By The Book #13: Letting God Loose
We, as Christians are never told by God to struggle to get into Christ. We are not told to get there, because we are already there. However, we are told to remain where God has placed us.
God had dealt with all of us so it is wrong to think we can experience anything pertaining to spiritual life merely in ourselves, apart from Him. Every true spiritual experience means we have discovered a certain fact in Christ, and have entered into His experience.
The greatest negative in the universe is the cross, for with it God wiped out everything that was not of Himself; the greatest positive in the universe is the resurrection, for through it God brought into being all He will have in the new order of things. The cross is God’s declaration that everything with us from the old creation must die, because nothing from the first Adam can pass beyond the cross.
There is an old world and a new world, and between the two there is a tomb. And although God has already crucified me with Christ, I must still consent to be consigned to the tomb.
That which has not passed thru death can never be consecrated to God, because God will only accept that which is of the new order of things—that which pertains to the Holy Spirit.
Presenting myself to God implies a recognition that I am already altogether His.
How can we expect the Lord to live out His life in us if we do not offer ourselves to Him?
If we give ourselves unreservedly to God, many adjustments may have to be made. God will not let anything of our old selves remain. His finger will touch, point by point, those things that are not of Him until everything from our old nature has been removed.
God will always break whatever is offered to Him. First He breaks what He takes; but after the breaking He blesses, and then uses it to meet the needs of others (mark 6:41).
We must all go to the cross, because what is in us by nature is a self-life. Adam chose a self-life rather than a divine life; therefore, God had to gather up all that was “in Adam” and do away with it.
If we lack the experience of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we should ask Him for a revelation of the eternal fact that it is a gift of the exalted Lord to His church. Then, upon having seen this fact, our efforts will give way to praises.
The Christians in Corinth had become preoccupied with the visible signs of the Holy Spirit’s outpouring. At the same time their lives were full of contradictions and were a reproach to the Lords name. Though they did not lack the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, they did lack a knowledge of His presence. Hence, a revelation of the indwelling Spirit was the remedy Paul offered to the Corinthian Christians for their un-spirituality (1 Cor. 2).
In order the experience the life of Christ in a practical way, a day must come, as definite as the day of our conversion, when we give up all rights to ourselves and submit to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ to every area of our lives. A revelation of this requirement is the first step to Holiness; consecration (the offering of our whole lives) is the second step.
Until the Lordship of Christ is a settled thing in our hearts, the Spirit cannot operate effectively in us. If we do not give Christ absolute authority in our lives, though He may be present, He cannot be powerful, The power of the Spirit is held back.