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The Daily Word of Righteousness
You Must Be Born Again, #6
When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the LORD. And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple. (I Kings 8:10,11—NIV)
With the exception of the Apostles of the Lamb, we have few saints in Christian history who can compare with Abraham or Moses, David or Daniel, Elijah or Elisha. Why is this when, according to the Lord Jesus, he who is least in the Kingdom of God is greater than the prophets? It is because we have turned what is designed to bring deliverance to the Jews into a Gentile religion that has little to do with God. This is why we do not see Divine interventions on the same scale of power as those that took place throughout Jewish history.
Consider the exodus from Egypt, the opening of the Red Sea, the cloud by day and the fire by night, and the forty-year giving of manna, for example. After the resurrection of Christ and the ministries of the Apostles of the Lamb, which operated in the ranks of believing Jews, what can the Christian Church put forth that is on a scale with the events of Hebrew history?
Into what Christian church building has God entered and found His abode as He did in the Tabernacle of the Congregation and in the Temple of Solomon? The Tabernacle and the Temple were true houses of God. No Christian church building ever has been the house of God. Yet we refer to these steepled structures as houses of God. Are we not in error in this matter?
But, some will say, God dwells in our hearts, not in our buildings. This is our point. The true Christian religion is the entrance of God into the hearts of those who are part of the true Judaic revelation, including the elect Gentiles who have become part of the commonwealth of Israel. Christianity is not merely a different set of sacred buildings, religious symbols, liturgies, and observances.
When God has moved during the Christian Church Era He has done so in spite of the church institutions, not in conjunction with them. Each time God has intervened the Christian institutions have risen up and declared the moving of God to be of Satan. A study of church history will, we believe, substantiate what we are stating.
When the Lord returns, many who have gained an advantage in the religious organizations will have a difficult time relating to Jesus because their life has been spent in gaining the approval of their fellow believers. Such believers are man-centered, institution-centered, not Jesus-centered.
The reason we have departed so far from God's program of redemption, stressing buildings, institutions, and the approval of men rather than the creation of Christ in the believers, is that we do not understand what it means to be born again. We suppose God has determined to reform and save the first creation, the Adamic creation, and we are attempting to place our Adamic personality in the best possible position.
We often do not understand or preach the fact that the first creation, the Adamic creation, is serving only as a support, a scaffolding for the new creation that is coming into view. God has no intention of saving us as we are. Salvation comes only through transformation from one kind of creature into another kind of creature.
To be continued.