Message Six The Vision and Experience of Christ in His Ascension (3) Living with Christ in His Ascension as a New Creation in Resurrection to Engage in Spiritual Warfare for the Kingdom of God
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Scripture Reading: S. S. 4:7-15; 6:4, 10; Eph. 2:6; 6:10-12; Rev. 12:10; 11:15

S.S. 4:7 You are altogether beautiful, my love, / And there is no blemish in you.
S.S. 4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride; / With me from Lebanon come. / Look from the top of Amana, / From the top of Senir and Hermon, / From the lions' dens, / From the leopards' mountains.
S.S. 4:9 You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride; / You have ravished my heart with one glance of your eyes, / With one strand of your necklace.
S.S. 4:10 How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! / How much better is your love than wine, / And the fragrance of your ointments / Than all spices!
S.S. 4:11 Your lips drip fresh honey, my bride; / Honey and milk are under your tongue; / And the fragrance of your garments / Is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
S.S. 4:12 A garden enclosed is my sister, my bride, / A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
S.S. 4:13 Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates / With choicest fruit; / Henna with spikenard,
S.S. 4:14 Spikenard and saffron; / Calamus and cinnamon, / With all the trees of frankincense; / Myrrh and aloes, / With all the chief spices.
S.S. 4:15 A fountain in gardens, / A well of living water, / And streams from Lebanon.
S.S. 6:4 You are as beautiful, my love, as Tirzah, / As lovely as Jerusalem, / As terrible as an army with banners.
S.S. 6:10 Who is this woman who looks forth like the dawn, / As beautiful as the moon, / As clear as the sun, / As terrible as an army with banners?
Eph 2:6 And raised us up together with Him and seated us together with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,
Eph 6:10 Finally, be empowered in the Lord and in the might of His strength.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil,
Eph 6:12 For our wrestling is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, Now has come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ, for the accuser of our brothers has been cast down, who accuses them before our God day and night.
Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel trumpeted; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.

 

I. As those who love the Lord and seek Him, we are eventually called by our Beloved to live with Him in His ascension as a new creation in resurrec­tion—S. S. 4:7-15:

 
S.S. 4:7 You are altogether beautiful, my love, / And there is no blemish in you.
S.S. 4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride; / With me from Lebanon come. / Look from the top of Amana, / From the top of Senir and Hermon, / From the lions' dens, / From the leopards' mountains.
S.S. 4:9 You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride; / You have ravished my heart with one glance of your eyes, / With one strand of your necklace.
S.S. 4:10 How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! / How much better is your love than wine, / And the fragrance of your ointments / Than all spices!
S.S. 4:11 Your lips drip fresh honey, my bride; / Honey and milk are under your tongue; / And the fragrance of your garments / Is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
S.S. 4:12 A garden enclosed is my sister, my bride, / A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
S.S. 4:13 Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates / With choicest fruit; / Henna with spikenard,
S.S. 4:14 Spikenard and saffron; / Calamus and cinnamon, / With all the trees of frankincense; / Myrrh and aloes, / With all the chief spices.
S.S. 4:15 A fountain in gardens, / A well of living water, / And streams from Lebanon.

A. Christ expresses His appreciation of His lover to prepare her to receive His call to live with Him in His ascension as a new creation in resurrection—v. 7:

S.S. 4:7 You are altogether beautiful, my love, / And there is no blemish in you.

1. The new creation is only that which is in ascension and resurrection.

2. Anyone who is in Christ and in His resurrection is a new creation—2 Cor. 5:17.

2 Cor 5:17 So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, they have become new.

3. The matters of resurrection and the new creation are closely related to Christ’s ascension:

a. Actually, Christ’s resurrection and ascension are one—Eph. 2:5-6.

Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)
Eph 2:6 And raised us up together with Him and seated us together with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,

b. If we are in His resurrection, we are also in His ascension.

B. Christ asks His lover as His bride to look with Him from His ascension (Lebanon), the highest place of the truth (Amana) and of Christ’s victory in His fighting (Senir and Hermon), and from the heavenly places of His enemies (the lions’ dens and the leopards’ mountains)—S. S. 4:8.

S.S. 4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride; / With me from Lebanon come. / Look from the top of Amana, / From the top of Senir and Hermon, / From the lions' dens, / From the leopards' mountains.

C. As one living in ascension as a new creation in resurrection, the lover of Christ becomes a garden to satisfy Christ—vv. 12-15:

S.S. 4:12 A garden enclosed is my sister, my bride, / A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
S.S. 4:13 Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates / With choicest fruit; / Henna with spikenard,
S.S. 4:14 Spikenard and saffron; / Calamus and cinnamon, / With all the trees of frankincense; / Myrrh and aloes, / With all the chief spices.
S.S. 4:15 A fountain in gardens, / A well of living water, / And streams from Lebanon.

