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Series: Visiting Speakers; Christ In Me
Sun am 03 April 2011 – Dr William Hinn
Eccl. 3:14-15; Heb. 4:1-3; Gen. 2:1; Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 2:10; Ps. 105:19; Gen. 37:19-20; 2 Cor. 5:17; Matt. 3:2; Luke 17:20; 1 Cor. 12:12; Matt. 6:33; Dan. 2:44; Dan. 2:21; John 14:1
That which has been is now, that which is to be has already been and God requires that which is past. ‘I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.’ ‘That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past’ (Eccl. 3:14-15).
God finished us before He ever got started.
‘Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, (caused to be; come into being; come to pass) and all the host (mass of persons) of them’ (Gen. 2:1). We were there in God and we were finished before we came to the planet. The eternal that is within us, our spirit man, never had a beginning or end. Our spirits in God reached such a climatic point, such an overcoming, such a union, such a marriage and activity, such a Ruler and King, we had to be manifest, and therefore we were born. When we were finished, we were caused to be all that we were intended to be, all the assembling came to pass. Chosen in Him does not mean God haphazardly picked us out. There was a union between us and God so that when we were finished we came into being because of a spiritual encounter, whereby there had to be the expression, for everything reaches its next dimension of life when its previous life has reached its climax.
We were born because our spirit reached a place in God where we had to be manifest; we came out of obscurity, chosen in God, a holy nation, a royal priesthood, a chosen generation, a people for God’s own possession. In Christ Jesus, we have been restored to the same force that pulled us out of God to restore us back into God, to encounter what is already ours.
‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate (to be) conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified’ (Rom. 8:28-30). We were perfected before we ever got started. So why did God bother to create us? If God is love and God is spirit and we are the image of God from the beginning, if we were not created God does not exist. This manifested expression is a person and because God is a person that person took on a form and keeps forming and developing and growing, because it started right. Everything you find in the tree you first find in the seed.
God never gives a command except He prepares a way to fulfill it. God never gives a law unless the power to fulfill that law is already in place. It is the willingness and love that is being tested; it’s the faith that is being tried. Peace would be prepared before you go to war; He reserves the victory before the fight. ‘For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them’ (Eph. 2:10).
The image of God is not robotic. There has to be the encounter of agreement, the sovereign fellowship, meaning the two must come to the same conclusion. True love has to come by the same union. There was a divine plan in the fall of man, Jesus did not die 2000 years ago, the Lamb was slain from before the foundation of the world, and 2000 years ago we found out what God has already done. We can come into the experience of what is already accomplished.
God’s vision is always all encompassing, all eternal; He sees it from the beginning to the end. He sees the past, present and future; we see only here and now. We see trial, He sees great responsibility; we see contradiction and rejection, He sees chosen and selection. We see challenge, He sees victory. When we see things from God’s perspective, we begin to operate according to His Kingdom come.
In Christ we are a new creation; we will inherit according to the citizenship to which we belong.
‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and-look!-all things have become new!’ (2 Cor. 5:17). When we identify that we are citizens of the kingdom, our citizenship is heavenly; we are in this world but not of it. The Kingdom of God is a civilization that lives in a higher order of life, a different form of being governed. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!” (Matt. 3:2). Change the way we think, turn away from our old mindsets and all the snares of our own old conclusions, insecurities, fears and doubts, worries about the future. Why do we have to get snared according to the conditions of this world? Whatsoever we submit to, to that you will be a servant.
“The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed;’ (Luke17:20). The Kingdom of God is in us; it is invisible. No matter the exterior conditions or what is happening, on the outer parameters of our life, it does not change anything that is going on in our lives. Greater is He that is in you than anything outside of you.
We are the image and likeness of God. God has no face, God is spirit, the face of God appeared in Jesus Christ and if Jesus Christ is in us, we have become the face of God For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ’ (1Cor. 12:12). Christ is a many-membered body which we are, Jesus Christ being the Head.
‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matt. 6:33). When we seek first the Kingdom of God it means that whatever the activity of the Kingdom of God is, it comes and overtakes, intervenes, breaks to pieces all conditions of all other orders overruling them, and establishes what He intends for those times and seasons.
Whatsoever mountain is facing your life, disease poverty etc. – it is bound within the time frame of this world; but if we are able to seek the Kingdom of God first, we are able to bring about the heavenly season to penetrate into this earthly domain and cause whatsoever belongs to our future to become manifest now. Seeking the Kingdom of God first means the demonstration of His presence.
Nowhere in Scripture do you find earth going to heaven, you always find heaven coming to earth. God has never come to the earth without a man; there has to be a manifestation. God wants us to be His everlasting habitation, so He places His mind in us, His Spirit in us, His Kingdom and image in us, His likeness in us, His purpose in us; He wants to make us Him. He wants us to be the showbread, showing the world who He is, through us. We need to give the world a Christ experience that changes our ways of thinking, aligning with that which is already true; causing the Kingdom of God that is within to alter our times and seasons and bring the intervention of the heavenly activities into this needful world.