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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Importance of Fruit, #7
The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. (Isaiah 62:2—NIV)
In the beginning God created all things through to the new Jerusalem. Then God rested, because His Word will accomplish His purpose in Christ. Part of the great fulfillment of the Divine purpose is the shining of righteousness from the Christian Church. Her salvation is her deliverance from the person and ways of Satan and her full reception into the Person and ways of God. All the ends of the earth shall behold this revelation of the Person and ways of God.
"The nations will see your righteousness." The righteousness the nations shall see is not the righteousness of religious people seeking to behave correctly. Rather it is the righteousness of God Himself which has come through Jesus Christ into the personalities of those who have been abiding in Him.
In the Book of Revelation we see the fulfillment of God's intention in Christ:
The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. (Revelation 21:24—NIV)
The expression "the nations will walk by its light" means the saved peoples of the earth will perceive what God expects of them as to their relationship to God and their relationship to each other. Each of the Ten Commandments has to do with relationships, as we have said, and the fuller expression of the eternal moral law of God which is written in our mind and heart under the new covenant also has to do with relationships.
The world is destroying itself today because the people do not love God with all their heart and they do not love their neighbors as themselves. But they are helpless to rectify this situation because of the pressure put on them by Satan and his demons.
The first duty of the sons of God as they descend through the air with the Lord Jesus will be to drive Satan and his helpers from the earth. Then the saints will ascend the thrones in the air that govern the spiritual climate of the earth, and the nations will become receptive to the laws of the Kingdom of God, such as the Sermon on the Mount.
None of this redemption is possible, however, until God's people move past the Pentecostal experience into the next feast, the feast of Tabernacles. For it is in the spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles that the Lord drives Satan from us and brings forth His own Life in us until we begin to reveal in ourselves the eternal moral law of God.
The spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles is available to any Christian who is willing to forego his own ideas, his own pleasures, and permit the Lord to have His way in his personality. We must "let go and let God," as the old saying goes.
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." (John 14:23—NIV)
To be continued.