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#346 SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON #12 GENESIS 14
FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
There is a blessed harmony between walking in God's will and having fellowship with the God of peace. We find this principle in HEB 13:20-21: "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."
"[Making] you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight" means to be restored to fellowship with God. This is the heart of our message today. God told Abram "I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect," i.e., he was brought back into perfect fellowship with God. It happened through God working in him to will and to do what God had commanded him to do. It is in the perfect harmony of doing the will of God that we find fellowship with God.
Now in our study of Melchizedek coming out to meet Abram, we need to understand who Melchizedek was. HEB 7:2 says, "To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace." In order to understand this verse, we can go to GEN 14:18-20 which says, "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God."
It is so important to understand the chronological order: first, "...King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace." Until Gods righteous demands under the law were met, there was no foundation for peace. Do not overlook this chronological order to which the apostle clearly draws our attention: "first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace." Do you see the significance of the chronological order?
I want to unfold the meaning of some of these words; then we will see the wonder of the wisdom that God gave the apostle in writing this. We will see the wonder of God's inspiration in these writings.
This word "righteousness" comes from the root word "dikios" which means, "equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy." Take notice that when righteousness refers to the kingship and priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ, it means that He is a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. He speaks first of him as the King of righteousness and then the King of peace. In other words, Melchizedek came into conformity of life to the divine command or will of God. When we come into conformity of life to the divine will of God, we start interpreting His name as the King of peace. This is the fallacy of so much preaching today. They preach peace, peace, but there is no peace. Why? It is because there is no repentance. There is no turning from sin or turning unto the will of God. This is the meaning of "first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace."
We must come into conformity to God's will by the imparted righteousness of Christ, which means our will must be broken. When we have come into submission to His will, He comes as our King of peace. This is in blessed harmony with HEB 13:20-21, "Now the God of peace...Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight..." We must be restored to walk in the will of God and delivered from the servitude of Satan and sin before we have peace with God.
It wasn't until after Abram became "equitable in character and act," the meaning of the word "righteousness," that this King of peace came to meet him with the blessings spoken of in GEN 14:18-20. We need to see the chronology of what brings us to this event to understand the significance of the King of peace coming out to meet Abram. GEN 14:18-21 says, "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine [Later we will consider the significance of these elements; now, we will focus on bringing refreshments to a battle-weary army.]: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth [Notice the significance of this designation in the next few verses.]: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself." Abram did not want the goods of Sodom; he wanted the people. Melchizedek refers to the God of Abram as the possessor of heaven and earth. Abram wanted his blessings from God, not from the king of Sodom.
To see how Abram came to this event, we must take close notice of the context of this account in order to understand the significance of what happened. When Abram was walking in unbelief, we read of no instance in which he called upon the Lord. He was rejected even by the world. When people walk in disobedience, they walk in confusion. See how Abram was rejected by the world and was outside the fellowship of God in GEN 12:19-20. "Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: [Do you see his unbelief? At this point Abram didnt trust God and made his wife the object of lust in the eyes of the world.] now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had."
Abram, the father of the faithful, didn't trust his God. This teaches us and is an encouragement to us when we see our faith faltering. As we walk through this life's journey, trials and temptations sometimes cause us to slip or fall. We should not become discouraged or despair. The leading of the Lord brought Abram in the way of progressive sanctification, building a foundation of faith. By his slips and falls, Abram is trained and brought by the Lord to this blessed portion, coming into the presence of the King of peace.
We read above how Abram is put to shame for calling his wife his sister; it was for his unbelief. Even the world didn't want a thing to do with Abram; they put him out. He was not in the fellowship of God. Can you see that when we walk in ways which are displeasing to the Lord, it brings us into darkness, a place where we have neither fellowship with God or the world. We are marked as hypocrites when we are not able to stand up as Daniel and be marked as a child of God, taking the shame of Christs name.
It is so beautiful when we see the context leading to HEB 13:12-13, "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach." When we are not able to bear the reproach of Christ, we do not have the blessed union similar to Abram's, coming into the presence of Christ as King of peace.
As we see Abram grow in the obedience of faith, we see him drawing nearer to harmony with this blessed King of peace. It is in the way of sanctification and/or obedience of faith that we grow in grace, and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let's consider the steps Abram took toward greater obedience of faith. At first, Abram rendered only a partial obedience. Did he obediently leave the land of Ur? Yes, but he didn't fully obey the Lord. Did he get out of his country, and away from his kindred? GEN 12:1 says, "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee." Abram did go, but he took many relatives with him. He took with him his father, Tarah, whose name means "delay," and who died five years later at the border of Canaan in Haran, Cf. GEN 11:31-32.
