As for the saints in the land, they are the majestic ones, in whom is all my delight. (Psalm 16:3)
Who and where are these “saints” whom the Creator of all holds in such high esteem? Surely they are those who hold His name in high esteem, and who labor night and day to make His name excellent in all the earth!
Presently, the name of God stands in need of being redeemed in all the earth, since it has been brought low by those who claimed to revere Him, yet behaved shamefully before all the watching world. At least 17 centuries of violence and corruption have stained the garments of those who claim to be God’s spokesmen on the earth. They have been anything but majestic and excellent!
However, the Psalms of David are prophecy, which must be fulfilled. King David looked into the future, seeing the great worth of man and the ultimate purpose for which he was created — to rule over all creation:
What is man that You take thought of him? And the son of man, that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and you crown him with glory and majesty! You have made him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet. (Psalm 8:4-6)
Ultimately, God’s name is no better than the ultimate attainment of His highest creature, His noble and most excellent creature — Man. All the rest of His creatures are creatures of instinct and cannot choose to honor Him. Thus they cannot bring the highest honor to His name, even though they and the mountains and all of creation do bring Him glory. Yet as long as His highest creature, His highest creation, is not reflecting His glory, God can have no rest, day or night. Not until His ultimate creature is ruling the universe with love can His ultimate purpose be fulfilled, for He created all things for His highest creature to rule.
Psalm 8:6 says, “You have made man to have delegated authority, rulership, or dominion over the works of Your hands.” Man is the highest thought God has ever had. He could not make us any better if He tried, for we are made in His likeness, so that He could make His home in us and communicate His love through us. Can you imagine what that will be like? Man was made only a little lower in glory than His Creator, yet because of sin, he fell short of that glory.
Still, King David, writing as a prophet, said, “He has crowned him with glory and honor and majesty.” Can you imagine how our Creator longs to see His highest creation restored to how He created us to be? He desires it so much that He gave His precious son Yahshua as a ransom, in order to redeem us and save us!
The revelation of The Three Eternal Destinies of Man rightly identifies the category of the Holy as these noble, majestic ones, the royal sons of Yahweh, who will reign with Him eternally. Yahshua, the Messiah, paid the price that makes them Holy. He bore their shame in order that they could bear His glory. He delivered them from their meaningless existence and set them apart for His own special purpose, which is what holy actually means — set apart.
They have been called and chosen to reign over the men of the nations in the eternal age, as God’s eternal dwelling place — a corporate body to house His Spirit eternally. The Holy will be the Redeemed Man ransomed by the blood of Yahweh’s first-born son, Yahshua.
The men and women of the nations (those who are not part of His holy nation) are expected to live by the instinctive knowledge of God which He put in every man’s conscience. The righteous people of the nations who obey their conscience will be the Restored Man in the eternal age — restored to the original state of the first man and woman before the Fall.
The Holy = Redeemed Man
The Nations of the Eternal Age = Restored Man
The Holy are called to treat one another with dignity, having great appreciation for who He has made each one of them to be. They treat all men with dignity and respect, but especially they treat those of their own household with all dignity and honor. This is their response to the glory they see in each other, which demands love and respect. This is the nature of their life — having one heart and one way. This is how all men will know who belongs to Him — because they love Him with all of their heart, mind, soul, and strength, and they love one another as themselves.
This can’t happen while living only with one’s own nuclear family, but only as it was in the beginning with the first-century church:
All those who believed lived together and shared all things in common. (Acts 2:44)
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
The holy nation is a royal priesthood of twelve tribes who diligently serve God night and day. They no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and experienced the agony of death in their place. They will be fulfillment of what He called the children of Israel to be when He delivered them out of Egypt, following in the footsteps of their father Abraham:
For I have chosen him [Abraham], in order that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of Yahweh by doing righteousness and justice; in order that Yahweh may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him. (Genesis 18:19)
The Holy have royal children in the process of being trained up in the way of Yahweh — to do justice and righteousness. These holy offspring are not wasting their lives with foolish and vain pursuits, nor are they conformed to the world, for they are the hope of the world.
Most people in our day would never understand that this is what it is going to take to fulfill the promises God made to Abraham — fathers turning their hearts to their children to raise them up in the way they should go. This is an essential aspect of the holy nation, for this is what sets them and their children apart for God’s purpose and His will alone.
The glory that You have given Me I have given them, so that they may be one, even as We are one. (John 17:22)
The Holy are the glorious ones, having inner worth that demands the respect of others. This fellowship of heart and life binds them together as one, bringing the highest honor to the One who gave them His glory. Glory is the heaviest weight by which God can be honored. God crowned man with the highest degree of glory and honor and dominion. Honor is excellence. Dominion is to be ruler over all, to reign, govern, and have authority over all of His creatures and creation.
Redeemed Man (the Holy) is to rule and reign over Restored Man (the nations of the eternal age). This is how Yahweh Himself (in His Body) will be with the men of the nations, caring for them and wiping every tear from their eyes, bringing deep healing to their souls:
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God [which is the Bride, the Holy City] is with men [the men of the nations], and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)
The honor given to the Redeemed Man “in whom is all His delight” is even a greater honor than his original glory. The “saints” are the Holy in Revelation 22:11 — “let him be holy still.” The Righteous have the glory restored to man that was his original glory and honor before the Fall — “let him be righteous still.” Still means forever and ever, as man’s character is set for eternity in one of three categories — the Holy, the Righteous, or the Unrighteous (unjust and filthy).
The saints are the redeemed — those purchased by the blood of the Lamb, even from the foundation of the universe. God’s original purpose was to have a Redeemed Man of splendor, honor, glory, magnificence, and beauty to be His own eternal dwelling place. The holy nation would be a corporate body fit for Him, made ready without fault or blemish, wholly compatible, able to be together as one forever and ever, holy and worthy of Him.
King David prophesied, “You have made man to have rulership as kings with the highest glory and honor” — to be respected as God Himself dwelling in human flesh, in His eternal dwelling place. Just as Yahshua was chosen before the foundations of the world, so we were chosen to bear His glory, in order that many could believe and put their hope in our Master Yahshua, the Messiah.