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The Daily Word of Righteousness
A Description of the Kingdom of God, #29
Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. (Acts 2:11)
We humans suppose that if all men were at peace with one another an ideal situation would be created. The truth is, such a unified world of people would shake its fist at God. Non-believers and believers alike would gather together against the Lord of Heaven. God, understanding this human trait, works so that each individual enters his own relationship with God before he enters lasting unity with other people. True unity among humans, the unity of the Kingdom of God, can result only from the union of each individual with God through the Lord Jesus.
Many churches of our day consist of believers who are in love with one another. Their assemblings reflect these strong horizontal relationships. But the essential relationships, the union of each believer with the Lord, are not nearly strong enough. The assemblies of people who are bound to each other but not to the Lord reject the spirit of the prophet.
Also, there is a tendency for such "churches" to fall into immorality. This type of unity is not healthy. It is spiritually soft, soulish, tending toward foolishness, spiritual laziness, sympathy, and lust.
True union with God always results eventually in union with those who are abiding in the Lord. But union with people does not always result in true union with the Lord.
In the Holy Spirit the confusion of Babylon is reversed. When the Holy Spirit first was poured on the Christian Church, marking the beginning of the expansion of the Kingdom of God (expanding from the Person of Christ who Himself Is the Kingdom of God), God enabled the disciples to communicate with Jews from all over the Roman Empire who were in Jerusalem for the observance of the Jewish feast of Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit of God is the great Light, the great Communicator. When the Holy Spirit reveals Christ through the believers He gives them supernatural wisdom, knowledge, tongues, prophecy, interpretation of tongues, and discernment. The Holy Spirit includes the seven Spirits who give light before the Throne of God.
It is interesting to note the New Testament emphasis on speaking in tongues. By tongues the Holy Spirit enables us to speak "in the Spirit." It appears that one of the reasons otherwise devout Christians refuse to speak in tongues is that they are so busy attempting to build God's Kingdom by means of their own wisdom and strength they do not know how to turn the task over to the Spirit, whose responsibility it is.
It is true also that many who do speak in tongues never have learned the "rest" into which the speaking in tongues will lead us if we are sensitive to the Spirit of God.
The activities. There are all sorts of activities, creative enterprises, services, and responsibilities in the Kingdom of God. Whether our area of responsibility is in the spirit realm or on the earth our days will be filled with opportunities to rule, to judge, to teach, to love, to bless, to create. In the Kingdom of Heaven each creature will find the reason for his existence—that for which God has created and trained him or her.
Our opportunities for service begin now, in this life, as we serve the Lord. The two great tasks of today are (1) building the Body of Christ to the fullness of the stature of Christ; and (2) bringing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to every man, woman, boy, and girl on the earth. God is doing a third great work also, in bringing back the Jews to the land of Israel.
To be continued.