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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Will of God, #4
This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. (Hebrews 8:10)
There are two phases of the forming of Christ in us, relative to the expression of the will of God. The first phase is the expression of God's will in what we are. The second phase is the expression of God's will in what we do.
The expression of God's will in what we are.
The expression of God's will in what we do.
The expression of God's will in what we are refers to the writing of the eternal moral law of God in our mind and in our heart. Line upon line, commandment upon commandment, here a little and there a little, the Spirit of God is removing our sinful nature and replacing it with the eternal moral law of God.
The eternal moral law of God existed before the Ten Commandments were issued. The Ten Commandments are an abridged, somewhat negative, covenantal form of the eternal moral law of God. The eternal moral law of God always has existed; exists now; and shall exist forever.
The eternal moral law of God is what God is in Personality. It shall never change, although current teaching raises this possibility. If God were to change by accepting continued, willful sinful behavior in His Presence, every hope we have is doomed. It would be best we never had been born if today's teaching of grace has come from the Lord.
The moral law of God is being engraved in our mind so we can understand it, and in our heart so we choose to obey it.
Each day we are to cooperate with the Holy Spirit of God. Each day the Holy Spirit helps us put to death some aspect of our sinful nature. As an element of our sinful nature is removed from us, the body and blood of Christ, which are His virtuous Nature, takes the place of that which has been removed.
Thus our personality reflects the will of God in what it has become. When people see Christ in us they see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. They also observe courage, righteous behavior, fiery holiness, and stern obedience to the Father. This is what the world will see as we are crucified with Christ and it is His Nature that is living in us.
Not only are we transformed in our personality, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have made Their eternal home in us. Then, in the Day of Resurrection, we will be clothed with a body fashioned from eternal, incorruptible, righteous, holy, resurrection Life—the very Life of God!
Now the world can see the will of God expressed in our personality. Now we are bearing a true witness of the Person, way, will, and eternal purpose of God in the Lord Jesus Christ.
To be continued.