Well, I just got unbanned.
Sheeesh! I have been banned and unbanned so many times in the last year that I am starting to feel like Tentmaker's version of the yo yo. However, being a "sovereignty of God guy" I believe it's all good and I have no problem allowing other's their illusions. I will admit myself that sometimes I like to fantasize that I'm like a lynx, where I attack when you least expect it, am silent like the wind and I have the skills of a ninja and the ferocity of a fat woman in front of an all you can eat buffet.
Anyway love you all and in all seriousness I find that where ever I am I never lack for an opportunity or a place to share and encourage those that are pressing on. This below is my last writing and I pray it might encourage someone or even confirm what God is doing in their life.
L'amore domina senza regole,
JackTHE HOUR COMETH AND NOW IS ~ "The Dispersion of His Sons" (part 3) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23,24
I felt led tonight to add to the sub-series "The Dispersion of His Sons." In the first part we defined "dispersion" as spreading widely, scattering, breaking up and scattering; also the process of distributing over a wide expanse of space.
I will confide in you that it has been a horrendous last two days for me as I have been further broken that I might know more perfectly and share in the cost my Jesus paid as the Father's redemptive offering and sacrifice for all of creation. I have hardly been able to spend more than a couple hours at a time away from a posture of prayer and worship, so encompassing has this painful internal breaking work been. Yes, part of the dispersion of God's son's is the "breaking up" and as we are broken the fragrance of Christ is dispersed through out creation. Our breaking and dispersion is progressive until Christ be All in ALL.
How far away am I from the "soft gospel" I used to hear and even share myself. Oh my, "give your life to Jesus and everything will be "good." Yes, there is the "good" of "good and evil" but that is not the real truth, as there is only "One GOOD"
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Luk 18:19
and our walk is not about doing or being "good" but being swallowed up by "GOOD." Our best "good" is no better than evil when compared to the "GOOD" of God and the essence of Christ. If God has marked you as a son in this age you will become the "GOODness" of God manifest in this temporal and fallen world. Jesus is the "Pattern Son" by which all others sons will live. The first century saints and a remnant from each succeeding century have been called, chosen and faithful to follow in the footsteps of Jesus even to the laying down of their lives. There is the multitude and then there are the few that Christ has called and they have no other place to go except where Christ leads.
And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. Jhn 6:65-68
If you are of that "little flock" ....... "one to a city and two to a family" that have found yourself as me with no place to go except into the fullness of Christ and the Father's bosom this message is for you. The truth is becoming apparent in these last days that God didn't plan to save the world in the last age but to take out a remnant for His name that they might, in this dawning new age, manifest the fullness of the stature of God's Son and His saving grace before the whole world. All creation stands on tip toe and groans for such and we ourselves groan for "the redemption of our body."
Please allow me to share the anointed words of J Preston Eby that you might understand the purpose of the passing "church age." This "purpose" has been hidden from the multitudes and thus the "soft peddling of the gospel" and the impotence of the organized church systems of today.Purpose of the Age
The apostle James made a statement to the council at Jerusalem in which he clearly defines the complete outline of God's purpose for the so-called age of grace in which we live and the dispensation that is to follow. "Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, AFTER THIS (after God has taken out of the nations a people for His name) I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David (the fullness of God's glory in a people), which is fallen down (following the great apostasy); and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: that the RESIDUE OF MEN MIGHT SEEK AFTER THE LORD, and ALL THE GENTILES, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things" (Acts 15:14-18). Dispensationally, this is one of the most significant passages in the New Testament. It gives God's divine purpose for this age and the next age. James says that the purpose of God during this present age has been to visit the Gentiles TO TAKE O-U-T O-F T-H-E-M A PEOPLE FOR HIS NAME. God's purpose for this age has never been the conversion of the whole world. God has not been trying to save the whole world. God has had no plan for "sweeping nations into the Kingdom of God." That never was God's plan for this dispensation. God's purpose, then, in this Church age, is to "call out" a people for His name. Out from among the billions of earth God is choosing an ELECT COMPANY to bear His name " His nature and His authority. God has been forming His Church, the body of Christ. The Church is the "ecclesia" " the "called out ones." That is the meaning of the word "church." Precisely this has been in progress since Pentecost. The gospel has never, anywhere, converted all, but everywhere has called out some. It is here, in the true Church, which is His body, that Jesus Christ FIRST ESTABLISHES HIS GOVERNMENT that He might rule and reign on the throne of men's lives.
