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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Real You, continued
For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. (II Corinthians 5:4—NIV)
Our robe from Heaven, our new body, will overtake, possess, and make alive our mortal body. We will become an integrated personality once again, a personality governed by God and Christ who are dwelling in us.
The gold of Divinity will cover the wood of our humanity on the inside and the outside. Now we are a son of man and a son of God, that which God has destined man to be. Now we are authorized and competent to govern, under the Lord Jesus, all the works of God's hands.
When we appear, as is true also of the Lord Jesus, we will be seen at the right hand of the Majesty on High. We have become an integral part of the resurrection and appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ. We now are a pillar in the eternal Temple of God. This will be true of us forever.
Let us emphasize once again: none of this will take place unless we are faithful and diligent in following the Lord in the program set before us today. We are not to measure ourselves against other people, only against the Word of God. We are to take nothing for granted. Satan will do all in his power to prevent our reaching the heavenly mark set before us. People will take our crown of rulership if we are not utterly diligent in attending to that which God has given us.
We have been called to the right hand of God. Our business now is to make our calling certain, to establish beyond question our position in Christ in God.
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. (Revelation 3:21—NIV)
Look closely at the following verse:
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10—NIV)
Here is a most amazing statement! We are God's workmanship.
We were created in Christ Jesus to do good works.
God prepared these good works in advance for us to do.
All we have mentioned thus far could be considered the good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Or, the good works could refer to the various roles and tasks the saints will perform in the Kingdom of God, such as serving as living stones in the house of God or as members of the Bride of the Lamb.
However, I am inclined to believe the "good works" of Ephesians 2:10 are works of righteousness, holiness, and especially obedience to God.
If I am correct, God, probably from the beginning of time, prepared righteous, holy, and obedient works for us to do. We will perform these good works, not in our own adamic nature but as God's resurrection grace results in our change into the moral image of Christ and our entrance into untroubled rest in the Father through Christ.
To be continued.