The Mystery of God
"The Lord is my Shepherd.."
So sang the psalmist of ancient days.
But how much did he know about his Creator?
How much do we?
Throughout the ages the pages of God's Holy Word have been searched for answers to the
mystery of God
and His purpose in the bringing into being of so wonderful yet so complex a world.
"That I might know Him..." (Paul)
The object of this project is the stirring of minds curious as to the source and the object of our existence, by exchange of thought with other pilgrims of the way intent upon the same goal.
Perhaps you may wish to join us in this journey.
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The Mystery of God.
When man comes into being, he is confronted with mysteries which cannot be denied, and yet are beyond human comprehension.
Perhaps the first mystery, is life itself. What is this mysterious force which is active all around us, active within us? Why am I breathing now? Why does my heart beat-out like a tireless metronome responsive to life's pace? What is this mystery we call "life"?
And what of consciousness. What is this "me" that is aware of all around, receiving signals both of sight and sound, taste, smell and touch? The "me" that now hears a voice, interprets the message of sounds into meaning. The unseen realm of thought, creative, contemplative and reflective of the past.
And what is reason? Yes, we can describe by dictionary definition what its functions include. "The capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought; intelligence. Good judgment; sound sense." But WHAT IS it?
How precious to us these things are, - life, consciousness, sense of environment, reason. . . yet each (is) a complete mystery.
Another mystery is the infinity of space. Our logic tells us that should we travel in any direction through the universe and beyond we should never come to a point where there is space no more. If space had a boundary, it would beg the question, "What lies then beyond?"
The immensity and vastness of the heavens and all therein directs our minds towards the infinite realms of boundless space.
The minute design, order and structure of the smallest creature, likewise directs our minds towards the same wonderful wisdom in the infinitesimally minute which also lies beyond our comprehension.
Time is another such source of wonder. Our senses tell us of the passing of something we call time. It consists of a sequence of moments, each of which is a point in time impossible to measure. However, we mark off such a sequence in terms of seconds, minutes, hours, days, and so on. These measurements are related to the cyclical action of the earth in relationship to the sun, which gives us times and seasons.
The cycles of time are sometimes allotted great significance by man. The passing of the cycle of a thousand years is quite an intangible occurrence, yet it is presently occupying the minds of all mankind as what they regard as a new millennium approaches. (96 days to go.)
Preparations are already underway in Jerusalem for the expected pilgrimage of thousands to mark this event, and thousands more are expected to make their way to Armageddon in curious anticipation of the end of the world. Which of us, who have a different concept of the birth date of Our Lord, is going to tell them that their third millennium began a year or two ago?
We may compare the passage of time to the flowing of a stream. However, while we may temporally dam up a stream to halt its flow, there is no way that we can halt the flow of time.
Time is one of the great mysteries that every man accepts, most, usually, without giving it a thought.
If time is a mystery, what may be said of eternity? Again, it is logical that beyond our many measures of time, even millenniums, it is impossible to conceive a first moment of time before which there was nothing.
Like space, time must, it would seem, be without boundary, without beginning, without end, yet this again is beyond the comprehension of human minds, creatures of time, whose lives may be counted in years and days. So many revolutions of earth round sun, (at 64 thousand 8 hundred miles per hour)... and we are gone. During this last minute we have traveled 1110 miles in our orbit round the sun. Life is racing on!
Eternity conveys the thought of the endlessness of that which also has no beginning. If we combine the thought of eternity with that of the infinity of space we have a concept of a vast immeasurable realm in which our human life is launched as a tiny capsule within a measureless ocean..
[ We but barely comprehend even the boundaries of this realm of earth. The magnitude of this tiny planet is more than we can grasp. From loftiest point on mountain peak our furthest view is lost in misty horizons. Yet we are told that 98% of the total mass of our entire solar system lies in the sun itself. That means that, enormous as this planet earth seems to us, if its mass was combined with that of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and every other planet circling round our sun, they together form only 2% of the total mass of this solar system. The remainder lies in the sun itself. Scientists have been recently observing enormous outbursts of gasses escaping from its surface and travelling in fiercest flame thousands of miles at incredible speed. What a vast source of energy it is !
