The Glory of the Celestial
By George Kirkpatrick


Vital Words to the Body of Christ

Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom


Vital Words to the Body of Christ 
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
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The author has declared for years we cannot understand the New Testament and God's plan for His creation without a thorough knowledge of the book of Genesis. What God created in the beginning will be what God's people will become at the end of this age. God concealed many mysteries in the book of Genesis which have been revealed in the New Testament. As we look at the creation of man, we discover this is what man will return to when the end of all things comes to completion. On the sixth day of creation, God created man:

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Genesis 1:26

God created man to have dominion over all His creation. The word dominion means "to dominate, to subjugate, to rule over." As God declared, it was not just the animals, fish, insects, and birds of the air that man was to have dominion over- - - but man was to have dominion over all the earth. And this means over all the earth or terra firma. So why do men fear the animals, the sharks, and even some of the birds of the air? Why do men live in fear of earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, fires, etc? It is because of sin and man's sin nature. Man always fears those things which he does not understand. But one of the main reasons man operates in fear is because he does not know God's intended purpose for his existence. What is God's plan for each of our lives? God's plan is for each of us is to overcome our sin nature.

Looking again at God's creation plan we then learn:

"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them." Genesis 1:27

How did God create man in His own image and likeness? The Bible is very clear that God is a Spirit. So when God created man in His image and likeness, He created a Spiritual man. When God created man in the Spirit, He created them male and female. In order to understand this, we must look at the book of Job. When the Lord appeared unto Job, He asked him:

"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" Job 38:4 & 7

Just as God questioned Job, we all need to understand that when God laid the foundations of the earth, all the sons of God were there, and so were the morning stars, the female part of His creation. We were all there. Was this in our fleshly existence? NO! We were there as part of God's Spiritual creation, man.

The Bible declares when God finished His creation, He entered into His rest.

"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made." Genesis 2:2

The seventh day is a very important day in God's creation, because it was on the seventh day that God finished His creation and entered into His rest - - - and God has never left His place of rest. When God finished His creation, He then explained what He had created:

"These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens," Genesis 2:4

The word generation means "the account of man and his descendants." It also means "an account of the history of God's creation."

"And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground." Genesis 2:5

As Moses recorded, ". . . there was not a man to till the ground." God's original creation of man was Spiritual. Now God knew if man was to till the earth and tend the garden, man would need a body.

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7

God formed man from the dust of the earth, and breathed the breath of life into him, and he became a living soul.

"And the Lord said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;" Genesis 2:18 & 21

When God put Adam into a deep sleep, there was nothing said about God ever wakening Him out of this deep sleep. But God desires that His creation awake out of their Adam sleep. Daniel understood this, when by the Spirit of God, he declared:

"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt." Daniel 12:2

When man awakes from his dust condition, some will awake to everlasting life. But many will awake to shame and everlasting contempt. Paul wrote to the Romans:

"And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Romans 13:11

It is high time that man awake out of his Adam sleep, because we are about to enter a new day, a day like never before. God's plan of salvation is nearly complete, but those who continue to operate by their carnal mind will miss what God has planned for His creation. To the Ephesians Paul wrote:

"Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Ephesians 5:14

According to The Interlinear Greek and English New Testament by George Richer Berry, this Scripture should read:

". . . awake thou that sleepest, and arise from among the dead." The phrase arise from among the dead, speaks of resurrection. Jesus revealed, to those who are part of the first resurrection, the second death has no power, Revelation 20:6.

Everything God created in the earth realm He created from the dust of the earth. But we discover that the woman was formed from the rib God took from the side of Adam. This was to show the intimacy between the man and the woman. They are to be one, because they are both part of the same creation.

