Sunday, January 26, 2014

Realizing the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven

“Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34 KJV).

While there is little doubt that we are closer to the end of the age today than we were yesterday, and that the divine stone which becomes a mountain and displaces and crushes all human government is more established and pervasive today than yesterday, there has always been those who transcended the confines of the clock, those who saw and operated within the timeless domain of the eternal and illimited parameters of the Kingdom of God.

Just as Christ was “foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times…” so, that which is, is also a was, and always will be.  “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 KJV).

Indeed, no less than the genius of Einstein concluded that the fourth dimension, the realm of time, was a persistent illusion.  Even from the time that Jesus declared the greatest words ever spoken: “It is finished!” it was too late to be original, He having already been slain from before the foundation of the world (and supposedly) having already uttered “It is finished!” in time immemorial.
“I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it. … THAT WHICH IS NOW ALREADY HAS BEEN, AND THAT WHICH IS TO BE ALREADY HAS BEEN; and God seeks that which has passed by [so that history repeats itself]” (Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 Amp.).  Yet history is the frame of the illusion of time, the context of vaporous man; it has no meaning in relationship to a God who inhabits eternity.  But the human high priest, as an example, had to offer sacrifices every year (history repeating itself); the human/divine High Priest of our faith, contradistinctively, sacrificed Himself once for all time and outside of time (the same yesterday, today, and forever).
To us, both time and revelation unfold, but from God’s perspective (the whole truth and nothing but the truth) it is already unfolded; He spans time and eternity; He’s inside the box and outside it too.  Likewise His Kingdom is already unfolded and has already been populating from time immemorial.  Many are speaking of the Kingdom Age, of a Third Day, and of a Restoration of all Things in our time; and time is the context of our reality and the perspective of our dim sight.  Perhaps God bends down in loving and tender condescension to unfold to us that which is always open and obvious to Him, but just as absence from the body is present with the Lord, so absence from illusory time is present with the reality of eternity. 
“For we which have believed do enter into rest” because “THE WORKS WERE FINISHED FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD”; “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [TAKING PATHS WHICH HE PREPARED AHEAD OF TIME], THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]” (Hebrews 4:3 KJV; Ephesians 2:10 Amp.).
Finally, G. Campbell Morgan, writing more than one hundred years ago, said: “Passion for the establishment of the Kingdom of God in the world is the deepest note in prayer.”  Also, the Kingdom of God which is in us, and comes without observation, is, from God’s perspective anyways, already established in us and in our midst (or in the realms of our influences). 
Indeed, unfolded or open to God is the reality, but folded and closed to us is the persistent illusion.  Our deepest note in prayer needs to be about asking God to open our SPIRITUAL eyes and that bittersweet scroll resident in our bellies (we need to receive what we already have, the word already implanted into us, that unfolded and revealed to us understanding, which is able to save our souls).  We need to awaken and open our eyes to that which we are presently obtuse and blinded to, THE REALITY OF THE ALREADY ESTABLISHED KINGDOM OF GOD in us and in our midst.  Indeed, I, with Paul, “Pray that the eyes of your [and my] heart may be enlightened” to see that which already is (Hebrews 1:18 NASB).  Prayer is not so much about effecting external change, but about realizing and aligning to the internal change God has already accomplished in us; let us pray without ceasing until we SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.