PRESSING INTO THE KINGDOM
(Readings: Daniel : 12:2-3 and 1 Corinthians, Chapter 15, (KJV)King James Version of the Bible)
Dan 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.
Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
One of the most subtle tactics of the adversary is to persuade God’ s people to believe the Redemptive Work of the Cross of Christ has not accomplished all that Father sent Him to do. The prophet Daniel was under an open heaven despite the captivity of his people. God showed him the power of Messiah’s mission. From a space in time of gross disobedience under the judgment of God, Daniel wrote what God spoke to Him. All the law and the prophets were fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.” Another word for awake is arise. In other words, the resurrection life power of God was being revealed to the prophet Daniel. Sleep speaks of spiritual death. Man was formed of the dust of the ground. Apart from Christ, man is spiritually dead in a tomb of dust of the earth. When Jesus comes to live in us, we are instantly awakened out of the dust or carnal realm. Because of Christ’s victory on the Cross, as many as receive Him are given power to become sons. That power is Resurrection Life! Once Christ has been received into the heart of man, a great change takes place. Instead of man remaining in his fallen, corrupt state in Adam, he becomes a new creation after the Spirit.
“And they that be wise shall shine as he brightness of the firmament.” The wise are teachers. The writer to the Hebrews
noted when we ought to be teachers we have need that one teach again which be the first principles of the oracles of God. That admonishment points to a critical deficit of spiritual
understanding. Since many people have been taught to believe that the prophet Daniel is speaking of a time when we have physically "died and gone to heaven," the question arises as to who could
possibly need a teacher in heaven. How could one that needs to be turned to righteousness be in heaven in the first place?