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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Unity # 39: The Obedience of the Nations
Unity # 39: The Obedience of the Nations
You, O Lord, abide forever, and Your Name to all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Your people; for it is time to be gracious to her, for the appointed time has come. Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones and feel pity for her dust. So the nations will fear the Name of the Lord and all the kings of the earth Your glory. For You have built up Your bride; You have appeared in Your glory. You have regarded the prayer of the destitute and have not despised their prayer. (Ps 102:12-17). You are the God of deliverance and from You comes escape form death (Ps 68:20).
In Jesus Christ’s Name,
His judgment is here, and it has started in the house of God. In the time ahead there will be persecution like never before in our nation. It comes by the very hand of God and will result in fiery refinement of the people of God. In order that God may create a distinction between His people and those who walk in darkness, He will cause the agencies of the world to set themselves up against us. Many of us will be weakened, but only in an earthly sense. Spiritually, He is preparing us, even now, that we may be refined, purged, and purified until the time of the end; because it is still to come at the appointed time (Dan 11:35). Oh dear saint, He alone will enable us to stand firm until the end.
This letter is about the obedience of the nations. Our father Jacob prophesied that the scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes, and to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples (Gen 49:10). These peoples are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that they may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called them out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once we were not a people, but now we are the people of God; we had not received mercy, but now we have received mercy. (1 Pet 2:9-10) He is able to establish us according to the Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, and has been made known to all the nations, leading to the obedience of faith; to the only wise God, though Jesus Christ, be glory forever. Amen. (Rom 16:25-27) This Gospel of God was promised beforehand though His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the death, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, though whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among the Gentiles for His Name’s sake, among whom we also are the called of Jesus Christ. (Rom 1:1-5)
Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord, and do not make Your inheritance a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoples say, ‘Where is their God?’” (Joel 2:17) He knows their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues and they shall come and see His glory (Is 66:18). He will set His glory among the nations; and all the nations will see His judgment which He has executed and His hand which He has laid on them (Ez 39:21). God told us to ask of Him, and He will surely give the nations as our inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as our possession (Ps 2:8). He will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and He will fill His house with glory (Hag 2:7). The nations will see His righteousness, and all the kings His glory (Is 62:2) The Lord extends peace to the nation of Israel like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream (Is 66:12). They will be to Him a name of joy, praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that He does for them, and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace He makes for them (Jer 33:9). They will swear, “As the Lord lives” in truth, in justice and in righteousness; then the nations will bless themselves in Him, and in Him they will glory (Jer 4:2).
At the end the nations will walk by the Lord, the Temple of glory, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Rev 21:24-27). They sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev 5:9) For by common confession, great is the mystery of Godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations believed on in the world, taken up in glory (1 Tim 3:16). Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples (1 Chron 16:24).
Dear saints, we are aliens and strangers here. Beloved, we are urged by God and one another to abstain from fleshly lusts which WAGE WAR AGAINST OUR SOULS. We must keep our behavior excellent among the peoples, so that in the things in which they slander us as evildoers, they may because of our good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Pet 2:11-12). These fleshly desires are truly waging war against our souls. Our enemy seeks to destroy our soul by fleshly desires. Many who professed faith in Christ, even having been enlightened and having tasted of the heavenly gift and having been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and having tasted the good Word of God and the powers age to come, and then having fallen away. It is impossible to renew such people again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God, but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned. (Heb 6:4-8)
I heard a brother in the Lord exhort his fellow brothers saying, “If you do not overcome your battle with lust, you are going to be damned”. He indicated that he was not referring to pure perfection of victory, but rather, if a man’s love for forbidden pleasure, in the end, destroyed his conscience and hardened his heart, as it surely would if the Spirit does not achieve progressive victory, he will be destroyed. If a mere sinful thought is deemed as the very act in the sight of God, and if He has promised us that no immoral persons will inherit the Kingdom of God, we must be warned that immorality is the secret pollution of the heart. It is the exaltation of self rather than God in the heart. The obedience of the nations is not simply outward moral reformation, but it is an inward purity of heart, a sincere devotion to Christ. A young lost women asked a group of young men what they thought about that fact that she was a “pure virgin”. An atheist replied to her, “Just because you are a virgin does not mean that you are pure”. Ultimately, if we do not overcome evil with good, if we do not master the fleshly desires that wage war against our souls by the strength of His might, we would be damned. May the Lord help us to seek Him while He may be found, to not harden our hearts today as we hear His voice. We must know Him as He revealed Himself through His great sacrifice of love!
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. Tit 2
Love in Christ,
Posted by Preethi Morris at 9:32 AM