--- It dazes the mind ! Yet our sun, we are told, our mighty sun, is a dwarf compared with other stars.]
We live as finite beings, like ants, in material realm too vast for human minds to grasp.
The sum of what we have mentioned even thus far reveals that we each already live in an eternal and infinite expanse, even with regard to this material realm.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." (NIV)
Unlike some lower forms of life, man has been equipped with the ability to think, to remember, plan ahead, and delve into those things beyond immediate experience. Every day progress is made by pioneering minds extending the frontiers of knowledge into the fixed laws which hold together the very world in which we live. Knowledge is being increased at remarkable speed. The sum of accumulated knowledge of man's years upon this earth is being doubled in ever decreasing epochs. Yet each step of increasing knowledge reveals a whole further world yet to discover.
Isaac Newton, (scientist and Bible student,) made what has been described as "the most magnificent discovery that was ever made by man - the principle of universal gravitation." Gravity is the great mysterious force which binds together the universe, the attraction of each star and its system to every other star, the earth to the sun, ourselves to this earth, and so on. We still do not know what this force is. It is another mystery. But Newton came to realise its significance for the whole material creation.
When some of his friends were complimenting him on the great results he had achieved, he replied, "I know not what the world will think of my labours, but to myself it seems to me that I have been but as a child playing on the seashore; now finding some pebble rather more polished, and now some shell rather more agreeably variegated than another, while the immense ocean of truth extended itself unexplored before me."
All of man's achievements of knowledge since, amount to just a few more pebbles from that beach.
The more we come to know the more we become aware of the vastness of our ignorance. Nor is man morally equipped to cope with the waves of increasing knowledge.
The most recent telescopes have revealed a vastness of the great universe that takes away our breath. We are able to gaze upon galaxies, nebulae, and solar systems so far way that their light travelling at 670 million miles per hour takes many thousand years to reach us.
Now, when we stare at the distant stars we see things not as this moment they are, but as they once existed long, long ago. We are looking back through past ages of celestial time.
The nearest galaxy outside our own Milky Way is the Andromeda Galaxy. This is one of the few galaxies visible to the unaided eye as a milky blur. Its diameter is approximately 200,000 light-years. It is located about 2,000,000 light-years from the Earth; We are like time travellers when we look at this vast galaxy for we are viewing it as it was two thousand millenniums ago.
When we thus consider the heavens our minds are being stretched and tuned towards the infinite realm beyond the whole material expanse where time has no meaning. This has to be a realm of immeasurable dimensions.
Not easy is this for us to grasp, for our experience thus far is limited to the things that occupy very small space and time.
We know that we cannot fully conceive or explain even the material world in which we live within the realm of human experience.
We can only begin to comprehend something of the things that lie within the limitations of our human minds, bounded by space and time. Yet we know that the mysteries of which we have spoken defy any such limitation.
Then we come to the greatest mystery of all for unaided human minds. We know that every effect demands a cause. And could we trace in theory each cause in turn to its own cause, we know that ultimately we must come to a first cause. By its very nature, that first cause would have no beginning.
What was that great FIRST CAUSE that had no beginning?
It is here that the testimony of Scripture, accepting these logical conclusions, soars far beyond them.
There is indeed a realm beyond all boundaries of space and time, where dwells that great First Cause, a Great Law Maker, our Great Creator. Not only does such Scripture identify that Cause, but, thankfully, it also reveals in Our Creator a mind of mercy, understanding, and tenderness towards the things that He has made.
In every created thing we find the same identifying mark of a wisdom beyond our comprehension. Evidence too of a loving Being, capable, in all the wonders of creation, of a wise and loving objective in the forming of each part.
Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
The mystery of existence is solved for us by that Word of our Creator Who dwells in that eternal and infinite realm, yet condescends towards the tiny beings He has made.
De 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:... Isa 40:28 Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding.
Ps 90:2-4 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. 4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Job speaks with wonder of the mighty phenomena of this material realm. And he adds, in Job 26:14 "Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?" (NKJ)
These are but the edges of His ways Who inhabits eternity. We perceive but the fringe of the enormity of the power of our great Creator. The testimony of every created phenomena unites in mighty chorus like thunder, to realities beyond all human comprehension.
