When a Christian Dies, #17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (II Corinthians 6:17)
By the grace of God working through the blood of Jesus, the prayer of the sinner goes past the holy veil and approaches the throne of Holiness. There the sinner obtains the Divine power and virtue to enable him to put aside the things of Satan. The sinner himself cannot dwell in the Presence of God unless he comes out from the world, by the grace of God, and does not touch what is unclean.
It is difficult for us to keep ourselves from being corrupted by the wicked one, but we can do so through the grace of God in Christ. When Jesus appears the strife will be over. Then we can dwell in the Presence of God in love and holiness. This wonderful liberty will be given us in that Day provided we have fought the good fight of faith during our pilgrimage on the earth.
To be in Christ in God with all members of the Body of Christ.
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John 17:23)
This is the marriage of the Lamb. Here again we are on holy ground.
God's saints (holy ones) are being invited to become part of Christ as He is part of the Father. Christ is born in us. Christ dwells in us through the Spirit. We eat, drink, and live by the body and blood of Christ. We are being created an eternal part of Christ.
The motive of Christ in bringing us into Himself and the Father in eternal union is Divine love—a love proclaimed in the Song of Solomon. It is a love so consuming, so total, so fierce, so intense, so all-demanding, that only a few Christians, it seems, begin to grasp what Christ is seeking.
Christ is offering marriage to us. He is making us one with Himself as He is One with the Father. This is why Christ is making such extraordinary demands on us.
Being one in Christ in God, which is the Marriage of the Lamb, and also the Kingdom of God, begins, as do the other eight aspects of the coming salvation, in this present life. The uniting of us with Christ is taking place now. When the Lord comes He will strengthen us enormously. Then He and the Father will enter us in the fullness of the Divine indwelling.
It must be obvious to the reader that a believer cannot take a casual approach to the Christian discipleship and then be filled with Christ and God in the Day of Christ's appearing. Rather, we are being strengthened now in our inner being by the Spirit of God so Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith. The forming and dwelling of Christ in us takes place one small step at a time.
To be continued.