The Light of Life
by George Kirkpatrick
There is an old saying that says, "If you want to hide something put it an a conspicuous place". This is what God has done. He has hidden His glorious truths in the most conspicuous place, "His Word"! If we desire His hidden mysteries, all we need to do is open His glorious Word and discover them for ourselves.
God reveals His Word in various ways:
by an imparted word from someone
by revelation of a truth as we read His Word
or God can reveal His truth in our spirit, and then at a later date confirm what He has revealed in our spirit in His Word.
One of God's hidden mysteries revealed in the Spirit is that Jesus looked like the original Adam. Through much study the truth of Romans 5:14 was revealed:
"Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of Him that was to come." Romans 5:14
Adam was the figure of Him who was to come (Jesus). The word figure means "a figure formed by a blow or impression; hence a figure, image". It also means "print". In other words, Jesus was the exact carbon copy of the original Adam. The apostle Paul wrote of Jesus to the church at Colosse:
"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:" Colossians 1:15
The original Adam was created in the image and likeness of the Father, and Jesus also came in the likeness of the Father (the invisible God). We can rely on God's Word to reveal all truths. Jesus revealed a truth to His disciples when He was explaining the use of parables:
"All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world." Matthew 13:34-35
All of Jesus' parables were mysteries God had kept unto Himself from the foundation of the world. All parables must be understood by and through the Spirit. Parables are prophesies spoken by Jesus that are being fulfilled in our day.
Another truth hidden from the foundation of the earth is that the original Adam was not created with blood in his veins. This has burned in the author's spirit for many years, then a brother shared, ". . . as I was praying I was caught up into the presence of God. It was like all my veins were filled with light. . ." This was the key needed to open up a multitude of Scriptures concerning light. This opened up so much concerning the creation as recorded in Genesis.
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." Genesis 1:3
We know this was not the light from the sun or moon because these were not created until the fourth day, Genesis 1:14-17. It is the light God created on the first day of creation we are interested in.
"And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:4-5
From the beginning there was a separation from those who would walk in the light and those who chose to walk in darkness. Paul revealed this division between light and darkness to the church of Thessalonica:
"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." I Thessalonians 5:5
Those who walk in the glorious light of truth are children of light, and not children of darkness. As we search for the truth of the light God created on the first day of creation we look at the words of the beloved disciple, John:
"In Him was life; and the life was the light of men." John 1:4
Speaking of Jesus, John revealed that in Jesus was life, and His life was the light of men. John further recorded the words of Jesus:
"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12
Jesus declared Himself to be the light of the world. He also declared those who follow Him shall have the light of life. This statement was a proclamation of the regenerated man who would inhabit the earth for all eternity.
As we search out the light of life God created on the first day, we see this light illuminating the Word of God to reveal its most hidden mysteries. We begin our search with Paul's writings to the church at Corinth:
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." II Corinthians 4:6
The light created on the first day of creation shined in the face of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration.
"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light." Matthew 17:1-2
Prophetically speaking, it was after six days Jesus was transfigured. Or, He was transfigured on the seventh day. The word transfigured is the Greek word METAMORPHOO and means "to change into another form, to transform". When the light shined in Jesus' face, He was transformed, and His face shone as the sun. Even His clothing was white as light. The word light is the Greek word PHOS and is also translated "fire". It is light of a pure, brilliant quality. There are no impurities in the light of God. Paul could write these words to the Corinthians because he had witnessed this same glorious light on the road to Damascus.
"And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?" Acts 9:3-4
When Paul was explaining His experience to King Agrippa, he proclaimed:
"At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me." Acts 26:13
Paul had witnessed the same light Jesus, Peter, James, and John had experienced on the Mount of Transfiguration. When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, he declared:
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts. . ." II Corinthians 4:6
Our heart is our mind. God has illumined our minds. Why? To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, II Corinthians 4:6b. God wants us to understand His Word. This is why Paul declared we are children of light and of the day, and not of darkness, I Thessalonians 5:5. When God created man it was His light that flowed through man's veins and became His life. When man sinned in the garden everything changed. God pronounced curses upon the woman, the man, and the serpent.
