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From Revelation to Realisation

1 John 4:13-16 (NRSV)

“By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.”

The open heart of Jesus, poured out for us in His cross and resurrection, is a never-ending fountain of vitality and life! Words cannot express the quality and depth of its meaning. It is through the open heart of Jesus Christ – the realisation that we are in him, engulfed into the reality of His heart through the love of the Godhead, planted in the likeness of his death and raised within his resurrection-reality (see Romans 6:5; KJV) – that our own hearts are opened up to receive and live within the entirety of our inheritance. Seeing the established, unshakable work of Jesus Christ on the cross opens up our hearts so that what we receive is not just revelation, but realisation – not just a mentality, but a continual experience. The Gospel is not taught to oneself through mental sternness; it is caught as a heart-revelation, as we drink from the open heart of Christ as our living, breathing fountain of life – the animation of our heavenly existence! The Derby Bible translation says in Hebrews 12:2 that Jesus is both the ‘leader and completer of faith’. Jesus’ open heart provides us with His faith that heaven is here now: that heaven has has swallowed us up completely, surrounding us to permeate our hearts and minds, until we have fallen into this scandalously divine perspective!

We are falling through the trapdoor of the cross, the enchanted wardrobe of divine humanity, into wonderful articulations of God’s manifold, continually flowing, blessings. When we know the open heart of Jesus Christ, and simply drink from that fountain of reality, we begin to discover and explore the dynamics of who we are in this Gospel revelation, and experience how much the Godhead love us. As we become acquainted with these truths, God’s quality of life naturally expresses itself through us. We effortlessly float along on this fountain of Christ’s spiritual richness, moving organically, naturally, to those healthy, whimsical patterns of God’s blessing and grace. The Gospel reveals to us the most satisfying life, the life of our design, the reality of dreams-come-true, in Christ. It awakens us from the centre of our being so that we can live in harmony with the Trinity in spontaneous patterns – the geysers of the heart that spring up through the revelation of Jesus Christ’s faith on our behalf! God did all the responsible works on the cross, we can rest and trust that the open heart of Jesus continuously pours out to, through, and for us! Through the open heart of Christ we are engulfed into heaven as an experience of life, as Christ as all and in all (Colossians 3:11). You no longer have to experience distance, delay or dis-ease concerning you and the Godhead – the future you have been waiting for, and indeed all things, are yours in Christ (see 1 Corinthians 3:21-22).

Under the fountain of the New Covenant, we are able to declare with God that we know him – experientially, truly, from the heart (see Hebrews 8:11). We know him in this entirely new world that Christ has established us in, the reality He has carried us into in His love-flow. Jesus has taken full responsibility for the outworking and manifestation of our salvation – He has proven himself as the saviour of our world, the establisher of an evil-free existence – we simply abide in this whole new world, drinking up the atmosphere of the spiritual climate, which is heaven on earth right now (see Matthew 3:2; 2 Corinthians 5:17). As we drink from the open heart of Jesus Christ, the no-conditions, no-exertion reality, we effortlessly move from revelation to experience.

 

 

Limitless Life Devotional

Sweet Communion with Jesus

Ephesians 5:2 (KJV)

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”

The way for a Christian to walk is in love, and I don’t mean our love for God, but His love for us. We no longer have to live from our limited resources and unreliable emotions. Rather, we can live in sweet communion with the love and grace of Jesus, allowing our spiritual lives to be articulated and expressed through enjoying and relying upon God’s personal love for us. As we walk in an awareness of God’s love, we begin to walk in emotional well-being, both experiencing and manifesting the sweet-smelling blessings of His grace: the fruits of Christ’s resurrection, and our inclusion in that. Galatians 5:6 communicates to us that ‘faith worketh by love’ (KJV). In other words, walking in the Spirit is simply walking in a revelation of God’s special love towards us (Romans 8:4 Galatians 5:25). Likewise, 1 John 4:16 declares, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (KJV)

As we are conscious of the love of Jesus, setting our minds on this love, we enjoy and experience the spiritual realities of our inheritance in Christ (Romans 8:5; Colossians 3:1). The power source of our lives, which causes God’s faith, blessings, and glory to manifest effortlessly both to us and through us, is God’s love.  Ephesians 3:19 writes that our goal as believers should be to ‘know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.’ (KJV). As we know the love of God towards us, we walk in the sweet-smelling gifts and treats of our inheritance in Christ – the ‘sweet’ spot which is characterised by ease, blessing, and manifest power and glory. In this place of being loved by God, the power of God comes alive for us, and we discover even bitter trials that would naturally overcome us, are defeated before us and transformed into total and utter sweetness. Like Samson, when we know the love of God, our lives will become a declaration that, “… Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.” (Judges 14:14; KJV), because the love of Jesus in all of its transformative creativity and mighty power is both sweeter than honey and stronger than a lion (Judges 14:18). The love of God is therefore the context of our conversation and communion with Jesus – it is the matter and flow of the spiritual realm.

