At the rate things are going the new direction for the church it is highly probable that many of us will not remember how to be obedient to God. There is a duality in us – the old nature and the new nature. The old nature is fleshly and prone to sin. The new nature is spiritually fruit based and prone to holiness.
A friend who runs a company that buys homes pointed out a great scripture to me. In 2 Corinthians 3:6-10 it says, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because of these things. For if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for everyone. But anyone who hasten towards him has seen him working for the very works of law, while it was the work of the law that brought him praise.” This new nature is completely opposite from the old nature. It is the person that is yielding to the Holy Spirit in every area of their life.
Many people live without ever noticing the work their grow into. Their growth into a mature Christian is mostly unnoticed, even though it is the main work behind almost every fruit bearing that comes from the Spirit of God. But even with this growth the fruit borne is still from the old nature, because it is still not acceptable to God.
Peace is bearing the fruit of the peace that Christ is, and you can never hope to be a joyful person without setting aside the morsels of disputes and strife and setting swords aside. It is so beautifully stated in Micah 6:8-9, “Why should we torture you? We are only asking you that you set your house in order. It is not the will of your God that anyone should perish. However, if anyone does perish, I will send him a messenger who will tell him what he must reply to the angel of the Lord. He will say, “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you'”. In other words, I am not concerned what you think of me, rather I am concerned with what the Spirit of the Lord responds to.
“In the fullness of time”, says Isaiah, “the King of Israel will come to his throne. All flesh will see that He is called LORD. individually and collectively, the people of his kingdom will see that He is the PEACE of the earth. For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD, righteousness and peace on God’s people and those who are called by his name”
Here is a glimpse into the New Earth as told by Isaiah. To read more about this great event, and how the removal of the shackles of sin can rapture us, see the book: “He Is – judcgetically majestic”.
“He will sit on His throne and righteousness will be the rule of his kingdom. Peace and justice will be the companionship of his people and his kingdom will be a forever peace. He will establish his covenant with them and covenant will not be broken by evil for either side always maintains the prisoner on the other’s side. Because when you stay your side of the prison door is a piece of ice. When you go free, the other side of the door is lit up and the former keeper of the prison begins to talk to you in a language you and he never knew. It is a mystery, but it is the truth.”