CHRIST THE DELIVERER: ONE

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("Christ the Deliverer: One" is taken from Behold My Servant!, copyright Š 2011 Trumpet Ministries, found in the Kindle Library)

Christ

Planting the Heavens

Laying the Foundations of the Earth

Saying to Zion: "You Are My People"

Introductory Scriptures

The Creation of the Servant of the Lord

The Promise to Abraham

Christ

And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people. (Isaiah 51:16)

God the Father has given three commissions to Christ (Isaiah 51:16):

To plant the heavens.

To lay the foundations of the earth.

To say to Zion: "You are my people."

These are the three issues with which all of God's people are to be concerned: the condition of the heavens, the condition of the earth, and the condition of God's Israel, His Zion.

The first issue is that of the heavens. The heavens were created before the earth. There still are wicked lords of darkness who rule in the heavenlies above the earth and we have to struggle against them.

Christ has been commissioned to plant the heavens with the righteousness that is in and of His own Person. This righteousness is formed in us as we choose to love righteousness and hate lawlessness. As we wrestle against the rebellious lords of darkness our spirit is perfected in Christ in the heavenly Mount Zion. Thus the heavens are filled with the righteousness of Christ that has been formed in the saints.

The second issue facing each person whom God has called is the doing of God's will in the earth. God's will is that Christ fill both the heavens and the earth, becoming the foundation on which all that is part of the earth is built. There is no eternal foundation other than Christ on which mankind can build. The earth has no stable and lasting foundation until it is founded on God's Christ.

The third issue is that of assuring each person whom God has called that God loves him, that his destiny is to abide in Jesus and Jesus in him, that he is to cleave to the Lord in perfect union, perfect marriage.

All mankind is divided into two groups: God's Israel, His Zion, His elect, and then the remainder of the peoples of the earth. This does not mean the elect are saved and go to Heaven while the remainder of the peoples are doomed to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. It means, rather, that God, according to His own counsel and purposes, has called from the beginning of the world certain members of mankind. They have been predestined to be changed into the image of God's Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-30).

The national, natural aspect of God's Israel consists of the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob. However the physical children of Abraham cannot establish their election until they embrace Christ. In addition to the Jews, God has added to true Israel, to the good olive tree, a number of elect Gentiles. These also must embrace Christ.

The Jews and the Gentiles who have been called by the Lord and who have responded to their calling by giving themselves to Christ, are true Zion. They are God's eternal kings and priests, the royal priesthood of whom the Scriptures speak. They make up the Body of the Servant of the Lord, the Body of Christ.

The Lord Jesus is unique. He is the Lord, the Word of God from eternity. He is the eternal Life who was with the Father and now has been manifested to us. Jesus is Christ.

Now the Lord Jesus is adding to Himself a body, a fullness. He is taking to Himself a wife. She is being created from His body and blood and is, therefore, an eternally indivisible, integral part of Himself. She is the holy city, the new Jerusalem. The Throne of God and of the Lamb is in her and she will rule over the nations of saved peoples of the earth forever.

God did not call out His Israel in order to curse and destroy the nations of the earth but to bless the nations of the earth. The calling out of Israel is not a sign that the other peoples of the earth will be destroyed. Rather it is through the Seed of Abraham (which is Christ and all who are of the Body of Christ) that the nations of the earth will be blessed with eternal life.

Christ always comes to those whom God has chosen for Himself and says to them, "You are God's people." We must be told this many times and in numerous ways and forms before we are totally willing and able to turn away from the world.

It is difficult for most of us, elect Jews and elect Gentiles alike, to accept that we have been called to be a part of God in a unique way; that God Himself and not something else is our inheritance. We may believe we belong to the Lord but we desire also to be a part of this present world. We have been called to be saints (holy ones) but we always are seeking some other inheritance.

The Jews and the Christians have suffered throughout the centuries because of their unwillingness to be a holy nation, a royal priesthood, a people separate from the remainder of mankind. The saints usually are seeking popular approval rather than refusing, as did Abraham their father, to take so much as a shoelace from the world (Genesis 14:23).

Christ comes to us through the gifts and ministries given by the Holy Spirit and tells us over and over again that we are not part of the present world, that we are the Lord's personal possession. Christ always comes to Zion, to God's people. He reveals to us the heavenly romance.

