Thursday, October 25, 2012

Entry to "The City"


Entry to "The City"

B. K. Chadwell  

 Rev 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to
the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

"The City"....whose gates shall not be shut at all........yet, no entry into "the City" is
allowed that will defile .....nothing abominable, nothing that makes a lie... 

The gates are never shut, indicating one could "enter" at any time, yet entry is conditional.  Inside "the City" we find healing and light for the nations and no more curse but rather; an eternity of reigning with God.

Perhaps another description for "the City" would be: "righteousness and peace and  
joy in the Holy Ghost.  For he, that in these things, serves Christ is acceptable to God
and approved of men."  

Then again, a  more familiar description of "the City" might be: that place "Where the
King (God and His Christ) has dominion" or "Where the King has complete and total
rule over His people".  Or, more commonly refered to as; "The Kingdom of God",
which is not, actually, a physical place to be observed or looked for, because it is.....
...“WITHIN YOU“.

By contrast, just outside "the City" are still to be found, those who love a lie and do
lie, also; whoremongers and  murderers.....etc., etc.  These are not allowed into "the
City", yet, these  are  still around outside the gate.  This might lead one to ask; "with
gates to "the City"  that are never closed ... what is to prevent those on the outside
from comming in?  Or, for that matter, those that are on the inside from going back out, if they so choose?

 Gal 5:21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I
tellyou before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things
shall not inherit (enter into) the kingdom of God.

Ever know a Christian who lied?  How about a Christian who was envious?

Sorry, no entry to "the City"....not yet.  A work in progress you say.  A citizen of "the
City" by faith (the substance of things hoped for) you say.  Yes and yes, but... there remains, out there,  righteousness in fact. This is that which Christians Hope for but have not, yet, attained to or else why do they yet hope for it. 
 
So then, perfection in Christ, by and through the work of the Spirit of Christ, in us,
is the goal and contrary to some thinking, it IS attainable.  Attainable but only
through the work of the Spirit in us as we, daily, choose His narrow way.  This is the ONLY "way" to enter into..."The City".  For self-produced righteousness, is not acceptable.

Mat 7:13-14  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because
strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.

We can read of those Christians in the early church that could  "SEE" but did not "DO" his commandments and then came a judgment upon them. A judgment for chastening and for correction.  A judgment, sometimes even for the total destruction of the flesh, in order that the "incorruptible" seed that  had  been  placed within them would remain uncorrupted  in the "Day of Christ".

So it has been and so it is with Christians today.  (see Chapter 3: Seeing the Kingdom vs Entering the Kingdom from the e-book; "The Kingdom of Heaven's at hand" at; www.highcountryministry.com

Jesus told Nicodemus, in effect, that one must be "born again" to SEE ("the City") and to ENTER ( "the City").  "Seeing" is not enough.  A choice to "ENTER" must then also be made.  The "entering" will require full obedience to the Master.   Anything less will not be allowed inside the gates of "the City"......."born again" or not.

Caution:  Do not confuse being able to See with Entering.

Rev 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to
the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Mat 7:26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Still, we know that; to DO His, perfect, will, all of the time, is not even within our
capability, even as Christians.   So, we must humble ourselves and submit to His work
in us. As Christians we still  must make choices, daily, to die to self and choose to
enter into "His Rest" and allow Him to work "His righteousness" in us.  Thereby, we Christians,  allow Him to work in us; to both will and to do of His good pleasure. 

Even as Christians, without Him, we can do nothing, not even walk through an open gate to enter... "the City".  

 

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