In the shadow of things to come, the Lord brought the children into a land of figurative inheritance. This land was divided up among the tribes and borders and boundaries were established. Strict admonition was given, to the end that the borders shall not be tampered with. Out of a land of cruel bondage were the children brought, and for forty years were they marched about in the wilderness, until them that murmured, complained, and would not believe, perished in the wilderness. Afterward, the Lord brought them into a land, dividing it among them.
Jesus is our inheritance. Everything He is in resurrection, is available to him that believes. Jesus came, overcame, gave Himself, and rose again. He said that where He was about to go (concerning the cross), we could not then go, but afterward we would go. He said He went to prepare a place for us in His Father’s house, and that He would come again and receive us to Himself. “To Himself” because He is the Father’s house. The fourteenth chapter of John’s gospel is clear. He comes to us by the Spirit. And as said the apostle, “Beloved , NOW are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be…”. Consider carefully Jesus, walking about in flesh, was filled with all the fullness of the godhead bodily. In Him dwelt all the fullness of the Spirit of God, which He had, not in a measure, but in entirety. To Thomas, having been asked to “show us the Father”, the only possible answer was given; “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father, and how do you ask me to show you the Father?”. After His resurrection, it is written again, “In Him DWELLS all the fullness of the godhead bodily AND you are complete in Him”. Christ in you, the hope of glory. We are added to Him.
Jesus, about to be delivered into the hands of the religious and civil authorities, to do with them what THEY would, said , “The prince of the world comes, and he has nothing in me”. This man, partaker of the divine nature, in no measure, but in fullness, is speaking of the place prepared. The place of which while still speaking to Thomas and company, Jesus said “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”.
Jesus said to us that He is the door of the sheep. In Him we go in (the door) and out, and find pasture. If we think of this and picture a revolving door to be passed in and out of repeatedly, we will have a picture of the on again-off again experience of religious observance. But if we comprehend that He, in resurrection, is the pasture, inasmuch as all the fullness of God, all the complete divine nature, is found in Him, and that He is no revolving door, but instead, the WAY into that kingdom which He told you is in you, He is the pasture. He is your inheritance. And the bounds are clearly set in this world. The world and it’s prince have nothing in Him. Your inheritance is the substance of His being made effectual in you. It is the hope and promise that we shall be like Him, seeing Him as He is. The resurrection is the true exodus. As the manna was not the true bread of heaven, neither was the trek from Egypt to Canaan the true exodus. He is the exodus. First that which is natural, afterwards that which is spiritual. To grow into Him in all things does not require locomotion on the planet. It requires that He dwell in you by the Spirit. And if you live in the Spirit…walk in the Spirit. Search out what you have received by faith.
The churches and assemblies, small and great, are facing unprecedented troubles and dilemma. The world and it’s prince are moving the borders. The leaders and rulers, sages and wise men are at a loss what to do about it. As the world and it’s “values” reset the borders and boundaries of what is acceptable behavior and what is not, the churches are finding themselves having to move their borders to keep pace, or lose their flocks. If one has a discerning mind and understanding of scripture, this will come as no surprise, painful though it is to watch. To the faithful of these flocks, I speak encouragement. Every child at some time must outgrow his crib. Christ in you, is your hope. And no one nor any thing in this world can define Him for you. He, by His Spirit will declare Himself to you. He will show you the borders of tent, garment and lands. And keeping these boundaries while in this vessel of flesh, you can do. But it may require letting go of things. Coming out of things. Coming out lest you participate in their judgments which they bring upon themselves.
In some parts of the world, monkeys are hunted for food. One means of catching them, is with something they want and need. A coconut shell is drained of liquid. A small hole is chipped into one end of the coconut. The hole is large enough for a monkey to reach through with pointed hand, but not with a fist. In the end of the coconut with eyes, a cord is secured and tied to a tree. A small portion of cooked rice is placed in the coconut. A monkey will reach in, and grab the rice in a fist. He can not get his hand out without releasing the rice. A person will walk up to the screaming monkey, club it to death, take it home, cook it and eat it. The monkey was taken by his needs and wants, but lacked the reasoning to get himself out of his situation. Everything I need and want, if so be that the kingdom of God is within me, is there. The prince of the world has nothing in Him, and has nothing to offer me.
“COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE”
Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Deu 19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.
Job 24:2 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.
Pro 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
Pro 23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
Hos 5:10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
Jhn 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Jhn 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.