so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,Ephesians 3:17(NASB)
I have come that they may have life. (John 10:10 ISV)
If, on the one hand, eternal Life operates to cut us off from our natural life as the basis of our relationship with God, on the other hand, it is perfectly wonderful what is done. It is "the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes." The Lord even comes in as our physical life to the doing of more than would have been possible to us at our best, and certainly far beyond the present possibility, because He has made us know that as men we are nothing, even at our best. Life does that. Life forces off one system and brings on another, making room for it as it goes.
That, I believe is what the Lord meant when He said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). We have thought that just meant that we are to have abundance of exuberance. We are always asking for life more abundantly that we might feel wonderfully elated and overflowing and energetic. The Lord is preeminently practical, and more abundant Life means that - having Life, you will find the need of more to lead you a little further, and you will need it abundantly as you go on, because that Life alone can bring you into the fullness. And it is His will that there should be the full provision of Life unto the full end, because the purpose is such an abundant purpose. The Life is commensurate with the purpose.
Christ … has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. § Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious. § God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. § In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
If you love Me, keep My commandments. § The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. § The house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. § They realized that they had been with Jesus.
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens! § Immanuel … God with us. § His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. § The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Lord, all my desire is before You; and my sighing is not hidden from You. My iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. § O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
The whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. § In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.
Shortly I must put off my tent. § For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1)
If we are weak in understanding the principle of complete justification by faith, we will be strong in seeking to produce our own sanctification.
"In Romans Seven Paul is describing the inevitable conflict that every believer knows when he undertakes to lead a holy life on the principle of legality. He feels instinctively that the law is spiritual, but that he himself, for some unexplained reason, is fleshly, carnal, and in bondage to sin. This discovery is one of the most heart-breaking a Christian ever made. Yet each one must and does make it for himself at some time in his pilgrimage.
"The believer finds himself doing things he knows to be wrong, and which his inmost desires are opposed to; while what he yearns to do he fails to accomplish, and does, instead, what he hates. But this is the first part of a great lesson which all must learn who would matriculate (enroll) in God's school. It is the lesson of no confidence in the flesh'; and until it is learned there can be no true progress in growth. The incorrigibility of the flesh must be realized before one is ready to turn altogether from self to Christ for sanctification, as he has already done for justification." -H.A.I.
"As conviction of guilt goes before known justification, so the experiential knowledge of self before sanctification. No effort clears the guilt; no effort effects the growth."
"That they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith" (Acts 26:18).
“Arise from the dead.” Ephesians 5:14
All initiative is not inspired. A man may say to you - "Buck up, take disinclination by the throat, throw it overboard, and walk out into the thing!" That is ordinary human initiative. But when the Spirit of God comes in and says, in effect, "Buck up," we find that the initiative is inspired.
We all have any number of visions and ideals when we are young, but sooner or later we find that we have no power to make them real. We cannot do the things we long to do, and we are apt to settle down to the visions and ideals as dead, and God has to come and say - "Arise from the dead." When the inspiration of God does come, it comes with such miraculous power that we are able to arise from the dead and do the impossible thing. The remarkable thing about spiritual initiative is that the life comes after we do the "bucking up." God does not give us overcoming life; He gives us life as we overcome. When the inspiration of God comes, and He says - "Arise from the dead," we have to get up; God does not lift us up. Our Lord said to the man with the withered hand - "Stretch forth thy hand," and as soon as the man did so, his hand was healed, but he had to take the initiative. If we will do the overcoming, we shall find we are inspired of God because He gives life immediately.
Let us draw near with full assurance.
For our gospel came not unto you by word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance.
The words that drop from the mouth of the Lord are jewels of silver and gold and how we need to heed His instructions. He has told us that we must become like little children to enter His kingdom. He placed a little child in their midst and said.. be as one of these little ones – and as one looks at little children the more you see ONE outstanding characteristic:- It is an unquestioning assurance – an unfaltering confidence. It is a deep trust in the mother that cradles them, the father that delights in them. It is this typical steadfast, unfaltering, resolute trust that the Father seeks in His own. Have I this precious childlike virtue; this deep confidence; this steady faith? Do I thus honour the Lord with my unfaltering confidence in Him or does my heart falter when life implies, in all its fullness – the opposite?
The Word of God is replete with promises outlining His trustworthiness. Scripture abounds with examples that God is my Strength, my Stay, my Assurance. Throughout the Bible, He assures and reassures with many precious promises. Do I discredit Him with my unbelief, or do I trust in His Word and honour HIM with my faith? If we can truly trust in His Word – we honour the Lord, just as a tiny child’s unfaltering confidence, honours his parents – and it thus results in our own inward peace, a quiet confidence and a deep assurance. Here in its simplicity is an oft-concealed truth and one of life’s great lessons – and from it cascades many blessings. Here is the essence of the inner secret of a happy Christian life – that God is my Assurance – “let us draw near in full assurance…” Heb.10:22
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The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand, therefore God also hath highly exalted Him.. not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And you are complete in Him, and of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. Oh, the deep, deep mysteries and mercies of God. Oh, the profound and penetrating wisdom of the Almighty. Oh, the unfathomable and eternal wonders of the Creator. Oh, the depth of the riches of the grace of the Father – for it pleased Him that in Christ, all fullness should dwell. “Consider” the place of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the esteem of the Father. “Consider” the position of the eternal Son of God, Who made Man, for our salvation. “Consider” the responsibility of the perfect Son on Man, Who was made sin for us. For it pleased the Father, that In Him all the fullness should dwell” Colossians 1:19
See fullness of God dwelling in Him. See the glories of the Godhead revealed in His body. See the scars of the nail print in hand and foot. See the face of glory disfigured beyond recognition. See the side from which poured blood and water. He Who formed the vastness of the universe.. He Who created the hidden depths of the oceans. He had not where to lay His head. He had not a denarius to pay tribute money to Caesar, yet all things are His, as a gift from the Father to the Son. “My Father and your Father – My God and your God.” And of such fullness, we are made partakers, by the infinite grace of God.. for we are in Him.
And we are complete in Him. We lack nothing as we dwell and rest in Him. His glories are not confined to the shores of Galilee. These wonders are not restricted to the streets of Jerusalem. The limitations of His thirty-three years are lifted, for Hisread more