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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Inner and Outer Kingdom of God, #7
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)
The Holy Spirit is God. He is here with us now while the Lord Jesus is at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Spirit is our Helper in every aspect of redemption.
Through the Holy Spirit we have eternal life but apart from the Spirit we are in the deadness of the flesh. Through the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit we are able to achieve victory over the world, over every lust of our flesh, and over our self-will. Apart from the help of the Spirit we remain in our chains.
The Holy Spirit has charge of every operation of Christian ministry. Ministry that is performed in the Holy Spirit brings forth eternal fruit, but Christian ministry performed by the wisdom, talents, and power of the flesh bears no lasting fruit in the Kingdom of God.
The Holy Spirit is as Eliezer of Damascus who was given the responsibility for obtaining a bride for Abraham's son. The Spirit speaks to the churches but only the true Bride of the Lamb has ears to hear.
It is the Holy Spirit who is building the eternal Temple of God, the Body of Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who is the Power and Law of the Kingdom of God. To have the inner kingdom of God developed in us we must permit the Spirit of God to deliver us from all worldliness, the lusts of our flesh, and our self-will and self-centeredness.
If we sow to the Spirit of God, cooperating with Him as He establishes the rule of God in us, we will reap eternal life in God's Kingdom. If, after having been received of God through the atonement made by Christ, we keep on living in the flesh, not putting to death through the Spirit the deeds of our flesh, we will succeed in preventing our own resurrection to Divine Life.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken [make alive] your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Romans 8:11-14)
The first step in the development of the inner kingdom of God is that of being received of God. Man cannot reconcile himself to God. The Father first must draw him. The Father has provided through Christ all that is necessary for the reconciling of man to God. Man must respond in faith to the Divine invitation, performing diligently all that God has commanded.
The pattern of God providing and inviting, and man responding in faith, operates at every level of redemption. God gives us every place that our foot treads provided we tread where God directs.
To be continued.