LUKE 1:37 Gabriel, the Angel from Heaven, in His announcing the birth of Jesus to Mary assures her," For with God nothing will be impossible." This statement must be taken in context.
By virtue of His Holiness, there are a number of things that are impossible for God.
James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone."
Titus 1:2 " In hope of Eternal Life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began."
1Cor. 14:33 " For God is not the Author of confusion but of peace."
1Jn. 1:5 "This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all."
James 1:17 " Every GOOD GIFT and EVERY PERFECT GIFT is from ABOVE, and COMES DOWN FROM THE FATHER OF LIGHTS, with whom THERE IS NO SHADOW OF TURNING."
IMPOSSIBLE for God to lie, IMPOSSIBLE for God to be tempted or to tempt with evil, IMPOSSIBLE for God to confuse or be confused, IMPOSSIBLE for God to have darkness, IMPOSSIBLE for God to bestow an evil or imperfect gift, IMPOSSIBLE for any variation or shadow of turning or uncertainty.
Because of these statements we are confronted by and must come to grips with a mystery, " the mystery of iniquity."
There are no unconditional promises in the Scriptures.
Sometimes His promises are in contractual form, if you do so and so then I will reciprocate.
However, the irreducible condition is FAITH.
There is no access to the Living God without Faith.
Apart from promise there are Divine inflexible Decrees. sometimes referred to as "The appointed time'
"In an UNREVEALED PLACE IN THE FRAME OF TIME THERE IS, BY DECREE, an APPOINTED DAY CALLED, "THE DAY OF THE LORD."
1 Cor. 3:13 "Each one's work will become manifest; for THE DAY will declare it, because it will be revealed by FIRE; and the FIRE will test each one's work, of what sort it is."
Our HEAVENLY FATHER describes HIMSELF as ONE whose WAYS are past finding out.
Yet, His purpose is beautifully described in Isaiah 2: Among many blessings He has DESIGNED TO TEACH US HIS WAYS.
PROPHETIC DECREE: (unchangeable)
"NOW IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THE LATTER DAYS THAT THE MOUNTAIN (kingdom) OF THE LORD'S HOUSE (the Church which is His Body) SHALL BE ESTABLISHED ON THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS, (Kingdoms) and SHALL BE EXALTED ABOVE THE HILLS; And ALL NATIONS SHALL FLOW TO IT.
Many people shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the Mountain of the Lord, To the House of the God of Jacob;
HE WILL TEACH US HIS WAYS, AND WE SHALL WALK IN HIS PATHS.
This prophecy about the House of the Lord does not allude to a partial manifestation of His Presence as in structures made with men's hands such as the Tabernacle or Solomon's Temple as wonderful as that era of shadows might be.
Colossians 2:17 "which are a shadow of things to come, but the SUBSTANCE IS OF CHRIST."
Hebrews 8:5 "WHO SERVE THE COPY AND SHADOW OF HEAVENLY THINGS."
Acts 7:47 "But Solomon built Him a house, however, THE MOST HIGH DOES NOT DWELL IN TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS" (caused Stephen to be stoned)
If He doesn't dwell in the works of men's hands, if the heavens cannot contain Him;
IS THERE A PLACE HE CAN DWELL IN FULLNESS?
IS THERE A PLACE QUALIFIED TO BE CALLED, " HIS SANCTUARY, HIS DWELLING, NOT MERELY A PLACE OF VISITATION?"
PRAISE BE TO THE NAME OF JESUS, THERE IS!
HE DESIGNED AN ORGANISM TO BE THE PLACE OF HIS DWELLING.
Ephesians 1:22,23 "The Church, WHICH IS HIS BODY, THE FULLNESS OF HIM WHO FILLS ALL IN ALL."
This ORGANISM is a NEW CREATION, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS.
(2 Corinthians 5:17) 'if anyone is in Christ, HE IS A NEW CREATION'
THIS HOUSE IS NOT THE re-embellishment or perpetuation of a system designed to be temporal.
There never has nor will there ever be anything compared to the church which is His Body.
Isaiah, in prophetic Spirit, (which is the testimony of Jesus Rev.19:10) calls this Organism, "the House of the God of Jacob".
In the day of shadows, Only the God of Jacob had the power to change a man's identity from Jacob to Israel.
Isaiah was Looking forward to the Day of Substance, when the House not made with hands would be established in the top of the mountains.
Rev. 11:15 " The kingdoms of this world have become the KINGDOMS of OUR LORD and of HIS CHRIST, and HE SHALL REIGN FOREVER AND EVER."
To enter this House, all identities must be changed forever.
This is a NEW CREATION HOUSE, wherein, "There is NEITHER JEW nor GREEK, there is NEITHER SLAVE nor FREE, there is NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE, for YOU are ALL ONE in CHRIST JESUS." Gal.3:28
This House contains those who have passed from death unto Life.
The God of Jacob is, "The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (There is no other way to inherit the Kingdom.)
The Lord created Eve, the mother of all living, out of the living tissue of Adam's bone; She now became bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.
He created the Church out of the LIVING SUBSTANCE of the RESURRECTION OF JESUS. It is written, " WE ARE BONE OF HIS BONE AND FLESH OF HIS FLESH."
Ephesians 5:30 " For we are members of His Flesh and of His Bones." MEN CAN BE AND ARE DIVIDED. CHRIST CANNOT BE DIVIDED !!!
The Spirit and the Bride say, "COME!" And let him who hears say," COME!" And let him who thirsts COME. And whosoever desires, Let him TAKE the WATER OF LIFE FREELY. Rev.22:17 "WELCOME TO THE HOUSE" !!!
Don Murphy ©1998