But in time, the woman would be tempted. When she allowed this temptation to come forth in her life, sin entered. When man sinned, the Spirit of God departed from His Adam creation, and he was set out of the garden. Because of this original sin, murder entered into their house, and a change took place in man's nature. When man lost his Spiritual covering which was his life, he became as one of the beasts. Now his life was in his blood, instead of it being in God. With the entrance of sin, man began to live as the beasts, and exist by the `survival of the fittest.' When sin entered the garden, man recognized his nakedness:

"And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." Genesis 3:7

Fig leaves are not a fit covering to cover man's sin. God only used one animal as an atonement for sin, and that was the lamb. The word atonement is an Old Testament word and means "to cover, to placate, to pacify man's sin." So God covered Adam and Eve's sin. How did He do this?

"Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them." Genesis 3:21

Only the lamb was used for the sin offering. What God did for Adam and Eve in the garden, He would eventually do for all mankind. John recorded Jesus' words on the Isle of Patmos:

"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." Revelation 13:8

Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world to cover Adam and Eve's sin in the garden. As we progress in the book of Genesis, we discover Adam lost his first two sons: Cain and Abel.

"And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:" Genesis 5:3

When Adam begat Seth, Seth was born in the image and likeness of fallen man. And mankind has brought forth children after their own image and likeness ever since.

When we come to the New Testament, we discover Paul talks about the creation also:

"All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds." I Corinthians 15:39

The flesh of man is different from the flesh of beasts, fishes, and birds. This does away with any teaching of evolution, where it is taught that man developed from a lower species of primates. God revealed another remarkable statement when He stated:

"And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:11-12

The seed is within itself. This is a fact of God's creation. A seed will only produce after its own kind. Man has tried to alter God's creation, but everything always reverts back to the seed God created. Man crossed horses and asses to produce mules, or a stronger, larger ass. They discovered they could do this, but the mules would not breed. Because of this, they became hybrids. The same is true with roses. There is only one natural rose - - - a wild rose - - - but man has learned to graft other roses into the wild rose root to produce a different kind of rose. These, too, became hybrids. But the hybrid rose will eventually revert back to the wild rose bush God created.

God created everything with the seed within itself. There are several kinds of evergreen trees called `conifers'. But one kind of evergreen tree will not mix with another. The same is true with the oak, elm, maple, and every other kind of tree, and every other kind of plant. The same is also true of man and beast. Man's seed cannot mix with that of the lower beasts. This is why man and beast cannot mate. It is because they are different creations and of a different flesh. God explains this in His record of the creation:

"And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:24-25

Everything God created must reproduce after its own kind. But man is constantly trying to play God to improve upon God's creation - - - even to the point of cloning sheep and hogs. They even state it is possible to clone humans. But we need to ask some questions:

"Can these cloned animals reproduce after their own kind?" "Does the cloned animal have all the diseases of the original animal?" "What about intelligence?"

These, and many more questions, need to be answered. The same is true of genetically altered seed. What kind of crops will they grow? And will the food be good for the people who eat it? Already problems have risen with genetically engineered food. Scientists have attempted to produce life in the laboratory. Billions of dollars have been spent on this effort, but all have failed. Life can only come from God.

As has been stated before, God created man as a Spiritual being. Then God gave man a body made of the dust, and that body gave him the ability to till the earth. When man sinned, the Spirit or life of God left man. Now man's life was in the blood. And thus man became a flesh creation.

As we come to a thorough understanding of the creation, we will begin to understand the mysteries God revealed to Paul. Paul was a special vessel unto the Lord. When he met Christ Jesus on the road to Damascus, Paul was physically blinded by the glory of His appearance. Then God sent Ananias to Paul to inform him what God had planned for his life:

"Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:" Acts 9:13

All those who were of the faith, and who had heard of Paul, feared him because he had received authority from the chief priest to arrest all he could find who called upon the name of Christ. But the Lord spoke to Ananias:

"But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for My name's sake." Acts 9:15-16

Paul had to suffer many indignities in the flesh to be blessed with the great revelation he was to receive from God. Paul wrote of this suffering to the church at Corinth. In this letter, Paul defended his ministry which he had been given by God:

"Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool.) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft." II Corinthians 11:23

Paul's life was lived in constant peril. In both Jerusalem and Rome, Paul spent much time in prison, or what we call `house arrest.' Paul continued the description of his sufferings:

"Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes, save one." II Corinthians 11:24

That would add up to one hundred and ninety five stripes Paul had on his back. Paul continues:

"Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;" II Corinthians 11:25

How many bruises did Paul suffer when he was beaten with rods? Then he was stoned. How many bruises did he suffer from this stoning? Paul was left for dead. The people thought they had killed Paul, but when Paul regained consciousness, he went right back into the city where he had been stoned. Paul was certainly no coward. He was ship wrecked on his way to Rome. He was bitten by a snake, but he simply shook it off into the fire, without harm. Paul also exclaimed:

"In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;" II Corinthians 11:26

Paul's life was in constant peril, and he was often cold and naked. But Paul's testimony through it all, was that God delivered him out of all these trials. Yes, through Ananias, God had shown Paul he would have to suffer much to spread the gospel of the Kingdom, not only for his own generation, but also for our generation.

Through his faithfulness, God revealed many mysteries to Paul. One of the mysteries God revealed to him was the difference between the fleshly body and the Spiritual body. To the Corinthians Paul explains:

"There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another." I Corinthians 15:40

Again, Paul is saying that all flesh is not the same flesh. The terrestrial body is the body of flesh and blood. The celestial body is the body of flesh and bones. Paul continues his explanation:

"It is sown a natural body; it is raised a Spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a Spiritual body." I Corinthians 15:44

We now dwell in a natural body. But we will again return to what God created in the beginning, and that is a Spiritual body, the body Adam had in the beginning before sin.

Today many claim God is going to resurrect all the bodies from the grave, and then change them into their glorious bodies. But this is not what Paul, by the Spirit, proclaimed:

"And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:" I Corinthians 15:37

When Paul spoke of sowing, he was referring to the burial of this fleshly body. And as Paul proclaimed, the body of flesh returns to its original place (to dust), and becomes part of the earth again to bear wheat or some other grain. Paul continues:

"But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him, and to every seed His own body." I Corinthians 15:38

God is going to give His people a body that pleases Him. Then Paul reveals a mystery that has troubled man ever since Jesus left the earth:

"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit." I Corinthians 15:45

If we look at this Scripture closely, we come to the understanding that Jesus came as the first Adam (or He came as the living soul creation). In his letter to the Romans, Paul stated:

"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." Romans 8:3

Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh, but there was no sin in His flesh. Jesus came in the image and likeness of Adam and was tempted by the same spirit of darkness that tempted Eve. But praise the Lord, He overcame satan, because satan had nothing to offer Jesus, including all the kingdoms of this world with all their glory. Paul proclaimed to the Hebrews:

"For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15

Jesus had all the same temptations we have, yet He did not sin. When Jesus defeated satan in the wilderness, satan never had power in Jesus life again.

So Jesus came as the first Adam and ministered for three and one-half years. It was only after His resurrection, that Jesus came as the quickening (living) Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.

Paul goes on to explain about our terrestrial existence:

"Howbeit that was not first which is Spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is Spiritual." I Corinthians 15:46

We now have our terrestrial body, but we can look forward to our celestial existence. And we have this promise from the pen of Paul:

"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." I Corinthians 15:49

The heavenly realm is the Spiritual realm.

We know by Peter, that Christ gave us Himself as our example:

"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:" I Peter 2:21

Christ is our example of our journey from the terrestrial to the celestial. After Jesus' resurrection He appeared to His disciples:

"But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And He said unto them, Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts?" Luke 24:37-38

These were men who had walked with Jesus for three and one-half years. Why did they not recognize Him? They did not recognize Him because there had been a change in His appearance after His resurrection. Jesus said unto them:

"Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a Spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have." Luke 24:39

After Jesus resurrection, He had a body of flesh and bones, just as Adam had in the garden. This was the same body Adam was given before sin so he was able to till the earth.