Day unto day uttereth speech...
In Job 8:9, we read, "For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:"
The ages that have passed since man was created upon this earth are as minute when compared with eternity as one flake of snow in a storm. Yet, - that one tiny snowflake reveals a unique symmetry and beauty of its own. So it is with time since man appeared.
A beautiful symmetry of divinely ordered time periods runs through the whole of human history. Pattern upon pattern is superimposed one upon another, some great some small. The pattern of 'sevens' runs through the whole. The complete plan of God involves 1000 seven-year cycles. Seven times (2520 years) from man's fall, sin reigned from Adam to Moses, then exactly a thousand years followed of shadowy kingdom development. Again from the end of that thousand years a further seven times of Israel's treading down under the gentile times leads us into a further thousand years of true kingdom development.
But this is not all. Other periods of this great seven times cycle reappear throughout the whole plan of the ages. Some link interesting parallel periods in the chart of time.
E.g. The days of Shem, son of Noah, the first of the line of the promised seed from the flood, are thus linked with the emergence of that true seed in Jesus and the church by the great seven times measure.
Now, the Lord gave Israel instructions concerning the feast days. These were appointed by God, each with typical significance to His plan. The death and resurrection of Jesus, even the anointing of the church, each was fulfilled in strict accordance with the Passover and Pentecostal feast days. Yet there is more.
The Creator set in motion two great systems of measuring time on this earth, the sun, and the moon. By the sun we have our days and years, by the moon we have our lunar months. These two systems do not concur, so the Jews needed to add a month every so many years to bring their lunar year into line with the established seasons of the solar year. But there is a point of time when both systems return to the same relationship with each other. This is called the solar/lunar cycle, and it consists of 33 years, 7 months, and 7 days. There is reason to believe, that this was, in fact, the length of first advent of Jesus.
The feasts of the Lord are spread over seven months of the year. If we take the solar/lunar cycle of 33 years, 7 months, and 7 days to represent each day of these months, then each month represents 1000 years, and the six months between the 10th day of the first month and the 10th day of the seventh month corresponds to the first 6000 years of human history. The results of this comparison are here depicted.
10th day of first month_____________________________Man's creation and fall
Lamb set aside for future sacrifice_____________________Lamb of God set aside for future sacrifice ___________________________________________________________________________________
14th day of first month______________________________14 th day of the first month
Passover feast commences____________________________= Seth
First fruit offered.____________________________________First of the seed appears
Omer sheaves_______________________________________Semitic age of the "seed" appears
First day of the seventh month__________________________First day of seventh month
Feast of Trumpets.__________________________________= Time of Reformation
Nehemiah 8:2-- Ezra presents___________________________Luther translates the Word of God into the
the Word of God to the people__________________________language of the people,
who had long been captive in___________________________who had long been under the domain
Verse 8,"Translating as they____________________________History records this as the
went, and explaining the meaning_______________________"Abrogation of Papal power."
so that the people understood what______________________The Bible in the hands of the people
was read." (Moffatt.)_________________________________brought them great joy,
Vse 12, They rejoiced "because they_____________________But it was the sounding of an alarm
had understood the meaning of_________________________ to the Papal powers.
what they had heard."(Moffatt)_________________________2 Cor. 2:16 To the one we are the savour of . . . . . . . . . . . . death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. __________________________________________________________________________________
10th day of seventh month.____________________________10th day of seventh month
Day of Atonement. Atonement_________________________= 1874 Return of Christ without a sin offering
blessings for people by priest___________________________ -- unto salvation.
Jubilee proclaimed by trumpet._________________________Seventh trumpet proclaims the great Jubilee
15th Feast of tabernacles --__________________________= 2044*. preparations for Feast of tabernacles commences ________________________________________ commences.
[* This date is pure speculation based solely upon the time scale]
These are just glimpses of the manifold wisdom of God revealed in His Plan. Add to these the further time periods and parallels, too many to now even mention. All reveal a wonderful symmetry of order and beauty, like that of the snowflake. Yet, like the snowflake, this whole period of human history on this planet is but a tiny speck of evaporating time compared with eternity.
