We get questions on our course site all the time, and this particular type of question has come up a number of times, so I thought I would post the answer here for everyone's benefit.
Hello Pastor Greg, thanks so much for allowing yourself to be used of the Lord to teach this course. From Session 2, I've learnt that Justice was established for me when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord personal saviour. This brought me a lot of benefits, as listed under How Justice Is Established For You. (Colossians 2:13-15). So if that be the case, why then do I need to go the Court of Heaven to get these benefits established in my life? Why don't I start seeing the benefits in my life right after I am born again? I'll be grateful for insights on this. Thanks.
Thank you for reaching out to us. Your question is a common one that is asked. I'll do my best to answer it and hopefully raise more questions.
The establishment of the justice of God that Jesus executed at the cross was to deal with the reality that we had nothing to do with the darkness and mess that we were all born into. That justice makes salvation possible for all mankind, in that now by calling on the name of Jesus we can be saved. In that salvation is total freedom, blessing, healing, protection etc.
However, the previous leaseholders - satan and his system - are still making claims, legally, to what has been provided to all of humanity. When satan makes a legal claim, it needs to be dealt with in a legal manner, even if he has no actual rights to what he is claiming. This is difficult for us to understand because of how we have been taught about the justice of God over the past 100 years.
The picture that Jesus used in Luke 18 is a good reference point. The widow woman had a man trying to ruin her life. This man was making her life miserable, most likely by trying to steal her property and inheritance left by her deceased husband. Even though that property was legally hers, it didn't stop this man from trying to take it. Her action in the court was what saved her. She knew that a ruling from the judge would end the actions of that man, because of the power within a ruling from the court. The judge in this story was ungodly. But that didn't matter. When he gave this woman a ruling in her favour, it ended her suffering and dealt harshly with the man trying to ruin her.
Then Jesus said this: 7 Now won’t God grant justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Is he delaying long over them? 8 I tell you that he will judge in their favor, and quickly! But when the Son of Man comes, will he find this trust on the earth at all?”
This statement implies that we will need to continually petition God for justice. Not because He is unwilling to provide justice, but that He wants to rule in our favour and rid our lives, and the lives of those around us of injustices.
Anywhere you see a throne in scripture - in the visions of the prophets - it is a seat of judgement. There are rulings being released all the time from these thrones. They did not disappear after Jesus came. See Col 1:16 ..."because in connection with him were created all things — in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, lordships, rulers or authorities — they have all been created through him and for him." These thrones are in place because they are needed. People need justice for all of the injustices that still exist on the earth.
The courts of heaven exist to enable you to legally deal with the injustice you see happening around you. It helps our own lives as well, but that is not the primary focus of it. You are the agent of Jesus in the world.
You act in His Name to bring about the justice of God. Your function is similar to His now. Rev 4-6 talks about how Jesus functions in the supreme court of heaven. Your function is like that. What He does, you can do.
You are in Him and He is in you. You are not separate from Him but are a part of His body - His flesh and bone. You are in effect - Jesus with some skin on among men. Thats why the courts of heaven exist and why we as humans need to access them daily.
I hope this answers your question, and raises more questions. When we seek - we will find.
And, the Rabbi said to his talmudim, “The wisdom of the disciple is measured by the quality of their questions" - ...as only a Rabbi could say it.
Jesus had a cool way of teaching His disciples. He waited until they asked questions, then He taught. An example of this is in Luke 11:1. He never taught them about praying until they asked about it.
What is it you want to know from God? Don't do what I have done too many times - ask what I "think" He wants me to ask. That isn't what God is after. He's after YOU. Your real and raw, genuine and truthful desires.
That's who God wants to connect with. Not a copy. Not an imitation, but the authentic, real, passionate person He made you to be.
A blind beggar was brought in front of Jesus one day and was asked by Jesus, "What do you want me to do for you?" (Mark 10) Break that down. Here was God in the flesh, asking a man, what can I do for you. Does that jive with your view of God? Would your God actually do that for a human being?
Think for a minute, what if Jesus stands in front of you right this second and is asking you the very same question? "What do YOU, want ME (Almighty God who loves you, for whom nothing is impossible), to do for YOU?" God is asking you a big question - what is your response?
Do you see the power of the right question? He asks you what it is you want! So, what do you want?
Ask HIM FOR THAT! Be real. Be genuine. Ask Big.
The word QUESTION has within it the word QUEST. Every time I hear that word it calls out to something deep in my spirit. In the Amplified translation of 1 Cor 14:1 it says to make Love your quest. A quest is a passion, a purpose, a curiosity, a desire, a mastery, a journey, all wrapped up into one thing. Perhaps that's what happens when we ask a quest-ion - we recruit the wisdom, knowledge and understanding we need to complete our quest.
What's your quest-ion?
Hebrews 4:16 "Therefore, let us confidently approach the throne from which God gives grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need."
Jesus our High Priest made a way for us to approach God our Father by His resurrection from the dead and His ascension into heaven. It's His ascension into heaven that makes access to the throne of grace possible.
In Hebrews 4:14 it says, "Therefore, since we have a great cohen gadol who has passed through to the highest heaven, Yeshua, the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we acknowledge as true."
When Jesus passed through to the highest heaven, He did it in His physical glorified body (John 16:10). He physically shifted to the dimension of heaven so that all of creation would once again be under the dominion of humankind (1 Cor 15:20-28) - the new creation person (2 For 5:17) - that was formed in Him. It's within that context that the invitation to approach the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need is offered.
The throne of grace is a real throne. It exists in a heavenly place. Things happen there all the time - everyday in fact. Each mention of throne in the bible is evidence of a court going into session. Even Solomon called his throne room the Hall of Judgement. 1 Kings 7:7 "He made the Hall of the Throne his place for dispensing justice, that is, the Hall of Judgment; it was covered with cedar from floor to ceiling." In fact, it was Solomon's understanding of the heart of justice that caused God to favour him so highly.
The throne of grace is one of the places that the Lord dispenses justice on behalf of those who will confidently approach.
What we teach our students to do is how to access the throne of grace.
• the pathway there,
• how to see in the spirit - (you do it all the time already, you just aren't aware of what is going on),
• how the Lord grabs your attention,
• how to understand what you are "seeing" while there,
• how to interpret the mysterious elements of what you see - things like colours, shapes, objects etc,
• and much more.
Jump over to our course site for a complete breakdown of what you get as a student in Justice and the Courts of Heaven.
This means that no matter what is happening in your life, His response to you will be inspired and informed by His goodness towards you. Think deeply about this. Meditate on this until your emotions are impacted and you feel the goodness of God.
My first encounter with the goodness of God changed my life. I was 21 years old and working on a construction site. The entire morning I had been meditating in the Ephesians 1:17-19 prayer while I worked. While walking from one part of the site to the other, I was suddenly in an open vision of Rev 22:1 - the river of life, clear as crystal coming out from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
I saw the throne and glorious light shining around the one on the throne. I saw the river. But what impacted me was the raw, unfiltered, powerful, goodness that filled my heart, mind, bones, and being with an overwhelming sensation of how good God really is. I found my self shouting out that I would do anything and go anywhere for Him. I was unafraid of anything in that moment. I found myself trusting Him, because He is so good.
That is the lesson. Knowing the unfiltered, raw and powerful goodness of God will eliminate fear from your life. It will eliminate all concern about what He might do to you. He’s predictably good - all the time. And Because He is good like THAT - He will only do good to you.