The Church in the
by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
God has given us many examples of how He dealt with His ancient people Israel. By these examples, we can know how God will deal with His people in this day and age. Today the church tries to tell us He is a `goody, goody' God whose sole purpose is to bless His people. In his letter to the Romans, Paul gives us another picture of our God:
"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." Romans 11:22
Paul was addressing how God dealt with Israel when they continued in their sin. We can depend on God's goodness as long as we follow His will, His way, and His Word. But if we, as Israel, fall from the grace of God we can also depend upon His severity. The word severity means "judgment that brings forth death." Because of their sin, ancient Israel was cut off. Those who insist on continuing in their sin will suffer God's severity also. They, too, will be cut off.
In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul reveals how important it is for us to learn how God dealt with ancient Israel, so we do not go the same way, and thus be guilty of the same sins they were guilty of:
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." I Corinthians 10:11
Israel is our example of God's blessing. He gave them their promised land, but they suffered His severity when He drove them from their promise land and gave it to the Assyrians and Babylonians. Israel is an example of what God will do to this nation, and to those who call themselves by His name, but remain in their worldly ways. Paul stated that which was written was for our admonition. He wrote these words so we would know what to expect if we did not turn from our godless ways. This warning is given to this generation who live in the end of this age. This is the generation Peter declared to all who would see:
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:" I Peter 2:9
We, too, who are part of this last generation can be God's royal priesthood, His holy nation, His peculiar people (His purchased possession), those who have been called out of the darkness of religious confusion into His marvelous light of truth. But we can only become this last day chosen generation if we are obedient to His ways, His will, and His Word. [see "God's Last Day Chosen Generation" by George Kirkpatrick]
Today when the church system hears words like `repentance, change, suffering, and persecution'; they immediately reject these foreign ideas. Those in the church system only proclaim, "Jesus paid the price so we do not have to deal with these things." We also hear them say, "God accepts us just like we are, and we do not have to change." The truth of the matter is God does accept us as we are, but it is so He can begin to change us into His image and likeness. Peter informs us:
"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
Those who refuse to change need to read this Scripture, because Jesus is our example of righteousness and true holiness. If we are to get to where He is, then we must follow in His steps. If we are not willing to suffer as He had to suffer, then we have strayed from the strait and narrow path we must follow. If we do not follow in His steps, we too will miss the gate that leads into His Kingdom and His presence. The prophet Isaiah speaks to the pastors of the Lord's flock:
"Wherefore hear the Word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem." Isaiah 28:14
In the Old Testament, Jerusalem was the place God chose to put His name. In the New Testament, the church is the place where God has chosen to put His name. Isaiah addresses the pastors as scornful men. The word scornful means "bragging, uplifted, and exalted." Many who stand in the pulpits today are lifted up and prideful. This is why Peter relates:
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God . . ." I Peter 4:17a
God's judgment is going to begin with those who are high and lifted up in self - - - and the pastors will be the first to feel this judgment. Isaiah continues:
"Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:" Isaiah 28:15
The church system has made a covenant with death. Their only hope is in dying and going to heaven. They are also in agreement with hell. Heaven or hell are their only choices. They never speak about overcoming, restoration, or inheritance. Their only hope is eternal joy and peace or everlasting suffering and torment. How little they know or understand the Word of God.
We hear such statements as, "If I could only die and be with the Lord." What many fail to recognize is that if they are not pressing into God and overcoming the world now, they will not be with the Lord when they die. The Lord tells us:
" Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 7:21
Those who have made a covenant with death as their only hope declare, "When the overflowing scourge passes through (God's judgment), it will not come unto us." Those who proclaim these words have made lies their refuge.
The biggest lies they believe in are false teachings such as the rapture, once-saved, always-saved, eternal security, and ultimate or universal reconciliation. There is no need to overcome in these false teachings. These have conveniently overlooked every Scripture that speaks of the need to change, the need to walk into maturity, and the need to overcome to become God's separated ones without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blame.
