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Monday, August 8, 2016

The power greater than self

"The only power greater than self is the cross."  Art Katz from the speaking "Two Wisdoms"

Jesus was "marred more than any man." There is coming a time of tribulation, like "no other that has been previously". We follow the Lamb, Jesus was "forsaken", but through that sacrificial love has made the way so that no matter what the tribulation (the great one) holds for us, we will never be forsaken, never be left alone. Our witness to the unsaved Jewish nation during that time is the witness of a people who are totally free of the manipulation of the principalities and powers. It will be evident beyond dispute that the sacrificial love that we are showing is "other worldly", it will be to the glory of God, it will point to the Lamb. As a corporate body we will be a "spirit of prophecy" a physical people who are a "testimony of Jesus".

2nd Corinthians 3:18, "And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit."    What unveiled our face?  I would answer "suffering" brought to us sovereignly in love by the hand of God to root up, tear down and eliminate self in all of its subtle and cunning ways from our hearts.  We are transformed when we see Jesus, suffering brings crisis and weakness that tears the veil, when the "church" loses the apostolic understanding of suffering, it receives the "grace of God in vain", there is no penetration and impartation of the grace of God. Only revelation no flesh and blood education can bring about this change. Desperate, real, humble ... a broken corporate people.

It would be a worthwhile study to examine 3 verses that speak of receiving the "grace of God in vain." 1 Cor. 15:10, 2 Cor. 6:1, Gal. 2:21.

"We have, we are, the first fruits of the millennial fulfillment of a people who are a witness and a light to the nations - without usurping the millennial destiny of the people who are inscribed on the palm of His hand." Reggie

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