I Am a Creator Created to Be Creative & Create

By Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler

 

As of today, I will be starting a new series that deals with our identity in Christ and in the Father. A few weeks ago I did a survey where I asked my social media community how my ministry at Ricardo Equips can best serve you. I gave a list of the five specific ways that I could best serve you.

 

Those five options were …

 

  1. How to read, understand, and apply the Bible
  2. Learning Your Potential in Christ (a topic on identity and the image of God–Christ in you)
  3. Learning Your Authority in Christ (a topic on the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and the purpose of the whole church on earth)
  4. How to know if you are called to Church Leadership
  5. How to start your ministry

 

Though how to read, understand, and apply the Bible won that a survey, a handful of people replied with a progressive order of how Christians should grow.

 

Since I have begun to work on the how to read the bible phase with a new upcoming book (because I did a second survey and everyone wanted it as an eBook/pdf) titled Know ALL Parables: How to Study, Unlock, and Understand the Bible, the next phase would be to learn your identity in Christ. So that’s what we are doing with this message post series.

Today’s Word study comes from Genesis 1:1-2, which says,

 

“In the beginning God created the heaven[s] and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (KJV).

 

“First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.” (The Message).

 

One of the coolest truths I’ve ever learned from the Bible is the idea that God created little ole me to be just like Him—to be His son like Jesus! That is soooo awesome! I don’t know about you but I think that is mind-boggling that the purpose I was created was to be, think, say, and so the same things that God did; to be, think, say, and do as Christ did.

 

Some of my favorite verses in the Bible that reveals this is:

 

“And saying is God, Make WILL WE [a continuing action–it’s a process] humanity in Our image … and CREATING [a continuing action–it’s a process] is God humanity in His image.” (Generation 1:26a & 27a, Concordant Literal Old Testament).

 

“Ye [‘ye’ means ‘all of you’] therefore shall BECOME [it’s a process] perfect [Gk: ‘Complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); completeness:–of full age, man, perfect’] even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48).

 

“The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect [Gk: ‘To complete thoroughly, repair or adjust:–fit, frame, mend, (make) perfect, perfectly join together, prepare, restore’] shall be [it’s a process] as his master.” (Luke 6:40).

 

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to BECOME [it’s a process] the SONS OF GOD …” (John 1:12).

“For whom He [GOD] did FOREKNOW [Gk: ‘to know beforehand, foresee:–foreknow (ordain), know (before)’], He also did PREDESTINATE [Gk: ‘to limit in advance, predetermine:–determine before, ordain, predestinate’] to be [it’s a process] conformed [Gk: ‘jointly formed, similar:–conformed to, fashioned like unto’] to THE IMAGE [Gk: ‘A likeness, statue, profile, or representation, resemblance:–image’] of HIS SON, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did PREDESTINATE [Gk: ‘to limit in advance, predetermine:–determine before, ordain, predestinate’], them He also CALLED; and whom He called, them He also JUSTIFIED [Gk: ‘to render (show or regard as) just or innocent:–free, justify, justifier, be righteous’]: and whom He justified, them He also GLORIFIED [Gk: ‘to render (or esteem) glorious:— glorify, full of (have) glory, honor, magnify’].” (Romans 8: 29-30).

 

“Being confident of this very thing, that He [God] which hath begun a good work in you WILL PERFORM [Gk: ‘To fulfill further (or completely), execute; undergo:–accomplish, do, finish, (make) (perfect), perform’] IT [it’s a process] until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6).

 

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, NOW [right NOW] are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, WE SHALL BE [it’s a process] LIKE HIM [‘also celestial bodies, raised in incorruption, raised in power, raised a spiritual body, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit, the second man is the Lord from heaven, and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly, we shall ALL be changed, the dead shall be raised incorruptible, must put on incorruption, must put on immortality’ (1 Cor. 15:40, 42, 43, 45, 47, 49, 52, 53)]; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself [it’s a process], even as He is pure.” (1st John 3:1-3).

 

“Herein is our love [love is the IMAGE of God that is to become our character] made perfect [Gk: ‘To complete, accomplish, or consummate (in character):–consecrate, finish, fulfill, make) perfect’], that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because AS HE [Jesus the HEAD] IS, SO ARE WE [JESUS—THE BODY AND CHURCH] in this world.” (1st John 4:17).

 

Apples produce apples. Oranges produce oranges. Birds cannot produce cats because cats produce cats after their kind. Therefore, God produces seed after His kind—more gods! That’s why He is the God of gods. Speaking of the future children of God reproduced and recreated after the image of God—Christ—God says,

 

God standeth in the congregation [church] of the mighty; He judgeth among the gods [God’s CHILDREN—the church or congregation are gods who JUDGE with God on thrones—‘Do ye (all of you—the Church) not know that the saints (the Body of Christ) shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye (all of you) unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye (ALL of you) not that WE shall judge angels?’ (1 Cor. 6:2-3)]. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course [out of Kingdom order]. I have said, Ye [ALL of you—the congregation—the Church of God who are judges] ARE GODS; AND ALL OF YOU ARE CHILDREN OF THE MOST HIGH. But ye shall die like [sinful carnal] men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for Thou shalt inherit all nations.” (Psalms 82:1-8).