There was no blood in Adam's body before sin. Just as their was no blood in the body Jesus had after His resurrection. Jesus had shed His blood upon the earth, and now He had His Spiritual body of flesh and bones.

As we begin to understand God's creation of man, it becomes clear that man was created a celestial being. But when man sinned, he became a terrestrial being. And he has remained a terrestrial being down through the ages.

God is a celestial being. He knew if mankind was to be redeemed so he could return to his created place in God, He must send His Son clothed in flesh, so He could be an example to those who dwell in their flesh condition. As John recorded:

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth." John 1:14

Through Jesus, man could witness the glory of the Father. Jesus lived His whole life in grace and truth. This is why the world did not recognize Jesus for who He was. Mankind had never seen a man like Him. Jesus walked the earth in His flesh condition for thirty-three and one-half years. Then His creation killed Him. But Luke records that after His resurrection:

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Acts 2:36

Let all the house of Israel know that God hath made Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ. The phrase hath made means Jesus had become something He was not before. God had made Him both Lord and Christ. The word Lord means "supreme in authority." The word Christ means "the anointing, or the anointed one." Jesus came as the Anointing on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus had come as a terrestrial being. Now He had returned to His celestial state. In his letter to Timothy, Paul reveals this mystery for all to see:

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." I Timothy 3:16

God was manifest in the flesh (Jesus' terrestrial existence). He was justified by His Spirit anointing, and seen of angels. Jesus has been preached unto the Gentiles for centuries and the world has believed on Him. He was received up into the glory of the Father. This answered Jesus' prayer:

"And now, O Father, glorify thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was." John 17:5

Jesus' desire was to walk in the glory He had with His Father before the foundation of the world. In his letter to the church at Rome, Paul declared:

"Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began," Romans 16:25

God sending His only Son was a mystery hid since the world began.

"But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:" Romans 16:26

Paul revealed this mystery was made manifest by the Scriptures of the prophets. The prophets wrote the Old Testament. But now this mystery is being made known to all nations in those who are obedient to the faith. God makes the same promise to us that He made to Jesus:

"Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself." Philippians 3:21

God will change our vile bodies. The word vile means "low estate." Our bodies of low estate are our terrestrial bodies. But God is going to change our terrestrial, low estate bodies into a body like His glorious celestial body. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote of this change that is coming into His body.

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed," I Corinthians 15:51

Again Paul reveals the mystery of the change the body of Christ can expect:

"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." I Corinthians 15:52

God has promised His body will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. This will be instantaneously. This will be at the last trump. God proclaimed the last trumpet to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets." Revelation 10:7

When the seventh trumpet sounds, time as we know it will be no more. This is when we will be changed. Paul continues:

"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." I Corinthians 15:53

The corruptible is the terrestrial body, as is the mortal. But when the change comes, then we will have our celestial body, which Paul describes as our incorruptible and immortal body.

"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." I Corinthians 15:54

This is when we shall receive our eternal bodies. In his letter to Titus, Paul proclaims:

"In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;" Titus 1:2

This promise was made to the sons and daughters of Christ before God ever laid the foundation of the earth. And as Paul disclosed, speaking of this change . . .