1. The garden is enclosed, and there is a spring shut up, a fountain sealed, for Christ’s private enjoyment—v. 12:

S.S. 4:12 A garden enclosed is my sister, my bride, / A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

a. This indicates that, in experiencing Christ, we, the seeking believers, must have something private, hidden, shut up, and sealed that is for Christ alone.

b. The spring is the Spirit of life and is seen in Revelation 22:1 as the river of water of life; the fountain is the source of the spring, which is God’s throne.

Rev 22:1 And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.

2. The lover of Christ grows all kinds of plants in different colors as different expressions of the inner life and in a variety of fragrances as the rich expres­sion of the mature life, producing fruits to nourish and refresh, giving forth sweet fragrances, and displaying beautiful colors for Christ’s enjoy­ment—S.S. 4:13-14.

S.S. 4:13 Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates / With choicest fruit; / Henna with spikenard,
S.S. 4:14 Spikenard and saffron; / Calamus and cinnamon, / With all the trees of frankincense; / Myrrh and aloes, / With all the chief spices.

3. The fountain in gardens and the well of living water of the life-giving Spirit are streams from the resurrection and ascension life (Lebanon); the foun­tain and the spring stream out from the overcomers, flowing out from what they are and from where they are—v. 15; John 7:38-39.

S.S. 4:15 A fountain in gardens, / A well of living water, / And streams from Lebanon.
John 7:38 He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39 But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

D. We live with Christ in His ascension by living in our spirit and by discerning the spirit from the soul—1 Cor. 6:17; Rom. 8:4; Heb. 4:12.

1 Cor 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
Rom 8:4 That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

 

II. As we live with Christ in His ascension as a new creation in resurrection, we engage in spiritual warfare for the kingdom of God—S. S. 4:8; 6:4, 10:

S.S. 4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride; / With me from Lebanon come. / Look from the top of Amana, / From the top of Senir and Hermon, / From the lions' dens, / From the leopards' mountains.
S.S. 6:4 You are as beautiful, my love, as Tirzah, / As lovely as Jerusalem, / As terrible as an army with banners.
S.S. 6:10 Who is this woman who looks forth like the dawn, / As beautiful as the moon, / As clear as the sun, / As terrible as an army with banners?

A. In ascension we look with Christ “from the lions’ dens, / From the leopards’ moun­tains”—4:8b:

1. The lions’ dens and the leopards’ mountains signify the heavenlies, where Satan and his subordinates (the lions and the leopards) are.

2. The victory has been gained, but Satan and his evil forces are still in the heavenlies; we must have our living in ascension, far above the evil powers—Eph. 3:10; 6:12.

Eph 3:10 In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,
Eph 6:12 For our wrestling is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies.

3. Here we fight with Satan and his power of darkness by being empowered in the Lord and in the might of His strength and by putting on the whole armor of God (vv. 12-20); this is the reality of living in the ascension of Christ.

Eph 6:12 For our wrestling is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies.
Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness
Eph 6:15 And having shod your feet with the firm foundation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16 Besides all these, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.
Eph 6:17 And receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word of God,
Eph 6:18 By means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit and watching unto this in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints,
Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known in boldness the mystery of the gospel,
Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I would speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

B. Spiritual warfare is necessary because Satan’s will is set against God’s will; our fighting is to subdue the satanic will and defeat God’s enemy—Matt. 6:10.

Matt 6:10 Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.

C. In order to engage in spiritual warfare, we must maintain the position of ascen­sion—S. S. 4:8:

S.S. 4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride; / With me from Lebanon come. / Look from the top of Amana, / From the top of Senir and Hermon, / From the lions' dens, / From the leopards' mountains.

1. The spiritual warfare mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-12 is based upon the position of ascension in 2:6.

Eph 6:10 Finally, be empowered in the Lord and in the might of His strength.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil,
Eph 6:12 For our wrestling is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies.
Eph 2:6 And raised us up together with Him and seated us together with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,

2. The position of ascension causes us to be victorious in battle because only inthe position of ascension can we have heavenly authority and pray with autho­rity to deal with God’s enemy.

D. Spiritual warfare is based on the victory of Christ; through death the Lord Jesus destroyed the devil, bringing him to nothing—Matt. 27:51-54; Heb. 2:14.

