THE FULL MEASUREMENT OF CHRIST
By Dan Luehrs
Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature [complete, finished] man, to the measure of the stature, which belongs to the fullness of Christ. But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ.
Ephesians 4:13, 15 (nas)
As a child, I had a goal of one day growing up to be an adult. In fact, I would say, “When I grow up, I am going to do this or that.” Yet, today as an adult, I still have a goal of growing up; not my physical body, but my spirit man to grow into the likeness of Jesus, manifesting His glory and life to a world that is dead. When we look at ourselves in our present condition, then look at how Jesus lived, we could get quite discouraged and wonder how we could ever come into the full likeness of Him. However, we need to understand that we cannot change ourselves into His likeness, but that God’s working in us to bring about the change. Yes, it looks impossible, but our God is the God of impossibilities. Some say that salvation is the greatest miracle God can do for us, but I think that making us into the likeness of Jesus may be even greater.
Yet it all begins with a spiritual seed within us, even as we grew physically from a seed within our mother’s womb. When a seed has good ground to grow in, sunlight, and water, it cannot help but grow because all the genetics are in the seed to reproduce after its own kind. That is how we will grow into the likeness of Jesus because His seed is in us and it will reproduce after its own God kind. Our part is to be good fertile ground and to water the seed within us by spending time in God’s presence and receiving His Word. Then the seed of God cannot help but grow into the full likeness of Jesus because the seed is already programmed to be like Him. We have this great promise in 1 John 3:2: “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.” For it is by seeing Him that we will be changed into His likeness, going from glory to glory.
These therefore came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
John 12:2 (nas)
What a request: “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” In the mind and heart of God, there could be no greater quest than for people to seek His Son for the right reasons. Were they really searching to know who He was, or were they just wanting to see Him because He was famous? Was it because they wanted to do some name-dropping when telling all their friends they had talked with the man called Jesus of Nazareth, “the miracle worker”? The Bible is very clear about this. These men were not some Jews that were seeking Him, but they were Greeks. Greeks were known for being very religious and intellectuals who had to have it all figured out. I believe they wanted to analyze Jesus and His message so they could figure Him out just like many Christians do today. But Jesus would not meet them as they wanted Him to. He didn’t give them a straightforward answer, nor could they figure out the answer that He did give them. In fact, most people reading the following verses today would think Jesus ignored them, not really addressing them:
And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat [a seed] falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
John 12:23–24 (nas)
Notice the Bible says that Jesus answered them, even though it seems that He did not. But in knowing what we know about the sons of God being manifested in the earth, we can see that He is answering them through wisdom that was far beyond their own understanding. Jesus said that He would be glorified, meaning “to be exulted, honored, and lifted up in heaven and earth.” He said in John 17:10 that He is glorified through His people: “And all things that are mine are Thine, and Thine are mine; and I have been glorified in them.” What Jesus said to the Greeks and to everybody else there is that if they want to see Him, they are going to have to be looking for Him in a body of believers, even as the grain of wheat falls into the ground and bears much fruit. The fruit or offspring of the seed is what gives glory to the seed. We are the fruit (glory) of that seed which He is speaking of. Jesus Christ is to be glorified in you and me, my friend; we are the fruit of Him. “And the glory which Thou hast given me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as we are one” (John 17:22, nas). God wants us to be unified as one body in Him, but it can only happen through His glory, not by any human means such as board meetings, committees, or covenants with man. This is a God thing.
The question to be asked is: How do we qualify to become the fruit or seed of Jesus in the earth? The answer is simple, but living it out daily is difficult. Jesus went on to say, “He who loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant also be; if anyone serves me, the Father will honor him” (John 12:25–26, nas). These verses are God’s road map and blueprint, which will bring us to our desired end in Him—His likeness. We must have the desire within us to be like Him so much that we are willing to give up on our dreams and plans in this life. We then will follow Him wherever He goes because we love Him; our greatest need is to be with Him. When a man is in love with his wife, his every thought is to be with her and how he may please her. And so it is with Jesus and His lovely bride. It is His greatest joy to be with her because He delights in her.