God has a people He is raising up in the wilderness. This is His church in the wilderness. The word wilderness means "a solitary, lonely, desolate place." You will not discover God's wilderness church in today's church systems. Paul informs us of those in God's wilderness church:
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." II Corinthians 6:17
These are those who have come out of their denominational systems. These seek fellowship wherever they can find it with those of like faith who feel all alone. These know their calling in God - - - and through prayer and God's word they are becoming His overcoming church. These are those who are going to inherit all things and rule and reign with Christ for the one thousand year millennium.
Let's look again at the words of Isaiah as he reveals those who remain in the church system:
". . . for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:" Isaiah 28:15c
Many have made lies their refuge, and have depended on the lies and falsehoods of their denominational orders. These believe that when the overflowing scourge shall pass through (God's wrath) it will not come unto them, Isaiah 28:15b. These believe the severity of God's soon coming day of wrath will not touch them. Isaiah reveals a different truth:
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste." Isaiah 28:16
God has laid in Zion a foundation stone, the cornerstone of our faith. This is a stone that has been tried, tested, and found to be true. Paul revealed this cornerstone to the church at Ephesus:
"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone." Ephesians 2:20
Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone. The words of the prophets (the Old Testament) and the words of the apostles (the New Testament) are built upon the Cornerstone, Jesus Christ. He that believes on the Cornerstone shall not make haste, or act quickly. In other words those who grow into the headship of Christ will be grounded in God's Word so they will not be blown about by every wind of doctrine. Peter quoted Isaiah in his first letter:
"Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded." I Peter 2:6
Those that believe on the Chief Cornerstone shall not be confounded. The word confounded means "to be put to shame, to be dishonored, to be in disgrace." When all stand before the one, true God to be judged, those who know His Word will not be put to shame, dishonored, and disgraced. Those who do not know God's Word, and have not established their walk in His Word have taken His name in vain. Those who call themselves Christians, but continue in their sin will truly be put to shame. If they do not follow God's Word, it only proves they did not truly believe. What will happen to these in `name only Christians'? Isaiah reveals:
"Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place." Isaiah 28:17
In ancient times, builders first laid the cornerstone. Then the whole building was laid out from the cornerstone. Lines were then used to make sure the building was horizontally square. The plummet was used to make sure the building was vertically straight. All measurements were made from the cornerstone.
God is going to lay judgment to the line and righteous to the plummet. Our lives also must be lined up vertically and horizontally with our Cornerstone, Jesus Christ.
To those who are called by His name, but do not line up their lives with the Cornerstone - - - their righteousness is only self-righteousness. When these stand before the Lord, their shame will be evident when they try to justify the lies they have built their lives upon. The hail (the symbol of divine judgment) will sweep away the lies they have taken refuge in. The water of the Word will overflow their hiding place.
No matter what we believe, if we cannot back it up by God's word, then we have believed a lie - - - and when we are judged by His Word, there will be no place to hide.
"And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it." Isaiah 28:18
To those who believe in a lie, their covenant (agreement) with death shall be disannulled. The word disannulled means "their sin will not be covered or placated." Their agreement or vision of hell shall not stand.
By the pen of Isaiah, we know those who have not overcome the old, flesh nature will be trodden down by the overflowing scourge (God's wrath) when it comes.
We stand at the end of the age, and there are only two types of people: the overcomers and the overcome. Those who are overcome will suffer God's wrath. Peter speaks about those who are overcome:
"For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lust of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error." II Peter 2:18
Today we hear great swelling words from those who claim to have victory in Christ, but their lives show they are still allured through the lust of the flesh. This is evident by the extravagant life style of so many Christians today. They want everything they see. These are the `name it and claim it' group whose fleshly desires hinder their Spiritual walk. Peter continues:
"While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." II Peter 2:19
These still remain as servants of corruption. These are overcome and brought into bondage because of their lust of the eye, their lust of the flesh, and their pride of life. Hearken to Peter's exhortation:
"For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning." II Peter :20
Those who know through God's Word they must escape the pollutions (the allurements) of the world, and yet allow themselves to be entangled again with worldly wantonness, then their end will be worse than their beginning. The overcome who do not go on to wholly follow the Lord will not inherit, and they will not be part of God's glorious Kingdom.
