“Being Raised With Christ Part 1”
Compiled by the elders of the church
Act 20:20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,
As overseers appointed by the holy spirit, we don’t want to keep back anything that is profitable to the Lord’s flock. What are we told is profitable for us?
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
All scripture is profitable for the perfecting of the saints. All verses of the Bible are essential for our growth, for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. When we say some verses in the Bible are not applicable to us, we are blatantly contradicting those verses in 2nd Timothy.
In our last study, we saw how profitable it is to apply those verses pertaining to the lake of fire to our heavens. It is by faith that we are given to carry our cross to our death knowing we will be raised up in newness of life through the earnest deposit now, and the fullness when we are given our spiritual bodies. By partaking of Christ’s death, dying to the carnal mind which is the second death; we are partaking of His Resurrection which is the First Resurrection.
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
This is the mystery of how we follow Christ to His death to partake of His resurrection which is to life eternal.
Joh 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead , yet shall he live [eternal life, know the Lord]:
Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Life with Christ is the result of our being dead with Christ, dead to our flesh and carnal mind, dying daily to the very end which is the Second Death.
2Ti 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead [through the second death], with him we shall also live [be resurrected] with him:
To rightly divide the Scriptures and the spiritual words such as the “first resurrection”; we must hold fast to these sound principles:
- His words are spirit (Joh 6:63, Pro 1:23),
- We live by every word inwardly (Mat 4:4, Luk 4:4),
- His words are a two-edged sword actively working on both the old man and the new man within us (Heb 4:12, Isa 55:11)
- Christ must increase and our old man must decrease (Joh 3:30, Col 3:9-10)
- We shall all be changed (1Co 15:51). Our transformation from the old man to the new man is the one event that happens to everyone (Ecc 9:2).
Holding fast to these principles is required to rightly divide the Word regarding the spiritual meaning of the First Resurrection. The First Resurrection entails us living out a resurrection of judgment before we live out a resurrection to life.
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
We need to take heed that the eye of our understanding is according to the single mind of Christ. If we apply every word of God either to the old man or to the new man within, then our whole body shall be full of light.
Mat 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if we say some parts of the Bible are not for us, our light has turned into darkness, and how great is that darkness!
Mat 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
That’s how a little leaven spreads and infects the whole body. If we start by saying one or some Scriptures do not have an “IS” application in our life, then sooner or later, we see ourselves lining up verse after verse saying they don’t have a living and active application for us. Here’s an excerpt from a recent article written by those whose understanding had been darkened by the Lord:
“There are but two resurrections, and you and I will be in one or the other:
Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life [First Resurrection]; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [Lake of Fire, Second Death]
All in this age will be raised up to one of those two resurrections. Christ and His Christ begin their judgment at the house of God in this age and are granted “the crown of life… the blessed and holy first resurrection… a better resurrection… book of life… the power of Christ’s resurrection… the resurrection of life” as opposed to the “resurrection of judgment”. The resurrection of judgment is the second death, because all who are cast into the lake of fire were not judged in this age. Hence “the resurrection of judgment”.
That being the case, there is no way the Lord or His Christ can ever experience the second death because the second death is “the resurrection of judgment”, and Christ and His Christ were judged while in this age and while in bodies of flesh.”
So as of tonight, we seven of your elders …., have been led to put this false doctrine out of our spiritual house.”
This is patently false doctrine spoken above as these men have been blinded to see the Truth.
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
We are reproving these unfruitful works of darkness that are an incredible departure from the sound principles in this reasoning over the resurrection. Seeing only the letter and not the spirit in the words of Scripture, these men who left our fellowship, now have an ever-growing list of words God spoke that are no longer applicable to themselves in this age.
Eze 12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 12:26 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Eze 12:27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.
Eze 12:28 Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD.
Who are we going to believe, those people whose “vision that he sees is for many days to come” or the Lord who says “there shall none of my words be prolonged any more”?
As painful as it is, we must recognize that these men with whom we once broke bread are overcome by the spirit of Babylon where many foul spirits make their habitation.
Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
To the carnally minded, the resurrection of judgment has become another variant of the lie of eternal torment. Such an event is only put upon those evil people over there and out in the future with no personal (IS) application to us.
