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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Vision of the New Covenant, #9
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. (Romans 4:17)
How do we address ourselves to the aspects of our restoration God has declared to be facts but are not in evidence in the physical realm?
It is important how we answer this question because the righteous live by seeking and following invisible realities.
Let us list several incorrect or incomplete approaches to fulfilling the vision of restoration, and the correct approach, and then discuss each of these.
Some incorrect or incomplete approaches to fulfilling the vision, to entering the rest of God's finished work, are as follows:
What God has said is not possible of fulfillment.
It is not possible of fulfillment in this present life.
It was possible in the days of the Apostles but no longer is possible.
We can fulfill the vision if we try hard enough.
The work will be done in Heaven.
We can fulfill the vision by manipulating the supernatural realm by "faith": "I believe, I believe," until it takes place.
It is true now: "I am not sick or sinning regardless of how it appears." The Bible says it is so and therefore it is so.
It is all true "by grace." The fact that I believe in Christ makes it so. His perfection is imputed (ascribed) to me.
The one correct approach to fulfilling the vision, to entering the rest of God, is as follows:
We inherit the promises through faith and patience (Hebrews 6:12).
Let us examine first the above eight incorrect, or incomplete, approaches.
What God has said is not possible of fulfillment. This is to stagger at the promise of God through unbelief. God has promised complete restoration of all that mankind has lost. We shall find ourselves one day in a glorious world in which there is no sin at all. The Church will be perfect in its role as the Wife of the Lamb, the new Jerusalem. The nations of the earth will dwell in the light of the Church.
We shall be changed into the image of the Lord Jesus in spirit, soul, and body. We shall be at rest in the fullness of God in Christ.
All these marvels shall be brought to pass, the works having been finished from the foundation of the world. If we would enter our Divinely ordained inheritance we must believe God can and will bring into existence everything He has promised. He is an all-powerful God! He is faithful, He does not lie.
It is not possible of fulfillment in the present life. It is true there are portions of the restoration that are to take place during appointed times. Those who would work with God, abiding in His rest, learn how to wait on God for the sense of His timing.
Restoration always is an opportunity, not an inevitable occurrence. We must keep ourselves in such a state of readiness that we are able to move with God when the time comes. Also, we must be ready to accept the suffering that attends each segment of the restoration—suffering that is necessary if other people are to receive the grace available from Christ who is in us (II Corinthians 4:11).
To be continued.