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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Four Aspects of the Kingdom of God, #9
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. (Isaiah 60:3)
Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. (Ezekiel 47:7)
Isaiah, Chapters 60 and 61 describe the nations of saved peoples of the earth being blessed by the royal priesthood. First, the members of the priesthood must be made "trees of righteousness." After that, the royal priesthood will bring the Presence, the rule, and the blessing of God to mankind.
Israel will be the glorified Body of Christ.
The forty-seventh chapter of the Book of Ezekiel portrays our moving through the waters of the Holy Spirit until there are "waters to swim in." Then God causes us to "return to the bank of the river" and plants us there as a tree of life. We become a "life-giving" spirit.
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening [life-giving] spirit. (I Corinthians 15:45)
Now the river of life, the Holy Spirit, will flow out from us and enter the dead sea of mankind. Every person the river touches will live, having received life from the Spirit of God. This is the revealing and ministry of the sons of God.
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3)
The many aspects of salvation are to bring us to the spiritual fulfillment of the Old Testament feast of Tabernacles. In that day, the day when the Father and the Son are living and ruling in our personality, the Holy Spirit will then flow from the Throne of God that is in us. All of those who are saved may come and drink freely of the water of life.
Today we are at Pentecost. Now it is time to move forward to the feast of Tabernacles. But to move from Pentecost to Tabernacles we must cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He deals with the worldliness, lusts, and self-will that still are enthroned in us. The water of life will not flow from us as it should until we have been totally reconciled to God; and we will not be totally reconciled to God until sin has been destroyed from our personality.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (II Corinthians 6:17-7:1)
The nations and the farthest reaches of the earth are the inheritance of Christ and of those who are coheirs with Him.
The destiny of Israel, the new Jerusalem, the Body of Christ, is to be the Presence, will, and blessing of God among men. This has been true from the time of Abraham to the present moment.
Isaac, Jacob, and the sons of Jacob are part of Christ, not because of their blood relationship to Abraham but because of the promise of God—because of Divine foreknowledge and election. The elect Gentiles are members of Christ, not because they are Gentiles but because of Divine foreknowledge and election. Every member of the Israel of God is so because of Divine election. We did not choose Christ. Christ chose us.
No person can boast, for it is God who is working all things through Christ according to His own pleasure and wisdom. (from Four Aspects of the Kingdom of God)