Eternal Life in the Garden

I wonder if this really is God’s call to each of us,

as the apostle Paul put it to “his son” Timothy:

“Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling – celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses! ~1 Timothy 6:12, Passion Translation.

And Paul gets even more emphatic, later on in this same paragraph to Timothy: “I instruct you before the God of Resurrection Life and before Jesus … that you follow this commission faithfully” ~1 Timothy 6:13-14. It’s definitely a commission! a commission of divine origin, as is evident by Paul’s zeal.

In Timothy’s case, “the multitude of witnesses” may have been a company of people, for Paul himself laid hands on him and commissioned him ~2 Timothy 1:6; but it may also be “the great cloud of witnesses” mentioned in Hebrews 12:1 which follows immediately the “heroes of faith” -chapter, which are past saints – those who have passed on to glory but who are somehow present as witnesses.

For Paul instructed Timothy about his calling: Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling – celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses!

That’s something like we do, in church, in our prayer meetings and as oft as it happens, daily! – celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses! and laying our hands on, or taking hold of eternal life.

Could it be, that Timothy’s father in the faith was instructing him that this is his whole duty and honour in this, his lifetime? – to ‘lay hold of eternal life and celebrate through faith in God before the multitude of witnesses’.

I know by experience that Holy Spirit’s presence comes to such worshipers, and it’s heavenly for sure!

We are called to “hold” eternal life, which is “a given” from anyone’s reading of John 17:3, Hebrews 7:16 cp. Romans 6:4. The power of an indestructible life such as Hebrews says is ours, through God’s gift to us by the resurrection ~Romans 6:4.

Also 1 John 2:17 makes it more plain: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever”. The term: ‘lives forever’, is equal to ‘lives eternally’ in the original Greek wording. Therefore, eternal life is here-and-now, a real and true ownership and possession of the believing one, life-long!

But the presence of heaven’s great cloud of witnesses, each one would have to decide on, through our experience in worship and through our ‘walking with Him in the garden’.

For has God or has He not, perfected our righteousness and sanctification? ~Romans 5:17 and ~Hebrews 10:14 as examples; so that we can walk with Him ‘in the garden’ as Adam and Eve did, pre sin? ~Genesis 2:8-15 cp. ~3:8. For it was the Lord’s habit to walk with His made-people, in the “breeze of the day”, in the garden in the evening.

Will we walk with the Lord by holding onto eternal life, walking in the presence of His heavenly witnesses? Has God called us to this, as our main ‘lifeline’ in this world? I believe so. For where else do we belong, since we are strangers and pilgrims in this world, but to heaven’s presence and to an everlasting life through our worshipful lifestyle?

In my eyes, we need to consider these things as now-time truth; if we are ever going to walk in them – eternal life and a presence of heavenly witness. For, wasn’t it Stephen the martyr in the early part of Acts, who ‘saw heaven open’? ~Acts 7:56 as though it was already there, but it only appeared to comfort him as he was being martyred.

While we’re here, throughout this pilgrimage, we fix our eyes on the things that are unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal ~2 Corinthians 4:18. Therefore, we have an enchanting “garden-walk” with Holy Spirit that captures our hearts with God’s will and heaven’s immediacy, where He captures our hearts with all goodness, love, mercy and truth so as we are enabled to walk upright, confident and ‘in command’.

Take a walk in His garden, won’t you. The apostle Paul says we’re called to it, by God! and that it’s our very life’s stay and stability, this stay of our now-time knowledge and walking in the way of Eternal Life, and our conviction of the Presence of Witnesses, whether natural or supernatural; as this coupling of our commission “here on earth as it is in heaven”.

The ‘coming together’ of this post and article was inspired by:

Brian Simmons’ prophetic post as posted on Facebook on Wed. 18th Oct. 2017

The old order is quickly passing away

The season of change you have anticipated has now come, My child. It will be your love for Me that will see you through the most difficult of times. Disruptive revelation that brings the shocking truth to the media, to the government, and to My church—disruptive revelation that overturns the tables of religious profit—will bring about My righteous ways.

New mission strategies are coming to you in dreams and through prayer. Great understanding of My mysteries are coming to those who sit with Me on My blood-sprinkled love seat. The old order is quickly passing away, and a new breed is arising. They will be known as daybreakers and dawnmakers. They belong to Me and to Me alone. As My fiery servants, they accelerate the changes I am bringing to the earth. They will bring back My ways of holiness and passionate love.

Have I not called you to love with all of your heart and all of your passion? This is the day of all, not part, My child. You will see all of My love and all of My power at the disposal of those who have sought My face with all of their hearts.

The season of change has come, My child. You have heard it before, but know I declare it again: you will never be the same again, for I have placed My hands upon you, My church, My bride.

“Timothy, you are God’s man, so run from all these errors. Instead, chase after true holiness, justice, faithfulness, love, hope, and tender humility. There is a battle raging, so fight with faith for the winner’s prize! Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling—celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses! So now, I instruct you before the God of Resurrection Life and before Jesus, the Anointed One, who demonstrated a beautiful testimony even before Pontius Pilate, that you follow this commission faithfully with a clear conscience and without blemish until the appearing of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.” ~1 Timothy 6:11–14.

Landscape of our Heritage

Methuselah lived 996 years, there being no ultra violet radiation before the world-wide flood and therefore limited ageing, for the globe was watered with a sun-protecting mist.

What will be your longevity?

Throughout life, we stand on land, in the lands and depend on land for our welfare and survival. Where has your life prospered? Our faith in God also has a spiritual landscape that courts our attention, charms our life and captivates our obedience or following of God.

