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Church Age: The Age of Flesh
Understanding the Dual Currents of the Kingdom
[Ed. Note – this article written among the first of this ministry in 1988 contains the seed thoughts of what became the more expansive 2005 article titled Concluded in Unbelief. It is also companion to the article The Two Currents of Kingdom River and its themes re-occur in various other articles on politics and purified identity.]
The Church Age will be remembered as the Age of Flesh. The Church Age was given to prove that flesh and blood cannot bring in (“inherit”) the Kingdom of God. The visible activity of flesh and blood in the surface current of Church history is given to us as a witness of what NOT to do, how NOT to live—a negative contrasting image against which the saints may exercise into faith, thrust into contact with invisible spiritual reality (It is the insufficiency of flesh life—within ourselves and at large in the body—that negatively testifies to us of the positive invisible reality into which we are to press.)
All the positive benefits that openly manifest in the surface current of history are the result of the cumulative spiritual efforts of those who have abandoned their support of the surface current to invest in the hidden undercurrent of spiritual Reality. It is by the maturation of that undercurrent that the Kingdom Age is ushered in. This occurs at that point in time when spiritual development in the Church Age reaches a critical mass whereby it overpowers and swallows up the surface current of flesh activity.
The hidden spiritual current will eventually displace the flesh as the flesh current reaches its own critical mass of corruption unto self-destruction. The point at which the ascending hidden current and the descending surface current cross paths and reach co-incidental “critical mass’ is that point at which ages change, the Kingdom Age takes over, and Christ appears to return in glory.)
What should be our personal response to this reality? Answer: We should be labouring toward that point of “critical mass” in our own lives where our spiritual development will swallow up our fleshly inadequacy. We should be taking advantage of our observations of personal and corporate fleshly inadequacy to invest in the hidden undercurrent flow of Spiritual Reality on its way to ascendancy, both personally and in history.
Surface current history reflects the tension between those who opt to invest in fleshly reality on purpose, those who do so ignorantly—and those who have opted to move out of the surface current (with respect to whatever level of development they may be.) Ideally, it should not take too many times of ignorant encounter with investment in surface history before we make that definitive change of direction and opt from that point to invest toward the undercurrent of Reality.
Again, we must make no mistake. It is the hidden undercurrent of spiritual reality, though at present unseen, that is on the ascendancy. What positive benefits that appear in the surface current are accrued cumulatively over history because of the activity of Spirit of the hidden current—not the fleshly current.
It is because of this deceptive appearance that we are at first deceived into throwing our energies into direct support of the surface current. We naturally credit apparent surface blessing to surface activity. But the reverse is true. The hidden current activity of Spirit is the cause through its silent influence in history of all the blessings that appear in the surface current at any given point in Church history.
By contrast, it is the fleshly devotion to the positive benefits of flesh and spirit which appear in the surface current that is responsible for the cumulating corruption of religious idolatry in the surface current to its descendancy and ultimate demise.
For all this, the surface current of flesh church history is a scene of absolute chaos and churning waters of strife, dissension and idolatry. It is a current designed for the separation of those who are devoted to it from those of a good heart who learn against its mistakes.
(Again however is the balancing factor—Those who learn against the surface current are still subject to it by divine ordinance whereby they must submit to blessing that appears through it unto their own further hidden development—even though the ultimate source of such blessing is itself hidden. It is by this that God keeps hidden current people in sufficient contact with surface current people to give them change to repent direction and to otherwise testify against them at the last day.)
written at Greenville, South Carolina
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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