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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Spiritual Survival in the Coming Days, #16
Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36—NIV)
The fact is, the Son is so much a part of the Father, and lives so totally by and because of the Father, that They become indistinguishable. It is somewhat like the marriage of Adam and Eve where Eve was actually Adam in another form, every part of Eve having been fashioned from a part of Adam.
This is marvelous enough, and I think it is scriptural. The Father has made the Son, who proceeded from the Father's own Being, both Lord and Christ.
Thus the Lord Jesus Christ is God to us, and we are to worship Him, He having been established in this exalted state by the Father. Christ Himself is not the Father, however.
There is something yet more marvelous.
We are being made an eternal part of this Oneness.
As we eat the flesh of Christ and drink His blood, we are learning to live by and because of Him just as He lives by and because of the Father.
I hope you don't stumble at this. It would be blasphemous of me to say such a thing, but it clearly is scriptural. And we must always adhere strictly to the Scripture whether or not human custom or reasoning agrees to the possibilities.
God is in Christ who is in us who are in Christ who is in God. This is the wheel in the middle of the wheel.
To live in and by Jesus Christ means to look to Christ for every thought we think, every word we speak, every deed we perform. We have been born of Him and we are to live by His body and blood, which are given to us every time we turn aside from our adamic impulses and seek His will. Christ has been conceived in us and is being formed in us.
When we keep His commandments the Father and He will come and make Their eternal home in us.
All that we are is to be Christ and Christ is to be all that we are. There is no end to this development until we arrive at maturity as measured by the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Anything short of the fullness of Christ in our personality is loss for us; loss for Christ; loss for other people.
When we are living in and by Christ we are living in resurrection life, for He is the Resurrection and Life. In order for Satan to overcome us he would have to overcome the resurrection life of Christ. This, of course, He cannot do.
Let us, as Paul, strive continually to gain Christ, to know Him, the power of His resurrection, what it means to share His sufferings. Relatively speaking, everything else we possess or encounter is garbage. In Christ is the fullness of all that God Is. As a member of the race of man, we have been created to be the Throne of God. When we are less than this we cannot possibly find fulfillment, perfect peace, perfect joy.
To be continued.