If such wise order and beauty is here revealed in this one single snowflake of time, what of the beauties of the eternal years! And what of the glory of this great God Who inhabits eternity.
We dwell in a world of incomprehensible dimensions and mystery, and central to all lies the mystery of God Himself. Who is He, this Being of immeasurable ability and skill, Who brought into existence the celestial galaxies, and was the Designer of the wings of the butterfly?
In Rev 10, John beholds a mighty angel coming down from heaven, "clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow upon his head, his face is shining with radiance as the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:"
Either this mighty angel is reflecting the divine glory of the great God Whose messenger he is, or this is the Redeemer Himself, for his description compares with that of the 'One like unto a son of man' in chapter one. He comes, in this vision, to proclaim the final judgements upon those false systems of religion that have been used of Satan throughout the age to persecute the true saints of God. So long their blood cried out for recompense. Rev 6:10 "And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?"
At last their trials are within sight of the end, for the angel speaks of the seventh and final trumpet of God.
In Joshua 6 the decadent city of Jericho, represented the present evil order of the god of this world. The time had come for its destruction.
Six days the people of God were to circle that city, the priests blowing seven trumpets. On the seventh day they were to encircle the city seven times blowing those seven trumpets, and the walls of the city, its formidable defense against intrusion, would collapse into rubble.
In Rev 10 the same message is proclaimed. 6 And (the angel) sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
The "mystery of God.." What is this mystery? So many aspects of Our Creator's works are mysterious to us.
To which mystery of God does this refer?1) Time features. The mystery of God here mentioned may be considered in various aspects. In its context the meaning of this term has clearly to do first of all with the time features of the plan of God.
When the angel says, "there is time no more," he refers to the "How long" of saints under Satan's domain, longing for the kingdom. It is equivalent to saying, there will be no longer delay... judgment must begin at the house of God.
A great seven times cycle from the fall of apostate Israel in 721/722 BC, (a fixed date in history,) also fixes its end in 1799. This seven times period was divided into two equal parts, its second half being the three and a half times, or 1260 years, of Papal supremacy. Thus was marked and fixed the beginning of the "Time of the end", spoken of in Daniel. -- 1799.
Well, it is now 2000, and over two hundred years have elapsed, long enough for us to reflect on the sequence of events of the double century in connection with the winding up of the false kingdom of Christ. Long enough too, for us to recognise the pace of the Lord in the outworking of His purpose concerning the downfall of Babylon the Great, and the first tangible signs of the Kingdom development; - the process of Israel's restoration.
Literal Babylon took well into three hundred years to completely fade away, and it has now become clear that the antitype bears remarkable similarity in this respect. If the same time-scale is in fact shared by the downfall of ancient Babylon and now of this 'Mystery Babylon' of Revelation, then another century must yet pass before it sinks, completely spent, into the dust. The same century, however, would also see the manifest development of the new city of God, that Kingdom of righteousness prefigured, so it seems, by the ancient city of Seleucea.
One of Alexander's generals, Seleuceus, was given charge of the area including Babylonia, and the great city of Seleucea was built. The inhabitants of the old city were transferred to the new. Seleucea became the new centre of commerce, and thus it drained the life-blood from what was left of Babylon, until that great city crumbled into dust. That was how Babylon eventually collapsed and disappeared. The new greater city that overcame Babylon in this way would seem thus to foreshadow the Kingdom of Christ. Time alone will tell whether the same time-scale is also intended. It is interesting to note the correspondences thus far in the gradual outworking of the Divine purpose.
Another seven-times period has meaning to us today. This began around 606 BC when Judah's treading down under Gentile rule began with the captivity in Babylon. This cycle has also been completed. It has run out. "There is time no more." 1914, a date that marked the shattering of kingdoms and the beginning of a sequence of world events of universal crisis. Historians recognise 1914 as a pivotal date in world history.
