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The Daily Word of Righteousness
What Is Wrong With the Teaching of the Pre-tribulation Rapture, continued
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, (Galatians 4:19)
Our heart even after we are saved is desperately wicked, not just wicked but desperately wicked. Have you noticed that? The Lord Jesus is ready today to remove that wickedness from your heart.
As we "come out from among them" and purge ourselves of all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, we are received of God and become His sons and daughters.
The final experience in the Divine redemption is the coming of God to dwell in us, we having by this time a resurrected body clothed with the Divine Glory that has been stored up in Heaven for us as we have sown our present physical body to the death of the cross.
Before we can receive the fullness of the Tabernacles experience, Christ must be formed in us. Christ is formed in us as we patiently follow Jesus every day, overcoming the evil of the day with the grace given to us. Each day has its portion of evil. Each day has its portion of grace by which we can overcome the evil.
As we overcome we are given to eat of the Tree of Life, that is, of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. As we eat the flesh of Christ and drink His blood, Christ is formed in us. It is the temple, the chariot of God that is being formed in us.
A nation shall be born at once. Whatever else Isaiah is referring to, the fact is the Christian Church is in travail today to bring forth Christ in the believers. The royal priesthood, the holy nation, will suddenly appear for all to see. Christ is the One who will govern all nations with the rod of iron. Christ is the One who will rule with the scepter of righteousness. Christ is the One in whom dwells the Fullness of the Father.
All of these roles, privileges, and opportunities become ours only as Christ is formed in us! The adamic man receives nothing but the cross. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.
Any teaching that does not stress war against God's enemies, the disciplining of the soldiers of the army of the Lord, the purifying of our personality, the forming of Christ in us, the coming of the Father and the Son to dwell in us forever, is not in keeping with the present burden of the Spirit.
Can you see now how utterly distracting and devastating is the repeated emphasis on untransformed believers being caught up in their business suits, overalls, and party dresses to fly away to live in a mansion in Heaven? Can you see why it would be in Satan's interests to propagate such unscriptural mythology?
The believers want to be with Jesus. This is good. The believers want to be in Paradise. This also is good and is of God. It is no wonder that the believers rejoice at the thought that any moment their troubles will be over and they will find themselves with Jesus in Paradise!
But this is not what the Bible teaches.
To be continued.