The love of God brings substance, sense, and context to all the blessings and giftings of our faith – an example of this is prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:3 describes prophecy as such: ‘But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.’ (NLT). Prophecy is therefore giving a voice to the power, insight, and intimacy of God’s love. Song of Solomon 5:16 (RSV) gives further context to the voice of prophecy: “His speech is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem”. – Prophecy is therefore a beautiful, articulate way to enjoy our sweet communion with Jesus in the love of God, as it is listening to the voice of your beloved friend and hearing of his sweet, desirable blessings for you! The glory, power, and wisdom of God is expressed in fullness in the sweet-smelling love of God. As we taste and enjoy the delicious goodness of this love in the revelation of Jesus Christ, God’s power, glory, and wisdom is continually magnified and manifested through our lives (Psalm 34:3,8).

 

The Exact Representation of God (Part 2)

By Paige Hunt

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.”

–  Hebrews 1:3 (NLT)

This week we are continuing our previous discussion on Jesus being the exact representation of God. A true perspective of God, gifted to us through Christ, leads to a complete cleansing of our perspective. This enables us to enjoy the lavish majesty and joy-filled personality of God, colouring in our world with so much amazement and creative inspiration that we can enjoy life to the full as wonderstruck children, exploring endless prophetic realms of encouragement and imaginative whimsy in his love, through the correct representation of God ‘the Father’, given freely to us in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). As the beloved disciple John expressed, the revelation of Jesus Christ provides such abundance that ‘[if every work of Jesus was written down] I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.’ (John 21:25 NLT)

Jesus being the exact representation of God is therefore very important, as it teaches us all about our spiritual freedom in his Presence, especially concerning how to live within his patterns on earth so that we can relish in abundant life.9 God’s desire was for mankind to know (experientially) the truth of himself in Christ, so that we could be made free (John 8:32) – free to enjoy and experience heaven on earth in all things, through Christ (Colossians 3:11). This is why we must allow Jesus as the exact representation of God, to become the lens through which we understand and read our Bibles. A true understanding of God in Christ is designed to transform our Bible reading times, and influence every facet of our existence.

In the revelation that Christ is the exact image of God, reluctance and passivity in Bible study will be swallowed up by the passion and desire to experience and understand, to meditate on and enjoy, the one who is truly the ‘desire of all nations’. (Haggai 2:7). This is why the Bible records Jesus revealing himself to a couple of his disciples throughout all the Scriptures, with the result that the disciples commented amongst themselves, utterly amazed, ‘were not our hearts burning within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?’ (Luke 24:32 NIV)

A true understanding of God, as revealed through Christ, enables Bible study to become productive, life-giving, revelatory, and power-releasing, as we focus on the authentic truths of heaven on earth. In Hosea 4:6, The Lord laments that ‘my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge’ (NIV). As Colossians states, this knowledge of God has been given to everyone through Jesus Christ, in whom are hidden ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). 10Notice that this Scripture clearly says that it is in Christ, the authentic word of God, that God’s knowledge and wisdom is made known to humanity, in styles and patterns that we could perceive and understand. It is not through Scripture that the knowledge of God is primarily made known, but through the living, active revelation of Jesus Christ, and his finished work on our behalf. Jesus makes the imagination of the Godhead known to us. He brings to us the understanding of their tender, personalised mercies, as well as their creative, practical understanding of heaven on earth and what this truly looks like. In John 5:39-40, Jesus expresses this exact concern to the religious leaders of the day:

“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!  Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.” (NLT)

It is so easy for us to look at this Scripture from a distance, as if we could not fall prey to the same pitfalls. Yet today, many people are confused about the authentic nature of God, and read the Old Testament through a veil which prevents them from experiencing God’s life, as they attribute the atrocities committed and the rampant sexism, racism, and abuse, to our good and perfect God. When asked about why Jesus is so different from the image of God revealed in the Old Testament, these people would imply that there is more to God than Jesus, more to life than grace. Almost as if God the Father and Christ were playing ‘good cop, bad cop’. Jesus becomes eclipsed by a distorted image of holiness as the Bible is elevated above Christ, and as Jesus is the exact representation of God, and God’s authentic revelation, this results in a life of confusion and defeat, where the power, life, and personality of God remains a ‘holy mystery’, and we walk around in the dark, grasping at prophetic straws. Let us not be those kind of people who have ‘zeal without knowledge’, as Scripture is clear that Jesus is the full-fat revelation of the Father, who expresses the fullness of the Godhead and leaves no aspect of him a mystery. He is the correct lens through which we can perceive and understand the Bible.

