[Please read this very, very slowly in your spirit with His Spirit helping you understand. If you have been following this website, this will lead you into the inner sanctum of God to see His victory.]
For the Spirit to have victory over the flesh means we have to submit ourselves to God. Why do we need to submit to Him? Realize this is the original problem. When we took from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we took something in the realm of God. “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil, and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.’” (Gen. 3:22) We, who were made of the flesh, knew something that was of the divine. The problem is we only had the knowledge of good and evil but not the ability to carry it out. That is why Paul says, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” (Rom. 7:18) We gained a conscience but did not know how to handle it because we were not divine. This conscience became ours when it was suppose to be of God. So we add to it sometimes or subtract from it sometimes. We think we are the masters of it and sometimes ignore it all together. And other times we think we can be holy and enforce it on others. That is the state of mankind. That is why this world is full of afflictions. To maintain a good conscience, we need to submit to the living God dwelling inside our temples and not rely on our flesh to be able to do what we know is right. We need to rely on the Spirit dwelling within each one of us to live this life. To be able to carry out the good that we know requires God’s holiness. That is why we need the Spirit, returned back to us as our possession so we could be freed from the bondage of sin. As Christians who have the life of the Lord, we often think we can do things for God based on what we know in the flesh. But to do the right thing is a distinctiveness of God. Satan thought he could do it also and have the glory to himself. We are like Satan because after knowing good and evil, we think we can head up all things in ourselves. Only Christ living out of us can meet the righteous requirements of the law and make us holy in expression. That is why the Ten Commandments are all what we should not do. (Even honouring our father and mother is because we are not honouring them at present.) “Thou shall not…” the Lord tells us, because we are heading up all things in ourselves without God. Lev. 19 is full of things “Thou shall not…” do. That is why we need to submit our will to His will. We cannot do it ourselves. We cannot hold up the book indefinitely against gravity (sin) because we are finite. Only God is eternal and holy. We need to have a Sabbath rest in Him. We need to have no labour and have a complete rest in Him. The first day of our week is His Sabbath rest. When we submit our wills to His will and let God do everything for us, we no longer love our soul-lives (Rev. 12:11). Christ becomes the Head, and we become His body, fulfilling God’s eternal purpose. “Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself, unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him.” (Eph. 1:9-10 – Recovery Version) That is why He is the Godhead and we are the body that is the same as God in life, nature, expression and function but not in the Godhead. We become God’s people, a people for His own possession who are one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17). We become holy as He is holy in all our manners of life (1 Pet. 1:15-16). We become His bride and counterpart. That is why in Christian growth, the weaker we are, the more He has grown in us and can use us. This is true Christian maturity. It is not how good we are, but how much God is realized in us. Realize we are the feeble ones, the weaker ones, the women and children in Jacob’s camp. We have wrestled with the Spirit, and He has made us limp in our flesh so we could be transformed in the spirit, giving us a new name so we now depend on Him (Gen. 32:24-32) and His sovereignty to deal with our problems, so our anxieties go away. Only to these weak ones can the Spirit truly express Himself. Paul saw himself as the weakest of all the saints. “To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” (Eph. 3:8) Paul saw himself as the smallest one of all the saints; that is why God can use him to write most of the New Testament. He has lost his soul-life; he puts no confidence in his flesh (Phi. 3:3). The more we realize that we are nothing, the more Christ can live out of us. “…For apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) as God in holy. When we are submissive to Him in this way, with plaited hair (S.S. 1:11), having shaved off all our own hair (the expression of our flesh) we will be declared clean from leprosy (sin).
When we no longer express our flesh, we would be like the priests in the temple who are holy, expressing Christ alone. “They shall not make any baldness of their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts in their flesh.” (Lev. 21:5) The expressions in our flesh become Christ’s expressions as we no longer live to ourselves but Christ lives in us (Gal. 2:20). That is why as priests to Him today, we don’t shave off the edges of our beards nor cut our flesh as Christ is expressed through us. To qualify us to be priests to Him, we cannot have any deformities in our flesh. That is why, the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Speak to Aaron, saying, ‘No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the food of his God.’” (Lev. 21:17) because the expressions of the flesh in the priests are spotless and without blemish as we express God Himself.
Just before Christ ascended, He gave us one last teaching. In John 21, He said as a young man, we dress ourselves and walk wherever we want, but when we grow old in Christ, we just stretch out our hands and someone else dresses us and takes us where we don’t want to go (John 21:18). As we mature in our spiritual lives, Christ dresses us in fine linen, bright and clean and takes us to places where we don’t want to go in our flesh because we have submitted to Him and walk only by the Spirit. To grow in Christ to maturity, realize it is to become smaller and smaller so God can become bigger and bigger in our lives. “The priest who is the highest among the brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not uncover his head nor tear his clothes, nor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself even for his father or his mother, nor shall he go out of the sanctuary nor profane the sanctuary of his God, for consecration of the anointing oil of his God is on him, I am the Lord.” (Lev. 21:10-12) For us to be the most mature among our brothers, we must have the Spirit as the anointing oil poured out on us, saturating our garments so our expression, what people see as our garments, is God Himself. Our head has to be covered because the headship is of Christ. We are submissive to His headship so He takes us to where we do not want to go. We do not tear our clothes as our expression is of God and we are not judged by anyone. We don’t defile ourselves by approaching anything that is dead in the old life that we have died to, even for our natural father and mother. We have become pillars in the temple of God and do not go out anymore because the Spirit has fully consecrated us as the Spirit has full control of our lives so we bear the name of God Himself on our being. “He who overcomes, I well make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore, and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.” (Rev. 3: 12) Realize this is why we are like God in life, nature, expression and function so He can put His name on us and we become the New Jerusalem collectively. Realize it is only in our weakness that He shows His strength. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9) When enough members of the Body of Christ, His church, realizes this in reality, Christ will come back to claim His bride. When He comes, it will be a manifestation of His coming (I The. 2:8) because He has already returned to us within the saints who have matured in Him and hold Him as their possession. The Christ within these matured ones will simply be manifested at His coming. Dear saints, we simply need to submit to Him so Christ will live out of us as the expression of the invisible God (Col. 1:15). That is the purpose of man. Then what we do physically in this life will be an outward manifestation of His inward coming. That is why when He comes back this time, unlike the brightest star that shone over the city of Bethlehem at Jesus’s birth, it will be the morning star that arises in our hearts (2 Pet. 1:19). This is the secret that the whole church must see within their hearts to make ready the bride for the Bridegroom. When the morning star arises in our hearts, the day is dawning and Christ is coming as the light to shine in the darkness of our night.
