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The following is an Introduction To The Writings of Arthur Licursi.
Though the topic of my writing always concerns Christ and our living relationship to Him, I thought you might want to know who I am and where I’m coming from. We each are the product of life’s experiences and God’s intervention in our lives.
I’m just like you, if you too are a believer who has received the regenerating life of the Lord. We thus are recipients of God the Father’s grace, love and life, received in the person His Son, Jesus Christ, as the Spirit of life (Rom 8:2a, 2Cor 3:17, 1John 4:13), now indwelling our spirit (John 3:6, 1Cor 6:17, Rom 8:16), as our new and eternal life (Col3:4, Gal 2:20).
I’m a blood bought child of God who has come to appreciate the fruit of Jesus of Nazareth’s earthly life, death, burial, and resurrection as both Lord and Christ (Act 2:36) The One Son of God Almighty, has thereby been made available, in spirit form (2Cor 3:17), to indwell “as many as receive Him”, (John 1:12).
Though we each are born of God our Father, our walks likely differ, since we each are different in our creation by the Hand of God, and yet each of us is loved of God “as we are”. Thus, we each may come to see and appreciate differing aspects of our relationship with God in Christ as our indwelling life. He knows our frame and our history - our life’s experience; and He meets us where we are. He also knows what particular words mean to each of us, as opposed to another child of God. Thus He then speaks to us by the Scripture and by His indwelling voice, speaking in our language of understanding. God has become ever larger in my eyes as the years have gone by. I see Him as the fully capable, all loving and all-sufficient Father, demonstrating His loving kindness and grace to me in the person of His indwelling Son.
The writings you find below are the result of my being a simple believer, a Christian who is born of God and now simply still learning to live by the life of Christ that the Father has provided to indwell me as my new and genuine life. I seek to have a pragmatic, practical understanding of our walk in Christ (Gal 5:16, 25). I’ve always sought a kind of experiential knowledge of God that works in my life, as measured by the presence of Him who is my rest and peace.
His life in us is the issue. It is the life germinating side of the cross of Christ that actually was and is the Father’s goal in the giving His Son’s life. Jesus was given not only for us (our sins), but also to us to be our new life. This gives a greater depth or dimension to John 3:16. Yes, He gave His life for us, but also He gave His very life to us. It was necessary that Christ would bear the process of incarnation, to suffer for our sins, and die as our sinful self; so He then would rise from the dead to become the “life-giving spirit” (1Cor 15:45, 2Cor 3:17); enabling the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:2, 1John 4:13) to get into our human spirit (Zech 12:1, 1Cor 6:17), bringing His life (Col 3:4) and “divine nature” (2Pet 1:4) into as many as receive Him (Col 1:27, John 1:12).
Now it is for us to learn to trust Christ in us as our life, while still on this earth in these bodies of flesh (Gal 2:20).
I have no formal religious training, but I am God-taught by His Spirit. I’ve sat at the feet of several people whom God has brought across the path of my life, in the form of their writings, and sometimes in person. I would guess 80% of my understanding has come through other men and women of God. About 20% of what I passionately share is by His revelations to me personally, through my study of the His precious Scripture and simply living in the face of everyday situations and circumstances, and coming to see Him in “all things”. It was for “revelation” for the saints that Paul prays for repeatedly, as in Eph 1:16-23.
There has always been has within my spirit a questioning of the traditional view of things, including the traditional view of Scripture and the most widely accepted view of Christianity as a lifestyle. Interestingly, Jesus also had a quarrel with the traditions of men that prevent men from seeing His indwelling life is the real life and lifestyle for us. I find that where the masses of Christians are is not necessarily where Christ as life is to be found. The truth of Christ is found in the Scripture, but only as it is combined with the spirit, that we might have His life as our all (John 10:10b “I am come that they might have life…” Life here in the Greek is “Zoë”, spirit life).
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. John 5:39-40
“It is the spirit that quickeneth (makes alive); the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63
“… for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 2 Cor. 3:6b
By no means do I claim to have all the answers, but I do know Him in a greater way today than last year. I pray the same for every Christian. We seek to know Him, not about Him.
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3 The limitless God progressively reveals Himself to those who seek Him, and even to some of us who did not particularly seek Him. After all, apart from God initiating us by His intervention in our lives we would be hopeless.
My emphasis is simply for us to see and learn to live by Christ’s life in me, as my life. I do not write for the purpose that souls be saved; that is His calling for others as God directs them, since we each are different members of His multi-membered body, with differing functions. Thus, I cannot judge any other person’s walk in Christ as they serve Him in this world.
In these writings I am simply trying to convey, by the limited single dimension of human words, the multi-dimensional truths of the limitless God that He has revealed to me. Thus I trust that by these writings the Holy Spirit will reveal to you what He wishes to reveal.
My journey has taken my wife and I through many of the denomination and non-denominational expressions of Him on the earth today. Through it all I’ve continuously been brought back to Him, the unchanging One Himself, as my all. I’m thankful to God my Father for both the pleasant and unpleasant happenings in my Christian experience, sometimes at the hands of Christians, being sure that “all things are working for the good”, because I do desire “to be conformed to this image of His Son” (Rom 8:28-29).
I owe much to the anointed words of many of His saints through whom God has influenced my understanding and walk. Some of these lived hundreds of years ago. Though I acknowledge and appreciate each one of the following listed people, I’ve learned that these are simply men or women who also are seeking Him, and they also were or are yet in the furnace of purification, just as I am. None of us has arrived or has it all. As I’ve read their writings, I’ve learned to eat the meat they have provided and spit out the bones, just as I recommend to you who may read my writings.
