Obedience to the Heavenly Vision

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The law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we
might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come,
we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
(Galatians 3:25 NIV)

Sometimes revelation will bring to us the fact that things have been but tentative, provisional…. As Paul puts it: “a schoolmaster,” to bring us to Christ, to lead us to Christ. The test for Saul of Tarsus is as to whether he will adjust to the light of the fact that, while he has been right, up to a point, that was only intended to lead him to sometwhere else. The Lord, in His sovereignty, allows us to come into something which is only tentative, but not in His final and full thought. That should lead us to a certain point, and at that given point something else is coming in. At that point a revelation will be given to us which will make us say, “Well, that has served its purpose, but it has come to an end now, unto the greater fullness.” It depends upon whether we cling to the thing that we say the Lord led us to and make it the final thing, when the Lord has only meant that to lead us to another thing. So often in looking back upon a thing that has been used of Lord, and perhaps blessed of God, people say, “Well, if that is the case then we should cling to that way, should stay with that, or in that.” Not necessarily. For Paul the challenge was whether now, with the fuller revelation in the light of which he saw that this first thing while not wrong was only provisional, he was prepared to leave that and come into the fullness and adjust to the fuller revelation.

In all these connections you see that it is a matter of obedience to the heavenly vision, because this obedience to the heavenly vision is marked by cost. There is a price attached. In every case mentioned we see there was a cost. It meant that a price had to be paid, or, in other words, it meant that difficulties had to be faced. There would be a great deal of misunderstanding, a great deal of having to go on alone. Others who had not seen would not be able to follow on. There would be loneliness, a misunderstanding, and in many other ways difficulties would arise in relation to obedience to the heavenly vision.

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