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Basic XI – Costing

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“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard from Me?”[1]  Unlike any other kingdom, the Kingdom of God works on this premise and question:  “Is anything too hard for Me?”  That is the question our King asks Himself when He counts the cost.

Jesus said to the crowds, “Suppose a king is about to go to war against another king.  Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?  If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.  In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.”[2]

Unlike any other kingdom, we serve a King for whom nothing is impossible.  He had answered His own question, which He posed in Jeremiah 32:26, a long time ago when the Spirit was hovering over the waters, the Earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the deep.[3]  And it was after God answered His own question that He said, “Let there be light.”[4]

God had costed the creation, the fall of Adam, the salvation and the church.  He counted what it would cost Him in pain, grief, rejection, patience, perseverance and love; He who knows the end from the beginning and everything in between. 

Before Israel rebelled, God knew they would rebel.  Before the church stopped listening to Jesus, and instead began to question Jesus and listen to other men, God already knew that the church His blood paid for would go through two millenniums of powerlessness, just like Jesus’ body was buried for two days and nights to rise on the third day.  Thus, everything you see that is happening and that has happened has already been figured out, and the cost has been counted by our King.  Then, having counted that cost, He did not send a delegation to sue for terms of peace, but instead, sent His Son with this message:  “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Earth.  I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’”[5]  And on another occasion, He told Peter, “Do you think I came to bring peace on Earth?  No, I tell you, but division.”[6]

Therefore, understand that when you are of the Kingdom of God, you serve the King for whom nothing is too hard for Him, and who is not here with a peace offering but only an offering of division to turn every household against itself.  Thus, whereas unity is our strong point, bring on disunity.  That is, division is our strongest weapon, and the prime objective of the weapons of our Kingdom is centred on this one sentence spoken by our God:  “Come, let Us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”[7]

Our King has sat down, He has counted the cost and He knows that He can win the war, and better still, He knows what He will gain out of this war that He had started, a war that is against the freedom that comes with undisciplined freedom of choice, so that freedom of choice can come into the glorious freedom of the discipline of love.  Just as God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Each has freedom of choice, a freedom that They have overcome within Themselves to lay down Their choice for the Other’s choice out of love.  So He gave men and angels free choice to choose or reject Him, and He began a war that would bring any one of His creatures, beginning with men, to the place where they would permit love to discipline their choice.  And if not love, then mercy would prevail over judgement that they may truly choose with all knowledge.

That is why at the end of all things of this present Earth and Heaven, even the dead are emptied from Hades, the sea and death before the Great White Throne, and there before the Great White Throne as the Son of Man sits in judgement of all mankind, the Lord will do this:  “Then will I purify the lips of the peoples that all of them may call on the Name of the Lord.”[8]

So that those who refuse the discipline of love to temper their freedom of choice, will now at least come to understand why God’s desire is mercy, as He said, “But go and learn what this means:  ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’”[9]

Nothing, not one small thing, has been left out of God’s meticulous planning in this war.  A war not against evil or Satan or even man, but rather, it was, it is, and always has been, a war against Himself.  It is God proving Himself to Himself, that He is Love; and being Love, He is patient, He is kind, He is gentle, and so on.

From the very beginning, and until this Heaven and Earth give way to the New Heavens and the New Earth, this is all about God revealing Himself for Himself and to those who would use the life they are given to come to know Him.  God knows Himself, but now He is making Himself known.  God has always been perfect, but through Christ, He has now perfected Himself.  The answer to all paradoxes is the basic premise for this question:  “Is anything to hard for Me?”

Out of this question birthed the answer and the proving of that answer:  “No, with God, nothing is impossible,” and so, having come to that conclusion, God set out to prove that conclusion to be true.  Nothing is too hard for God— not even death upon the cross for sinners like us.  Not even having to wait patiently, as He did for Noah; as He did for the Ammonites to fill their cup with sin; as He did with the church.

The God who can cause a vine to grow up overnight chooses to be a Gardener who would plant a seed and wait for harvest.  If you can understand now that all things created, seen and unseen, and every action of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, has been said and done so that God can display the truth that He has answered this question for Himself:  “Is anything too hard for Me?”  And the Lord’s shout, “It is finished!” is the triumphant shout of the Workman who has proved to Himself, “Nothing is impossible with Me.”

For in the very core of the existence of God, the source of all His power and therefore the source of all Kingdom power and authority lies this one word, the word of all words, the shortest word known to anyone, yet if it did not exist, then God would not exist either.  “I” from which comes ‘me’ and ‘my,’ and which allowed God to declare, “I am who I am” to Moses when Moses said, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His Name?’  Then what shall I tell them?”[10]

Thus, the unity that flows from the Godhead, the unity that comes from listening to Each Other’s truth, is also a unity based on knowing who Each of Them are, and that Each of Them has answered this question for Himself, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, “Is anything too hard for Me?”  Thus, They Each know that They are serving and working with, and above all else, listening to, Another who speaks the truth at all times. One and Ones who have counted the cost and who have answered this question for Themselves:  “Is anything too hard for Me?” and have come to the conclusion, the same unified conclusion:  “With God, nothing is impossible.”  That is what the Father said, that is what Jesus said, and that is what the Holy Spirit proved with the virgin birth of our Lord and the raising of Him from the dead.

