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The Daily Word of Righteousness
God's Unfolding Plan, #18
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8)
If Christ holds to His Word, the majority of the Christians of our day will be sent into outer darkness, if not into something worse, because of their refusal to accept the lordship of Christ over their lives. Those who have taught these unscriptural concepts will be cast out with them. The teachers who worship their own bellies have changed the sayings of the Book of Revelation.
Perhaps God has winked at the ignorance of the past. But now He is commanding us all to repent.
If we do not repent, turning to Christ with all our heart, we certainly will become an eternal part of Babylon, the false Christian church. We will serve Antichrist. We will drink of the wine of the wrath of God. We will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb.
We have seen, then, that God's program has not changed from the creation of the world. God always is seeking a creation filled with righteousness and praise in which Christ is the Center and circumference of every creature and every thing.
Micah 6:8 always has been true. Habakkuk 2:4 always has been true, as the eleventh chapter of Hebrews points out. Second Chronicles 7:14 always has been true.
From Abel through Enoch to the present hour, God is seeking men and women, boys and girls, who will behave righteously, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
There have been saints of every era who have received with thanksgiving the grace given during their day, and then have used that grace to press through to the heart of God.
Then there have been others who, because of the hardness of their heart, have resisted the Holy Spirit. They observed the letter of the covenant and then missed God's desire entirely.
It is God's intention that the new covenant produce saints who are superior in faith, in practicing righteousness, in loving mercy, in walking humbly with God, to the saints of every other period of God's working. The least member of the Kingdom of God is greater than any of the prophets.
But what we are producing today because of our traditions are saints in name only—paper saints!
God is not seeking saints in name only, legal saints, saints by imputation (ascribed righteousness). The Lord wants real, godly, faithful men and women.
Peter and Paul are not saints by imputation. They are examples of the godliness and glory that can be achieved under the new covenant. They need not be ashamed in the company of Enoch, of Daniel, of Elijah, of John the Baptist, of Jesus Himself.
But God is not finished. At the end of the present age, God will bring forth the fullness of redemption. When Jesus comes, the saints of all ages will be raised from the dead. Then all who have loved and served the Lord in truth will be caught up together to receive the fullness of salvation at the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ. We all shall be made perfect together.
Under the new covenant the Lord God of Heaven has given to us All He Himself Is.
Can we offer in return anything less than all that we are? (from God's Unfolding Plan)