Beloved, these are surely some weighty matters of Spirit, of which words do not do justice in describing. So, get what you can from this BY THE SPIRIT. — D
I’ve been sharing on the body of the first resurrection. The term, “resurrection body,” is to be understood on two levels. One, it is the individual spiritual body that one gains in the first resurrection OUT FROM among the dead (the ex-anastatsis – Gk). Flesh and blood cannot INHERIT the Kingdom, so, in the first resurrection (the catching up of the Manchild) A SPIRIT BODY is given for ascension and glorification of THE SOUL AND THE SPIRIT. This glorified spirit-body, soul, and spirit comprises a WHOLE MAN who has overcome (the world, the flesh, and the devil) by the blood of the Lamb, the word of his testimony, and by not loving his life unto death. This is one who has come unto the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ, beloved. The heavens rejoice over such a one come into his INHERITANCE in Christ, for this one has GAINED BACK THE PARADISE from which Adam fell, the one in which Jesus lived.
The other level by which the term “resurrection body” is to be understood is the CORPORATE resurrection body, the 144,000(s), the corporate Manchild, the body of overcomers whom Jesus, Moses, and Elijah represented for us on the Mt. of Transfiguration. It seems to me that the time for this corporate Manchild to manifest must be near, for the mysteries of the Manchild and of his “catching up” are now being opened up to certain ones here and there around the world.
Now, I do not believe that there is anything for you or I to wait for personally in our “catching up,” beloved, that if these profoundly deep and weighty matters of the resurrection are being opened to us then the door for ascension is ALSO OPEN, and all we need to do to pass through this door IS DIE (to self). With regard to the corporate manifestation of the Manchild though, there seems to be an “appointed time” (moed – Hebrew) for that, something which I believe is drawing closer and closer.
Beloved, with all of this, keep in mind that at justification by faith YOUR SPIRIT is imputed righteousness, this so that you can have access to the Father IN SPIRIT. The phrase “seated with Christ in heavenly places” represents your LEGAL POSITION in the spirit realm because of this imputed righteousness. With regard to the salvation (and the righteousness) of YOUR SOUL though, THAT IS NOT IMPUTED BUT IS SOMETHING THAT MUST BE WORKED OUT “with fear and trembling” (a certain amount of awe and responsibility). When this “salvation” is worked out, THEN the spiritual body for ascension and glorification of the soul (and spirit) is given. To attain to this spirit-body and ascension is to ATTAIN TO THE FIRST RESURRECTION, beloved.
With regard to the natural physical body, that too shall eventually be redeemed (changed) in Christ. The apostle Paul wrote of this as “the salvation that we yet hope for, the redemption of our bodies.” Perhaps I can share on this at another time. For now though, I hope that you can see that our salvation in Christ is THREEFOLD (in spirit, in soul, and in body) and that this salvation is “much closer now than when we first believed.”
May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through by the work of His Holy Spirit, beloved, that your WHOLE SPIRIT, SOUL, AND BODY be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In His love,