Thus, we are in the one kingdom where the cost has been counted and the conclusion is displayed with this proclamation:  “The Lord is a Warrior; the Lord is His Name.”[11]  A kingdom whose King has proved, “With God, nothing is impossible,” by being with God, doing exactly what God commanded, fulfilling even the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms so irrevocably that He has also made true forever the exact opposite, “Without God, nothing is possible.”  Thus condemning to failure once and for all times anyone who attempts anything without God when it has anything to do with the Kingdoms of Heaven and of God.  So that even if anyone was to become so united again that they speak the same language, whatever they do would still be impossible, if it is done without God.

Never again will the threat of Babel arise that God had to say, “Come, let Us go down and confuse their language…”  Having understood and come to know the power of your King, then as subjects of the Kingdom, the confidence to serve Him with conviction that makes faith unwavering can come.

If however, you still have the business of other kingdoms on your mind, like the first eleven who asked the Lord at the end of their training, “Lord, are You at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”[12] then you will be easily distracted by others who come with agendas that seek to restore those kingdoms ahead of the establishment of the Kingdom of God on Earth.  It was because the eleven still had the Kingdom of Israel in their hearts, that when the Heir apparent to the throne of David, James the Younger (son of Joseph and Mary, son of Jacob, son of Matthan, son of Eliazer, son of Eliud, son of Akim, son of Zadok, son of Azor, son of Eliakim, son of Abiud, son of Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, son of Jeconiah, son ofJosiah, son of Amon, son of Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, son of Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, son of Asa, son of Abijah, son of Rehoboam, son of Solomon, son of David), stood up and addressed them saying, “Brothers, listen to me…”[13] they agreed to allow partial observance of the Law be recommended to the Gentiles.  Even the Father when He spoke from that cloud of glory did not say, “Listen to Me,” but said, “Listen to Him!”  If the “I am” did not say, “Listen to Me,” what is a mere man doing, saying, “Listen to me.”

Thus, the best way to ensure that you have no other kingdoms on your mind is to never listen to anyone who says, “Listen to me,” but rather to the One who said, “Listen to Him!”  And if you will listen to Him, you will find that the Kingdom of God is the kingdom Jesus spoke of the most to His disciples, so that even with His last days on Earth, He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God.[14] 

He who came from Heaven is not coming back to take anyone to Heaven, but rather, is bringing back many who are already in Heaven to reign with Him on Earth, to usher in the reign of the Kingdom of God on Earth.  So, what business do we have with those who want to lay hold of the Kingdom of Heaven? 

None, except this:  To warn them that the first person who wanted to take hold of the Kingdom of Heaven tried it without God and failed.  Not only did he fail, but he is condemned for trying, for he said in his heart, “I will ascend to Heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.  I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”[15]  He never said it through his mouth, just in his heart, and proved it with his rebellion.  Although he fought a war, he lost the war, and was cast down to Earth with his angels, for he never asked this question in his heart when he was proving his existence with his proclamations of “I will.”  He never asked, “Is anything too hard for me?”

But our King has— our God has— and not only has He proved that nothing is too hard for Him, He also proved that “With God, nothing is impossible,” for not One of Them, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, ever did anything of Their Own, but rather, listened to the Other, and allowed the Other to help Them.  So that God the Father created with God the Word and God the Spirit; and God the Word became the Son to redeem the world with the Spirit who also raised Him from the dead.  So then, truly They can testify, “With God, nothing is impossible.”  And there is no other kingdom that bears the Name of God, except the Kingdom of God. 

So then, is it not obvious now, or are we still so dull, those who are of the Kingdom of God, who are with God, to usher in the kingdom’s rights on Earth, for them, “Nothing is impossible,” even though many things may be too hard for them?  Too hard, yes.  Impossible, no, because the kingdom that is with God is the Kingdom of God.

Thus, learn to count your cost correctly and see that you have received the kingdom that costs you nothing, for it was the King who asked of Himself, “Is anything too hard for Me?” before He said, “I am who I am.  I will be what I will be.”[16]


 

[1] Jeremiah 32:26

[2] Luke 14:31-33

[3] Genesis 1:2

[4] Genesis 1:3

[5] Matthew 10:34-36

[6] Luke 12:51

[7] Genesis 11:7

[8] Zephaniah 3:9

[9] Matthew 9:13

[10] Exodus 3:14,13

[11] Exodus 15:3

[12] Acts 1:6

[13] Acts 15:13

[14] Acts 1:3

[15] Isaiah 14:13-14

[16] Exodus 3:14 and subtext

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