But we much prefer to use Jesus to get what we want out of the world and also to obtain from Jesus the assurance of an eternal amnesty, the promise that no matter how we live in the world we will go to Paradise when we die. We often miss the whole point of our calling as Israel.

As for the nations of saved peoples of the earth, their day will come when Christ appears with His saints, His holy ones, and releases the creation from the bondage of corruption. At that time many people will be assigned to the tormenting fire, but others (hopefully the majority) will be brought forward into eternal life. In that Day national Israel will be established as the ruling nation of the world.

Planting the Heavens

For two thousand years Christ has been planting the heavens.

Christ came and shed His blood for the sins of the world, making it possible for whoever chooses to do so to be forgiven of his sins and to enter in prayer into the Presence of God in Heaven.

Also, through the various ministries and gifts given by the Holy Spirit, and through fiery trials, the spiritual nature of the members of the Body of Christ is being perfected. The spiritual Zion consists of the spirits of righteous people made perfect. The spirits of the righteous people of the Church of the Firstborn are being made perfect in the Virtue that is in Christ (Hebrews 12:23).

Because of the length of time being devoted to establishing the heavens, Christianity has come to be regarded as a "heavenly" religion. Salvation is viewed as a means of enabling us to enter permanent residence in Heaven when we die.

The other two commissions of Christ (and of us because we are the Body of Christ) are largely ignored. Most of us understand little about laying the foundations of the earth or saying to Zion, You are my people.

The vision of the Kingdom of God announced by the Hebrew Prophets, the Kingdom preached by John the Baptist, by the Lord Jesus, and by the Apostles of the Lamb, has been lost to the Christian churches.

The blood of Christ is being presented as a "ticket" to Paradise. Physical death has become the redeemer of the typical believer. It is his belief that Christ came to forgive his sins and rebellion, the sins and rebellion that he is convinced will be his portion throughout his stay on the earth. The concept of Christ as a deliverer, particularly as a deliverer from the bondages of sin, has not been established in his thinking.

But when he dies, then he will be sanctified (he thinks). Death will resolve the problem of his sins and rebellions. No matter how he has conducted himself on the earth, when he dies he will go to Heaven where he never can sin again. He will be a mighty king and priest of God, although whom he will rule over and intercede for is not clear.

We apply Isaiah's prophecies to the physical Jews, and are wresting to our own destruction Paul's explanation of the grace of God under the new covenant. The interpretation of John 14:2 to mean Jesus is building houses for us in Heaven is a sublime example of the errors that have entered Christian thinking since the first century.

The absence of a clear, scriptural goal of redemption plus the perversion of the doctrine of grace have resulted in a lack of righteousness, holiness, and obedience to God in the Christian churches. We must pray that God will give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so we once again can behold the vision of the soon coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth.

Meanwhile, the wicked spirits in the heavenlies are exerting their influence on the earth.

In our day some of the believers are entering a travail. The purpose of the travail is to build the Body of Christ. Righteousness is returning. The "hair of Samson" is growing.

It is the written will of Almighty God that Satan be crushed beneath the feet of the Body of Christ (Romans 16:20). We yet shall see all the powers of darkness hurled from the heavenlies and the saints of God ascend to those thrones, to the spiritual thrones that govern the material creation (Daniel 7:9; Revelation 20:4).

The heavens will be planted in the Person and righteousness of Christ. First He entered the Holy Place with His atoning blood so God could accept us. Now He is travailing in birth through His ministries until His own Person and righteousness fill His saints, until His righteousness that has been imputed (ascribed) to them becomes an actual righteousness in their personalities. As the righteous Christ is formed in us He is raised to the right hand of the Father, there to await His return to the earth.

The Kingdom of God is actual, de facto righteousness, not imputed (ascribed), de jure righteousness. The light of the world is the righteous deeds of the holy ones of God (Matthew 5:16).

Laying the Foundations of the Earth

Today the nations of the earth have no foundation of truth and righteousness on which to build. The whole world is a lie, a lie of Satan. God's Foundation is the Truth--Christ.

Abraham was waiting for the city that has foundations (Hebrews 11:10). It may be noted that the wall of the new Jerusalem rests on twelve foundations and that the names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb are written in the foundations. Any person or thing not constructed on Christ can be shaken (Ephesians 2:20).