He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
Isaiah 53:10 (niv)
Isaiah 53 is well-known for being the chapter of our suffering Savior who bore our sins and sicknesses upon His own body. Jesus never left any natural children (seed) in the earth to carry His name and it was looked down upon as a curse from God in His day. Isaiah still said, “His offspring would prolong [make long His days in the earth, meaning His seed will continue on].” How could this be? In verse 8, Isaiah asks a question about His seed: “And who can speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people He was stricken.” Yes, this was another thing that Jesus suffered for us: being stricken and smitten of God, having spiritual children nobody could see but God and Isaiah. How could there be great results from Jesus not having any earthly seed? Because Jesus’ seed is spiritual and will never pass away from the earth. In fact, His seed will inherit the earth and all that is in it. One day, every person on earth will know the Lord, from the least to the greatest, and will be born from above. But until that day comes to pass, God has left His seed in the earth to multiply through His sons (seed).
The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one.
Matthew 13:38 (niv)
When a seed of corn is planted in the ground, it will produce more than what was planted. This allows some of the harvest to be eaten and some of the harvest to be used for seed the next planting season. But if a farmer were to eat all of his seed, there would be no crop for next year. God is no fool. He left His seed (us) in the earth when we come into the full likeness of Him. If a seed did not produce after its own kind, there would be no seed to procreate, and I guarantee you that God’s seed will reproduce after His kind just as He designed it to. We are the firstfruits of God in the earth, so that means that there will be second fruits, third, etc., after us. “And it was of His own [free] will that He gave us birth [as sons] by [His] Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures [a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself]” (James 1:18, AMP).
The Chosen Generation
One day while I was reading the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1, the Lord spoke to me and said, “You are in this genealogy.” At first, I wondered how this could be. Then I realized that I am in it because Jesus lives in me, and that makes me a child of God. We are a chosen generation (1 Peter 2:9). We did not choose to follow God; He first called us and saved us by His great power.
Therefore all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the time of Christ fourteen generations.
Matthew 1:17 (nas)
In the first chapter of Matthew, there seems to be a “missing generation.” By that, I mean the forty-second generation seems to be missing from this genealogy. Matthew 1:17 says that there are three fourteen generations in the genealogy of Jesus. Yet when you count each name one by one, there are only forty-one, Jesus being the forty-first. So where is the missing forty-second generation? It is found in the sixteenth verse: “And to Jacob was born Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” If we count the generations in order, Jesus being the forty-first, then naturally the forty-second one would be the Christ. You might argue that Jesus and the Christ are one in the same. This is true, but you must consider that the word Christ is not Jesus’ last name, but means “the anointed one” and Jesus is not the only anointed one. His body is also anointed with the precious oil of the Holy Spirit, as stated in Psalms 133:1–2:
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious oil upon the head [Jesus], Coming down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes [His whole body].
We must understand that Jesus is not alone in His calling to be the Christ. He has a body of believers that are now being conformed into His likeness so that they might do the work of the ministry together in unity. It is the anointing of God that unifies the body of Christ and makes it one: “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27, nas). Who makes up the Christ? We do.
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12 (nas)
“So also is Christ.” Jesus and His body make up the Christ, which is “the anointed one, the overcomer, the deliverer, the Messiah, the Son.” “He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Revelation 21:7, nas). The sons of God make up the spiritual offspring of Jesus, the Christ, the forty-second generation, the missing generation, which make up the body of Christ. And this is who we are.
