We believe that the Bible passage in John 17, where Jesus speaks about being ‘As One’ is something God has very much drawn to our attention as being crucial to the direction of CTNTP. This article, by Ron McGatlin, www.openheaven.com, has recently come to our attention and speaks very well on this subject.
The Loving Peace of Kingdom Joy in This World
The blessings of God are upon His people who live by the Spirit and walk in the Spirit. It is true that the world may be filled with bad news repeated thousands of times over TV. Yet there is a place of perfect peace in the resting place of the arms of God.
Being in the Spirit, in love with God our Father and our Lord Christ Jesus is our resting place in this world. The Holy Spirit is the personification of Father God and Christ Jesus abiding in and with all who come to God with their whole hearts. This is the kingdom of God life now on earth that Jesus came to bring to His people.
A Mystery of God
A mysterious and marvelous thing happens as we come together with others in whom God by His Spirit also abides. Our love relationship with God is quickened to levels of excited joy in the “Spirit to Spirit” agreement and oneness of fellowship. The knitting together of God in us with God in others forms a heavenly bond of peace and sense of trust and security.
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19-20.
The marvellous part of this is that we not only rest in the joy of the Lord in His presence, but that we also become extremely powerful in bringing change to the world around us. The presence and power of Christ in us is joined by Christ from heaven among us in a glorious experience of oneness that changes us and the world around us.
Great power of love is released that directly connects us with the throne of Heaven and nothing is impossible to us. This is the reality of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. The will of God fills our hearts and lives, and we ask only that which pleases God and fits perfectly with His plan and purpose for us and the world around us.
The enemy of God on earth knows that he is totally powerless to even begin to pervert the will and works of God on earth. Only when he through devious deception causes disagreement among those in whom Christ abides can he hinder the ultimate power of God from ruling and reigning on this earth.
The joy of the Lord is our strength. (Neh 8:10). The joy found in the oneness of truly SEEKING FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS is the only way to unity of agreement “Spirit to Spirit.”
All things come together in the kingdom of God on earth. All things that are of God on earth fit together under the one big plan of God, the kingdom of heaven on earth under King Christ Jesus, Lord of lords and King of kings. (Eph 1:17-23).
Seeing our part as it fits together with others under the one kingdom and one King removes all competition and brings together all the parts. Continuing to focus on our one part as the whole or main thing divides and separates the people and the kingdom of Christ and empowers the enemy. (Eph 4:11-16).
It is not fruitful to preach unity until after preaching and demonstrating the kingdom. Unity cannot happen until the gospel of the kingdom of God and its King is proclaimed and demonstrated to all involved. (Mat 24:14). The big picture of the government of heaven, the kingdom of God on earth is to be the primary focus of all believers and all works of ministry. All divisions or denominations must release their false beliefs that their part is the main issue and SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
The kingdom is the one folder in which all other folders of truth can fit together as one. Christ Jesus is the Head, the King and the corner-stone of all truth. The kingdom of God is within you if, indeed, you abide in Christ Jesus and He abides in you by the Holy Spirit. Every purpose of your life is to be under the one primary purpose and plan of God, the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.
‘The great mystery is that unity and glory in this world is Christ in you. “…. I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.’ Col 1:25-29.
‘“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” ‘ Luke 12:32.