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the very glory resting on Him, as the One who has established everything according to God where man dishonoured Him, transforms us into the
same image from glory to glory, as by the Lord the Spirit.” Hence we are not only in nearness, but in likeness too. Consequently, the complete effect of His work is to set us in the same place as He is. His work sets us there in the heavenly places in Him. God said to Moses, “I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.” It was in the mind of God one work.
It is as much the work of Christ, by His death to open heaven to us, as it was by His blood to shelter us from the judgment in Egypt.
There are four aspects of His death, and it is thus, in parts, we apprehend
We learn first how His blood shelters us from judgment. Then, when we believe in the death and resurrection of Christ, we are not only
clear of all our guilt, but we are really, as the type sets forth, "brought to God" we can sing, “ Thou hast guided us in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.” Practically, according to the type, we are not in Canaan yet; we have to learn experimentally the death in Numbers xxi. The Son of man is lifted
and He is now our life : “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Now in the liberty of His life, I am not only dead to sin, but I also learn that having died with Him, I am dead to the world. across Jordan; I am in heaven. We are often a long time reaching up to this—the full effect of His work; and yet it is the same work which sheltered us from judgment which lands us in heaven. This is exemplified in the thief on the cross. In one step he is transferred from the deepest degradation and distance, into the greatest elevation in paradise, in the highest place, and there with Christ, the most honoured position. The same work
brought him from one place, the lowest and the worst, to the highest and the best. The man who would limit Christ's work to the first part and leave out the other, would not only deprive himself of the highest blessing, but he would grievously misrepresent the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. It might be urged that the case of the thief on the cross was exceptional. I only adduce it to prove that a believer could in one step learn in a moment, the full effect of the work of Christ. Nay, more ; it is plain that a believer on the earth receives from heaven the Spirit, the promise of the Father, consequent on Christ being glorified; not only a well of water springing up into everlasting life; not only, I repeat, lighting up the heart with the resources which are in Christ, so that he who drinks of it never thirsts, but he is so enriched, that out of his belly flow rivers of living water. It is hardly possible to conceive the exaltation vouchsafed to a man in the scene of all his misery and feebleness, even to be a temple of the Holy Ghost. “He shall glorify me, he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” And, moreover, He being the bond of union between us and the Head of the body, the church, making us know “the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places." That is, being united to Christ by the Holy Ghost, I can here on earth know the power which set Christ in heavenly places, which raised Him from death, the lowest, man's lowest place, up to God's right hand in the heavenly places; and we all, who were dead in sins, are quickened together, and raised up together, and made sit together in the heavenly places in Christ. That is, the work of Christ has spanned the whole distance between God and man, and His place before God is, through grace, the believer's place. We are not only cleared of all our offences, but in the life of Him who cleared us, we "joy in God," and we are the delight of His heart. He can say, “It is meet we should make merry and be glad.” The “man in Christ
can pass into the highest place, “the third heaven," and there he is received, not merely as a guest, but one fit and welcome to the innermost circle ; all this simply and solely effected by the work of Christ.
May our hearts apprehend the effect of it day by day more perfectly for His name's sake.
LUKE XII. 32-53.
THE Lord's testimony, constantly coming out through the course of His ministry, was that His people would be à people separated from the world. He Himself of, and from, heaven, and we as in Him -s0 His prayer, “they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” We belong entirely to that heavenly place; the Father's