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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Going to the Father, #12
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
We believe the spirit Paradise, Heaven, is a place of peace and joy—a welcome relief after our grief and dread in the present world. We believe also we will be given beautiful places of abode that will bring the greatest joy to us. We believe this, not because there is any mention of it in the Scriptures but because of dreams and visions the saints have had.
But then what? Are we humans of such a nature we would be happy reclining eternally beside a flowing stream without any goal, any challenge, any areas of growth or success? It does not appear that many of us have been created that way. Also, what need will we have of a "mansion" after we have been clothed with a body like that of the Lord Jesus?
Our deepest desire is neither gold, nor silver, nor precious stones. These never can satisfy the human heart.
Our deepest desire is to enter the Person of our Father and into union with Christ and other people. We want to be with God, in God, acceptable to God, and never again separated from God. We want to be an eternal part of Jesus and to share with Him the people who are His inheritance.
Then, as Christ keeps on being enlarged throughout the universe for the eternity of eternities, we shall be enlarged with and in Him, and those who have become an integral part of us will be enlarged with us. This is the Kingdom of pure love that the Lord will bring with Him. The relationships among the members are eternal because they are not adamic but of Divine Substance.
To love and guide the nations of the earth—this is the inheritance. We are being created the living Presence of God in Christ so that Christ in us can minister to other human beings. No other inheritance can compare with an inheritance consisting of people.
Christ will share the nations of the earth, which are His inheritance, with His coheirs.
Christ has given each of us into the keeping authority and power of His Father in Heaven. No person or spirit can force us from the Father's hands. That keeping authority and power are bringing us into the Oneness that exists only in the Divine Godhead.
The Father's House is Christ. We are being created individual rooms in the one eternal House.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. (Revelation 21:3)
(from Going to the Father; from John, Chapter Seventeen)