Built to be a Corporate Vessel of God’s Glory

God’s eternal purpose, the subject of the song we are reviewing, depends on God’s divine, eternal life. God’s plan is to build together a group of people as His dwelling place, consummating in New Jerusalem. This must involve humans but it cannot be carried out by the created human life.

Because God’s purpose depends on the divine life, God put the created man in front of the tree of life (Genesis 2:8-9). This tree is a picture of Jesus Christ, who is the life (John 11:25).

When Christ is our life and to the extent that we live because of Him, we participate in the realization of New Jerusalem. Thus the song speaks of being built in life and knit in love, as in Ephesians 4:15-16.

New Jerusalem5_Thus in life we’re built together,
____Then in love we’re knit as one;
__God is now His plan fulfilling,
____Finishing what He’s begun.
__Lord, increase Thyself within us
____That we might be built by Thee
__Into that great corporate vessel
____Filled with God exclusively.

Like the words in the song, we should pray for the Lord’s increase, His growth, in us. This is Colossians 2:19, “holding the Head, out from whom all the Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the joints and sinews, grows with the growth of God.”

The result of His growth, His increase in us is a corporate vessel filled with God and expressing God. The ultimate step of this is New Jerusalem.

6_As the product, the fulfillment,
____Will the church in glory stand,
__Consummation of the purpose
____In eternal ages planned.
__God will have His corporate vessel,
____All His glory to contain;
__Lord, we’re wholly for Thy purpose
____All Thy goal in us attain.

New Jerusalem is the final stage of the corporate vessel, filled with and radiating God’s glory. Lord, we’re wholly for Thy purpose, all Thy goal in us attain.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Edgar Hovhannisyan

     /  June 29, 2015

    Yes Lord! Amen!

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