Friday | 23 February 2024
Shining like the sun

Under the Old Covenant, the Elijah ministry operated through the disposition of angels. Act 7:52-53. In the New Covenant, this ministry operates directly through us by the power of the Holy Spirit. We hear and receive the word of God through messengers who are sent to us by Christ, as they preach the gospel by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. 1Pe 1:12. The Holy Spirit germinates the life of God that is in the word of God, when it is planted as a seed in our heart. Luk 8:11. 1Pe 1:22-23. By this means, we are born again of the Father’s life as it becomes flesh and spirit within us. The Spirit then anoints us with power, enabling us to do the works that Christ accomplished for us when He completed our pilgrimage on earth, and in the age to come, on His offering journey from Gethsemane to the cross.

We are being given a double portion of the oil of the Spirit so that we can become messengers who belong to the Father’s kingdom when He comes and takes His seat to rule the world. Through Christ and His church, the Father will gather into His kingdom, a multitude from the nations to become His sons and daughters.

Our work as sons and daughters of the Father is to shine forth as the light of God among the nations, as the sun shines its light upon the earth, bringing life to the natural world. As Jesus proclaimed, ‘Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.’ Mat 13:43.

The double portion of oil that the virgin churches receive is so that their lamps, which are a symbol of their ministry and overcoming testimony, may be revealed to the world as they are manifest as sons of God in mortality. This work is described to us by the apostle John in Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation.

Further Study:
Daily Proverb:

Act 7:52-53
Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, who have received the Law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.

1Pe 1:12
To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.

Luk 8:11
Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.

1Pe 1:22-23
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.

Mat 13:43
Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
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