Hebrews 12:27-29 [NASB] declares: < 27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire. >
Given the declaration that there will be a removing “of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain” we are in this series of articles on ‘Receiving the Kingdom’, addressing the issue of actually receiving the Kingdom of GOD so as to be able to function in the Kingdom in conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious terms!
Acts 17:28 [NKJV] proclaims the all-encompassing reality that: < 28 … in Him we live and move and have our being … >. And, the Kingdom of GOD is absolutely ‘of GOD’ – in whom we live, move and have our being.
The Kingdom of GOD unveils ‘the realities of GOD’ [everything that derives from YHWH] that enable us to live, move and have our being in Him.
The capacity to live, move and having our being in YHWH ADONAI is the essential fabric of Kingdom reality that we want to come to actualize and take possession of – in conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious terms.
We actualize [see the evidence of] and take possession of the realities of the Kingdom of GOD from our inward parts [see Luke 17:20-21, KJV] – by faith.
Faith [in YESHUA] facilitates the righteousness of GOD coming into operation in our hearts [see Rom 10:10; Matt 6:33] through YESHUA [see John 17:6a; Heb 11:1, NKJV] in what Scripture calls the Kingdom of the BELOVED SON [see Col 1:13, NASB].
The righteousness of GOD is what GOD does sovereignly in response to our faith in Him through YESHUA.
The Mystery of the Faith – specific to YHWH and His MESSIAH – unfolds the righteous works of GOD into our heart and into our lives [see 1 Tim 3:9; Rom 10:10] in the fullness of YESHUA MASHIAH [see John 1:16-18, NASB+NKJV].
The Law declares that a man can know GOD in an intimacy; so as to actually come to love GOD with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength. This is the reality of YHWH that unveils to us through YESHUA [see John 17:6a, 26] which positions us behind the veil of YESHUA’s flesh in the Mount of the LORD [see Heb 10:19-20, NKJV; 12:22-24].
In His manhood, YESHUA MASHIAH fulfilled this capacity – to love YHWH and be set apart unto YHWH. And, this is evidenced in His sacrifice, death and resurrection – on behalf of all mankind. In rising from the dead, by overcoming sin and death, we have clear evidence, by Testimony, that YESHUA fulfilled the demands of the Law on our behalf – perfectly and completely.
And, through the Testimony of YESHUA – communicated through His Spirit and His Life into us [see John 6:63] by the HOLY SPIRIT [see 2 Cor 3:3, NKJV; John 17:26c], – we each stand justified by the steadfastness of our faith in Him [see Gal 3:22-27] and, in our faith in all that YESHUA did for us [see Rom 5:9; 10:8-13].
Scripture also declares that in His resurrection, YESHUA’s Spirit was declared to be the Spirit of Holiness [see Rom 1:3-4, NASB]. In YESHUA’s Spirit being declared the Spirit of Holiness, the highest demand of the Law [see Lev 19:1-2] was fulfilled. In this fulfillment YESHUA’s Spirit is declared in Scripture as being a life-giving Spirit [see 1 Cor 15:45 + Phil 1:19c].
In YESHUA’s life-giving Spirit is described the functional capacity to relate to GOD – in every aspect of life. In this manner of living we are purely and perfectly set apart unto YHWH.
It is the love for GOD – realized from YESHUA through the communication of His life-giving Spirit into us by the HOLY SPIRIT [see John 16:4c] – that causes us to want to be set apart unto Him.
This relational and functional fabric of the life-giving Spirit of YESHUA is the absolute basis and expression of all Kingdom function [see John 14:6].
The capacity for us to love YHWH with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength flows out of MASHIAH YESHUA’s Spirit clothing our inward parts in a ‘fatness’ that is the inward anointing [see Lev 3:3-5, NASB; Isaiah 10:27, NASB+NKJV].
This is why Galatians 3:27 [NASB] declares: < 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ [see Rom 6:3, NASB] have clothed yourselves with Christ [see 2 Cor 4:16 + Lev 3:3-5 + Phil 4:13 + Phil 4:19, KJV/NKJV]. >
This is the Mystery of CHRIST unveiled [revealed in the specifics of the Epistle of CHRIST (see 2 Cor 3:3, NKJV) within each one of us]. The Mystery of CHRIST revealed in us is evidenced in ‘spiritualities’ [Greek: ‘pneumaticos’] or ‘spiritual realities’- in us and amongst us that enable our Kingdom functions [see 1 Cor 2:9, 12-13, 14-15a NASB].