God has hidden His mysteries, but He has given us clues to uncover the mysteries hidden in His Word. God created man perfect. To search for these clues we must return to the creation of man:
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 1:27
God, in His perfection, created man perfect. God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and God took a rib from Adam's side and He made woman.
"And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man." Genesis 2:23
God brought His whole creation before Adam to name:
"And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof." Genesis 2:19
God allowed Adam to name all His creation. When God made Adam an helpmate, Adam called her woman because she was taken out of man. When man sinned even the name of God's helpmate was changed. When Adam's helpmate was created she was called "woman". After they partook of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. . .
". . .Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living." Genesis 3:20
The woman's name was now Eve which means life-giver. Man would now reproduce their offspring the same as everything else God created. Their reproduction would be through the natural procreation process. The curse placed upon the woman was:
"Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." Genesis 3:16
The woman's pain in childbirth would be greatly multiplied. If God was going to greatly increase her pain in childbirth, this would indicate she must have had children before sin entered into the garden.
After man sinned, he was expelled from the garden. Then God records:
"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord." Genesis 4:1
Since Eve was not called Eve until after sin, then Cain would have been the first born after they were driven from the garden, and would be the first child Eve gave birth to with greatly multiplied pain.
"And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground." Genesis 4:2
This is often called the original family, but it should be obvious to all who study the Bible, God used Cain and Abel to reveal the further fall of man.
When Adam and his wife sinned ,God clothed them in skins of beasts. This was to show man had taken on a beast nature. When Cain slew Abel, this was to exemplify man's beast nature. Jesus addressed this further fall of man when He proclaimed to the Pharisees:
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44
The devil was not a murderer when he tempted the woman in the garden, he was only a liar. He became the father of all liars. He was a not a murderer until he put it in Cain's heart to kill Abel.
When the Lord asked Cain of his brother's welfare Cain replied, "Am I my brother's keeper?"
"And he said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground." * Genesis 4:10
This is the first mention of blood in the Bible. After man's sin, the light of life no longer flowed through man's veins. The blood had become the life of man as it was in all God's beast creation.
Abel's life was in his blood. It was his life that was crying from the ground. Fallen man had truly revealed his beast nature. Today murder has become all too common. How far man has fallen from his created condition!
Through Abel we witness man's life was now in his blood. As we move ahead to the time after the flood, God spells out the change He wrought in His creation man for all to understand.
"But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat." Genesis 9:4
By God's direction man was not to eat the blood of animals or man. Yet today many have forsaken this direction. Many satanic cults have made eating blood part of their initiation exercises.
As we look again at God's creation, the change sin brought becomes even more clear.
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7
When God formed man from the dust, he breathed the breath of life into man, and he became a living soul. The word breath is the Hebrew word NESHAMAH and could have been translated "spirit". So when God created man, he breathed into him the spirit of life. Before Adam, the life in man was not in the blood. Man did not need blood because the life flowing through his veins was the Spirit of God. But when man sinned, the Spirit of life left him, and God filled his veins with blood. When the Spirit of God left man, he was found naked. The covering of God had ceased in his life, and he became like God's beast creation with no Spirit of life in him. The light and the life of God was no longer in his life. The All-wise Solomon understood this when he wrote:
"For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity." Ecclesiastes 3:19
Until the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, man had no preeminence above the beast. The life and light of God no longer flowed through man's veins. Man died like all God's beast creation. Death had become his enemy. But when the Holy Spirit came as cloven tongues of fire on the Day of Pentecost, God began to prepare His creation man for His regeneration process to begin.
The apostle Paul revealed the condition of man without Christ (the Holy Spirit) to the church at Ephesus:
"That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:" Ephesians 2:12
When man is without Christ, he is an alien (foreigner) from the nation of Israel (Spiritual Israel). In this condition he has no share in the covenants of promise, and he has no hope, and is without God in the world. This is the same condition of every other beast on the earth.
