But he cannot do this among those to whom the Holy Spirit has granted the revelation of Christ and Christ in us and we in Him - that for which Jesus prayed in John 17.
The adversary then also does all he can to deflect our attention from the realization of this reality of having been created anew in Christ and being raised up with Him into the heavenly places, as well as implementation largely thru prayer and praise - a life centered around being who we are in Jesus! These are two mighty weapons against every construct of thought and entity that tries to exalt itself against the Most High.
It always goes back chiefly to the Lord’s prayer and the two prayers of Paul in Ephesians chapters 1 and 3 - that we should pray these contemplatively, thoughtfully, and with understanding and earnestness, so that the revelation of Christ and who we are in Him makes receivers out of believers!
My New Year's resolution for 2019 is
to not make any resolutions or promises,
to myself or anyone else,
that I cannot keep.
My intention, however,
is the resolve to stop saying,
"I'll do everything possible,"
and start saying,
"I'll do everything I can."
I do not intend to play God,
Who alone can do everything possible.
Please see link below - an amazing, challenging, and stimulating essay to ponder before considering the following questions!
Do we have anything in today's "Corporatized Christendom, Inc." that resembles this ongoing work of manifesting the fullness of Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, amidst that which is supposed to amount to the entirety of the kingdom of priests which He would make of believers (not just the gifts of the Spirit, but also the fruit of the Spirit that comes from abiding in Him)? Instead it is largely still a clergy versus laity paradigm.
A life of Christ-like love and the manifestation of the Holy Spirit has been in many cases supplanted by doctrinal haggling and nit picking. Not that truth is unimportant! But it seems that the focus has largely shifted from the reality that is His will for us to what we think He wants, and then going about to offer it to Him in the flesh. And this is not based in Bible truth! The phrase "offering of Cain" keeps coming to mind.
The questions then become:
Does the church in the 21st century bear any resemblance to what Jesus and the Apostles advocate for?
If so, how?
If not, how?
And what is the Scriptural directive as to how this may be remedied?
The following would make an excellent study guide for any who wish to explore what is often not faced in organized religion.
God's New Thing
by T. Austin-Sparks
Chapter 3 - By the Spirit
As usual, the following T.A. Sparks quote of the day addresses, in simple down to earth terms, so much of the attitude of today’s pop Christianity. The article itself was much longer, but these few sentences jumped out as the heart of the matter.
"In such experiences (my note: the ones where we 'claim' promises but nothing happens and we become frustrated) we learn that the promises are not for us as things for our personal interest, but wholly and utterly for the glory of Christ, to bring about a greater measure of the fullness of Christ in us. Thus, once more, through an ordeal, we have come to the place where it is 'no longer I, but Christ.' That is God's required ground for the fulfillment of His promises."
This is so spot on, since per 2 Peter 1: "His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”
Doesn’t sound like the cake walk easy believe-ism, name it, claim it, and frame it hyper grace religion of today’s Christianity. We are to apply all diligence to make manifest here in real time all that already has been granted to us in our Lord Jesus Christ. He has made it possible to walk in newness of life!
“It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom fromGod: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’” 1 Corinthians 1:30,31.
Come, Holy Spirit! Let Christ be glorified in us. Let Him increase as we decrease. Amen.
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