Are We In The Next World?
Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.
John 17:11 (NLT)
Now I am departing from the world;
This statement reveals to us the extent Christ lived in the spiritual realm. He knew His days on earth were finished. He realized that soon He would be experiencing agony. He was aware also that eternal glory at the right hand of the Father would be His portion as soon as the work of atonement had been completed.
Aaron, Moses, Elijah, Paul, Peter (and doubtless numerous others) knew when their days were finished. It requires considerable depth and strength of spiritual life to walk with joy and confidence in both the material and the spiritual realms at the same time, passing from one to the other with equal facility.
Jesus never was overcome by physical death. He allowed His body to be crucified. Then, through the Holy Spirit, He took His body again. This indeed is spiritual authority and power.
We Christians tend to become so involved in the pursuits of the flesh that our body is a prison rather than a vehicle for our spirit and the Spirit of God. We view physical death as a horrible tragedy, a nightmare that will come true at some dreadful point in the future. How sad that we needlessly permit ourselves to be bound by the fear of death! The Gospel of the Kingdom includes release from the fear of physical death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. (Hebrews 2:15)
Are we in this world?
Are we in the next world?
It does not matter. The only reality is the Presence of God. It is supremely important that we are serving Him and accepted of Him.
We are in His Presence and serving Him now while in the prison of our earthly flesh. We shall continue to serve Him in the glad moment when we are set free from the body and are entirely in the spiritual realm. When the Day of Christ comes, our spirit and soul will be reunited with our flesh and the whole will be clothed with a body fashioned from incorruptible eternal life.
What we are in Christ does not change as we pass from one form to the other. The reality we must pursue and guard is our relationship to God. If we are in His Presence, serving Him and rejoicing before Him, all is well with us. What form or vehicle we are in is of little significance. Our concern is that God is pleased with us. If we are in rebellion against God we already are in death and Hell whether we are in the body or out of the body.
Our ability to walk with joy and confidence in both the material and the spiritual realms is of the greatest importance today. It is the author’s belief that severe Divine dealings even now are coming upon us. There will be much blood shed in various countries around the world. Millions of souls will pass in a short period of time into the Presence of their Creator.
During this upheaval the Christian who is living in the flesh may turn away from God, because all his physical senses will inform him his circumstances are hopeless. The Christian who is living in both the physical and spiritual realms will continue to serve God faithfully, because his spiritual senses will inform him that he is dwelling under the impregnable protection of the Lord God of Heaven.
Christ already was “no more in the world,” because time does not bind the spiritual realm as it does the natural realm. We would say, “I soon will be no more in the world,” in this manner expressing the hold time has on us.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
I am kept (held secure) in my Holy Father’s name and just as the Father and Jesus are One, I also am one with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’ name!
To Be Continued…