CLARK E. WADE's picture

Ephesians 2:13 says this:

"But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were so far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been BROUGHT NEAR."

What are the implications for this as believers right "now" as the passage states, to live in nearness to Him Who so loved us and gave Himself for us? If He really does live 'in' us, which doesn't get any 'nearer' than that, how can we live 'in' Him who lives 'in' us? I think it would be a good thing to prayerfully reflect on some passages which I don't think we have understood very well, let alone actually attempted to practice, as obviously the early church did. They knew an indwelling Lord! He was the central focus of their lives together, in community, and I think we are going to see that in these passages in new and unexpected ways.

Some of the passages that speak of this immense privilege of entering into the joy of the Lord in the land of the living are Hebrews 10:19-25; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18,4:6-7; and I Peter 3:15.

Our precious Heavenly Father. Oh how we love You and thank you for placing us in Christ, in whom are all heavenly things, and then placing Christ in us. We pray that Father, you will open first our ears to hear just how glorious is this gospel of Jesus Christ to us and in us. And then in our hearing Father, may you then open our eyes to see this utter blessedness in which You have granted to us in placing Christ in us as our indwelling Lord, Savior, Teacher, Friend and soon-coming King! The world is famishing not because they haven't heard our doctrine, but because they haven't seen our Lord in us, together, as Your community expressing Him in Spirit and in Truth. Oh Father, when Christ is truly living in us, we become living epistles. If the world can't 'read' Christ in us, we perish as Your church! Oh our great and glorious God, let us know Him, who lives so near! The glory of God was in this place and we knew it not. Plant in us ears to hear and eyes to see. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

CLARK E. WADE's picture

Hey Mitzi

I have read that book as well and with that in mind I posted something from William Penn that sounds much like Nee's thought regarding all things regarding the church coming out of Christ who is its Prophet, Priest and King. I picked up this book last weekend and its entitled: "The Peace of Europe: The Fruits of Solitude and Other Writings by William Penn." Wow! I'm blown away at what this brother was writing all those years ago. I'll continue posting things from it from time to time.

Your quote from Nee stating that "we are not the center" goes against much of the grain of some contemporary church structures. We have made ourselves, and our needs, the actual center of the gospel we are now preaching. Christ has been supplanted by a different gospel which speaks of such an easy road of discipleship without cost. I heard one pastor of a mega church say that this: “We are not a church of ‘the Way’ but a church of ‘options.’ What this church was all about was laying out a smorgasbord of ‘seeker-friendly’ options for people looking for different ways to meet their social ‘needs’. Yes, we have made "needs" the central organizing factor of many of our meetings and our preaching in order to draw the crowds. As Dallas Willard has stated, We have turned Christ into our cosmic bell-hop to do our bidding and come to our aide when requested. Other than that, He isn't much more use to us in His Lordship, in His Kingly role as absolute ruler of our hearts and our lives. In short, we have enthroned ourselves and our needs as the principle thing, and we have dethroned Christ as the one who lives to meet our needs. Here is another quote from William Penn:

O Christendom! thou hast long sat as a queen that should never know sorrow; great have been thy pretences, and large thy profession of God, Christ, Spirit, and scriptures; come, let me expostulate with thee and thy children in the fear and presence of Him that shall bring every word and work to judgment. God is pure, and the pure in heart only see Him. Now, are you pure? Do you see Him? God is spirit, and none can worship Him aright but such as come to His spirit and obey it. Do you so? Christ is the gift of God, have you received Him into your hearts? Does He rule there? Then have you eternal life abiding in you. If not, you are not true Christians.

And Mitzi, I grieve with you as well over the children. The news is getting to be something that just tears at your soul and the demonic cruelty that is inflicted upon children, even by their own parents. I know that we are witnesses of the breakdown of a world that has knowingly, and with deliberate forethought, rejected Christ and will "choose him (the antichrist) who comes in his own name." And as predicted, the nations turn to hell that forget God. What amazes me about all that we are seeing is that some are not willing to face something that is demonstrably "evil." If the world admits to absolute "evil" then it also must come to terms with absolute "good" which leads to God. But, after all, we live in a random universe that is "amoral" and hence "good and evil" are all relative terms which have no objective base outside of the observer. "There is no reality--only perception" and all of that nonsense. But we have been forewarned haven't we? that "Because iniquity will abound the love of many will grow cold.” I think we are in for a tough ride as the enemy of men's souls knows his time is short and he is filled with wrath against all that God loves. But...there is much opportunity isn't there?

As followers of Christ, we have been called “to be a blessing” to those we meet and to those who have lost their way by following the course of this world. Everyone can do something to extend the love and mercy of Christ in some way if our eyes and ears are open. As the darkness continues to eclipse all the light of false ways to God, the light of Christ in the saints can be seen from afar. Wherever there is ‘despair’, ‘hopelessness’, ‘anguish,’ may we be sensitive to what Christ would have us do to extend our Master’s heart and life in-to the lives of others knowing Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

CHRIST IS ALL IN ALL,
Clark

CHRIST IS ALL IN ALL,
Clark


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