The Age was changed to the new creation
By Passing through four places
Gilgal – Bethel – Jericho – the river Jordan
2 Kings 2:1 -15
Gilgal was a place where God’s people dealt with their flesh (Josh 5:2-9) The children of those who came out of Egypt had not been circumcised, indication that their flesh had never been dealt with. When they crossed the Jordan to begin fighting to gain the good land, they first dealt with their flesh by being circumcised at Gilgal.
In Genesis 12, when Abraham came out of Chaldea (giving up the world) and came to Bethel, he built an altar to offer everything to God. This indicates that Bethel is the place to give up the world and turn to God absolutely, taking God as everything.
Elijah then led Elisha to Jericho. The first city that Joshua and the people of Israel had to defeat when they entered into the good land was Jericho. Jericho signifies the head of God’s enemy, Satan.
Finally, Elijah and Elisha went to the river Jordan, which signifies death. The New Testament baptism, putting people into death, began from the Jordan (Matt. 3:5-6, 13).
In order for us to be raptured like Elijah or receive the power of the Spirit like Elisha, and in order for the age to be changed from the Old Testament to the New Testament to the New Testament IN OUR EXPERIENCE, We must:
(1) Deal with our flesh by the Spirit of life (Gal. 5:16-17, 24),
(2) Give up the world and turn to God by the love of the Father (1 John 2:15-17),
(3) Defeat Satan through the word of the Son (Rev. 12:11; Matt. 4:4)
(4) Pass through death to die to the self by the power of resurrection for the Body of Christ (Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 3:10; Matt. 16:24)
Furthermore, we must “tear our clothes into two pieces” (2 Kings 2:12), indication that we no longer treasure what we are or what we can do (cf. Matt. 16:24)
Through all these steps we enter into a new age of the new creation, the age of God’s New Testament economy is grace, which is God doing everything for us by giving Himself to us as our enjoyment (John 1:1, 14-17)
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