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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Romans 8:24,25, continued
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven. (II Corinthians 4:2)
In Second Corinthians Paul looks with longing toward his "house from Heaven." Notice that it is not his house in Heaven but his house from Heaven. Perhaps our theology is in need of major overhaul.
I was taught by Navigators when first saved that we must adhere strictly and closely to the Bible. This I have endeavored to do. But in so doing I have found that our Evangelical doctrine, with its sure foundation of the atoning blood and triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, has constructed a superstructure of errors.
The common denominator of the superstructure of errors is the notion that Divine grace is an alternative to righteous behavior, a ticket to eternal residence in a mansion in Heaven.
The Scriptures to not describe any such salvation. The Scriptures speak of redemption, that is, the restoring to man that which was lost in the garden.
What was lost in the garden was not eternal residence in the spirit Paradise, it was fellowship with God and access to the tree of life.
Our salvation ought to be one that restores fellowship with God and access to the tree of life.
Our fellowship with God is restored through the blood of Jesus Christ. Our fellowship is then maintained as we, through the grace Christ gives, turn away from our sins.
As we turn away from our sins (as we overcome) we are given to eat of the tree of life. The Tree of Life is Jesus Christ. It is His body and blood that are our true and eternal food.
If we learn to live by His body and blood He will raise us in the last day and clothe us with eternal life.
Then we will return with Him in His Kingdom and govern the nations of the earth.
This is the true Gospel of the Kingdom of God and eternal life.
God is in the process of restoring the original gifts and ministries of the Spirit to the churches. Along with this He is sending the Spirit of repentance, and also wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God.
The purpose of all this wonderful grace is that there might come forth a Church without spot or wrinkle; not without spot or wrinkle by imputation but by actual transformation of personality. For the royal priesthood is not righteous, holy, and obedient to God by imputation but by transformation.
Are you a son of God by imputation or by transformation? Do you have actual righteousness, peace, and joy by imputation or by transformation?
We need to think hard and long about the difference between imputation and transformation. We are approaching the age of moral horrors. The tares are coming to maturity as we can read in the newspapers.
Are you going to be an oak of righteousness, a rock that people can trust in when Satan and his angels are let loose in the world? Are you going to be of the remnant to which people can come and find deliverance in the hour when it no longer is possible even to pray in the large cities?
Or are you going to be one of those terrified believers who rush about screaming in the hour of terror, who never thought God would allow you to be exposed to such desolation?
If you will run for protection to the great wings of God and stay there you will be protected when a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand and you will be ready to assist others.
But if you continue with your careless life, believing you are holding your ticket to Paradise and are just about to be "raptured," you are facing a bleak future.
Take it from a friend.