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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Revelation 21:12,13, continued
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 22:5)
At the end of the thousand-year Kingdom Age the earth and sky we are accustomed to will vanish with a great noise and there will come into view a new sky and a new earth.
However, a new sky and a new earth will solve absolutely nothing. There must come a new race of people who have been cured of sin and who can keep sin from the new creation forever.
It does no good to restore man to Paradise until you get Satan out of the man.
There are gates in this great and high wall.
God creates the wall in us and also a gate. There are twelve gates guarded by angels (whether people-angels or spirit-angels). The names of the twelve tribes of Israel are on the twelve gates.
The fact that there are twelve gates representing the twelve tribes of Israel suggests that God has provided different personalities through which people can come to the Lord.
There are people who can come to God through you who would never come to God through me.
It is very important for you to realize that God wants to create a wall in you but also a gate. Your personality is unique. When your personality is welded with the Personality of Christ a new creation has come into being. The new creation has been designed by the Lord to be a gate through which the members of the saved nations can come to God for guidance and blessing.
God wants your heart to be a highway to Zion.
Never copy anyone else. You are unique. While we can be helped and inspired by the example of strong Christians we must always look to Jesus for the unique work He wants to perform in us as an individual.
Every member of the elect is to be a gate to God; and not only that, a model for millions of people yet to be born. Of the increase of Christ's Kingdom and of peace there shall be no end.
God is preparing in His Church a foundation on which a universe of unnumbered billions and trillions of persons can be created.
People have wondered if there will be babies in the new world. I don't know. But if there are not it will be lacking a very vital element to be sure.
I picture an ever-expanding universe with endless wonders, interests, fascinations, opportunities, relationships. What we are experiencing now is but the womb of life. We haven't even been born yet, so to speak.
The Glory of God and of Christ are quite beyond us. We will have the thousand-years of the Kingdom Age to come to know the Lord a little, and then we will be ready to start eternity on the new earth under the new sky. This, of course, is just the beginning of life.
You can see at once that if we are to be a mold from which many millions of people will be formed, we must work with the Holy Spirit as He changes our personality into the image of Christ and brings us into untroubled union with the Father through Christ.
To be forgiven is wonderful for us but it doesn't accomplish God's plan. God's plan is accomplished only as we are conformed to the image of Jesus. Can you see that?
The Kingdom of God is at hand. It is, as Daniel said, an everlasting kingdom that will subdue all other kingdoms.
The King is Jesus. The Church is His Body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
The Christian churches are now facing the spiritual fulfillment of the Old Testament Day of Atonement. It is God's will to remove the very presence of sin from each one of us. Christ has the power to destroy worldliness, lust, and self-will out of my personality and yours.
Will we allow Him to do this so the Father's plan may proceed to fulfillment?