Both Peter and Jude spoke of the brute beast nature in man that must be destroyed. Peter wrote:
"But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;" II Peter 2:10 & 12
Those who walk after the flesh, who lust after unclean things, who despise all authority, who are self-willed, and speak evil of the majesty of God are operating as natural brute beasts. This old brute beast nature man has had from the beginning is why we have wars, crime, murder, rape, and every other atrocity that has plagued mankind since the garden. As Peter warned, man is certainly perishing in his own corruption. Jude wrote:
"Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves." Jude, verses 8 & 10
As long as man remains in his brute beast nature, he will think with a corrupt mind, and speak evil of things they do not know or understand. But God gives us hope in His Word. John records:
"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light." John 1:6-8
John was not the light, but He came to bear witness to the light who would be the light of life. The beloved John also revealed:
"This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." I John 1:5
God is light. When God breathed His Spirit into man, man was filled with light. The light became the life in man. This is why, when God looked at His creation man He could say, "It was good".
As we further search out the mysteries of God He has hidden in His Scriptures, we look to the time when the rich young ruler came to Jesus and replied, "Good Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life", Luke 18:18. Jesus' question to the young ruler was:
". . . Why callest thou Me good? None is good, save one, that is, God." Luke 18:19
We need to ask ourselves, "Wasn't Jesus good? He was without sin." Why did Jesus state, "There is none good except God"? Jesus knew He was not above the beast because He had blood in His veins instead of the light of life. He was the light of life to all mankind, but He, too, had to overcome the beast nature. He did this in the Garden of Gethsemene. When facing death, He proclaimed to the Father, "Not My will, but Thy will be done". Jesus had to sacrifice His earthen vessel to obtain a vessel filled with the light of life, His eternal vessel.
We have an example of this in the Old Testament when Gideon chose his three hundred soldiers to fight the Midianites, the Amalekites, and all the children of the East. Gideon started out with an army of thirty-two thousand men. God spoke to Gideon to send home all those who were fearful and afraid. Those who are filled with fear cannot serve in God's army. This cost Gideon twenty-two thousand men. Another test still lay ahead for Gideon. He was to bring His remaining ten thousand down to the river:
"So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.
And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water." Judges 7:5-6
Only those who lapped the water with their tongue could be in Gideon's army. Those who bowed down upon their knees to drink, who had their faces in the water were sent home. The water is the Word. Those who lapped the water out of their hands were vigilant. They could see the approach of the enemy. They were partaking of the water of life, but they were also watching. Those who have their faces buried in God's Word, but are not watchful are like the five virgins in Matthew 25 who had oil in their lamps, but were not prepared for the return of their Lord.
So Gideon chose his three hundred, vigilant ones, and prepared for battle. What were Gideon's army's weapons of war?
"And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers." Judges 7:16
Each man in Gideon's army was given a trumpet and a pitcher with a lamp inside. The trumpet is the prophetic voice. The lamp is the light of life. Then Gideon gave his instructions:
"When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.
So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon." Judges 7:18-20
Gideon surrounded the enemy outside the camp. By God's Word we know Jesus was crucified outside the camp. We, too, must deal with the old beast nature outside the camp.
At Gideon's command, all three hundred were to break their pitchers and hold their lamps in their left hand and the trumpet in their right hand. They were to cry, "The sword of the Lord and of Gideon". The sword of the Lord and the sword of Gideon was one sword. It was God's Spiritual sword that Gideon carried. No physical sword could win the battle. Paul revealed this sword to the church at Ephesus:
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God." Ephesians 6:17
The sword of the Spirit is part our Spiritual armor. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul explains the sword of the Spirit:
"For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
The word twoedged means "two mouthed". The Word of God is twoedged, or two mouthed. It speaks equally to the soul and to the spirit. If we follow the Word of God, it will divide our soulish thinking from our Spiritual revelation.