When we are given to see and understand the deep things of the spirit, the principle of “the dream is one” becomes clear. Different events and details are speaking of the old man vs new man which is the same One Event the Lord is working in our lives and will work in all men in due time. This principle goes back to the beginning where the Lord begins to teach His servants.
Gen 41:25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
Gen 41:26 The seven good kine (cows) are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.
The Lord’s process to remake men into His image is one.
Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
All things written are lived out by all men and all are working together for the greater good (Rom 8:28) and become an integral part of raising up all men (resurrecting them) to be alive with Christ. This is the greatest blessing and the great reward because it is what is making us holy into the very image of God. The blessing of the First Resurrection is to live the life of Christ, reigning in righteousness within.
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
The Second Coming of Christ Within
Our witness for the Lord comes in two halves, signifying our whole testimony and experience in Christ. Our witness for Christ is living the two distinct steps that together are the one event. For example, we know there is only ONE BAPTISM (Eph 4:5) yet we are told the details of two baptisms. The dream truly is one.
Heb 6:1 (NKJV) Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2 (NKJV) of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
These baptisms speak of the same mystery regarding the shadow and the truth that all men must live. The resurrections are like the baptisms, the shadow and then the reality, the entire process of both being the one event that is saving us when we fulfill those words.
For example, there is a baptism of water and a baptism of fire. Our living both of them in order is the one event and living by every word of God.
Mat 3:11 (NKJV) I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
We first only get the baptism of John, which is our baptism of water. The baptism of John is a type of the true water and true bread which is to come later. It is in the church in the wilderness where we learn the letter of the Law. This is where we repent outwardly and focus on cleaning the outside of the cup, but our inner man (the inside) is yet to be cleansed.
Mat 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Mat 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Mat 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
This is the state we are in when our old man is raised in the resurrection to judgment (reserved for judgment).
2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
We focus on outward righteousness only. But the Lord sees our hearts, and says…within [you] are full of extortion and excess…within [you are] full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness…within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
With the planks (error in doctrine) now removed, we can preach and live the gospel which is by faith walking into the Lake of Fire (Rev 1:15), carrying our cross and dying to death. We have been drawn out of the “shadow of death” and are now able to abide in the marvelous light which is performing the second death within us.
Psa 107:14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
Psa 107:15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
We are now rejoicing that Christ has come and shined light on our error.
Luk 1:76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
Luk 1:79 To give light [bring the true fire] to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
The precious few the Lord is dragging to Himself have been appointed to live through seven plagues and have their beast, false prophet and the father of their man of sin (the Devil/Satan) cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the gospel that we must now preach only as we live it out in our own lives, bearing the fruit of the spirit.
Rom 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles (our flesh) obedient, by word and deed,
To partake of Christ’s holiness, we must move beyond the shadow.
Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
This two-step process of the shadow first then the truth (spiritual reality) is how the Lord is transforming us, destroying the old man and raising up the new man. The truth is hidden in the Scriptures and only unlocked using the sound principles of rightly dividing the Word of Truth. Coming to see this principle will open one’s understanding to the IS, WAS and WILL BE progression bringing us unto a mature man in Christ.
2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Joh 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace… [to] grace.
Joh 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
The Shadow and the True Resurrection – We Live Both
To attain to the first resurrection that is in Christ (Joh 11:25), we must live out the resurrection of damnation before we can live out the resurrection of life. Our fallen brethren have been led astray by the error of their carnal minds and seeing only the letter and totally misappropriating the following verses.
Dan 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever
Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Both of these resurrections (the shadow and spiritual reality) are ours as are all things written.
1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
The carnal mind and lies of Babylon have men putting the resurrection of damnation or everlasting shame out on those wicked and less blessed people than ourselves. That is, of course, nothing more than an insidious remake of the same old lie we learn in Orthodoxy regarding the false doctrine of eternal hellfire. Denying we live the resurrection of damnation and the Second Death and Lake of Fire is the same error we previously escaped from to which our brethren have now returned.
2Pe 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Pro 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
The details of the one event are hidden in dark sayings and parables.
Psa 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
Let’s first define the Greek word for Resurrection:
Definition: From G450; a standing up again that is (literally) a resurrection from death (individual general or by implication (its author)) or (figuratively) a (moral) recovery (of spiritual truth): – raised to life again resurrection rise from the dead that should rise rising again.
KJV Usage: resurrection (39x), rising again (1x), that should rise (1x), raised to life again (with G1537) (1x).
