Thursday, October 25, 2012

Entry to "The City"


Entry to "The City"

B. K. Chadwell  

 Rev 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to
the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

"The City"....whose gates shall not be shut at all........yet, no entry into "the City" is
allowed that will defile .....nothing abominable, nothing that makes a lie... 

The gates are never shut, indicating one could "enter" at any time, yet entry is conditional.  Inside "the City" we find healing and light for the nations and no more curse but rather; an eternity of reigning with God.

Perhaps another description for "the City" would be: "righteousness and peace and  
joy in the Holy Ghost.  For he, that in these things, serves Christ is acceptable to God
and approved of men."  

Then again, a  more familiar description of "the City" might be: that place "Where the
King (God and His Christ) has dominion" or "Where the King has complete and total
rule over His people".  Or, more commonly refered to as; "The Kingdom of God",
which is not, actually, a physical place to be observed or looked for, because it is.....
...“WITHIN YOU“.

By contrast, just outside "the City" are still to be found, those who love a lie and do
lie, also; whoremongers and  murderers.....etc., etc.  These are not allowed into "the
City", yet, these  are  still around outside the gate.  This might lead one to ask; "with
gates to "the City"  that are never closed ... what is to prevent those on the outside
from comming in?  Or, for that matter, those that are on the inside from going back out, if they so choose?

 Gal 5:21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I
tellyou before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things
shall not inherit (enter into) the kingdom of God.

Ever know a Christian who lied?  How about a Christian who was envious?

Sorry, no entry to "the City"....not yet.  A work in progress you say.  A citizen of "the
City" by faith (the substance of things hoped for) you say.  Yes and yes, but... there remains, out there,  righteousness in fact. This is that which Christians Hope for but have not, yet, attained to or else why do they yet hope for it. 
 
So then, perfection in Christ, by and through the work of the Spirit of Christ, in us,
is the goal and contrary to some thinking, it IS attainable.  Attainable but only
through the work of the Spirit in us as we, daily, choose His narrow way.  This is the ONLY "way" to enter into..."The City".  For self-produced righteousness, is not acceptable.

Mat 7:13-14  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because
strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.

We can read of those Christians in the early church that could  "SEE" but did not "DO" his commandments and then came a judgment upon them. A judgment for chastening and for correction.  A judgment, sometimes even for the total destruction of the flesh, in order that the "incorruptible" seed that  had  been  placed within them would remain uncorrupted  in the "Day of Christ".

So it has been and so it is with Christians today.  (see Chapter 3: Seeing the Kingdom vs Entering the Kingdom from the e-book; "The Kingdom of Heaven's at hand" at; www.highcountryministry.com

Jesus told Nicodemus, in effect, that one must be "born again" to SEE ("the City") and to ENTER ( "the City").  "Seeing" is not enough.  A choice to "ENTER" must then also be made.  The "entering" will require full obedience to the Master.   Anything less will not be allowed inside the gates of "the City"......."born again" or not.

Caution:  Do not confuse being able to See with Entering.

Rev 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to
the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Mat 7:26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Still, we know that; to DO His, perfect, will, all of the time, is not even within our
capability, even as Christians.   So, we must humble ourselves and submit to His work
in us. As Christians we still  must make choices, daily, to die to self and choose to
enter into "His Rest" and allow Him to work "His righteousness" in us.  Thereby, we Christians,  allow Him to work in us; to both will and to do of His good pleasure. 

Even as Christians, without Him, we can do nothing, not even walk through an open gate to enter... "the City".  

 

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Sword of the Spirit?


The Sword of the Spirit?

from my journal notes 10.06.2012

 
The Sword of the Spirit?  It is a weapon of our spiritual warfare. The sword of the Spirit is a metaphor.  The sword of the Spirit is LIKE a sword used in battle in the natural.  It is LIKE a natural sword, only, in some respects.

We see how this sword, of the Spirit, is to be used in Hebrews chapter 4: (specificly in verses 12-13).  It is not a carnal weapon but rather a Spiritual weapon.  The sword of the Spirit is used by the Spirit of God to "slice" (as it were) into the dark recesses of our wicked hearts ,to divide our soul and spirit, to separate, once again, as God  did in the beginning of His natural creation, the darkness from the light. 

 
Hebrews 4:12-13  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than
any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.    


This is a process and we are not to be troubled by any form of communication that tells us, falsely, that "the DAY" (full, noon, light) of Christ is at hand".   Because the writer of 2nd Thessalonians tells us;  " ...That "DAY" (full, noon, light) SHALL NOT COME until that "man of sin" is revealed.  Him who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he, as God, sits (as it were) in the temple of God, showing himself that he IS God". 

As Christians, we are NEW CREATIONS in Christ.  We are the "Temple of God"!

Now, however, in the New Creation, in Christ; all the work of "creating" is done down in our flesh even unto the joints and marrow of the darkest recesses of our flesh.  This is in order to bare us naked in His sight and thereby expose the darkness within us to the light or brightness of His coming or his appearing within us. In other words; to reveal that man of sin, or our fleshly sin nature which opposes and exalts our dark nature above the rule of God that has been provided for us, in Christ.

As in the natural, when spiritual darkness is exposed to light, it is consumed. 

 
2Peter 1:19 ( KJV)   We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

2Peter 1:19(CEV)  All of this makes us even more certain that what the prophets
said is true. So you should pay close attention to their message, as you would to a lamp shining in some dark place. You must keep on paying attention until daylight comes and the morning star rises in your hearts.

 
John 1:4 -15 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

 

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