The Daily Word of Righteousness

The Inner and Outer Kingdom of God, #9

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ: (Ephesians 2:6)

The above verse tells us of the spiritual resurrection and ascension that take place when we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior.

After our initial spiritual resurrection and ascension we then are prepared to be a room in God's house and a member of the royal priesthood.

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the Glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (II Corinthians 3:18)

When the process of redemption has been completed in a member of the elect his body is raised from the dead and clothed with eternal glory. He now is part of the new Jerusalem and his task is to serve God in all matters and to rule over the creation of God.

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (Revelation 22:3)

The coming of the Lord, resurrection, and judgment, already have commenced for the victorious saints, for those who are pressing toward the "mark," which is the first resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10-14; compare Revelation 20:4-6).

The Divine judgment began immediately after Christ rose from the dead and will continue in its several stages until every human being has been judged.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (I Peter 4:17)

Before any person can find rest in the feast of Tabernacles he first must pass through the Divine judgment, as represented by the Blowing of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement.

The seven feasts of the Lord, Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles, depict the program of redemption. After having come as far as the baptism with the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) we are ready now for the spiritual experiences typified by the remaining three feasts.

Our goal is the rest of God—the place of perfect abiding in Christ. This is the "Tabernacles" experience. Before we can find rest in the feast of Tabernacles we first must pass through the Divine judgment. The fifth and sixth feasts, Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, portray the Divine judgment through which the Church must pass in order to become the unblemished Bride of the Lamb.

The judgment of an individual takes place according to his or her calling and spiritual development. It is possible to pass through judgment during our lifetime if we will press forward in the Spirit of God. People are judged after they die, according to the Scripture. If we are willing to die in the Lord, even though yet alive in the flesh, we will be judged at that time.

It is important for the reader to understand that we are not speaking now of the judgment of the guilt of our sins, for the judgment concerning the guilt of our sins took place on the cross.

To be continued.