I feel compelled to challenge you at the outset and hopefully not lose readers in the process. I am concerned that the Christian Church of today does not believe in the “Full Atonement” of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me venture further out on that limb and suggest that it appears some do not truly believe in the Atonement. Hopefully, I am wrong but it appears certain that there are those who hold a concept in their minds but do not embrace that truth or reality in their hearts.
Some years ago, the Holy Spirit began challenging me regarding my ‘Mindset’ and began to nudge me toward embracing things I had not yet seen or experienced in God. That has been a richly rewarding and a terrifying and difficult journey at the same time. One of the problems when we answer the call of God to move beyond our comfort zone and venture into the unknown we are introduced to trouble like we have never encountered. I know personally, that the costs are seldom fully appreciated at the time we embark on the journey. We are exposed to the wrath of hell and religiousness in a most disturbing way. Although there is ‘nothing new under the sun’ there are things ‘new’ to us. When we venture out into those uncharted waters (uncharted in our experience) we realize a new dependence on God.
We are living in ‘Troubled Times’ and in the midst of ‘Times of Trouble,’ God has promised to bring about Full Restoration to the Church. It is exciting, will be difficult, but incredibly rewarding if we persist and pursue Him and His purposes. I hope you will be stirred to venture a little deeper into the things of God and move outside your spiritual comfort zone.
Acts 3:19-21 – “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.” NASU
If we take the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God (I do) and resist the temptation to make scriptures mean what we want them to mean, we will find some challenging passages in the Bible. This is one of those for it says that our Lord Jesus would be ‘held in heaven’ or “whom heaven must receive UNTIL…” Until What? The Restoration of All Things which God spoke by the mouth of His prophets from ancient time. Let me ask a probing question, “Is there anything that the Church had but is not experiencing or practicing today?” I believe that the fulfillment of this passage of scripture and to facilitate the return of Jesus is why we have the ministries of Ephesians 4 listed and detailed. God wants us ‘equipped’ for service and ministry so that we can walk in His Restoration and reap His Harvest of these last days. There are wonderful things coming to the church and difficult times as well. We will have times and rejoicing and weeping but God is building His Church and will keep His word fully. I contend that the issue is not “IF” God will bring about Restoration but “WHAT” our position and participation will be. Will we embrace what He is doing or will we resist and label it heresy, apostasy, or something else and fail to ‘discern our times’ and miss the visitation of God? I pray not!
Hoping to quell your concern about whether I’m drifting into a heretical place, let me say that RESTORATION is a “time of change.” It is a resurgence, in my mind, of the gifts and power of God. It is a return to the church local and universal being run by the Holy Spirit not boards, committees, or denominational headquarters. It is a return to God being the Lord of the Church in reality and truth. The Holy Spirit is preparing His Body for the “New Wine” and in the process, will destroy the “Old Wineskins”. Much of the church today is experiencing the Isaiah 61 ministry or effect. God is shaking that which can be shaken and is pruning the trees so that which is rigid, inflexible, and dry is pliable, flexible, moldable, and filled with the Oil of the Spirit of God. We are seeing and will see a resurgence of the Anointing of God which breaks all yokes and the Harvest is going to be reaped in these last days. We are God’s instruments to effect change in our world and help bring about the reality of the Prayer of Matthew 6 which we call the Lord’s Prayer.
I use a takeoff on the catch phrase of the NFL’s Monday Night Football, “Are you ready for some Restoration?” Are you ready for the shaking that is coming and the outpouring of God’s Spirit on mankind and the resulting harvest of souls? God is about to do a work in our day that even if someone told many, they would not believe, but soon they will see.
I want to discuss this a bit further so I pause for now and say, “May the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face to shine upon you, be gracious unto you, and give you peace!” Until next time blessings abundantly!