This moment in time is like no other. We have never been here until now, so what I write feels like what I can imagine the New Testament writers felt while penning their epistles. Ideas of love and law expressed in their experience in the Old Testament were so different than what was appearing on the scene during the fullness of Pentecost. (Yet, while this new thing has now had time to stir in our midst, there has still been this knowing sense of... in and out of grace; in and out of fellowship with God; in and out of the Spirit, etc...) But something had definitely changed for them! The writers were seeing something different in the 2nd heaven. They could not refer to their Greek literature or the Septuagint for understanding because it was not previously known.
So when the Spirit of Revelation began processing love and law differently to them, I’m sure they felt like they were in uncharted waters. So it is with this same sense that I am trying to pen what I perceive and am experiencing: “Love in the 3rd heaven”! I know that God doesn’t work in dark corners, so I am sure others are hearing some of the same kind of things. I just haven’t read or heard some of what I write herein. So, please, set aside your dictionaries and concordances. You are not going to find this there. Just listen and hear what the Spirit is saying. This is not something anyone will be taught. It can only be caught.
So, please don’t be too hard on me. I am pressing in every day to SEE what we can possibly see. I believe we are tapping into some of the things that Paul said he saw in the 3rd heaven. In the realm Paul lived in here, this 3rd heaven was unspeakable... BUT ... full of glory!
I have hidden away these past few months and so much has been given to me concerning Love, but I want to constrain myself to write just an introduction on this subject and keep it brief.
I am specifically writing this to the brethren who already understand that there are three realms of Spirit or heavens so if you are reading this article and do not understand this, questions may be directed to:
Other articles that expound on this subject will also be posted on this same site soon.
Your friend, Bonnie
EXPERIENCING LOVE in the 3rd HEAVEN
(Heaven: A realm of Spirit)
This law is not a dead letter but a living relationship law that embodies Christ’s own character and life and is all inclusive in His sermon on the mount. He is the “LIVING” (verb) sermon. Please read Matthew 5:1-12. The amplified version is awesome here. Notice everything as a verb! You can see by what you read, it is all about relationship.
John 1:1 In the beginning the Word was God and the Word was with God. This too speaks of relationship, showing us Who He Is: “I Am that I Am”! There was action going on; a discourse taking place; an interacting exchange of ideas. This was also demonstrated in the words: “Let us make man in our image.” This image is a living image; this image is Love, denoting relationship.
Love fulfills the law that condemns. While experiencing love in the 2nd realm was far greater than anything experienced in the law, it also created some heartache. When we read (past tense) the rest of Matthew 5, we put ourselves in an even greater bondage trying to “DO” what it says because somehow we thought it was explaining a “Higher Law”; a holier standard to keep and then the expectations got even greater. If it were somehow a Higher Law or standard to keep, it would only spawn greater bondage. The point Jesus was making was this: (You will recall He was speaking to Old Testament Saints who were puffed up in their law.) Romans 2:17 – Behold, thou art called a Jew and rest in the law, and makest thy boast of God.
Paul even said of himself: “Touching the righteousness which is in the law, BLAMELESS”. Outwardly, he did it...Jesus was explaining the true depth in meaning of the Old Testament law. He exposed how full of sin they truly were. The way they always perceived it gave them cause to glory in themselves. The scriptures in Matthew 5:12-48 have not been understood in its context! Thus, we see one of the reasons the beat has continued to go on and on and the controversies, backbiting, debate, competition, expectations and “do every thing right attitude” has continued to prevail in this realm. Please read the rest of Matthew 5. See what I mean? In the 2nd realm, we still continued to try to “DO” all these things, not understanding that Love (God) fulfills all these things. We even “TRIED” to perform the love mentioned here. How sad is that!!!
In the 3rd heaven there is no need of a standard that causes expectations in performance. There is no debate in realm 3. There is no competition here. All these things are finally understood as temporal and without spirituality. The only race that was ever spiritual in the first two realms was the race we faced with ourselves to win over our carnal mind. Scripture says that men who compare themselves among themselves are not wise. Love in the 3rd realm demonstrates the relationship of the brethren as “The Word was God and the Word was with God”. I had so much to overcome to hear the word of the Lord on this because I was raised in a home with 5 siblings. We were bowlers. All I knew was competition and debate. From the time we were very, very little, we were taught this.
I can just see Love wiping His brow saying: “Finally, you believe at last”. He’s also singing: “AT LAST MY LOVE HAS COME ALONG”. (HA!) (I have many, many, many to thank, who, along the way, painted on the canvas of my heart. This painting brought me to my present day relationship with Love. Mostly, I thank Love who so patiently guided me.
So, progressing ones... Love in the 3rd realm means shedding the old light! When the light in us has become darkness, oh how great is that darkness!!! To try to keep eating from that which has become dark... is a real killer!
Romans 8:2 – For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death!
This is the animated or living law, by which the Holy Spirit is the Imparter of revelation. You can easily see relationship here by your own experience. Holy Spirit comes to uncover Love and continues to reveal and reveal and reveal Love to us. Holy Spirit is ever close and personal! Holy Spirit is not called “The Comforter” for naught. The reference to Him as Comforter further indicates relationship. Holy Spirit brings and attends every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Love, albeit compassion or revelation. This law brings us into each dimension of relationship and freedom.
James 2:8a – If you fulfill the Royal law according to the scripture ...
This living relationship law is Royal in the majesty of its greatness of character, out of which, if it did not exist, neither would the other 2 that we are considering here. This is the law of Love: Every attribute or virtue of God’s nature! This is the nature that Governs by serving others. This Royal, governing nature denotes a submissive relationship amongst the brethren in the 3rd heaven. (Submit ye, one to another out of respect for God) There is complete union here. This Love is a verb. This Love is always a verb. This Love has always been a verb, but in the first 2 heavens, we could not see it, but it is the same Love in all realms. When the 3rd heaven fully comes, the I Am that I Am will have brethren who clearly see True and Living Love. Love will have brethren who engage in interaction perfectly. Not only with Him, but with each other! Love will have brethren who have the ability to lift. Love will have brethren who echo: “I do only what I see my Father do!” This brethren, will see His full image in one another because they know Love fully. Love will fully manifest as a verb. AND..... then the world will know that God sent Jesus!
This is my experience. This is not a set of facts. This experience came by way of relationship. Freedom??? It will become full.
DO YOU HEAR HIM SINGING?
“AT LAST....MY LOVE HAS COME ALONG”