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The Daily Word of Righteousness
A Conduit Versus a Tree of Life, continued
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:22,23—NIV)
It always has been God's plan that mankind live in and by the Spirit of God. Flesh and blood life, a corruptible form of life, was assigned to us until God has had a chance to remove sin and rebellion from us.
As soon as sin and rebellion have been removed from our personality we are eligible to change from flesh and blood life to the Life of the Spirit, an infinitely superior form of life.
We who are serving the Lord have the firstfruits of the Spirit of Life, the life that will fill the new creation. The whole creation is waiting until we are able to share the Life of God we now possess.
On the new earth will live nations of saved people who are not part of the elect, the royal priesthood. The "leaves" of the personalities of God's elect will heal those of the nations who have need. This gives us a different view of eternity than that of some kind of fairyland in which people never have problems.
God's curse has been removed from mankind. Paradise has been restored.
The difference from the first paradise is that there now is a wall and there are sons of God who are filled with God's Nature through Jesus Christ. They are kings and judges and will prevent sin and rebellion from taking place in the new world of righteousness.
God's Throne is now located in the personalities of His elect. Man was created to be the Throne of God and governor of His creation. This is why we have to be brought so low.
Let us rejoice. The Kingdom of God is at hand. The created realm is standing on tiptoe, waiting to see the unveiling of the sons of God.
Before we are eligible for the spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles we have to experience the Day of Atonement. Every aspect and facet of our personality must be dealt with by the Spirit of God. This can be a grueling experience at times.
But it will be worth it all when we see Jesus and hear His, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter the joy of your Lord."
We of the Church have been called out from the world so we may come to know God and meet His standard. God's standard is the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. When we thus have been changed to God's satisfaction He will plant us by the River of Life so we may bring His Presence and blessing to the needy of the world.
We must never grow impatient with the dealings of the Lord. Each one of them is necessary if we are to enter the fullness of all God has prepared for us from the foundation of the world.
How wonderful to be a conduit of God's Presence and Glory! How much more wonderful to be the expression of God's Presence and Glory so we may serve for eternity as a tree of life, bringing nourishment and health to those who have need! (from A Conduit Versus a Tree of Life)