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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Ark of His Covenant, continued
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
The wonderful Divine grace given through the Lord Jesus Christ does not change the fact that the righteous and the wicked shall be rewarded according to their works. The soul that sins shall die. The soul that practices Divine righteousness shall live. New-covenant grace does not change the eternal moral law of God. Rather it establishes the moral law for eternity. Any teaching contrary to this is a fable.
Grace is the Divine virtue, wisdom, and strength that enable us to practice righteousness and live. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the Divine grace and the only Divine grace. Through His blood we are forgiven. Through His Life we live.
The hope that we can live a merry, pleasure- filled existence on the earth and then be ushered into Paradise when we die because we are "saved by grace" is definitely not found in the Old Testament or the New Testament. It is a fable.
The hope that Divine grace under the new covenant signals a new era in which God no longer views the behavior of man is definitely not found in the Scriptures. The purpose of Divine grace is that we may be able to practice righteousness, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. The individual who does this will be blessed by the Lord. The person who practices wickedness, who is unmerciful, who walks in the pride of his own strength and resources, will be punished by the Lord whether or not he is a Christian. To believe otherwise is to be deluded.
The hope that we will not reap what we sow is definitely not according to the Scriptures. The law of sowing and reaping is a basic law of the Kingdom of God. Grace cannot make this law null and void. Divine grace does not change what we reap but what we sow. The teaching of today concerning grace is a fable.
None of us desires to face an angry God. Let us therefore pray always that we may escape being harmed spiritually during the age of moral temptations and horrors that is approaching and may stand in triumph before the Son of Man at His appearing and His Kingdom, being fully reconciled to God.
We have seen, then, the significance of the appearing of the Ark of God's Covenant at the time of the return of the Lord Jesus to the earth to set up His Kingdom.
The resurrection from the dead will be divided into two parts by the thousand-year Kingdom Age.
It is the warlike remnant who will be raised at the beginning of the thousand-year period.
The Ten Commandments are a limited expression of the eternal moral law of God. The moral law has never changed and never shall change—not one iota!
At first we keep the commandments of the Apostles as the Holy Spirit enables us. After a while, Christ, who has been created in us, begins to guide our behavior from within our personality.
The memorial jar of manna teaches us continual dependence on the Lord for every aspect of our personality and behavior.
Aaron's rod that budded portrays the Divine election. Every one of us is to be content in the role and place in the Kingdom that is ours by Divine election. We can err by neglecting our assigned place and also by seeking a role not assigned to us. We cannot live and minister in eternal life unless we are fulfilling the role for which we have been chosen.
It is those whose character reveals the Ark of the Covenant that will be raised in the first resurrection and will rise to meet the Lord Jesus when He appears in the clouds of glory.