Updated: May 17, 2019
By Peter McArthur
Some principles to help
1 We need to hear and then understand the truths of Scripture, and finally apply them. It's obvious that amongst many believers there's a lack in understanding of their goal in the Lord - other than a hope of getting to heaven! If you were running in a race it would be foolish to run without aim and purpose. Sadly many today don't seem to know what the finishing line actually is, let alone where it is and how to aim for it.
2 But our Father has not left us directionless or without hope. His Spirit has been sent to guide, teach and comfort us (Jn. 16: 13 and 14: 26). He will give all that's required to understand our destiny and how to mature in it. The Spirit will reveal to us the "finishing line".
3 Anointed by this same Spirit Jesus said "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Matt 5: 48). The word "perfect" is teleios which means "of full age, a mature and finished adult, wanting nothing necessary to completeness, brought to its conclusion".
4 With this in mind it's plain that God's destiny for us has to do with finishing what He has started: He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1: 6) See also 2 Tim. 3: 17 and Heb 13: 21 and Jms 4: 1. Compare 2 Thess. 1: 10-12.
5 Do not let unbelief rob you of this great promise. But what if some do not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God ineffective? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. (Rms 3: 3-4). We must believe what God says instead of man. When we don't listen to the words of the Lord and act on them, we make void His promise in that part of our life. We may even become responsible for the tumult in the lives of those around us!
6 How do we finish the race; how do we complete the House? The answer lies in appropriating all that Jesus has provided through our faith in Him. If He is the cornerstone of our faith, then we need to align our lives with Him. To use the imagery of the building - our stones must touch Him as the chief cornerstone; we must abut Him, and even be anchored to Him.
7 The Father has laid down a costly cornerstone. That stone has been tested, approved, and placed in the exact position from which it will bless and strengthen every other stone that aligns with it.
8 Our quality of life as disciples of Jesus depends entirely on this. We cannot impart to others what we have not experienced for ourselves. Our chief cornerstone is Christ, but unless we are aligned with Him we will never bring strength and direction to others. Even the quality of our corporate church life will depend on how well we have built on that same cornerstone.
9 Build in holiness, strive in the Spirit to be a worthy disciple, run with vision, keeping your eyes fixed on he who is the goal of all that we live for - you will NOT be disappointed. Behold, I lay in Zion A chief (choice) cornerstone, elect and precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame (disappointed) . (1 Pet. 2: 6)
10 We can be encouraged by one overriding truth: the Lord's purpose has never been altered or modified and nothing will delay its fulfilment. His purpose is to reveal His glory through those He's been preparing for all eternity (Isa. 46: 9-10). This should stir our hearts and spirits! He will accomplish everything He's ever desired to do, and its culmination shall be when His House will be eternally filled with His glory! Nothing can ever be greater than this.
11 So we can now appreciate that the main objective of each local assembly (Church) is to reveal and express God's glory. He is seeking a House not to contain Him, but through which to reveal Himself. So it is our quest to search out and speak forth the precious mysteries of God: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory (1 Cor. 2: 7-10).
12 To do this our character needs to align itself with this great purpose. His glory shall not be revealed through a united House until each room has been "sealed" for its chosen purpose. We are to cooperate in this sealing and to make every endeavour to establish our life according to His ways (Psa. 15: 1-3 and 24: 3-4 and 92: 12-15).
13 So we can ask ourselves, on what is our heart truly focussed? The mysteries of God deal with three main desires:
When the Father speaks, His heart is focussed on us as Children and Sons.
When the Son speaks, He is focussed on us as the Bride and the Body.
When the Spirit speaks, He focuses on us as the Dwelling Place, the House, the New Jerusalem.
It's significant that in Scripture God speaks more often of the one latter desire than the former two. This is God's focus, and He desires to seal this truth deep within us.
14 In Jewish thinking this "seal" is understood to be the letter Tau (t) the final letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In fact the rabbis regard it as YHWH's seal! The High Priest's golden headgear had "Holiness unto YHWH" inscribed (sealed) upon it. (Exo. 28: 36-37). Note this truth: the Lord's Name was engraved in gold upon the place of the mind!
15 In other words, His name, which is the same as His nature, was to be written (sealed) always on one's mind. Those who are sealed and marked with His holiness and His name will have the victory. They are predestined for the House of Understanding, the New Jerusalem.
16 This Name written in one's mind becomes like one's surname, thus it's written in Jewish literature that there are three who are called by the Name of YHWH: the Messiah, the Hasidim (the Righteous ones), and Jerusalem. This establishes all three in the family of YHWH's unity, where all are of one mind, soul, and spirit, and all are in agreement - this truly is the greatness of God's House, for no other house shall ever be like the unity of this one (Jn. chpt. 17).
This is our goal, this is our unalterable destiny - this is our prize: I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this same mind. (Philp. 3: 14-15)
Grace in the Messiah to you.