how shall they preach, except they be sent?" Romans 10:15a
And he gave
some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,
pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of
the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 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 fulness of Christ:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried
about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth
in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even
Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by
that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in
the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying
of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:11- 16).
There is a season in which the body of Christ
will come into perfection called in the above scripture the perfect man. In this
article, I want to address who and what is this perfect man as to the state of
glory as pertaining to the church. Many believe that the body of Christ is
already perfect, sitting as a queen who shall see no sorrow of birth pangs, who
is clothed with all manner of precious jewels, decked in purple and scarlet.
Notice her spirit in these following verses as it is the whore or apostate
church which was in truth, but turned her back on it, for it would have better
for her not to know the way of truth than to turn from it. Such is the case of
Mystery Babylon, the city of self will and desire working miracles out of
sorcery, beguiling unstable souls as she is carried upon a scarlet colored
beast, coming in Jesus name only to edify their own selves in gain, trafficking
in the souls of men, buying and selling them for hire. Again, notice her spirit.
How much she
hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and
sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no
widow, and shall see no sorrow. (Revelation 18:7).
He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory,
so is this church that revels in self rather than glorifying God, having no good
works that glorify God. The good works that glorify God are only done by the
mature church as the perfect man as we shall discuss later in this article. She
states that she is already ruling as a queen married to Jesus and states that
she shall see no sorrow of birth pangs, for she declares that there is nothing
else to come, no higher realm of faith or glory.
And the woman
was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and
precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of
abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead
was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:4,5).
She preaches the King of Kings as depicted in
wearing of purple, and Jesus crucified as portrayed in her wearing of scarlet as
the blood, but she cannot wear the heavenly blue, as she will not confess that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, the only Lord God Jehovah; that is, Jesus the
divine Man. The blood is her hand is not the blood of the New Testament, but is
the blood of abominations and filthiness of her adulteries, missing the mark of
truth in the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. She does not have the mind of
Christ having Jesus name as the Father written upon her forehead, but rather the
name of herself as the adulterous church, being lifted up in her own pride and
self will, working miracles by spirits of this world rather than the Spirit of
God. The man she serves is the man of sin, counting gain as godliness, having
the love of money and things of the natural, but missing the spiritual things of
good and truth. It is here that we will attempt to show the vast difference
between the church in general and the perfect man caught up to God and to his
throne, having the eyes of their understanding opened, the perception of Jesus,
being changed into the same image and likeness.
The things of faith are spiritual knowledges of
good and truth, being enlightened by the Holy Ghost. These things are the very
truths of faith of the real spiritual rather than the earthly temporal. We will
turn our focus to faith.
Now faith is
the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Jesus had many things to tell the disciples before he ascended to heaven after
he had walked and instructed them for three and a half years, saying that the
disciples could not bear these things of faith at that time. But the Comforter,
the Holy Ghost as the Spirit of Jesus would lead them and guide them into all
I have yet
many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when
he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for
he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall
he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for
he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16:12-14).
These are things of spiritual knowledges of good
and truth that are opened to seeing by the eye of faith; that is, the believers
perception of the length, width, height, and depth of Jesus; which extend to the
four corners of the earth, being the whole spirit, soul, and body of the
But as it is
written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the
heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by
his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of
God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man
which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the
Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but
the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are
freely given to us of God. (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).
These things again are knowledges of good and
truth shown by the Light which is the way that ultimately gives life in the
believer. These things are of faith and must be known by the believer in order
to know Jesus, the Savior of our souls. These things are now being revealed as
to the Person and word of Jesus as the substance and evidence of spiritual
things in the heavenly realm rather than the worldly, earthly realm. Therefore,
John in the book of the Revelation begins with the knowledge of these things
that shall shortly come to pass; not in relation as to time since there is not
time in the spiritual, but the certainty of these things being real and not
temporal; that is, spiritual states of knowledges of these things bringing the
believer from faith to faith, and from glory to glory, until we are changed into
the same image by our perception of Jesus, even as by the Spirit of the LORD
Life is generated by three things in man:
doing; all by the Holy Ghost. All of these
areas are spiritual, not natural.
