Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dial Daily Bread: The Final Unfolding of History

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

The final unfolding of history will be the disclosure of the world's guilt so that all can see it at last. When the world unites to exterminate the people of God in the final decree, this unconscious mind of evil will be fully manifest. No longer will the Holy Spirit restrain it. And their hated of God's people will be in reality hatred of Christ--a fresh and complete display of the same unconscious hatred manifested at Calvary, that "all the world may become guilty [out in the open] before God" (Rom. 3:19).

The painful truth disclosed in the True Witness's message to the "angel of the church of the Laodiceans" is that a related guilt is our real sin today. And it is holding up the Latter Rain. Beneath the surface there is a "carnal mind" which "is enmity against God." All through the decades this unconscious enmity against God has frustrated our best conscious efforts to hasten the coming of the Lord.

Obviously, only the "blotting out of sins" accomplished in the Day of Atonement can avail to cleanse this deeper level of unknown sin. When this work is done, the mysterious phrase, "the final atonement," will be better appreciated. No magical process will do the work. The now unknown sins will be brought fully to consciousness and forthwith repented of.

But this will not be possible unless side by side with the abounding awareness of our sin there is a "more abounding" awareness of what grace really means. Hence the necessity for a clearer understanding of the gospel than we have ever known before--righteousness by faith. The "enmity" fully healed, the "atonement" becomes fully effective or "final." It is, in fact, a final reconciliation.

--Robert J. Wieland

From: The Knocking at the Door, 1983.
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