The Perfection of the Saints: Three Steps
Three Steps To Perfection Through The Holy Spirit
Three Spiritual Steps Are Necessary If You Desire To Experience The Perfection of the Saints
God has set forth a three step progression, in His scriptures, as a pathway for mankind to come back into perfect fellowship with Him. By this I mean the full, unbroken, sinless fellowship that Adam enjoyed with God before the fall. This way involves three "steps" that were foreshadowed in the Old Testament by three main feasts which Israel kept, year after year, for generations. Each main feast that natural Israel held was a "type" and a "shadow" of a greater spiritual experience that we, in the church age, are able to experience so that we can grown into Christ. These spiritual experiences are distinct and necessary steps that, if embraced fully, can actually allow us to come "back" into the sinless perfection of the Garden of Eden.
"And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him."
This is an example of a man who walked with God in such perfection that God could no longer bear to be without him and so "caught up" Enoch into heaven without seeing death. This is a spiritual perfection that God means when He says that someone is "perfect in his generation." As it is written,
"These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God."
While, to be saved from the second death, it is only mandatory to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, if you wish to be "perfect in your generation" like Enoch and Noah, you must walk also with God as they did.
Step one: Salvation
Salvation is not a onetime event but an on-going process meant to bring believers back into full communion with their Father God. This is accomplished by first opening the way to communion through the salvation experience. When our sins are forgiven, God can again fellowship with us because He accepts the shed blood of Jesus Christ in place of our own. The price of "death" that we owed God for our sin has been paid in full by Jesus's death on the cross. When we accept his sacrifice and ask forgiveness for our sings, God imputes Christ's righteousness (counts as if were ours) to us. This is the only reason that we can commune with our Heavenly Father once again. You cannot go to heaven without doing this.
Step two: Holy Spirit Baptism.
Holy Spirit baptism is the same experience that the twelve apostles and the rest of the 120 experienced in the second chapter of Acts. When we ask to be filled with God's Spirit (which is the Holy Spirit) we allow God to take over (possess) our tongue. We speak as the Holy Spirit gives us the words. Most of the time we speak in an unknown language which may or may not have an earthly counterpart. The act of yielding, what the apostle Paul says is our most "unruly" member, is the first fruits of our obedience to God. Make no mistake about this, seeking the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not optional but a necessary step that you must take on your journey back to the Garden. Though you can be saved without being "Spirit filled" you will not be able to reach the perfection of the saints without the aid of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you.
Step three: Oneness with God
Oneness is the third and final experience that we can ask for and receive making it possible to become one with God. This is the Tabernacle blessing. Whereas we gave over only one part of our bodies, our tongues, to God when we were baptized with His Holy Spirit, we now allow God to possess our entire body. Thus it is written,
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
Jesus Christ experienced full oneness with God,
"Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:"
Therefore Jesus could say,
"Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; ..."
"I and my Father are one."
Perfection Comes Through Yielding To His Holy Spirit
Each of us can experience oneness with God, by the measure given each one of us and become part of the manifested (or revealed) sons of God. The sign of this experience is Divine Love. Since God is love when God fills us with His Spirit we take on His nature: love. Just as Christ was the express image and likeness of God, we, as the many members of his body, become, as a group, the express image of God also. The body of Christ completes and lifts up Christ as our head. This is what is meant by the "perfection" of the saints spoken about in the book of Ephesians. As it is written,
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:"
"No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us."
1 John 4: 12
To Become Part of the Perfect Man of Ephesians You Must Become One With God
In conclusion, what I have told you is a present revelation of God. Very few have come into the Tabernacles blessing as of yet but it is the next great move of God's Spirit. Divine love is what held Jesus to the cross of Calvary when he could have called more that twelve legions of angels to free him. It is the most powerful force in the world because it is God Himself in us. It is something to be sought after with as much prayer and supplication as we asked to be saved or filled with His Spirit. This experience is not optional if you want to mature into the stature and fullness of Christ. This experience is absolutely vital if you want to be part of God's elect during these last days. And lastly, this experience is a "prerequisite" if you wish to partake of "that blessed hope" and and be caught up to meet Jesus in the clouds and be kept out of the great tribulation.