For example: the temple of God was opened in
heaven, for the things of the real being spiritual are then manifested in the
earthly realm in order to reveal knowedges of good and truth. Then was seen in
spiritual perception by faith the ark of his testament, the testimony of Jesus;
a believer must be heavenly minded and be there in spirit in order to brought to
it in perception. Notice there were:
lightnings = seeing which is the
and voices = instructions;
and thunderings = hearing and
understanding which has many levels or depths; and
an earthquake = earth
being the world, that is shaken which being moved in both perception and
understanding by faith separates the righteous from the wicked.
The doing of
these things is of the will by love, charity being love acted upon placing the
believer in the flow of the blood as present truth being the
Jerusalem having the name of
Jesus verses the whore church who believes that she has already arrived and is
perfect with Babylon written upon her forehead.
If ye then be
risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ
sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above,
not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1,2).
Affections then are placed upon things which are above depicted in the Word by
beasts of the field and fowls of the air. Some beasts are clean (holy) and some
are unclean (that cannot be eaten or will bring forth sickness and death). These
beasts are affections that are portrayed in the Word as to strength, quality,
condition, size, and kind. For example, there are four living creatures that are
before the throne in the celestial or perfect man: lion, ox, man, eagle. But
there are many other beasts as well mentioned that are in the temple which
contains the are of his testament (church) that are clean as well; turtledoves,
bullocks, sheep, etc.
Just as there are knowledges of good and truth, there are knowledges of evil and
lies. Knowledges of evil and lies both live in and fly upon the earth (mankind)
as affections such as dragons, bears, leopards, snake, etc. These are just as
powerful in affections in the evil man as the good and true affections in the
spiritual man; the only difference these affections bring forth death.
The author here basically sees the church as a spiritual man still striving in
battles to obtain to the perfect celestial man. For it is a pit and a snare for
saints and ministry alike to become at ease in Zion, being totally complacent,
believing that they have need of nothing, replacing passions for Jesus for those
of the world; money, avarice, greed, jealousy, envy, jealousy, hate, etc. Any
one of these evil passions work against our affections which is the heat that
produces growth from the perceptions and knowledges of Light, blinding the
person as to any higher states of glory to be obtained in the Lord Jesus. We see
this in the church of Laodicea below.
And unto the
angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the
Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of
God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou
wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold
nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am
rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest
not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and
naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou
mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that
the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with
eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:
be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and
knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to
him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will
I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set
down with my Father in his throne. (Revelation 3:14-21).
It is important to see that these things were
kept back from these believers because of their slothful contentment concerning
spiritual things of faith. God requires works in keeping and doing these things
of faith in order to be a man with his eyes of understanding open, otherwise,
the church believes it has need of nothing, saying she is rich and increased
with knowledges of good; not knowing that she is in a miserable state being
wretched, miserable, poor as to truth, blind to these knowledges, and naked not
having been clothed in present truth as life flowing from the throne, new and
fresh daily as our daily bread necessary for sustenance.
Now we will turn to man or Adam as an example of various states of glory.
Focusing upon man as Adam, everyone knows what a man is; that is, a Homosapien
in the phylum Primates. Most see man as a man, case closed, with no greater
revelation than that of the common man. But the whole Word from Genesis to
Revelation is a picture of a man who is Jesus when laid out in temple form.
Man in the spiritual pure essence is Jesus Himself, the heavenly Man, the Word,
being synonymous with the Word, the Son of man being the same essence as Man.
The Man Jesus is the Word is the divine Man, the Son of man all being the same
Lord Jehovah, God Almighty. This is the man; who has the preeminence, the
preeminent man. This Man has the preeminence from which all other men are
measured; he is the pattern for all to govern themselves after. This is the
highest glory of Man who is none other than the Lord Jesus Himself, the God of
Then there are three varying levels of man:
the external man of the world, learning only by the physical realm having
natural affections, understanding, and perception; this is the earth in the
Word as he was formed from it and goes back to it in a sunken state of
glory; Ichabod, for the glory has departed; here today and gone tomorrow.
