Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Manifesting the Kingdom of God on Earth

Building in accordance with the divine blueprint
It is of cardinal importance for the corporate body of Christ to be established in the present day truth. Let us properly define the concept of present day truth. Present day truth can be defined as the word that God is emphasizing in the current epoch. (Bill Scheidler). However, present day truth is not a new truth, but the truth that God is reverberating in this epoch. With that being said, I am totally convinced that God is calling the church to return to the ancient landmarks of our forefathers. Ancient landmarks can be defined as the original pattern or modus operandi of building the kingdom of God on the earth realm. God commanded Moses to build the tabernacle according to the divine blueprint revealed to him on the mountain.
We are going to explore three vitally important steps of building the kingdom of God on the earth realm. Three steps of manifesting the kingdom;
  1. Downloading the pattern -Spirit
  2. Decoding the pattern- Soul
  3. Building the pattern- Body
I want us to shift our attention towards the scriptures even as we explore this subject in detail. The principle is that, understanding the book of Genesis is the genesis of understanding. The book of Genesis serves as the seed plot of the Bible. It is in the book of Genesis where we derive the theme of the Bible and the original purpose of God for mankind. My approach is to systematically explore each step at a time in a quest to provide a step by step approach of how to manifest the kingdom. In as much as man is a spirit has a soul and lives in a body, the kingdom of God is threefold. There are three dimensions of the Kingdom of God namely;
  1. The kingdom within- Spirit
  2. The kingdom amongst- Soul
  3. The kingdom upon- Body
Genesis 1:1-3 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light."
Let us properly dissect the above portion of scripture. Bear in mind that there is one God who reveals himself in three distinct personalities i.e. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Let us revisit the account of creation. The Bible says that the Spirit of God was hovering upon the face of the deep and God spoke the word. The principle is that, when God creates, He creates to reveal himself. We see the three persons of the Godhead in the creation account. God (the Father) spoke the word (Christ) and the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) was hovering upon the face of the deep. We need to understand the roles played by each person of the Godhead in the creation account. Let us properly decode Genesis 1.
This is what transpired. God (the Father) spoke the word (the Son) John 1.1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God". Christ then serves as the pattern and the divine blueprint that man ought to follow. The Holy Spirit was responsible for decoding and translating that which was spiritual into the physical. There is a divine protocol that has to be followed before the Kingdom of heaven can infiltrate the earth realm. The same modus operandi was followed in the conception and birth of Jesus Christ. "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: when as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:18-20
.Note how Jesus was born. The scripture says that the Holy Spirit overshadowed the womb of Mary and she conceived as a result. Bear in mind that in the book of Genesis the Spirit of God was hovering upon the face of the deep. According to Strongs concordance the Hebrew word for moved is 7363 rachaph which translates flutter, move, shake. A primitive root; to brood; by implication, to be relaxed -- flutter, move, shake. Now the primitive root of the word "rachap" is to brood. The word brood simple means of a bird sitting on eggs to hatch. It is noteworthy that there is a parallel relationship between the account of creation and the conception of the Messiah. The common denominator is that the Holy Spirit played a major role of birthing the spiritual into the natural. The principle that we can extrapolate from the above scriptures is that, the Holy Spirit plays an integral role of manifesting the kingdom of heaven on earth.
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." Romans 1:20.
The principle that is extracted from the text above is that, the invisible (spiritual things) are understood through the visible (the physical). We need to note that the spiritual cannot be translated into the physical in the absence of the person of the Holy Spirit. The golden rule is that, the spiritual cannot come into the physical unless through the body. Mankind connects to God through the spirit because God is a Spirit and he connects to the physical world through the body. It was impossible for God to circumvent this principle despite the fact that He has all the super powers to do so. That is the primary rationale behind God manifesting in the earthly realm through human flesh. John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us."