Said another way, a resurrection is simply a RAISING UP.
The next question that must always be asked is: what are we raised up to? All men, beginning with the Elect must appear for that raising up:
2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Like all the workings of God, we are first given a figure or a type and shadow of that which is to come. The true light, true resurrection is fulfilled in Christ by us first living the type and shadow which is the resurrection of damnation.
Resurrection of Damnation Comes First
At the appointed time, God begins the two-step process (the shadow then the reality) to raise us up to a better Life in the Spirit. This is the first and second coming of Christ with the water and then the fire that has us following Him to the Second Death which results in us being blessed and made holy in the First Resurrection.
An outline of the event is this:
- The first raising up (resurrection) is FROM the Sea to the Earth. We will take a closer look scripturally how the Lord works that resurrection.
- The Second raising UP is from the earth to the third Heaven, the manifest presence of God in Christ in the Paradise of God.
Let us now search diligently the Scriptures whether these things be so.
Dan 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, [#2] some to everlasting life, and [#1] some to shame and everlasting contempt
“Some” is not dividing Mankind into different groups ‘out there’. Both awakenings are fulfilled in every man the same way there are two kinds of baptism within every man at their appointed time.
Act 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just [#2] and unjust [#1]
In these hidden parables of the Lord, the first shall be the last and the last first. First the natural which is the type or shadow and only then the spiritual application is fulfilled in our life.
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
The last resurrection is indeed the First Resurrection in the eyes of God who has declared the end of all things from the very beginning.
“Some” #1 is the old man awakened to living by the oldness of the letter whose end is death. This is our first baptism by water where we are given the oracles of God (the Law) but have yet to receive Christ, the fire, that then begins our overcoming process.
“Some” #2 is the New Man in the Newness of life, manifesting that life through the death of the old man. This resurrection is the second coming of Christ within us for salvation apart from sin (Heb 9:27-28). It is the fire that brings life through dying with Christ.
When we are first raised up to the resurrection of damnation, we must first discern what realm of the spirit we are raised from. All resurrections are from the grave [hades].
Our “grave” is simply when we were in the Sea of flesh, having not the Law. When we were uncalled, that is, we have not come to know Christ after the flesh at all, death still reigns in us but sin has not yet been imputed.
Satan is still shut up in the bottomless pit.
Rom 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world: […=sin was in our lives ruling us….] but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Before we are called of God and come to know Christ after the flesh, we have not been given the ‘Bible’, the oracles of God in our hearts yet. Even the “letters” has not even come alive yet.
Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, [=without the Law] who is the figure of him that was to come.
“Even over them” for example includes all outside of Christianity, not called to Christ after the flesh yet, who have not the Law of Moses. This is our natural state “without the Law” from birth. The 1,000 year reign of Christ upon our earth has not yet begun.
Rom 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
Rom 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law,
do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Gentiles are signified in the Book of Revelation as “the dead”…” in the Sea”. The sea will give up its dead too but there’s a process.
Rom 2:15 (NKJV) who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)
Gentiles without Law is all of mankind who are beasts (Ecc 3:18) living in the sea of flesh and carnal mind devoid of the knowledge of God. The only thing guiding us in this realm of death is ….”the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.
That is all men first being as dumb Gentiles….”without the Law”.
1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
This is us as the Beast in the Sea.
Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
The raising up (our resurrection) from the Sea to the Earth…(think within) is our receiving of the Law. This is the resurrection of damnation which is a resurrection to judgment and which is also the beginning of our earth within to be ruled and reigned over by the Lord for 1,000 symbolic years (the millennium).
All men who are beasts will in time be raised up into this resurrection of damnation (reserved unto judgment). But at this stage of our resurrection, we are still dead unto God being yet carnal and living under the law of sin and death.
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2Ti 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2Ti 3:7 Ever learning [from the law], and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
This resurrection is done practically when the Lord gives us the Law. This is how the Lord raises up Israel from all the nations of the earth and separates them (us) from the rest of mankind that remains dead in the sea of flesh.
Rom 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
Rom 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
As natural brute beasts, we are given “life” but this is only the shadow or type of life at first. This “life” is not the life of the righteousness of God, but rather a “life” that manifests the righteousness of what we are given, the righteousness of the Law.