We Christians can be shaken if we know only of imputed (ascribed) righteousness, a righteousness assigned to us by faith in Jesus.

It is true that God "sees" us as being clothed in the righteousness of Jesus and for that reason we can come before His Presence with boldness.

But ascribed righteousness is intended to serve only while Christ is breaking the yoke of sin and rebellion in us. Ascribed righteousness is a temporary provision while the new creation is coming forth. To attempt to prolong the provision of imputed righteousness apart from an accompanying daily transformation from death to life, from Satan to God, is to misuse and pervert the grace of God. Justification must not be permitted to become so swollen and poisonous it kills the need for sanctification and consecration.

We Christians have fellowship with God when we are walking in the light of His will; otherwise we come under judgment.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another [with God], and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (I John 1:7)

But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. (I Corinthians 11:32)

The Christian redemption is not primarily the forgiveness of our sins. Rather, the Christian salvation is our deliverance from Satan, our personal transformation, and our complete, restful union with God through Christ.

The nations of the earth have little moral light. They are waiting for the Light of Christ to be created in the saints of God. Because the Christians in many instances are limiting God's grace to a legal righteousness and are not growing in actual righteous conduct, the Light of Christ's Person, way, will, and eternal purpose cannot be viewed by the peoples of the earth.

How many persons are being destroyed today because the Christian people are not following Jesus as they should?

The Kingdom of God is not a company of sinners who are received into the wonder of God's Kingdom on the basis of imputed righteousness. There is no sin in the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21). The Kingdom of God is God in Christ in the holy people (the saints). The Kingdom of God is the doing of God's will in the earth as it is in Heaven.

One day soon Christ and His holy ones will return to the earth and impose God's will on the nations. The nation of Israel will be delivered from its enemies, both spiritual and physical. Israel will be forgiven its sins and will be born again of God's Spirit by a sovereign act of Christ (similar to the experience of Saul on the way to Damascus--Romans 11:26).

The light of God will arise on all of God's elect, including Jews and Gentiles. The nations of the earth will come to that light.

In that Day righteousness and truth will fill the earth. The Glory of God will rest on every continent. The islands will sing the praises of Christ. The wolf will dwell with the lamb and the leopard will lie down with the kid, and a little child will lead them.

The Hebrew Prophets have much to say about the coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth:

So the heathen [nations] shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. (Psalms 102:15,16)

For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem; When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord. (Psalms 102:19-22)

Christ has been charged by the Father with laying the foundations of the earth. Working with Him and sharing in His inheritance will be those who, through His grace, were able to conquer the world, Satan, and their own lusts and self-will.

The work of salvation has not been accomplished in us when our sins are forgiven. The work of salvation has not been completed in us until we have been redeemed totally from the authority, power, and effects of sin and have been brought into the image of Christ and into perfect union with God through Christ.

"Salvation" is synonymous with deliverance . To "save" is to deliver from Satan and bring into union with God.

Once we truly have been "saved," in this complete sense, we are ready to return in glory with Christ and to lay the foundations of the earth upon the Person, Life, and truth of Christ.

The Lord Jesus came to save us "from" our sins (Matthew 1:21). As soon as we have been saved from our sins we will be ready to be raised from the dead and to participate in the new world of righteous, holy, and obedient behavior.

Saying to Zion: "You Are My People"

"Zion" is Israel, the elect of God--particularly the stronger among the elect; although it appears the term often is enlarged to embrace all the Lord's people. Zion includes God's kings and priests, His holy nation--those whom He has called out of the world, as He did Abraham, on the basis of foreknowledge and predestination.

Zion consists primarily of those who are Jewish by race but also the elect Gentiles. However, the national, political aspect of Zion always is of the Jews, never of any Gentile nation no matter how devout.

One day Jerusalem will rule the nations of the earth. During the new heaven and earth reign of Christ, which is an eternal rulership, the new Jerusalem will govern the nations of the saved peoples of the earth.

Before Abraham, mankind was without any light from God except for the revelation that may be found in God's created works. God loves the nations of peoples whom He has created and has devised a plan whereby the nations may be able to draw near to God and to learn of His Person, will, and ways. God desires to bless people and to teach them, not to condemn them to the fires of torment.