The overcomers alone are the inheritors of all things. Only the victorious ones who prevail against all the allurements of satan will be protected during God's wrath. There will be total protection for the overcomers in the wilderness in God's protected place. Jesus revealed His `Overcoming Wilderness Church' to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." Revelation 12:1-2
John tells us a great wonder appeared in heaven (in the Spiritual realm). John was shown a woman (the true church) clothed with the sun (God's glory), and the moon (judgment) was under her feet. On her head was a crown (the symbol of rulership) of twelve stars (twelve is the number of government). So this woman is shown to be the ruling and reigning saints with Christ. The woman (the true church) was with child, and she was travailing to bring forth a son:
"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne." Revelation 12:5
The man child is the overcoming, manifested sons God is raising up in the wilderness. Paul gives us insight into this glorious revelation:
"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." Romans 8:19
The whole creation is waiting for this event. These manifested sons will rule and reign from God's throne:
"And the woman fled into the wilderness where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days." Revelation 12:6
This sun-clad woman will flee into the wilderness, where God is going to care for her during the three and one-half years of God's wrath. This sun-clad woman and the manifested sons make up the "Church in the Wilderness." These will minister to those who must endure the wrath of God.
The church in the wilderness are the two witnesses, natural and Spiritual Israel who will be given power to prophesy (proclaim God's Word) for the three and one-half years of the wrath.
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels," Revelation 12:7
Jesus speaks about the war in heaven, and Michael the Archangel fighting against the dragon (satan), and how satan and his angels were cast into the earth:
"And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child." Revelation 12:13
When satan was cast out, he persecuted the woman. The word persecuted means "to harass, to trouble, and to molest." The Scriptures give us insight as to how God is going to protect His true church in the wilderness from these harassments:
"And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." Revelation 12:14
Yes, the woman (the overcoming church) is going to be given a way to flee into the wilderness where God is going to take care of her during the three and one-half years of His wrath.
"And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth." Revelation 12:15-16
Satan is going to cast orders out of his mouth to all his demonic forces, in an attempt to stop the woman. But the earth is going to open her mouth and swallow up this flood. We need to understand this is something that is being done in the Spiritual realm. To get a clearer picture of this, we must look at our example Israel when they fled Egypt. Moses reminded Israel:
"Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto Myself." Exodus 19:4
We know these eagle wings were not physical, but an example of God's deliverance. When Israel's enemies followed them, the Red Sea opened up and swallowed all who pursued them. God is going to do the same miracle for His overcoming church in the wilderness. Jesus continues His revelation to John:
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:17
The remnant of the woman's seed are those who are overcome with the cares of this life. They have the testimony of Jesus Christ, but they have not totally committed their lives to Him, and so this, the remnant seed, will not be in God's protected place during His wrath.
The Bible speaks much about the overcomers and the overcome. Peter speaks of those who are overcome. Again we look at the words of Peter:
"While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." II Peter 2:19
Those who are overcome are those who are listening to the promises of the church system when they promise them liberty to do as they please. Instead of going on in God, they have allowed themselves to become servants (slaves and bondsman) to their denominational orders.
Those who are overcome are as the seed in the Parable of the Sower. The seed the sower sowed was the Word of God. Some seed fell by the wayside and some fell among stony places which could not produce. Others received the Word among the thorns, and the cares of this life choked out the Word. All these were overcome for different reasons. None of these were overcomers.
Only those who receive the Word of God in good ground, where the Word is allowed to take root will bear fruit. The fruit we bear is the fruit of the Spirit, and only by the Spirit can we become overcomers.
The overcome are in danger of God's righteous judgment. In his letter to the Romans, Paul informs us:
"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21
When we think of the word 'evil', we think of `wickedness, an evil act.' But the word used for evil in this Scripture means "a bad nature, a mode of thinking, feeling, and acting." Many who have a bad temper or an injurious mouth do not think of it as evil, but God considers it evil.
Paul tells us we are to overcome these evils in our life with good. The word good means "a good constitution." When we are determined to overcome the old, beast nature, we must have a good constitution - - - a determination that our whole being will change to become acceptable in the sight of God. This is the beginning of the overcoming process in our life.
We must have a change of heart (mind). When our thinking changes, then our life will change, and we will become the `new creation man' that is created in righteousness and true holiness.
