The pathway to the throne
by Pieter Kirstein
Understand the road and pathway of the overcoming church of the first-born.
Romans 8:28 And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.
29 For whom He foreknew, He also foreordained to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren:
30 and whom He foreordained, them he also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.
…then earlier in the same chapter we read, 6 The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God:
17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified with Him.
So we see that becoming a mature, reigning and overcoming son constitutes suffering.
It involves a taking up of a personal cross and a dying to self. Dying to, laying down, resisting, uprooting and a laying the ax of judgment to the root of the fallen fleshly sensual and devilish carnal nature in man, the earthy man, the rebellious wise in its own eyes fallen Adam who’s only focus is in this life and within this temporary earthly realm.
The fleshly man pursues his own gain because his treasure is within himself. He is pre-ocupied with the things of this life without any eternal goal, vision or desire and the ways of the Spirit offends him because it requires wholehearted agreement and consecration to God.
To become a mature, victorious overcoming son one must subject oneself to the training school of the Holy Spirit.
One must be willing to sacrifice whatever resists the raising up to function from the heavenly realm as a mature manifested son.
We are called to be seated with Christ but so few are willing to pay the price. So few, only a remnant will be functioning from the seat of the overcomer, from the position that was made available unto every believer because most are caught up in their own agendas, in their own schemes, those in comparison with God’s scheme of things that fall short because of their ignorance.
Does the scripture not say in verse 28 of Romans 8 to them that are called according to His purposes, to them that allow themselves to conformed to the likeness and image of the first-born Son, Jesus the Christ, not a church or some religious organisation.
God’s authority and glory comes at a price. It’s not a matter of fun and games and carnal pursuit. It’s a matter of living a seperate life, a consecrated life and a hidden life.
It constitutes a life who’s eternal goal, delight and pleasure is to please God alone. It is a challenge to be embraced to become a mountaintop dweller because God created us to live our lives in constant pursuit of Him.
How can you live and dwell in His heavenly mountain if you refuse to led go of your golden calves of fleshly pursuits or carnal desire?
Few there be today who understands the power of the circumcision done by the Spirit of God.
It’s a cutting away of that which is earthly, fleshly, sensual, carnal and devilish. It involves yielding oneself to the agenda plan and purpose of God for their lives by which lives are changed and eternity is impacted.
When a person stays ignorant of the journey of the cross to the throne of the overcoming sons of God, even though saved, then be sure that the god of this world shall be successful in stealing your crown.
Was this journey or pathway not clearly portrayed in the life of Jesus then demonstrated in the life of the Apostle Paul?
We read in Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (come into agreement with His ways)
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took on Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.
9 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given Him a name which is above every name:(glory comes through suffering)
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Now please notice the great price which Christ had to pay to receive such honor from the Father then in our arrogance do we think it is any different for us?
Did Christ not say in Matthew 10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord?
Nobody can preach the throne and crown of victory bestowed upon God’s overcoming sons without the journey it takes to get you there.
What earthly empire or kingdom places an immature, rebellious and undisciplined child in a position to be a functioning heir?
Do we think God to be less intelligent than men?
God’s overcoming sons goes through strict and intense training so that the Father can entrust to them a kingdom realm of operation through His sevenfold Spirit.
These are personally raised up and trained by the Lord in a specific manner. They are commissioned to walk in and operate out of the governmental structure of the Father’s kingdom.
It’s through this corporate body of victorious sons that God shall take back creation which shall be liberated from the bondage of corruption.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creation was not willingly subjected to vanity, but because of Him who subjected [it] on hope
21 that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
These have made themselves of no reputation just like their eldest brother Jesus and they are very familiar with the blueprint and pattern of Christ being wrought out in them through the training and discipline of the Father.
They understand the Isaiah 53 walk that says, 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 4 Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was on him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He has poured out His soul to death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Now notice in verse 12 that the Father divides Him a portion with the great, He shall divide the spoil with the strong because Christ poured out His soul to death.
This clearly speaks of the personal price He had to pay to be crowned with glory and honor. It speaks of the glory to be shared amongst His fellow brothers of overcoming sons.
He instructed His disciples in how to become one of the great ones in Luke 22:25 And He said to them, The kings of the nations exercise lordship over them. And they who exercise authority on them are called benefactors.
26 But you [shall] not [be] so: but the greater among you, let him be as the lesser, and he who governs, as [one] who serves.
