“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jesus’ sealing, our sealing

“I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy Law is within my heart.” (Psa. 40:8). “A body hast Thou prepared Me.” (Heb. 10:5).

Jesus, as the Son of God, naturally loved to do His Father’s will and hated the spirit of Satan’s earthly kingdom. Why? Because He was conceived of God? Yes, partially. He was conceived with the divine nature. But, that nature was not guaranteed without His constant watchfulness through communion with His Father through the scriptures. His Father’s Law was born in His heart, but His lifelong determination and love was, “With the mind I myself serve the law of God.” “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man.” (Rom. 7: 25,22).

Not in a single incident did Jesus fall under the influence of the traditions of men. But, it wasn’t simply because He was the only Begotten of God that He never fell to the convoluted temptations of the devious adversary; He must fill His mind with the inspired words from heaven His Father had given Him for the prophets. Didn’t David have the same experience, as quoted from Psalm 40? And all the prophets were holy men of God, as well, sanctified by the Bible.

“The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.” (1Cor. 14:32).

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.” (Isa. 50:4,5).

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts.” (Jer. 15:16).

In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.” (Dan. 9:2).

So, the Son of God had the same experience the prophets had, but infinitely greater. The greatest of the prophets said, “He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: He that cometh from heaven is above all.” (Jn. 3:31). Above all others, the Son of God delighted with all of His heart to do His Father’s will. And, if so, wouldn’t His life be perfect to the infinite depths of His soul, even as His Father’s in heaven was perfect? Wouldn’t He exercise His will and it be God’s will, like no other?

“And He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.” (Jn. 8:29).  From the dawning of intelligence, it had been Christ’s deepest desire and studied aim to please His Father.

Jesus was sealed in His stance of holiness and true wisdom, and so fully sealed, that He could seal others. “And…He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” (Jn. 20:22,23). And we can be sealed also, granted, His sealing was infinitely deeper than Abraham’s, Jacob’s, David’s, Paul’s, or ours. Could this be because Jesus knew His Father—the Almighty—and His immutable Law, in a way that we have little capacity to know? The Son of God had the fortitude to stand before His Father’s power and authority like none of the Father’s creatures can. Neither can any creature grasp the infinite depth of God’s mercy and love. “Mercy rejoiceth against judgment,” and it was God’s infinite mercy instilled in His Son that made Christ able to stand so strongly before His Father’s power as the Mediator between God and the universe. (Jas. 2:13;Jn. 1:1-3).

But we can stand before the Son and receive of His sealing. He is our mediator before God. He received of His Father and showed it to us. He takes of His Father’s Law and will and implants them in us, as we receive Him and His word. For “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (Jn. 1:12).

As we see the glory of self-forgetfulness and self-sacrifice instilled in the statutes of Jehovah and do them, as we treat others the way we want to be treated, as we spend and are spent for God’s children, like Jesus was, whether they are reconciled to the Father or estranged, our sealing comes within sight and gets closer and closer; and hope grows increasingly brighter.

Finally, as with Enoch, whose spirit opened wide to the Lord’s Spirit at the birth of his son, Methuselah, and walked with God, never again to look away, so each of God’s children today can know the full falling on the stone, Jesus Christ, the breaking of their pride and self-sufficiency, and the perfect walk with God in their sealing. “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.” (Heb. 3:14). “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” (Heb. 10:36).

The cross of Christ offends our selfish hearts. The sacrificing of everything is the overwhelming offence of the cross and the conviction through such a rebuke is instructive to all who desire the life of true happiness, which can only be had through the service Christ exemplified.

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” (1Pet. 5:10). When we are established, strengthen, and settled, we will be sealed. A great gulf will the Spirit of God set up so that we can never go back to the wicked world to serve their god. Our foreheads will be as hard as flint and strong to resist the tempter. We will be overcomers, pillars in the temple of God, and we shall never again leave the temple of Jesus’ presence.

“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him My new name.” (Rev. 3:12).


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