The Rule of the Heavens (continued)
The Universality of Christ's Baptism (continued)
In like manner we follow through to the Transfiguration, to the Cross, into the prayer life of the Lord Jesus, His resurrection, Pentecost, and His coming again, and we see that in all there is universality. It is not something that happens but something back of which there is a depth of heavenly meaning to be opened up by the Holy Spirit.
Maturity By Spiritual Apprehension: A Secret of Power
When we get our eyes open to it, we have got the wealth of Christ, and that is what I believe the enemy hates - spiritual maturity. If he can stop your going on and prevent your taking the next step that God has presented to you, he has curtailed all the heavenly intention of God in you and through you. He has an idea of what is involved in every act of obedience of God's children. He would keep you back from making the decision for the Lord and accepting the operation of His Spirit. He will say, 'Do not take that step now.' He would cause you to confer with and so confuse you and stop your going on with the Lord. Every act of obedience to the Lord leads on to universality.
So the urge is to go on. Look at such a man as Paul. He let all things go and counted all his earlier gains as mere rubbish, and still he is saying, "Brethren, I count not myself already to have obtained ... I press on that I may know Him" (Philippians 3:14, 15). What does this imply? Paul says that there was something vast bound up with his revelation of the Lord and his going on with the Lord which might be missed - not his salvation, but something in his salvation. May the Lord bring upon our hearts something of the force and weight of all this which is bound up with the person of the Lord Jesus as representing God's heavenly system, and urge us to go on to full growth.
(continued with # 23 - (The Rule of the Heavens: Sovereignty)