Gideons' army is an example of God's endtime army He is raising up in the wilderness. The lamps Gideon's soldiers had were carried in earthen vessels. These earthen vessels were to be broken. Our earthen vessels must be broken also if our light is to come forth. As Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." II Corinthians 4:6-7
God has placed the light He spoke into existence on the first day of creation in earthen vessels. The only problem is the light has not become our life because our earthen vessels have not been broken so God's excellency and power can come forth. It cannot be seen in our life because our vessels have not been broken. Jesus spoke about our light being hid:
"No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light." Luke 8:16
Our light must be set on a candlestick. It cannot be covered by our earthen vessel or put under the bed where all the virgins sleep while they wait for the bridegroom's return. Until we allow our vessels to be broken our light is truly hidden by our earthen vessel. Through Matthew Jesus revealed:
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." Matthew 5:14
How are we to be the light of the world? We are to become God's Holy City, New Jerusalem, set upon Mt. Zion for all the world to see and run into. If we are to become the city of God, Psalm 87:3, then we need to understand what Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos concerning the Holy City:
"And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it." Revelation 21:22
When Jesus showed John the Holy City, John saw no temple in the city. Those who make up the city were the temple, Ephesians 2:21-22. When John looked, all he saw was the Lord God Almighty dwelling in His people. Those who make up the Holy City will display the glory God has promised His people from the beginning. Paul wrote to the church at Rome:
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Romans 8:18
The suffering God's people will go through will only prepare them for the glory God is going to reveal in His people. The apostle Peter was also given this same revelation:
"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." I Peter 4:13
When Jesus showed John the Holy City, all John could see was the glory of God revealed in His people. Jesus continued his revelation to John:
"And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." Revelation 21:23
The glory of God's saints of light illuminated the city. There was no need for the light of the sun or the moon in God's Holy City. Those whose life is the light of God will so exude God's glory they will be as Moses when he came down from the mount. God's glory so radiated in his face, that when he spoke to the people he had to put a napkin over his face because the people could not look upon God's glory.
The prophet Isaiah foretold God's Holy City seven hundred and fifty years before Jesus revealed it to John on the Isle of Patmos. Isaiah began his prophesy by proclaiming:
"Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise." Isaiah 60:18
The walls of our city are Salvation, and our gates, Praise. Isaiah continues:
"The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended." Isaiah 60:19-20
When the glory of the Lord becomes our everlasting light, violence will have ceased in our land. There will be no wasting, nor destruction, and our mourning shall be ended. What a glorious day to look forward to.
God's Servant Saints
Jesus continues His revelation to John:
"And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it." Revelation 21:24
Nation's are peoples. Those who are saved shall walk in the light of God's Holy City. These are those who have been saved through the wrath of God. Jesus showed these to John:
"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." Revelation 7:9-10
These who stood before the throne in their white robes could only cry, "Salvation". All they knew was the basic salvation message. Those who are only saved are the servant saints. They never went any further then the forgiveness of their sin and water baptism.
"And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they?
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Revelation 7:13-14
These servant saints came out of great tribulation. To come out of it, they had to be in it. These are those who had to be purified in the wrath of God. As Jesus explained to John, they washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb. The only purpose for the blood of the Lamb is the forgiveness of sin. These who only knew the salvation message never went any further into a Spiritual relationship with their God.
Today when we inquire of these who remain servant saints about their relationship with God, they can only state, "I am saved." When we ask, "Saved from what?", they have no answer. Their only knowledge of God is the Salvation Message. As Jesus related to John:
"Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them." Revelation 7:15
The servant saints will never rule and reign with their God. They will only remain in God's Holy City to serve Him in whatever capacity God has for them. The great multitude around God's throne are these servant saints, who will serve God day and night before His throne.
God's Kings of the Earth
Jesus continued His explanation to John concerning His saints who will make up His Holy City.
". . . and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it." Revelation 21:24b
We may ask, "Who are the kings of the earth?" Jesus told John to write to the seven churches in Asia. He was to write:
". . . from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 1:5-6
We are made kings and priests unto our God. The kings of the earth are those who rule and reign around the throne. Those who rule and reign around the throne will bring their glory into the Holy City. These are the one hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from among men and were no part of the church system, Revelation 14:4.