God's plan is to first set up His government in the hearts of His elect and then as they become totally committed unto Him to imbue them with His own mind, spirit, thoughts, will, nature and power until they have grown up into the measure of the fullness of the stature of Christ. But most Christians will not come to this! They are too busy playing church, rejoicing that they are not going to hell or that they are going to heaven when they die, and blundering around in the carnal programs and immaturity and shame of a wretched, fleshly, Babylonian religious system which falsely calls itself "the church." But just as the dispensation of the law, at its conclusion, brought forth that which it typified and pointed to " Jesus Christ the Son of God " so this present Church age must, in these last days, at its conclusion, bring forth that for which it was intended and to which it pointed " a many-membered BODY OF CHRIST, perfected, matured, overcoming, and full grown into the exact likeness and full glory of its Head and Lord.
The true Church is the ecclesia, the "called out" ones. They are called out by the Holy Spirit of God and they are called out unto God. Their ears know His voice and not the clamoring voices of strangers. Well they know by the Spirit that the Babel of voices which clamor to be heard from the pulpit and radio and television are too often the voices of strangers posing as the ministers of Christ who seek to draw away disciples after themselves, and not to point men to the Christ of God upon whose shoulder is the government of the world.
God has had no plan to save the world during the Church age, only to call out a people unto Himself. If God had purposed to save the world during the past two thousand years He most certainly would have done so, for HE IS GOD ALMIGHTY. God's Kingdom program for the next age, as His Kingdom progresses from age to age in that glorious increase of which there is no end, is the subjugation and salvation of all the living nations on earth. The promise is sure. Hear what the Lord is about to do through His Anointed Christ Body in this, our day! "He that overcometh...to him will I give POWER OVER THE NATIONS: and he shall RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON" (Rev. 2:26-27). "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD ARE BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD, AND OF HIS CHRIST, and HE SHALL REIGN TO THE AGES OF THE AGES" (Rev. 11:15). "And all the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and ALL THE KINDREDS OF THE NATIONS shall worship before Thee" (Ps. 22:27). "For the Lord most high is terrible; He is a great King over all the earth. He shall subdue the people under us, and THE NATIONS UNDER OUR FEET" (Ps. 47:2-3). "Yea, ALL KINGS shall fall down before Him: ALL NATIONS shall serve Him" (Ps. 72:11).
It is an extraordinary and awesome thing that the Lord by revelation of the Spirit gives His sons to understand that what He is doing on the earth today is merely a beginning. Nothing is finished yet. We are not even approaching the end of the world, or the consummation of the ages, or the great "wind up" of God's program. (Eby)
I have so much more on my heart tonight but I will try to share more later this week. Let me close by quoting this incredible chapter from Romans. This is the second time I have quoted these incredible promises in as many months. I pray you sense in your spirit how close we are!Romans 8
Free from Indwelling Sin
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Sonship Through the Spirit
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors"not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs"heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
From Suffering to Glory
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
God's Everlasting Love
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
" For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If there is anything I have experienced in the last two days of prayer it is the almost unbearable discomfort of the flesh and the world I reside in. And if I have heard anything from my Lord it is "Christ in His fullness and your resurrection cometh soon." This is my hope and this is the hope of all "groaning creation."
My dear brothers and sisters, have you felt it ........ have you heard from Him ............ do you groan?