Even after he entered Canaan, he still took his nephew Lot with him though the Lord had called him "alone," Cf. ISA 51:2. Abram's obedience was only partial; he did not render a perfect obedience. He was still serving two masters.
As we see Abram growing in the way of progressive sanctification, we see him growing closer and closer to that King of peace. It was after he had separated himself from Lot that we read in GEN 13:14-18, "And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him [Now the Lord began showing him His blessing.], Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. [See the Lord's next command.] Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee. Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD."
As Abram grew in sanctification and obedience without reservation to the will of God, after Abram has put his all on the altar, the Lord told him to look in all direction to see the land the Lord would give him. It is important to understand what is happening. After Abram had obeyed God's command that he and Sarai were to be alone with their God, that blessed reward for his obedience of faith could be appropriated.
We may have a promise, but are we able to appropriate it to ourselves? Are we able to take possession of that promise and enjoy it? It is like having the signed deed in your pocket and knowing it is yours. It is the assurance of faith.
Now let's see what Abram did when he had come this far. He was told to "Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee." That means Abram was to appropriate the land for himself; he was to enjoy this blessing. This teaches us a very important principle, i.e., an imperfect obedience through unbelief separates us from full enjoyment of fellowship with our God.
If we only render a partial obedience, we will not enjoy fellowship with our God. In JOH 14:23 we read, "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words [This leaves no room for partial obedience!]: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." Do you understand that fellowship with God comes only with unconditional surrender to the will of God? It is conditioned upon full surrender to the authority of His Word which means we must walk in the law of love. Blessed fellowship with the Father and the Son is conditioned upon "If a man love me!" We must love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. That is godliness. We are to love our neighbour as ourselves. That is righteousness. Then "My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."
This command to "Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it," as much as said He had given Abram this land for him and his seed, and now he could enjoy it. So the promise the Lord Jesus Christ gives us is that if we love Him and keep His Words, the Father will love us and He and the Father will take up their abode with us. If the Lord withdraws from us, it is because we are walking in spiritual adultery, which means our hearts are divided. Serving the Lord with an undivided heart is the only acceptable service.
Abram was to look at that land as being his by right of inheritance. After God "[Makes] you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ," HEB 13:21, then you can take possession of and enjoy your inheritance through Christ's resurrection. We do not have to wait until we die to inherit. We can have the enjoyment of the blessed harmony and fellowship with the Lord, that "inheritance of the saints in light," COL 1:12, in this lifetime. When the Lord works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure, Cf. PHI 2:13, we are restored to fellowship with God and can take possession of and enjoy our inheritance through faith.
See this promise in 1PE 1:3-6, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead [We are raised unto a new life, walking in God's will. Satan must be dethroned and Christ established upon His rightful throne, the throne of our heart.], To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations."
It is through Jesus resurrection that we have the lively hope of an incorruptible inheritance. The fulfillment of that inheritance will be in heaven, but the work of sanctification is incorporated. We can have the assurance of our faith. The inheritance becomes ours by right. Abram and his seed possessed the land only after they crossed Jordan into Canaan. This is a type of entering heaven after death. Abram was permitted to walk through the land after being told it was his. It was an assurance of faith.
After Abram had appropriated God's gift to himself to enjoy, it is significant in GEN 13:18 that Abram came to "...Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD." This word "Hebron" means to "join in association [fellowship] with." Caleb was obedient; he was one of the spies that went to check out the land. He was allowed to enter into Canaan, and his inheritance was Hebron. Joshua gave Hebron to Caleb. He inherited the fellowship of God by his obedience and faith in the Lord. It is so important to remember that Hebron means to join in association or fellowship with God. The inheritance was for Abram and his seed after him.
Abram was able to appropriate Hebron to himself and his seed after him as his own by right of inheritance. That was where Abram built the altar to the Lord. That altar is the type or shadow of fellowship and worship. As he uses the altar, he puts the lamb on it. That is the place of sacrifice, which is a sweet smelling savour before the Lord. Abram had come to Hebron and was restored to fellowship with God.
The way to appropriate God's blessings to ourselves, i.e., to see our title clear to the inheritance of the saints in light, is through the obedience of faith. It is so simple when we understand the gospel. Do you want God's nearness? Do you want God to answer, sometimes even before you finish speaking? This is obtained through the law of love as we see from ISA 58. As we obey the law of love, verses 9-10 say, "Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am [When is that?]. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger [pointing at others, and as a result, having three fingers point back at you], and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day."
Why is this? Its because the Lord is so pleased when our hearts are melted into submission to the law of love, when we stop bickering, contending, fighting, and pointing the finger at others, doing all the things displeasing to the Lord, and we start preferring the other person ahead of ourselves. Then we are living in the will of God.
