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Spiritual Warfare: Identity Point #2 - You Were Never An Afterthought

Timelessness...The Foreknowledge of God...And Your Calling - Part 1

There is a level of identity, if one is to engage the darkness in the throes of spiritual warfare and to do so successfully, that must be certain in the heart of the Spiritual Warrior.

Here is the thing about identity: "If you don't know who you are, you don't know who you are to be."

I want you to think for a moment about time. Even more directly though, I want you to think about timelessness, as if what would it be like if such a thing didn’t exist?

Time is a thing only relevant to the physical, created world. To us, living within it, time is like a barrier limiting us to a beginning point and an ending point, and then it marks sequences in between the points. Things have come and things have gone.

And God called the light, 'Day', and the darkness He called, 'Night', and the evening and the morning were the first day (Genesis 1:5).

Time is an invented, created thing, and in a very real sense we measure everything by it. It defines our distances and our spaces. It under girds all our calculations, breaking everything into a measurement and a rate of speed that really tells us that it will take so much time to get from one location to another, from one point on a certain scale to another point, whatever that scale happens to be.

Not to get too far out there, but in the physical world time itself has a set value to it related to the reward at the destination.

But in the realm of God, time has no existence or bearing, having no power. Because it doesn't exist it presents no barrier to anything or any knowledge or existence.

Being unbound by the concept of time, God at once is in what we call the past, He is now in the present and is likewise in the future too.

There are things that happen in the realm of spirit that happen on a timeless scale and these events then bleed over into the earth realm and at certain points they become manifest within the scale of time.

God invites us, as His children made in replication of His own image and likeness, into this arena with Him.

For example, Jesus is said to be the Lamb that was slain “from the foundation (conception) of the world” (Revelation 13:8).

Yet there was a point in the “fullness of time” where this event bled into the material and visible realm and we all saw it, though in fact it had already been finished eternally within a timeless context;

But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, formed within a woman’s body, appearing in history as under the law in order to release out of that captivity those who were under the law, that we might receive instead of that, full inclusion and acceptance as sons (Galatians 4:4-5).

At a point in time, an eternal event became a manifest event.

It is from the dimension of unbound timelessness that there comes to you or I the call of God and in the same way, an eternal event is seen bleeding out and into time in which we have now appeared, and in which the call now appears too, but the invitation is to participate in that which has meaning on an eternal scale which stretches far beyond our comprehension.

Do I fully grasp this? No. I do not, yet I know in my spirit and from the written words that it is true.

The apostles discussed this same phenomenon addressing it as the ‘foreknowledge’ of God;

Elect ones (chosen and choosing) according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through your distinction in being set apart to the Spirit for purposes of listening, and to the sprinkling (distribution) and cry within the blood of Jesus Christ. Sweet and loving favor to you and conjunctively, abounding peace (wholeness, flourishing) be multiplied to you (1st Peter 1:2).

Foreknowledge is a knowing of something or someone before anything was that is.

Before anything was that is, God in timelessness already knew you vividly within Himself.

You are not some kind of an afterthought in the mind of the Father which He must now try to figure out what to do with, but quite to the contrary, you were and are a complete forethought of the Father for whom in eternity, He has already designed amazing things for you.

Even before the world came into existence He made every conceivable provision for you in reference to all of those things that might ever be needed;

And He who is the One that searches through all the hearts, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He causes intercessions to be made for them in perfect blended harmony with God.

And we perceive and know at the deepest and most intimate part of us, the whole of each and every thing has been synergized together into what is delightfully good towards us because of God's love, we being invited to the banquet feast overflowing within His purpose,

For, every one whom He did foreknow, He did also predestinate, fore ordaining, pre-appointing and decreeing into their destiny, that they should be conformed to exist in the exact same image as His Son, that he (Jesus) might be the firstborn among a vast multitude of brothers/sisters (Romans 8:27-28).

The Father has foreknown you and me within Himself even before the first molecule of even the tiniest fleck of creation appeared and isn't just winging it, making things up about you as we go along.

His foreknowledge means He also foreordained and pre-appointed, literally having already decreed into your destiny the full measure of every single thing you might ever require to be a replication of our Firstborn brother, our Lord Jesus Christ who is now the transitional Head over all creation.

This is the foundation Jesus laid initially within His disciples.

He was teaching them to do and to be as he was.

He was replicating the eternal and timeless measure of what is in him into them.

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