Greater Riches of His Visitation


Greater Riches of His Fellowship

As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Psalm 133:3

­Life is the product of true Fellowship.

God desires the interaction and relation of every member of the Body for the growth and general wellbeing of itself. About this Body, the Bible says “For as we have many members in one body,…So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Romans 12:4-5) and by the relation and interaction of the members of this Body, the Bible says, “…the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (Eph. 4:16).  This body is maintained and held together (compacted) by what every joints (parts) supplies according to the effective working of several but varied abilities of every part by which the Body increases and grows unto the building of itself nurture in love…”This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Eph. 5:32)

This body representing the Church is the company of the people generally described as Christians or those hoping for eternal salvation by Faith in the eternal redemption through Faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. About this company, Jesus said to the initial members, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matt. 28:19-20). ­ This company of people who commit to the learning and practice “… of all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” is called The Church and The Body of Christ. This is who we are, a necessary unit, composed, compassed and compacted.

About the functionality of this Body and the benefit of the interaction of its many but varied parts, the Bible says, “And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common; And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common; And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and their movable goods) and distributed the price among all, according as any had need. And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts, Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved [from spiritual death]. (Acts 2:44:47 AMP).

Notice the product of their blessed interaction – ” Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people;” we must constantly look out for the reality of this outcome as the literary and necessary product of our relations and interactions as a Church and members, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Cor. 12:12-13

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Greater Riches of God’s Wisdom

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)

The most tragic event in the life of man (as God’s creation) is his banishment, expulsion, dismissal from the presence of the Holy God. Sin evicted man from his domain and man became a fugitive, miscreant and alien to the relations and interactions of God. 

About this fallen man, the Bible says, “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart.” (Gen.6:5-6 AMP).

To be great is indeed a great and noble achievement but definitely not as God observed of the fallen man. Man being cast and expelled from the presence of God became great in doing wickedness. Man became so obnoxious, abhorrent and repugnant that God “…regretted that He (ventured) had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart.”  How little man (even now) knows about his deplorable state and the urgent need for salvation, a washing, cleansing and regeneration to become luminous (full of light and emitting light) again rather than opaque, impervious  and as the Bible called man…”For ye were sometimes darkness…”  (Eph. 5:8). We must all become aware of the despicable nature of the natural man that we must cry and desperately seek to extract ourselves from such stock of brazen vanity to inherit the glorious inheritance of the Saints in Christ who shine as light in the darkness of the World.

God, in a bid to help, redeem and restore man, instituted the construction of the Tabernacle among the Israelites in their traverse through the wilderness; the portrait of a people and their sojourn that God would call His own through their faith and reliance on Him.   God said, “…And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” (Exo. 25:8) “And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.” (Exo. 29:43)

Because man had become fallen and so plummeted, “The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: “for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it” (Exo.19:23) and about the Tabernacle constructed to symbolize the presence of God among the people, there was installed a vail to control and limit man’s access to the Most Holy place which is the presence of the Holy God, “…thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy”  (Exo.26:33)

It was this vail that was removed by the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ; “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified…Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (Heb. 10:19-22) This is the greatest and all surpassing door ever opened…that man may approach God without restriction, recourse or regret. God in His surpassing Wisdom has restored Man to the glorious fellowship with Himself through the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord!

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Greater Riches Of Faith

Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. (Heb. 11:26 KJV)

God has richly blessed His children. We all must strive; endeavor, exert ourselves, make good effort to gain knowledge and understand these blessings which are freely bestow upon us by God in Christ Jesus. About these blessings, the Bible describes them in exceedingly terms, i.e. surpassing or beyond any other. This is urgent and cogent for our contemplation and comprehension.  

The Bible says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:7 KJV). Notice the reference term used to describe the riches of God’s grace toward you and I; exceeding!

Early, good and clear understanding of the exceeding, incomparable, surpassing riches of God’s grace toward us is a strong and sturdy deterrent to the malicious entreaties of the wicked (satan). We must understand this truth to gain victory and conquest over temptation and trials; little wonder why the Bible would urge us to reckon the trial of faith as working to making us perfect that we may be entire, wanting nothing (James 1:2-4 KJV).

Beloved, we must understand the nature and contents of God’s boisterous and bounteous riches and blessings upon us as Christians.

Take Eternal life for instance, a unique and dominant gift (blessing) of God upon the Believer; the Bible says, “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:20-23 KJV). Notice the recompense (end) of the entreaties of the devil is death but now being made free from sin…the gift of God (to us) is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Beloved, the knowledge of God’s exceeding riches is a compelling and audacious deterrent against the unscrupulous whims of the wicked. Understanding that the blessed greatness of God’s blessings upon our lives reeling up to life and peace are incomparable to the abysmal petrifying concoction of the devil to send anyone to the abyss. None of us will be found in the abyss in Jesus Name. Moses also reckoned that the suffering with the people of God is of greater riches than the treasures of Egypt.

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