It Is Done!
Paul L. Garlington
 


John, the beloved disciple, finding himself banished on an isle called Patmos for bearing witness to the everlasting gospel, experienced the heavens open and he saw visions of God. It was during one of these awesome visions that John heard a voice calling him to a higher plain in order to gain the cosmic viewpoint. Receiving the cosmic viewpoint, that is, seeing every aspect of life from God’s point of view, can be startling to say the least. It is similar to having been in total darkness to suddenly being thrust into a light brighter than the noonday sun. It is a shock to the system. In fact, one’s natural tendency would be to close one’s eyes and dismiss the vision as hallucinatory.

What was so awesome, yea even in stark contrast to the way John had previously seen things? John heard the sublime words, “It is done!” That is, all your painful experiences not withstanding, every prayer has been answered, every desire is already fulfilled, the bound are set free, it is finished! Do you see? If we begin with the history of human experience or any of our myriad daily frustrations, we will inevitably see prayer as a means to seek God about the problems that need to be solved. On the other hand, when we view things from the divine perspective, we discover that the words of the prophet Isaiah have indeed been fulfilled. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing and her people for gladness.” (Is 65:17,18)

Moreover, it was in this same context that the seer of old declared, “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” (Is 65:24) When John was called up higher, he saw this new heaven and new earth and he heard the One who declares, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end,” pronounce emphatically, “It Is Done!” Obviously, since God speaks and it is done, there is nothing, all human experience to the contrary, to overcome. The only overcoming that remains is a coming over to the childlike acceptance, in spite of appearance, that “It Is done!”

If before you call, you are answered (didn’t Jesus say that your heavenly Father knows what you have need of before you ask Him?), and while you are speaking, God hears, there is obviously only one kind of prayer that honors God, namely, the prayer of joy, gladness and thanksgiving. Furthermore, this good news is called the eternal gospel because there is no power that can abrogate, or bring to an end, the word of the Almighty.

It is extremely essential that we understand the implications of this glorious revelation as it relates to living. To be emphatic, when John hears the words, “It is done!”, he suddenly understands that in spite of the intensity or duration of human suffering, we have been heard. Now I am well aware that until one begins with God and obtains the divine perspective, this glorious good news will be rejected out of hand as sheer nonsense. This is analogous to the story of the old men who all touched the elephant in a different place, arriving at radically different conclusions about what an elephant is. Had they all been blessed suddenly with sight, they would have immediately arrived at a common consensus. By the same token, all those who out of a pure heart see the One God, besides whom, there is none other, share the same conviction that the only prayer is one of thanksgiving, ascribing greatness to God alone.

The entire life and ministry of Jesus was based upon the childlike acceptance of “It Is Done!” With the simplicity and childlike acceptance of one who declared, “I have glorified you on the earth,” He approached every situation with, “Thank You, Father. You’ve already heard Me.” Jesus did not deny the painful, earth experience that we all seem heir to. Nevertheless, He saw through the veil to the kingdom of “It Is Done!”, accepted it with gratitude and called it forth with the boldness of a lion.

This glorious, cosmic viewpoint is available to every sincere individual who will resolutely cleanse himself/herself of all belief in two powers. As long as we waver between two opinions, the good news of “It Is Done” will appear so foolish that you will literally be embarrassed to even admit it publicly. Nevertheless, all those who deny it, will be denied. On the other hand, everyone who, in spite of appearances, confesses the good news, will be vindicated by the transformation of his present circumstance.

The Apostle Paul, who was also caught up to the third heaven, confirms by what he says that John was not hallucinating. “If any man is in Christ (the consciousness of Oneness), he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor 5:17) Paul insisted, therefore, that we are no longer to look at things as they are outwardly, neither should we be intimidated by any suggestions that negate the truth of what is so now. To put it another way, the earth is the realm of effects, the kingdom of heaven is the domain of cause. Hence, when we say, “Thy kingdom come,” that is the realm of it is no now, the wilderness and the solitary place rejoice as a whole new order comes into being, reflecting the image of the heavenly. Can you dig it?!

The sweat, struggle, striving to become, to acquire, to overcome, to achieve is all swallowed up in “It Is Done!” From now on, like Daniel, we give thanks as every day’s “work” requires. However, this is not labor that produces sweat and the offensive odor generated by those who in unbelief are trying to make “good things” happen. We have come up higher, embracing a new life of rest, joy and peace, facing every new challenge with the conviction that God has already gone ahead of us preparing the way. Remember, the scripture declares, “Things which eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him. (2 Cor 2:9) Not only are these things prepared, but Paul said, these prepared things are revealed to us through the spirit. All we have to do is turn our attention from the contemplation of the appearance, giving thanks that we have already been heard. Didn’t Jesus say, it was given to us to know the mysteries of the kingdom? Since God has already said yes, we have simply to feel joy, gratitude and thanksgiving in order to have the eyes of our heart enlightened.

Just as we are on the verge of a new millennium, by the same token, a new day is dawning in which we will no longer, like Adam, work the ground by the sweat of our face in order to eke out our daily living. Behold, I show unto you a more excellent way of living every day in the kingdom of “It Is Done”. It is from this perspective that God said to Joshua, “See, I have given you the city.” And Jesus said to his disciples, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’?...Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields (the realm of it is done), that they are white for harvest.” (Jn 4:35) What in this relative plain appears to be the unfolding of a process is really the manifestation of a glorious reality prepared before the foundation of the world. “Behold, now is the acceptable time, behold now is the day of salvation.”

Does this seem too good to be true? Will you exalt your experience above the truth? Or, are you prepared to shout out joyfully, principle, truth triumphs over experience? As it was in the day of Elijah, it does not matter how long the drought and famine have lasted. When we turn to the realm of “It Is Done” with a whole heart, you will hear the sound of the roar of a heavy shower. At which point, go up, eat and drink, let your face no longer be sad, make you valley full of ditched, that is, prepare room to receive that which has always been prepared and was simply awaiting your joyful, childlike acceptance.

This is your year of mastery for the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. The time has come to call the things that be not in the earth as though they were already so because we have gained a glimpse of the realm of “It Is Done”. These are days of refreshing and restoration from the presence of God. Gone are the days that we analyze the problem, calling it prayer. No longer will we make petitions based upon our conviction that a real problem exists while we exercise great faith to get God to deliver us. How God dishonoring! Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy to all men without distinction. It Is Done! From now on, let all those who seek the kingdom of it is so now, rejoice and be glad, saying continually, “Let God be magnified.” From the moment we awake in the morning until we retire at night, that is, “from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same”, we will celebrate the fact that It Is Done! God has already gone ahead of us supplying every need, answering every question to the glory of His great name. We daily abound in thanksgiving, celebrating the fact that the life that God is is the life that I am, inclusive of perfect everything. All is well.

Finally, the scripture declares, “In the beginning, God created.” The beginning of a thing contains the seed of that which will be manifested as our harvest. In other words, “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Are you earnest? Seize this very minute; what you can do, or dreamed you can begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage and then the mind grow heated; begin, and then the work will be completed.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Do you see it? All you need to do is to begin. When the prodigal made his resolve to begin, the father, even though the prodigal was still a long way off, saw him, felt compassion for him, and ran to embrace him, lavishing his infinite love upon him. Do you get it? A radical commitment to begin, burning the bridges behind us, will call forth every assistance required for the journey home.

“Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” (Rev 7:12)

It Is Done!

 
 

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