The wonderful thing about the death of Jesus Christ is that all of us were included in it so that all of us might be included in the Life of the Ages to come. God has purposed to save all therefore He sent Jesus to die for all. Let me paint it like this….If your goal is to EXALT Jesus far above the heavens then Jesus must first be brought down to the lowest part of the Earth. There is no exaltation until there is first humiliation.
Jesus endured for our sake and for Father’s sake complete humiliation at the hand of the enemy. Therefore God HIGHLY EXALTED HIM above every name that can be named.
This is so wonderful!! It is also God’s purpose to restore his children to their position inside of Him from which we fell by our transgressions.
Ephesians 4 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”
9 (Now this,“He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
It is also God’s purpose to restore his children to their position inside of Him from which we fell by our transgressions. We fell to the lowest low in our sins and transgressions. God picks us up and places us into Jesus and we share in His exaltation far above the heavens.
God’s purpose was always that we would be co-heirs together with Him and walk in the dominion God first gave to Adam. To bring that about Jesus willingly went down to the lowest depths of Hades in order to bring us up to the highest heavens. This is why His death is so amazing. As High as the heavens above so Jesus went as low as Hades beneath. In doing so he defeated death and the grave.
Eph 1:19 (that we might know) what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
We were crucified with Christ Jesus in order that we might go down in identification with His death and burial and arise a new creation inside of Him….exalted to the right hand of God. This is the place God always ordained for us to be….RIGHT NEXT TO HIM IN THE THRONE. Our Father was always looking to the WORLD TO COME – in which His children would reign with their brother -The Word of God – His first born Son Jesus.
Heb 2:5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying:
“What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?
7 You have made him a little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,
And set him over the works of Your hands.
8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”
He has not put the world to come in subjection to angels but to MAN!! Specifically to a Man -Jesus.
In fact the word used for “world to come”(oikoumenē from oikeo) ‘speaks of a family cohabiting together in a house’. That family is the church of Jesus-believers now in this age together with all those who have believed in previous ages. We are the family of God –Called out ones – First Fruits unto the Father in Jesus. We are joined by His Life flow- the sap of God’s Spirit. Whether dead or alive we are His body in the heavens and the earth LITERALLY.
In Hebrews 1 it says: “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds(eons); – so we see that Jesus is appointed heir of all things and we understand that we are in Jesus as joint heirs together with Him...and we see that Jesus made the Ages or Eons which has been translated as ‘worlds’. In every preceding age up to now there have been ‘first-fruit’ believers who are incorporated into His body.
But all of those first-fruit believers are not all that shall be “picked” from the tree of humanity. We are just first-fruits of a GREAT HARVEST STILL TO COME. I have said before about our apple tree in the back yard. It is a Golden Delicious tree. In December you can pick and eat the fruit when it is tangy. But if you wait until about now the fruit is sweet. So there is a harvest of first-fruits and then a greater harvest when the fruit is sweet or fully ripened.
This is what we are coming into!!
When God says ‘compel them to come in that My House(oikos) may be full’ (Luke 14:23)…He is speaking of the WORLD (oikoumenē from oikeo) to come. The Age to come when Jesus will live through and with His people. The nations that are saved shall worship Him here on the Earth — The new earth.
But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever(age to age): a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Heb 1:8
What kingdom? Now yes…but also The World that is to come!! The family nations who believe in Jesus and who are all cohabiting in God’s House together by the same Spirit, loving one another and caring for one another in humility and kindness. GOD HAS PREPARED US for This NEW HOUSE AND US FOR IT.
Heb 1:10 And:
“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Heb 1:11 They will perish, but You remain;
And they will all grow old like a garment;
12 Like a cloak You will fold them up,
And they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will not fail.”1 Corinthians 15:52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
2 Cor 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house (oikia -an abode , a family – a house) not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.... 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
So we see that while we live with His Spirit in us here in these earthly bodies we are learning to live as a family in God’s House….in our own tent or house as well as with other believers in the greater body or Temple God is building. We learn to love and to surrender together in this family. We are learning what true authority is and is not. Any authority not coming out of lowliness is false authority..it is abuse. We are learning these things by His Spirit together now so that WHEN we are changed in the twinkling of an eye into immortal bodies we shall already be fit for the new house which is eternal in the heavens and for the NEW EARTH. This new earth is a new order of things which we are being prepared for.
We imagine we are going to RULE in the new earth….BUT God’s idea of ruling is to lay down your life and to go low–so that you may lift up the other person. God’s idea of ruling is to serve others. The one who serves has the greater authority. Ruling in God’s mind is not being OVER others — But being UNDER OTHERS. Do you want to rule with Jesus? 🙂 You might go to the top floor to find His office….and be surprised because His office is in the basement!! Jesus had and has the HIGHEST AUTHORITY BECAUSE HE WENT THE LOWEST OF ALL MEN.
This paradox is beautifully revealed in the following…
Rev 5:2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. [it was not a matter of strength]
4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”
So who is this one worthy and ABLE to do what NO ONE ELSE COULD DO???
6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
A LAMB SLAIN!! The ONLY ONE able to open the Scroll of God is a LAMB SLAIN. Think about that. The One who shall rule the Earth with a Rod of iron is a LAMB SLAIN. The only one who is worthy and TRUSTWORTHY TO RULE others is a LAMB SLAIN. There is nothing in Jesus that will take advantage of you. A Lamb speaks of meekness and gentleness, lowliness and self sacrifice. Jesus LIVES FOR YOU. He does not LIVE FOR HIMSELF. This quality is what God says rules.
Php 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to
the point ofdeath, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
You can see by these marvellous words about Jesus that God is CONFORMING US into the same image so that we can reign with Him in His kingdom ,,,,,both now and when the twinkling of an eye event happens to us.
Because He died we died……Because He lives we live.
Because we sinned He died.
Because He died we were forgiven.
Because He lives we Live.
Rom 6:5 “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death,=/=certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,…”
We once were DEATH….Now we are RESURRECTION in Him.
How can we neglect so great a Salvation? His DEATH brought us Life.