Sunday, April 25, 2010
REVEAL YOUR SON IN ME
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“I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.” --Gal. 1:11,12
“But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the gentiles, I did not consult any man…” --Gal. 1:15,16
Revelation is a word that comes from the root verb: to reveal. So Jesus Christ revealed the good news to Paul first, and Paul then prayed that God the Father would reveal Christ to others by his life.
Notice Paul says God revealed His Son in Paul. He doesn’t say, “God revealed His Son through my preaching to the gentiles.”
No, Paul says very distinctly that God was pleased to reveal Jesus in Paul.
So the revelation of Jesus Christ that Paul received was the one this apostle ended up preaching his entire life:
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”
We are to reveal Christ, not first of all through our words or our preaching and teaching, but through our lives.
This preempts everything. By preempts, I mean takes precedence over. It comes first, and the revealing of Christ through our preaching, teaching and writing comes later. If we don’t reveal Christ by our lives, then we have no business trying to reveal Him by our words.
We must go through the crucifixion with Christ of our natural man, our old man—this man who would always fight to do things our way—and die to that man. Christ then can live fully in us, who live not for our own ideas, thoughts and pleasures, but for the will of God.
Brethren, this includes dying to our own great religious and spiritual ideas and thoughts.
So many want to be the ones who bring a “new revelation” to the people of God. So many strive to create new and clever ways of reaching people with the gospel. So many of us work and sweat to be original, to be recognized as an effective servant for Jesus.
There is one original—that is Christ in you. There is no other person on earth who can reveal Christ as you can, in your own life. You are a new creation in Christ, created for good works which were ordained before you were born to be done by you, and only you.
It is not your words that will win the world, but Christ revealed in you, as He was revealed in the life of Paul. Uniquely you, uniquely Christ in you.
Being Christ in the world, our daily world, is what counts.
That is the revelation of Jesus Christ Paul talks about here, and that is what our lives should center around.
The words will come out of that.
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