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The Daily Word of Righteousness
A Conduit Versus a Tree of Life, continued
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. (II Corinthians 5:1—NIV)
Our momentary, light affliction is producing something. First of all it is conforming our personality to the moral image of Jesus Christ, not by imitation but by pressing the Divine Nature into our adamic nature until the adamic nature is transformed.
Second, our momentary, light affliction is pressing us into God so we learn to flow with the flowings of God and not rush about in our soulish personality.
Third, our momentary, light affliction is causing a robe of glory, a house from Heaven, to be formed. Our house from Heaven will clothe our resurrected flesh and bones in the Day of the Lord. The glory of that house depends on the manner in which the death and life of Christ have operated in us during our stay on the earth.
None of this is true in the case of the person who merely is a channel for the gifts and Glory of God. The development of the Kingdom of God in us is another matter entirely. It is the transformation of the individual so he or she may become the eternal dwelling place of God and a tree of life from which the nations may draw nourishment and healing.
Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 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 5:2-4—NIV)
Christ came that we might have eternal life and that more abundantly. But our greatest joy in possessing the Life of God will take place as we minister to the needs of those who are living in the deadness of the flesh.
The twelfth chapter of the Book of Isaiah was sung during the feast of Tabernacles. This chapter portrays the believer who has moved past basic salvation and the baptism with the Holy Spirit, past the waters to the ankles and knees, and has pressed into waters to the hips and finally into waters to swim in.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:2,3—NIV)
The Bride experiences great joy when she can invite the nations to come and drink of the waters of eternal life. It is as Jesus said—out of our innermost being will flow rivers of living water.
The water of God flows from only one place, and that is from the Throne of God. If we would have the river of life flow from us we must become the Throne of God.
To be continued.