These spiritual realities [or, ‘spiritualities’] are derived from GOD who is SPIRIT; and, these spiritual realities [spiritualities] are expressions of the life-giving Spirit of YESHUA; given the fact that the fullness of YESHUA is to be the spiritual fabric that fills all-in-all [see Eph 1:23; Col 1:19-20].
This complex of spiritualities, is the revelation of the Mystery of CHRIST that Colossians 1:26-28 [NASB] declares: < 26 … the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints [see 1 Cor 2:9, 12-13, 14-15a NASB], 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me. > See also Col 2:8-10, NASB.
Out of this revelation of the Mystery of CHRIST, Philippians 4:19 [NKJV] declares: < 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. >
Out of this revelation of the Mystery of CHRIST, Philippians 4:13 [NKJV] declares: < 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. >
Out of this revelation of the Mystery of CHRIST, we can progress into actualizing the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven [see Eph 1:3-10] that YESHUA speaks of in Matthew 13:11. YESHUA declares: < it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven >.
Out of this revelation of the Mystery of CHRIST, the Kingdom of GOD is also pointedly addressed [in terms of its prophetic implications] as the Kingdom of the BELOVED SON [in Colossians 1:13, NASB]. It is in the revelation of YESHUA as the BELOVED in a heart of flesh within us that all Kingdom function finds its development and fulfillment – in eternity.
The BELOVED is the unfolding revelation [the Mystery of CHRIST manifested to the saints] of “the Only-Begotten” SON in the Bosom of the FATHER [see John 1:18, NKJV], into our inward parts and amongst us in our inward parts [see 2 Cor 4:6-7, 16, NKJV] that is the fulfillment of the Prophets.
This is why Scripture declares that the Kingdom of GOD, the Kingdom of the BELOVED SON, is in us and amongst us [see Luke 17:20-21, NKJV + NASB] as YESHUA is unfolded as ‘our Husband’ – the Well-BELOVED, in the Kingdom reality of Him being the High Priest [in whom we operate as priests because we are members of His Body], of Him being the Prophet [in whom we operate in the prophetic as members of His Body having the Oracles of GOD in our mouth (see 1 Peter 4:11)] and, of Him being the King [in whom we operate as princes (see Isa 32:1-2) as members of His Body having the Authority that flows through the Witness of the Scepter of the King which is in us and amongst us (see Heb 1:8, NASB; Matt 28:18-20)] in Spirit, Water and Blood [see 1 John 5:10a,8, NKJV].
And all this will flow in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant [see Isa 9:6-7; Ps 89:3-4; Rev 3:7-9, 12; Rev 22:16] in a Kingdom explosion that is imminent.
John 1:18 [NKJV] reads: < 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared [NASB: ‘explained’] Him. >
The Dynamic of the Kingdom of Heaven is prophetically explained through two passages of Scripture. One passage involves Jacob [see Gen 28:13-17, 19a], whose name was changed to Israel; and, the other passage involves Nathanael, whom YESHUA called an Israelite [see Rom 2:28-29; Eph 2:14-18] with ‘no-guile’ [see John 1:47; see also Matt 18:3-4].
YESHUA has declared that the fundamental requirements to being in the Kingdom of GOD is our being born again – described as being born of Water [see Eze 1:24; Rev 1:15c] and SPIRIT [see 1 Cor 2:9-10; Rom 14:17] – so as to see the Kingdom of GOD [see John 3:3, NASB] and enter the Kingdom of GOD [see John 3:5, NASB].
All of us have been given access to receiving the Kingdom and choosing to operate in the Kingdom – by the SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS in a freedom and liberty from the Law of Sin and Death [see Rom 8:2, 1-4].
YESHUA upholds all things by the Rhema Word of His Power [see Heb 1:3b, NASB] which carries the prophetic potential to actually work mightily in us and amongst us [see Col 1:29; Eph 3:20].
The inward reality of being without guile [see Isa 66:2; Matt 18:3-4], manifested through the Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT, in the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, is the prophetic key to us standing in the Kingdom, in the heavenly places [see Eph 1:3-10]. This is the Passover actualized in the Mount of the LORD.
The prophetic Key to this Passover into the secret Place of the Most High GOD, is the Key of David [see Acts 13:22c] that describes the spiritual state of the Witness we choose to carry [see 1 John 5:10a, NKJV]. Amen!