“No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.” – (John 1:18 NLT)

Many people had written ‘in God’s name’ for many centuries previous to this, and yet Jesus came on the scene and revealed this shocking, almost offensive truth, that none of these people ever really revealed God. (He made a holy fool of our religious pride, and we have thanked him ever since!). Jesus made it evident that God is a heart-God, a God of love (1 John 4:8), not a God to be grasped and expressed with intellectual pride, or through a long list of rules, regulations, and demands. At the fall, when man ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, rather than the tree of life, humanity substituted the life of God within their hearts, for a stoic understanding of God within their intellects. 11Ideas of right and wrong replaced an intimate heart-relationship with the Inspired One. Our hearts were created to be flourishing gardens of Spirit-filled inspiration, beauty, and delight, flowing through us and nourishing our entire world. A spontaneous, organic, compassion-flooded way of living, hand in hand with Father God, knowing him as we have been known by him, through authentic relationship resonating from the core of our being. Yet when we severed this intimate communion with God by partaking of the wrong tree, we created him in the image of our own intellectual ideas of what seemed right, and thus he became a cold idol of stoic intellectualism.

This limited ‘human’ understanding of God was the reason why our hearts became as hard as stone. Isaiah 6:9-10 expresses what happened at the fall, and woos us to understand with our hearts, rather than our prejudices, once more. This is why it is so important that Jesus came as the exact representation of God. The correct understanding of Father God through Jesus Christ practically transforms our heart of stone into a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). We were created to be a dynamic expression of God’s heart, flowing as one with His Spirit, as a freestyling poem of creative exploration, divine satisfaction, and glory-filled joy (Ephesians 2:10). This is why, as we began to understand God incorrectly at the fall, the living waters of our existence dried up, and we became as hard and inflexible as stone. When we understood God wrong, we misinterpreted the pattern of our design, as what we believe about God is reflected and revealed in the way we live our lives. So thankfully, Jesus came to show the message back into our hearts, wooing us to see ourselves, and our God correctly again, through the enchanted looking-glass of his Person and his finished work, so that the new wine of his practical wisdom about God could break our old wineskins (Matthew 9:17), enabling us to enter into the abundant life of the Father, as we were always intended to. This is why it is so important that we know, see, and understand Jesus as the ONLY exact representation of the Father. The Bible is not the exact representation of the Father, only the Christ is. 2 Corinthians 3:18 articulates this beautifully:

“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.” (KJV)

As we see and understand within our hearts that Christ is the exact representation of God, glory is released into our lives, and we begin to flow in harmony with our design once more, because in Christ is revealed the authentic blueprint of humanity, and the superior pleasures of union with the Godhead, through his gleaming revelation of Father God. Through Christ, we can see the beauty of God with clarity, and it fills our hearts and transforms our perspective. This is why, when (and only when) people begin to read the Bible through the living, active imagination of Christ in their hearts (Ephesians 1:18), will we truly see the Great Commission fulfilled, and sexism and racism banished from our one, holy, apostolic Church. 12This will happen when we see and understand Jesus as the exact representation of God. We will truly discover ourselves in him then again. Where we have put conditions, regulations, and full stops, God has placed the wisdom of his love, his compassion, and his unconditional acceptance. Listen to these words that Jesus spoke from the Father’s heart:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” – Luke 13:34 (NIV)

Jesus was speaking to a bunch of ungrateful, angry murderers, and yet he revealed that the Father, far from destroying these types of people, actually longed to embrace them. He had compassion on the oppressor as well as the oppressed – this is a truth that blows our paradigms! Jesus revealed that God was never our enemy, we were HIS enemies in our minds (Colossians 1:21). Jesus as the exact representation of God reveals to us a new perspective – the enlightened understanding that God’s truth is saturated in grace and not legalism! (John 1:17).

