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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
"Abram departed." Just plain, unquestioned obe–
dience!
Here again we see the principle of duality. Abram
was in the very center of this world's developing
civilization. Remember, it was a world held captive-a
world developing on Satan's pattern. God had chosen
Abram to become the patriarch of his nation Israel, the
congregation or Church of the Old Testament. The
principle of duality is interwoven all through the
workings of God in fulfilling this great purpose through
humanity on earth. There was the physical congrega–
tion of Israel under the Old Testament and the
spiritual Church of God under the New Testament.
The word
church
as originally written in the Greek of
the New Testament was
ekklesia,
which means
called-out-ones.
As Israel of the Old Testament was the physical
forerunner and type of the Church of the New
Testament so God now called out the progenitor of the
nation Israel from Satan's world. Abraham later
regarded himself as a stranger, a sojourner and a pilgrim
in the earth. This was not his world: "These all died in
faith, not having received the promises, but having seen
them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and
embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers
and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things
declare plainly that they seek a country [a different
civilization]. And truly, if they had been mindful of that
country from whence they came out, they might have
had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a
better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is
not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath
prepared for them a city" (Heb. 11:13-16). Seeking a
better country, a heavenly country, which will be the
kingdom of God filling the earth.
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