councilAs you recall from my previous article entitled The Origin of Your True and Ultimate Family I stated that while you are a family member there was to be also a job to do. In ancient Israelite thinking, God‘s home was not only where his family lived, but also where the council met. The place was one and the same, and the members were on and the same. So it is in the New Testament. While New Testament writers employ family terms to describe the church, it is also no coincidence that they use Old Testament terminology we would associate with a Divine Council or a Heavenly Host. Ephesians 1 11-18 is a place to start:  In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,  in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.  For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people,  I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people. Consider how the Old Testament uses the  similar term Holy Ones for people particularly the Israelites , the people who would populate God’s kingdom and after the exile re-inherit it.

Psalm 16:3   As for the holy ones in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.

Psalm 34:8  O taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the Lord you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no lack!

Daniel 8:22,24 As for the horn that was broken. . .His power shall be great- but not by his own power; and he shall cause fearful destruction and shall succeed in what he does, and destroy mighty men and the people who are the holy ones.

Deuteronomy 33: 2-3 refers both to divine beings and humans in the same passage: The Lord came from Sinai and dawned from Seir upon us; he shone forth from Mount Paran; he came from ten thousands of holy ones, with flaming fire at his right hand. Yes he loved his people, all his holy ones were in his hand; so they followed in your steps, receiving direction from you.

The point is that Israelites were deemed “holy ones” not because they were perfect they were far from perfect but because it was God’s intention to make them his family and his ruling authorities on earth- they were to be his kingdom on earth as it was in Eden. At every stage until the physical incarnate God was ruling with them as king. To us this is historic unti,l viewed from “his body”  through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which created a new family but also a new council to tend Eden it’s headquarters and temple of Yahweh.

Against this backdrop, some New Testament passages have new meaning.

Ephesians 2: 19-22  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,  in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.   In him you also are being joined together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. 

1 Corinthians 3: 16,17  Do you not know that all of you are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For god’s temple is holy, and all of you are that temple of his beloved son.

Colossians 1: 11-13  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.

1 Corinthians 6: 1-3  When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the holy ones (Believers)? Or do you not know that the holy ones (believers) will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you (believers), are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? Hoe much more then pertaining to this life.

John speaking to the future destiny of Christians in the Book of Revelation this way –  Jesus is speaking:  Only hold fast to what you have until I come. The one who overcomes and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken to pieces,  even as I myself have received authority from my Father.

Can it be plainer? Does our God remember us his holy ones? Yes he remembers us and has made us a way through Christ Jesus our Lord to reach our planned destiny in the Kingdom of God.

 

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