The Daily Word of Righteousness

The Remnant, #4

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. (Joel 2:32)

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: (Romans 11:26)

The remnant will serve as the source of spiritual deliverance in the earth, even in the darkest hour of the tribulation. Notice the above passages.

We see, then, that the remnant, who are the true Seed of Abraham (Galatians 3:29), those who "keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Christ" (Revelation 12:17), are the elect who bear witness to unsaved Jewish people and to the Gentiles concerning the Person of God, His love and His wrath. They testify especially concerning the means of reconciliation and redemption God has provided for all persons through Christ, His only begotten Son. The saints advise all persons everywhere that God has appointed Christ both Savior and Judge of mankind.

Why does Christ appear to the church in Sardis as "he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars"? Christ appears this way because it is in the area of the anointing, and of the Person and majesty of Christ, that the human-oriented churches come short of God's glory and the remnant fulfill the will of God.

The human-oriented church does not trust in the anointing of the Holy Spirit or the Person and power of Christ to accomplish its goals. The human-oriented church trusts in human wisdom, human energy and diligence, human talents, money, entertainment, and all other fleshly endeavor to built itself up. Such an organization may develop an excellent reputation in the eyes of people but it is dead in the sight of God.

The battle cry of the remnant, the Elijah-Elisha company, is: "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts" (Zechariah 4:6). This also is the war cry of the two witnesses, for they are the "two olive trees, and the two candlesticks [lampstands] standing before the God of the earth" (Revelation 11:4, referring to Zechariah, Chapter Four).

Those who walk in the anointing of the Spirit of God are the remnant. They are alive in the sight of Christ. They always are conscious of the Presence and almighty power of Christ. An expression used only by Elijah and Elisha, who are important Scriptural types of the remnant, was, "the Lord God before whom I stand."

The remnant always live in the anointing (the seven Spirits of God) and remain conscious of the universal power of Christ (the seven stars). The seven stars speak of the power and authority of Christ in that He holds the seven stars, who are the ruling spirits of the seven churches, in His right hand.

And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. (Revelation 3:1)

To be continued.