Friday, August 10, 2012

How We Belong to Jesus ~ G.D. Watson

“You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.” (John 17:2) Here we see that the Father gave us to His Son, that He might share His eternal life with us. This revealing of His life within our inner being is the fundamental blessing of the kingdom of God.

I do not pray for these {the apostles} alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You…that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me…” (John 17:20-23)

It takes a heart of great faith to have this glorious possibility opened to the mind. Only think of all the ways and degrees in which Christ is one with the Father: one in nature, one in purpose, one in motive and intention; one in character, one in taste and affinity; one in government, one in life and action. And yet, the Son’s infallible prayer is that we, as poor and shortsighted as we have been, are to be so melted into Divine love that we begin to live in the same kind of harmony that He shares with the Father.

We need to recognize the impossibility of living as an expression of Christ’s heavenly life while we are sill attempting to be an expression of our own life. Jesus could only be an expression of His Father’s life by emptying Himself of His own glory. He chose to become nothing in Himself so that His Father could be all in all. Similarly, by choosing to die to our self-originated form of life so we may live by His Spirit and express His life and glory, He will reveal Himself through our mortal body. He assures us that everyone who loses their self-life will find His life. (Matt. 16:25) The promise is sure!

The Son is now looking for vessels He can use to express His life. He has given every believer access to the glory He received from the Father. (John 17:22) But we must choose to follow Him in His way of life before He will fill the temple with His glory.

God has placed us in weak mortal bodies to keep us aware of our dependence upon Him. The vessels was not to have anything coming “out from” itself. We were created in a way that permitted God to be the source of all goodness as we yielded the vessel to Him for His use.

Many insist they do not have the power to walk as Jesus did and reveal His light of life. And they are quite correct. But this fact is not a factor in God’s plan for revealing His life. He never intended for His human children to be the source of His eternal life. In fact, He insists that we die to everything that is self-originated—the form of life that Satan fostered on the world through Adam. We find the Pearl of Great Price—our Lord’s heavenly Kingdom-life—by selling all from the self-life. (Matt. 13:45-46)

It is as we die a deeper death to our own sufficiency and learn to wait on the Lord that we find life and strength from above. God planned from the beginning that we would live through the Son and reveal His image. (Eph. 1:4)

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Rom. 8:29)

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

True Faith that Comes From God

Though we are born with the adamic sinful nature, God still gives us the ability to have real faith in Him.  We are given a measure of faith and if it is nurtured by our choice and will, it will grow into a life saving power that will transform us into the image of Christ.  This is the purpose of faith.  It is not to heap upon ourselves pleasures and comforts that come from this world, but to willingly die to them so the life of Christ may be manifested in us. 

True faith is a pure trust in the Lord, that He will DO as He has promised.  The fruit of this complete trust is obediance or submission to God's will, you cannot seperate the two.  It is a trust that we can abandon ourselves to Him and trust that He will work everything out according to His will.   His known will is to transform us into His image at whatever the cost might be to our natural life.  

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. - (Romans 5:2-5)

Faith (or trust) will remind us of His grace and mercy that says He will not allow more on us than we can handle, (1 Corinthians 10:13).  This faith does not need to pray to be relieved of the trials and tribulations that come our way, but it will pray as the Lord prayed, “Not my will, but thy will be done” as these are necessary tools that will put to death the old sinful nature, the body of flesh we were born with.  “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” (1 Peter 4:12)”…and we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. - (Acts 14:22b)   

Faith will cause us not to look at the situation or trouble that has come our way, but will look to Christ and His guidance in it and will trust in Him to work out His plan in us in all that comes our way. 

For those that are committed to the Lord are no longer their own, but they are the possession of the Lord and as such, are no longer subject to the “natural” course and events of the world; there are no longer any “accidents” in their lives, for everything comes under the powerful, watchful care of the Lord and His dictates.  The only thing that can move us away from this complete care of the Lord is our willful decision to have our way rather than the His.  But as we submit to His providences in pure trust, we can see His hand in it and will see more of His Life being revealed in us through these “crosses” and one day will be able to say with Paul… “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”. - (Galatians 2:20)