Joh 1:14-18; Rev 21:22-22:5; Eph 1:22-23, 3:14-21, 4:11-16; 2Pe 3:13-18.
ROMANS-379-120503 - length: 62:11 - taught on May, 3 2012
God is at work producing mature sons who can step in and take on the amazing calling and destiny He has waiting for those who love Him.
These differences are spoken of in the Bible in terms of rank, rulership, reward, recognition, privilege, and intimacy.
The inheritance of the Church Age believer has two compartments:
the birthright (regeneration), and
the rewards (maturity).
The inheritance of the believer has two sides.
Austin-Sparks talks about these two aspects in terms of (1) nature, and (2) service.
We are also in union with Christ to participate in His work of service.
The WORK of Christ-His SERVICE - is to minister God to the creation - to be the mediator between God and man.
Christ came to explain His Father.
He wanted the world to know that His Father is gracious and His Father is the truth.
Jesus Christ orients to His Father in everything.
The most amazing thing Christ did on the cross was to vindicate the character of His Father in propitiation; ROM 3:23-26.
Right now, in His humanity, where is He?
What will His service be about in the future ages?
To be the agency, the vessel of ministering God to the creation is the ultimate vision of service and destiny in Christ in the book of Revelation.
Just as Christ is the fullness of the Father and explains Him…
The Church is to be the fullness of Christ and, by the work of the Holy Spirit, to explain Christ to the world and the angels.
When we communicate the truth of mystery doctrine, we participate in this mighty service of God making Himself known for who He really is.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The things about the glory of God the Father that Christ came to broadcast just happen to be two things we can become full of ourselves.
This is after all what it means to love the Lord. Keeping His word (truth) and loving the brethren (grace).
There is a fight on between grace and truth on one side, and the forces of the liar and thief on the other.