The priests are those who will rule and reign with Christ on the earth for one thousand years. Jesus gave the revelation to John:
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Revelation 20:6
God's priests are His ministers who stand before the Lord for His people. Those who become priests are His eternal eldership who will establish God's Kingdom in His people.
We need to begin to understand that New Jerusalem is not a physical city, but is made up of God's called, chosen, and elect: His servant saints, His priests, and His kings. This revelation brings many truths in the Bible into new light. As Jesus continues His revelation to John, His glorious light of truth shines upon the mystery hidden from the foundation of the earth.
"And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there." Revelation 21:25
The gates of the city shall never be closed. The prophet Isaiah gave us further understanding of the gates of the Holy City never being closed. We must remember our gates where we enter into the Holy City is Praise. Isaiah proclaimed:
"Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.
For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted." Isaiah 60:11-12
The word Gentiles should have been translated "nations or peoples". The word forces means "glory and wealth". God is going to be victorious in His people, and those who will not serve God or His people will be utterly wasted.
As Jesus revealed unto John, "There shall be no night there". It will always be day there because of the light in God's saints. This will be when God truly separates the light from the darkness. The beloved John proclaimed:
"But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him." John 11:10
The world, who have shunned the light of the glorious gospel of truth, walk in the night. Their lives consist of the their stumbling from one error to the next because they have no light in them. The Bible speaks much about those who walk in darkness. The beloved John recorded Jesus' words:
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved." John 3:19-20
The world loves their darkness. They hate the light because the light convicts them of their evil ways. The apostle Paul reproved us when he wrote to the church at Ephesus:
"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:" Ephesians 5:8
Those who have been delivered from the darkness are to walk as children of light. If we are to become part of the Holy City of God, we must heed the words of Paul to the church at Rome:
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light." Romans 13:12
We are admonished to put off all the works of darkness, and put on our armour of light if we are to stand in the presence of God and be part of His Holy City. Jesus made this revelation to John concerning those who will make up His Holy City.
"And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." Revelation 21:27
Nothing unclean, no abomination, nor anything that is not what it seems to be is going to be part of the Holy City of God. Jesus continues revealing His plan for His holy people, His Holy City, His New Jerusalem:
"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 22:5
God's glorious light He created on the first day of creation will become the everlasting light in His people. Those who receive the light of life will reign with Him for ever and ever. God created man to have eternal life, but when sin entered in to man his life became shorter and shorter. Why? Because most diseases are carried in the blood. When the light of God was no longer man's life, man's life became shorter and shorter.
Methuselah lived to be nine hundred and sixty nine years. Jared lived to be nine hundred and fifty years. But at the time of the flood man's life had become much shorter. Moses recorded:
"And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." Genesis 6:3
Man's days became one hundred and twenty years. Moses only wrote one Psalm, Psalm Ninety. In this Psalm, Moses foretold God's plan for His creation man. His life again would be shortened.
"The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." Psalm 90:10
No man has ever lived that one thousand year day. Man's life had digressed from eternal life to seventy years. This is still true today, even with all modern science can do most people die before their seventy years. God's curse on man was that in the day you eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil ye shall die. We must live the one thousand year day to overcome the curse of death pronounced upon all mankind because of sin. The prophet Isaiah prophesied man's hope when he becomes part of the Holy City of God.
"But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed." Isaiah 65:18-20
God's Promised People
When God's regeneration process is complete, man will again return to His created place in the garden. Man will again attain eternal life in God. Most believe eternal life can only be attained in heaven. Eternal life is attained in the change God is going to bring in His people.
Jesus was given to us as our example. In Jesus we witness three existences. Jesus came as the first Adam, a living soul, a man of flesh and blood, lived as a man, and died as a man. His second existence was when He was resurrected and had a body of flesh and bones. He had the same body the original Adam was created with in the garden. He walked the earth in His resurrected body for forty days, appearing to over five hundred people. His third appearance was when He came as a quickening Spirit on the Day of Pentecost when He sat upon the one hundred and twenty in the Upper Room.
He came in the flesh, born of woman as every other man who ever lived on earth after the garden. His blood was shed, poured out upon the earth man was taken from. But He arose from the dead and walked victorious upon the earth. He had gained the victory over death. After His resurrection He talked again with His creation man.