It is through Jesus that we can finally perceive the Old Testament correctly, through the lens of Jesus, in the rhythms of Holy Spirit, so that we can function in, and engage with, God’s life and freedom. It was never God who committed monstrosities in The Old Testament, it was always the devil, and because people had not perceived God correctly until Jesus came, they did not rightly perceive what was occurring around them. For example, the Father never wipes out cities or brings natural disasters. God is not the author of evil! Rather, he gives his children GOOD gifts, and desires that all come to repentance through his mercy and grace (Matthew 7:11; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 2:4).

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” – John 10:10 (AMP)

Jesus reveals that any, and all, sickness, destruction, death, and dis-ease does not come from our beautiful God, but from the enemy. He also reveals that God is a God of life and not judgement. This is why Jesus clearly stated ‘the Father judges no one’ (John 5:22 NIV), and ‘I pass judgement on no one’ (John 8:15 NIV). This is how we can know that the Father’s discipline is not punitive, but restorative – it lovingly works with us, and is for us and not against us. This is why hell is not a place for men but for the devil and his angels, i.e. for death, destruction, and chaos! 13These things were designed to be swallowed up by the life and goodness of the Father! (Matthew 25:41). Jesus reveals that God is SO good, in fact, that the disciples declared that the only logical conclusion about God they could come to, after spending time with Jesus, was:

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 NIV)

God’s goodness is real, practical, wonderful, and God-sized! We had got our language and image of God so wrong, which was why Jesus came to us and revealed to us what God is truly like. This is why he came to give us the authority we lost through wrong beliefs, through allowing the enemy to take our authority. Jesus comes to give back to us every piece of heaven, every aspect of his blessing that we had lost. He came to conform us to the design of heaven, our original blueprint, so that we could live in heaven’s beauty, bliss, and tranquillity. This is the heart of the Father:

‘Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.’ (Matthew 10:8 NIV)

Jesus not only refused to present God as a ‘judge’ or one who condemns or hurts others, he actively, humbly went about REDEEMING people from these evil works! Acts 10:38 records Jesus healing ALL who were under the devil’s power.

… how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”  (Acts 10:38 NIV)

God is not in the business of disaster, punishment, or catastrophe. He lovingly binds our wounds. As Isaiah 42:3 comments, Jesus was a God of gentleness and compassion: ‘A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out’ (NIV). And just in case you missed it, Jesus does not do anything that is not in accordance with the Father, because he is in perfect oneness with him (John 5:19). Jesus came to truly make God the Holy Father again, as he revealed what holiness really is – perfect wholeness and harmony with the beauty of heaven (Matthew 6:9). This is why Jesus is the pioneer of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). His beauty inspires faith within us, as he reveals that the holiness of God is irresistibly beautiful and undeniably attractive. It gives us confidence to come before God’s throne of grace and freely receive the riches of heaven on earth (Hebrews 4:16).

Being Kissed by Heaven

By Paige Hunt

(Song of Solomon 1:1-4)

There is a realm which we were born to experience tangibly, having our every waking moment as a seamless experience and effortless interaction with heavenly glory. 2There is a gateway to this elusive, mystical honey realm in every gossamer dream-laden pleasure. Where is this realm? – All around us and within us (Colossians 3:11). It resides tranquil, honey-sweet and hot-chocolate cosy, within our hearts, designed to impact every aspect of our existence as we relax into the soothing hammock-comfort it offers. 3This realm is substance and song, tangibility and inspiration, natural and divine. It is a mode of existence that is flooded and completely soaked with the fullness of the Trinity. (See Psalm 65:11).

This world is a fountain that gushes continually from the resurrected Christ, and from him everything that is good and perfect flows: health, creativity, joy unspeakable and full of glory…

“They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.” – Psalm 36:8-9

As you eat and drink of the finished work of Christ – the revelation-bread of his body and the revelatory-wine of his blood, you nourish yourself on the reality of realities: the truth of this new world of serene perfection: a haven of bliss. You are not simply drinking of the fountain of Christ, you have become one with the waters of his Presence; permeated through and through with the sweet fountain of life himself. You live within this infamous kingdom under the sea: you are immersed the waters of Daddy’s love and grace. As you flow in this reality, repentance and miracles ‘accidentally’ occur and pop with vibrant colour around you, as living in victory is natural and effortless. 4Your world is wonderland. Every part of you is unlocked in this land of love, until you are naturally flowing from the depths of your heart in this revelation of life, moving with the river that flows within you, feeling the impulses and ecstasies of refreshing, fresh, vital authenticity.

