In the previous two articles we saw by revelation both the fall and restoration of mankind through Christ in two simple verses which open up the kingly book of Psalms. In today’s article we will see by the spirit of revelation of the glorification of man in (Ps.1:3) as we close out this series. I pray this has been a blessing to you.
PSALM 1:3 / RESTORATION IN THE GLORY
“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”
In this verse we see the full restoration of mankind, which includes the resurrection and glorification of mankind in and through the glorification of Christ Jesus, the firstborn among many brethren (Rom.8:29). Jesus entered through the gates first to lead many sons and daughters into glory with him. Once He led the way, sons and daughters began to follow him, some even through heavenly experiences before they passed on to glory from this life. One such son of glory was John the Revelator, the apostle of the Lord who wrote the Revelation of Jesus Christ on the island of Patmos. Here’s some of what He saw when He was walking through glory with the Lord:
1 “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.â€
Revelation chapter twenty-two is the last chapter of the bible. It represents the climax of the ages, the epoch of God’s achievement, and the full restoration of both mankind and creation. Notice the similarity between (Psalm 1:3) and these verses. David writes in (Psalm 1:3) that after you overcome the counsel of the ungodly (Ps.1:1) and have been restored through Christ to delight in God, His word, and His ways (Ps.1:2), that you are ready to be planted like a tree by the rivers of water. Once you are planted (which speaks of being eternally secure in Christ), David writes that you will bring forth your â€œfruit in its season” and that your â€œleaf shall not wither; and whatever you do shall prosper” (Ps.1:3). Where is the only place that the leaf does not wither and the trees bear fruits every month of the year? Where is the only place that a tree’s “due season” for fruit bearing is year round? The answer is Heaven, as revealed in (Rev.22:1-5). David is describing the heavenly scene of (Rev.22:1-5) in (Ps.1:3), and relating it to the sons and daughters of God who find eternal security in the salvation and redemption of Christ. We have the hope that one day every tear will be wiped away and we will no longer know seasons of leanness, seasons of lack, and seasons of death, like the seasons that this life brings during this dispensation. We will know what it’s like to be fruitful year round and to never experience lack and death again! Our leaf shall not wither, and whatever we do will prosper! This is part of the hope we carry in Christ as the sons and daughters of God!
JESUS’ STANDARD OF HEAVEN ON EARTH
“9… Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.â€
“No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.”
In closing out this series I wish to share with you a revelation I received concerning the Lord Jesus Christ in studying the story of Him cleansing the temple on His way to the cross.
As you can see from the scriptures above, Jesus’ standard was heaven on earth. There are no sick people in heaven, there are no diseases in heaven, there are no crippled people in heaven. Because He carried the will and purpose of the Father in His heart, to bring this realm and reality to the earth (Matt.6:9-10), He implemented this will and desire of the Father everywhere He went as He healed the sick, cast out demons, cured people of their diseases, and raised up the lame and crippled.
Even further than this, the bible actually reveals that Jesus was living in two worlds at the same time, and that He was conscious of both worlds as He walked the earth in human form. Read the words of (Jn.3:13) very closely. Jesus was conscious of both realms while on the earth having His human experience, and He was also conscious of his positioning. The bible says that we are “seated with Christ” (Eph.2:6) presently, right now, “above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” (Eph.1:21). Can we come into the same level of consciousness that Christ walked in while on the earth in human form, not only to perceive the heavenly realm and reality through the prophetic, but also to operate from that authority we have coming from that realm, seated with Christ presently at the right hand of the Father? I believe we can and we should, and when we do we will come to have the same reactions toward fig trees that Jesus did! Let’s read together!
11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.
12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.
13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.”
And His disciples heard it.
15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple.
17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.
19 When evening had come, He went out of the city.
20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.”
So the question is, why was Jesus displeased with a fig tree for having no fruit on it when it was not the time for fruit to be on it? The answer is found in (Jn.3:13) & (Rev.22:1-5). Because Jesus was living from the heavenly realm and it’s reality while on the earth, his standard was heaven. In heaven the trees bear fruit year round, and everywhere Jesus went on the earth He expected heaven to come to the earth. That’s why He expected everyone healed everywhere He went, because in Heaven everyone is whole. That’s why He expected the fig tree to have fruit on it, even though in the earth it was not the time for fruit bearing. It was because the fig trees that Jesus was familiar with in heaven bore figs year round! Isn’t that powerful?!
Only in heaven is (Ps.1:3) possible, to bring forth fruit all the time, to never see your leaf wither, and to prosper in whatever you put your hand to! This is the destiny for those who live in Christ, for those who follow him and call him Lord. But the question I have for you today as I leave you with this revelation is this: “How much of heaven can you experience now while on the earth?”. Jesus experienced heaven on earth, not just as God, but as a son of God, who lived to pave a way for many others who would be begotten after Him through the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a life as an example for sons and daughters who found redemption in Him, who would begin their journey from glory to glory in this life! How deep can we journey into the glory realm this side of eternity? How much can we taste of that tree of life now, that tree that Adam forfeited through standing the counsel of the ungodly in the garden? I believe as much as we have faith for, and as much as we step into it by faith now! Accept nothing less than heaven’s standard for your life, and watch as heavenly prosperity and heaven’s life overtake you everyday!
In His Service,
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