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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Our Christian Pilgrimage, #24
And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29)
In the larger sense, all Israel is to become part of Christ, part of the Anointed Deliverer, the Servant of the Lord. By "Israel" we mean God's elect whether Jewish or Gentile by physical birth. We Gentiles, having been made part of Jesus Christ, are of true Israel. True Israel is the Body of Christ, the Wife of the Lamb, the new Jerusalem, the Tabernacle of God, the Seed of Abraham. All other saved people are members of the nations of saved peoples of the earth.
We do not wish to advance a new cult by stating or implying that some Christians are members of God's elect and some are members of the saved nations. This is not our purpose.
As we study the Scriptures we notice that there is Israel, and then there are the nations over whom Israel will reign. If there were no saved nations for the royal priesthood to serve, then there would be no purpose for a royal priesthood.
We do not subscribe to the current doctrine that describes "saved Gentiles" living in a heavenly kingdom while the Jews rule over an earthly kingdom. This popular doctrine contradicts numerous passages of the Scriptures. There is only one Kingdom of God, of Heaven. There is not a heavenly kingdom and an earthly kingdom.
It is true however, that there is the Church, and then there are the saved nations. The Church will govern the saved nations for eternity.
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 22:5)
How this works out today we are not certain. It is enough to state there is an elect on the earth and they are as separate from the world as Christ is. When they have been perfected in the Father and the Son, then the world will believe that God has sent Christ and loves the saints. This we know to be a fact of the Scripture.
True Israel, the Body of Christ, is distinguished by the priestly anointing of the Holy Spirit. We of the elect are baptized into the Body of Christ by means of the anointing of the Holy Spirit of God.
It is the anointing of the Spirit that signifies we are members of the Body of the Anointed One, and also that God has chosen us to be part of the royal priesthood. God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh in the end-time latter rain revival, and then His Spirit will fill the earth during the Kingdom Age.
It is God's will that His eternal life touch every saved person. But the Spirit of the Lord dwells in a unique manner upon and in His royal priesthood. The Spirit of the Lord abides on us and in us because the Lord has anointed us to perform the work of the Servant of the Lord (Isaiah, Chapter 42).
Concerning the anointing that abides forever on Christ—Head and Body:
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. (Psalms 133:2,3)
Concerning the anointing that abides forever in Christ—Head and Body:
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:17)
To be continued.