The Higher Dimension
Look at the floor. It is approximately flat. It is two-dimensional, length and width. If you are outside there may be ants or other small living things on it. We live in a three-dimensional environment. We live in a dimension that is above that of a floor and superior to it. Geometrically there is only one dimension added, height. But what a difference that one dimension makes! We live, breath, see, hear, move, think, occupy space and many other things. We look down on the lower dimension. We have a measure of control over the lower dimension. God*s kingdom is a much higher dimension than the one that we occupy. It is obvious that there are multiple dimensions in God*s kingdom that are not in our dimension. God*s kingdom can control everything in our present dimension. God*s kingdom will outlast our present dimension. Our dimension is beneath God*s kingdom to a far greater extent than the floor is below our dimension.
John 18:36: Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
John 3:31: He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
We are to ask God to have His way on earth (in our present dimension) as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
We cannot see the higher dimension but we can sometimes see its impact and influence on our present dimension if we have been born again.
John 3:8: The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
The unregenerate (those who have not been born again) have a certain kind of blindness. The verse means they cannot go to the Kingdom of God but it means more than that. It means they cannot even see it. It means they cannot see and understand anything that is part of it. They cannot see its power. They cannot even see that it is good. Even though they might see and enjoy some of the good things given by God they do not and cannot recognize the source.
Matthew 28:18: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Jeremiah 17:5: Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
Sadly many Christians are ignorant of the fact that they are citizens of God*s Kingdom, that they are citizens of a higher dimension. They do not live as if they belong to the higher dimension. They do not avail themselves of all the blessings of the higher dimension. They are like a man with a fortune who lives in a shack. They are like residents of a palace wallowing in mud. They have access to something wonderful beyond words but they don*t seem to know about it. The more glorious dimension wants to bless them here and now but they are not able to accept that. They don*t recognize the superiority of the blessings of the higher dimension. They don*t recognize the greatness that is expressed in the song This world is not my home, I*m just a passing through. They don*t behave as if their citizenship is in heaven. They don*t keep their eyes upon the prize. They don*t understand the extent to which they possess it right now. They don*t know these things because they have inadequate knowledge of the Bible and its wonderful truths and amazing promises.
Ephesians 1:3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Colossians 3:3: For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Philippians 3:14: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:1: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Malachi 3:10: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Colossians 3:2: Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
John 3:27: John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon expressed our lack of wisdom in one of his devotionals:
It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God Himself. Though He is our own God, we apply ourselves but little to Him, and ask but little of Him. How seldom do we ask counsel at the hands of the Lord! How often do we go about our business, without seeking His guidance! In our troubles how constantly do we strive to bear our burdens ourselves, instead of casting them upon the Lord, that He may sustain us! This is not because we may not, for the Lord seems to say, I am thine, soul, come and make use of me as thou wilt; thou mayst freely come to my store, and the oftener the more welcome. It is our own fault if we make not free with the riches of our God. Then, since thou hast such a friend, and He invites thee, draw from Him daily. Never want whilst thou hast a God to go to; never fear or faint whilst thou hast God to help thee; go to thy treasure and take whatever thou needest; there is all that thou canst want. Learn the divine skill of making God all things to thee. He can supply thee with all, or, better still, He can be to thee instead of all. Let me urge thee, then, to make use of thy God. Make use of Him in prayer. Go to Him often, because He is thy God. O, wilt thou fail to use so great a privilege? Fly to Him, tell Him all thy wants. Use Him constantly by faith at all times. If some dark providence has beclouded thee, use thy God as a sun; if some strong enemy has beset thee, find in Jehovah a shield, for He is a sun and shield to His people. If thou hast lost thy way in the mazes of life, use Him as a guide, for He will direct thee. Whatever thou art, and wherever thou art, remember God is just what thou wantest, and just where thou wantest, and that He can do all thou wantest.