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When we talk about taking judgment seriously enough, are we fully believing that we are the Body of Christ? To what degree are we believing that? The Biblical pattern is that the just suffer for the unjust thereby bringing the unjust to God. All judgment has been committed to the Son. Not to the unbeliever. I was having some so-called heretical thoughts for a few years now, and thought that the Concordant Literal would rescue me from what was likely a translation that was leading me into error, but the Concordant Literal says about the same as the mainstream translations that I've been looking at:

24 I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for you, and am filling up in my flesh, in His stead, the deficiencies of the afflictions of Christ, for His body, which is the ecclesia
25 of which I became a dispenser, in accord with the administration of God, which is granted to me for you, to complete the word of God -- (Colossians 1:24-25 Concordant Literal)

I won't quote all of the translations that essentially say the same thing, but just taking one more translation on this:

24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, (Colossians 1:24-25 NKJV)

(You've really got to read the whole chapter a few times to get what I'm pointing at regarding the Gospel that has been preached to every Creature under heaven, which is Christ in you the divine expectation of glory. Some would say, "I thought the Gospel was the reconciliation." Combine this chapter with 2Corinthians 5 about the God in Christ becoming the Christ in you that's an Ambassador working with all of the Creation to cause it to will and to do for His good pleasure {i.e. to be reconciled to God}.)

19 For, being free of all, I enslave myself to all, that I should be gaining the more.
20 And I became to the Jews as a Jew, that I should be gaining Jews; to those under law as under law (not being myself under law), that I should be gaining those under law;
21 to those without law as without law (not being without God's law, but legally Christ's), that I should be gaining those without law.
22 I became as weak to the weak, that I should be gaining the weak. To all have I become all, that I should undoubtedly be saving some.
23 Now all am I doing because of the evangel, that I may be becoming a joint participant of it. (1Corinthians 9:19-23 Concordant Literal)

As we resist sin through our thanksgiving for all that Christ Jesus did for us on the Cross, embracing the quickening of our mortal body by Holy Spirit; as we resist sickness through our thanksgiving for all that Christ Jesus did for us on the Cross, embracing the quickening of our mortal body by Holy Spirit; as we resist poverty through our thanksgiving for all that Christ Jesus did for us on the Cross, embracing our inheritance of the Blessing of Abraham by faith, according to Galatians 3, then the spiritual victories that we're winning are for every man everywhere. The substitutionary theology has never gone away: the just for the unjust to bring them to God, being figuratively put to death in the flesh through our baptism, but being made alive in the spirit -- not just for ourselves, but the life that we gain is for all men everywhere. Judging ourselves so that we're chastened by the Lord over the Bread and Cup so that we're not judged with the World, but so that our judgment of the world is their salvation, etc. We press towards the mark for the prize of the High Calling of God in Christ Jesus, because we are His Body.

When you want to understand God's judgment, don't look at the sin that's already been taken away by the Lamb of God. Look to what the Scriptures declare that God is doing in the Body since all judgment has been committed to the Son and not to the world. When the 7 seals of false spirits are loosed from the title deed of all of Creation in the book of Revelation, then the entire Creation belongs to our Lord and His Christ, right? For those that I just lost with that comment, look at Jeremiah 32 regarding a purchase deed for land that has seals on it. St. Paul said that we have the seal of the Holy Spirit if we're in Christ. So, seals are with spirits. You could also look at the 7 seals as the 7 places where the Blood of Jesus was loosed in His sufferings. Scripture mentions seven specific instances in Jesus’ passion where He would have, and did indeed shed His Precious Blood, relating to our salvation.

1. The Agony in the Garden: “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of Blood falling down upon the ground.” (Luke 22:44)

2. The High Priest’s House: “Then they spat in His face and struck Him with their fists; and some slapped Him in the face” (Matthew 26:67)

3. The Scourging: “Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him.” (John 19:1)

4. The Crowning with Thorns: “And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head.” (John 19:2)

5. The Carrying of the Cross: “So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Gol’gotha.” (John 19:17)

6. The Crucifixion: “There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.” (John 19:18)

7. The Piercing of His Side: “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out Blood and water.” (John 19:34).

When it comes time for us to judge the world, we judge the world with what we've been judged by. Every time we resist with our thanksgiving, hope, and love everything that Jesus bore for us we're not only rendering judgment in our own lives and bringing every thought into captivity to Christ while living carefree lives 'cause of having all of our cares cast upon Him, but we're literally rejecting the sin of the world as the stewards of the world. As joint-heirs with Abraham of the entire world, which is what Romans 4 and Galatians 3 calls the Gospel, our intercessions for the Sodom and Gomorrahs of our day bring about their literal ultimate salvation. The world having no faith doesn't set aside either God's faithfulness nor our faith in Him and for the world as we're steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labor in the Lord isn't in vain.

