Thank You that from the moment You began to impart Your Life to us, You have fought for us. Our hope is in You that You continue to deliver us from the vast armies that stand against us. Help us to understand that glory is found only through the Gate, Jesus Christ, and that no flesh may glory in Your Presence.
In Jesus Christ's Name,
Theme Song: How Long We have Sung our Songs
1 “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The Man who enters by the Gate is the Shepherd of His sheep. 9 I am the Gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. John 10
may His foes flee before Him.
2 As smoke is blown away by the wind,
may You blow them away;
as wax melts before the fire,
may the wicked perish before God.
3 But may the righteous be glad
and rejoice before God;
may they be happy and joyful. Ps 68
8 “‘Listen, O high priest Joshua and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. 9 See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day. Zech 3
Even the greatest among men (as if there were anything great in themselves) could only be presented to those who stood near with honor and God's bestowed nobility when God Himself had removed his sin. No one may stand before God or men forgiven except through the gracious act of God. Regardless of our moral ranking in the world, each one was as a burning stick snatched from the flames. No one, even if the glory of their flesh was astounding, was anything different than a burning stick snatched from the flames. The Good Shepherd has and continues to snatch them from the flames that they may be saved and serve the Living God.
As they are saved through the imputed righteousness of Christ, they are fit for service in His Kingdom. Their sin has been removed in a single day. There was no time for them to perfect themselves even if they tried to move their hearts to do it. He Himself is the righteous Branch who had purposed and brought about their salvation. He allows the weakest and the lowliest among men to stand before Him and serve Him. Certainly they may stand before any man. And as the righteous are presented to the people of the world, His righteousness alone will shine through their fading and mortal flesh. The only glory that will ever come to them and be seen in them is the glory of their King. For this had been the only true glory that exists, the only glory which pervades, the only glory that remains, the only only glory that satisfies, the only glory that reigns forever...
Dying and Living with Him
He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. 4 For to be sure, He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in Him, yet by God’s power we will live with Him to serve you. 2 Cor 13
Dear Bride, the Bridegroom calls us to die with Him. No, He does not call us to be forsaken by the heavenly Father as He had been on that day of the cross. He does not call us to experience the death that separates us from God. He rather calls us to die to the flesh. And it is only our own former blindness that causes us to view this death as a sacrifice or an act that brings sorrow. For if we could see with full Spiritual vision, we would know the fate of the flesh and would willingly "put to death the misdeeds of the body that we may live". The Shepherd has infinity ways of inspiring us to crucify the flesh and we know that He is employing some of them in our lives now. The Father will surely discipline us. For "when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world".
Before He gave us His Spirit, we had wanted to be perfect in our flesh. We sought to build our kingdoms with our earthly tents, or the flesh. We did not realize that the flesh was only a tent from which no kingdom could be derived. But with the hope of heaven comes the eternal Glory when "that which is imperfect will be done away with" and only the true glory of God in the face of Christ will remain as exceedingly glorious.
CHRIST IN US IS THE HOPE OF GLORY!