See the scriptural authority for saying we appropriate this inheritance to ourselves by the obedience of faith. The Word of God says in 2PE 1:10-11, "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure [How?]: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." That is the Word of God; we must do these things.
What "things" are these? They are the exercise of saving faith through the law of love. 2PE 1:5-8 say, "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness [loving God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, the law of love]; And to godliness brotherly kindness [the law of love, the Golden Rule]; and to brotherly kindness charity. [Charity is looking at every person in the best possible light.] For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Does that mean we can earn Christs fellowship? No. However, there is something we can earn. We can earn His displeasure. We can bring His displeasure upon us by fighting and bickering and coming against our fellow man, disobeying the law of love. The Lord has His reward; it is so blessed if we understand this principle. In 2PE 1:11 we read, "For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you [This is the channel by which it becomes yours.] abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."
Have you ever observed a contentious person? Did that person have peace? If a person has peace in his own soul, it should beam out of every reflection of his actions. A contentious person is in a state of confusion. Do you want to know the God of peace? Do you want to understand the King of righteousness? Understanding the King of righteousness must come before you will ever know the God of peace. It is so blessed to see this principle in verse 8, "For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Do you know what "these things" are? They are our actions which reveal the law of love written in our hearts. Notice that at Hebron, Abram "...built an altar unto the Lord." In the place where Abram's soul was in humility before the Lord, he built an altar. In the place of fellowship, there comes a true worshipping of our God. The Lord is truly worshipped when our hearts are in total, unconditional surrender to the Lord, and we are walking in obedience to the law of the gospel.
God is very pleased and honored when His people serve Him in humble obedience to the law of love. We see how God also honored Abram with the opportunity to help his brother who had separated himself from Abram because of strife. It is a most blessed event to experience when the Lord opens an opportunity for you to help someone who has been a source of strife and contention and has tried to destroy you. You have made every sacrifice to get out of this person's road, but the Lord opens a door for you to help him. I am not a stranger to this blessed opportunity to help someone who has done all in his power to destroy me.
Abram was at Hebron, and the Lord opened the door. His brother, who had contended with him, was in a great dilemma. He had been taken captive by the enemy, along with his wife and children and everything he owned. Abram was granted the blessed privilege of going in to deliver his brother. He did not go for price or reward; he did not go to share in the goods of Lot. He did not want even a shoestring that belonged to Lot.
In GEN 14:14 we read, "And when Abram heard that his brother [It does not say his nephew; it is his spiritual brother.] was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan." How often does our common enemy take our spiritual brother captive? Do we go out to deliver such a one with all our might? I want you to see GAL 6:1-2 which says, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
It is our great responsibility to arm ourselves and help restore such a person who has been taken captive by Satan. Did Abram think back of how he had acted foolishly, denying Sarah was his wife. He didn't strive with Lot; he didn't demand that Lot do this or that before he would receive help. Abram did not turn the situation to his advantage to continue the strife. Verse 2 continues, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
In the way of obedience, the Lord not only gives us the assurance of our temporal needs, but it is the King's highway to the King of peace. To reach the King of peace, one must walk in obedience. ISA 33:15-17 says, "He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil [This is the Kings Highway to the King of peace. What does the Lord do for that person?]; He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off." When people walk in the will of God, they will never lack any good thing.
Read again verse 17. To see the King in His beauty is one of the most heart melting things that the Lord can ever lay on a person's heart. Why? We see our shortcomings and our well-deserved condemnation. To see that the Lord looks upon things we have done with pleasure is the most humbling thing we can experience. To have the Lord confirm that He was pleased with something we have done is so humbling, saying "Thou shalt see the King in His beauty."
When I had such an experience, I thought I'd get a revelation of Christ sitting at the right hand of the Father. Do you know how it came? I saw Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. To see the King in His beauty is to see His sweat and the Father's finger of justice writing every sin that I had ever committed on His bloody back!
When the Lord gives a passage like "He that walketh righteously," we see how short we have come. To think that the Lord looks upon all of our sins in that precious blood of Christ and puts it all behind His back is to look at the New Testament where there is also no mention of Abraham's sin. Now He looks upon us in Christ and is pleased with the intent of the heart when it is our desire to do what is pleasing in His sight.
I have heard a lot of preaching about sins and miseries, but there is nothing more humbling than for the Lord to come with His Holy Spirit and apply this type of scripture to the heart. It happened to me when I had been in a position to bribe the Montana Supreme Court. I said, "Thanks, but no thanks." When the scripture, "that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes," came to me, the Lord brought it home in such a blessed way. Then He told me I'd see the King in His beauty.
This was Abram's reward for his self-sacrificial love to his spiritual brother. In GEN 14:18-20 we read, "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all." This "Melchizedek king of Salem" was clearly a type of Christ as we see in HEB 6:20, "...even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."
