One Thing 2/6/18
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
(2 Tim 2:13 KJV)
Galatians 2:20 is a very familiar Scripture that says, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, but Christ is living in me..,”
and 1 Corinthians 15:57 says, “Thanks be to God who is always giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
John 4:14 says “but it never drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water I shall give him shall become in him a well of water leaping and springing up to eternal life.”
I wanted to quote all of those verses above because I wanted you to see something that is so simple that it should cause faith to simply happen in us. First, let me give a little clarity concerning the words “eternal life.” Those words mean much more than simply something that lasts endlessly, because it comes from the word “ages,” and the primary meaning is not about duration of time, but a certain time, or age that carries specific characteristics and qualities. An example would be the age that we live in now carries different qualities and characteristics than any other age in history, and of course, that would be true but all other ages throughout history. When the Bible talks about the age or the ages to come it is talking about the heavenly age that doesn’t just last forever, but carries and manifests the characteristics and supernatural qualities of the reality of Heaven, and Heaven simply reflects the very life of God himself. John 17:3 says “And this is eternal life, that we may experientially know you God, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Eternal life is a quality-of-life that is the experience of the life of Christ Himself which begins at our new birth and will last forever. Therefore, when John 4 speaks of new life in Christ, we are told that this new life will be like a well of water that is continually and constantly leaping and springing up in us and from us; that is the very life of Christ and its Heavenly characteristics. This is why Galatians 2:20 says that Christ is actively living in the believer in the present moment. He is not a passive spectator in the life of a Christian; instead, He is living inside of you, with sleeves rolled, up actively manifesting Himself. What he simply wants from us is to understand that His power filled heavenly life, that is supernatural by nature, is jumping up in us at all times, and we are called to see and realize that more clearly everyday, and to rest in and celebrate it with joyful trust, so that His heavenly life can be fully enjoyed, and manifested in signs and wonders in us and through us. He has showed up in you in heavenly power. It’s time for us to show up in trusting faith. More to come on this.