(NOTE: This is a ‘rough draft’ of a chapter of my finished book- available on Amazon via Title Link: Thy Kingdom Come- Here and Now!)
Chapter 12- The Foundational Principle of Ultimate Perfection
Hebrews 6:1(NKJV)… Therefore leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection…
This ‘perfection’ is maturity, completion, wholeness. In the discussion of elementary or foundational principles, this one is veiled- but is of utmost importance in the total development of what is considered by Scripture as the basic understanding of the Christian faith. This maturity and completion is the goal of the Father in each of us. It is our inexorable destiny. There are many passages in God’s Word that encourage, challenge, and even command that we grow up… and not meaning grow old. My favorite in found in:
Ephesians 4:11… And He Himself gave some as apostles and some as prophets and some as evangelists and some as shepherds [pastors] and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints unto the work of the ministry unto the building up of the Body of Christ, until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…
Pretty ambitious objective for each of us corporately and individually! Full stature in Christ… how awesome, how precious, how beautiful is that! We see in this passage that the building up of the Body of Christ is not accomplished directly by the ascension gift ministries given by our Lord, but by the saints who have been perfected by the ‘gifted ones’. The Lord by His Spirit has impressed upon my heart what I consider a significant truth with respect to the five-fold ministry. Although there are definitely distinct individuals who walk in the office gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher- due to their maturity in their calling and appointment by the Lord… there is no lack of anointing for every member of the Body of Christ to walk in true five-fold ministry anointing.
In other words, you and I can ‘exercise’ the apostolic anointing when in maturity with humility we set things in order based upon the Word (line upon line… precept upon precept). We can move with prophetic anointing when we share the Scriptures and the Lord ‘quickens’ a Rhema word for someone through us, or even gives us a prophetic word of edification, exhortation, comfort, or warning for that individual. Every believer should walk in the evangelistic anointing since we are to share the gospel freely as led by the Holy Spirit. We have the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19) and God will reward as we bring forth treasures out of darkness. As the high priest of the home, husbands and fathers exemplify those that need to have the pastoral anointing as ‘shepherds’ of their family. Clearly it is not the exclusive domain of men, since there are many women who not only in the home, but in their extended family, in the workplace, or even in school may have the platform and unction of the Holy Spirit to move in this precious anointing and call. The teaching anointing as far as I am concerned is across the board: our every action, word, and attitude ‘teach’ other not only about whom we are but hopefully model wholeness behavior and an attractive character that will bring praise to the Lord for the testimony of our daily lives.
Arriving at the oneness of the faith is not about the act of our believing in the truth of God’s revelation but refers to the things in which we believe, specifically related to the divine person of Christ and His redemptive work. The full knowledge of the Son of God is the continuing process of apprehending the revelation concerning the Son of God for our personal experience. All minor doctrinal concepts that cause division are cast aside as we attain practical oneness and arrive at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
So looking at the 7 foundational principles as a group we see that repentance is a turning away from dead works while faith involves entering into God. Baptisms are acts of separation from and the termination of negative things, with resurrection power working in us the life of Christ. The laying on of hands is both identification with and impartation of divine things. The resurrection of the dead is coming out of death into eternal life, while eternal judgment is the entering into eternity with our destiny sealed. And last but of utmost importance even in the context of the passage is ultimate perfection– the reaching for and attainment of the higher call.
Philippians 3:8-15 (NKJV)… But indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord… count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him… that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection... but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind…
This verse complements well Hebrews 12:1 concerning laying aside all the unnecessary ‘weights’ or things that encumber, as well as the sin that hinders our spiritual growth and strive for maturity and wholeness. As 1 Corinthians 13 encourages us to be perfected in love, we will not fully arrive at this ultimate perfection until we are transformed in the first resurrection. I love the way John puts it:
1 John 3:1-3 (NKJV)… Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
The world is ignorant of our being regenerated by God. Since it does not believe in the true and living God, it cannot fathom our being His children. It seems to the lost the height of arrogance to say that God is personally our Father, and not theirs. This is yet another reason why wisdom is necessary, working with the leading of the Holy Spirit in sharing our faith and defending it against the sewer system of darkness. In all humility we must firmly believe in their potential to get saved, just as we were. Because we are children of God, we will be like Him in maturity of life when He is come. We will not only have the divine nature as we now have, we have also bear the divine likeness of our Lord, which will be our greater blessing and enjoyment.
Romans 8:16-23… The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also; on the one hand, heirs of God; on the other, joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed upon us. For the anxious watching of the creation eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was made subject to vanity, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, In hope that the creation itself will also be freed from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans together and travails in pain together until now. And not only so, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan in ourselves, eagerly awaiting sonship, the redemption of our body.
