There is a realm we have yet to fully enter. It’s the realm of reality beyond process. As we know, the realm of process is valid and binding to those who live in it. It’s the realm Christianity has lived in, including us, since Jesus died on the cross. Maturity has been a process of growing spiritually and progressively seeing the work of the cross have its way in our lives. You have to be 18 before you can be 21, right? Only in the realm of process is this true.
I believe maturity is going to be defined differently. We have not seen yet what maturity will mean in the realm beyond process. We who have been walking the process road into maturity must break through. But once the breakthrough fully comes, the sky is the limit as far as becoming goes. We have barely scratched the surface of the ministry of impartation. We don’t know yet the wonder and glory of how people will change and mature through pure impartation.
We have talked about the leapfrog principle. We have yet to see its manifestation the way we are going to. It was prophesied many years ago that resurrection life would be received by faith as easily as we now accept Christ into our lives for initial salvation. In this sense, the children will receive through impartation and move into things it’s taken a lifetime to attain in the process realm. This is the leapfrog principle in its fullness. It’s the realm of the plowman overtaking the reaper (Amos 9:13-14). This means the growing season that separates the planting from the harvesting disappears and there is a perpetual reaping of what has been sown. This leapfrogging is to be our greatest joy; the realm of instant change which is the realm of impartation, leapfrogging over the lower realm of process.
I had a discussion once with a brother over some of these issues. At the time I was seeing from a great distance what we are laying hold of now. He insisted that the only reason I could see certain spiritual truths was because of the lifetime of the dealings of the Lord making it possible. He also insisted no child or babe in Christ was going to attain or experience what I had except through the process of the cross and growing into maturity. Paul called himself Paul the Aged. Yet chronologically he was probably only in his 50’s. What Paul meant was that because of the sufferings of Christ he had experienced, he had attained a level of maturity only those who had suffered likewise could understand. Now, I will make a bold statement. While suffering has been the one channel above all others that God has used to bring us forth, it will not always be this way. The sufferings of Christ belong to the time realm of process. These sufferings will not be the channel of growth and change in the realm we are moving into. The sufferings have been necessary that all may understand the consequences of disobedience such as Adam and Eve’s in the Garden. But it must all give way to a greater glory. That was the point of contention with the aforementioned brother. Let’s read a passage concerning this in 1st Peter.
1st Pet. 1:
10 ¶ As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,
11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.
On the surface verse 11 can simply be interpreted to mean that Christ would come and suffer and that afterward many glories would follow. But there is a deeper, mystical interpretation of these verses. These passages are also showing us two different realms. There is the realm of the sufferings of Christ, and then there is the realm of “the glories to follow.” The sufferings of Christ realm is the realm of process. The “glories to follow” is the realm of impartation. Two different realms altogether. Paul shows us this principle a different way in 1st Cor. 15:
35 ¶ But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?”
36 You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies;
37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.
38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.
40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body;
43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
45 So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.
47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.
49 Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.
What’s being revealed beneath the surface of these passages? All that is natural pertains to the sufferings of Christ. Whatever is sown in the natural dies in order to live. Everything is the natural must be raised into the spiritual realm. The natural realm is the realm of process. As verse 46 says, the spiritual is not first, but the natural. The realm of process precedes the realm of impartation. We have a great promise in verse 49. Just as we have borne the image of the earthly, we will also bear the image of the heavenly. If we have walked in the lower realm, we will be granted the grace to walk in the higher one. But the question could be asked, “Isn’t all this still the realm of process? Isn’t bearing first the natural (sufferings of Christ) and then the spiritual (glories to follow) a process in itself? The answer is both yes and no. It has certainly been a process until now. But there is a jumping off point that is promised!
51 ¶ Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.
55 “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”
“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed…” This verse reveals to us the process realm does not go on forever. At some point the process realm is bypassed and the changes we long for come to us by impartation. It is transformation without the “sufferings of Christ” realm having to slowly work itself into our lives. Listen to what Paul says in 2nd Cor. 3:18: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
These passages speak mystically of a new order where all things we have known give way to something greater. Everything in these passages violates the order of process we have known. Children don’t lead adults, wolves don’t live with lambs, and if a child puts his hand in the hole of a viper, he winds up dead. It’s a new order of creation and with it comes a new order of the way we grow and change and become.