The Daily Word of Righteousness

Three Platforms of Grace, #5

Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: (Deuteronomy 16:16)

The feast of Tabernacles portrays the coming of the Father and the Son (the way having been prepared by the Holy Spirit) to dwell with us for eternity. This is the consummation of the work of salvation in us, the final result of the preceding works of redemption.

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23)

In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:21,22)

The Scriptures point toward the building of the eternal Temple of God. The hidden God is willing to be revealed to the heavens and to the earth. How will He reveal Himself? He will reveal Himself through man, for man is His image. Male and female make up the image of the invisible God.

Adam and Eve were the beginning, the faint outline of the coming revelation of who and what God is. Christ is the full revelation of who and what God is. Christ is the Word, the Logos, the Expression, the Incarnation, the visible Person who proclaims to the heavens and the earth the Being, the words, the way, the works, the purposes of the almighty God of Heaven and earth.

Is Christ, who is the revelation of God, to remain as the only revelation of God?

Yes, and no. Yes, in that the members of His Body always will reveal Jesus as Jesus always reveals the Father. It is always the Lord Jesus who is the revelation of God. No, in that Christ is being enlarged through the members of His Body.

The Lord Jesus Christ remains unique as the only begotten Son of God, the Word from eternity. God has determined to bring many sons to glory—many sons but never separate from the one Son. The many sons will be branches springing from the one Son. Christ remains central and Lord of all.

There will be many rooms in the one house of God. Christ is the only true and eternal House of God. God dwells only in Christ. However, Christ is in the process of being enlarged (Ephesians 4:12-16).

If the Lord Jesus were destined to remain as the only expression of God He would have informed us of this fact. He would have set up His Kingdom at His first appearing for all would have been in order.

The mystery of God is that Christ will be formed in many people causing them to become an enlargement of Himself, to become additional rooms in the eternal house of God.

Jesus has had to give up the nation of Israel, and His rightful throne, until His Body has been formed. As soon as His Body has been brought to God's standard of perfection there will be many places of abode in which the Lord God can rest and through which He can express Himself to His creatures.

To be continued.