SECURITY

BY:  LLOYD ELLEFSON – JANUARY 2004

 

Romans 9:24-29. Here are some statements Paul makes: "God calls us, not of the Jews only, but of the nations." "I will call them my people who are not my people." "It shall come to pass that they shall be called the children of the living God." Isaiah says, "Though the children of Israel are as the sands of the sea, a remnant shall be saved. He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness."

 

Some people are seeing this as something that is going to come in the future. Jesus said, "I have finished the work of the father that he sent me to do." How long? How short? Is it thirty-three years, perhaps three years or forty-two months? I believe in that time it was all accomplished.  Righteousness by grace has come in Christ Jesus.  

 

11 Corinthians 6:16, "You are the temple of the living God. As God has said, 'I will be their God.'" I Peter 2:9-10, Jesus calls the Jews in the Disperia, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people who were not a people. This nation is not Israel or America. It is a nation of a chosen generation in Jesus Christ. The believing Jews that Peter writes to were forced out of the land of Israel because of the persecution of the Jews. The re-gathering of Israel are these who accepted Jesus as the Messiah, along with believers of the nation. This is the great gathering into Christ that we find in n Thessalonians 2:1.  When Paul said that all of Israel would be saved, he also said, all of Israel is not of Israel. He knew that after Jacob was changed to be Israel, that only one son was actually born of Israel. The other eleven were regarded as children of Jacob (Genesis 32:22, Genesis 3:4,10,18, Romans 9, 6&8). "Not one of mankind born of the flesh are the sons of God. The body of flesh and its sense of being will return into the ground from whence it came."

 

Romans 9:7-8, "The seed of Abraham are not the called, as Isaac, these born of the promise are the called and accounted for the seed." The children born of flesh are not the children of God. Isaac was born of the word of God. The heavenly Jerusalem of Revelation 21 is revealed by Paul to be a covenant (Galatians 4). The covenant is the word of God, which word is the word that the elect are born from. "The covenant is our birth mother." (Galatians 4:24-26)

 

Hebrews 6:13, "When God made a promise to Abraham finding no one greater to swear by to effect this promise, he then swore an oath by himself that he would perform the promise. We have both God's word of - the promise of blessing and have an oath to fulfill it (verse 18). By two immutable words - it being impossible for God to lie - we have taken refuge in this word and have our security. We have an anchor for our soul beyond the veil. Here our forerunner for our sakes has entered. Christ is the high priest to minister this assurance to those God has given him.

 

There is a generation of righteousness, power, seed and judgment out of God's word. When the seed of the promise to Abraham is generated, it is always the same. This seed gives birth to Christ Jesus, the son. Then, out of this one seed comes a generation of sons, with each one of the same nature of spirit and oneness with God. This oneness, to be manifested in the saints, is made very evident in the scriptures. Now that the seed has died in the earth and brought forth fruit, this fruit is of like kind and one seed. These generated of this seed are all one in activity with the firstborn. We died together with him. We are buried together with him. We arose together with him and we appear together with him. This is all past tense - accomplished already in fact. This same spirit is also the basis for the only one thing that will provide belief of this testimony. The flesh man is not accounted as the generation. The works of the spirit will mortify the deeds of the flesh. The result is the flesh body redeemed to manifest the mind of the spirit. Now it is to be a tabernacle of the true witness of Christ Jesus. This is also oneness. The son of man is mentioned as being Jesus over 75 times in the Gospels, "As the father has sent me, so send I you." We should see our identity as the corporate son of man in the earth. Our witness is coming to earth from heaven, through the tabernacle of flesh. As it says in John 3, "The son of man came down from heaven and is in heaven."

 

Romans 8:29-36 (some quotes), "These he foreknew are predestined to be in the image of his son." "These are called, justified and glorified." "If God is for us, then who can be against us?" Seeing he gave his son freely, he gives all things in him. Who can accuse the elect? It is God that justifies. Who can condemn? Christ died and rose and makes intercession for us. Obviously, he is not condemning us. Who will separate our oneness? Will it be tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, peril or sword? We are more than conquerors. Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, or things present, or things to come, are able to separate us from the love of God in Christ.

 

We are secure in God's word. "Heaven and earth will pass away," Jesus said, "but my word will not pass away." We are anchored in God's word between the promise and the oath - two indisputable eternal words of God's truth, which comes in Christ Jesus, who is our Lord. This truth brings the end of the world system and is the kingdom of God. The place, and purpose, and newness of life, such as no other imagination or reason can ever perform. When Jesus called his followers to be the salt of the earth from God's realm, and the way he sees things, without the saints in the earth, the world is not palatable to him. Luke 14:34-35, "If the salt has lost its true value, it is not fit for the land or the dunghill." There is no doubt religion and its leaders qualify. They are presenting what even man casts out. Abide in the vine and things of good fruit will happen just because of the union. Sadly enough, the world has most of the religion in its grasp. Those that are called to be the sons of God are secure in this foundation of his word. Consider what I say and may the good Lord give you understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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