Grateful For Revelation Series

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Grateful For Revelation Series

Hi T____,

Thank you for your very encouraging words. It is very satisfying to know that there are those out there who are being given the eyes to see and the ears to hear the sayings of this book.
Yes, it is true, we have not labored as others, and yet we are partakers of their harvest:

Joh 4:36  And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
Joh 4:37  And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
Joh 4:38  I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

The only “labor” being done is that of Christ and His Father. Christ has labored, and we have entered into His labor:

Joh 5:17  But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

When we “enter into Christ’s labors” we are really “entering into His rest,” because we are ceasing from our own works and are resting in what He is doing in us.

Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Here is who is doing all the works:

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

I love what you say about “Only Christ can be Christ.” That has so very many applications. Who is in us is who comes out of us, and if our old man is still on the throne it will be impossible to hide that fact. If on the other hand, Christ is on His throne, then that too, will be impossible to hide.

Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

You are exactly right about the trials subsiding as we decrease and as He increases in us. Our trials are for our good, and as we learn our lessons the trials become more bearable, even as they become heavier burdens. King David is our type and shadow of this principle. If we need the rod of God in our lives, it will surely be there for our good. But our growth in Christ eventually brings us to say with Paul:

2Ti 4:6  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
2Ti 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished [ my] course, I have kept the faith:
2Ti 4:8  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.

But it is interesting to note that Paul says this in concert with telling Timothy that “all have forsaken me.”

2Ti 1:15  This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
2Ti 4:9  Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:
2Ti 4:10  For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
2Ti 4:11  Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

You will find that the closer you get to God, the more removed you will be from this world and its friends. Christ did not come to send peace but a sword:

Mat 10:33  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36  And a man’s foes [ shall be] they of his own household.
Mat 10:37  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Mat 10:40  He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

That is being dead at Christ’s feet. A dead man has nothing to lose in this life, because he has already given it all up. And that is how we find life more abundant.

Moses was told:

Exo 25:40  And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.

That pattern is Christ, and we must be conformed to His image, just as He is conformed to His Fathers. Again, in the New Testament, we are told that the temple of God is measured:

Rev 11:1  And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

Those who worship God are being measured to be sure they ‘measure up,’ and all who do, will measure up only “in Christ.” It is all, the good and the bad, being done, of God, and through and in Christ.

That is a somber truth, and a truth that few can, at this time, can receive. “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.”

Your brother in The Christ,

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