In the spiritual sense, the earth is mans external and the heaven is mans
internal, being the spirit. In mans first stage, the earth is covered
totally by water, man being drowned and held captive by death in sin. But
the Holy Ghost moves upon the man and a choice is made allowing man to go to
the next step in glory if he hears and obeys the Holy Ghost.
a man that is in a different higher level than just a man, although he still
is man by definition. He has heard and obeyed God, thus starting a work in
him of the Holy Ghost having been given the power to become a son of God.
This man is becoming a son of God through faith; learning the true things of
God rather than temporal things of the world which are naturally seen which
puts him in a battle in overcoming the things of the world obeying the
things that are not seen by faith. This man learns by affections being set
upon things that are higher, putting his spiritual perception or eyes of
understanding upon Jesus by faith, but still does not realize that there is
a higher level of glory to be obtained; compelled to go higher in
realization of higher glories by the Lord Jesus himself. He battles and
fights the good fight of faith striving for knowledges of good and truth in
order to please the Lord.
perfect man: This man is in the image of Jesus, not just in
image alone, but in his likeness as well; an actual testimony as an ark of
the covenant being a totally submitted vessel of the Spirit. The celestial
man is led in all things by the Spirit of God, having throne room perception
and understanding by faith. This man does not rejoice in the knowledges that
he has acquired, but in the doing of these knowledges; known and called in
the Word of God as the remnant of the woman's seed that keep the
commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus.
Most think that we as the collective body of
Christ are here currently as become perfect, manifested sons of God, having
already arrived in the revelation of the Son of God. Most denominational and
organizations believe that knowledges of good and truth alone are sufficient
before God, not realizing that the Lord Jesus "has not found our works perfect"
in becoming a celestial perfect man. After the Lord allows us to fall being
lifted up by him again, only then does one begin to come to perceptions of grace
that is alive and working in and through us by the Spirit of grace. It is in
this state alone that a believer comes to realize that there is nothing of us
and by us, but all of and by Him. All things in the individual believers of good
and truth are brought forth by him, for him, and through him alone. The
spiritual man mentioned earlier does not necessarily know this, but thinks that
it is by prayer, fasting, reading, seeking God by his efforts that knowledges
are revealed in works. However, it is in this celestial state of man that there
appears a higher consecration by love; love prevails and happiness or true joy
sets in the spirit of man as the sabbatical rest.
The Word mentions the man who delights himself
in the Lord, God gives him the desires of his heart. It is the "delight" which
alludes to "affections" which the spiritual man delights in knowing what is good
and true, while the celestial perfect man delights in doing what is good and
true called works of faith, or faith made perfect. This is the primary
difference between the spiritual man and the celestial. No delight and joy can
be truly found without well doing: thus this person hears the Lord Jesus say
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant" not "Well understood", for this
celestial man has done the works of God, not just understood them by perception.
Notice how Jesus focuses upon the works as he admonishes the church to come to
perfection in these last days.
I know thy
works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear
them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are
apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars. (Revelation 2:2).
I know thy
works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know
the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the
synagogue of Satan. (Revelation 2:9).
I know thy
works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou
holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days
wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where
Satan dwelleth. (Revelation 2:13).
I know thy
works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and
thy works; and the last to be more than the first. (Revelation 2:19).
And unto the
angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the
seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that
thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and
strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have
not found thy works perfect before God. (Revelation 3:1,2).
I know thy
works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can
shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and
hast not denied my name. (Revelation 3:8).
I know thy
works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or
hot. (Revelation 3:15).
What is the Lord Jesus looking for and desiring
of his body? He is looking for the celestial man, the perfect man bringing forth
perfect works; this is the faith that works by love; faith made perfect by works
of charity. What if the church does not bring these forth and does not heed the
admonition of the Lord? Read it for yourself. God will have a people, his church
that will bring forth the manchild of Revelation 12 as the celestial man
caught up to God and to his throne, not only having the perception of faith, but
doing those things and proclaiming the truth according to the will of God. This
is the church that has come to a perfect man, the celestial man, unto the
measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Nothing less will do.
