[Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.Mark 16:9(NASB)
He said, y grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)
What is your idea of power? What is your mentality concerning power? Are you clamoring for power, wanting power? Well, it all works out this way. True power from God's standpoint is Calvary power. Christ crucified is the power of God. What is Calvary power? Well, it is emptiness of self, you and I being emptied of self and truly, that is easier said than endured! Oh, how very much there is of this self about us still! How we hate how we suffer being emptied of ourselves! What a terrible thing it is to feel our inability to know that we do not count in ourselves. Oh, to be ABLE! And yet have we not proved, again and again, that our times of greatest emptiness and weakness have been the times when God has done most, and got glory by what He has done? Yes, it has been true. We have learnt it along various lines and different ways, but God has been working right into the very inside of us, so that the thing is done it becomes a part of us. He does not have to maintain it by external conditions. But He frequently uses such very often physical conditions, to bring us to that place of utter dependence upon Himself. It is really not good enough, is it, to be forced to it, compelled to it? That is God's way of education, but it would be very much better for us to be fit and well and as dependent upon God as ever.
So it all resolves itself into the need, in the first place, for what is meant by being born from above: an entirely new nature and disposition, to begin with, and then a letting God do His work of conforming us to the image of His Son. I am not saying that works and words do not come in, but it is a heartbreaking business to be working and speaking with no power, and no registration of heaven. The Lord give us light as to what He means by this.
It is the Spirit who gives life. § The Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. § [Pray] always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance.
I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life. § The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. § The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. § If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. § This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? There- fore purge out the old leaven … I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person. § Become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.
In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.
The Spirit of truth takes of what is Mine and will make it known to you" (John 16:15, Wey.).
Fruitful service results from growth, not works. All sharing must be motivated and governed by life: "the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:2).
"The Holy Spirit came to reproduce the Lord Jesus in the lives of men and women. The Church is that or it is nothing; the teaching relates to that, or it has no meaning. Any movement of the Spirit is in that direction, or we have entirely misunderstood. He came to conform us to the image of the Son; everything has to be tested by that.
"All our activities and efforts and energies and expenditures; all our sacrifices, our movements and our teaching: everything that has become a part of Christianity' has to be measured by the one rule - is it resulting in the reproduction of the Lord Jesus Christ in the lives of men and women, so that it is demonstrated from heaven that He is as truly here in this world now as ever He was in history?" -T. A-S.
"It is a mistake to measure spiritual maturity merely by the presence of gifts. They may be present and they may be valuable, but the Spirit's object is something far greater - to form the Lord Jesus Christ in us through the work of the Cross. It is not merely that a man does certain things or speaks certain words, but that he is a certain kind of man. In the long run it is what we are, and not simply what we say or do - and the difference lies in the formation of the Lord Jesus within."
"The Father first uses the active talents of His servants; then He polishes the other side of the stone, making the passive graces shine - patience, meekness, etc."
"My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you" (Gal. 4:19).
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him.” 1Corinthians 2:14
The Gospel of God creates a sense of need of the Gospel. Paul says - "If our gospel be hid, it is hid" - to those who are blackguards? No, "to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not." The majority of people have their morality well within their own grasp, they have no sense of need of the Gospel. It is God Who creates the need of which no human being is conscious until God manifests Himself. Jesus said - "Ask, and it shall be given you," but God cannot give until a man asks. It is not that He withholds, but that that is the way He has. constituted things on the basis of Redemption. By means of our asking, God gets processes into work whereby He creates the thing that is not in existence until we do ask. The inner reality of Redemption is that it creates all the time. As the Redemption creates the life of God in us, so it creates the things belonging to that life. Nothing can satisfy the need but that which created the need. This is the meaning of Redemption - it creates and it satisfies.
"I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." We preach our own experiences and people are interested, but no sense of need is awakened by it. If once Jesus Christ is lifted up, the Spirit of God will create a conscious need of Him. Behind the preaching of the Gospel is the creative Redemption of God at work in the souls of men. It is never personal testimony that saves men. "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life."
We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7
There is an infinite Being – outside time and space, Who has communicated with us. He explained how we came to be and told us how and why He originally created us. He describes how He spoke the worlds into being – the amazing process of creation. He demonstrates how He built a beautiful world that was designed for life and living. He unfolded His creative progression ’til He finally created Man – the first of his kind.
He made space, time, and language and imbued man with thought, reason, and choice. He created man in innocence, with the capacity to function in willing service to God. He formed man with total free-will, to choose to serve His creator gladly – in love. He worked in such a way as to progressively build up our understanding of all He did. And the final piece in His creative jig-saw was Adam – Man created in God’s image.. and Man was His crowing glory. Man was the climax of God’s whole creation. Man – created in His own image and likeness, was the pinnacle of God’s creation.
From the dust of the earth, that was spoken into being, God formed His own likeness. Finally, the breath of God Himself was breathed into him and Man began to live. God had determined in the eternal council chambers that He would create Man... and God in His infinite knowledge and understanding knew that man would sin.
God was not taken by surprise, nor was He fazed by sin’s entrance into the world. The all-knowing God had already purposed the flow of history despite man’s sin. The omniscient God had determined a more glorious plan – to His praise and glory.
Our wise God had already purposed that He would make a new creation – in Christ. He would not scrap the fallen creation... but in His graciousness make allread more
In HIM dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,
All the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form – in Christ.
All the essential essence of Deity inhabits Him in bodily form,
The entire fullness of God’s whole nature dwells bodily in Christ,
AND YOU HAVE BEEN MADE COMPLETE IN HIM.
All aspects and attributes of deity reside within Jesus, and has always been a fact. All the fullness of the absolute, infinite, and essential Godhead dwells in Jesus. Nothing present in the essence of God is absent from the essence of the Lord Jesus. All that God is – is in Jesus Christ and everything in God dwells within His body. Christ’s greatness lies in the fact that only He ‘exhausts’ all that God is, for He is God. Christ is equal with God, making all He is and He has done sufficient for those in Him.
And Paul warns us not to allow anything, whatsoever, to draw us away from this truth. We are to beware lest anyone rob us of this truth or captures our understanding of this. "See to it that no one enslaves you through philosophy and empty deceit according to human tradition, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to the Messiah". Colossians.2:8
We must not let anything rob us of our understanding of our adequacy in Christ. The foolish philosophies of the world can rob us of this scriptural truth. Religious cults that belittle Christ’s deity can cloud your mind of this truth. Current trends, to add to the finished work of Christ, can rob you of this truth. Legalistic traditions of man can draw you away from appropriating this truth. False doctrines being taught in many churches can deflect this understanding. Such teaching robs us of the true perspective of all that Christ is in each of our lives.
Don’t be robbed of the scriptural truth that in Christ dwells all the Godhead bodily. You are once for all and forever, in timeread more