“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple,” Psalm 65:4
While this scripture certainly pertains to every chosen, blood-bought, Spirit-called child of God, it is first and foremost about Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who as a man, God the Father chose and anointed to approach unto Him as the High Priestly Representative of His people. Those that God the Father causes to enter into communion with Him are eternally blessed in Christ, the First Elect, from whom ALL blessings flow, Ephesians 1:3-6.
Such communion with God the Father is only possible through THE MAN whom God has chosen. 1 Timothy 2:25- For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, THE MAN Christ Jesus. In the Old Testament, only the High Priest could enter into the holiest of holies on behalf of the people. Christ the High Priest, having entered in through the vail of His flesh, that is by His obedience unto death, with His own shed blood, each one of the elect have entered into God’s HOLY temple in Him, by Him, and with HIM, Ephesians 2:6.
What is it to come into communion with God, and enjoy this blessedness?
First, It is to approach to him through His blood and righteousness alone, in the perfection that HE has purchased for us, and in love for HIM who paid the entire sin debt, and in the truth of being ACCEPTED in the Beloved.
Second, It is to dwell in his courts, as the priests and Levites did, that were at home in God’s house. They did not have any other portion than that allotted to them in the service of the temple. Truly, this is the blessedness of every member of God’s redeemed Church. 1 Peter 2: 9, 10-“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
Our access to God and communion with Him is notbyany merit of our own, but by God’s free choice and grace in Christ alone. 1 John 1:3- “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord,” 1 Corinthians 1:30,31...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ,” Galatians 3:16 God made incredible promises to Abraham and his seed nearly 4,000 years...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
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“For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me,” Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up…” The earthly house, the temple, in all of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 5:9 "Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." Romans 3:24 There is only one justification of sinners...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
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‘If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse,’ Job 9:20 If justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me… Imagine a court case where you are the defendant,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]