27 For which [is] the greater; he who reclines, or he who serves? [Is] it not he who reclines? But I am among you as He who serves.
28 You are those who have continued with Me in My trials.
29 And I appoint a kingdom to you, as My Father has appointed to Me,
30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Remember the scripture in Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.
Also in the life of the Apostle Paul the Lord God portrayed the same pattern when he wrote in Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but rubbish, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;
(the pathway through one’s personal cross into full resurrection, into glorified life)
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
There is a resurrection that must take place in this final generation within God’s corporate body of overcoming sons and daughters of which Yeshua refers to as the Spiritual rapture spoken of in Revelation 12. This kingdom shift will be the fulfillment of the firstfuit manifested sons and daughters that shall be sent into the harvest field spoken of in Joel 2 and 3 and Revelation 14.
Now understand the principle of being made an overcomer according to 1 Corinthians 15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Though foolish one, that which you sow is not made alive, except it die:
This means that one must answer the personal call made by Christ in Matthew 10:37 He that loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
38 And he that takes not his cross, and follows after Me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for My sake shall find it.
Here we can clearly see, discern and understand that there is a price to be paid to be counted worthy of Him, to be counted worthy to share in His glory. You must die to your own ways in order for His ways to live.
You must lose and be willing to sacrifice the lower earthly life to be raised up to the heavenly. The seed of your personal life must be sown into the kingdom purposes of Almighty God to be counted worthy to reign with Jesus Christ as a functioning heir.
Did Christ not so clearly and distinctly proclaim as our first-born forerunning brother in John 10:23 The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. 25 He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.26 If any man serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serves Me, him will My Father honor
If we suffer with Him we shall reign with Him, If we embrace and answer the call of the cross and be made conformable to His death we shall share in His glory.
Please notice the pathway He had to take to be raised up into a glorified position. This is also why Jesus made the following statement in John 17: 10 And all mine are yours and yours are mine; and I am glorified in them
Mark 4: 26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knows not how.
28 For the earth brings forth fruit of itself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full grain in the ear.
29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
This means as soon as the seed of your surrendered life is sown through a self-sacrificial cross into the eternal purposes of God He can bring forth the harvest of your personal life.
God wanted a family so He planted a seed (Jesus) into this earth and we are the fruits of that sacrifice.
Now in this end of days the Father will continue the principle of a sacrificed seed through the bride of Jesus Christ as He brings forth the end-time harvest of souls.
They shall be authorised with God’s authority over the nations. Revelation 2:26 And he that overcomes, and keeps My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to pieces: even as I received of My Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star.
As an end-time kingdom forerunner I can testify to these realities because in 2011 at the end of a 12 day government fast I was given the morning star to proclaim the beginning of the Day of the Lord.
The Lord’s day does not suddenly break in upon this final generation because it’s a progressive dawning, especially through the blowing of God’s kingdom trumpets that will unleash His judgments to put down the misrule of Satanic inspired and controlled men.
We are now in the progressive dawning of the kingdom age, of the powerful rising of God within His victorious sons. Therefore a shaking of all things shall commence as the Lord Himself comes to challenge the foundations which men have built upon.
The corner Stone shall come forth to strike the foundation of every Satanic empire according to Daniel 2:34 a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image upon its feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them: and the stone that struck the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
This mountain is none other than the eternal kingdom of God. As the Father said to me once, “I have a kingdom and I want to advance it through My sons. ”
There will be a marriage between heaven and earth, between Christ and His overcoming bride to bring forth the end-time harvest of souls. Her seed has been sown, she has paid the price and God will bring forth a harvest of righteousness within the earth.
Isaiah 61:6 But you shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: you shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall you boast yourselves.
7 Instead of your shame you shall have double; and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.
8 For I the LORD love justice, I hate robbery with a burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 And their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the descendants whom the LORD has blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
The Christian walk is an overcoming walk. It is a constant pursuit of the God who sits enthroned between the Cherubim, the God who sits at the top of the Jacob’s ladder.
Our goal should be to become a Bethel unto God. An earthly tabernacle pitched in the heavens. Hebrews 8:
1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
Hebrews 12: 22 But you are come to mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things that that of Abel.
25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaks from heaven:
The problem however is that most Christians do resist God’s voice that speaks from heaven. Most are ignorant of the price that must be paid to be honored by the Father and be placed in a reigning position.
Remember what we read inIsaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has poured out his soul unto death.