It is evident from this text that God took the form of a human being to gain legal entry into the realm of mankind. The point that I am trying to drive home is that, there is a protocol that ought to be followed for the kingdom of heaven to manifest on the earth realm. Let us properly define the kingdom. A kingdom is "the governing influence of a king over his territory, impacting it with his personal will, purpose, and intent, producing a culture, values, morals, and lifestyle that reflect the king's desires and nature for his citizens." (Myles Munroe). For the purpose of this article, we are going to premise our case on this definition of the kingdom. The word kingdom is made of two words namely king + dom- domain. Now every Kingdom has a king and every king has the domain. In the kingdom of God, God is the king and the earth is the domain. Isaiah 66:1.
Steps of manifesting the kingdom
I would like to provide a systematic approach to how can we incarnate the kingdom of heaven whilst we live on the earth realm. The question that most people are asking is that, how can the kingdom of God be manifest on the earth realm and by whom? I want us to focus on the three steps of manifesting the kingdom mentioned in the introduction of this article in responding to the questions raised.
  1. Downloading the pattern-Spirit
It is of cardinal importance for us to comprehend the nature of the king in our quest to manifest his kingdom. Note the process that God followed in the building of the tabernacle of Moses. The primary step was the downloading of the pattern. God called Moses his servant to the top of the mountain in order for him to download the pattern of the tabernacle. Bear in mind we said earlier that when God build, he build in order to reveal himself. Let us go back to our definition of the Kingdom. We said a "kingdom is a governing influence of a king over his territory, impacting it with his personal will, purpose and intent." Therefore, it behooves us to understand and know the will, purpose and intent of the king (God).The principle is that, every time God builds, he follows a pattern (Christ).
I have studied the entire Bible; it is evident that God follows a pattern every time he builds something. Bear in mind that in the account of creation God used the pattern to create the heaven and the earth (Christ). John 1:1, Hebrews 1:2. Understanding Christ (blueprint) is imperative to us because everything that we build here on earth should conform to our pattern and standard (Christ). The question is, how can we download the pattern? The answer to this question is simple; the word of God serves as the ultimate blueprint that we ought to follow. Bear in mind it is written of Christ in the volume of the book (Bible).Hebrews 10:7. It behooves us to acquaint ourselves with the word of God in such a way that it is embedded and inculcated in our everyday life. The word of God (will, purpose and intent of the king) should produce a culture, values, morals and lifestyle that reflect the nature of the king (God). Bear in mind that mankind is a spirit has a soul and lives in a body. Therefore, each step depicts an aspect of a human being.
Downloading of the pattern is associated with the spirit dimension of a mankind. My premise is that the Word of God serves as the divine language, culture, values of the kingdom of God. With that being said, it has to cascade to the dimension of the soul before it can be entrenched in our earthly culture. The divine culture cannot be translated into the earthly culture without going through the soul dimension. Recall we said earlier that mankind connects to God through the spirit. The rationale is that God is a Spirit hence mankind connects with Him via the spirit and not the soul or body. The soul dimension serves as the bridge between the spirit and the body. Downloading the pattern is also associated with the prophetic ministry.
The fundamental role of the prophetic is to download the divine blueprint and pattern to be followed by individuals and by the corporate body of Christ. Note that all believers are prophetic but however, not all believers function in the office of the prophet. With that being said, every believer should be able to hear and discern the voice of God (pattern) concerning their lives. Let us go back to the tabernacle of Moses. When we study about Moses, we trace his lineage from Levi the son of the patriarch Jacob (Israel). The tribe of Levi had the grace configuration of the prophet in that they ministered in the presence of God. Moses in particular was functioning in the prophetic office. The scriptures say concerning Levi, "And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one." Deuteronomy 33:8. We need to bear in mind that the Thummim and the Urim mentioned in the text above were the ornaments of the priests under the Levitical priesthood serving as the roadmap and navigation system to the priests.
  1. Decoding the pattern- Soul
Decoding the pattern is the secondary step to be followed in manifesting the kingdom of God on the earth realm. The essence of this stage is about understanding and assimilating the pattern downloaded in the first stage deliberated above. To decode simply means to understand better that which was encoded. Often times, it is difficult to comprehend the divine language, culture, values, morals and lifestyle downloaded above. The spiritual is always encoded, making it impossible for the natural human being to understand. "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14. Let us go back to the book of Genesis. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7.
