For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;2 Corinthians 2:15(NASB)
I pray... that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:18 NIV)
What is Christ inheritance in the saints? What are the riches of the glory of Christ inheritance in the saints? It is that the saints are to provide Him with the means of the universal manifestation of Himself as God has purposed Him to be. It is a part of the arrangement in those counsels of the Godhead, that He shall be the central fullness, but that the fullness should not be manifested, displayed in an isolated way. There would be no purpose in that, because He could have done that in Deity without incarnation, He could have possessed the fullness in that way, and that is what the letter to the Philippians says. He was equal with God, and had all the fullness, but He emptied Himself. Why? In order that others might be brought into the fullness, that He might not hold it all for Himself. That is what Satan wants to do.
The Lord Jesus let go in order to bring others in. The apostle says, i>Let this mind be in you.If any of you are inclined to stand for your own rights, on your own ground, to hold things for yourself, you are violating the very spirit of Christ who let go His own rights in order that others might come into them and get the benefit. So the inheritance of Christ is this: that He is made heir of all things, but He can have all things only as He has the saints, and He gets those ll thingsthrough and in the saints. It is a part of the arrangement, the agreement. It is not as one isolated unit in God universe, that He is to have everything, but by appointment man-wise, in a corporate sense, and not only in a personal sense.... The Lord is not satisfied with His people just being saved, and the Lord is not satisfied that people should just remain saved. The Lord has fixed this as His goal: the full knowledge of Him. It is indispensable to the Lord. His inheritance is bound up with it. The need today is that the Lord own people should come into a knowledge of Himself which they do not possess, into a position in relation to Himself which they do not occupy; in a word: into the full knowledge of Him.
I am the Lord who heals you.
Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. § You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your countenance. § All things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” § He is gracious to him, and says, “Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom.” § He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. § He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted. § Your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; may He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion … We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! … Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright.
When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. § No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
If God is for us, who can be against us? § The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us, … and He will deliver us.
Now we have received. . . the Spirit who is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God" (1 Cor. 2:12).
The Holy Spirit ministers the truth of the Word via the mind, that we may share the One who is Truth via the heart.
"If you do not know the Bible as the very Word of God, all is lost! Where have you learned anything from the Lord distinctly, but where every counter influence was inadmissible - in the sacred enclosure of His own Word and Presence, where nothing to qualify what He says can exist?"
"I must not only be an expounder of the truth, but an exponent of it. There should be the sense, I have learned that word for myself. It is not just being able to describe it, or to put it in correct dispensational order; but having that word for myself from the Spirit."
"The mistake with many saints in the present day is that they think because they can describe a truth, that therefore they have learned it. When a truth is really accepted, the conscience demands that there should be accordance with it."
"The Scriptures tell me what the Father gives me, but they do not give it to me. The Spirit applies the Word to me in its divine meaning, and then I possess what Scripture tells me is mine through God's grace. For instance, the Word tells me that if I behold the Lord's glory I shall be transformed. It doesn't transform me, however clearly I may see what it states. It communicates to me a very great thing, but it is the Spirit who makes it experiential to me." -J.B.S.
"Changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. " (2 Cor. 3.18).
There are times in spiritual life when there is confusion, and it is no way out to say that there ought not to be confusion. It is not a question of right and wrong, but a question of God taking you by a way which in the meantime you do not under stand, and it is only by going through the confusion that you will get at what God wants.
The Shrouding of His Friendship. Luke 11:5-8. Jesus gave the illustration of the man who looked as if he did not care for his friend, and He said that that is how the Heavenly Father will appear to you at times. You will think He is an unkind friend, but remember He is not; the time will come when everything will be explained. There is a cloud on the friendship of the heart, and often even love itself has to wait in pain and tears for the blessing of fuller communion. When God looks completely shrouded, will you hang on in confidence in Him?
The Shadow on His Fatherhood. Luke 11:11-13. Jesus says there are times when your Father will appear as if He were an unnatural father, as if He were callous and indifferent, but remember He is not; I have told you - "Everyone that asketh receiveth." If there is a shadow on the face of the Father just now, hang onto it that He will ultimately give His clear revealing and justify Himself in all that He permitted.
The Strangeness of His Faithfulness. Luke 18:1-8. "When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?" Will He find the faith which banks on Him in spite of the confusion? Stand off in faith believing that what Jesus said is true, though in the meantime you do not under stand what God is doing. He has bigger issues at stake than the particular things you ask.
What is man that you are mindful of Him, and the son of man that you care for him?
Jesus is fully Man; the perfect Man; the representative Man – He is God’s Man. Jesus is God’s standard for mankind. He is the perfect pattern for all of humanity. God’s plan for those that are in Christ is that we are conformed into His likeness. Jesus Who walked this earth with nowhere to lay His head is God’s pattern for all.
During His time on earth He walked; He ate; He drank. He got tired and was hungry. He lived a life amidst folk who despised Him – but He leant obedience through suffering. He understands our weaknesses and faced the same testing we do – yet never sinned. He is not a remote God, but One that is our kinsman redeemer – God’s perfect pattern.
God had fore-ordained that all things would one day be placed underneath His feet, For all was created by Him – all was created for Him – and all was created in Him. All things in heaven and on earth, all things visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers, rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Jesus is God’s Man. He is fully Man; the perfect Man; the representative Man. But what is man that God should take notice of him and take care of him as He does? Despite the amazing array of His creation that stretches into the far-flung universe, there is only one creature that God chose to make in His own image and likeness.
God undertook to form man to resemble Himself – a trinity of body, soul, and spirit. God determined man would be His governor – with dominion over the whole world. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God He created man. Male and female He created them – and then God gave man His hallowed blessing, He blessed man – who together withread more
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
‘Poor in spirit’ does not mean lacking in earthly conditions or worldly wealth, for a destitute man may display much pride – an affluent one humility of heart. Neither does it mean intellectually deficiency – nor lacking in academic proficiency, for mental poverty is not necessarily a state of blessedness – neither is ignorance the state of ‘bliss,’ as defined by the old, hackneyed platitude.
It is poverty in spirit, disposition of heart upon whom this beatitude is pronounced. It is the humble of heart. It is the humble heart that is conscious of their unworthiness before the Lord. Humility is not thinking meanly of oneself nor is it berating oneself in front of others – indeed this can often lead to inverted pride – as others counter your self-reproach! But humility of heart involves a dying to self and a living to Christ…
Humility is it holding one's talents, gifts, aptitudes, or artistry as little or no account, but it is letting Him work through us, to His praise and glory. We are to recognise our place and privilege as God’s redeemed children.. and we are to put self of the altar of sacrifice by saying, ‘not my will but Thine be done.’ Oh yes, humility is a gentility of spirit, which bows reverently before the Lord. It is the one that is poor in spirit has a teachable spirit – that says:- “It is not I that live I but Christ, lives in and through me.” Gal.2:20
Only once did Jesus refer to His own deep humility of heart and poverty of spirit, when He said: “I am meek and lowly in heart” Matt.11:29 But throughout His earthly journey, in action and attitude, humility streamed forth. As the Creator of the universe, He humbled himself. He made Himself of no reputation. He took upon Him the form of a bond-servant. He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Phil.2:7read more