The ‘spiritual landscape’ of the generation we live in, and of our own generation(s) is captured in this eBook I’ve written: Key to the Knowledge, for anyone’s free download.

For the eternal gospel is generational and it’s a scandal by nature:

“We preach Christ crucified, preaching which to the Jews is a scandal and an offensive stumbling block that springs a snare or trap. And to the Gentiles – meaning all other nations’ peoples and lands – our preaching appears absurd and a load of unphilosophical nonsense!

“But to those who are called, whether Jew or Greek, Christ is the Power of God and the Wisdom of God.

“This is because the foolish thing that has its source in God, is wiser than men, and the weak thing that springs from God is stronger than men. For simply consider your own call, brothers and sisters” ~1 Corinthians 1:23-26, clarified Amplified Version.

Methuselah was called “when he dies, it comes”, which is the literal meaning of his name in Hebrew. And when he died, the world wide flood came! Judgment is not a popular word, but it is when anyone knows that they’re called of God.

Any reader may like to see here, for a couple of God’s most gracious and merciful judgments, and they’re made entirely for our sakes.

Imagine in those times before the flood, Methuselah’s mother calling him for dinner as a child, for she’d literally be saying: “when he dies, judgement comes”, dinner’s ready! Have you heard the voice of God calling you and do you know if He’s chosen you? This is our whole security, stability and victory in all of the landscape of life.

If you’ve heard God and followed God by hearing His voice – the voice of the nurturing, consoling, healing and nutrifying Holy Spirit; just like Methuselah’s mother’s voice – then you will know that He’s called you and chosen you, for He cannont lie when He calls you by name: “John”, “Cyndie”, “Terry”, “Joel”, “Harmony” or whatever.

Because then, you know that He knows you.

But then, where do you stand in the landscape of life? Do you stand on a mountain top, courting His right stance and judgments? Do you stand on a hillside, ready to slide or still climbing? Do you stand in a deep, dark valley of woe, or in a fertile valley of delight?

Ages may pass, and it seems like no one cares or has cared, but you’re called by God, and you know He cares, even though you’ve been living a scandal. It’s alright, because God himself is scandalous, He’s used to you, because He knows the exact place in the landscape that you’ve traversed and are now standing in. He can speak to you there.

Interesting! When Methuselah was born, Adam was still alive, and would have easily comprehended Adam’s creation naratives as an adult. So, what if this Bible narrative is true? Will it fit your age?

For simply consider your own call, brothers and sisters ~1 Corinthians 1:26 – for it’s ageless and it’s in the landscaper’s hands by the calling and choosing of the Ancient of Days.

So, for a sense of agelessness, please read this scripture. It’s a heavenly mist. I may need it to become a foundation stone for me, hence-forth!

Heirs of the World

It seems a common case to me, for “we-as-Christians” to lose our vision in God’s kingdom, and just “rattle around at the bottom of the barrel”, by losing our hope in eternal things.

This may help.

And yet: What do you value?

“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, for he will make me to walk upon my high places” ~Habakuk 3:19

As the author of this post, I’m not intending to explain in detail, what I mean by quoting these scriptures, for the revelation of scripture comes with meditation – see Psalm 1:1-3 and 1 Corinthians 2:13-15, also John 3:5-8.

Therefore, let the reader meditate prayerfully on the comparison colored words. Orange, is for God’s promises; green is for God himself, and purple is for our faith in God and it’s aims in this world, or our own personal faith’s vision and it’s clarity or hope.

My reading of the above quoted scripture in Habakuk today, lead me to read this one in Deuteronomy as a comparison:

But the Lord’s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.
He found him in a desert land,
and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
he kept him
as the apple of his eye.

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,
the Lord alone guided him,
no foreign god was with him.

He made him ride on the high places of the land,
and he ate the produce of the field,
and he suckled him with honey out of the rock,
and oil out of the flinty rock.
Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock,
with the fat of lambs, rams of Bashan and goats,
with the very finest of the wheat—
and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape ~Deut. 32:9-14.

This verse:

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,

describes how the Lord God trained Jacob, making him into Israel: “Prince with God”.

It’s like the eagle’s training of her young egrets. She throws them off the cliff face! But then, this parent-eagle catches them, and brings them back to their nest, and she repeats this until they learn to fly themselves.

Learning how to “fly” in God’s kingdom – trusting in His promises so that you see them fulfilled by Him, which itself lifts you above your circumstances through faith in God – is a training ground, and will ever be a training ground “this side” of seeing Jesus face to face.

Hebrews chapter eleven, gives us many examples of the Bible characters from whom we can learn, how to trust God as they did, and “fly”. But we each need to learn to lift ourselves up through our trust in God’s word and Spirit.

“I have given you wings”, says the Lord!

For the promise to Abraham and his offspring (that’s us!) that he (and they) would be heir of the world did not come through the law, but through the righteousness of faith ~Romans 4:13.

Hold on! For I think that Mother-Eagle, will be “tossing us off the cliff” until we become heirs of the world. Let’s learn how to fly, aye.

It’s “fair dinkum”, because the scripture from Deuteronomy 32:9-14, is immediately preceded by the contrasting case of “whose portion it is”, by claiming: “The Lord’s portion is His people” (v9), whereas “the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind. He fixed the borders of the peoples” (v8).

So, the preceding verses were all about dividing up land for social, cultural, economic and even for ceremonial purposes; “but the Lord’s portion is His people”. As Christians, our love for others and for God, is quantified by the degree of love we have for each other – see 1 John 4:20-21 – so, besides being Abraham’s offspring, we are our Lord’s portion.

We “fly” in Him, for He has claimed us as His inheritance!