Life in the Son
"In the beginning, God created the heaven
and the earth" Gen 1:1.
Think what it might have been like to have witnessed this
creation in the beginning when it was unmarred by sin, when
there was no curse and God called it "good." And
to have seen man as he had been freshly formed by the hand
of God, and totally receiving his life from God.
After he transgressed, man had physical life, but no spiritual
life; nor could he, apart from God. There was only one possible
way that God could bring us back to that life in the Godhead.
Jesus must come to pay the penalty for sin upon the cross
and redeem us to Himself. Then in resurrection life, Christ
Himself must come and live in us. This is the only way for
us to again partake of the life that is in God.
Jesus came to show us that if we would become dependent upon
Him, as He depended upon His heavenly Father, and if we would
draw our life from Him, as He drew His life from God, we would
never again be defeated. As He overcame and was victorious
by trusting His Father, so we also may overcome.
Jesus lived the life in the flesh that He desires us to live,
in the power of the Holy Spirit. He desires to be more than
just our Saviour from sin. His resurrection life is intended
to be more than merely a proof of our justification. It is
to have value and purpose now. There is a "quickening"
concerning His resurrection life that will impart life to
Many Christians remain dissatisfied because to them, Jesus
ascended to the Father, where He remains separated from their
present spiritual lives. Therefore many live an up and down
Christian life, not experiencing the victory they should,
asking, "Is there something more than this?"
We are called to be conformed to the image of Jesus. The
secret to attaining this is in these words, "Christ liveth
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith
of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself
for me" Gal 2:20.
Apart from Christ, there is no victory. Apart from the life
that He lives in us, this victory eludes us. Of ourselves,
we can do nothing, except by recognizing that "Christ
liveth in me."
If I desire Christ to live in me, I must lay my life down,
that He might live His life in me. My desires must be swallowed
up by His desire. Only then will I be able to allow Jesus
to dwell in the very roots of my being and control my every
faculty. This is where He longs to live.
This is not an imaginary experience - this Christ that lives
within us. An egg has life in it, but as long as the egg is
left to itself, it will never be more than an egg. There are
those who are yet "a sinner saved by grace." There
is a little of the life of the Jesus within them, but it is
just a germ. That life has never taken on the form, "Christ
liveth in me."
When an egg is placed in the proper heat, the life within
that egg takes on form and grows until all that was there
is gone, and a new life takes its place. The yoke and egg
white can no longer be found. When that which is perfect is
come, that which is in part is done away. This is what it
means for Christ to live in us.
Our flesh should be nothing more than a covering for the
Christ who lives within. Self is dethroned and no longer reigns.
The old self that kept me defeated is gone and now I have
a new life, "Christ liveth in me."
When Jesus fills us, He fills our vision; there is no attraction
to the world. Obedience governs our hearts, and humility,
our lives. Because we are filled with Him, we can truly say,
"For me to live is Christ."
Are you willing to let your self life go, and invite Jesus
to live within? Will you say, "from this day, by the
grace of God, it shall be no longer I, but Christ in me."