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Entering the Kingdom and Overcoming the World
The Battle Rages for Your Soul
Overcome the World
The Apostolic Reformation shattered our belief system with regards to going to heaven and walking on streets paved with gold and that this was the highpoint of our spiritual existence. It highlighted internal purity and personal responsibility concerning our spirit filled life, and broke the seals of present truth to us. It dismantled religion and exposed Institutionalized Church. It gave us a deeper understanding of the biblical revelation of the Kingdom of God, even as the Holy Spirit has been breathing on the scripture to reveal a deeper understanding of Eternal things. It did however not replace and fill in the gaps of the previously displaced theology, like the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgement and the Return of the King, by so doing we have a void and a darkness and chaos in our understanding because much of this was seen and taught through the lens of Church culture . It’s time again for the Holy Spirit to hover once more over the void and darkness and chaos in the Church because what is about to be released is coming from the Throne of the King of the Kingdom.
“Let there be light”, you are the light of the world and the Church is very much in the World also known as Babylon. The religious sector of Babylon is called, The Harlot and according to the Book of Revelation, she is drunk on the blood of the saints, in the Church. Now many conclude that this Harlot is the Roman Catholic Church, it is not the whole truth but it’s time for the sons of the Kingdom to reveal the reality of this truth. Apostle John, James, Paul and Peter all allude to this spirit as the Spirit of Antichrist which they said was already in the Churches that they had pioneered and was causing many saints to depart from the original message of the Kingdom. They called it the different gospel.
So there is no doubt in our minds, that if we die today, we will go to heaven, which is secure. In all of my church going life, that was the biggest bone of contention among the saints, I am glad that it is over with, that matter is settled in the heavens and on the earth forever and ever, Amen. Now, the more I read the New Testament it’s seems that these saints were also very much secure in their everlasting life, beyond the grave, what they were concerned with is their eternal life here on the earth and the spirit of the world.
So clearly there is a difference between everlasting and eternal life. John 3:16”...and whosoever, believes on Him shall have everlasting life” this is a reference to life in the hereafter should you die and not see the Return of the King, to His Kingdom in the land of the living. Your spirit will return with Jesus Christ and be rejoined to your resurrected body, which you will meet in the air.
Now, the Greek word for Eternal Life is “Zoe”, eternal life simply,according to John 17:3 And this is eternal life that they may know Thee (Father), the only true God, and Jesus Christ (Son)whom Thou has sent. So eternal life is having a relationship with God your Father as His Son. Its is living on the earth but with an eternal perspective in a temporal, decaying world. Entering a living space, that is not governed by time or matter. This space becomes the environment for your Spirit and it is from this realm, that we live and move and have our being.This eternal life is governed by a set of laws and rules known as the Kingdom of God. This becomes your reality; you are not governed by the things that you can see, touch and taste anymore, you learning to vibrate to this relational frequency and everything else is an illusion.
John 10:17, Jesus says, “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it up again”. This is the Parable of the Good Shepherd.
John 10:30, “I and the Father are one”, Vs 36, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, vs. 37, “If I do not do the works of my Father, do not believe me”, Vs 38...know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father”.
There is no doubt that the purpose of the Son was to show the Father and the Son was confident of His mandate because he knew that the Fathers love was in Him because He laid down His life. What life was Jesus talking about? Is it his physical life, no, that cannot be so, it is much later that He goes to the cross to be crucified. The scripture says that Jesus Christ learned obedience through the things He suffered; this is not referencing his brutal death on the cross, because to have learned obedience at that point of your life is too late. Jesus learned obedience by overcoming the world in the days before He entered His public ministry, which began when he was baptized by John and received the Holy Spirit and was led by the Spirit into the Desert, where he overcame Satan. There Satan tempted Him with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life and Jesus overcame him. The attack always questioned His sonship, “If you be the Son of God”? Please note that this will also be our point of attack, an attack on our identity has sons of God.
1 John 2; 15-17, Do not love the world nor the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away and also its lusts, but the one who does the will of the Father abides forever.
1 John 5:4-5, for whatever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith, and who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. Do see the attack in play again? You too must believe that you too are the son of God and you will overcome the world, just like your big brother did.
In the Epistle of 1, 2 & 3 John, John the Beloved is addressing three spiritual categories’ of believers. In 1 John 2:12-14, I am writing to you little children, for your sins are forgiven you for His names sake, I am writing to you fathers because you know Him, who has been from the beginning, I am writing to you young men, because you have overcome the evil one. John is saying this in the present tense by using “I am” he then goes onto say, “I have”, written to you Fathers, children, young men, using the past tense. It seems that John does not want to deviate from his message that he was always teaching, notice that the young men here have overcome the world and the evil one and moving to become fathers, so much of his attention is turned to the children and here he labours to teach them about love for each other and finally love for the Father.
1 John 18-20 can be summarised as the following;
· We know that we do not want to carry on sinning as before.
· That we are Gods children.
· That the devil controls the world.
· That our understanding comes from Jesus Christ.
· The sin that leads to death may be the deliberate and constant rejection of the Kingdom of light.
John the Beloved, the one who laid his head on the bosom of the Lord Jesus, was always listening to the heartbeat of the Lord and by so doing understood what was on the heart of the Father for the children of God. John lived an abandon life, free from the entrapment of the world. When Jesus was relaying The Parable of the Sower, He said that the thorny ground represented the cares of this world, which is the drive to feed, clothe and protect oneself; this chokes the Word in your heart, and bears no fruit at all.
God the Father cannot send anyone into the world who has not overcome the world; it is even made clearer that the Father will only send sons into the world, not slaves or orphans. The message of Kingdom Sonship is being proclaimed by all who identify that, they are sons and, understands that their power and authority originates from the Throne of the Kingdom.
John who penned the Book of Revelation writing to the seven Churches of Asia concludes his address with these words;
- The Church of Ephesus - To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the Tree of Life which is in the Paradise of God.
- The Church of Smyrna - to him, who overcomes, shall not be hurt by the second death.
- The Church of Pergamum - To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna and I will give a white stone and a new name written on the stone, which no one knows but he who receives it.
- Church of Thyatira - He who overcomes, to him I will give authority over the nations and he shall rule them with a rod of iron as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I have also received authority from my Father.
- Church of Sardis – He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments, and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name to my Father and before his angels.
- Church of Philadelphia – He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God and he will not go out from it anymore and I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the City of My God, the new Jerusalem which comes down out of heaven, from My God and My new name.
- Church of Laodicea – He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with me on My throne, as I also have overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne.
I have always interpreted the seven churches to be the spiritual stages in the development of a son from an infant to a mature son because we are the Temple of God, He dwells in us. One will be able to address specific shortcomings that Jesus highlights and will see the attending reward, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can overcome.
I would like to end this edition from a quotation by Cyprian, a Martyr of the Faith (200 -258 BC). He was caught and beheaded by the Roman Emperor Valerian, he lived in the height of Christian persecution.
“It is a bad world an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They have overcome the world. These people are the Christians, and I am one of them”.
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