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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Administration of the Kingdom of God, continued
Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (Matthew 28:18—NIV)
Here we are at the end of the twentieth century. The Lord Jesus has in mind to entrust fearful authority to His saints, as portrayed by the symbolism of the two witnesses in Revelation, Chapter Eleven.
Before God could entrust Christ with all authority in heaven and on earth He first had to prove His obedience beyond all question. Christ had to be brought lower than any man.
Before Christ can share with us His majesty and authority He first must prove our obedience beyond all question. We must be brought very low.
There is rest in the lowly place. The quiet waters of Shiloah flow there.
The decision we must make is: "Will we try to make Christ our servant to accomplish our will in religious matters or will we become the servant of the Lord?"
There is no place in the Kingdom for a will other than that of the Father. There is no place in the Kingdom for a King other than the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no place in the Kingdom for wisdom and power other than that which proceeds from the Spirit of God.
We are not to seek to establish our own will, our own kingship, or our own wisdom and power.
We are to be sternly obedient to the will of God. Apart from stern obedience to the Father we cannot possibly pass from Pentecost to Tabernacles, from the Lampstand to the Mercy Seat, to the rest of God.
We are to exalt Jesus Christ as the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Our own kingship and lordship can be arrived at only by suffering. It is suffering that destroys our self-will, self-love, self-seeking, self-centeredness, our rebellion and stubbornness. There is only one Christ, one King. We are to be part of Him. When we are an integral, eternally inseparable part of Him, then we can reign with Him.
There are no queens in the Kingdom, only the Body of Christ.
We are not to try to use the Spirit. We are not to sing to the Spirit, pray to the Spirit, invoke the Spirit, worship the Spirit. It is scriptural to pray to Jesus for more of His Spirit but we never are to address the Spirit Himself. The Spirit obeys the will of God that is administered by Jesus Christ alone, never by us.
We are not to advertise the Spirit. We are to advertise Christ. We are not to exalt the Spirit. We are to exalt Jesus Christ and Him alone.
The desire to use the Spirit, to invoke the Spirit, to pray to the Spirit, is proceeding from the self-will of Christian leaders who are building their own kingdoms. They are attempting to use the wisdom and power of the Spirit to do this. They suppose they are pleasing Christ but Christ does not know them.
There is a place for mass evangelism. The Gospel call goes forth. Multitudes believe and are baptized and thus are saved from the wrath that is to come in the Day of the Lord.
Then the believers must come under the Great Commission. They must be discipled. They must be taught to keep the commandments of Christ.
To be continued.