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In the third chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus told Nicodemus that in order for him to see and enter the Kingdom of Heaven (which exists in the spiritual realm), he had to be spirit-
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In part 1 of this teaching (you can find it here), we saw that Jesus operated simultaneously in the physical realm and the spiritual realm. In Ephesians 2:4-
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
We who were at one time dead in our trespasses, flesh bound to a body-
But then JESUS changed it all … made us alive (past tense)… provides us with the spirit birth so that we become fully human: body, soul, and human spirit.
He raised us UP and made us to sit together in the heavenlies (past tense).
WOW! This is a mind-
We are no longer 3 dimensional beings. We are dual-
John 17:18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
We are a new creation, body-
PAUSE HERE FOR A MOMENT … THIS IS ONE OF THE SPIRITUAL THINGS THAT JESUS MENTIONED TO NICODEMUS BUT HE COULD NOT EVEN UNDERSTAND THE EARTHLY THINGS.
It is very important that we comprehend this as TRUTH IN REALITY … not just some religious or theological concept. This is not just something that you underline in your Bible and hope to find more detail in some Commentary. You are a dual-
This has such powerful consequences in the way we do ministry. So please pause for a moment and try to grasp the significance of this TRUTH IN REALITY …
Because you are operating in both realms at the same time, Your ministry can operate from the heavenlies and move the things of heaven to earth, according to the will of the Father. The Holy Spirit dwelling in your newborn human spirit will reveal to you all that is needed. You can operate in a new awareness of His will because you are THERE with Jesus and with the Father in the Kingdom of Heaven. You can see what the Father is doing and hear what He is saying and then do and say THAT …. Just like Jesus does. When we are operating this way, we can confidently say to those that we minister to “THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AMONG YOU.”
SEATED WITH CHRIST IN THE HEAVENLIES …. HOLY, ROYAL
1 Peter 2:4-
This is a description of the true church, a royal priesthood, as living (no longer dead) stones, built UP together into a spiritual house IN THE SPIRITUAL KINGDOM. This is reality, this is what the true church is!
So when we take a group of spirit-
Some may be mature in their capacity as dual-
Now if we take that spiritual/physical house and add to it some body-
I want to encourage each of you who have experienced the spirit-
There is more to say about this, and we will continue in the near future with Part 3.