THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME: A SYNOPSIS
In John 5:37, Jesus said: “And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape”. Three key words stand out in the theme of this great meeting scheduled for 5 – 7 November, 2015: SHAPE, THINGS & COME. From the words of Jesus, it is obvious that the Father is not only a Voice, He has voice and equally SHAPE. This literally or figuratively means a “view”, that is ‘form’; it also means appearance, fashion, shape, sight. The word “things” is used in the Scriptures to represent spiritual realities that exist in God, which He has put in the custody of His Spirit to reveal unto His people, the Church. They are not physical, yet they are substantial and tangible. The epistle is replete with the use of this word.
Paul talks about: “the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:10), “comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Cor. 2:13), God, “of who are all things” and Jesus Christ “by whom are all things” (1 Cor. 8:6), the “things which are not seen” which are eternal (2 Cor. 4:18), approving “things that are excellent” (Phil. 1:10), seeking “those things which are above” (Col. 3:1), God being the builder of “all things” (Heb. 3:4), “better things that accompany salvation” (Heb. 6:9), Christ as the High Priest of “good things to come” (Heb. 9:11), Isaac blessing Esau and Jacob “concerning things to come” (Heb. 11:20), the Blood of Sprinkling that speaks “better things than the blood of Abel (Heb. 12:24).
Peter talks about “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3), John speaks of the unction we have from the Holy One whereby we know “all things” (1 John 2:20), the Book of Revelation was to show “things which must shortly come to pass” (Rev. 1:1) and lastly here, John was commanded to inscribe “the things which he has seen” “the things which are”, and “the THINGS which shall be hereafter”. This exactly is the focus of this meeting. There are things the Church has seen, there are seemingly present realities with the Church, which many believers, assemblies, ministers, commissions and movements have tried to capture and hold unto as all there is to know of God; but I want to announce to us that there are THINGS of God, things that are exclusive preserves of the Deity and Divinity which pertain to the perfection, sealing and maturity of the Church but which unfortunately, she is yet to come into; the THINGS which will prepare her for the world to come, which will appear as we speak about it. (Heb. 2:5).
The THINGS to come have nothing to do with what God’s hands made but with what He gave birth to – the things OF God, not the things FROM God. Sadly though, the Church, like Martha, is encumbered with the things that are, the things underneath the sun and is not so much concerned with the THINGS above. Many believers are “hand- seekers” and not “face-seekers”. God Himself attested to the reality that the things He made with His hands, which the bulk of the Church, like the Laodiceans, sees as blessings and prosperity, will pass away and perish (Heb. 1:10-12). But it is only God who will not pass away and whose years will not fail because His material, shape, substance, matter, essence, person, glory and life are not of this realm.
They are materials of the Divinity by which the World to come is sharpened, fashioned and structured. The beauty of this is that through Christ, the essence of Divinity, the Wisdom of thee Deity, the Humanity in Divinity and the Divinity in humanity, in whose Face the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God radiates and beams out, the Sun of Righteousness indeed, we have been given divine GRANT by GRACE to ACCESS this deep PORTAL of unfathomable riches of the fullness of the Deity packaged in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!
I am sure you do not want to miss this meeting as God has carefully chosen and prepared His vessels in whose mouth He has ordained His Wisdom which shaped the THINGS to COME to flow forth in a gracious utterance of the mystery of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we ask Him of THINGS to come, I personally look forward to receiving you at this great feast. The table is ready; the Spirit and the Bride say COME!!!