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The Daily Word of Righteousness
You Must Be Born Again, #15
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (II Corinthians 5:17—NIV)
The redemption we are seeking is not found in Heaven but in the Lord Jesus; not in an external relationship with Jesus but as Christ is formed in us. We must be born again if we would enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We are not born again by dying and going to Heaven, we are born again by submitting to the process of the replacement of Adam with Christ.
The process of transformation, of metamorphosis, has nothing to do with our physical death or our entrance into the world of spirits. The process begins the moment we turn to the Lord Jesus in faith and receive the Divine virtue and wisdom Jesus gives us through the Holy Spirit.
What is born again is the house of God. The Father and Christ enter into the new man, not into Adam.
Only Christ is the House of God. God will dwell only in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in us only to the extent Christ is in us.
In the Father's House, in the Lord Jesus, there are being created numerous rooms, numerous places of abode for the Father. When Christ is formed in us the Persons of the Father and Christ enter this new room, into the addition to God's House that has been created in us from the Substance and Virtue of Christ.
It is the will of God that every saved human being have Christ formed in him to some extent. When Christ has been formed in the individual, the Father and Jesus can enter him or her and govern and bless from within the personality. This is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is the House of God. It is Christ formed in the members of the Kingdom of God.
Those who choose not to receive Christ are lost to the purposes of God.
To be saved to eternal life in the new world is to have Christ formed in us so God may settle down to rest in us. The purpose of salvation is not to bring us to Heaven but to create us as a room in the eternal House of God.
This is the salvation that has come to Israel in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation always comes to Israel first because Israel is God's firstfruits. The elect Gentiles are those who have been added to the commonwealth of Israel.
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. (Ephesians 2:11-17)
To be continued.