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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Seven Furnishings of the Tabernacle, #44
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. (John 14:19,20)
The phrase "at that day" is significant. It refers to the Day of the Lord. The phrase "in that day" is used several times in the Book of Isaiah. It is the Day when the Lord alone is exalted.
We have a partial fulfillment of the preceding passage from the moment of accepting Christ as our personal Savior and Lord. The fullness of the experience may be ahead for most of us.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:21)
The above verse is not referring to the second coming of our Lord Jesus nor is it referring to our initial acceptance of Christ. It is the fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles and takes place after Pentecost, after we receive the Holy Spirit. It is the coming of the Father and the Son to dwell in the saint.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. The glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John 17:21-23)
The preceding passage describes the perfect reconciliation of the saints to God through Christ. It is the marriage of the Lamb.
Oneness with the Godhead occurs after the Christian becomes the Ark of the Covenant, so to speak. The Glory of God always comes to rest in a prepared place.
The coming of the Father and the Son to abide eternally in us is the capstone of salvation. It is the placing of the Mercy Seat on the Ark. This is the plan for the construction of the living Temple of God, the Temple of God being the Holy City, the new Jerusalem. There is no temple in the new Jerusalem because the entire city is the Tabernacle of God.
The Christian goes through the processes of death to self, and resurrection, in the power of the Holy Spirit. There must be a continual eating of the flesh and drinking of the blood of Christ. There must be a transformation of moral character.
As soon as the redemptive processes have been completed, or rather as they are being completed (for this is no simple one-two-three procedure, it is a complicated hammering out of one's life on the anvil of human experience), the Godhead will indwell the Christian and absorb the Christian into the Divine Life. This is the meaning of the following:
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of Heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name. (Revelation 3:12)
To be continued.