God called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees. Abraham's calling was by God's own choice, His foreknowledge and election. God did not speak of Abraham's righteous behavior, as He did of Noah's, nor did God refer to any wickedness on the part of the people of Ur.

The gifts and callings of God proceed from His own choices. Each of us is required to respond diligently and faithfully to God's unique calling on his own life. If we do not we are chastised more severely than are those who are not called with the same calling.

Abraham met all of God's requirements. God then spoke of blessing the nations of the earth through Abraham's Seed (Genesis 22:18).

The promise of God continued through Isaac and Jacob, and the sons of Jacob. Two separate aspects were present: (1) the physical offspring of Jacob; and (2) the Messianic anointing, which Paul was careful to explain was given by promise, never by natural birth. The Seed of Abraham is a seed by promise, not by natural birth alone and not by the works of the Law of Moses. The Law of Moses was added because of sin.

Israel was given the Law. But the Messianic promises were suspended until the Seed should come to whom was to be given the inheritance promised to Abraham. The Seed is Christ. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and all the other heirs of the Divine promise must receive the Life that is in Jesus if they would enter the Kingdom of God.

Well then, as Paul would ask, what profit is it to be born of the lineage of Jacob? There is much profit to being born a Jew. First of all, it is the nation of Israel, especially the city of Jerusalem, that one day will be the spiritual, moral, and political head of the nations of the earth.

Also, to the physical Jews were given the holy Law, the Tabernacle of the Congregation, the anointed Prophets, and the promise of the coming Christ. Christ was born of a virgin of Israel. No other nation ever at any time has been set aside by the Lord God of Heaven in the manner true of the nation of Israel.

In the fullness of time Christ, the salvation of Israel, was born in Bethlehem of Judea. When He came of age, Rabbi Jesus of Nazareth ministered under the greatest anointing of the Holy Spirit ever witnessed on the earth.

The majority of the Jews could not perceive the revelation of God in Jesus because God sent spiritual blindness upon them (Romans 11:7,8). However, the elect of the Jews received Him, and thus the Christian Church, the Body of Christ, came into being.

Immediately God made it known He had elect Gentiles in every nation and that the Jews must go forth and invite them to partake of the salvation in Christ. This caused some consternation at first and God gave Peter a clarifying vision. Then Peter was emboldened to set foot in the house of the Gentile, Cornelius.

God proceeded to disperse the physical descendants of Abraham among the nations, while the Spirit of God began to search out the members of the elect Gentiles from every race, city, tribe, and village on the earth. The calling of the elect Gentiles has continued until Christianity is thought of today as a Gentile religion, while the Jews appear (to the Gentiles) to be crying in vain for their Christ to come.

Soon the full number of Gentile branches will have been grafted on the good olive tree, on Christ, on the anointing and promise that at one time had been given to Abraham and to his natural lineage.

Then it will be time for God to return to the physical descendants of Abraham. God will turn His attention to the Jews and "all Israel shall be saved" (Romans 11:25-27). The Deliverer will come out of Zion and take away the sins of Jacob.

We know from the Scriptures that the Jews will be delivered from all evil but we are not certain when and how it will happen.

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (Luke 21:24)

God never changes. He has not for one moment forgotten His ancient people, the Jews. We Gentiles have become proud, thinking that the Christian Church is Gentile and that if a Jew is to be saved He must change his religion. The truth is, it is we Gentiles who must turn away from our demon worship and embrace the God of the Jews.

The Jew does not have to change his religion in order to become a Christian. All he must do is repent of his sins, turn in faith toward his own God, and embrace Jesus, His own Christ. He then is to be baptized in water, not as a sign he has left Judaism but in order to represent his identification with the crucifixion and resurrection of his Christ.

In so doing the Jew does not become a Gentile or a member of any Gentile church . Rather he enters the same Body of which Paul, Peter, James, John, and Jude--all Jews--are members. We of the elect Gentiles look on with joy as our Jewish brothers and sisters regain their own inheritance.

For two thousand years the ministries and gifts that come to us from the ascended Christ have been saying to elect Gentiles, "You are God's people. You are not of the world. You have been called out to be one with Christ as He is One with the Father. You are to come out of the world and to offer spiritual sacrifices of prayer and praise to the Father, sacrifices acceptable to Him because of the blood and Person of Christ."

