John 14:1-4: `Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In My Father's House are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And whither I go you know, and the way you know'.
In other words, `If you believe in God, believe also in me', I am the House or Kingdom of God, He is dwelling in Me. `In my Father's Kingdom are many mansions', or dwelling places. That's your glorified body, if you are a Christian.
In my Father's house ARE many mansions. `For whom God did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom he justified, them He has ALREADY glorified' (Romans 8:30). They're ALREADY there. In God's great thinking, we are already glorified. We were redeemed in His foreknowledge where He saw us in Christ, crucified before the foundation of the world.
Amen! `For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens' (II Corinthians 5:1). We now have the earnest or guarantee `that mortality might be swallowed up of life', and this corruptible put on incorruption.
`If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you' by interceding for the ignorance of the saints predestinated to the seven Church Ages. They had only PART-Word and therefore imperfect faith because the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals unto the time of the end, and the faith which was in the hearts of the saints, was lost, when the Roman Catholic church murdered them over almost a thousand years of Dark Ages. Had Christ not been a Mediator, or Go-Between, standing between God and the saints from Pentecost until the revelation of the Seals, they could never have been born-again.
During the Church Ages, Christ was a Mediator. When He recognized faith in the Word revealed for their day, He placed the errors and man-made traditions these people ignorantly mixed with their faith into the sea of God's forgetfulness, and they were born-again. But He spoke of a day, and we live in it, when the apostolic faith would be restored and the predestinated would receive It.
`And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also'.
And He has come again, in the Fullness of His Word, through the revelation of the Seven Seals, which is the mystery of Himself made manifest in His Bride of all seven Ages, and how He redeemed Her in each Age (Revelation 4, 5, 10:1-7).
Since the fullness of the Word is come, that which was in part is no longer sufficient to give the new birth (I Corinthians 13:10). We must search the Scriptures to discover what God promised He would do in THIS day, and walk in the Light of THAT part of the Word (I John 1:7). We can't walk in the Light of Luther, Wesley, Spurgeon or the Pentecostals. That would be impersonation. Those parts of the Body have been made-up and rest in the dust, awaiting the first resurrection. Unless we find OUR place in the Word, we cannot recognize our position in the Body.
Jesus HAS returned in Word Form to incarnate His Bride by faith in `that Which is perfect', for the manifestation of the sons of God and the translation. The revelation of the Seventh Seal brought Him back to earth. Not the Man from Galilee, the Fullness of the Word - Christ the mystery of God revealed (Revelation 10:7).
Matthew 3:13-17: `Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened UNTO Him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am pleased to DWELL in'.
ONLY John saw the Pillar of Fire or Shekinah manifest above Jesus in the form of a dove, anointing that part of the earth, after his baptism. God had promised this Sign to John to identify Messiah he was commissioned to introduce (John 1:33). NOBODY else saw this Sign but John. God had anointed the body of Jesus, part of earth, the Attribute of God in which dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9).
Jesus is the Father's House (John 2:19), the holy city for which Abraham searched. When the last of those Attributes of the Word is manifested on earth (Genesis 1:26-28; Romans 8:28-30; Colossians 2:9) or born-again in this last day, He'll call. Christ's Bride will speak His thoughts in the manifestation of the sons of God, and He'll do what She says. Then He'll take Her Home for the Marriage Supper in the Sky. And in the Millennium, that City will descend out of heaven - the glorified and finished Bride and Groom, God's dwelling place.
Revelation 3:14: `Unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God'.
Jesus was `the BEGINNING of the creation of God', the beginning of God making HIMSELF a part of creation, LESS than 2,000 years ago. He is not the beginning of God's creation. That would be the sun, the stars, the rivers and trees. God's handiwork. Jesus is the beginning of His Own hands being made, the beginning of God making Himself a part of His creation, and the true Church is the CONTINUATION of the same creation, as Eve was a byproduct from Adam, and together with those born of Adam, the continuation of Adam.
Jesus is the BEGINNING, the Head. The True Church, His Bride, is the Body. Together they are the Family of God. When the Bride has been glorified, they are ALL God manifest in flesh. And in the new heavens and new earth, the saved will worship God through Eternity in the Form of His Family - Jesus Christ and the New Testament saints.
Revelation 1:10-12: `I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: What you see, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden lampstands'.
Speaking of His BODY, Jesus said, `I am Alpha and Omega'. Turning to look at the Speaker, John saw seven golden lampstands: Christ's Bride! Through the invisible Marriage Union, or new birth, the two are One.
So when the Holy Spirit anointed Jesus for His ministry, after Him water baptism, we were in Him. ALL the Attributes of God were in Christ.
II Corinthians 5:19: `To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world (His elect) unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them (we're SINLESS, spotless, without condemnation); and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation'.
God was in Christ. Christ was not in God, but God was in Jesus, the Anointed One, reconciling His Bride unto Himself. And ALL the Attributes were redeemed in that one Body crucified on Calvary.
Your soul is a part of God, an Attribute of His Own nature, displayed here on earth in a body, IF you're His elect. I Corinthians 6:17 says, `God and the soul that's joined together with God is One Spirit'. Your body has yet to be redeemed. But it was a part of the earth.
God is a great Contractor. When He was making the elements and minerals which make up this earth, He was making your body. The great Master Mason was laying out the materials for a temple made without hands, the New Jerusalem, where you and He could dwell through Eternity.
You, your soul, was foreknown in His thinking before there was a world. You're one of His Attributes now being expressed. If you're not, you will never have eternal Life, for eternal is without a beginning and without an end. But your body was made when He formed the world. The materials we're made out of.
To God, the elect are precious like gold is to man, even scarcer. As one sifts immense tonnages of worthless rock and soil to find one ounce of gold, we find many millions denominational believers in this world but very, very few Christians.
God was going to bring forth His Family through the spoken Word by faith, but Eve corrupted that way, and brought it through lust. Then DEATH struck it. But in the end, God will call, and His Bride will know the trumpet, and come forth from the dust of the earth, like Adam at the beginning. Like any master builder, God is building a building that He can live in, Himself.
So your body, which is the earth, was justified in the days of Noah, and baptized by the Flood; sanctified by the Blood of Jesus Christ falling upon it to claim it, then this earth is to receive its baptism of Fire and be renewed for the New Jerusalem - Christ and His Bride to live on.
Daniel 2:35: `Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth'.
The mountain of the Lord which fills the whole earth is the Kingdom of God; Jesus Christ and His Bride: ALL the Attributes of God made manifest (Isaiah 2:2; Jeremiah 3:17; Ezekiel 40:2; Micah 4:1; Zechariah 14:10; Revelation 21:10). They were represented on Mount Transfiguration.
Matthew 17:1-9: `And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead'.
That was the City on top of the Mountain. ALL the Attributes were represented on the Mountain. There was Jesus Christ returning glorified with Moses representing the sleeping saints, and Elijah those of this present day, who will be translated as he was, without death.
Revelation 21:1-3: `And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God'.
The tabernacle of God is with men. God has tabernacled in man by three stages - justification, sanctification, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Now God is going to redeem the earth and dwell on the earth with His subjects of the earth, the City built on the foundation of the apostles of the Lamb. bb940415.htm
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