GREATER GLORY RESERVED FOR YOU
By Dan Luehrs
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5 (NASU)
There is a full salvation coming to the people of God in these last times that we are living in, which the church knows little of and is unprepared to receive it by faith because so little has been taught on it. This is a complete deliverance from all sin and death that the Bible promises us, all we have to do is lay claim to it as our own by faith. Just as when we were saved by faith through the blood of Jesus, when He was presented to us and we received Him in our heart so that we were born again. Then when we heard of the baptism of the Holy Spirit we received Him by faith and were filled with the power of God. But that is not all of what God has for us! According to Peter we should be looking for and having faith for a full deliverance from our fleshly nature and to be changed into the likeness of Jesus.
Peter says that we are to have a living hope for this change to take place in us just as when we were born again.
HOPE THAT IS ALIVE
Biblical hope means to eagerly expect it to happen to you. Peter goes even farther than that, he says that hope is to be alive in us! Let me ask you, is there a living expectation in you to receive God’s full deliverance from this body of death? If yes, great news, but if no, ask the Father to give you the revelation of these glorious truths so that you do not miss out on what He has for you in the times that we are living in. For now is the time to receive this! Some Christians just think it is going to happen to them like magic or something without them even having to apply their faith to receive it. But let me ask you, how would that have worked for salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit for you? We could not have received salvation unless we were told of it, nor could we have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The full deliverance that we are speaking of is also called, the revealing of the sons of God. The Father is about to show the church and the world His hidden ones that He has been preparing since the beginning of time through His Son, Jesus. They will now come forth in His likeness, power, and glory.
This is our inheritance, it has been hidden away for us to claim as our own, for this is the hidden mystery that God has hidden away from the professing religious people and intellectuals. They may think that they can figure it all out, but they are totally unprepared for what God is about to do in the earth. God is about to shock and awe the nations with His glory through His people!
Jesus is the world’s hope and great expectation, yet because of His great love He has chosen to reveal or unveil Himself through the manifest sons of God.
For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory about to be revealed in us; for the earnest looking out of the creation doth expect the revelation of the sons of God; for to vanity was the creation made subject — not of its will, but because of Him who did subject [it] — in hope, that also the creation itself shall be set free from the servitude of the corruption to the liberty of the glory of the children of God. Rom 8:18-21 (YLT)
This is the hope and expectation of God that creation be set free from all sin and death through the unveiling of the sons of God. What this means to me is, God has chosen a few people, young and old before the beginning of time that He is first going to set free from all bondage of sin and death. Then when they have been fully prepared with grace and glory He will release these hidden ones into the earth to first deliver mankind and then all of creation into the fullness of His glory.
WHEN WILL WE RECEIVE THE FULLNESS OF GLORY?
So that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:7 (NASU)
When will we be able to receive this greater glory? When God sees that we are ready to handle the weightiness of His glory, otherwise it will crush us, but if He has prepared us through our trials we can have confidence that we have the grace to carry the glory. It’s when we have paid the price to follow the Lamb wherever He goes and have received the gold of His character having been tried by fire. Our trials that are so difficult will result in praise, glory, and honor! These trials that we go through have been allowed by God to conform us into the image of His Son, which is the likeness of God. Our trials are to be celebrated rather than being shunned because God has chosen us to sit on His throne of power with Him. Now that is saying a lot!
WE ARE PROTECTED
…Which inheritance has been laid up and is now kept guarded in safe deposit in heaven for you who are constantly being kept guarded by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in a last season which is epochal and strategic in its significance. 1 Peter 1:4-5 (Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest)
When we are ready for our full inheritance God will give it to us here and now, but because we are not ready for it, He protects us from it, until the time we are. It would be like giving a teenager a one million dollar inheritance and telling him not to waist it or it’s like giving him a racing car for his sixteenth birthday! We all know that very few grownups could handle that kind of money and power, let alone some young person. God has the right timing for us, it is strategic and significant in God’s kairos timing.
I believe when Peter says that this full salvation and deliverance is for the LAST TIME, he was not just talking about the end of the church age, but when the full maturity of the believer is coming into the last stages of growing into the likeness of Jesus. It is much like a person growing from childhood into adulthood. Years of life on earth do not mature us, some young person can be more mature than a much older person. No, true maturity is measured by our likeness to Jesus and no one else. Over and over Peter speaks about the grace that is going to come to us at the unveiling of Jesus.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 (NASU)
Grace is the power and provision from God to be made into the likeness of Jesus, because we cannot do it on our own, it has to be the power of the Holy Spirit that makes us into His image and not our strength or wisdom. This is, a now word for us, having the full unveiling of Jesus will mature us like nothing else will. Every move of God that I have been part of has left a deposit in me of more of God, this “last time” outpouring will catch us up to where we need to be in the glory to manifest His likeness to the world.