 

If these verses are not proof enough for you on who you are in Christ in God then I don’t know what else to say. This is the first of many messages that will be dealing with our potential and identity or position in Christ.

 

Some of these ministers in the Church today will NEVER preach or teach you who you truly are because they are afraid with this knowledge and power they will lose control over their personal kingdoms that you serve within.

 

This is in part one of the greatest reasons the church today is ineffective because you don’t know the authority and power you have in Christ. You KNOW you are children and even heirs of Christ. We all know that. But do you know exactly WHAT your inheritance is and who you are called to become and how you are to function with God’s Kingdom now that you have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God’s Son NOW—right NOW—IN THIS LIFE? You probably don’t.

 

Well, I have GREAT NEWS! I have GOSPEL NEWS! This is the Gospel of the Kingdom. YOU are KINGS AND QUEENS of that Kingdom. YOU ARE THE KINGDOM! That’s what all Christ’s parables were all about! The Kingdom of Heaven is like. The Kingdom of God is like. You are the Kingdom! You are …

 

“… [as citizens of the Kingdom of God] a chosen generation, a [Kingdom of] royal priesthood, an [Kingdom that is a] holy nation, a [Kingdom of] peculiar people; that ye [ALL OF YOU] should show forth the praises of Him [God] who hath called you out of [the kingdom of] darkness into His marvelous [Kingdom of] light: which in time past [you all] were NOT a [Kingdom] people, but ARE NOW the [Kingdom of] people [CHILDREN] of God: which had NOT obtained mercy, but NOW HAVE obtained mercy.” (1st Peter 2:9-10).

 

When God says,

 

“In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heaven[s] and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2).

 

The work was not finished! His part of the work was finished! This verse is the FIRST verse that proclaims where the KINGDOM OF GOD is! It is in both the HEAVENS and ON the EARTH. Jesus walked in heaven and on earth at the same time.

 

“And NO MAN hath ascended up to heaven, but He [Jesus speaking of Himself] that came down from heaven [TO WALK THE EARTH], even the Son of man [JESUS] which IS IN heaven.” (John 3:13).

While Jesus came down to earth to walk among men and reveal the Father’s glory, He was also IN HEAVEN at the same time. We need to learn how to do the same too.

 

But back to what I was saying, Adam was created to FINISH the work of creating the earth. What God did when He said He was finished and rested from His works in Genesis 2:1-3 was Him making the cake, but He created man to put the ICING ON THE CAKE! Are part of creating the earth takes place AFTER we are made into His image and progresses in five stages and at the same time when He said,

 

“And CREATING [a continuing action–it’s a process] is God humanity in His image, in the image of God [Christ IS the Image of God] created He [God] him [THE LAST ADAM—CHRIST—THE IMAGE OF GOD—THE HEAD OF THE BODY]; male [JESUS—THE HEAD OF THE BODY OF CHRIST AND IMAGE OF GOD] and female [THE CHURCH—THE BODY OF CHRIST AND IMAGE OF GOD] created He [God] THEM [TO BE ONE]. And God blessed them [Jesus the Head and Jesus the BODY], and God said [COMMISSIONED] unto THEM [Jesus the Last Adam and the Church—the NEW EVE], [1] Be fruitful, and [2] multiply, and [3] replenish the earth, and [4] subdue it [the earth]: and have [KINGDOM] dominion over … the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28).

 

The job of the five fold ministry as equippers are to make the church successful in fulfilling THIS mandate to become the image of God—Christ—to be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth, conquer satan’s demonic forces, and have Kingdom dominion advancing all over the earth by loving God first, then loving each other as Christ loves us, loving our neighbors as well as our enemies, while preaching to them the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God making disciples of them, baptizing them into the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe and obey every things the Lord has taught us as He is always with us as we work together as co-laborers in God’s garden and building God’s house, building, body, dwelling place, and temple called the Church of the Living God—the Body of Christ upon the Chief Cornerstone—Jesus—and the foundation of the apostles and prophets as we are connected together growing up in love with each other to become a permanent dwelling place for the Father AND Son through the Holy Spirit where we have access to whatever we need to fulfill this call. Everything I just said is the SUM TOTAL of the ENTIRE BIBLE!

 

We are ONE with the Creator created to be creative (different and unique individual members within His body) and to create (with the power of His Spirit) through creative miracles on this earth as kings and queens under the KING Jesus Christ!

 

So continue to Feed {Foundational Extraordinary Eternal Dimensions} the Seed {Strategic End-time Edifying Depths} and Nurture the Nature {HIS}, for by Divine Enlightenment you are BE-coming what you already ARE! You are that NOW, as your spirit is in the ascendancy … Apostolic Blessings and do know that you are highly FLAVORED of the Lord!

 

May the blessings of the KINGDOM of the Father come upon you and your family through the Seed of the Word planted grow up 30fold, 60fold, 100fold, and even a double portion, which would be 200fold in Jesus’ name by the power of the Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ WHO IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE WORLD! Amen!

 

Grammatical errors are left in intentionally to let people know that a real human named Ricardo Butler is really writing his own content! 🙂

 

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