As to the living creatures of four beasts before
the throne of God, these are the affections of the celestial man that has eyes
or their understanding opened, being before and behind. They see things
celestial that others dont see because they have not progressed unto a perfect
man. They see and understand these things or knowledges of good and truth that
must be hereafter, in a state of glory, not in relation to natural time. Jesus
is seen in perceptions as one; One that sat on the throne. He was to look upon
like a jasper, the white stone on the last tribe in the breastplate of judgment
being that of Naphtali meaning my wrestling or the cross. They understand
the meaning of the cross, but more than that, they operate in a crucified life,
death working in them that the life of the Lord Jesus would be made manifest in
their mortal bodies. They have the works of the cross and can say with Paul, do
not trouble me anymore, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
When this celestial state of glory is reached by a believer, then the perception
faculty is augmented to receive more distinct and deeper perceptions rather than
general perceptions. If the spiritual man becomes complacent not realizing there
is greater faith, going from faith to faith in perceptions, going from glory to
glory, then the believers perception becomes more obscure and darker in the
place of that which was clearer and begins to vanish away. In each generation of
the church, this is the case as the younger generation holds only to perceptions
held by the former rather than coming into perceptions of good and truth
personally, causing a darkness as to true revelation which by virtue causes the
Lord Jesus to intervene with a shaking or earthquake in order to shake that
church which is about to perish. If the Lord did not do his work in the last
days, no flesh would be saved, but he does it for the elect's sake.
It is only in the celestial perfect man who has love perfected is life then
experienced, thus having the life; life ushered in by the way and the truth;
life flowing in perception in the distinct knowledges of truth. Thus this state
in the celestial man has perception by faith, the eyes sharpened to that of an
eagle having life flowing by love in action (charity), life brought forth in the
performance of use; knowledges of good and truth being acted upon by love; from
use, by use, and according to use; no life except by use. The knowledges of
Jesus by perception of faith coupled with love in doing yields the man in the
image and likeness of Jesus unto a perfect man; thus love perfected and Jesus is
pleased for his names sake, due to finding the believers works perfect.
It is this authors belief and opinion that any doctrine that does not hold to
going from faith to faith, and glory to glory, at best is a deceit and snare
upon the body of Christ in coming unto perfection, unto a perfect man, unto the
measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ for the reasons that I will
The believers that have the testimony of Jesus, the spirit of prophecy have that
life which is not in the spiritual man alone being worked out by the battle of
faith, but in the celestial perfect man that is pleasing to the Lord Jesus.
Therefore as to time being natural as to history or past tense in the state of
the natural man, time is natural; to the spiritual man, time is spiritual, to
the celestial man, time is celestial. As to the spiritual and celestial, there
will different distinct perceptions, both true; but the celestial or perfect man
being caught up to God to his throne will see deeper truth in the various states
of being; because there is no time in eternity, both the spiritual and the
celestial man will see time as a state of being, not a time in relation to
When a believer is asked a question as to the reason of their faith, the Holy
Ghost has to be primary as to responses in teaching and preaching; for someone
to be a minister is not quoting scriptures or a sermon from notes, but the
Spirit leading as to feeding the man in the state that he/she is in as to
receive the word; it is put forth in the Holy Ghost as to where this man or for
that matter a congregation is in respect to perception. The table as to depth of
perception comes into consideration which must be answered only in the Holy
Ghost, for a spiritual man may or may not be able to perceive that of the
celestial; or for the greater part of the church in my opinion, does not even
know that this state of the celestial man is necessary to the Lord, to be found
perfect in spirit, soul, and body at his coming, having had their works found
perfect by the Lord. The believer or preacher/teacher that does not do
accordingly, being led of the Holy Ghost, leads the person, laity, or
congregation only in dead letter rather than life.
The thoughts are mine,
Dennis A Beard