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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The "Singles" Group, #5
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. (John 6:57)
We are dead to the Law of Moses so we may be married to the Lord Jesus Christ. The term marriage means just what the word implies. Our life is to be joined to Jesus in a real, living experience of abiding.
Jesus is alive today. He is ready to join Himself to us as we walk in the way of righteousness. But we must turn our eyes toward Him and pray often. The true saint loves to pray because he loves Jesus. He is married to Jesus. He is the Body of Christ. Christ bears full responsibility for all the true saint is and does.
If the saint stumbles and falls the Lord Jesus picks him up. Jesus forgives His fallen saint. Then the Lord Jesus chastens him severely and thoroughly. The Lord is our Savior and our Judge at the same time.
. . . and I will give unto every one of you [Christians] according to your works. (Revelation 2:23)
We have in our day a number of "believers" who are members of the spiritual "singles" group. They have little faith in the Law of Moses or in any other law. They picture the Christian salvation as the removal of the laws of conduct. They think of themselves as being "free" in Christ.
The truth is, they are not free at all. They are the slaves of sin and of their own self-rule and self-love. They are the most miserable of mankind because they have a form of the truth but are not living in the truth.
They are the spiritual "singles" group and are of no use to God or man.
The Christian salvation is the receiving of the Lord Jesus. He alone has the authority to declare us righteous. He corrects us when we are wrong, and sends many blessings, many teachings, and many fires for our transformation into His image.
The task of the saint is to look only and steadily to the Lord Jesus. Our righteousness comes only from Him. Christ is our Lord, our Savior, our Judge, our Shepherd, our Priest, and our Teacher. We live to please Him, and He alone determines if we are acceptable to God.
A Christian can encounter serious spiritual trouble by not walking closely to Christ. We are righteous only as we are "married" to Christ. The moment we choose to live our own life, not seeking the Lord, not doing His will, we become a candidate for Divine judgment.
As long as we abide in Christ we have no fear of Divine judgment. The only judgment that comes upon us is that which is designed to transform us into the image of Christ.
Should we decide to "eat our own bread" and "wear our own clothes," not being careful to live and walk in Jesus, the Law of Moses condemns us to spiritual death because of our lusts and rebellion.
The Christian redemption is marriage to Jesus. It is not a plan to gain entrance to Paradise by accepting the theological facts concerning the atoning death and triumphant resurrection of Christ. Having the name of Christ apart from the Presence of Christ is not salvation.
To be continued.