[re-written from my earlier writings for today]
When I think of the new global society we have become with the explosion of technology and how it has effected each and every one of our lives so quickly in so few years and how life has changed for all of us just in the last couple of decades it boggles my mind. When I think of what we are doing here in the interconnection of people all over the world through all the social networks - Facebook, twitter, blogs, google+, messenger, chat rooms, forums and personal web pages just to name a few, all via the internet. All for people to share their thoughts, hopes, dreams, business' and FAITH for all the world to hear - instantly, worldwide! It's nearly miraculous! I think it is obvious, GOD is doing something new with us all through our Spiritual / Cyber family; as God takes us up to the next level - God is not just sitting idly by watching. Yes, I Believe that we are being called to a higher spiritual plane than we have experienced heretofore. God is doing a new thing in the earth; and why not? Are we not always coming out with new and better things? Are we not rapidly expanding knowledge and information? Are we not continually coming out with New and improved models, updated, new versions, more advanced and capable than the last? And it’s all good! Humanity is maturing at a rapid rate escalating at a pace never before experienced in all of history. Oh, I don't think we have 'arrived' or ever will, there will be no end to it! We are beginning to enter into the infinite mind of God in Christ! We are just getting started! Why should we not think that THE CREATOR would not still be working with His creation continuing to create a new and better world; or has he retired? In the beginning God said, "Let us make man in Our image" - He is still working on that. I believe God is always at work preparing and working out all things in accordance with His sovereign will, plan, and redemptive creative purposes. That's what He does, He is a Creator, and so are we, in His likeness. Which is always in accordance with His Character and Nature – Generous Grace filled Love for all, in all, and through all; without partiality, working for the good of all.
The apostle Paul said He was taken up to the third heaven and saw things that it was not lawful for a man to speak about (2 Cor. 12:1-4) This was probably because society could not understand or handle it at that time. Jesus Christ said that He had many things to say to the disciples, but they could not bear them then (John 16:12). Then said, "But when the Holy Spirit comes He will show you all things and things to come - when we can bear them (John 16:13). I believe the Holy Spirit is still speaking today, teaching new things, and things to come, heretofore hidden things, “eye has not seen, ears have not heard neither has it entered into the mind of man, the things that God has prepared for us that love Him”. All will love Him when they truly see Him as He really is. Jesus said, "And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself" Jn 12:32 (NIV) The word 'draw' in this passage has a much more forceful meaning than it appears; in the Greek dictionary it literally means 1. To drag off 2. Metaphorically: to draw by inward power[Greek Dictionary. 2001 (electronic ed.) Ephesians Four Group] it is used of 'dragging Paul out of the Temple' Acts 21:30 God’s Magnificent, Magnetic, Beautiful Love is irresistible! The Spirit will reveal these things to us (1 Cor. 2:9-10) when our time is right and when we have matured enough to handle it. Sadly many yet today cannot handle this revelation because of the religious mental programing they have had and cannot let go of the old to reach for the new. Jesus said not to sew a new patch on an old garment and not to put new wine in old bottles, I think that gets the point across well enough. This is why we must continue to use these powerful tools to continually put the truth before the eyes of the world in hopes that some will see, be awakened, and healed of their blindness and deafness caused by religious conditioning and fear of change. We must work diligently and persistently with these powerful tools sharing The Real Good News so that the unbelievers will see this truth as often as they see the erroneous traditional teachings. Giving them a counterbalance to enable their logic begin to see the illogical reasoning behind their traditional doctrines, as well as the irreconcilable contradictions in their theology.
This message of The Real Good News is, to sum it up in a few of the words of Jesus Christ and the Apostle John and Apostle Paul is this:
John 1:29 (NIV)
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 3:17 (NIV)
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
1 John 2:2 (NIV)
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 4:14 (NIV)
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
1 Corinthians 15:22 (NIV)
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:44–49 (NIV)
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.
2 Corinthians 5:19 (NIV)
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
Ephesians 1:9–11 (NIV)
he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
I could go on with literally hundreds of passages and arguments of how the attributes of God make it impossible for him to fail or relinquish His will to another but to save space, this should suffice for this writing.
This is The Real Good News (Gospel) for All People!
Luke 2:10 (NIV)
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
However, as it is said many times in the New Testament; this was a revelation of a mystery especially given to the Apostle Paul (Rom 16:25 Paul mentions this 16 times in his writing) it was a mystery hidden from the foundation of the world until it was ready to be revealed.
I keep getting into the ‘Star Trek’ mode for some reason. But these are some thoughts that literally just came to me as I typed. I had no idea what I was going to say when I started each sentence. Kind of weird, never done anything like this before but I felt led to do it.