God’s glory already fills us because we have Jesus in our heart, He is the fullness of the Fathers glory! So what we are waiting for is already in the Spirit of God and is reserved just for us as was salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which God had given to us when we asked for them. But the fullness of God is a little different, this comes through knowing God’s character through our trials and tribulations.
Let me give you an example of maturity. When you go through suffering of any type do you get mad at God and accuse Him of wrong doing? This proves that we are not ready for the greater glory. Do you see, if we are not like Him we will use the greater glory to hurt others rather than to help them. Our reaction to suffering should be to praise the Lord in the midst of it because He is working His nature in us, our trials are the fire of God working in us! “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NASU) And may I add, READY AND PREPARED FOR GLORY!
We rejoice in the receiving of greater glory, but it is when we can truly rejoice in our heart that God has entrusted us with trials to prepare us for glory. Suffering is for our good, not bad. “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials.” 1 Peter 1:6 (NASU). Are you seeing this, IF NECESSARY, that we are troubled by trials? Please hear me, it is necessary that we all have trials because we are all born into sin and rebellion and only going through hard things seems to prepare us for the glory that we are to to carry into the last battle, which is now upon us. We cannot make it through without carrying God’s glory to aid us and protect us in battle.
WE ARE CARRIERS OF HIS GLORY
"I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.” John 17:22 (NLT)
We the church are now the carriers of the Fathers glory. Meaning, we carry all the fullness of God within just as the manifest presence of God was on the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. We will manifest that same glory in the earth as God did with Israel in the wilderness and in Solomon’s Temple. We are the third and last temple that God will ever construct to reveal His glory!
Until the time of His manifest presence through us He will be working in us, to strengthening us in our trials. The fact is, we will not make it through them without His presence and in the process of our trial being changed into His image as we are going through it.
There is enough power within one believer to change the world and universe around them. Jesus said the power within Him could move mountains! Do you have any mountains that need moving? You have the right amount of dynamite to change things in prayer. Peter knew of this glory within himself. “The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed.” 1 Peter 5:1 (NKJV). Do you see how Peter says that he already is a partaker or a sharer in the glory that is going to be unveiled. The glory is already in us, it just needs to be unveiled in God’s kairos time, which is now upon us.
And these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. Rom 8:30 (NASU)
Are you called of God, meaning, are you saved? Are justified by the blood of Jesus, meaning, do you know that all your sin is washed away from the time of birth to your death? Your answer should be a big YES! So then we must know that we are also glorified in Christ Jesus. Meaning, we are carriers of His glory now and not just when we get to heaven someday.
The Lord gave me this word,
“The past and the future now converge at the crossroads. That which has been spoken will now come to pass. For now is the time of My outpouring when the fire of God will fall, there will be awe, shock, and wonder at what I am doing. Know that you have been prepared for this day of the manifest sons of God. Know that the enemy has tried to hinder and stop what I am about to do, but he cannot stop it, nothing can. For the birthing of the manifest sons of God will now come forth in glorious fire that will change this city and the nation around it. For now is the time, do not get discouraged for I am with you in the fight. Be ready, be prepared!”
Now is not the time to be discouraged, but be encouraged because our Lord is about to march forward with His army to destroy all the works of the enemy and to establish His kingdom in us, His body and then the world. Prepare for battle!!
GROANING AND SUFFERING IN HOPE
We know that until now, the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth; and not only it, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons — that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free. Rom 8:22-23 (CJB)
Every pain that we suffer spiritually, emotionally, and physically is a groaning within us that is crying out for full deliverance of this body of sin and death. The whole of creation is suffering and is crying out to be freed from this present death that we live in and around. Death and sin is not of God, He did not create it, but Adam chose it over the life and freedom of God. The Father has allowed creation to suffer and groan in hope or expectation of the day when the sons of God would mature and manifest the likeness of Jesus to set the world free into God’s glory even as they have been set free. This day is now upon us!
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Rom 8:24-25 (NASU)
We have been saved in hope or expectation to see full deliverance of our sinful nature, and not just we ourselves, but that WE are to set all of creation free from this present death. Let me ask you, are you tired of seeing all the children suffering starvation, sex trafficked, and aborted in many countries of the world? Then you are the right candidate that God is looking for to set creation free.
And if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds). 2 Peter 2:7-8 (NASU)
If this verse explains your heart toward all the sin and violence that is going on in our world, God wants to set you free of death, to set the world free. A drowning man cannot save a downing man, first we must be delivered, then we can deliver the world. We must believe for it, hope for it in great expectation of faith to see the world set free.
Rick Joyner has had a prophetic word for our day, "To infinity and beyond." This means that we can live and expect to receive anything that we can believe for. I don’t know about you, but I cannot think of anything greater to believe for than to receive the fullness of Jesus and to set creation free. You are God’s chosen one!
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