We refuse to be without a single one of them for all of eternity, therefore the anointing on our lives is chewing away at the yoke of bondage that's on them. People aren't sinning out of their liberties. Nowhere in the Scriptures is freedom ever associated with bondage. As we resist bondage through the Word, faith, the Blood, and the Anointing on our lives, we're resisting it for all of mankind in resisting it for ourselves. The Creation falls and rises together with us. That's what the Incarnation is about: Christ's and then His Incarnation inside of each of us. When we receive the gold, frankincense, and myrrh of the Magi by faith (i.e. literally), then we're refusing to live in a world with poverty. When we're receiving the benefit of the stripes on Jesus' back for our healing, then in that exchange between our faith and the anointing, we're declaring an ending to all disease for everyone. The health and wealth aspects of the Gospel are more about having enough for us four and no more, and it's more than just trying to have enough to hopefully disciple the nations before it's too late for them. It's literally how we govern and rule the world.

Our Kingdom not being of this world, or rather not being set up in the way that this world is set up means that we're not looking for a political office in this world as the end all of our attempt at leading this world. Each of our spiritual victories with the Word of God is the judgment of sin, the curse, and death for all men everywhere. It'll have a cumulative effect, if some of you are like "but what some would consider to be the Word of Faith movement that emphasizes these particular things has existed for over 50 years and the world's only gotten worse." Obviously the missing piece of the puzzle being the Universal Restoration hasn't been plugged into the usage of the thanksgiving of those that have pursued reigning in life with Christ Jesus, literally. And again, the prophets called things that be not as though they were for hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands of years, with all kinds of incremental benefits accumulating to the people of God in the different areas of their lives and times that they were open to walking humbly with their God, but the full incarnation of the Son of God into Bethlehem didn't occur for thousands of years after what God told Adam in the Garden of Eden.

It's not going to take that long this time with seeing the full image of God in the earth because we've got a growing awareness and call in the earth to intercession and growing more responsible and diligent in the usage of the weapons of our warfare, and we actually have eonian life, according to 1John, whereas Old Testament people were dead in trespasses and were only having life accounted to them if they'd believe the illustrations that God was giving them back then. But since the resurrection, Jesus Christ speaks plainly with us, as He said that He would, and His Holy Spirit shows us things to come and enables us to do greater things than Jesus Christ ever did, according to John 14:12. Taking judgment seriously is taking God's nonnegotiable stands regarding each aspect of our lives in Christ seriously. It's the Son of God finding faith in the earth each time that He makes a move towards us in His High Priestly Ministry after the order of Melchizedec. When He finds us living out our royal priesthood after the order of Melchizedec that when He gives the hundredfold increase to what we're doing, then it's a Jubilee for all nations everywhere.

It's an Anti-Christ spirit to look at the world suffering and to hard heartedly say "they're getting what they deserve. Let 'em all go to Hell and we'll fish 'em out later!" No, we're the deliverers of Creation, according to Scripture. We're the watchmen on the wall, according to Ezekiel. The world might be a sinking Titanic, but God hasn't called any of us to be the iceberg or the one that holds their heads under water. None of us are called to be sharks. We're called to be life preservers and boats to help them escape the evil that's come upon them. We're called to give them that cup of hot coffee or hot chocolate when their bones are chilled after having come into contact with that iceberg and after having gotten thrown overboard by life's circumstances. Taking judgment seriously is to be thankful and to not allow God's decision to cause us to be first-fruits of His Creatures to have been a bad decision on His part. We're to refuse to receive the grace of God in vain. God's given to us all of these miraculous powers to save the world with. Not to make their Hell deeper and hotter than it's already been.

We behold the Lord and are transfigured into the same glory, according to 2Corinthians 3. The world's supposed to behold us and to be transfigured into the same glory. Of course, it takes time. It takes diligence to the Word of Christ to where everything we say and do is in the Name of Jesus so that we're rooted, built up, and established by thanksgiving in every provision of the Cross of Christ. But as no man is an island unto himself, the Body of Christ isn't an island unto itself. As we see light in His light and refuse the darkness of this world in our spirit, soul, body, finances, and social life, we're not only conforming everything in our own individual lives until it is on earth as it is in heaven so that we're not lead into temptation, but delivered from evil. But these principles of thanksgiving, hope, and love have a cumulative effect. And as enough of us are following Holy Spirit everywhere He's leading and applying the abundance of the revelations that He gives us while casting out every devil sent to buffet us, then not only is our obedience fulfilled and all disobedience is swiftly avenged, but there's the compounding effect that begins to take place where we pull all of Creation into the Omega Point where all things are reheaded in Christ Jesus [experientially] and not just in terms of ultimate destiny "someday."

 

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