Matt 27:51 And behold, the veil of the temple was split in two from top to bottom, and the earth was shaken and the rocks were split,
Matt 27:52 And the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.
Matt 27:53 And they came out of the tombs after His resurrection and entered into the holy city and appeared to many.
Matt 27:54 Now the centurion and those with him guarding Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that happened, became greatly frightened, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Heb 2:14 Since therefore the children have shared in blood and flesh, He also Himself in like manner partook of the same, that through death He might destroy him who has the might of death, that is, the devil,

E. We engage in spiritual warfare to conquer the satanic chaos and triumph in the divine economy—Eph. 1:10:

Eph 1:10 Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;

1. The history of the universe is a history of God’s economy and Satan’s chaos—Gen. 1:1-2, 26; Rev. 20:10—21:4:

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Gen 1:2 But the earth became waste and emptiness, and darkness was on the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was brooding upon the surface of the waters.
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Rev 20:10 And the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where also the beast and the false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose face earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened; and another scroll was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by the things which were written in the scrolls, according to their works.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, each of them, according to their works.
Rev 20:14 And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
Rev 20:15 And if anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.
Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea is no more.
Rev 21:2 And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev 21:4 And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death will be no more, nor will there be sorrow or crying or pain anymore; for the former things have passed away.

a. Satan is the source of chaos, and God Himself is the divine economy.

b. Both in the Bible and in our experience, the satanic chaos always goes along with the divine economy—2 Cor. 4:6; 1 Tim. 1:4.

2 Cor 4:6 Because the God who said, Out of darkness light shall shine, is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
1 Tim 1:4 Nor to give heed to myths and unending genealogies, which produce questionings rather than God's economy, which is in faith.

2. Instead of delivering us from chaos, God wants us to be one with Him to conquer the destructive satanic chaos in the old creation and to carry out the constructive divine economy for the new creation—Eph. 3:8-10; 2 Cor. 5:17.

Eph 3:8 To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel
Eph 3:9 And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,
Eph 3:10 In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,
2 Cor 5:17 So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, they have become new.

3. As we are suffering the chaos, we need to stand for and live out the divine economy—1 Tim. 1:4, 18; 2 Tim. 4:7.

1 Tim 1:4 Nor to give heed to myths and unending genealogies, which produce questionings rather than God's economy, which is in faith.
1 Tim 1:18 This charge I commit to you, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you might war the good warfare,
2 Tim 4:7 I have fought the good fight; I have finished the course; I have kept the faith.

F. We need to engage in spiritual warfare for the divine building, the church as the Body of Christ; the building up of the church is a service of warfare—Matt. 16:18; Num. 4:3; 26:2; Neh. 4:15-23; 1 Tim. 1:18; 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7.

Matt 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Num 4:3 From thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, all who enter into the service to perform the skilled work in the Tent of Meeting.
Num 26:2 Take the sum of the whole assembly of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, by their fathers' households, all who are able to go forth for military service in Israel.
Neh 4:15 And when our enemies heard that their counsel was known to us and that God frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each man to his work.
Neh 4:16 And from that day half of my servants labored in the work, and half of them held the spears and the shields and the bows and the armor; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.
Neh 4:17 Those who built the wall and those who carried burdens took the loads with one hand doing the work and with the other holding a weapon.
Neh 4:18 And as for the builders, each had his sword strapped to his side, and so they built; and he who sounded the trumpet was beside me.
Neh 4:19 And I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated on the wall, each far from the other.
Neh 4:20 In whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, gather yourselves to us there. Our God will fight for us.
Neh 4:21 So we labored in the work; and half of them held spears from the start of dawn until the stars came out.
Neh 4:22 I also said to the people at that time, Let every man and his servant spend the nights inside Jerusalem so that they may be a guard for us by night and work by day.
Neh 4:23 So neither I nor my brothers nor my servants nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us took off our clothes; each had his weapon at his right hand.
1 Tim 1:18 This charge I commit to you, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you might war the good warfare,
1 Tim 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold on the eternal life, to which you were called and have confessed the good confession before many witnesses.
2 Tim 4:7 I have fought the good fight; I have finished the course; I have kept the faith.

G. The purpose of spiritual warfare is to bring in the kingdom of God—Rev. 12:10:

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, Now has come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ, for the accuser of our brothers has been cast down, who accuses them before our God day and night.

1. Spiritual warfare is the warfare between the kingdom of God and the king­dom of Satan—Matt. 12:26, 28.

Matt 12:26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
Matt 12:28 But if I, by the Spirit of God, cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

2. The kingdom of God is the exercise of the divine will and the overthrowing of the power of Satan by the power of God—6:10; 12:28.

Matt 6:10 Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.
Matt 12:28 But if I, by the Spirit of God, cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

3. The work of the church is to bring in the kingdom of God, and through prayer the church must release the power of the kingdom of God upon the earth—16:18-19; 6:9-10, 13; 18:19; Rev. 11:15.

Matt 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Matt 16:19 I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of the heavens, and whatever you bind on the earth shall have been bound in the heavens, and whatever you loose on the earth shall have been loosed in the heavens.
Matt 6:9 You then pray in this way: Our Father who is in the heavens, Your name be sanctified;
Matt 6:10 Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.
Matt 6:13 And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Matt 18:19 Again, truly I say to you that if two of you are in harmony on earth concerning any matter for which they ask, it will be done for them from My Father who is in the heavens.
Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel trumpeted; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.
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