The Mature Man
Today, there are people in heaven that are “the Christ, the mature, the completed man of God” that have been made in the likeness of Jesus. It is not something they could have done for themselves. It was God who worked in them, and it all began with a seed.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect [complete] it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 (nas)
Faithful is He who calls you [to maturity], and He also will bring it to pass.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 (nas)
As we take one day at a time with God and endure to the end, our success is guaranteed because God said He would do it. Even though many people cannot believe God for such great heights in Him, I do because He cannot fail us—if we believe. Again, we are given this great promise in Ephesians 4:13, 15:
Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man [body], to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ.
Now you may ask, “What does a fully matured son of God look like?” In our natural mind, we might think that he/she would be very successful, popular, and in control of his/her life in every way. After all, that person is perfect. He doesn’t have any problems—only joy and peace throughout his life on earth. But if we want to see what a fully matured son really looks like, we just have to look at Jesus. Oh, yes, He had great peace and joy in His life, but He had trials and tribulations that tried Him on every side. In Paul’s life, he was going in and out of prisons for the sake of the gospel, and his many beatings made him like Jesus. While we would like to have what he has today in heaven and throughout eternity, are we willing to allow God to conform us into His likeness through any fashion that He prescribes in our life? If you want to be like Jesus, I can guarantee you that your life will not be what you would have wanted or would have chosen. God does know what is best for us. There is one primary thing that God is trying to work in us: His love. There is no other word that fully explains what God is and what He wants us to become, for it is the length, the breath, the height, and depth of God. And He wants us to be filled up with it.
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17–19 (nas)
Your Name Written Down in Glory
All I have written so far is to prepare you for what I am about to show you. If you cannot receive or believe that God has such a high calling and destiny for you, you will not be able to conceive that He has much, much more for you than you could ever imagine. The book of Revelation gives us more than just a glimpse into the future of God’s chosen ones. It proclaims it loudly and clearly for those who have ears to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church. Please read the following verses carefully, realizing that John is not writing about a physical city but about a people who have been prepared to be the wife and bride of Jesus, for they have become like Him:
And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues, came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I shall show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God [the bride], having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.
Revelation 21:9–11 (nas)
Notice how the glory of God radiates from her because God has made her like Himself as crystal-clear jasper stone. Revelation 4:3 says, “And He who was sitting [on the throne] was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.” Even as God is, so shall we be. What a marvelous promise God has given to us.
It [the bride] had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Revelation 21:12–14 (nas)
One day while reading these verses, I understood the great honor God had bestowed upon the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles by eternally memorializing their names in the city of God (who we are). Remember that this is, not a literal city, but a people made into the likeness of Jesus. “Having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20, nas). The foundation is set within us through the lives and teachings of the apostles that we are building upon—truth upon truth. We must not stay on the level of the foundation but keep going higher into the things of God, to be changed into His likeness through our tribulations.
what verse 12 said: “It [the bride] had a great and high wall.” These people had gone
higher in the things of God, having built upon the foundational truths that
were given to them. It’s not that we are any greater than they were, but that
we have grown in truth and numbers, as spiritual stones that make up the city
of God. For that’s what a city is—people (1 Peter 2:5, nas). Each one of us is building something in
our spirit man whether we know it or not. Either we are becoming more like
Jesus in our spirit, or we are not. It all has to do with the building
materials we are using, such as the religious and world system, which are wood,
hay, and straw. These building materials are not long-lasting but will burn up.
But if we build our lives with the Spirit of truth, we will be building with
gold, silver, precious stones, which are only purified by fire: “Now if any man
builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay,
(1 Corinthians 3:12, nas). Notice that it says, “If any man builds.” We are the “any man” that is now building his life upon something that is lasting or something that will burn up in our trials. We must thank God for our trials by fire because they are causing us to become more like Him.
