Many of us are "okay in the main", but there's some domains in which we're "slipshod". It's not a question of sin, but of the remnants of the carnal life (i.e. the flesh) which are apt to make us slovenly. Slovenliness is an insult to the Holy Spirit. There should be nothing slovenly, whether it be in the way we eat and drink, or in the way we worship God.
Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the external expression of that relationship must be right, also. Ultimately God won't let anything escape---every detail's under His scrutiny. In numberless ways, God'll bring us back to the same point over and over again. He never tires of bringing us to the one point until we learn the lesson, because He's producing the finished product. It may be a question of impulse, and again and again, with the most persistent patience, God has brought us back to the one particular point; or it may be mental wool-gathering, or independent individuality. God's trying to impress upon us the one thing that's not entirely right.
We've been having a wonderful time "this Session" over the revelation of God's Redemption, our hearts are perfect towards Him; His wonderful work in us makes us know that in the main we're right with Him. "Now," says the Spirit, through James, "let your endurance be a finished product." Let's watch the slipshod bits---"Oh, that'll have to do for now." Whatever it is,
God'll point it out with persistence until we're entirely His.
The Covenant With David Fulfilled in Christ
The throne of Christ differed greatly from that of David. The purpose and scope of the reign of Christ are vividly set forth in Luke 1:32, 33, "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David, and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end." We observe here that the kingdom over which Christ reigns is timeless in duration and limitless in scope. It's world-wide, universal. It has no frontiers; it overleaps national boundaries and racial barriers. The angels who announced the Savior's birth said, "...of great joy which shall be to all people: for unto you is born this day...a Savior..." (Luke 2:10, 11).
The point to notice is that Jesus Christ came into the world as the Savior and He was to reign over a saved people. The prophecy of Isaiah quoted by Paul in Rom. 15:12 lends additional support to this statement. "There shall be a root of Jesse, and He that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles." This passage declares that Jesus rose from the grave to reign. The resurrection is vitally connected with the reign of Christ also in Acts 2:29, 30, 32. "He would raise up Christ to sit on his throne. He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ. This Jesus hath God raised up."
Turning to Psalm 45:6 we read, "Thy throne, O God is for ever and ever; the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter." This Scripture together with 2 Sam. 7:14 is quoted in Heb. 1:5-8. Therein we learn that Christ is the Son referred to in the covenant made with David. It also shows us that it was His throne; that is, Christ's that was to be established forever. Heb. 1:8 says, "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne O God is forever and ever. The throne to which Jesus ascended after His resurrection is far greater than any earthly throne. From it, He exerts His sovereignty over all the universe, for He said, "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth" (Matt. 28:18).
Jesus Christ is the King of the Jews who are of the faith of Abraham. He dosen't reign over fleshly descendants. He said, "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36). Instead of setting up a grand earthly monarchy opposed to Rome or any succeeding earthly dominion, the Bible shows us that His Kingdom is the opposite to that of satan. He wields a scepter of righteousness, wereas Satan reigns in wickedness. In Rom 5:21 we read, "For as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." The reign of Christ is a reign of grace. It's the opposite of the reign of sin. We're translated from the power of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son (Col. 1:13). Of this reign there's no end. It reaches over all the world wherever the gospel makes Christ known; it lasts for all time; Christ wields His scepter in righteousness and He reigns over the Israel of God, the children of the faith of Abraham, who's father of all who believe.
Is God's Will Our Will?
"This is the will of God, even your sanctification." (1 Thessalonians 4:3) It's not a question of whether God's willing to sanctify us; is it our will? Are we willing to let God do in us all that's been made possible by the Atonement? Are we willing to let Jesus be made sanctification to us, and to let the life of Jesus be manifested in our mortal flesh? Let's beware of saying---Oh, I'm longing to be sanctified. You are not, stop longing and make it a matter of transaction---"Nothing in my hands I bring." Let's receive Jesus Christ to be made sanctification to us in implicit faith, and the great marvel of the Atonement of Jesus will be made real in us. All that Jesus made possible is made ours by the free loving gift of God on the ground of what He performed, our attitude as a saved and sanctified soul is that of profound humble holiness (there's no such thing as proud holiness), a holiness based on agonizing repentance and a sense of unspeakable shame and degradation; and also on the amazing realization that the love of God commended itself to us in that while we cared nothing about Him, He completed everything for our salvation and sanctification (see Rom. 5:8. R.V.). No wonder Paul says nothing is "able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Sanctification makes us one with Jesus Christ, and in Him one with God, and it's done only through the superb Atonement of Christ. Let's never put the effect as the cause. The effect in us is obedience and service and prayer, and is the out come of speechless thanks and adoration for the marvellous sanctification wrought out in us because of the Atonement.