Praise God we have come to the fourth experience of Elisha, that great prophet of God with determination to press on till the fullness of Christ.
Let us proceed to our Scripture Reference: 2 kings 2:1-15 to buttress our point of discussion.
Verse 6-7: “And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And the two went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.”
The prophets arrived at Jordan and stood by the great river. Jordan typically means a place of baptism into death (Matt. 3:5-8); a place of dying to self; a place of resurrection into newness of life (Rom. 6:3-7). At Jordan, Elisha passed through the experience of death. Today, the end-time army of the Lord shall be a company of people who shall submit themselves to death experience of the flesh.
Gal.2:20: “I am crucified with Christ…not I but Christ liveth in me…”
John 12:24: “…Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
We are here been brought into a great lesson for every child of God. We need the experience of dying to self. The cross of Christ must wrought in us an utter destruction of the sinful nature of lust, lying, anger, bitterness, wrath, slander, gossip, backbiting, intemperance, disobedience, spiritual slothfulness, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lasciviousness,strife, emulations, envying, murder, reveling, heresies, adultery, fornication and such like.
We must bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in our lives daily. These include:love,joy,peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,meekness, faith, temperance
A Christian may experience Gilgal (salvation/separation) but is still not dead to self. He may experience Bethel (God’s revelatory gift) but is never dead to self ask Jacob. A Christian may be walking in the realm of the miraculous (Jericho) but still be living in bondage to active sin and self-life. Until self is dead by surrendering yourself to the discipline of the Holy Spirit, you cannot be effectively useful to God. Jordan is the way to God’s fullness of life. In order to reign with Christ, you must go through Golgotha experience. Golgotha is a place of the skull—death; a place where you lose your head; a place where the soul is brought under the dominion (discipline) of the Holy Spirit. We must go from Gilgal unto Bethel, from Bethel unto Jericho, from Jericho unto Jordan, and from Jordan unto the fullness of God.
CROSSING OVER UNTO THE OTHER SIDE
Verse 8: “And Elijah took his mantle and wrapped it together, and smote the waters and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground” .
Let us crossover to the other side for God’s fullness. The fullness of Christ brings us into a realm of unlimited possibilities, a realm where death itself shall be dealt with death blow and be swallowed up in victory. Death could not hold Jesus Christ captive in the grave. So it cannot hold Him captive in our lives. Right now we are at the very verge of the fullness of Christ—the manifestation of the sons of God—the day of the Lord. Let us press hard unto this fullness of Christ.
May we be found worthy to be part of a people being prepared for divine purpose at this end-time. Amen!