Our submission to Christ is this secret the whole church must see because the perfection of the bride is how God wins in this war with Satan. When the bride has made herself ready is when the warrior has won the war. That is why in Ephesians 5, as the bride, we are to be submissive to our husband, and in Ephesians 6, we are told how to prepare ourselves to dress as the corporate warrior of God. When the bride has made herself ready, she is dressed in fine linen, bright and clean (Rev. 19:8). Realize this is our warrior outfit, dressed in fine linen, white and clean (Rev. 19:14). When we have put on this outfit, which is Christ Himself, we have won the war. That is why the bride and warrior are linked together. As the bride of Christ, to be His counterpart, we must submit to Him (Eph. 5:22-24) because this wins the war. Realize we are the battleground. The way to make us submissive is to love Him. Realize when we love, we will do everything for our counterpart. The love that Jesus asks of us is a self-sacrificial, unwavering, absolute love, an “agape” love, that is of God. In His resurrection, Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15) Notice Jesus refers back to Simon’s birth name in the flesh as the son of a man, John, and not as Peter, his new name as a rock on which Christ builds His church in the Spirit. The term He uses for “love” in the first two instances He asks this question is, however, an “agape” love. The “agape” form of love is the self-sacrificial unwavering absolute love that God has towards us in dying for us on the cross to save us. God is this love. It is this love for us that motivated Jesus to die on the cross for us. He asked Simon, who was a man in the flesh, does he have a self-sacrificial love for God. Simon, son of John, do you love me in a self-sacrificial unwavering absolute way. All Peter could say was, “You know that I love you.” This was not a straightforward statement of love because Peter knew he denied the Lord three times already. So the word Peter uses all three times for love was “philos,” a type of brotherly love in friendship. So when Jesus asked a third time, He used the word “philos” for “love” and settled for a human kind of love that is of man. When we are young, that is the only kind of love we could offer to God as we are still doing everything in ourselves. As we grow into maturity in Christ, more and more of Christ has been experientially realized by us and lived out of us, as we submit to Him so He dresses us in fine linen, bright and clean, expressing out of us and taking us to where we don’t want to go in our flesh. We love Him today because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). When we love Him through Christ in a self-sacrificial unwavering absolute way, God’s kingdom will be manifested on this earth. As we realize we have been brought into the heavenlies to sit together with Christ (Eph. 2:6), the realities of the heavenlies will be expressed on this earth. So whatever we bind on this earth will be bound in heaven (Mat. 16:19; 18:18). Realize that is how Satan, who has been cast to this earth (Rev. 12:9), will be bound by Christ living through us. And whatever we loose of this earth will be loosed in heaven. That is how the Spirit will bring freedom to all of creation and be victorious over Satan through us. “That the creation itself also will be set free from slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” (Rom. 8:21) Christ has won the victory by living through us. The body of Christ has reached full maturity. That is the consummation of this age. Then we will spend an eternity in one Spirit with our Lord.
“Draw me after you and let us run together. The king has brought me into his chambers.” (S. S. 1:4) “…I found him whom my soul loves; I held him and would not let go…” (S. S. 3:4), as the bride clings to her beloved. “You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling. As lovely as Jerusalem, as awesome as an army with banners.” (S. S. 6:4) Realize the bride and the warrior are again linked together. As the bride, we are the transformed stones that are the building blocks of the New Jerusalem, formed as the bride for Christ. “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rev. 21:2) When the bride has made herself ready, Satan is defeated, so the army unfurls its banner in victory. “Who is this that grows like the dawn, as beautiful as the full moon, as pure as the sun, as awesome as an army with banners.” (S. S. 6:10) Christ, who is light, shines forth from us as reflected light shines forth from the moon in the night of this age of darkness. He is hidden in us as the hope of glory but is glowing like the dawn until He shines forth fully from His bride as the sun, having burnt away all our dross (Isa. 1:25), so we are bright and clean. The problem God had in the beginning when “darkness was over the surface of the deep” (Gen. 1:2) is over as He becomes our light shining out of darkness (John 1:4), “because the darkness is passing away and the light is already shining” (1 John 2:8), until the bride makes herself ready, dressed in fine linen, bright and clean. We are as awesome as an army with banners as we have been transformed fully to the same image of Christ winning the war victoriously. That is why we will see Him, and He will put His name on our foreheads because we and Him are one. “They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night, and they will not have need of the light nor a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them, and they will reign forever and ever.” (Rev. 22:4-5)
“And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.” (Rev. 22:7)
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendent of David, the bright morning star.” (Rev. 22:16) See His Spirit shining within your spirits.
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come, let the one who wishes take of the water of life without cost.” (Rev. 22:17)