There is a higher realm of the kingdom that God is drawing His sons into. Although we say that all things are being made new and that we haven’t passed this way before, we don’t yet fully grasp how true this is. We don’t yet fully grasp how the old rudiments of past levels in God continue to influence our thinking. We habitually revert to what we have known to evaluate what is coming. We are not speaking of moving around in a certain circle, we are speaking of stepping into a whole new circle.
The kingdom is opening in such a way as to deemphasize the ministering of information, and emphasizing the ministering of His nature. Information is defined as teachings, revelation we may have received, etc. It’s not that God won’t teach us, but it’s conveyance takes new forms. When a higher realm opens, God ceases to relate to us as He once did. For a long time now there has been an emphasis on dying to individuality that we might become aware of the bigger whole. We have viewed this as dying to the self-life, and that is true. But it goes much deeper. We also must die to relating to God and ministering Him from and individual relationship. Now, that is a mouthful and could easily be misconstrued and become a stumbling block. God has led over the years to first draw a remnant out of whatever they were a part of. He has isolated them to stand alone just as He did with Jacob when Jacob wrestled with the angel of the Lord. There is a one-on-one relationship with God that opens that is devoid of anyone else’s input. In this realm we go through many things. We become aware of Zion, and our participation in her. Most Christians have not yet entered this realm. But the upward journey of sonship does not stop here.
If we are following on to know Him, we are going to find, sooner or later, a certain frustration taking hold. It is an inability to get hold of Him as we desire. Our hunger becomes insatiable. But creating hunger is not God’s only goal. The Lord is trying to transition us from a dependency on a so-called one-on-one relationship with Himself to walking as sons who have His life abiding in them. In other words, we stop becoming channels, and become vessels.
“For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;
A channel only has merit according to whatever substance is flowing through it. It is the substance that is important, not the means by which it is conveyed. For example, no one gives any thought to the pipes that bring water into the house. The water is what’s important. This truth is familiar. Becoming a vessel, however, means carrying within ourselves the substance of importance. This is why on this level of the kingdom we won’t find a lot of first person prophesying and statements such as “God is telling me this,” or, “God is speaking to me about this.” These types of conveyances speak of the individual relationship realm that the Lord is drying up in His sons. This is where the frustration can come in. We will grope and grope for that personal touch from God, and won’t receive it. Why? Because His life is found in the revelation of His word within us. The Lord is trying to get us to see there is a higher realm, but this realm seems lesser to the soul life. We are to minister His nature, not just words of information. All of Christianity ministers information. Sons must minister His nature. This comes about in a very natural way. It doesn’t seem supernatural to the religious soul-life. Many times it is in seemingly casual conversation that His nature is conveyed. Beyond Jesus’ teachings, think of all the time He spent just talking with the disciples. Think of the weddings He attended and the homes in which He ate. Jesus was always ministering the Father’s nature. This is why Jesus could say that if anyone had seen Him, they had seen the Father. As we learn to walk in this realm, it can seem scary. A thousand times we will ask ourselves, “Is this me, or is this God?” This question springs from the uncertainty of the soul life. In our spirits we are to become confident of His word abiding in us. Everything in this realm that is opening is related to the word in us. This is why old definitions of maturity can be thrown out the window. Even the little children born into this realm become expressions of the word, assuming they have had a living word imparted to them. Christ will flow from them very naturally. Religious training actually hinders children on this level. Impartation is the means of conveyance in the kingdom as it is unfolding now. We are going to delight in the Lord beyond what we have known. The delight will spring from His word in us, not from an us/Him relationship in the soul realm. This realm is the fulfillment of all God’s provision for us.
1 ¶ Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.
2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,
4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
We must see the above passages as being fulfilled in us, not apart from us. This is a revolutionary concept God is opening. The greatest work of the cross is dying to God Himself as we have known Him. We must know Him as indelibly part of us. As we do, we will cease to relate to Him and express Him as we have in the past.
We know that we have nothing in us that is not first put there. This is the importance of eating a living word. The word in us grows until it becomes a source of life to others. It ceases to be talking so much about the Lord, and just ministering Him. If we continually persist in seeking the relationship with God where we receive from Him as if He were apart from us, the kingdom as it is progressing will be shut off from us. We are to walk by the revelation of the word in us.