For he has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Colossians 1:13 & 14.
Holy City Now Exists
When the destruction of Jerusalem happened before 70 AD it brought about the consummation that
God finally ended the old covenant system. You are Gods new address.
We are walking in the Covenant of Christ and Father God;
We are Gods idea to begin with, from bride to now his wife;
He is in us, he dissolved division by creating one new human race;
Christ ordered forever eradicated sin consciousness;
Everything that is begins in him whether in the heavenly realm or upon the earth;
I already have God living in me; He is the firstborn of every creature/man.
I already have the River of Life flowing out of me;
I already have the Kingdom and power and dominion;
Sin-consciousness is in essence a works-based consciousness.
Our redeemed innocence through the obedience of Christ and the shedding of his blood.
Jesus already conquered and completed everything he ever have had to do and He sat down at the right hand of God. We are not waiting for something to happen. John was in the tribulation already and the truth of what Revelation was saying is that Jesus was coming soon. That is what He has already done, He accomplished on our behalf sonship for all humanity, He did it!
Revelation 1:9 (du Toit, Francois. Mirror Study Bible) I am John, your brother and companion in tribulation in the midst of which we are equally participating in the authority of the kingdom and the steadfastness of Jesus Christ. I was on the Isle of Patmos because of the word of God and because of the testimony of Jesus Christ.
When he told the Jews that he would destroy that temple and raise it again in 3 and a 1/2 days they said no way it took us 46 years and they said we don't believe you. So, Jesus said in essence I'll give you 40 more years of suffering if that's what you choose! I'll give you 40 more years for you to try and figure out who I am, Your Messiah, your King and Priest after the order of Melchizedek. Jesus said that I bring with me the forgiveness of sin and death to all of Humanity. This truth that I bring to day. So, from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ it was 40 years till the temple was completely demolished, Jerusalem was destroyed, and the old Common-wealth of Israel was taken down. There were no more priests, kings, or rulers in Jerusalem.
They had already stopped the sacrificial system in 64 AD and they had not restarted it. They had no resolution to their sin at all. Until Jesus finalized the consummation of his new Kingdom before 70 AD. Technically the law and the prophets were the testimony against the Jews, they were the two witness in Revelation. God no longer needed a middle man because He made it so all go directly to the Father. Jesus Christ created one new humanity when Christ died. All of humanity was reconciled to God the father. Peter and James were also two living witness in Jerusalem just before the destruction.
Mankind was not redeemed from the devil; a thief never becomes an owner;
neither did Jesus do what he did to change his father's mind about us!
It was our minds that needed persuasion!
God was not to be reconciled to his creation;
God was in Christ when he reconciled the world to himself.
Ephesians 2:14-22 (Mirror Study Bible) 14 It is in him that we are one and at peace with everyone; he dissolved every definition of division. (What we know will put war and divorce out of business!) 15 In his incarnation, he rendered the entire Jewish system of ceremonial laws and regulations useless as a measure to justify human life and conduct. In that he died mankind’s death all grounds for tension and hostility were entirely removed. The peace he proclaims reveals one new human race, created and defined in Christ, instead of two groups of people separated by their ethnic identity and differences. 16 Both parties are fully represented and equally reconciled to God in one human body through the cross. He reinstated the former harmony; all opposing elements were thus utterly defeated. 17 On that basis he made his public appearance, proclaiming the Good News of peace to the entire human race; both those who felt left out in the cold [as far as the promises and covenants were concerned], as well as to those who were near all along [because of their Jewish identity]. 18 Because of Christ both Jew and Gentile now enjoy equal access to the Father in one Spirit. 19 The conclusion is clear; you are no longer frowned upon as a foreigner; you are where you belong and part of an intimate family. 20 Your lives now give tangible definition to the spiritual structure, having been built into it by God upon the foundation that the Prophets and Apostles proclaimed. The first evidence of this building was Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone. (He is the visible testimony to the restored image and likeness of God in human form.) 21 In him every one of us are like 1living Lego blocks fitted together of the same fabric 1conversation, giving ever 2increasing articulation to a global mobile 3sanctuary intertwined in the Lord. (The word, 1sunarmologeo, come from sun, meaning union, harmo meaning harmony, and logeo meaning conversation. The word, 2auxano, means expanding with growth. The word, 3naos, is translated as the most sacred dwelling space.) 22 In him you are co-constructed together as God’s permanent spiritual residence.
You are God’s address!