Each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
1 Corinthians 3:13–17 (nas)
Do we not understand that we are now building God’s temple within ourselves by what we are partaking of and by living it out each day in the fires of our life? We are. A person is what they eat in the natural and what they partake of in the spirit realm. If we are partaking of the things of God, which is present truth, we are building correctly upon the foundation. However, when people begin to suffer and go through fires, they often stop going forward with the building process in their lives, not realizing that these fires are now proving the quality of their work and showing what their life is built upon. Is the truth of God really in our heart, or is it only in our head? “Each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire” (1 Corinthians 3:13, nasv). The day of testing is the day that Paul is writing about and not the day we die. We must realize that when we pass the test by going through the fire, God will reward us with a greater revelation of Himself. Then we can be changed into His likeness. There is no greater reward in life than to have the revelation of Jesus Christ within our hearts and then one day unveil Him to a hurting world.
It is through the gates of suffering and tribulation that we enter into the kingdom.
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl …
Huge pearls are the gateway into the city of God. I know that tradition has taught us that these are natural pearls. But what are pearls in the natural? They are small stones caused by irritants that have become beautiful gemstones in the oyster’s mouth. It has overcome these grains of sand and turned them into precious stones by having to deal with them on a daily basis. Our daily tribulations (stones) that we have overcome will be the pearly gates that lead us into the city of God. We must not run from our trials any longer but embrace them instead so they will become the pearly gates to the kingdom of God for us. Paul said in Acts 14:22, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” The only way for us to enter into the fullness of God is for us to go through great tribulations that He allows in our life. And we must thank Him for them because there is no other way for us to enter into the fullness of the kingdom of God.
As the Lord began to show me this great honor He has bestowed upon the twelve tribes and apostles, He also showed me that we are also named in this great city of God, even as we are named among the genealogy of Jesus.
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem [who we are], which comes down out of heaven from my God, and my new name.
Revelation 3:12 (nas)
Remember that we the body and bride of Jesus make up the city. Now let me show you how we are named and remembered in the city.
And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.
Revelation 21:15–16 (nkjv)
Now remember that Paul prayed for us that we would “be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth” (Ephesians 3:18). God wants us to know these truths, and in the book of Revelation, it is given to us. It is interesting to note that in Revelation 11, John was given a measuring reed to measure the temple (that we are), but he was told not to measure the outer court. In other words, it was not yet complete, so don’t spend your time there. But now in chapter 21, he is told to measure the whole city and to know that its length, breadth, and height are equal. The people who make up this city are now equal and are made complete in it; they are the finished product as prophesied Revelation 10:7: “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.” They are now a finished temple and have been perfected by Him because they have come into the full likeness of Jesus. Remember, Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:13, 15:
Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man [body], to the measure of the stature, which belongs to the fullness of Christ. But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ.
These people are the body of Christ who have grown in love and are made equal on all sides with no one person greater than the other. To be equal means “identical in size; quantity; value; having the same privileges, rights, status, and opportunities as others; and being evenly balanced between opposing sides.” The Scriptures are very clear that we are joint-heirs with Jesus. This means that one will not do something without the other; they are equals (Romans 8:17, nkjv). When this unification takes place, the body of Christ will have fulfilled the Lord’s priestly prayer:
And the glory which Thou hast given me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as we are one; I in them, and Thou in me, that they may be perfected [complete] in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love me.
John 17:22–23 (nas)
When this takes place in its completeness, the body will have become one like the Godhead. Notice that the world, not the church, will stand up and take notice that God did send Jesus for them. It is through the sons of God ministry that the world will come to know Jesus.
Named in the One Hundred Forty-Four
Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.
Revelation 21:17 (nkjv)
As I read this next verse in Revelation 21 telling how the wall measured 144 cubits, I realized that twelve times twelve equals one hundred forty-four. What makes that significant is that there are twelve tribes and twelve apostles; the culmination of their numbers is one hundred forty-four. Twelve is the number of God’s government, and that is what the body of Christ is: the ruling, governing body throughout the earth. We must understand that the numbered 144,000 people of the tribes of Israel is a symbolic number. It is, not a literal number, but represents something much greater than just a few people—the whole body of Christ throughout the ages. I have asked God about the 144,000 for years and still wasn’t able to get a clear revelation on it until I saw this verse. I knew then that my answer was here.
