Revealing God’s Glory –

Now go to 1 Corinthians 1:26.

For consider your calling brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;..

We thought we might be wise. We strive to enter that class, but the truth is, we are a motley crew, you know.

…but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world (that’s you and me) and the despised God has chosen…

Now we’re talking about those that make up that company that is going to reveal God’s glory to old Lucifer himself and all of his minions and all of the other 2/3 in heaven as they are watching. It is the church that is going to manifest this ministry that is going to declare the administration of this mystery to rulers and authorities, thrones and powers in the heavenly places. This crew: the foolish, the weak, the base, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast except in the Lord. When it’s all said and done, there will not be a single one who can say, “I did it.”

He both wills and works. He is both the alpha and the omega. He both authors and perfects. When we understand that, we will understand where He is taking us. I’ll say this a dozen times in the coming pages: With God, He can take very little and do a whole lot, and He can take even less and do a whole lot more, but He can take nothing and do everything.

When you understand that, you’ll understand where He is taking us, not to sufficiency, not to capability, not to ability, but to inadequacy, insufficiency, inability, to nothing. He who would save his life would lose it, but he who would lose his life for Christ’s sake will find it.

It isn’t about us making and reinforcing and protecting and beautifying and adding to our life. That’s not the way. Everything that God is doing from the day that Christ has come, is a work of subtraction, not addition. He already has everything in Himself. He’s needing no more. He’s just needing less of us.

Daniel 12:1:

“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.”

You can pretty well guess what time we are talking about, can’t you?

Verse 5:

Then I, Daniel, looked and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the river and the other on that bank of the river. And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?”

I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time…

You’ve heard that before haven’t you? Let’s continue,

…and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed.

That word ‘shattering’ is a word that is used in a foundry or in metal making. It is a word that means pulverizing to dust. You can toss it into the breeze and it will be carried away: pulverized, carried away.

…and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people…

…all these events will be completed.

The last thing is the final finishing of the shattering of the power of the holy people. He has shattered their own strength so that He gets all the glory so that no man can boast before God, so that what He began, He has finished. The last work in you and in me, if we are going to be finished unto the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ is a bringing to an end to our own strength, our own power to where Christ is all in all. To the natural man and to the carnal mind, that is not good news. But to the man and woman born of the Spirit, that is Life. God is taking the nothing, and with that nothing, He is bringing forth the fullness of His Son and bringing an end to all other kingdoms. And Christ will be all in all and the Father will be all in all. All in all is how it says it.

END

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2 Responses to “Revealing God’s Glory –”

  1. darla Says:

    Amen! I love this Corinthian passage, I have thought it many times…it seems that alot may not “get it”, so to speak. But maybe because I fall into so many of those categories, Its precious to me.I know that I can do nothing with out HIM, and everything is about HIM. I love the Daniel! Its one of my favorite books, I studied it in depth a couple times, and think I may do it again..soooo very much in there.

    When you speak the “church” in this post, are you speaking the “body of Christ” or organized church? I lean towards the body of Christ who is coming together, but they are outside the walls of the (building) church. For some reason what I have been seeing in my area is that people who fit the categories you mentioned…are not very welcomed or used in the building church. Been rather discouraged in that as well. But sooo I press on…no compromise..My King wants my all…

    This also reminds me of the Revelation passage, and I think it is 21 or 12 😉 that says…”he will be thrown down by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony”…i think it fits with what you are saying.

    Thanks for feeding me today…I prayed for that!

  2. jeraldd Says:

    The mention of the “church” in this post is of the “body of Christ.” Usually when I talk about the “organized church” it’s the church in the West or the church in America.

    Speaking of the body of Christ coming together outside the church building, there’s a book I’m reading by Hugh Halter and Mat Smay called “The Tangible Kingdom – Creating Incarnational Community.” You might enjoy it too.

    Actually the fellowship when I minister is one that had begun to use Hebrews 13:13 as their calling. It’s in the going “going outside the camp” that ministry of the Bride takes place.

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