Posted by: dailywordofdestiny | August 14, 2013

LET THE LORD REIGN


Part Two: CHRIST JESUS Our Substitute Within

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but TO SAVE THE WORLD THROUGH HIM.”… “If you love Me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But, you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you (also…Romans 8: 16). I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see Me anymore, but you will see Me. Because I LIVE, YOU WILL ALSO LIVE.” … On one occasion, while He was eating with them, He gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the GIFT My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” … “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave His life for me” (John 3: 16, 17; 14: 15-19; Acts 1: 4; Galatians 2: 20).

We often think of our Christian life as a “changed life” but I think what God really offers us is an “exchanged life” and He gave Jesus to be our Substitute within. “I live; and yet no longer I, but Christ liveth in me.” Our “new” life is not something which we ourselves have to produce. It is Christ’s own life reproduced in us. Regeneration means that the life of Christ is planted in us by the Holy Spirit at our new birth (John 3: 3-6). Reproduction goes further. It means that new life grows and becomes evident progressively in us, until the very likeness of Christ begins to be reproduced in our lives (see Galatians 4: 19). For example, last week I wrote about asking the LORD to surround me with peace at work, yet when I arrived at the office it seemed that immediately chaos reigned. I have often heard people say that you shouldn’t pray for patience because the LORD will surely arrange for you to be tested through giving you many trying situations. Well, in part I agree. But really, I believe we are praying in vain when we pray for “patience, peace, etc.” Why? Because it is not “patience, etc.” that we have need of. IT IS CHRIST. God will not give me humility, patience, love, or holiness as separate gifts of His grace; He has given only ONE GIFT TO MEET ALL OUR NEED: HIS SON, CHRIST JESUS! As I look to Him to live out His life in me, He will be humble and patient and loving and kind and everything else I need—in my stead. “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life IS IN His Son. He who has the Son has life: He who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5: 11, 12). The life of God is given us in the Son: it is “eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD” (Romans 6: 23) and our RELATIONSHIP with the Son is our relationship to life.

Fruit of the Spirit In 1 Corinthians 1: 30 we read that “Christ Jesus …was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” The common idea regarding sanctification is that every item of our life should be holy; but that IS NOT holiness, it is the FRUIT of holiness. HOLINESS IS CHRIST. It is the Lord Jesus being made over to us to be that. So, I can put in anything there: love, humility, power, self-control. If I call for patience today: He is my patience. If the call tomorrow is for purity; He is my purity. He IS the ANSWER to EVERY NEED. That is why Paul speaks of the “FRUIT of the Spirit” as ONE (Galatians 5: 22) and not of “fruits” as separate items. God has given us His Holy Spirit and when love is needed the fruit of the Spirit is love; when joy is needed, the fruit of the Spirit is joy. It is always true. It does not matter what your personal deficiency , or whether it be a hundred and one different things, God WILL ALWAYS HAVE ONE SUFFICIENT ANSWER; HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST, and HE IS THE ANSWER TO EVERY HUMAN NEED! Hallelujah!

How can we know more of Christ this way? Only through an INCREASING AWARENESS of NEED. Some of you may be afraid to discover deficiency in yourselves and so you never grow. Growth in grace is the only sense in which we can grow, and grace we have said, is God doing something for us. We all have the same Christ dwelling within. But revelation of some new need will lead us spontaneously to trust HIM to live out His life in us. Greater capacity means greater enjoyment of God’s supply. Another letting go, a fresh trusting in Christ, and another stretch of land is conquered. “Christ is my life” is the secret of enlargement.

We have to get to the stark reality and say “LORD, I cannot do it; therefore, I no longer try to do it.” This is the same point most of us fall short of. “LORD, I cannot, therefore I will take my hands off; from now on I trust Thee for that.” We refuse to act; we depend on Him to do so, and then we enter fully and joyfully into the action He initiates. It is not passivity; it is a most active life, trusting the LORD like that; drawing life from Him, taking Him to be our very life, letting Him live His life in us as we go forth in His Name. Hallelujah!

“The kingdom of God is within you. It is true. That is where you draw near to Me before you are conscious of My nearness. And promptly, lovingly I am there. For comfort or peace, confidence or companionship. Never lose heart or be wearied of turning…or forgetful. It is My presence that transforms all life from ugliness to beauty, from chaos to tranquility, from hateful to loving, from disorder to harmony. Trust Me and be not afraid. Just leave in My hands the present and the future. I can bring order out of chaos, good out of evil, peace out of turmoil. Only believe! The success you harvest will be the result of work done in peace. Abide in Me and you shall bring forth much fruit.”


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