Dear Fellow Believers in Christ, (The complete Christ fully lives in us as us to be released for Spontaneous Christ-life Expression)
Walking in the flesh and loving it, is a major factor that keeps us from the open door of the revelation of Jesus Christ in us. Do we fully know the Person of Christ who really lives in us as us? Why is Paul's revelation of Christ in us so important and liberating for the church? What is the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord, that compelled Paul to give up all things in the flesh? Why is the full knowledge of Christ's work on the cross so essential to our liberation as Christians? How does the resurrection of Christ in us produce spontaneous Chris-life expression in us today? Where and in Whom is the true wisdom and power of God found? How does Christ fill the Spirit and our soul to produce spontaneous Christ-life expression? Holy Spirit rightly divide the word of truth to us today, concerning the revelation of the Son in us as us.
SPONTANEOUS CHRIST-LIFE EXPRESSION
"For those that are ever being according to the flesh, ever mind the things of the flesh, but those according to the Spirit mind the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh ever is death; but the mind of the Spirit ever is life and peace. Therefore, the mind of the flesh ever is enmity towards God; for it ever is not subject to the law of God, for neither can ever be. But you are not ever in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God ever dwells in you. But if anyone has not ever the Spirit of Christ this one is not ever of Him" (Rom. 8:5-9, Expanded Greek Translation).
First, We Live and Mind the Flesh because We donít Know Who Lives In Us
Paul lets us know that if we are going to live according to the flesh, we will be minding the things of the flesh. Paul goes on to declare, that the mind of the flesh is death. Then why would we as Spirit-birthed Christians want to live that way? That is a good question. Why would we live that way at all? From all indications, it is because we donít know really know the full truth of the person who lives within us, since we were Spirit-birthed. This is why Paul said, that if we are in Christ, then we are a new creation (II Cor. 5:17a). Paul is declaring that Spirit-birthed sons of God are a new creation race of people. In the natural, we were born through a lineage that initially came from Adam. However now in the Spirit, every one is now in a new creation lineage tied to Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). Our Heavenly Father desired us to be Spirit-birthed and tied only to Him in this new creation life. That is not manís plan. That is our heavenly Fatherís eternal plan. We live so far beneath what our Heavenly Father desires, simply because we donít know who we are in Christ, and who the Christ is who fully lives in us as us.
Second, The Holy Spirit Reveals Christ in Us for Christ-life Expression
Paul tells us clearly, that his gospel that he preached was not according to man (Gal. 1:11). Paul goes further to declare that he neither received it from man, nor was he taught if from man, "but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ" (Gal. 1:12). Paul didnít just receive some additional head knowledge from God that might puff him up. Paul received a revolutionary new insight on how the Lord Jesus Christ was going to work in and through every member of the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit reveals Christ in us, and connects us to His mind within us. This enables us to move out of the flesh and into Christ-life expression.
Third, True and Full Love of God Opens the Doors of Revelation to Us
Paul lets us know that we cannot see or hear God in the natural, that we cannot really know Him that way (I Cor. 2:9). If we truly love God, He will reveal these things to us through His Spirit. For the Holy Spirit know and reveals the deep things of God to us (I Cor. 2:10). Do we really want to love and know God? We need to search our hearts. God is not holding back anything from us. It is our lack of true and full love that closes the doors of revelation from entering our heart, for a full love fellowship with our Father. Christ said that He was building the church on the rock of the revelation of Himself by the Father (Matt. 16:18).
Fourth, We Need to Give Up the Things of the Flesh in Order to Know Him!
What if the light in us is really darkness, and not the revelation truth from our Heavenly Father? Could you allow the Holy Spirit to purge your heart with the revelation of Jesus Christ in you as your only life? Paul made that decisive choice, and lived out of that revelation of Christ in him as his only life. Paul said he would have no confidence in the flesh (Phil. 3:3). Paul was a Hebrew of the Hebrew and a Pharisee (Phil. 3:5). Paul said, that even concerning righteousness which is in the law that he was blameless (Phil 3:6). The Holy Spirit had intensely revealed this Christ who lived in Paul. Paul counted everything that he had achieved or done in the flesh, as simply trash or refuse. He gave it all up for the excellency of Christ Jesus his Lord (Phil. 3:7). Brothers and sisters as long you hang on to the flesh, and the things done in the flesh as more important than God, then your not going to fully know the revelation of the fullness of the Christ in you as you. We need to give it all up, to know Him!
Fifth, The Preaching of Christ and Him Crucified is the Power of the Spirit
Paul wasnít just trying to be obstinate or narrow-minded when he came to the Corinthians. They had a lot of troubles and some real issues. However, Paul did not spend time in addressing them. He moved them on to Christ. Paul determined not to know anything among them "but Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (I Cor. 2:2). Paul had a full revelation of the Christ who lived with Him. Paul knew that all the problems of the Adamic race were put to death on the cross of Christ. Paul also knew that everything about the new creation race was in Christ, Ė who is the true demonstration of the Spirit and of power (I Cor. 2:5).
Sixth, Christ is the Wisdom of God and the Cross is the Power of God
Paul is clear, "Christ is the power and the wisdom of God" (I Cor. 1:24). The message of the cross to us who are being saved is also "the power of God" (I Cor. 1:18). We are saved and live by the resurrection power of Christ in us as us (Rom. 5:10). The gospel doesnít end with the carnal facts of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. The depth of the truth of the gospel for the believer, that everything of the Adamic race was put to death on the cross. I am free from the penalty of all of that. Now, that I am Spirit-birthed, I have the full person of the omnipresent Christ living in fullness within me as me in this new creation shared-life Ė the Christ-life. Christ is now complete in me (Col. 2:10).
Seventh, Knowing Christ in Us Leads to Spontaneous Christ-Life Expression
We need to know the fullness of the Christ within us. Wisdom is not to be found outside of us. Christ is the very wisdom of God, who lives within us. When we were Spirit-birthed Christ became the wisdom and power of God in us as us. Our soul has three (3) parts Ė the heart, the emotions, and the mind. Paul talks often about wisdom, knowledge, revelation, and understanding in his epistles. We need the wisdom of Christ to flow through the Spirit. We need the revelation of the Christ-life within us to penetrate and fill our heart with His love-for-others Spirit. We need the full knowledge of Christ and the cross to transform us, until we allow the Holy Spirit to connect us the mind of Christ within us (I Cor. 2:16). His understanding and divine nature will to complete our emotions. "It is no longer, I but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20). Yes, the spontaneous Christ-life expression will flow through us in this shared-life to others, and for the Father!