Some of the folks from whom I’ve gleaned some of the riches of God include Watchman Nee, Witness Lee, AB Simpson, AW Tozer, Norman Grubb, Madame Jean Guyon, RE Fenelon, Michael Molinos, Jacob Bohme, Norman Grubb, Ian Thomas, Warren Litzman, Oswald Chambers, Andrew Murray, Jesse Penn Lewis, EW Bullinger, Charles Baker, Cornelius Stam, and many others.
There have been several major encounters I’ve had of the Lord through the experiences, circumstances, and situations of living over these 35 years as a God-birthed Christian. These have served to form the basis and thrust of what my burden is concerning the Lord, for His body; that all might come to see “the riches of the inheritance in the saints” (Eph1:18).
Some of the notable dates and happenings in my life are as follows.
Never till then having seen a Bible, it was in November 1968 in New Jersey that I was first exposed to the gospel of salvation and responded by dramatically receiving Christ. Hearing what was preached that day, I received Christ with the idea He would make me to be a new creature in Christ (2Cor 5:17). I was not as much concerned with hell as a possible destiny as I was in finding a new life, this while still only 23 years old.
In May of 1969 I was “cast out” of my first “church” denomination for the sin of visiting a non-denominational church and giving my testimony there. This caused me to understand the vanity of manmade laws found in the self-directed hierarchical organizational expressions of man, wrongly called “churches”. By contrast, the Lord used it to cause me to see and appreciate “the Church, which is His body” (Eph 1:22b-23a), the invisible Church, with a clarity that I might not have otherwise seen or appreciated. Truly, all things work for the good.
It was in 1975 that I had a “revelation that Christ really lived in me”, in a most literal way (Rom 8:9-10). This far exceeded that of receiving the Lord on the day I was saved. I had no idea what really had happed in that moment in 1968. This revelation of Christ in me must also be what Paul refers to in Gal 1:16. It caused me see Christ in me as my all, prompting me to forsake the outer aspects of religions offerings, with its emphasis upon “getting” from God. Rather now, I see and focus upon the real issue for the Christian, which for us is, to come to know, abide in, and live by, the inner life that we have by Christ living within our human spirit. I see my need to co-operate with His desire to flow out of me as a “giver”, which is of my new life and nature (Gal 2:20).
In 1992 I gained further insight, by revelation, into to literal aspect of Christ’s indwelling of all the regenerated children of God, such that we have been born of His literal Seed (Greek, sperma), which is Christ (Gal 3:16,1Pet 1:23). It was then that I first saw that Christ was and is the Seed of the Father. Christ as the Seed brings all of the Godhead into every God-birthed child of God (Col2:9-10), in seed form. All the rebirthed children of God thus already have within their human spirit the divine life and nature as their new and everlasting life (Gal 2:20).
In 1994 I had a stressed induced heart attack, showing me, while I had been a serious seeking Christian, I had been living by my own self-strength, not relying upon Him who was my life. By this the Lord told me He was beginning to deal with my “self”. In the years following I experienced what the ancient Christian writers call “the dark night of the soul”. Thus He began to divide soul and spirit within me; He revealed the soulish me to me, that I might appreciate His life in my spirit as my Lord and my all.
In 1996 I began to see the Scripture “dispensationally” and that has, once and for all, answered virtually all the apparent conflicts and contradictions of Scripture. It certainly helps to heed the Scripture itself to see; to whom, concerning what, and to which dispensation or time a particular Scripture refers.
Let it be known that I do receive the entire inspired, God-breathed, Bible Scripture as for my learning, but I particularly receive the Bible Scripture written to us, of this “dispensation of the grace of God” as being written to me, as a re-birthed Child of God. I no longer take my instruction from Scripture written to other peoples in other dispensations, as being to me, for me to follow. The Lord Himself is the same in all Scripture, as He is full of grace, loving us unconditionally, but He has dealt and does deal with various peoples in differing ways.
In “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2Tom 2:15) I must first discern to which of the following people is a scripture written “to the Jew” or to “ the Greek” or to “the church of God” (1Cor 10:32). This helps me to not take others people mail as my own, and at the same time, it heightens the truth that is ours, for us today in the “dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph 3:2).
You will note from my writing that I often reference the Apostle Paul as he spoke of himself, “the Apostle to the Gentiles” for this day of the “dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph 3:2, Rom 16:25) in which we may enjoy the fruit of the “mystery hidden from ages and generations” (Col 1:26), which is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col 1:27), “Whom we preach…” (Col 1:28a)
As we consider some of these Pauline statements we must conclude that the Apostle Paul was either a boaster or he was in fact the Moses of “the dispensation of the grace of God”.
1 Cor. 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
As result of these and several other significant events and realizations, I today am reduced to a very simple gospel and one doctrine pertaining to Christian living - Christ Himself, alive in the believer as the believer’s genuine life. No doubt you will often see these words, “In Christ”, “Christ in”, “indwelling Christ”, more than any other words or phrases in my writing. These are used as written here or in a similar fashion, more than 200 times in Scripture. This is all I know, and frankly all I care to learn to know by experience, … for “Christ is all and in all” (Col 3:11).
May the Lord richly bless you with divine revelation of Christ in you, as your all-sufficient life. I pray the words you read will be anointed of His Spirit in the revelation of Him who is given to be your life.
Arthur J Licursi
December 5, 2003
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