[November 18]
I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. Genesis 12:2
THE fulfilment has already commenced in our hearts, but that is not the end, not the fulness, not the ultimate meaning of the promises; for by and by this holy nation (the body of Christ, the church), shall be great indeed when filled with the divine blessing and power as God's glorified kingdom. We realize too that while it is our blessed privilege to let shine upon others the light which the Lord by his Spirit has graciously shined into our hearts, nevertheless our time for bestowing the great blessing is still future—that it belongs to the period for which we pray, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth." We reason that although our name may be now cast out as evil, and the reproaches bestowed upon the Head of the body may fall also upon us, his members, nevertheless the time is surely hastening when the name Christ shall be great throughout all the earth, and that being the name of our Bridegroom it will also be our name as his bride and joint-heir. We look forward with joy to the time when the holy nation, now so misunderstood and considered a peculiar people, shall recompense the poor, blinded, Satan-deceived world and nominal church for all the evils inflicted upon The Christ, Head and body, by blessing them, returning good for evil in the highest degree—instructing and uplifting all who will to return to divine favor. Z'01-231 R2847:2 (Hymn 310)