Psalm 46:2,3; describes the once-stable earth being removed, and the mountains being carried into the midst of the sea; with the resulting roaring of troubled waters. How graphically this describes our day! As one by one the grip of the great empires over the tribes of earth has collapsed, what a swirling rage of turmoil has resulted. The image has been smitten. We are living in a time of fragmentation everywhere, and the sea and the waves roar.
Again, this great seven times cycle has unmistakably reached its end. With the ending of the times of permitted rule of the Gentile powers came the time to favour Zion. Again, the unmistakable signs of Israel's national resurrection are drawn out over a long period of progressive stages, just as in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah. Yet in each case, the end is now in sight.. The count-down to the kingdom has begun.
The secret time-units of the prophetic word were sealed up in the days of Daniel, to be gradually unsealed during the present age. When that first sealing took place, Daniel was told that at the time of the end the "wise" wouldunderstand.
This aspect of the mystery of God, the times and seasons that were concealed under His hand, are now revealed. The time is up. It was in the fulness of time at the first advent that Jesus came.. We live again today in the fulness of prophetic time.
All the great time-prophetic cycles have run out. There is time no more! We are in the time of the end, the winding up of the present evil order and the bringing in of the new. Blessed indeed are those whose minds are enlightened to perceive the full implications of this day. 2) Secret work of God during this age. We see then that the mystery of God includes those secret seasons and
times of the permission of the mystery of iniquity.
The mystery of God also relates to the secret work of this age now also nearing the point of completion... the hidden mystery of the Christ of many members.
The psalmist (in Psalm 139) was prompted to use the illustration of the human body and its forming in the womb to depict the development of the Christ, each Body member, throughout this age.
Scientists are discovering more and more about the "book" in which all the members of the human frame are written before the babe is formed within the womb. There is also another "book"in which are written all the features of the members of the 'Body of Christ.' It is in compliance with that Word of God that each new creature is developed day-by-day.
But the language of the psalm seems to change when in Ps 139:15 we read "My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth." This may still refer to the womb, which, in its secret workings, resembles a hidden place or cave of earth. In recent years, however, the discovery has been made of the underground quarry in which the Temple stones were cut and prepared for Solomon. So accurate was this process in the quarry that we are told in Scripture, 1K6:7. "And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building."
The working of each Temple stone is in the secret place of the Most High.
What an awing thought, our contemplation of that finished secret work of God in each one of us. Even more, the thought of that whole completed Christ. Each member, in character, a perfect copy likeness of Jesus. Each bound with their Head in inseparable blessed oneness, each adorned with the beauty of holiness. How beautiful the description of Rev 21.. An edifice of many jewels.
That secret work of God is all but complete... Soon there will be no more be heard the sound of "hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron." The mystery of God will soon be finished, and in it may we each have part. 3) Looking upon the face of God. Even here the thought of the completion of the "mystery of God" may not yet be exhausted. Wave upon wave of transporting thought lead from one glorious vision to another. For here we see a glimpse of that moment when the earnest longing of Paul, and the prayers of all saints, are satisfied. "That I might know Him.."
In Matt 11:27 we read the words of Jesus. "All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him." There was never a fuller revelation of God than that which Jesus brought when, in flesh, He walked this earth, a life full of the Spirit of His Father.
The apostle John recorded in John 1:18 "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." But Paul's words reveal that the knowing of God, and all that He is, and the development of an intimate relationship with Him, is a process. It is related to the enlarging of our heart to comprehend the dimensions of divine love, and to become acquainted with His ways. It is a walk with God that becomes ever closer, as we share with Him more of His own feelings and attitudes to all things. It is a holy contemplation and absorption of His glory in the face of Jesus.
Yet there awaits, even for the closest follower, that moment of full revealing when we shall see Him as He is. This Wonderful Being Who created and Who fills all things.. Our Father.. - What will that moment be like when we see Him face to face? - This One Whose name is Holy, and Who inhabits eternity. . .! Isa 33:17 Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar. NIV (OR land of far distances.) (-- All the immeasurable dimensions of the eternal realms..)
That final break-through of the fetters of flesh, to look upon the face of God.. And to see Him as He is. What a wonderful moment of truth that will be. That first full beholding of the glory of Our God. When "sons of ignorance and night, shall dwell in that eternal Light." ..When we .. "shall live, and look on Thee."