"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." I Corinthians 15:49

As we have born the image of the earthy, terrestrial body, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly, spiritual, celestial body. God promised this to His creation before the sons of God shouted for joy and the morning stars sang together. To reveal another mystery God has for His people, we need to look again at Genesis 2:2

"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made." Genesis 2:2

As stated before, God rested on the seventh day. He has never left His place of rest. He is still in His rest. The word rested is the Hebrew word SHABATH and was translated one hundred and seven times as Sabbath. So for centuries, mankind has taken their day of rest on the seventh day. As they look at a calendar of today, many naturally think the seventh day is Saturday because the calendar starts each week on Sunday. So many then assume God began His creation on Sunday. This assumption causes one to draw the conclusion that in the beginning they used the same calendar as we use today, and that every day of God's creation was a twenty-four hour day. A further study would indicate God's days are not twenty-four hour days. Peter related one simple fact, which all who research further into this study will discover:

"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." II Peter 3:8

We are also informed:

"All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" II Timothy 3:16

The same inspiration that inspired the writer of Genesis inspired Peter to write his two books. That inspiration is the Holy Spirit. God does not have a calendar, nor does He consider time at all. By the inspiration of God, Moses informs us:

"Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;" Deuteronomy 7:9

Moses speaks of a thousand generations. Many believe a generation is forty years. Some believe a generation is seventy years. So God is faithful and keepeth His covenant with those who love Him for forty or even seventy thousand years, and for all eternity.

"Be ye mindful always of His covenant; the word which He commanded to a thousand generations;" I Chronicles 16:15

Again we see God's promise of keeping His covenant for a thousand generations. This truth is proclaimed also by an unknown psalmist:

"He hath remembered His covenant for ever, the Word which He commanded to a thousand generations." Psalm 105:8

Many Biblical scholars inform us it has been less than seven thousand years since the creation of Adam. We see again in this example that God does not consider time, as we know it today. This excludes the consideration that God's seven days of creation were twenty-four hour days, but instead 1000 year days, as proclaimed by Peter in II Peter 3:8, when he states a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day.

Looking again at Genesis we read:

"And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made." Genesis 2:3

God sanctified and blessed the seventh day. Next, we need to consider what day God was speaking of as the seventh day. Using the 1000 year days set forth in II Peter 3:8, we discover the seventh day of God's creation is directly ahead of us. Since it has been some 6000+ years since the beginning of creation, the seventh (thousand) year day is indeed upon the horizon. Paul wrote to the Hebrews:

"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Hebrews 4:1

God rested on the seventh day, and He will remain in His rest until the people that He knew from the foundation of the earth enter into His rest with Him. Paul continues:

"For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it." Hebrews 4:2

The gospel is contained in both the Old and New Testaments, but the gospel means nothing to those who have no faith. Only those who live by faith in the gospel will enter into God's rest by faith.

"For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world." Hebrews 4:3

As God declared in the beginning:

"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." Genesis 2:1

All the host of heaven was finished, as was the host of the earth. God finished His whole creation. This included all the angels. It also included all mankind:

"For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into My rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

Again, He limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Hebrews 4:4-7

Those who hear God's voice are those who will enter into His rest on the seventh day. Those who remain in their unbelief, believing they are serving God by keeping Saturday as their day of rest will not enter into His rest, because they have hardened their hearts. When they are informed they are keeping their Sabbath to fulfill the law, this is only an attempt to repeat the work Jesus has already accomplished. Paul explains:

"For if Jesus had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day." Hebrews 4:8

Jesus came on the fifth day of God's creation, and He brought grace and truth. But He did not show us the way into God's rest.

"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." Hebrews 4:9

There is still a rest of God we must enter into. We can only enter into that rest by faith. Those who will enter into His rest are those who God knew from the beginning of time who have kept His Word. These are those who will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, from their terrestrial body into their celestial existence. These will live on God's renewed earth, and will make up His Holy City, New Jerusalem. These will also be part of the one hundred and forty-four thousand.

All God's promises are to those who will enter into His rest on the seventh day. We need to know and understand that all His works were finished when God ceased from His labors. This is when He established His Kingdom. All we need to do is let the Kingdom come within us, without observation. This can only be accomplished by our complete comprehension of the Word of God.

Those who enter into God's rest will become what God created in the beginning - - - a people He can walk and talk to in the cool of the day. In that day there will be no separation between God and His creation. Praise the Lord!


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