When others ask, "How do we overcome?" the answer is simple, "Overcoming is having a change of heart, and overcoming our old nature with good." This takes a determination. When we yield our life to the Holy Spirit, our thinking and our life will change. The beloved John gives us insight into the overcoming process:
"I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known Him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father." I John 2:13
John gives us three levels of understanding:
(1) The fathers are those who have been serving God from their beginning
These are the old men who have been the examples to the flock. These are the elders.
(2) Next, are the young men.
These are those the fathers have trained to continue the work. These are the deacons who are being trained to do the work of the ministry. These young men have been trained to overcome the wicked one through God's Word.
Paul informs us:
"Neither give place to the devil." Ephesians 4:27
Today, all the church system talks about is how the devil is giving them trouble. Every time they talk about the devil, they are giving him place in their lives and in their church. They can never overcome as long as they are giving him a place in their midst. James also informs us:
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7
If we are truly submitted to God, all we need to do is resist the devil, and he will flee from us. How do we do this? It is by the name of Jesus. But we cannot resist him as long as we are giving him place in our lives and in the church.
(3) The third group John mentioned were the little children.
These are those who need to be trained in the ways of God. John writes ". . . because ye have known the Father." The phrase have known means "to learn to know, to come to know, and to get knowledge." The little children are the disciples, the learners, who are ready to be taught.
The young men are the overcomers who have overcome the wicked one and are strong in God's Word. It is the young men who will be the leaders in the coming New Day. John continues God's revelation to the overcomers:
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" I John 5:4-5
Those who are truly born of God overcome the world in their lives. Those who still have one foot in the world, and are still bothered by the devil, are not born of God. They may have a religious experience, but do they have the faith to overcome the world?
John continues - - - those who overcome the world believe Jesus is the Son of God. Many make this verbal confession, but do they really believe this with their whole heart? Jesus addressing the multitude declared:
"And why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Luke 6:46
We can ask this same question to many in the pews of the church system who claim to be born of God. Why do they call Him, Lord! Lord!, yet do not the things He said to do? Why do they call Him the Son of God, yet do not the things He says?
God has an overcoming church, but He is raising up His overcoming church in the wilderness, not in the midst of the church system. [see "Outside the Camp" by George Kirkpatrick]
Those who are born of God are strong in the Word and have overcome the wicked one in their lives. These do not give place to the devil, but resist him in every aspect of their lives.
God spoke to Isaiah about the overcoming church in the wilderness. He referred to it as the gleaning of grapes and the shaking of the olive tree:
"Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the Lord God of Israel." Isaiah 17:6
God has promised to terribly shake the earth. Only those who are hanging onto the vine at the end of this shaking will be counted worthy to rule and reign in His kingdom age. God has made many promises to His overcoming church He is raising up in the wilderness:
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." Revelation 2:7
Jesus spoke directly to those in the church who have an ear to hear. The Spirit is speaking specifically to the church. This message is to the overcomers, not the overcome. Only the overcomers will eat of the tree of life in the midst of God's paradise. The Tree of Life is our promise of eternal life that God promised from the beginning, when our original parents, Adam and Eve, dwelt in God's paradise. Only the overcomers will dwell in this earthly paradise when God sets up His Kingdom. Jesus revealed this paradise to John:
"And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful." Revelation 21:5
Only God's overcomers are going to live on this renewed earth. The church system wants to die and go to heaven, but the overcomers desire to eat of the Tree of Life and have eternal life on God's renewed earth.
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; he that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death." Revelation 2:11
Again this message is revealed to the church by the Spirit. God's promise to the overcomers is that they will not suffer the second death. The second death is when the unregenerate souls will be destroyed in the lake of fire. Jesus continues His revelation to John:
"He that hath an hear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it." Revelation 2:17
In order to understand the overcomers receiving a white stone, we must consider the ancient judicial system. Those who were accused of an offense were given one of two stones: if the accused received a white stone at their trial, it meant they were exonerated of all guilt. But if they were given a black stone, it meant they were guilty as charged. If we are given a white stone, it means we have been found innocent of all guilt, and will be given a new name and a new nature because we have been found worthy to enter into the presence of God. Again Jesus informs the overcomer:
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:" Revelation 2:29 & 26
By the pen of John, Jesus reveals it will be the overcomers who will be given power (authority) over the nations.