Php 3:6 (NKJV) concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
Mar 10:20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
The Law is what causes us, imputes on us to fulfil this word of the Lord ….”and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
This now risen beast still has life which is why we later see this beast cast “alive” into the Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20). At this stage we are a beast who has received the Law and entered into our symbolic 1,000 year reign of death within.
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
This beast has received the Wound, the oracles of God. It is a religious beast that follows the Lamb, strength like a lamb…all after the flesh.
This is our knowing Christ after the flesh which is our resurrection of damnation. The outside of our cup is clean but we remain deceived despite the fire from heaven and the miracles we are given to perform.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
This is the shadow of the true resurrection of Christ that all men live out beginning with the Elect in this age. We think we are alive but we are still dead in our sins.
1Ti 5:6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
This is how evil, transgressions, wrath are being treasured up in us, imputed by the Law.
Rom 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath:[=damnation] for where no law is, there is no transgression.
Those that have done evil are you and me, raised from the grave in the sea now on the earth and given the Law, the oldness of the letter, the baptism of John that reveals in us shame, contempt, carnality and dishonour. This resurrection to damnation is our Romans 7 experience.
Rom7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. [=I was a Gentile beast without Law, sin was dead to me…as there is nothing to transgress.]
Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, [= THIS IS THE Resurrection of damnation—->] and I died.
This death is ‘the awakening’ of the depth of evil that lives in the old man and begins to shine the light onto the hidden presumptions and invisible sins we were not even aware of in our lives.
Rom 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me [=condemnation/damnation] by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
Psa 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Psa 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, [=Peter, a physical Jew, is speaking primarily of spiritual sins here wrought by the Law...] when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
The giving of the Law to us is what brings us under condemnation and/or contempt, that is, under the 1000 year reign upon the Earth (within).
2Co 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
We must NEVER forget what God does is Good. The resurrection to the earth from the Sea in spirit has its own glory, cleaning the outside of the cup, overcoming outward/ overt sins etc. But there is a more excellent, better resurrection to come.
2Co 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
2Co 3:9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
The ministration of condemnation is the same thing as the resurrection to condemnation. Both reveal our sin.
There is something much better coming, that far exceeds the glory of the first raising up. This is the better resurrection that is bringing forth the true fruit of righteousness and age-abiding life with the Lord. This is the First Resurrection whereby we are given a crown of life which is having the mind of Christ. The shadow of the resurrection of Christ is the resurrection to damnation. This is the reason and purpose the Lord gives us the Law as we live out the Millennium awaiting our day of the Lord.
Gal 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
We are given the law to raise us up to “the Earth”, to treasure up wrath, to bring shame and contempt and gives an occasion for the next raising up to “the third heaven”. This is part of us learning to discern good from evil through this contrast.
Gal 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
The Book of Revelation tells of this same mystery using signified words.
Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years [=concluded under sin]
Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
When the 1,000 years is fulfilled, we are prepared for war in heaven to bring an occasion to overcome and fully destroy the beast, false prophet and the Devil and all his evil angels within us. Their destruction will only take place in the Lake of Fire when they are cast “alive” into lake which is the Second Death.
Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
The resurrection of damnation is us being raised from Gentiles without the Law to Gentiles with the Law. We are “alive” but walking in the flesh, under tutors and governors until the 1,000 years are fulfilled/expired upon the Earth.
Gal 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
The resurrection unto damnation, unto the ministry of death/condemnation is/was fulfilled in our lives through our old man waxing more corrupt by the Law.
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh,[=under the law of sin and death] fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Conclusion Part 1
If we are found faithful in this age, we will be moved on to the better resurrection and fulfill all the Words of God by living out the resurrection of life that follows our resurrection to damnation. It has been demonstrated that the “Resurrection of damnation” is just the shadow of the true resurrection that comes only in our appointed day of the Lord which is after we have been ruled over by the Law for our symbolic 1,000 years within.
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make [is making, the process] man in our image, after our likeness: [=the shadow, first Adam is flesh. Revival of old man within us for us to comprehend him] and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
In the appointed time for each, we move from the shadow into the true and one resurrection known as the “resurrection of life”, “resurrection of the just” which is the blessed and holy First Resurrection. This is where we become the express image of His being.
Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy [first, the shadow], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
Next Sunday, Lord willing, the focus will be on the resurrection to life, which is the better resurrection and which is the end of all things being the First Resurrection.