“We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” ― C.S. Lewis

You adventure, explore, and have your being in a realm that resides beneath external identities (based on the basic principles of this world: do-to-be mentalities). There is a realm nestled deep in Daddy’s heart, deep within the core of our existence and frolicking through the forests of our imagination. A realm of ‘taste and see’, where each of our senses is engaged in the truth that Daddy God is ecstatically, mystically, whimsically good.

Our Heavenly Father desires that each person live within this Gospel reality: not as a stoic kingdom of information and knowledge, with one theological idea stacked wobbly on top of  another, ready to be threatened by external circumstances. No, your good and generous Daddy longs for you to recognise that the Gospel is your composition. You are of one spirit with the Lord. As your spirit is already permeated with pure Jesus-life, this means that every part of you is immersed in his glory. Every part of you is a unique flavour of Jesus. You can express his life through faith, drinking up the heart-felt bliss of his reality. Your perfection is an accomplished fact, and because ‘to the pure all things are pure’ (Titus 1:15), every natural pleasure is a gateway for you to experience in each of your senses, the divine inspiration-composition of this pleasure. God is the fountainhead from which flows the wholesome and pleasant creative, innovative inventions and ideas of humanity.

In Christ, your Spirit is as a fruit-scented tea bag which resides at your unfathomable depths. What does this mean? It means that the water of your life has been flavoured with the divine. You can taste and see that God is good as you reside in this evil-free existence. Everything about you has been infused with divine freshness, heavenly creativity, and flourishing beauty. Christ came to give you life in abundance. This life which has flooded and filled your heart transforms your mind, revealing to you that you have access to all areas of the creative whimsies and jolly-drunken love of the Trinity.

Everything that the Godhead is and has, you are and have. This means that your consciousness is expanded through the revelation of Christ, switching from limited self-consciousness to limitless God-consciousness. We see through the eyes of the Godhead. We feel through his heart. We taste and touch and smell this whole new world through the enthusiastic, optimistic, ecstatic, lofty senses of the Trinity! Scripture declares, “You are in the spirit!” (Romans 8:9). You can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell the divine through the enlightened eyes of your imagination. Colossians 3:1-3 invites us to immerse ourselves in the high, heightened life – effortlessly letting go of dwelling on and associating ourselves with boring, stressful circumstances, to embrace the perfection-vacation of Jesus, the blissful, serene, delicious party of heaven.

Psalm 23 declares that our cups of this living wine are overflowing! You have a river of heaven’s whimsical, eccentric creative life that flows from your belly. Hold the chalice of your imagination to this river and drink deeply of the revelation of your union with Christ. Christ is all in all!  (Colossians 3:11). He is bathing every cell of your body, hugging your every stress and anxiety to oblivion with his perfect love. 5He wants you to feel cosy, prosperous and loved as you reside in your Union with him in this palatial kingdom within.

Let us go on a journey of exploring this verdant wonderland through the Song of Solomon, uncovering a few of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in this book. Scripture declares that we have every gift, and that we can experience these rich treasures of wisdom and knowledge, which all reside in the revelation of the goodness of Christ. (Colossians 2:3; 1 Corinthians 1:7) So today, we are at the beach, we are playing in the sand, paddling in the endless ocean of Daddy’s positive thoughts towards us, and we are picking up the sea-shells of scripture to take home some sentimental keepsakes of revelation concerning who we are and what we have obtained in Christ. Let us continue to play and explore deeper and deeper. The Gospel is so much fun!

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth – For your love is more delightful than wine.” – Song of Solomon 1:2

We begin by focusing upon the mouth of God. What pours forth from the mouth of God? His word – Christ! The kiss of God is Christ, and in Christ the delight of God is revealed. Christ causes us to behold a whole new world where the old world of striving, disappointments, and dryness is gone. I’ll say it again: Christ introduces to us a whole new world, one we can literally ‘behold’ in the here and now! A glory land of superior essence: God-quality!

“So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

J.B Phillips translates this reality as being one of freshness and newness (“…the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. All this is God’s doing…”). The New English Bible puts it this way: “when anyone is united to Christ, there is a new world”!! But how is this of relevance to Song of Solomon? – In the Hebrew, Song of Solomon 1:2 is a play on words (how many of us know that Daddy God loves to play and frolic with us?!): the word for kisses and the word for wine (drinking) are very similar! As we drink up the revelation of the finished work of Christ, a mind-transformation takes place. We become intoxicated on love, free of sober insecurities and stress-filled cares. Free to be intoxicated on all that is endless love and abounding creative beauty, as found in the heart of Christ, the realm of the Trinity – our homeland. The revelation of Christ is a classic fairy-tale true love’s kiss to awaken us to the kingdom of happily ever after!

