images - James Nesbit, artist
Session 1 - Part E
By Nita Johnson
Next, let’s look at Ephesians 2:19-22. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)
19 Therefore you are no longer outsiders (exiles, migrants, and aliens, excluded from the rights of citizens), but you now share citizenship with the saints (God’s own people, consecrated and set apart for Himself); and you belong to God’s
20 You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone.
21 In Him the
whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord].
22 In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit.
Okay now, listen to that for a second. How many of us have always known that the temple of God is made out of light? Here we learn that the temple of God, as in other places, but we learn here also, that the temple of God is made out of the essence
that is being divinely chiseled and formed, created, held, designed by the Spirit. What is the Spirit? The Spirit of God is pure light. So He is taking the church, I mean, of all of the things we can say about the future, the most important thing we could
ever say is that He is making the temple of God out of the children of light. What an incredible statement. What holds God? When He confines Himself to a temple, He owns that temple, but the temple houses Him so there is a mutual communion going on. That is
what the Spirit of God is working to create to build to the glory of Christ.
Now a vessel of light is going to have far more capacity than someone who is born of the kingdom of darkness, who lives and
dies there. Our problem is we’ve never thought to seek out and learn just what He can do with a son of light and begin to seek His face as to what He wants your part in that to be so that you can start working with Him to let that happen.
2 Corinthians 5:17, 21:
17 Therefore if any person is [engrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral
and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with,
viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].
The reality is, the more we strive to be
like Him, the more we fight and war against our flesh and our soulish nature and side with our spirit to have the dominion of our being in Christ, the more purified we are going to become, and the more purified we become, the more highly He is going to be
able to use us.
I want you to know everything I am saying tonight. God has a church that He literally delivered His Son to the cross to obtain and He did it, not just to give us a great home in heaven
through eternity, but it was the world that brought shame to His name. Some people might say yeah, it was the Jews. It was the world that brought shame to His name. So God, in His wonderful way, is making a plan where He is going to use His church to overcome
the world—that is what we are discussing. From the morning when you get out of bed until the time you go to sleep, you are being prepared as a special and anointed vessel of the Lord, someone who is being built into the image of His church on earth as
His temple on earth.
This is so beautiful if you can just grab it and hold it. His goal is to develop vessels that can walk in heaven while on this earth. That is what Jesus did in the book of John. We
hear Him say that no one knows Him except we who are with Him. He didn’t say, “were”, He said “are”. Jesus was walking in heaven while He was walking on this earth and no one knew it except the Father.
So, maybe between now and next week you can go through the gospels and see if you can understand a little bit more about Jesus, how He walked, how He talked and how God used Him in this highly developed state. Not that God has to be developed, that
is not what I am saying, however, He was also all man and all man had to be developed to hold the “all God.” What He did through Christ He is surely going do again through the many.
World for Jesus Ministries
World For Jesus Ministries, Inc.
N First Street, #105-307
Fresno, CA 93710