The time is drawing near when the eyes of many members of the nation of Israel, the race of the Jews, will be opened. God will use some of us Gentiles to begin teaching them, "You are God's people."

It is not our role to make Gentiles of the Jews or to make them members of any church. God forbid! The Jewish religion was ordained of God. Most of the liturgies and practices of the Christian churches never were ordained of God but merely are human adjustments to the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Jewish Law, feasts, priesthood, and sacrifices were commanded by the Lord!

It is our task as Gentiles to say to the Jews, "You belong to God. God has chosen you to be a king and priest to Himself. Receive your Christ, the Lord Jesus, for your salvation is in His name. Receive your Bridegroom. He loves you with an everlasting love.

"He is your sin-offering. He is your Passover Lamb. He is your Lampstand, your Light. He is your Booth, your Tabernacle in which to dwell before the Lord. The promised salvation has come and it is Christ."

We Gentiles have alienated the Jews by our insistence that they become Gentile Christians, and then have forsaken them in the hour of the Holocaust. How many Gentile nations turned the Jews away from their shores when they sought refuge from Nazi Germany?

Have these nations not refused to minister to the Lord's brothers in their hour of need and will they not therefore be cast into the fiery Gehenna (Matthew 25:41)?

Now we have the monumental task of proving to the Jews that we are of God and that Yeshua is in fact their Messiah. Only the Spirit of God is able to overcome the hurdles erected by the miserable performance of the Christian churches through the centuries and to bring the Gentiles and Jews together into one Body of Christ. The Lord Jesus is coming for one Church, one Body, and it is not a Gentile church. It is a new creation, having been formed from the elect Jews and the elect Gentiles.

It appears that Antichrist, as he consolidates his power, will turn against the Jews with malice. He will attempt to destroy the Jews, as has occurred in recent history.

During the days of Antichrist the true Christian Church will have been refined to a remnant of believers who have been driven from the cities of the earth. The majority of "Christians" will be part of "Babylon" (man-directed Christianity), having the spirit of Laodicea. We see this trend today as Christians begin to speak of becoming wealthy in the world, of using their faith to gain material riches.

It is our point of view that the refined remnant of believers will render physical and spiritual aid to the Jews during the period of the great tribulation. The authority and power of spiritual deliverance and salvation will reside in this remnant of saints whom the Lord shall call (Joel 2:32). The Lord Jesus will draw the elect Jews out into the wilderness and speak comfortably to them.

Jesus has warned the Jews to flee from Judea when they see the abomination of desolation, that is, Antichrist, standing in the holy place (probably the Holy of Holies of a restored Temple--Matthew 24:15,16), claiming to be God. The claim of Antichrist to be God will bring about the great tribulation.

Those who unwisely remain in Jerusalem will suffer at the hands of Antichrist.

At the climactic hour, Christ will appear with His resurrected holy ones on the Mount of Olives. Then He will deliver "all Israel," taking away the sins of the Jews and filling them with His Spirit. The Son of David will sit on the Throne of David in Jerusalem and rule over all the nations of the earth.

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations [this is the Battle of Armageddon], as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. (Zechariah 13:9-14:5)

Christ will come from Heaven with His army. The saints of all ages will appear with Him. They will be clothed in immortal bodies. They will attack Antichrist and his armies and destroy them. The Lord Jesus will be installed on the Throne of David in Jerusalem and then will go forth with His army to bring the entire earth into subjection to Himself, as we read in the second chapter of the Book of Joel.

Jerusalem shall be filled with the living water of God's Holy Spirit and be a holy nation to the Lord.

And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. (Zechariah 14:8,9)

Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 14:21)

Today our reborn inner spiritual nature is in Christ in Heaven at the right hand of God and is being refined in righteousness by means of our struggle in the earth. When Jesus returns we shall return with Him in order that the will of God, now being done in Heaven, may be performed in the earth.

In the meantime, the Lord Jesus is speaking to His Bride, both the elect Jews and Gentiles. "You belong to Me. Come away My beloved. Follow Me wherever I go. Receive My body and blood that you may become an eternal part of Me and forever be with Me where I am."