Although we have the divine Spirit united with our spirit, our body has yet to be saturated with the divine life. Our body is still the flesh and is of the old creation. It is still subject to sin and death and is therefore missing the deeper things of God. We therefore groan together with all creation eagerly awaiting the day of glory when we will obtain the full sonship, our transfiguration including that of our body, when we will finally be freed from the slavery of corruption. The revelation of God in His Holy Scriptures gives us the progressive sequence of transformation that is destined to occur in His full recovery and restoration of a damaged planet. Between today and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ there will be simultaneous and parallel realities manifesting daily. The darkness will get ever darker, the depravity more entrenched in the children of satan, and cataclysmic changes will occur in the earth as it reels under the weight of corruption and decay. At the same time the church will continue to pulsate with a greater luminescence as His Presence comes in waves, and then eventually begins to abide in His Body. We will see and experience the fulfillment of:
Isaiah 60:1-5… Arise! Shine! For your light has come, and the glory of Jehovah has risen upon you. For behold, the darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; But Jehovah will rise upon you, and His glory will be seen upon you. And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising, Lift up your eyes around you and see: They all gather together; they come to you; Your sons will come from far away, And your daughters will be carried on the hip. Then you will see and you will beam, And your heart will be in awe and will swell with joy, For the abundance of the sea will be turned to you, The wealth of the nations will come to you.
This prophecy is being fulfilled ‘as we speak’. I believe this is both a beginning and an ending. There is a sense to this current outpouring that it may be a final contraction or birth pang, to what will be in the very near future The Greatest Move of God in the history of mankind! I agree with others in the greater Body of Christ that the Lord will come to abide in and with His people. There is a birthing in process- and it is a fulfillment of the cry of the Lord in:
Matthew 6:9 (NKJV)… Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
The Church Age began with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, followed closely by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit 50 days later at Pentecost. This set of events occurred about 30 A.D. I believe that the period of nearly two thousand years that have transpired since, has prepared a people and set the stage for the return of the Lord at the beginning of the third day, with the biblical understanding that a day to the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day.
Luke 13:32… And He [Jesus] said to them… ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’
2 Peter 3:8-12… But do not let this one thing escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay regarding the promise as some count delay, but is long-suffering toward you, not intending that any perish but that all advance to repentance.
But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the elements, burning with intense heat, will be dissolved, and the earth and the works in it will be burned up. Since all these things are to be thus dissolved, what kind of persons ought you to be in holy manner of life and godliness, Expecting and hastening the coming of the day of God…
Peter in the last section of this passage is alluding to the final transformation of our universe at the end of the Millennial Reign of Christ, and will be the transition to the perfect Eternity future. So we see this sequence of events before us: Our light arising with the Lord’s manifest Presence in increasing measure- amidst a darkening world; the return of the Lord with both the Rapture of the Church and the pouring out of God’s wrath on a wicked world system culminating in the Battle campaign of Armageddon; the ushering in of a thousand year reign of our Lord Jesus Christ with a progressively restored planet bringing into reality a utopia of human existence; followed by a fully transformed universe entering into the joy of a perfect Eternity future. Let’s look briefly at some possibilities of what life in the millennium Kingdom will be like.
The Ultimate Perfection of the Millennium Kingdom
There will soon be a kingdom within a kingdom. The Kingdom of God has always been from Eternity past into the present moment, and continuing without interruption into Eternity future. Our God has always been sovereign. Since He never changes (Malachi 3:6) and has always been omnipotent, the Kingdom of Heaven is from everlasting to everlasting. On the other hand, the millennial reign of Christ is specifically a period of one thousand years from the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth until the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the thousand years. The Ultimate Perfection of the Millennium Kingdom will be the Lord Jesus Christ. Again it is very clear that our (that is mankind’s) ultimate perfection will not be fully realized until Eternity future commences. Although there will be ever increasing ‘perfection’ of society and all other aspects of life on earth during the third day Kingdom period, there will still be billions of unregenerate people on planet earth by the end of the 1000 years. Each and every one will need to make a decision for Christ as an act of free will, even with Him continually present reigning on earth. If they choose to reject Christ’s atoning sacrifice leading to salvation, they will be doomed and sent to perdition.
The Kingdom reign of Christ will immediately follow the cataclysmic world-wide devastation of the tribulation period culminating in the Battle of Armageddon. There will truly be a renaissance, a re-birth of this planet earth under the strong leadership of our King Jesus Christ. No one who has ever lived has known what it’s like to live in a tension-free, harmonious world. Since Satan is still loose there is always an underlying discord and melancholy that permeates existence no matter what our station in life. Humanity lives in fear of one another beset with daily struggles, rampaging nature, wars incessantly going on with their destruction in too many places, diseases of all kinds taking their toll, and people struggling continually to make ends meet. Famines, wars, pestilence, false religion, man’s inhumanity to man… these are all the negative side of birth pangs of a brand new age which is about to be born. Thankfully the positive side of these birth pangs are souls coming into the Kingdom by the hundreds of thousands weekly all over the world. It is also the greater manifestation of signs and wonders, healings, dramatic deliverances, and the Holy Fear of the Lord coming upon both the church and the lost.
