Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Double Incarnation

He (Zerubbabel—“one born in Babylon”) shall bring forth the HEADSTONE thereof with shoutings, crying, ‘Grace, grace’ unto it” (Zechariah 4:7 KJV).
Jesus Christ is undoubtedly the HEAD (see Ephesians 1:22) and the STONE (see Matthew 21:42), i. e., the HEADSTONE.  BUT, the foundation is comprised of not only Jesus Christ, but also of the apostles and prophets.  The double pronouncement of grace and the dual witness of oil anointing (that which was poured out over the headstone) speaks of the grace and anointing inside not only God’s only begotten incarnate Son, but God incarnate (Jesus Christ) incarnate (in us)—a double incarnation.

Those of us who were born in Babylon—born into confusion and chaos—are also those who are born again into the record of heaven and are therefore delivered from the foundation of confusion and chaos.  The New Jerusalem come down out of heaven is like Dorothy’s house falling from the sky and squashing the wicked witch; she was not in Kansas anymore, and we are no longer in Babylon!  Let us not like Dorothy click our heels together and wish a return to our birth-land; we have a better country!  

Ultimately, this consecrated Headstone is a grave marker here on earth but a record of the vision of heaven inscribed on a stone tablet to the one who runs this Christian race.  Grace said twice implies a twofold meaning.  When this second temple’s headstone was laid, the old generation wept while the new generation cried for joy, and the sound of sorrow and joy mixed together.  Ezra 3:13 says  ‘So the people could not distinguish the shout of joy from the sound of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard far off.’”

God—by declaring grace twice—is affirming both God and man; grace to the Headstone (Jesus) and Petra (the little stone) us Peter-people (in Christ).  We weep for what we lost (Solomon in all his glory; the opulent and the-remarkable-to-the-natural-eye temple—representing our natural life), but shout for joy at what we find (something better than Solomon, but in less obvious clothing, in less ostentatious or showy garb—representing our supernatural life).  God has established a new order of man; stop weeping at what is passed away!  The sound might be mixed and loud right now, but joy will prevail, and the new man alone will stand when it’s all over.  Get with the program!—Get with the new man!