Introductory Scriptures

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. (Isaiah 42:1)

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. (Isaiah 42:3)

And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

(Isaiah 51:16)

The Creation of the Servant of the Lord

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. (Isaiah 42:1)

When studying about Christ we must keep in mind that the term Christ is precisely synonymous with the word Messiah. Sometimes it is conjectured that the coming of Christ is for the Gentiles while the Jews are waiting for Messiah. Messiah is an Anglicization of the Hebrew term for the "Anointed One" while Christ is an Anglicization of the Greek term for the "Anointed One.

Although most of us may understand that Messiah and Christ are the same term we may not grasp this fact emotionally. We may "feel" that Christ is for us Gentiles and Messiah is for the Jews.

Hopefully our consistent use of the term Christ will not leave the impression that we are describing any person other than the Messiah of the Hebrew Prophets and Christ of the Greek New Testament.

One of the most confusing of the several errors that pervade Christian thinking today is the concept that there exists a Gentile Church destined for Heaven and a Jewish Kingdom that will reign on the earth. The believer who thinks in these terms will never understand the Prophets or the Apostle Paul.

Please bear with us, then, as we discuss the Servant of the Lord and employ the term Christ . Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ, the Anointed One) is the Servant of the Lord of the Book of Isaiah. Also, because of the marriage that is taking place, the Servant of the Lord, Christ, consists not only of the exalted Head, the Lord Jesus, but also of a Body.

Many hundreds of years before Christ of Nazareth was born, the Prophet Isaiah exclaimed, "Behold my servant"!

Behold whom? There was no one to see. Whomever people were supposed to behold was not available at that time for anyone to observe. Who is the "servant" about whom Isaiah was prophesying?

Isaiah, as well as the other prophets of Israel who spoke concerning the Anointed One to come, did not know of whom the Spirit in him was speaking. Peter informs us that the prophets "searched diligently" in an attempt to understand more about the Person who shall "bring forth judgment to the nations" (I Peter 1:10-12).

What spirit was speaking in Isaiah? Peter tells us it was the Spirit of Christ who was testifying "beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow" (I Peter 1:11).

The Spirit of Christ was commanding, "Behold my servant."

Whom was the Spirit of Christ commanding to behold God's Servant? Peter answers:

Not unto themselves [the Prophets] but unto us [the Christians--Jews and Gentiles] they did minister the things which are now reported unto you by them [the Apostles of Christ] that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven (I Peter 1:12)

We understand, therefore, that the Spirit of Christ in Isaiah is speaking to Christians. The Spirit is directing us, as well as the rest of the creation, to behold the Servant of the Lord. Before Christ was born--hundreds of years before, in fact--His Spirit directed the heavens and the earth to behold the Servant of the Lord.

So important is the Servant of the Lord in the eternal plan of God that the setting up of the Kingdom of God on the earth may be viewed as four stages in the development and ministry of the Servant of the Lord:

The Appearing of the Head of the Servant of the Lord.

The Birth and Building up of the Body of the Servant of the Lord.

The Appearing and Ministry of the Servant of the Lord.

The Eternal Reign, under God, of the Servant of the Lord.

The first step in setting up the Kingdom of God on the earth was the coming to earth of our Lord, Christ. Christ was born of the virgin, Mary; grew up in Nazareth of Galilee; was anointed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit; ministered for three years among the people of Israel; and then was crucified in order to make an atonement for our sins.

Christ rose from the dead by the sovereign hand of God Almighty, now possessing all authority in Heaven and on the earth. Christ became the "firstborn from the dead," being declared to be the Son of God by the power of His resurrection.

Christ is the King of the Kingdom of God and the beginning of the Kingdom.

The second step in installing the Kingdom of God on the earth is the birth and building up of the Body of Christ, the Body of the Servant of the Lord. The Servant of the Lord is Jesus, the only Christ from the God of Heaven. Now God is adding to the Servant of the Lord, to Christ, a Wife, a Body. The Christian Church is the Body of Christ.

For two thousand years the ministries and gifts given to people by the ascended Lord Jesus through the Holy Spirit have been laboring to bring the saints to "the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ " that is, to the full moral stature that must be true of each member of the Servant of the Lord.

We saints are Christ's Body, His Bride, His fullness. We are the branches growing out from the one true Vine.