"And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of My Father." Revelation2:27
It is the overcomers who will rule the nations. The word rule means "to feed and to govern the people) with a rod (authority) of iron (the symbol of strength)." It is the overcomers who will be given all power and authority to rule over the nations with strength. This is the same promise we are given by an unknown Psalmist who asked the question:
"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?" Psalm 2:2
Why do the heathen (those who do not know God or His plan or His purpose) rage and imagine a vain thing?
"The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying," Psalm 2:2
Those who live in today's world know that those who now have rule over the kingdoms of the earth are taking counsel against God and His anointed ones, the church in the wilderness. But what are the overcomers going to do? The Psalmist declares:
"Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." Psalm 2:3
The overcomers have broken the bands (their bondages) and cast all the cords away that have held them captive to their will.
"Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." Psalm 2:8
The Psalmist reveals all we need to do is ask, and God will give us the heathen for our inheritance, and the earth for our possession. And just as Jesus revealed to John:
"Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." Psalm 2:9
God's promises are from everlasting to everlasting. Jesus continues His revelation to John:
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15
When the seventh angel sounds, the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ, His anointed ones, the overcomers, His church He is raising up in the wilderness. Jesus continues to reveal to John, God's promises to His overcomers:
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." Revelation 3:6
Again, this revelation is coming to the churches by the Spirit of God:
"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before his angels." Revelation 3:5
It is the overcomers who are going to be clothed in white raiment. And God is going to confess their names before the Father and His angels. The word confess has the meaning "to acknowledge openly and joyfully, and to give honor to." What is the promise God makes to the overcomers who are going to be clothed in white raiment? Again we look to the revelation Jesus gave to John:
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." Revelation 19:7-8
The overcomers will be clothed with the righteousness of God. These are the bride of Christ who will make up His holy city, New Jerusalem. Jesus continues to reveal to John:
"And He saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And He saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God." Revelation 19:9
The overcomers are the ones who will attend the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. These will be those who have on their wedding garments. Those who attend the Marriage Supper without their wedding garments will be bound hand and foot and cast into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Again, we look to the revelation Jesus revealed to John about his overcoming army He is raising in the wilderness:
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name." Revelation 3:13 & 12
The overcomers are the pillars in the temple of God. So we need to ask, "What is God's temple?" These are those who operate their lives by the Holy Spirit anointing. Paul declared to the church at Corinth:
"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" I Corinthians 6:19
The temple of the Holy Ghost are those who totally belong to God. These realize they are not their own, but have one purpose, and that is to fulfill the will of God in their lives.
The overcomers are those who are pillars in God's holy temple, and they have a secure place in His Kingdom. They will go no more out, or they have become set firmly in His Kingdom. These have the name of the Holy City, or they have become permanent residents of His New Jerusalem which comes down from heaven (the Spiritual realm).
Those whose only hope is dying and going to heaven will discover it is an empty place. The only hope God gives us of being part of His holy city is overcoming. The overcome will have no part of His holy city. Again Jesus reveals to John:
"To Him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne." Revelation 3:21
God has promised the overcomers will sit with Him in His throne. There is nothing in our lives we cannot overcome. Jesus is our example of overcoming. He not only overcame satan, but all the desires and lusts of the flesh. Jesus was the original overcomer, and because He overcame, He sits with His Father in His throne. This is the same promise He makes to us if we overcome. Praise the Lord!
Jesus makes one last promise to His overcomers:
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be His God, and He shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
This is the last and most important promise the Lord has made to the overcomers. The overcomers will inherit all things. The word all is a little, but mighty word. It is the Greek word PAS and means "everything, the whole thing, and all things." If the overcomers are God's inheritors, then what is left for those who do not overcome? Nothing.
God has promised the overcomers they will be His sons, and He is raising up these overcoming sons of God in His church in the wilderness. Those who separate themselves from those who are ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth can become part of the work God is doing in His separated saints.
God is about to give the kingdoms of this world to His overcoming sons. We need to strive to be part of this glorious company.
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give