The word according is not in the Greek but was added by the translator. We read on: “Then he measured its wall [who we are]: one hundred and forty-four cubits, the measure of the man [the fullness of Christ], which is, the messenger of God.” Simply put, you and I are numbered in the symbolic 144,000 messengers if we go on to know the Lord, growing into the full likeness of Him. Again, remember that Paul called the body of Christ the mature or perfected man. “A mature [complete] man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13, nas).
In Revelation 14:1, we see the 144,000 standing on Mount Zion with Jesus because they have been made complete in Him. Mount Zion is symbolic of the government or throne of God, even as Mount Zion was the government and throne of King David in history. “And I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name [the character] of His Father written on their foreheads” (Revelation 14:1, nas).
We first read of the 144,000 in Revelation 7 when the tribes are marked with the seal of God. Their minds have been sealed with their Father’s name as they appear on Mount Zion and are changed through their trials and tribulations of climbing to the top. Each one of these tribes named in Revelation 7:5–8 is an attribute of the Christian faith. We must remember that many of the Old Testament characters and stories are types and shadows to give the New Testament spiritual understanding. We must be careful with our interpretation of the book of Revelation because much of it is symbolic.
Their names and meanings are:
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalms 34:1).
Reuben: “See a son”
The overcoming Church is God’s son. “He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Revelation 21:7).
Gad: “To overcome”
“He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Revelation 21:7).
“Then on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and happy of heart because of the goodness that the Lord had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel” (2 Chronicles 7:10).
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12, kjv).
Manasseh: “God causes me to forget all my sufferings.”
“And Joseph named the first-born Manasseh, For he said, ‘God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household’” (Genesis 41:51).
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity” (Psalms 133:1).
“After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward’” (Genesis 15:1, kjv).
We are the dwelling place of God.
“In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22, kjv).
Joseph: “Add a son”
Jesus is the firstborn Son, and we are added in with Him.
“And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son” (Genesis 30:24, kjv).
Benjamin: “Son of my right hand”
We will be at the right hand of the Father with Jesus.
“And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing [for she died], that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin” (Genesis 35:18, kjv).
Yes, each one of us is to have these characteristics as an overcoming Christian if we want to be sealed with His name. Why and how are they sealed, or in another term, “marked” for God? God has His people marked for Himself, and Satan has people marked for him.
As Christians, we are to be the good seed God is planting in the lives of other people. But what will we grow up to be, you may ask? Trees of life that produces fruit, which other people may eat. Throughout the Bible, there are verses that speak of this very thing.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalms 1:3 (nas)
For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.
Jeremiah 17:8 (nas)
That they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Isaiah 61:3 (kjv)
Just as there are many types and shadows in the Bible about what the Holy Spirit is like—wind, rain, wine—there are different types and shadows of what the body of Christ is known as a body, a bride, a son, an overcomer, a cloud, and trees. Again, most people cannot fathom that we become a tree of life just like Jesus. People might say that Jesus is the only tree of life and that it could not include us because we are but mere worms and worthy of nothing. It is true that we are nothing and are not worthy of anything, but because of God’s goodness and love, He has called us to be the bearers of His life and love.
Please read this next verse carefully.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 22:1–2 (nas)
Notice that there is more than just one tree, but there are many trees lining the middle of the street and on both sides of the river. The fruit and seed of the original tree of life is Jesus and He has reproduced many trees in His own likeness. Hallelujah! Notice that the trees are producing fruit each month, and fruit has seed in it. This tells me that one day the sons of God are going to teach the nations the great truths of the Bible, so they will believe the truth rather than the lies of man and Satan. The very leaves of the trees are for the restoration of the nations. We can see clearly that God does, not intend for mankind to be destroyed by His wrath, but restored through the ministry of His sons so that humanity is fully restored back to God.
May God bless you richly as you ponder these wonderful truths in His Word, and may God bring His revelation of them to you.