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (du Toit, Francois. Mirror Study Bible) 18 The idea of mankind’s co-inclusion in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is entirely God’s doing! To now realize that God has indeed brought final closure to the old and for us to see everything and everyone in this new light is to simply see what God has always known to be true about us in Christ; we are not debating human experience, opinion, or their contribution; this is exactly what God believes. In Jesus Christ, God 1exchanged equivalent value to redeem us to himself. He went to the highest extreme in this act of reconciliation to persuade us of our original worth! This God has given us as the mandate of our ministry. (The word, 1katalasso, translates as reconciliation; it is a mutual exchange of equal value. This transaction was not to buy us back from “the Devil”; a thief never becomes an owner; it was God redeeming our minds from the lies that we believed about ourselves - reconciliation is the bold unveiling of the value of the hidden treasure in everyone!) 19 Our ministry declares that Jesus did not act independently of his Father. God was present in Christ when he reconciled the total 1cosmos to himself. Deity and mankind embraced in him; the fallen state of mankind was deleted; their trespasses would no longer count against them! He now announces his friendship with every individual from within us!
The incarnation did not separate the Father from the Son and the Spirit. In him dwells the fullness of God in a human body.
As a human person, Jesus felt the agony of fallen mankind on the cross when he echoed these words. I’m calling forth sons. I’m doing this for all.
Colossians 2:9 (Mirror Study Bible) In him, all the fullness of 1Deity 2resides in a human body! He proves that human life is tailor-made for God!
Psalm 22:1, 24 (NKJV) “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me! Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?” 24 David declares triumphantly: “He has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.” (The word, 1kosmos in the NT refers to the entire human family.)
2 Corinthians 4:7 (Mirror Study Bible) And now, in the glow of this glorious light and with unveiled faces we discover this treasure where it was hidden all along, in these frail skin-suits made of 1clay. We did not invent ourselves; we are God’s idea to begin with and the dynamic of his doing and amazing engineering! (The word translated earthen vessel or clay jar is the word 1ostrakinos from ostrakon “oyster”! It is a great visual picture of how we carry a very valuable pearl within us. The cosmetic value of the clay pot can never compete with the treasure it holds. There is so much more to you than what meets the eye! Your accepted by Him.
Matthew 13:44 (TPT) “Heaven’s kingdom realm can be illustrated like this: “A person discovered that there was hidden treasure in a field. Upon finding it, he hid it again. Because of uncovering such treasure, he was overjoyed and sold all that he possessed to buy the entire field just so he could have the treasure.
In order to redeem our minds from the lies that we believed about ourselves; God invested all that he has in the redeeming of our original value! The treasure in the field is Jesus Christ our greatest treasure for He ransomed all humanity. “To create in himself one new man.”
1 Peter 1:18-19 (Mirror Study Bible) 18 It is clear to see that you were ransomed from the futile, fallen mindset that you inherited from your fathers, not by the currency of your own labor, represented by the fluctuating values of gold and silver, and the economy of your religious efforts; 19 but you were redeemed with the priceless blood of Christ; he is the ultimate sacrifice; spotless and without blemish. He completes the prophetic picture!
In him God speaks the most radical scapegoat language of the law of judgment, and brings final closure to a dead and redundant system! Sin-consciousness is works-based consciousness.
Psalm 40:6-7 (TPT) It’s not sacrifices that really move your heart. Burnt offerings, sin offering, that’s not what brings you joy. But when you open my ears and speak deeply to me, I become your willing servant, your prisoner of love for life. 7 So I said, “Here I am! I’m coming to you as a sacrifice, for in the prophetic scrolls of your book you have written about me.
It is clearly stated that God does not require sacrifices or offerings! Jesus is the Lamb of God! He collides victoriously with the futile sacrificial system whereby offerings are constantly made to the pseudo, moody, monster gods of our imagination! This is the scandal of the cross! God does not demand a sacrifice that would change the way he thinks about mankind; he provides the sacrifice of himself in Christ in order to forever eradicate sin-consciousness from our minds and radically change the way we think about our Maker, one another and ourselves! God loves every person on the planet and that includes you!
God did not clothe Adam with the skin of an animal because of a divine need to be appeased, but because of the unconditional love for Adam; they spoke the language of Adam’s own judgment: Adam, not God, was embarrassed about his nakedness. The clothing was not to make God look at Adam differently, but to make Adam feel better about himself! Ultimately it was to prophetically prepare Adam for the unveiling of the mystery of mankind’s redemption in the incarnation. Here Deity would clothe themselves in human skin, in a Son; and the Lion of Judah would become the Lamb of God in order to free our minds to re-discover his image and likeness in our skin!
1 Peter 1:2 (Mirror Study Bible) Your 1original identity is defined by what God, the Father of mankind has 2 always cherished about you; how your pre-Adamic innocence would be preserved in the prophetic word, and redeemed through the obedience of Jesus Christ, and the effect of the sprinkling of his blood. Realizing his grace and peace exceeds any definition of contradiction or reward. (The word eklektos, derives from eklegomai, which has two components, ek, a preposition that indicates source or origin, and lego, to speak; translates, original logic; The word 2prognosis means to know in advance. Peter emphasizes the priceless value of our redeemed innocence through the obedience of Christ and the shedding of his blood.
