- Jim Corbett
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“I know that you only have the maturity to come to Me when you are in need. You even praise Me at present because it makes you feel good and gives you feelings of satisfaction. Your requests for forgiveness are presented so that you might savor the feelings of being forgiven, not because your offense has caused Me anguish. I understand. With My former creation, the angels as you know them, I only required obedience. Even then that requirement was too much for some of them. Some chose to depart from what I had created them to be and were separated from those I could trust. I now have those remaining trustworthy ones by My side.
"You, however, will be used for different purposes. You will be My priests and kings. I desire fellowship and intimate interaction. Disobedience once again is an indicator of those who are trustworthy and those who are not. Sin shows you the difference between separation and communion, so that you can show Me your preference. My work in your heart, your new birth, has made you capable of making free, unhindered choices and joining Me in true spiritual fellowship, if you desire to do so.
"As you continually choose My new life in you over your old life, you will eventually have the heart to come to Me for My desires and My purposes rather than yours. You will be a true companion, one that I can trust to implement My wishes. You will be trustworthy, because you will have My best interests at heart in all you do. Your pining for comfort will be replaced by the desire to do what is best for Me. It is My formula for the eternal future. My heart has always been for your best interests. When My salvation process is completed collectively in your hearts and My redeemed church is functioning in this kind of completion, We will flow in unity through the eternities of the eternities. Our unity will be the mainstay of an unbeatable formula. I will have another creation I can trust. I will then go on.”
Eph. 3:10 AMP
[The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere.
Rev. 5:10 AMP
And you have made them a kingdom (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign [as kings] over the earth!
Rev. 22:4-5 AMP
4) They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
5) And there shall be no more night; they have no need for lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will illuminate them and be their light, and they shall reign [as kings] forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities).
Most of us still foolishly believe that this salvation process is all about us. Prevalent teachings give us a picture of God straining to deliver us from ourselves only for our good, focusing on the salvation process as our only concern. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In the Word, we have been shown that God is a creative, eternal God, no beginning and no end. He is known to have created at least one other form of being to implement His purposes. We are, as far as has been revealed to us, the second; and we will work with the first, reigning as priests and kings for eternities and for whatever He chooses to do next.
I am convinced that the zeal with which we pursue His will at present and how trustworthy we are with his gifts will have impact on our place in His eternal plan. Our stewardship shows our heart. Our focus shows our nature.
For us to limit the nature of God by thinking that we are all that He has on His agenda is nonsense and limits our ability to understand the wonder of His nature. Such small thinking causes us to become prideful and self-serving.
Does He love us? Of course! Does He care about us? Of course! Does He want to have intimacy with us? Of course! Is there more that He is concerned about than our portion in His life? I believe that there is. It would behoove us to understand our privilege in being part of His plan, rather than being so hopelessly selfish as to think that we are everything and the only ones in His plan.
Wanting to understand more clearly,