We are going to go where no man/ministry/church has gone before. We are about to embark on an adventure into the depths of God that is going to change our thinking about God so astoundingly that it will not be containable and flow out from us with such energy the world will be helplessly drawn by the irresistible love of God in Christ for all the world. (John 12:32)
We are a part of a company of messengers sent out to the entire world to see that the world knows the TRUE NATURE of The Creator and Loving Father of all, The God of all, and Savior of all, and His Love for all.
We are being CONNECTED by the Living God through His Christ Spirit for this purpose.
(Note: I use the pronoun 'He' only because it comes most natural because of our religious training and limited understanding of God. I could just as well say 'She', although God is not limited to one or the other. Furthermore God MUST BE Both, but that's another subject.)
We are taking the term “the body of Christ” to a new level and functionality that traditionally COULD NOT BE realized being held within the walls of a physical building and physically bound to a local area. We are going beyond the physical limitations now into a higher dimension of communication and connectivity in Christ through our cyber civilization.
We have begun this journey completely by faith in the leadership of the Holy Spirit of Christ. And God will bring to maturity and perfection that which He has initiated and begun to do in us. (Php 1:6)
Eph 4:11-16 ESV
And he gave the apostles [messengers] the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, (12) to equip the saints [set apart for God] for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, (13) until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, (14) so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. (15) Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, (16) from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
God is Greatly blessing our universal collective revelation and implementation of Spirit-Cyber-Space. God is Truly moving among us; I see Him with my spiritual eyes walking up and down and around and through us as we sit at our computers and other devices all over the globe. We have truly become a church / ecclesia without walls or boundaries. The truth cannot be contained inside four walls or within any single location, doctrine, denomination, creed, or criteria. The Word of God is Living inspiring and powerful in every dimension, person and thing. (Heb. 4:12; 1Pet. 1:23)
I see The Spirit of Christ laying His hand on each one He passes with blessings flowing out of Him; Unifying, connecting, comforting, empowering, and organizing and morphing into a new kind of ecclesial cyber-organism for a new kingdom in a new world. God is moving in new ways among us as we have available for His utilization all new types of means and media. God can anoint anything for His Glory and purpose and this new avenue of communication and connection is full of the anointing of the Lord! Just put your hand on the computer, tablet, or smart phone and pray believing and knowing that God is using this device to connect you to other members of the body of Christ all over the world! I know it seems silly but it is God’s intention to use foolish things to confound the wise of this worldly system. (1Co 1:19-29)
The gospel first went out on foot across the hills and valleys of Israel and Samaria, on hill sides and in gardens, by seashores and in houses. Later the Gospel traveled by ship to new worlds, then by horseback to wilderness communities. The gospel has echoed from pulpits and platforms for centuries. Then came amplification systems where we could speak to larger crowds. Healing lines formed from these great crowds as they worked one man to a frazzle laying hands on them (The power was not from the man but the faith of Christ working in the listeners) Then came radio and ears that had never heard the gospel in the most remote areas of earth began to hear the good news that Jesus Christ is Savior. Then TELEVISION! Now we could share the gospel in a more complete form and format and literally millions could hear one man speak, preach, and teach millions; this developed into “Gospel Superstars” This was not a good thing but the beginning of something better, some were men and women that had been especially anointed by God to share with great audiences all over the world; some were not but sadly had other motives. Much good has been done through all these avenues of ministry. And sad to say some harm; but I am not one to throw out the baby with the bathwater. This was all part of the process to get us to where we are today.
While the Body of Christ has always been interconnected in a mystical spiritual relationship; this is little realized or understood by most believers. What has been missing in all of the later technological developments for the work of the ministry is inclusive interaction with the all of the body of Christ world-wide in real time. This has inhibited the full function of the body of Christ as the nervous system of the body has been unable to send signals and feedback from some parts of the body to the other parts of the body in a realizable realistic working form in real time - in the NOW where we all live. This was all known and planned in the sovereignty of God for this age. What God has done here now is utilizing internet satellites for a Cyber-Spirit-Space to RECONNECT THE FULL BODY OF CHRIST in real time - NOW, at this very moment, through the means of the internet. Therefore, for the first time in history of the world, believers can meet, fellowship and interconnect GLOBALLY! Through the internet the body of Christ has connected all the parts of the body so that it can work together now in ways never before possible! Everyone knows how much more a fully functioning healthy body can do as opposed to one that is not functioning at full capacity.
Buckle your seat belts and hang on! There is no telling what God is about to accomplish through this new vehicle of expression, fellowship, and ministry. We are about to explore new worlds of communication that will venture into the depths of the knowledge God, through the Spirit of Christ fully functioning in His Full Body that no man has seen before. Yes, I believe we are about to enter warp speed! Can’t wait to see what’s up ahead!
John 14:12 ESV
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
May the Force be with you,
Holy Spirit Force that is….
Pastor Dennis Caldwell