This tired and abused planet needs to be reborn also. Through the devastation that will occur to the entire planet during the great tribulation period, the entire earth will be ‘plowed up’ so to speak. With the world-wide earthquakes that will occur casting down all major structures, removing entire islands, and leveling whole mountain ranges (Revelation 16)- there will be rearrangements of the planet’s geography that will raise up large land areas of enormous proportions. All the earthquakes that will happen in a short span of time will also relieve the underground pressures that have built up over the past several thousand years. Vast amounts of ocean waters will penetrate the chasms created to cool the overheated core, which will then rise dramatically as steam and impact the atmosphere worldwide.
Some even postulate that the 22 degree tilt of our planet as well as the earth’s wobble may be corrected by the hand of God at the beginning of the 1000 year reign of Christ. It could potentially stabilize earth weather patterns eliminating the extremes of climate that are hurricanes, typhoons, floods, blizzards, tornadoes, cyclones, droughts, and extremes of heat and cold. Imagine a period of time with pleasant weather patterns being the norm. With the hidden resources and treasures that have been submerged under the vast oceans of this present world, the new world can be rebuilt with great care and wise environmental stewardship like our original mandate in the Garden of Eden.
Millennial life will be an era of great purpose for all who are privileged to enter into it. The redeemed saints of the Lord will have positions of delegated authority to oversee all the work that will be necessary in the rehabilitation of planet earth. The supernatural Hand of God in the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ ruling and reigning over all the earth will be continually evident. But human endeavor will also be emphasized so that all of mankind will participate actively and in unity in making this gem of a planet into an ideal habitation for the Presence of God in all His creation. We will have the mind of Christ in our immortal bodies, never to experience mental fatigue, physical pain or aging, forgetfulness, nor any other malady of this life. Assignments will be easy to accomplish. Progress will be saturated with God’s grace during these many hundreds of years. Oh, the Joy!
Consider the fact that science currently confirms that humans alive today use about 7% of their brain’s potential. When we are transformed we will be able to utilize 100% of every physical and mental capacity without any friction or wear and tear. It is highly likely that during the Millennium science and technology will explode with magnificent inventions, and new technology that will cover every facet of society and Kingdom life. Without thorns and thistles food production will be as its height of both efficiency and nutritional value. There won’t be any pests requiring pesticides, and the new soil of vast new lands covering the surface of our planet will yield highly potent produce. The great beasts of the field will all lose their ferocity and fear of man, and truly the lion will lay down with the lamb.
The incredible leap of science and technology that we have experience over the past 120 years (from horseback to space exploration; from the discovery of electricity to global telecommunications at your fingertips; etc.) will pale in comparison to what lies ahead during the Millennium. We have had great men of science who loved the Lord, great men and women who were fervent, praying Christians whose minds God illuminated to bring forth scientific discoveries that would bless mankind. Brilliant children of God like Johannes Kepler, Michael Faraday, Galileo, Blaise Pascal, Sir Isaac Newton, and so many others who would intersperse their writings and formulas with praises to the Lord, hymns, and prophetic insights! How much more will this occur when the veil is permanently removed from our mental faculties and we can think, meditate, and problem-solve without fatigue and with 100% recall.
The divine life that we as Christians will inherit in the resurrection will stimulate our minds to a level of intelligence that will make us capable of tackling all the problems that now confound the world’s greatest minds today. There will be an unleashing of human creativity with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding flowing. Every area that our minds touch in the fields of communication, alternative energy, health, transportation, agriculture, the arts, and education- will cause quantum leaps in practical and tangible results to manifest. For example: all matter is energy packed. We will see it unlocked to provide unlimited pollution-free power. There will be silent, pollution-free, yet optimally efficient propulsion in an ecological utopia where every region will look green, beautifully designed to give praise the Lord. There will be no overcrowding even though the potential population of planet earth at the end of the Millennium could be somewhere approaching 30-40 billion people. Think of how… much smaller bodies of water; not 2/3’s of the planet covered in water. Greater land masses with ideal climate, and death being a rarity of punishment.
Isaiah 65:20… There will no longer be in her an infant who reaches the age of only a few days Nor an old man who does not fill up his days; For the lad will die at a hundred years of age, and the sinner, being a hundred years of age, will be cursed.
We who are alive today, on this side of the Millennium- are already approaching the crest of several major technological waves: nanotechnology (see J. Storrs Hall‘s outstanding book Nanofuture), biotechnology with its emerging cures for chronic diseases, and the rather mystical field of electromagnetic energy. Take all the advances we will see before the Lord’s return in these and other cutting edge fields of discovery and innovation, and multiple them by a factor of 10, and then again, and again, and yet again… and you will still only scratch the surface of what we will experience during that exhilarating time of existence that will be the millennial reign of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:9,10 (NKJV)… But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, [even] the deep things of God.
Righteousness will predominate during the Millennium because Satan will be bound, the Holiness of God will be a primary focus influencing all aspects of society, and the Lord Jesus will rule with a firm hand as the ever-present King of His Kingdom.
Habakkuk 2:14… For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of [the Lord] as water covers the sea.
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