“THE CROWN IS FALLEN FROM OUR HEAD…”
"The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.
The CROWN IS FALLEN FROM OUR HEAD:
woe unto us, that we have sinned!
For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.
Man was the god of this world under God Himself, and was made ruler and custodian over this world and the age in which he was created. He had rule over the three major realms of this world – air, land and sea!
The power that dominates these three areas of the world thus possesses dominion over the whole!
This is why nations must try to maintain superior navies, air forces, and ground troops in any battle for territory. When man submitted to the persuasion of the devil, he literally handed over his authority to the one he originally was given authority over –
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
HIS SERVANTS YE ARE to whom ye obey?” (Rom. 6:16)
And thus, man became subservient to satan through obedience to his will!
But God had intended man to rule!
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the SEA, and over the fowl of the AIR, and over the cattle, and over all the EARTH, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:26)
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.” (Gen. 3:1)
The serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field, but not more subtle or wise than man!
Neither did he possess more authority than man, for God delegated all authority to man, NOT to the serpent or to satan!
When Adam therefore, as head and representative of the human race, submitted to the authority of the devil, he sold out the entire human race to satan and the crown was transferred to the devil!
No longer was the devil subservient to man, but instead became man’s master!
The devil had become the “god of this world” until another Man came to challenge him for the crown!
THE CROWN RESTORED!
“We see Jesus CROWNED…”
In CHRIST the crown has been transferred back to MAN – the MAN Christ Jesus!
Here was the SECOND, TRUE ADAM, the PROTOTYPE of ideal manhood and the PROGENITOR of the new humanity! He took back the rule over air, land, and sea! He calmed the weather and the elements of the air, and walked on top of the sea! He robbed the dust of the earth of His own Body and it never decayed!
It neither came from dust nor returned to dust! As Jesus said,
"You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world." (Jn. 8:23)
"The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven." (1 Cor. 15:47)
He conquered the cold, dark grave and forever robbed it of its prey!
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Cor. 15:55)
"O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction" (Hosea 13:14)
He was the perfect man that God intended to have rule over this planet and in Christ we shall have our once lost position forever restored!
DAVID, AS A TYPE OF CHRIST, RECOVERED ALL!
"And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; and had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.
So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives...And David smote them (the Amalekites) from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day... And David RECOVERED ALL that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.
And there was NOTHING LACKING to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor anything that they had taken to them: DAVID RECOVERED ALL...And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present(gift) for you of the spoil of the enemies of the Lord;" (1 Sam. 30)
David not only recovered all, but he shared of the spoil by sending GIFTS to many!
"Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and GAVE GIFTS unto men." (Eph. 4:8)
Our DAVID, JESUS CHRIST, RECOVERED ALL that the devil took, and "GAVE GIFTS" to His Church! (Eph. 4:11)
THE DEVIL IS ON HIS WAY OUT!
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” (Eph. 2:2)
“Now is the judgment of this world:
now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
if I be lifted up from the earth,
will draw all men unto Me.”
“Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh,
and hath nothing in Me.” (John 14:30)
“Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” (John 16:11)
But Jesus is the new Prince!
“Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a PRINCE and a Savior…” (Acts)
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the Faithful Witness, and the First Begotten of the dead,
and the PRINCE of the kings of the earth.
Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood…” (Rev. 1:5)
The New Prince of this world is our Lord Jesus Christ Who has taken back the CROWN!
There is a HUMAN BEING in the Godhead!
The Second Person of the Trinity is a MAN, Christ Jesus, and we are members of His BODY!!!
We are now SEATED in the throne of the universe with Him, and hold under Him, not only the original authority over the earth, but we hold authority in the heavenly kingdom as well!
In Christ’s manhood, we repossess our earthly dominion, but in Christ as God, we possess all things –
even the New Jerusalem, with a mansion and inheritance in heaven!!!
“All power is given” to this perfect Human, Jesus Christ, and in Him we possess power over “all the power of the enemy”! We rule over the satanic realm from our seat in the heavenlies “in Christ”! We possess authority to “lay hands on the sick” and “they shall recover”! Authority over disease, temptation and sin in every form!
“ALL AUTHORITY” is given to the church’s Head and flows to the members of His Body!
This is our birth-right under the New Covenant and the Surety of that Covenant is Christ Himself so there is no possibility of failure! It is more than just a question of “Does Jesus still have power to heal the sick?”,
but rather, “We, through Christ, have authority to heal the sick by His power in us!” We possess potentially in earnest the “powers of the world to come” in our Divine Head:
we “have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted … the powers of the world to come…”
Yes, “we see Jesus CROWNED” and ourselves thus crowned “in Him”!
Death was an abberation, an interruption.
It wasn’t intended for man to die, but to live!
God gave man eternal life potentially, but death interrupted it - ruined God’s original
plan! This is what Jesus came to undo and reverse!
Man lived and then died; Jesus died and then lived never to die again!
Death is the cessation of life, but eternal life is life with no cessation and thus restores
the original plan God intended for man. Life without sin, and thus without end!
Man went down to the grave and couldn’t get back out!
Jesus went down into the grave to get us back out—and conquered death by rising!
His resurrection proved that death had no more power, and that sin had been fully paid for, for had it not been paid in full, the wages of death would have still been in force keeping Him in the grave. But because death only held power so long as its prey was condemned, it had no more power over Christ since that condemnation was lifted! If condemnation was lifted, then sin was no more! Christ could not have died unless He had become sin, and He could not rise unless that sin had been expiated! If death were the wages of sin, then, if Christ had not been made sin for us, he could never have died. He could not die until sin was laid upon Him at the cross - then and only then could He die! In the same vein, neither could He have been restored to life unless that sin had been remitted in full - He was then restored to life—raised justified - the first man since Adam to be declared totally and completely innocent and free of guilt! On the cross, He took upon Himself the first Adam, and carried him to judgment, death and hell, to pay for his sins, and then rose back out of death— as the New Adam, to carry on with life uninterrupted as was originally intended! There He stood! The first human with no taint of sin, guilt or unrighteousness - MAN had finally prevailed over that dread interruption of life and put us back on track again -
God’s plan would finally be realized and satan’s plot to defeat that plan was forever foiled!
Jesus went down into hell with our fallen nature, and came back up out of the earth with a glorified nature! His life was only interrupted temporarily, just long enough to destroy the interruption and return to life—NEVER TO BE INTERRUPTED AGAIN!!!
Death had been man’s plague, but since Jesus, man became death’s plague:
“O death, I will be thy plagues...”!!!
The tables were turned!
The same death that the first Adam had become plagued with, would now be plagued by the Last Adam!
Sin, satan and death once plagued the race, but now, all who are in Christ plague them!
We are now a plague to satan! He who was once our master is now subservient to us!
THE CROWN OF LIFE RESTORED!
For the saint, death is no longer an interruption to life, we simply drop the outer shell, as a butterfly emerging from its coccoon! It does not die, it goes on living in a newer, greater life! It does not die, it graduates!!!
In fact, instead of death being a curse, it becomes an immediate entrance into the presence of the King!
Eternal Life - Life without interruption!
Never to see the ancient foe again!
"for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever"!!!
No more guilt!
No more sin!
No more condemnation!
No more death!
No more interruptions from the enjoyment of knowing God, never again for all eternity!
"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever." (Rev. 22:1-5)
"WE SEE JESUS CROWNED"