BROUGHT OUT, and IN
BY: RAY PRINZING
“And He brought us out from thence, that He might bring us in, to give us the land which He sware unto our fathers.” (Deut. 6:23)
Our desire is to be “found in Him.” (Phil. 3:9), and this desire is intensified by our daily travail, as He prepares us, advances us step by step, that we might truly be BROUGHT IN, into a deeper realm and closer relationship with our Lord. “As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (1 Cor. 15:49)
But there has to first be a “brought out,” before we can fully enter into the new realms of His glory. Thus God is leading His people out of the entrapments of Babylon. He is not exchanging high-fenced pastures for some low-fenced pastures. He is not exchanging a short leash for a longer one. He would bring us out completely, and then bring us in to a whole new dimension in Him. “He hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Pet. 1:9)
“Jesus…suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.” (Heb. 13:12-13)
“He led me about the way without unto the utter gate.” (Ezekiel 47:2)
“Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt. 7:14)
He brought me out – yes, praise God! A wonderful process in itself, but this is not the goal, just to be brought out, it was “from thence” that HE MIGHT BRING US IN. There is a whole new horizon before us! “And have put on the new which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.” (Col. 3:17) God does not tolerate a vacuum; He is not bringing us out of the old, to leave us in a state of nothingness, but that we might now be renewed into the fullness of divine reality.
“O send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to Thy tabernacles.” (Ps. 43:3) Praise God for His light which leads us – to be FOUND IN HIM, where He makes all things new.