The third step in setting up the Kingdom of God on the earth will be the appearing, ministry, and perfecting of the Servant of the Lord; in particular, the perfecting of the Body. The Head already has been made perfect before God through the sufferings He experienced while on the earth (Hebrews 5:8,9).

After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. (Hosea 6:2)

But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. (Malachi 4:2)

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:4)

When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. (II Thessalonians 1:10)

Throughout the thousand-year period (Millennium; Kingdom Age) the saints will rule with Christ, ministering to all the Lord's people and also to the nations of the earth. During the Kingdom Age the whole Church will become perfectly united with Christ, which is the marriage of the Lamb; and also will be embellished marvelously and adorned with the Glory of God, finally appearing from Heaven as the glorious holy city, the new Jerusalem.

The prior preparation of the Wife of the Lamb is indicated by the statement describing the descent from Heaven of the glorified Church:

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)

"Prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." The implication is that the preparation of the Bride occurred prior to the installation of the new heaven and earth, that is, during the thousand-year Kingdom Age. The "adorning" of the Bride speaks of the spiritual adorning of moral purity and restful union with God, not of external finery. It is the beauty of holiness to the Lord.

The fourth step in setting up the Kingdom of God on the earth will be the eternal reign of the Lamb and His Wife over the creation of God. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. The servants of God "shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads" (Revelation 22:44).

The new heaven and earth reign of the Lamb and His Wife, of the Servant of the Lord, will be so exalted, so much higher spiritually than anything we can imagine at the present time, that we must content ourselves with the facts of the Kingdom of God that are closer at hand.

Nevertheless it is inspiring to realize that after billions upon untold billions of eons have passed, each saint still will be standing in the very Presence of the holy Father, continually being perfected in God's image through the transformation of personality that always occurs when a person beholds the Glory of the Lord.

The Servant of the Lord is Christ, the Anointed Deliverer. He is the One sent from God to bring deliverance to the nations and also to reconcile perfectly to God every one of God's elect.

Christ has come to the earth already, having been born, as we have stated, of the virgin, Mary. During the two thousand years that have followed, His Body is being formed--the Body of Christ. Christ's Body is the "fulness of him that filleth all in all" (Ephesians 1:23).

At the next appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ His saints will appear with Him. The saints constitute the Body of Christ, the Body of the Anointed Deliverer.

When Christ was sent into the world the first time He did not bring with Him a church, a body. When Christ comes to the world the second time He will be accompanied by His Church, by the Body of Christ.

It is to this completed Man, the Lord Jesus and His Church, His complement, that the Spirit of Christ is referring when He invites us to "Behold my servant." The Wife, the Church, is included in the Servant because she has become one with Christ by eating His flesh and drinking His blood.

The Promise to Abraham

An elderly man was making his way up the side of a mountain in the land of Moriah. He had his son by the hand. The patriarch's step was firm, his eye and hand steady. But his heart was dead in him. His natural desires now were crucified, so to speak. His obedience to the command of God kept him moving toward the altar that meant the end of the hopes and plans of twenty-five years.

Who has plumbed the depths of a father's love for his son?

The obedience of Abraham stands out in contrast to the miserable disobedience of Adam and Eve.

As soon as Abraham had completed the sacrifice in his heart, God spoke to him from Heaven:

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. (Genesis 22:17,18)

At this point the Servant of the Lord was being announced to the heavens and to the earth. The Servant of the Lord is the Seed of Abraham.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Word from the beginning. He was not created through the obedience of Abraham. The Scriptures inform us clearly that Christ was before Abraham and before all other personages and things. All the universe and its personages were created by Him and for Him.

Although all the members of the Body of Christ will share in the glorious inheritance promised to Christ, yet in some ways the Lord Jesus always remains unique. One aspect of His uniqueness is that He was before all things and by Him all things were created and maintain their existence. The uniqueness of the Lord Jesus abides eternally. No member of the Body of Christ was with Christ from the beginning.

Yet we now are being created an eternal part of the Eternal Word of God, Christ. We cannot share with Him in His past. But we shall, according to the written Word of God, share with Him in His future. Christ Himself has made that possible through His atoning blood, through His unceasing intercession on our behalf, and by every other means.