“How fragrant your cologne: your name is like its spreading fragrance…” – Song of Solomon 1:3

The next verse expresses that God’s name (Jesus, the Christ-reality) is like an attractive perfume that has filled the room. As we become aware of the surrounding glory realm, we experience a constant sense of pleasantness and sweetness. A whole new dimension opens up to us, and we begin to flow with exhilarating heavenly frequencies. The glory realm engages our natural senses with creative beauty – we can experience the reality of our oneness with Christ, and interact with this oneness, through our natural personalities. The divine is perfectly at home within the physical realm! Jesus’ Presence is the glory realm, and it is here for us to experience tangibly in the here and now, interacted with through our natural personalities. The Christ-realm which resides within our heart is delicious and addictive.

“Take me after you — let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers…” – Song of Solomon 1:4a

Once we hear that this realm is freely available for us to experience, of course we are eager to engage our senses in it, plunging ourselves into the mystery and wonder of the ages! After all, Jesus is the desire of all nations! (Haggai 2:7). But the truth is, the only way to experience this new reality in Christ is to fall into it, like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole. It is hearing the good news of what Christ has accomplished on our behalf which inspires and influences our senses, until we perceive that which is freely ours, and can behold with our eyes the colours and textures of this new world, tasting of its flavours (Romans 10:17; Romans 1:17). His cross and resurrection is our trap door – as we hear of its good news, we fall effortlessly through into wonder and bliss. Our good works and our bad works are terrible Narnian wardrobes. It is the body of Christ alone, and his work on our behalf, that carries us into this new world – our eternal honeymoon Isle of Blessing.8

This is why the cry of our hearts is to be taken into these chambers by the firstfruits of creation, the one who made a way for us to experience this world and who is referred to in scripture as the first among many brothers (Romans 8:29). We long to go after Jesus, to follow after him and step into his finished work through the mystical portal of his resurrection. Our cry truly is “Take me after you!”. And where are we taken? – The chambers! This speaks of intimacy with the Trinity, experiencing their life and all of its benefits and blessings – experiencing the joys and lofty imagination of their favourite thoughts. This is sure to influence our emotions with giddy enthusiasm and ecstasies! – this is sure to convince us of our righteousness in Christ (Romans 3:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

As Brian Simmons in The Passion Translation of Song of Solomon has pointed out, the Hebrew text for chamber here literally means ‘a chamber within a chamber’, in other words, the Holy of Holies within the Temple chamber. The Holy of Holies was the holiest place in the world. In Christ, it is revealed to us that holiness is not scary or threatening, but lovely and loving. Jesus invites us to live within a realm of wholeness (every fruit of blessing is freshly squeezed for our drinking delights: 100% fresh nectar of everything lovely, perfect, pleasant, beautiful, and creative). The holiest place on earth is the most delicious – a mode of existence that is pure, vibrant goodness!

Christ’s invitation for us to exist in the holy of holies, the dimension of heaven, reveals to us that God believes we are worthy to live within this reality – that in creating us he created children of God, divine babies, and not servants (Galatians 3:26). When God looks at us he sees everything beautiful and lovely, because we are his children, hand-crafted in His image and likeness! As God declares to us in Psalm 82:6, “I said ‘you are gods, you are all sons of the Most High’.

I love the way that Brian Simmons translates the next part of Song of Solomon 1:4:

“We will remember your love As we laugh and rejoice with you
Celebrating your every kiss
As better than whine.
No wonder righteousness adores you!” – Song of Solomon 1:4 (TPT)

The divine life is one of pure happiness – there is no high like the Most High! – every pleasure in this world echoes and interacts with the revelation of Jesus Christ. Every happiness and joy finds its origin and conclusion in the love of God and the revelation of Jesus Christ. This is why we can enjoy God through everything – as we drink our hot chocolate we can enjoy the sweetness of Daddy’s love, as we eat marshmallows we can be enraptured in the ooey-gooey nature of his kindness and goodness. 6His love is a world of substance that we can continually be caught up in, in every activity of life. This is living under the smile of Daddy’s approval, and it is powerful and effective. It causes us to live effortlessly righteous lives! The glory realm has swallowed us whole and it won’t spit us out! Let us drink of its realities and wrap them all around us through celebration and enjoyment!

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