2 Peter 1:9 (Mirror Study Bible) 9 If anyone feels that these things are absent in his life, they are not; spiritual blindness and short-sightedness only veil them from you. This happens when one loses sight of one’s innocence.
The moment one forgets the tremendous consequence of the fact that we were cleansed from our past sins, one seems to become pre-occupied again with the immediate sense-ruled horizon, which is what short-sightedness is all about; this makes one blind to his blessings. Spiritual realities suddenly seem vague and distant. Become acquainted with your innocence!
John 1:1 (Mirror Study Bible) To go back to the very 1beginning, is to find the 2Word already 3present there; 4face to face with God. The Word is 3I am; God’s 2eloquence echoes and 4concludes in him. The Word equals God. (In the beginning, 1arche, to be first in order, time, place or rank. The Word, 2logos, was “with” God; here and again in verse 2 John uses the Greek preposition 4pros, towards; face-to-face. Three times in this sentence John uses the Active Indicative Imperfect form of the verb 3eimi, namely aen [ἦν] to continue to be, [in the beginning ‘was’ the Word etc...] which conveys no idea of origin for God or for the Logos, but simply continuous existence, “I am.” Quite a different verb egeneto, “became,” appears in John 1:14 for the beginning of the Incarnation of the Logos. The Word ‘became’ flesh. The incarnation is not the origin of Jesus. See the distinction sharply drawn in John 8:58, “before Abraham was born, genesthai from ginomai, I am.” The word eimi, I am; the essence of being, suggesting timeless existence.
John 1:2-3 (Mirror Study Bible) 2 The beginning mirrors the Word face to face with God. (The Word that was from the beginning was not yet written nor spoken; it was simply face to face with God! The beginning declares the destiny of the Word, it would always only be who God is and conclude in God.) 3 The Logos is the source; everything commences in him. He remains the exclusive Parent reference to their existence. There is nothing original, except the Word! The Logic of God defines the only possible place where mankind can trace their origin.
John 14:9 (Mirror Study Bible) “Phillip, I have been with you for a long time, and yet you haven’t really known me? To see me is to see the Father! How can you still say, “Show us the Father?” (Phillip was the one who introduced Nathaniel to Jesus in the beginning of their walk with him. “We have found him of whom Moses and the Prophets wrote!”
John 1:46 (Mirror Study Bible) To which Nathaniel answered, “How does Nazareth fit into the picture of God’s promised goodness? Phillip said to him, “Come and see for yourself!” (The τι αγαθον, ‘what good thing?’ of Nathaniel refers to Scriptures like,
Jeremiah 33:14-15 Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
Micah 5:2 But you, Oh Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are the least among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.
Nathanael’s question seems to imply, that not Nazareth, but Bethlehem, was to be the birth-place of the Messiah. Which it was.
Jesus is the radiant and flawless expression of the person of God. He exemplifies the character and every attribute of God in human form. His love is so evident, do you see it.
Hebrews 1:3 (TPT) The Son is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendor, (“the out-shining effulgence of God’s glory the exact expression of God’s true nature—his mirror image! (the reflection of God) He holds the universe (Aramaic can be translated “He is almighty.”) together and expands it (Greek word phero, has as its primary meaning forward motion is implied) by the mighty power of his spoken word (Greek word rhema, which is the sayings of the Son) He accomplished for us the complete cleansing of sins, our purification from sins and then took his seat on the highest throne at the right hand (highest honor and authority) of the majestic One. He Sat Down.
Colossians 1:15 (Mirror Study Bible) In him the image and likeness of God is made visible in human form in order that everyone may recognize their true origin in him. He is the firstborn of every creature.
What darkness veiled from us he unveiled. In him we clearly see the mirror reflection of our original life. The Son of his love gives accurate evidence of his image in human form. The incarnation means that God can never again be invisible!
Colossians 1:16 (Mirror Study Bible) Everything that is begins in him whether in the heavenly realm or upon the earth, visible or invisible, every order of justice and every level of authority, be it kingdoms or governments, principalities or jurisdictions; all things were created by him and for him.