Now notice the 3 things that qualifies a person to be declared an overcomer in
Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death.
Why do so many religious church going people always quote stuff out of context in the Bible and not speak the whole counsel of God?
Many say we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony but then they leave the third part out that must be appropriated, experienced and embraced or else they cannot be considered as overcomers.
Can anybody give another person’s testimony?
The word of God does not give us the right to make claims when there is no experience of God’s truth. It does not say that we overcome because Jesus died on His cross, shed His blood and gives testimony on our behalf.
You must deny yourself take up “your own cross” and follow Him in obedience to the point of death, to the point where you have allowed Him to work His victory into you. No personal cross, no personal testimony.
The church needs to wake up to the reality of the gospel or many victors crowns shall be lost. God said to me that the crown is worth the cost. If Satan cannot steal your salvation then be sure he will succeed in stealing your eternal crown by causing you to live for yourself. This is why alot of Christians exclude their own personal cross in the false testimony which they give by saying; “we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony ”
WHAT ABOUT THE THIRD PART THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDED TO MAKE SUCH A CLAIM?
1. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,
2.and by the word of their testimony;
3.and they loved not their lives unto death. (speaking of their own cross experience)
No cross, no glory
1 Peter 4
1 Since therefore Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin;
2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, so that we may be also glorified together.
Matt 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
His cross saves you from sin – salvation
Your cross delivers you from sin to make you an overcomer – The victors crown
His cross forgives your past but your cross heals your past through the process of sanctification.
The Holy Spirit said the following about the overcomers;
1. The call of the cross is to follow Christ.
2. The suffering of the cross is to die to self.
3. The purpose of the cross is to live for God.
4. The glory of the cross is to reign with Christ.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death.
1.Focussing on the overcoming power of the Lord’s blood. These have embraced the ministry of the redemptive work of the Holy Spirit by the blood of the eternal covenant. A covenant that seals the marriage between Christ and His beloved bride in death through the working of the cross and the ministry of the blood. She continued with the Lord in His trials, being faithful, and through the cleansing power of the furnace of affliction she has been given a new heart. A heart in total submission to God, a heart according to Isaiah 48:10 and 11 that will not touch the glory of God. These devoted one’s lives have been redeemed by the power and the working of the blood in that their souls are completely cleansed, healed and delivered of earthly defilement and by way of surrender are seated in heavenly places living a life hidden with Christ in God. Those who don’t appropriate the blood by turning away from their sins are trampling it underfoot according to Hebrews 10.
2.Focussing on the testimony part: They overcome by the word of their testimony means that their whole lives have been conformed to the power, the truth and the reality of the Lord’s gospel. Their lives testifies of the reality of the overcoming truth because of their experience and faithful witness to the truth. In other words they become expressions of the Lord’s truth and victory. No experience of the truth, no testimony and experience comes through obedience by applying the truth. If what you speak is not a reality in your life to which you can testify then my friend you are a false witness. Jesus even clearly says this in John 15, speaking of His true followers and disciples that will bring forth and manifest the fruits of His gospel. 27 And you also shall bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. This is speaking of intimacy.
3.Focussing on the loosing their lives unto the death of self means that they, by revelation of the Spirit, saw, tasted and live in the experiental reality of a heart that has been conquered by the love of God. They esteem being wholly devoted to the Lover of their souls far above any earthly gain because they have discovered, through the sacrifice of all, the Lord their God as the only satisfying factor, experience and reality in their surrendered lives. Therefore the god of this world and all of his carnal fleshly lures have lost their power to intice these devoted ones to draw them away because they perceive what this world has to offer as a total obstacle and hindrance through the eyes of love. Their desire is that there must be no interferance to their devotion to Christ because the truth and power of the cross has unlocked the joy and the freedom of His love in which is no earthly desire. The love of God is a burning passion and desire and a drive toward the Lord and His agenda and not toward fleshly temporary things. By abandoning all they have gained Christ and there is no greater treasure and desire fulfilled than this. They did not love their lives unto death means that they are become the Lord’s love slaves by being slain through the death of their personal crosses and through His redemptive work that was allowed in their surrendered lives they are now being raised up into a victorious rulership position in Christ as overcoming sons and daughters.
Pursue God, deny yourself, lay down your life to serve the nations in the love of Christ and do not allow Satan to steal your victors crown.
Be as the the Apostle Paul that can give faithful testimony of the crown of life.
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.