Life is a paradox. We must forget our past before we can fully remember what we had with God before the world began. The future manifested sons and daughters of God will have to do just that.
For us there is only one thing left to do in this old world. Once we have seen through the confusion and subterfuge and lies put forth by the powers of this world, what else is there to do but put all our energy into becoming God’s offspring. What prevents us from growing up into Him are the memories of the past life that intrude into our minds every day.
Consequently, to answer our calling, it takes a forgetting, a conscious determined effort on our part to see our past carnal lives as mere childish attempts at chasing the wind. We must realize that God designed it all to happen. Our selfish first lives on earth are futile attempts at happiness, and they are fruitless and vain.”
Why design it that way?
God designed it that way in hopes that we would turn to Him to fill the void. Many have experienced this already. We finally became weary of fighting the constant bombardment that the enemy dropped on us. And so we began looking for something more substantial than the usual band aids of alcohol and drugs, churches and civic organizations, clubs and hobbies. The elect, the ones God has called and chosen for a deeper walk, will tire of these way stations in life, for they will not give them the peace that they long for.
God has designed this scenario to draw His chosen ones. And make no mistake; He does the choosing. Remember Christ’s words: ‘You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you’ (1). This is personal to Him. And He should be very personal to us, for He is very much a part of our lives. And someday we all will realize that He is our life. That is what we are striving for, and that is why we are to forget the old life we once led–the old haunts, the old memories, the old doubts, the old misgivings. He has forgotten those things about us; now He is waiting for us to forget them. “Their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more, ” (Heb. 10: 17).
How do we forget the old life?
We’ll learn to forget from the apostles of old who are our teachers, for they saw and listened to the risen Christ. Even the apostle Paul, as he said, “And last of all He was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time” (2). These apostles heard Christ speak
about the kingdom of God (3). We must realize that it is all about the kingdom of God. We in our new lives in Christ as His elect chosen ones in our day–we are about the kingdom of God. Or should I say, the kingdom of God is about us its future kings! In fact, because the Spirit of the King of the Kingdom lives in us, we are a part of the Government of God that will soon come to this earth in a fullness.
The future kings?
Yes. Its future kings! For Christ is the ‘King of kings and Lord of lords.” And we are the offspring of the King of glory, which makes us princes and princesses (4). We are to think on these things. That will help us to forget the past.
For it’s all in the mind. That is the battleground. That’s why Paul the apostle said, “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (5). We forget the past and all of its futile implications when we pursue the goal of sonship and daughtership. No greater calling. That is the pinnacle of human development–being the manifested sons and daughters of God. We simply must fill our minds with these thoughts, which are the steps along the way to sitting with Him on His throne” (6). For He said, “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”
“To him that overcomes…“ Overcomes what? We must overcome being lukewarm toward God, of being smug and self-assured, thinking that what our “works” in service toward God and men is sufficient. Many in the end time generation believe both spiritually and materially that they are “rich and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and they are not aware that they “are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev. 3: 15-17).
This lukewarm spiritual state must be overcome before Christ will grant us to literally sit with Him on His throne. Many people who consider themselves Christians will be left out in the cold. For they did not buy the “gold tried in the fire…and white raiment and the eye salve” to cure their spiritual blindness (3: 18). Yes, it costs to obtain these things needed to prepare us to rule with Him in His kingdom. It costs our old lives. And only a few will make it. Very precious few will pay the price to arrive at the inner circle throne room of God. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it”(7).
In short, we forget the past by remembering the future–our future: the reign of Christ, the immortality He promised us, the throne that is there to pursue for His sake, the destruction of all evil, buying the spiritual gold, white raiment, and the eye salve–these things and more–thinking on these things will help us forget the past and “press on for the prize of the high calling.” Kenneth Wayne Hancock
1. John 15: 16
2. I Cor. 15: 8
3. Acts 1: 2-3
4. Rev. 17: 14; I Tim 6: 15; Psm. 24: 8-10
5. Phil. 3: 13-14
6. Rev. 3: 21