The question we need to ask, "Did Jesus have blood in His resurrected body?"'Jesus met with His disciples after His resurrection and spoke to them:
"Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have." Luke 24:39
The body Jesus had was a body of flesh and bones. The body he had before was flesh and blood, but His blood was shed for the sin of all mankind. What then was the life Jesus had in His resurrected body? It was the light of life, or the life God breathed into mankind on the day of creation. Jesus body no longer depended on blood for life. Jesus had all eternity flowing through His veins, the light of life. Paul gave this same hope to the church at Ephesus:
"For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones." Ephesians 5:30
Jesus' body, the body of Christ, who will rule and reign on earth for all eternity will be a body of flesh and bones. His body will have the light of life flowing through their veins. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit." I Corinthians 15:45
This was the same quickening Spirit Paul met on the road to Damascus. Paul proclaimed he was brighter than the sun. Paul went on to explain to the church at Corinth:
"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." I Corinthians 15:49
We have born the image of the body of flesh and blood, but we shall also bear the image of the risen, glorified Christ. We will attain to the body Jesus walked the earth with those forty days. We will have all the glory God created in His original Adam. We will never attain to the glory God reserves for Himself. By inspiration the prophet Isaiah declared:
"I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images." Isaiah 42:8
We may share His glory, but we can never attain to it. Paul went on with his revelation to the church at Corinth about the change God has planned for His people:
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." I Corinthians 15:50
As long as we are in our flesh and blood condition we can never inherit the Kingdom of God.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed," I Corinthians 15:51
Paul is going to reveal the mystery of God hidden from the foundation of the world. Paul stated, "We shall not all sleep (die)." Paul speaks of a change the body of Christ can expect:
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." I Corinthians 15:52
This change is going to be instantaneous, in the twinkling of an eye. When will this change take place? It will take place at the last trump (trumpet). We can check this out in the book of Revelation. The last trumpet is the seventh trumpet.
"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets." Revelation 10:7
When the seventh angel is ready to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God hidden from the foundation of the earth is finished. The wrath of God will have been poured out, sin will have been dealt with, and the angel will declare this victory.
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15
When the last trumpet sounds, the kingdoms of this world will have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ (the body of Christ), and they shall reign for ever and ever. What will happen to God's people at this time?
"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." I Corinthians 15:53
The word corruptible means "defiled or tainted". This old body has been defiled or tainted by sin. The word mortal means "will die terminal". So the change coming to the body of Christ is a body which has not been defiled or tainted by sin and will not die.
"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" I Corinthians 15:54-55
The curse of death will have been overcome. Man will live the full one thousand year day called the millennium. This brings Paul's words alive he wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians:
"For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life." II Corinthians 5:4
When we are clothed upon with our changed body, then mortality (death) will be swallowed up of life. The beloved John, in his first letter made a remarkable revelation:
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." I John 3:2
John asked, "Now, are we the sons of God?" The obvious answer is, NO. We have not yet come into sonship. Then John continues, "It does not yet appear what we shall be". As Jesus declared:
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." I Corinthians 2:9
John continues, "But we know when He appears we shall be like Him." Jesus will not appear until He has a people He can fill with His glory. Only then will we see Him as He is. When we see Him, eternal life will have filled our veins, the light of life will be our life, and we will have the victory over death.
God has never changed His mind about His creation. He created man perfect, in His image and likeness, and He will accept nothing less. God is raising up His body He will fill with His glory. His glory is the light of life.
When man is changed from his beast condition he will again have the light of life flowing in his veins. His blood will no longer be the life in his body. God's life, the light of life will fill His body, and man will have come into his eternal existence; not in some far off place called heaven, but he will return to his created place on the earth to have dominion over all God's creation as God intended in the beginning.
There is no eternal life in the flesh. Only in the Spirit can man live forever. When God's Spirit, the light of life again fills man's veins as it did in the garden, then God's promise of eternal life will again have returned to God's creation. Praise God!
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