Election, the Worshiping Priesthood and the
Recapture of Creation
The election by God of a worshiping priesthood that should recapture rulership over a restored creation is the wonder of universal reality. It is the marvel of all purpose. The marvel of it is in the way it contravenes all present human understanding, including the understanding of those who are the objects of its divine inclusion.
The foundational factor of spiritual reality is that there are two mutually exclusive seeds of generation in the universe: the seed of man, and the seed of Christ. The mystery of the two seeds is that, while mutually exclusive in substance and identity, the one of Christ is taken out of the one of man—a recreation if you will—and for a period of time, runs concurrently with the first.
The concurrency is a confounding to the first seed for the second seed is taken from the first without reference to it, and functions according to operations utterly foreign to its reference point for reality. The first confounding is that of initiation, the second is that of identity.
The Mystery of Initiation by Divine Election
Like the first seed, the second seed is initiated by divine election. This means simply that the choice for who should exist where and when and how belongs solely to the Creator. When the first seed was created (i.e., Adam), there was no hidden alter-ego geist-being out there in the universe somewhere complaining, "How come you created Adam instead of me? That's not fair."
God simply chose to make Adam as Adam. He did not consult with any other imaginary being for permission, nor did He secure Adam's will either. He consulted only with Himself. This is divine election.
In similar fashion, God created His second seed—by divine election. This second seed is mutually exclusive of the first, not only in function but in origin. This means, like the first race, God consulted with no one but Himself to create the second race. This includes the first race. Despite its presence, God did not secure its permission before removing a select body for recreation from its midst.
Adam Demands His Due
Yet this has been forever a confounding offense to the first race. That is because the first race is a fallen race marked by an alter ego of counterfeit sovereignty exercised through the imagined knowledge of good and evil. The adamic race which sold out its birthright to sin maintains it has right of sovereignty over its own destiny, a sovereignty exercised through the power of choice and decision. Its own will is god. As a result, it cannot accept that a second race can be taken from its midst, and certainly not without permission of its own will.
It is for this cause that the teaching of original initiation of the Christ-seed by divine election is hotly contested among mankind, particularly among those who, while having received the seed of new birth unto new identity in Christ, are yet beset by remaining vestiges of adamic thinking which exalt the place of human will (decision) in determining personal destiny, and which exalt the knowledge of good and evil to which they demand conformity.
It is this remaining exaltation of the human will in believers that causes them to contend for their conversion as the essence of their own choice. And it is their remaining conformity to adamic knowledge of good and evil that would force them to conclude that salvation by divine election is "unfair" or "unjust."
The Purpose of the Legal Decision Process
Part of the mystery of divine election of the Christ seed is that it takes place within the context of the adamic decision making process. While a man is not converted by his choice, his conversion comes on the wings of his choice (something which adds tinder to the controversy in man's assertion of the supremacy of his choice.)
Is there a divine design here? Yes, most certainly. We see here that part of God's purpose in the divine election of a new seed from the first one is to display the supremacy of His grace out of the essential legality of human subjection to the knowledge of good and evil through the will power of choice.
God designed the essentially legal nature of the adamic race as a staging and birthing ground for transcendent grace. Through the fall, man became subject to law. But God uses law to image and point to the living reality found in His grace. For this cause He does not destroy law, but reveals its futility that He may fulfil it.
The most basal law is the knowledge of good and evil. The most basal legal force is the will power of human choice. Therefore, because the design of saving grace is to be revealed out of the law, initiation into new birth by divine election comes on the wings of and out of the husk of a legal human choice for Christ. Conversion itself is the first experience of the transition from law to grace, ie, from legal basis for existence through the power of choice, to grace basis for new existence through the power of God.
In effect, the decision to choose Christ is actually the decision to surrender the legal power of choice for the first time in one's life. It is in that choice to surrender choice that new identity in Christ is initiated.
[Note: If the choice for Christ is anything other than a surrender of the power of choice, that choice will not result in a new birth but in a false conception eventually to be irretrievably aborted. New birth does not leave the human will intact as lord, but reduces it to an agent of discipline along which further growth in identity is procured.
From this point forward a believer must exercise his freed will under the sovereignty of the grace of God, realizing it to be a legal force from which he is to be increasingly released as lawlessness is worked out of him and grace is woven into the fabric of his inner man.]
The Mystery of New Identity
The second confounding to the first seed is the mutually exclusive and separate identity of the second seed. The adamic seed insists that the seed of Christ give obeisance to it because it was taken from it. The adamic seed perpetually seeks to bind the Christ seed with the legal obligation to identify itself in terms of it, to redefine its destiny and purpose in terms that accommodate it, and to basically "worship" it through the bestowal of its attention and the (re-)investment of its new-life energies into its purposes.
But the Christ-seed has been delivered from the stress, strife, and labor of the earth-bound causes of the first seed. Its purpose and destiny are mutually exclusive. God has divinely elected this new seed to become a worshiping priesthood unto Him, a priesthood marked by rest, and a kingdom marked by the free flow of God's Presence back through them toward the earth as they set their hearts toward Him in Zion. It is by this self-denyingly procured free flow of God's Presence through them that the fallen creation is gradually recaptured and restored, to be made over according to the ways of God found only from the tree of life.
Overcoming the Seducing Adam Within
Nevertheless, the Christ seed struggles against the remaining vestiges of adamic life and vision to which it finds itself yet shackled. As it comes closer to entrance into perfection, its vision for God's kingdom becomes more imminent.
But because of its deceptive remaining adamic vestiges, the new seed is constantly allured and seduced to redefine its hidden purpose in terms of the purposes of Adam, to divert the singular flow of its worshiping heart to the clamoring attentions of mankind beset by its judgments under its fallen knowledge, and to identify the kingdom of the tree of life toward which it yearns in terms of the only kingdoms it has known in this life, shackled with the legal principles of adamic life (economy, society, etc.). We are perpetually tempted to recapture creation on the first Adam's terms.
So the struggle continues. Yet the faithful worshiping priesthood remains untouched. Their eyes will not depart from the Lord to lift the sword of their own words in the streets. These do only the will of the Father from the place of unlabored contentment in His Presence, caring not for the new garden His Presence through them creates. These only pass through the valley of tears, and do not stop to become pillars of salt.
These are they who recognize that their first promised land is not that of cities and situations, but their own personal "earth," that is, the possession of their souls in patience, and then, (voila) the translation of their bodies to celestial glory, from whence, and only from whence they will actively wield their authority over the remaining earth—until the whole is recreated as the garden to which the first Adam was commissioned.
Even so shall they go on into the image of Christ, even the fullness of His glorified body, and hence to the greater purposes of the Father for them through the universe.
written from Merrimack, New Hampshire
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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