To The Uttermost
God is in the process of changing “the understanding
and expression of Christianity in one generation.” I
believe we are that generation. The Church is in an astronomical
transition – individually and corporately. There is
an old chorus that says, “It’s a new hour; it’s
a new day; it’s a new visitation in a new, new way:
revealing the Father, exalting the Son, changing God’s
people, and making them one.”
“Because you are saying, I am wealthy [in this world’s
goods] and have gotten [spiritual] riches and have need of
not even one thing, and because you do not have a clear and
absolute knowledge of the fact that, as for you, you are poverty-stricken
and blind and naked,
“I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire
in order that you may be wealthy, and white garments in order
that you may clothe yourself and in order that your shameful
nakedness may not be made manifest, and eye-salve to rub on
your eyes in order that you may be seeing. As for myself,
as many as I am fond of, I reprove so as to bring out conviction
and confession, and I discipline, correct, and guide.
“Be constantly zealous, therefore, and have a change
of mind at once.” Revelation 3:17-19 Wuest
By His grace and mercy, the Lord is bringing us, the Church,
the Bride of Christ, out of the lukewarm-ness of Revelation
3:15-17, through the corrective process of Revelation 3:18-19,
and into the intimacy of Revelation 3:20-21.
“Consider this. I have taken My stand at the door and
am politely knocking. If anyone hears My voice and opens the
door, I will come in to him, and I will dine with him and
he himself will dine with Me.
“The one who gains the victory, I will give to him
(the privilege and honor) of sitting with Me on My throne,
as I gained the victory and sat down with My Father on His
throne.” Revelation 3:20-21 Wuest
This voluntary opening of the door is our invitation for
Jesus to commune with us, and to bring us into an experiential
union with the Godhead through His Holy Spirit - the oneness
that Jesus prays for in John 17.
Paul reminds us in Hebrews 7:25 that Jesus is able “to
save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and
for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him,
since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede
with Him and intervene for them.” Amplified
When Jesus cried, “It is finished,” it really
was finished for every human being throughout the ages. Nothing
was left undone. Absolutely every human need is provided for.
We have all things “in Christ” - freely given
to whosoever will. We are complete in Him. In Romans 8:2,
Paul tells us that “The law of the Spirit of life in
Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death.”
We are new creatures, beloved of God, living a new life in
a new realm, and of a different Kingdom.
For too long, the enemy has had a veil of blindness and deception
over not only the world, but the Church as well, obscuring
the perfect and complete salvation and relationship that can
be ours through Jesus’ death and resurrection. But God
desires us to see Him and know Him as He really is, and as
Jesus fully revealed Him. He is “our” God, loving
us beyond measure. He expressed His great mercy, grace, and
kindness by giving to and for us, His beloved Son - the very
life of Christ Himself. He has made us partakers of the covenant
in Jesus’ blood. The life He gives is perfect, abundant,
complete, nothing more to add.
His heart and desire for us, is expressed in His standing
and knocking at our doors. Our part is to open up and receive
Him. He calls us to come away with Him, and come into His
presence with faith, great expectation, and confidence; and
give Him access to the depths within – where “Deep
calls to deep” and the Spirit of the Lord quickens and
moves us into God, through Jesus - the Way, the Truth, the
Life, and the Door.
The invitation is out. The door is open. The Spirit awaits.
Will we turn aside and behold Him? Will we run after Him?
Will we dine with Him? Will we lay down our own agendas, and
sanctify ourselves to spend quality time alone with Him in
His chambers, in daily fellowship and communion, beholding
Him in the face of Jesus Christ?
It is time to throw off the grave clothes and tear down the
refuge of lies that Satan has sown throughout the ages. Too
many of us have been snared by these deceptions and have doubted
the goodness and loving-kindness of our Father God toward
us. We often have not understood the “utter completeness”
of the cross, and the fullness of our redemption and salvation.
But the veil has been rent; and as we approach Him, and as
we observe how Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection,
perfectly reveal the love of our Father, the veils over our
hearts and minds are pulled back.
Psalm 23 gives some great insights into David’s confidence
in his God to fully satisfy every need a human being could
have. In his God, there is no want. There is no lack. There
is an abundance of every good and perfect gift. Jesus came
to give abundant life for spirit, soul, and body. God gives
the same way He taught us to give – joyfully, pressed
down, shaken together, and running over, above and beyond.
We can come boldly to His throne of grace whenever we recognize
our need. There is no “want” that the cross did
not absolutely provide for – to the uttermost! No exceptions,
or prerequisites. It was freely given. The price Jesus paid
on the cross covers each one of us, totally – spirit,
body, and soul (mind, will, and emotions) – down to
the minutest detail, even to the number of hairs on our heads.
Will we ever comprehend the fullness and completeness of our
To each one of us has been given “the measure of faith”
needed to access the unlimited supply. Jesus is the Tree of
Life, which is available to all. He calls us, and waits for
us to come, so He can pour out. Let us open our mouths wide
in expectation, get filled, and let the springs of living
waters flow - God’s love and life and power flowing
As Jesus was the perfect expression of the Father in his
humanity, let us be ambassadors and extensions of His Life
in this earth, representing the Father more fully and accurately.
Let us take back dominion of our earth - establishing His
kingdom, living, moving, and having our being in Him. Let
us begin to give as freely as we have received, preaching
the Good News, healing the sick, casting out demons, cleansing
the lepers, and, yes, raising the dead – as an expression
of the love and compassion of our Father toward the people
He has created.
As we quiet our souls and the clamoring of our minds in His
presence, and “wait on Him,” we will receive His
strength to mount up with wings as eagles, to run and not
get weary, and to walk and not faint. His intention for each
member of the body is “wholeness” in union with
Him. We are to present the totality of our being to Him, as
temples to be filled with His presence, and as wells of living
water, springing up and flowing out to the thirsty.
It is critical in these days that we put our trust in our
God. He alone is the faithful covenant keeper. He is our Rock,
our Shield, and our High Tower. He is our sufficiency in all
things. As wickedness and treachery increase in this earth,
we need to know where our help comes from, and to be ready
to demonstrate and share the reason and source of our hope
This is the time to be dwelling in the secret place of the
Most High, under the shadow of His wings, feeding on Him,
beholding Him, learning His ways, and being clothed again
in His glory presence. Then, we will be equipped to distribute
heavenly substance on earth.