It was "after the order of Melchisedec" that Jesus Christ is made a high priest: first, the King of righteousness, and then the King of peace. We must understand that it is necessary to be in conformity of life to His divine law before we will ever know Him as the King of peace. That is the order scripture prescribes.
Christ's priesthood, "after the order of Melchisedec," is so clearly described in HEB 7:1-3, "For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually."
This expression "Without father, without mother, without descent," can be understood by seeing that the Greek word for "descent" means "an unregistered birth." Melchizedek's birth had not been recorded. There was no record of who his father or mother were, nor was there any record of when or where he was born, or when he died. He was, "Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life."
In type, this pointed to the Lord Jesus Christ because they thought Jesus was the son of Joseph, and he was not. There is no record among the Jews that they knew who His father and mother were. They thought it was Joseph, but they were wrong. Jesus was without beginning because He was from eternity and no end because He was to eternity. This was typical of the Lord Jesus Christ.
However, most significant is the meaning of His name, "being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace," HEB 7:2b. As the King of peace, He brought certain provisions. The provisions which this King of peace brought to Abram after he had restored his brother, who had been taken captive by their common enemy, are also very significant. GEN 14:18 says, "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God." The "bread and wine" is a type of the broken body and poured out blood of Christ.
The King of righteousness, the King of peace, and the great high priest knew how weary Abram and his men had become in the battle. Are not Christ's broken body and His poured out blood sanctified as the spiritual nourishment for our souls when we become weak and weary in our battle with sin and Satan? The type is so blessed to see how Christ by His atonement -- who is our King of peace -- is remembered with bread and wine.
Our Saviour knew what His disciples must encounter, and how weary they would become by reason of their journey when He instituted the Lord's supper. He knew what lay ahead of His disciples, and He said as often as they partook of the bread and wine, to do it in remembrance of Him. It was a visible preaching for them that would feed and nourish their souls when they were weary.
1CO 11:23-25 says, "For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me."
What can be a greater nourishment for a weak and weary soul than a faith's view of Christ in remembrance of what He has done? When you see the King in His beauty, you will see Him in the Garden of Gethsemane or hanging upon the cross saying, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do," LUK 23:34. You will see that it is your sins that hung Him there. What could be more refreshing to a weary soul than to be able to hear our blessed Redeemer crying out to His Father in His agony upon the cross, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." And He says, "this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me."
HEB 12:2-3 says, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. [Jesus acted on faith with His eye on the reward. We are to have our eye on that sacrifice when we suffer at the hands of others. Our faith is fixed upon the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did.] For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin." Do you see how this is for the refreshing of a weary soul? When we remember the suffering of Christ for our sins, then we don't become so weary as we suffer for His honor and His glory. The Lord Jesus Christ resisted unto blood; He shed His own blood to pay for your and my sins. As we strive and make sacrifices that are crucifying to our flesh and honor, we find we must go outside the camp and suffer shame, but we have not yet resisted unto blood.
These trials of the obedience of our faith are more precious than all the gold and silver. GEN 14:21-22 says, "And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth." He had sworn to God that he would not touch anything that was theirs. Abram didn't want all the wealth of Sodom. Why? Do you realize what a trial of faith for Abram it would be? Lot lifted up his eyes and saw; Lot chose, and now Lot was in Abram's hands. All Abram would have to do was say the word, and he would have everything in Sodom. However, Abram had made his choice; he walked through the land and came to Hebron where there was fellowship with God. He was not going to tarnish his wedding garments with the filth of Sodom.
Abram had not gone into that encounter with those kings for silver or gold. It was for the person of his brother, Lot, who only over-reacted and returned to Sodom. What a sickening thought! After the Lord sent Abram and delivered him out of the hand of the enemy and restored all his goods, he used it to return to Sodom as we read in 2PE 2:22, "But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." That illustrates what Lot did. He returned like a sow to wallowing in the mire after Abram had gone through such a war to deliver him from the hands of the enemy.
Abram had no desire to become polluted with anything of Sodom as we see from GEN 14:22-23. "And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion." Abram was so jealous of the honor of God that he did not want anything. Those who went with him could take their portion if they so desired, but he wanted nothing of it.
It is only upon a work of righteousness, i.e., Christ in you the hope of glory," that peace can be established. We must see first the King of righteousness, then the King of peace. The righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect obedience of Christ, had to come before He could be our peacemaker. That perfect obedience of Christ must be imparted to us before we can have the fellowship and the love and the peace of God.
In ISA 32:17 we see the remarkable wording of, "And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever." Isn't that something? Read it again. The effect of walking in the will of God is quietness and assurance for ever. Amen.
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