Tuesday, August 9, 2016
I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd. This is taken from John 10:16.
Today, “a great crowd” of Jesus “other sheep” give their loyal support to anointed Christians, who make up “the Israel of God.” Revelation 7:9, 10 tells us: “After this I saw, look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dresses in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”” Galatians 6:16 tells us: “As for all those who walk orderly by this conduct, peace and mercy be upon them, yes, upon the Israel of God.” The great crowd also shared a God-given name Jehovah’s Witnesses. During the thousand year reign of Christ, the great crowd will have the unspeakable joy of explain to resurrected ones what it was like to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses during the last days of this system of things. But our doing this will be possible only if we prove true to our name now and strive to remain holy. Also, no matter how hard we try, we must daily ask forgiveness for any lack of holiness, recognizing that we are sinners and that being allowed to bear God’s holy name is an indescribably great honor. 1 John 1:8,9 tells us: “If we make the statement, “We have no sin,” we are misleading ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous so as to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”