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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Imputation and Transformation, continued
"If she is a wall, We shall build on her a battlement of silver; but if she is a door, we shall barricade her with planks of cedar." (Song of Solomon 8:9—NASB)
First the elect must be discipled by the Word of the Lord. This is how they are transformed. We must keep His commandments. If we love Him we will keep His commandments. When we patiently keep His Word He protects us from the temptation in the world. When we keep His Word the Father loves us and Christ and the Father make Their eternal abode in us.
The Lord Jesus Christ is first and foremost of the Firstborn. After the Lord Jesus comes the firstfruits of the Church, set forth in the fourteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation.
We have written so much concerning the division of the Church into Zion and the remainder of the Tabernacle at the high place in Gibeon, of Gideon's army, of the three anointings of David, and so forth, we will direct the interested reader to these books. Suffice it to say that clearly written in the Scriptures is the concept of a firstfruits of the Bride of the Lamb who will, we believe, assist the remainder of the Bride in the work of redemption and of change into the image of the Lord and rest in the Father's will.
In order to discuss the work of bringing the firstfruits, the remainder of the Church, and finally the nations of saved people to a lesser extent, into the image and will of God, we must refer back to the Great Commission.
Although the Great Commission is frequently quoted as our need to go forth to persuade people to "make a decision for Christ," this is not a correct interpretation. The Great Commission is to go to all nations and make disciples, teaching them to keep Christ's commandments.
We disciple people by teaching them. The Word of God comes to the mind and then to the heart. The Word of God, in the form of the body and blood of Christ, is formed in us only as we hear the Word of God, gain faith, knowledge, and wisdom, and then act on what we have heard.
The new covenant is the bringing of the Word of God into our mind and then our heart.
We need to be cautious whenever a move of revival consists primarily of various experiences. Experiences do not disciple us, it is the teaching of the Word of Christ that disciples us.
It appears that the great mass of Christians throughout the Church Age until the present time have received the grace of imputation. Now it is time to begin to think about the Church without spot or wrinkle. The Church will not be unblemished by imputation but by transformation. Therefore a massive work of discipleship, of transformation through the Word of God, is to begin now and continue until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature sons of God—maturity as measured by the full stature of Christ.
To be continued.