The Big Picture – Part 16

Enter Into My Joy

“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Hab. 3:18.

We, the sons of God, shall both rejoice in the Lord — what He has done and who He is — and we shall joy in the God of our salvation, we shall enter into the joy which is our God. We shall live and move and have our being IN Him. He is our joy for there is no other place we can obtain the purpose for which we have been created than in Him.

Religious pundits would have us believe that our salvation is all accomplished the day we decide to accept as true that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. It is not. Our redemption is accomplished, but our salvation is still in the works. Jesus has already purchased us all back, and I mean all of us, paying the debt for the sins laid to our account which were against us. Our redemption is already accomplished in Christ on the Cross having been chosen in Him even before the foundation of the world. It was first in heaven and is now on earth as it is in heaven.

Yes, we have been redeemed in Christ (everybody has) but our salvation is another matter altogether. We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thess. 5:23. Our salvation must be worked out from within, by the spirit, through the soul and unto the manifestation through the flesh.

This is where the fruit can be seen and partaken of by others, in the flesh. This is where Christ is made obtainable to others, through the fruit of the Spirit deposited in us. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.

God, by His Word places the seed of Christ into your heart, the soil. Your spirit is saved. Behold all things are become new. That seed within you has a purpose — to accomplish that for which it was sent — to produce fruit, the offspring of the progenitor, the Father. Guess what?, the fruit looks just like the Father, the very likeness and image of Him, not physically, but spiritually. God is Spirit.

Now the seed in the spirit must work in your heart to bring forth fruit. Your soul — your mind, will and heart — must be made to become transformed by the working and washing of the Word. This is the process of sanctification, the working of the Word to accomplish, or bring forth a son.

When the work of sanctification is complete then the son is made manifest in the flesh, the body. This is how you are sanctified (set apart) wholly, your whole spirit, soul and body. This is how you are in fact saved, through your sanctification. We have been saved in our spirit — justification; we are being saved in our soul — sanctification; we shall be saved in our new bodies — glorification.

And there is no better sanctifying agent than the blood of Christ. You must come to the Cross, our modern day altar, and offer a daily living sacrifice and be washed in the blood. This purging and washing take place as we present ourselves to Him and offer our very lives to Him as a reasonable act of worship.

The law showed us what must be done. In the Old Testament believers were to bring their offering to the altar, it would be slain and left there. In the New, you are the offering, you must offer yourself — and then arise to newness of life, resurrected — dead, yet living. I am crucified yet I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me

Now what you need to know is that this is not as easy some make it seem. Why would Christ suffer and die and we who are to be like Him, not do the same? We too must suffer with Him through death on the Cross to ourselves.

I want to tell you, the Christian life used to be so easy when all I had to do was believe some things in my head, but it became a Reality when I became grounded in truth and faith in the Word, that would not allow me to say I believe something I did not live. The Christ-life is to be lived not thought about and felt good about. Dying is hard, real hard. Self will not lay down willingly, it must be crucified.

The day I purposed to do God’s will and not my own, the process of dying to me began. And I am “confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philip. 1:6. Dying hurts every day till you are dead. Dead men are done with dying. It is the dying part that is so difficult. I am certain that I have a long way to go, but I press on toward the high calling.

Why would anyone do this? Why would they subject themselves to suffering and death, even death on a cross? Why would they give up the riches and pleasures that this world offers and seek a home whose builder and maker is God? Why would anyone choose to die to themselves, their own will and desires and hopes for something that is not seen but only promised? We should ask Jesus these questions. Why would God do it?

We all know the answer intuitively — for love. That is why. And that is what a son does for their father. They walk this same path and demonstrate in the same way as Christ their love for the Father. To be sure there is a reward, an exceedingly abundant great reward. But we do it for love of the Father. We love Him because He first loved us.

Love, “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” I Corinthians 13:7

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12.

“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Tim. 4:8.

Oh, to be sure, there is great honor and glory for those who endure to the end. “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Mark 13:13.

“and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Rev 4:10-11.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14.

“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” Hebrews 2:10.

“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matt. 25:23.

Enter into My Joy!