Monday, August 30, 2010

CHRIST IN YOU. YOU IN CHRIST.

"To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse..." (Col. 1:2)


"I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness--the mystery...that is now disclosed to the saints...which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."  (Col. 1:25-27)


In Christ.  This phrase is the key to all knowledge, wisdom and life.  Christ in you.  This phrase sums up the whole message of the gospel.  These are the truths upon which the entire span of eternity, and the entire universe hinge.  The door of truth swings on these massive, smooth, beautifully and perfectly forged hinges, and can be swung open by a single touch of the weakest, tiniest hand.


If we come as children to Christ, as He commands we do (Matt. 19:14 et.al.), then we can, with the feeblest of cries, call the entire power of God to our disposal in Christ.  He is ready and willing to uphold us in danger, to strengthen us in turmoil, to fill us with His peace in the worst of circumstances if we come like this.  If we come as able adults, sure in our religious place, content in our righteousness, holding up hands of complacency and self-worth, then God is bored with us, and cannot invest in us this life of Christ Jesus.


If you have not died with Christ (Col. 2:20), then you cannot be raised with Christ (Col. 3:1).  If you are not raised with Christ, you are not alive in Christ and dead to the world.  If you are not dead to the world, then you are living in your own power, not in Christ's.


In Christ.  Christ in you.  These sum up all mysteries that have been solved by His coming.  Today, we must dwell here, in the childlike realm of this Truth, and stay every day until He reveals the fullness of His own character in us.  Once we know this, we can never leave this place without damaging what God is doing in us.

2 comments:

  1. My heart aches when I read this because I know it is absolute truth. Unfortunately all too often it is easier put on the mask and parade around, which I, and I think others do all the time, it’s a show that God isn’t entertained with. Why does my heart ache, it is because I know deep inside I am still fighting for power, making human decisions and yet I hope I am losing the fight, actually I pray that I am losing the fight. Gone are the romanticized visions and stories of living Christ Like, being a modern day Mother Theresa and reality is here and when it hits home and you truly long and pray for spiritual death-to-self, the transition or transformation hurts a lot. On one hand it is painful and on the other it is glorious, I hope that makes sense. To truly pursue Christ is to willfully “dismember” yourself, the self of old, one piece or sin at a time. I am in the pursuit of the God standard, not the Gold standard and it is the most difficult pursuit I will ever have. Have a great day….

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  2. Good word! Paul also wrote in Galatians 4:19

    "My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you,"

    Christ being manifested in our mortal bodies is truly a mighty work of God and I praise His holy name for this revelation that I received over the last two months.

    2nd Corinthians 4:7-11

    "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh."

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