by Ryan Wyatt
Continuing on from Part 1, it is important to reiterate the fact that Jesus Christ did not come to earth in the form of a human just so people could be born again and one day go to heaven when they die. That thought is a very watered down version of the Gospel. The Gospel that many of us heard at our moment of salvation was probably something like, simply give your heart to Jesus, read your Bible everyday and be faithful to a local church. That certainly wasn’t the Gospel that Jesus preached. Many people’s idea of salvation is that they now have their bus ticket to heaven so when the moment of death comes along they are assured a seat on the bus bound for heaven.
God’s idea of complete salvation is not just having an assurance of going to heaven one day, but rather being saved enough to bring heaven to earth now! This was Adam’s original mandate that he forfeited in the garden after disobeying God. I think Jesus was serious when he told us to pray: “Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).
Jesus Christ was sent and lived His life as a prototype of what is possible and available for each one of us as believers. Jesus lived His day-to-day life out of the intimate voice of God and carried His kingdom, the supernatural realm of heaven, on the earth with miracles, signs and wonders following Him.
Jesus came to birth a “New Breed” on the earth and restore the Kingdom of God to them. This new breed is a remnant of people recklessly abandoned and in love with their God, who through intimacy destroy the works of the devil, and bring the realm of heaven to earth daily. This new breed would carry the very DNA of God within them and continue the mandate originally given to Adam to fill the earth with the Glory of God.
Adam was the first prototype of an entire human race. As I stated earlier, when Adam sinned in the garden and became corrupt, he corrupted every human being that would come after him because all human beings come from the seed of Adam. The Bible separates all of humanity into two categories: “In Adam or in Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:45 says this: “So also it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul.’” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
The meaning of this scripture is that Jesus Christ came as the “last Adam” because, like the first Adam, Jesus would be the prototype of a new breed. Jesus birthed a new “man” on the earth who would carry the DNA of God within them and continue the mandate originally given to Adam and fill the earth with the Glory of God.
When Jesus was born Satan panicked because all of the sudden he was seeing another perfect Man on the earth just as Adam was before his fall. Could Jesus birth a new race of people that could carry on the mandate of God in the earth? Satan probably looked at this situation and wondered how this would happen when there was no perfect woman on the earth to help birth a new race. Nevertheless, Satan panicked and immediately decided that he would have Jesus killed! Satan operated through Herod to kill all male children under the age of 2 in hopes of killing Jesus and stopping this new race from coming into existence (Matt. 2:16).
What Satan did not realize is that Jesus had no intention of birthing a new species of human in a physical sense. 1 Corinthians 2:7, 8 says:
“But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Satan fell right into the plan of God by having Jesus crucified. The plan of God was that Jesus be crucified, raised from the dead, and become a life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45) to birth a new breed “in the spirit”. God would give humanity an opportunity to be born again, or “born from above” (Jn. 3:3–6). The Lord had no intention of birthing a new species of human beings, but rather coming in and living within human beings thereby making them different from any other human who ever walked the earth. Human beings would be granted the opportunity to be born a second time, but this time they would be “born from above,” in the spirit, and have the very DNA of God within them!
Jesus stated His earthly purpose in John 12:23, 24:
“But Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.’”
Jesus compares Himself to a grain of wheat. He says that if a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies that it will produce many more grains of wheat, just like the first grain. Jesus died and rose from the dead so he could birth a new breed that would be just like Him.
Colossians 1:18 calls Jesus the “first born from the dead”: He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.
Jesus is the first born from the dead and He is the beginning and the head of the church, or the new breed. By dying and rising from the dead Jesus became the fulfillment of a new prototype of a new breed that would be just like Him.
Romans 8:29 says: “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren.”
BORN OF GOD
Born again believers are the brothers of Jesus and the very offspring of God. Let me make this point clear: we are not God but we are sons of God. If you are born again, you are not just adopted by God. You are literally born of God and you have His DNA within you! The Bible says that you literally have the seed of God within you:
“No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God” (1 Jn. 3:9 ESV).
“for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Pt. 1:23).
AS HE IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD
Jesus clearly states in the Word of God that we will do greater things than He did (Jn. 14:12). The Bible also states in 1 John 4:17b that: “as He is, so also are we in this world.”
If we are to be in this world just as God is “right now” and we are to do greater works than Jesus did, then let’s take a look at the way Jesus lived. In John 3:13, Jesus says: “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven” (NKJV).
One interpretation of this would be that no one could ascend to heaven, or be in heaven, unless they first came from heaven. Jesus is saying, as he stands on the earth in front of Nicodemus, that He is also in heaven at this very moment. How could Jesus be both on earth, standing in front of Nicodemus, and also be in heaven at the same time? He stated this as a fact because He came from heaven. The fact that Jesus came from heaven gave Him right to be in heaven at the same time as standing on the earth, as a man. Just as the first Adam lived in two realms at one time, connected to God before the fall, so now Jesus is stating that he lives in two realms at one time as the last Adam. The death and resurrection of Jesus provided us with a way to be “born from above” and become heavenly citizens. We are seated with Christ in heavenly places even while present on this earth because we have been born from above. We also have access to the heavenly places just as Jesus did while He walked the earth.
WE ARE THE GATEWAY OF HEAVEN ON EARTH
In Genesis 28 we read of an account where Jacob encountered an open heaven. He laid his head on a rock to sleep for the night and had an encounter where he saw a ladder set up on the earth reaching into heaven. He saw angels ascending and descending on the ladder and he saw the Lord standing at the top of the ladder. Jacob came out of the experience and marveled at how awesome that place was and said that this place is the house of God and the gateway of heaven.
How does Jacob describe the house of God? He describes the house of God as being a place where the gate of heaven is open and the angels ascend and descend and the Lord looks on with a watchful eye. According to Jacob, the house of God is a pretty incredible place! Where is the house of God today where the heavens are open? The Bible says you are the temple of God (1 Cor. 6:19).
Where is the gateway of heaven on earth today? The answer is found in John 1:51: “And He said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you shall see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.’”
In this scripture, Jesus says that the heavens are open over Him and the angels ascend and descend upon Him. Jesus is telling us that He is now the heavenly ladder that Jacob experienced in the wilderness. Jesus is basically saying that He is the gateway of heaven on earth.
I believe one of the greatest truths of the Bible that will explode within the hearts of this end-time generation is the truth of Colossians 1:27: “to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
God is trying to get us to a place of really understanding who we are. The church is having an identity crisis. When the people of God begin to realize that the purpose of Jesus on the earth was to birth a new breed of people who would carry the DNA of God within them and bring heaven to earth daily, we will begin to live with purpose. When the people of God begin to realize their identity as the very offspring of God and that as He is right now, so are we in this world, the church will begin to shake the nations with the power of God.
We are the house of God where the heavens are open and we are the gateway where heaven touches earth because Jesus Christ lives within us! The greatest revival to ever touch the earth lives within each and every born again believer. When the church realizes this, then we will fulfill the mandate of “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Abiding Glory Ministries
About Ryan: Ryan Wyatt is the Founder and Apostolic Team Leader of Abiding Glory Ministries, which incorporates the Abiding Glory Apostolic Base and The Habitation (their local fellowship of Believers), both headquartered in Knoxville, TN. The burning passion of Ryan's heart is to help prepare and equip an end-time Army of Believers who will be raised up to establish and advance the Kingdom of God. Ryan releases the glory and power of God everywhere he goes through a strong prophetic and miracle-healing anointing with many instantly healed and delivered in his meetings. Ryan, his wife Kelly, and their three sons live in Knoxville, TN.