Beloved of our Lord,
He hath limited a certain day, saying, "Today." Behold, now
- the well-accepted time! Behold now - the day of salvation!
How blessed, as we feel the swift and sinister current of time, the
course of this age fast hurrying the world of nations toward their
hour of great tribulation, to know that by our acceptance of
Almighty God's great personal Act of Calvary, you and we have been
lifted right out of this present evil age, and are now living a life
that is hid with Christ in God. What steadiness of heart we thus
possess as we see things coming to pass on the earth! Not the
fainting heart of fear is ours, but the fixed anchored heart of
faith entering into that which is within the Vail.
How few, however, recognise that God has stopped the clock, so to
say, and has cut out of the ages this single "Day" of receiving
Grace, this "Now" of His time of gracious acceptance of us as a
Family of God in His well-beloved Son, to share that Son's Life, His
Inheritance and to enter into His Glory, when the House is complete.
In some senses it is a dread thought to behold the long-suffering
and patience of God, His suspended judgments during this "Day" of
grace that has now lasted well-nigh 1900 years. Noah preached
righteousness for 120 years during what time the Ark was a
preparing. The Holy Spirit has preached "Wondrous Grace" for a much
longer period until the House of God, the living Temple, the
Body of the Christ, shall have been completed. Thus the hours are
full of imminence, the kingdom of the heavens hath drawn nigh. God's
Purpose already accomplished in Fact at Calvary awaits "Fulfilment"
in the completion of the Body. The Lord's death is being shewn forth
till He come! The Holy Ghost is in the world to bring about the
consummation of this age!
What a privilege to live in the closing hours of this dispensation.
As Simeon, Anna, and many another of a comparatively small and
obscure company of believers waited for the consolation of Israel,
the Jesus of Bethlehem and Nazareth, so we, upon whom the ends of
the ages have all this while arrived, wait for the Lord out of
Heaven unto Whom we shall be enraptured as we are found joined to
Him in spirit. The Vision comes! Though it tarry, wait for it. Swift
will be His coming when it comes. "Now! Today!"
And as He has cut a "Day" out of the ages in which His Purpose,
despite all hell's counsels, is being victoriously and irresistibly
accomplished, so He has cut us off by His Cross from all those
hellish counsels, enmities, and cruelties, oppressions,
imprisonments and chains. Beloved, you are free in this Day
of Grace! Enter into this Heavenly "Now" of God. Yield to the power
of His Resurrection, that is,- His Life within you, to lift you up
in spirit, out of this present evil age, to abide in Him in heavenly
places. God would lift your spirit out of time into His Eternity,
into His Now. We which believe do enter into the "Sabbath Rest," for
the works are finished. And out of that heavenly position of "Rest,"
triumphs faith energised by love. Yea, out from God in Christ, you
must live, coming down upon events, circumstances, temporal
things, in that Victorious Life that is timeless, that Eternal Life
into which you are already begotten, and which by the Holy Ghost
would be manifested in you.
Jesus came down to the poverty of His creatures in Bethlehem, that
you and we might now inherit and dwell in the Throne of Glory!
May your Christmastide be spiritual, not sentimental. May the New
Creation manifest its triumph and glory in your hearts to the Glory
and Honour of its King!
For we which believe do enter into His Rest.
Yours in this great "Day,"