Let us interrogate this text. We see God forming man out of the dust of the ground- but however, man was not a living soul until God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (Ruach). Bear in mind that God created man in his image (Divine Nature Activated) in Genesis 1:26 but man was not yet a living soul until Genesis 2:7.The principle is that, the spiritual can only be converted and translated into the physical via the soul. It was after God breathed into man the breath of life that man became a living soul. It is in the soul dimension that the spiritual is processed into the physical. Simply put; the nature of God was manifested on the earth realm through the living soul (Adam). Let us explore the three dimensions of mankind by studying the first Adam.
  • Spirit- Genesis 1:26 - man was created in the image of God
  • Soul- Genesis 2.7- God breathed into man and man became a living soul
  • Body- Genesis 2-7 God formed man of the dust of the ground
The personal will, purpose, intent, values, culture, morals and lifestyle of God was embedded and entrenched in the life of Adam. The desire of God in this season is for his personal will, purpose and intent to be embedded and entrenched in his people. That is the only way that the kingdom of God can be manifested on the earth realm. Paul corroborated this sentiment in the book of Romans chapter number 12 verse 2 "And be not conformed to the world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind". Let us properly dissect this text. It is noteworthy that metamorphosis can only take place in the soul dimension and not the spirit and body dimension. The principle that is highlighted by this text is that people can only incarnate the kingdom of God through the renewal of the mind; remember that mind forms part of the soul.
Recall our definition of the kingdom.. A kingdom is "the governing influence of a king over his territory, impacting it with his personal will, purpose, and intent, producing a culture, values, morals, and lifestyle that reflect the king's desires and nature for his citizens." Let us dissect this definition to excavate the hidden nuggets of truth.
  • King;- God is the king
  • Territory; the earth is the domain of God according to Isaiah 66:1
  • Governing influence; colonizing the earth with the gospel of the kingdom
  • Impact; affecting the earth with the divine nature
  • Personal will, Purpose and Intent; nature of the king(God) manifested on the earth realm through mankind producing
  • Culture, Values, Morals and Lifestyle; the nature of the king (God) manifested in the soul and physical dimension.
It is evident that the nature of God can only be manifested through the soul-mind, will, purpose and intent of mankind. With that being said, mankind is able to partake in the divine nature through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the bridge between the spiritual and the physical. We learned from the book of Genesis that that the soul is the infusion of the Spirit of God and the physical(flesh).Simply put, the dust of the ground + the breath of God= Living soul. The soul is the mid-point between the spiritual and the physical realm. The spiritual realm cannot meet with the physical realm except through the soul. In as much as the first Adam entered into the physical realm through the soul, the last Adam (Christ) entered the physical realm through the soul. "And the word became flesh and dwelt amongst us" John 1:14.
Let us go back to the tabernacle of Moses. Moses downloaded the pattern but however, he did not translate the pattern into something physical. The decoding stage is associated with the apostolic. The primary function of the apostolic is to translate the spiritual into the physical through the soul dimension. I have studied the life and grace configuration of Judah the son of Jacob (Israel). Through my study, I came to the conclusion that; Judah possessed an apostolic grace. My premise is that the Messiah is from the lineage of Judah, the tabernacle of Moses was built by the tribe of Judah, the tabernacle of David was built by Judah, the temple of Solomon was built by Judah and the rebuilding of the temple of Solomon was built by Judah. "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass." Exodus 31: 1-4.
It is evident from this text that the tabernacle of Moses was built by Bezaleel who is from the lineage of Judah. Judah has the grace to translate that which is spiritual into the physical (tangible).
  1. Building the pattern(Christ)
The last stage in our model is building in accordance with the pattern. Simply put, this stage is all about revealing and manifesting the pattern (Christ) in our everyday lives through our lifestyle and everything we do. At this stage the divine culture, values, morals and lifestyle is in embedded and deeply entrenched in us. This is the ultimate stage which I call colonization. When the kingdom within becomes the kingdom amongst and the kingdom amongst becomes the kingdom upon. At this stage the invisible is understood through the visible, the spiritual through the natural. Romans 1:20

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