The high calling of God that born again believers serve as vessels of Christ begins with the actuality, or the fact of the matter.
“Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba Father” (Galatians 4:6).
Whether or not we realize and consistently apply the truth, the Spirit of Christ lives within us if we have believed. “We have this Treasure in earthen vessels” declared the Apostle Paul (II Corinthians 4:7). Thus, we possess potential to bless both God and man with the Lord Jesus as revealed in the unique person we are, and the particular life we live. We are what we are, and we are where we are by the working of God for this sublime purpose, again, regardless of our awareness of such blessed truth.
True fulfillment of our hearts and the fulfillment of life’s purpose begin when we acknowledge our privileged role and responsibility.
“Yield yourselves unto God as those which are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Romans 6:13).
Paul commands that we view ourselves as “alive from the dead” selves, that is, as those joined unto the risen Lord Jesus. “He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (I Corinthians 6:17). Indeed, we are not simply ourselves if we have believed. We are ourselves, as inhabited by the Holy Spirit. Such realization is a game-changer, as it were, if we determine to seriously accept the truth so often proclaimed in the New Testament. We did not awaken to this day in order to live our lives as if by ourselves. We rather “live through Him” (I John 4:9). This is not mere esoteric philosophy for the believer. This is Truth, truth to be acknowledged by decisive faith, and then…
Applied. “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). In essence, the Apostle commands that we be who we are. We take the many opportunities life affords to remember Whose we are, and who we are. The world, the devil, and the flesh constantly seek to distract and discourage us from the fact of Christ in us, and us in Christ. We would all acknowledge that they have too often won skirmishes in this “good fight of faith” (I Timothy 6:12). Never, however, have they succeeded in changing the truth that the Spirit of the Lord Jesus dwells in us as our very life. They cannot change this Truth, affirmed by Paul to be “sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). Yes, our Lord inhabited us for the duration when we believed, the duration of both time and eternity. The Christian who awakens and acknowledges this truth, even perhaps after a long season of spiritual slumber, possesses the holy potential to yet again arise in the grace of a Christ nearer than our next breath.
Such blessed truth came at so high a cost that we must not fail to acknowledge and affirm this ever-present life of Christ. Indeed, the Lord Jesus was abandoned by His Father and the Holy Spirit on the cross of Calvary – “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” – so that we might never be alone or live alone in either time or eternity (Matthew 27:46). Again, we are ourselves as united to the Spirit of Christ. This is God’s view of His trusting sons and daughters. It must be ours as well. To the degree we open our eyes and apply our hearts to so great a gift will be the degree to which we please our Heavenly Father with His Son as revealed in us, and bless our world with the same.
“It pleased God… to reveal His Son in me.”
“I will dwell in them, and walk in them.”
(II Corinthians 6:16)