Brethren, the time is short. In our present knowing of God eternity has for us begun, yet still we thirst.- -As the hart panting after the water brooks. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? Psa 42:1,2
That moment of complete fulfilment may not be far off for any one of us. The countdown to our change is already underway.4) When Knowledge of His glory floods the earth.
Another aspect then arises. Will the mystery of God be finished for the saints alone? We believe that there will be a sense in which the "mystery of God" will be finished also for mankind in this blessed age now opening before us.
To the philosophising Greeks He was "The unknown God." As we travel over the earth and through the history of mankind we are confronted with a vast array of beliefs concerning the nature of God. Almost every form of created thing has been worshipped by man in the place of the true and only living God. This will not ever be so. As Jesus revealed the Father to his Own, and has done throughout this age, so through the completed Christ - will the Father be revealed - until all the mists have been removed and the earth is full of the knowledge of His glory as the glistening waters covering the great deep.
What privilege is this to reflect his glory to mankind as the lights of heaven, Matt 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. So shall they shine until none shall need say to his neighbour "know the Lord.. For all shall know Him from the least to the greatest."
As we move through a crowd on a bright day the sunshine reflects in each face. Can we picture those same faces radiant with the reflection of the glory of God, each bearing the likeness of God? Can we picture the nations walking in the Light of that New City, the light of New Jerusalem, - the Bride, the Lamb's wife.
It will not happen in an instant. Charles Taze Russell, in 'Studies in the Scriptures', Volume 6, page 359, speaks then of the gradual retracing and rewriting of His Laws in the hearts of men. This will be the result of the work of an age. It will be progressive for mankind, as it is even now with us. But the end, the blessed permanent result of the work of righteousness, how wonderful that will be, when, mystery no longer enshrouds that God Who tabernacles amongst them.
1) We have seen this prospect in terms of the times and seasons of the present age. 2) We have also reflected upon the implications for saints changed into his likeness, to see Him as He is, to know Him, as they are known of Him.. 3) We have contemplated the rising of the sun of righteousness until the knowledge of His glory fills this earth. There is one more concept, if we stand spiritually upon tiptoe, that we may just begin to glimpse.
4) The crown of God's glory. What did Paul mean when he was prompted by the Spirit of God to use the language of Eph 1:22,23 "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all." Again in Eph 3:19 "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." We have been called into that same holy and perfect oneness that Jesus shares with the Father. The saints are described as the inheritance of God.. His peculiar treasure... His jewels... the crown of his glory. There is something here in the completion of the mystery of God that defies imagination. To be part of . . . His glory. As saints here below we become more and more absorbed with the glory of God. A translation is taking place within our hearts. A power mightier far than that which brought forth the galaxies, is even this moment at work, and it is working in us. A New Creation is being formed, something more awing than any past creative act of God. This New Creation is being filled with all the fulness of God.
Many times in Scripture appear the thought..as in Ezek 44:4 "and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD:" Paul said, 1 Cor 3:16 "ye -- are the temple of God..."
John, in vision, heard the angel say... (Rev 21:9-11) Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
That Bride, that city, is to be, as it were, an extension of the very glory of God, -- part of that very radiance that surrounds His throne. She is to be the crown of His glory. -- Part of the glory of God.. -- His inheritance of the saints in light. And His requirement of us for this work to proceed to its blessed completion? That our faith stagger not! ____________________________________________________________________________________
Brethren, it is almost going-home time. As this day we part may the prospect of that future meeting fill our hearts with a joy that can only grow brighter as the hour draws nearer and dear to us. -- Meeting one another in the full perfection of God's finished work, beautiful in holiness. -- Meeting the Lord Jesus, our "Isaac", "laughter", "with joy unspeakable and full of glory." -- Meeting our Heavenly Father in Whose embrace is everlasting bliss, and joy forevermore. Then shall we know Him, and for each saint the fulness of the mystery of God will be complete. ____________________________________________________________________________________
Meanwhile let us take the Lord with us to our homes . . . . .