John 1:12 (Mirror Study Bible) Everyone who 1realizes their association in him, 6convinced that he is their 2original life and that 7 his name defines them, God 5gives the assurance that they are indeed his 4offspring, 2begotten of him; he 3sanctions the legitimacy of their Sonship. (The word often translated, to receive, 1lambano, means to take in hand, to comprehend, to grasp, to identify with. This word suggests that even though he came to his own, there are those who do not 1identify with their true 2origin revealed in him, and like the many Pharisees they behave like children of a foreign father, the father of lies John 8:44. Neither God’s legitimate fatherhood, nor his ownership is in question; mankind’s indifference to their true origin is the problem. This is what the Gospel addresses with utmost clarity in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus has come to introduce the individual to themselves again; mankind has forgotten what manner of person they are by design! James 1:24, Deuteronomy 32:18, Psalm 22:27.) (MSB) The word, 2genesthai, from ginomai, means to generate; to become; John employs this verb in the Aorist Infinitive tense, which indicates prior completion of an action in relationship to a point in time. Greek Infinitives could have either a present or Aorist form. The contrast between the two forms has more to do with aspect than with time. The Present Infinitive is used to express progressive or imperceptive aspect. It pictures the action expressed by the verb as being in progress. The Aorist Infinitive however does not express progressive aspect. It presents the action expressed by the verb as a completed unit with a beginning and end. This is an important point since many translations of this verse suggests that God’s ability to make us his sons can only be in response to something, we must first do in order to trigger God into action! Our grasping, lambano is simply the awakening to the fact that our genesis is already completed in the Logos. The Logos is the source; everything commences in him. He remains the exclusive Parent reference to their genesis. There is nothing original, except the Word. We are His offspring.
Acts 17:28 (TPT) It is through him that we live and function and have our identity; just as your own poets have said, ‘Our lineage comes from him.’
“He has come to give us understanding to know him who is true and to realize that we are in him who is true.”
1 John 5:20 (Mirror Study Bible) This is what has become distinctly clear to us: the 1coming of the Son of God is God’s mission accomplished! He is the incarnate Christ. The moment all of Scripture pointed to has arrived! The Son is 1present! In him God has given us the greatest gift, 2a mind whereby we may know him who is true; and in the same knowing, to find ourselves there in him who is true! Mankind is fully included and located in him, in his Son Jesus Christ; this means that whatever Jesus is as Son, we are. This is the true God; this is the life of the ages! ages! (The word 1 heko means to have come, to have arrived, to be present. John uses the word 2dianoian; deep thought; with dia relating to the means by which we may know; a mind to know; compare metanoia, to know together with; an entwining of thought; the mind of Christ. Jesus said, you will know the truth as it is unveiled in me, and that will set you free! The culmination of the gospel according to John is summed up in these verses: John 14:20 “In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me and I am in you
1 John 4:17 (Mirror Study Bible) “As he is, so are we in this world! So now, with us awakening to 1our full inclusion in this love union, everything is perfect! Its completeness is not compromised in contradiction. Our 2confident conversation 3echoes this fellowship even in the face of 4crisis; because, as he is, so are we in this world - our lives are mirrored in him. We are as blameless in this life as Jesus is! This perfect love union is the source of our confidence whenever we 5face the scrutiny of contradiction.
This place of seamless union is the perfection of Agape - en toutoo teteleotai he agape meth'hemoon; notice, the word 1 meth’hemoon, together with us; from meta, together with and hemoon, us; to be included in the same togetherness. The word 2parresia, from para, a preposition indicating close proximity, and rheo, to pour forth; to flow freely, suggesting un-reservedness in speech; bold utterance, confidence. The word, 3echo, to hold, like sound is held in an echo; to resonate. The word 4krisis is often translated, judgment. So, the 5day of judgment, “in the face of crisis”, can be translated, “facing the scrutiny of contradiction in our daily lives.” (MSB)
“Our lives are mirrored in him; we are His perfect image.” “As he is, so are we in this world!”
“He made all to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.” — The Message
He rescued the life of our design. Our inner life hosts this treasure. Jesus said in
John 7:37-38 (Mirror Study Bible) 37 On the final day, the crescendo of the eight-day Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus, knowing that he is the completeness of every prophetic picture and promise, cried out with a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come and stand face-to-face with me and drink! 38 In your realizing that I am what the Scriptures are all about, you will discover uniquely for yourself, face to face with me, that I am what you are all about and rivers of living waters will gush out of your innermost being!”
Pastor Valerie Rounsfull
Revelation 1:9, Ephesians 2:14-22, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Colossians 2:9, Psalms 22:1, 24, 2 Corinthians 4:7, Matthew 13:44, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Psalms 40:6-7, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Peter 1:9, John 1:1-3, 12, John 1:14, John 8:58, 1 Peter 1:16, John 1:2, John 14:9, John 1:46, Jeremiah 33:14-15, Micah 5:2, Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:15, Colossians 1:16,: John 1:12, John 8:44, James 1:24, Deuteronomy 32:18, Psalms 22:27, Acts 17:28, Ephesians 3:15, 1 John 2:7-8, 1 John 5:20, John 14:20, 1 John 4:17, John 7:37-38.
Tribulation, Jesus ministry 3 ½ years, Jerusalem demolished, no sacrificial system, one new humanity, no Jew/no Gentile, you are the address of God, resurrection, reconciled, fallen state of mankind was deleted, you are accepted, hidden treasure, heaven kingdom realm, Jesus ransomed them all, our mind needs persuasion, God loves every person on the planet and that includes you!