Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A New Chapter in Righteousness by Faith

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
The closer we come to what the Bible speaks of as "the end of the world” (Matt. 24:3), the more intimate will the people of God become with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Their acquaintance will become like that of a couple who meet, get slightly acquainted, then fall in love, become engaged, and finally marry; no woman on earth will become the "bride of Christ,” but there is a body of people known as "the church” who will "make herself ready” for that epochal "wedding” (cf. Rev. 19:7, 8; Eph. 5:23-27).

A "paradigm shift” in understanding is a mild term to describe the upheaval that will occur in the spiritual experience of God's people as they near when Christ closes His High Priestly ministry in the Most Holy Apartment. The grand antitypical Day of Atonement will be a reconciliation with Him that can only be described as a bride yielding herself joyously at last to her long-loved but never yet "known” bridegroom.

The tremendous spiritual upheaval will be a new motivation supplanting our old egocentric one. We have always responded to the desire to be saved--a very wholesome one, indeed; a thousand times better than acquiring worldly wealth. But it's still the desire for a reward; we have sung the ditty, "I Shall Wear a Crown in My Father's House,” we have contemplated exchanging "the cross for a crown,” we have widely taught that "securing our own salvation is the highest duty of life.” Again, wonderfully true; but still puerile.

In the closing up of the Day of Atonement, a new motivation begins to take over: a concern for Christ that He receive His reward, that He be crowned King of kings and Lord of lords; our concern for Him eclipses that old one of egocentricity.

This won't be righteousness by works; it will be a new chapter in righteousness by faith. At last, "perfect agape [will] cast out fear” (1 John 4:18). A new heart-appreciation of what it cost the Son of God to die for us will be grasped.

But this will not be the prized possession of the saints; it will be their communication to the world of "Christ and Him crucified” as the world has never before heard it in such clarity since Pentecost.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: April 26, 2007.
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