit experience of Divine Encounter with the Lord commissioning and empowering will release into us the love and power of total faith to step boldly into the mature Sonship, in which all things are possible, that endures for our entire lifetime.
Are we ready for this transformation that will cost us everything? Anything else in which we have trusted to give us life must be laid down upon the altar of God. There is only ONE life for us as true Sons, and that is the life of Father God in Christ Jesus become our life by the Holy Spirit. Our life as true Sons of God is lived in the company of the mighty angels of God in the congregation of many Sons of God on earth and in heaven. (Heb 12:22-29).
This is the time and the place for the end of the false reign of the wicked one on earth. This is the time for the dissolution of that which is not of God in the bright light of the pure holy life of God on earth as it is in heaven.
Do not be moved even though the entire earth be shaken. God is with us!
Arise and Shine for your light has come, and the glory of God is risen upon you.
2. The Paradoxical Kingdom
By Clay Sikes
It is a safe assumption that there are two kingdoms that compete for our affections daily – the kingdoms of this world and the Kingdom of God. One insist on dominance (the world’s way), and one offers a quiet solution by an entirely different standard (the Kingdom of God). It should always be our intention to leave the kingdoms of men while submitting to the government of the Kingdom of God (Daniel 7:27). The Kingdom of God is forcefully advancing, but only (spiritually) violent men take it by force. The spiritually violent are those who realize there are two competing forces, and desire with their whole heart to be measured by Kingdom value versus the world’s way.
The word paradox literally means a situation or thing that combines contradictory features or qualities. In other words, one situation or thing seems to contradict the other. The Kingdom of God is paradoxical – two things are happening at one time. “How will a man receive the Kingdom of God? Through much tribulation” – Acts 14:22. A great natural analogy is that of a storage battery. In a battery, it takes both the positive and negative connection to produce power. This is an example of the power source of the Kingdom – a negative producing a positive. Often our negatives are designed to produce a positive. As Arthur Burt has often said, “God allows in His wisdom what he could have prevented in His power.” Adversity is often our gateway to power. Problems guard power. God’s wisdom is always available in our hour of greatest need, as often the impartation of wisdom is life changing. With God’s wisdom, we become empowered over the problem (forever) - overcomers. The problem is designed to empower us with God’s wisdom to such a degree that we overcome, and now able to assist others overcome the same or similar problem. Impartation is a major characteristic of the Kingdom.
The steps of a righteous man are ordered by God; and all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Could it be that there is a divine purpose in the challenges we face? If we are called to the Kingdom on earth, there is no doubt that there is ‘purpose’ in our challenges. Overcoming testimony is the result. “How will a man overcome? By the blood of the lamb and the words of his testimony” – Revelation 12:11. Overcomers, mentioned in the Book of Revelation, are the desired result of our Kingdom journey.
In the Kingdom, two things are happening at once – negative circumstance producing a positive result (if we are looking for it). The problem is often we are not! Do we see one thing in the course of negative circumstances, or do we see two? The paradoxical nature of the Kingdom invites us to see two: the negative is obviously what it is, but is there another side to negative circumstances? In the paradoxical Kingdom there is. There is a source solution, a flow of wisdom, and empowering over the problem we face. Seeking to understand the Kingdom in the circumstances of life, we often encounter empowering direction in the form of God’s wisdom, grace, and guidance.
Experientially, there is an enemy to walking in the fullness of this phenomenon. It is our own traditions – preconceived mindsets, paradigms, religious doctrine, and thought processes. Often God is speaking (in our challenges) yet we leave no room to hear him. We are bound by what ‘we think.’ To engage this process we must abandon some of the thoughts we have held sacred. Scriptures teach “The traditions of men make the word of God to no affect.” Some of the greatest truths come through crushing and painful circumstances – death to old mindsets. Our way must bow to His way! Life is birthed in death; and the pathway is cleared for His truth to come flowing in.
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