This is just a quick little blog about the Life that we have in us.

The Life that we have received is the Life of Jesus the Messiah. His Life is not something separate from Himself. He is The Life. If we have Jesus we have life, if we do not have Jesus we do not have life but some ‘other’ running our show. Now I could interject with many Scriptures to prove my points but I will leave that up to the Spirit to reveal that to you as you go along on your journey.

This Life we received through a gift from above. God just cannot help Himself. Literally!
He is always giving Himself away to whoever will receive Him.
While we were yet sinners, lost and at war with God He saved us and forgave us.
Pretty neat hey?
He gave us His Son..Therefore He gave us His heart…His spirit…His word…His Life…His Truth…His peace…His Righteousness…His Holiness…His Glory.

God does not just give a little, He gave us all things, for all things belong to the Son…And we have received Him as our very own Life. He is the “new Spirit I will put within you” that Ezekiel prophesied. He is the visible manifestation of the Holy God….the

Express image..He is God! This is the Life we have received from Him if we have been given faith in Jesus of Nazareth- the Saviour of all men.

When it came time for Jesus to offer up His life as a sacrifice for our sins…and not only ours but all the world from the beginning of time to the end of time….Mockers said some things about Jesus that describe perfectly His Life.

Mat 27:41 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said,
Mat 27:42 “He saved others; Himself He cannot save….”

He saved others.

Yes, He did that for 42 months prior to these words being spat at Him. He saved others.

For this purpose have I come. To save others.
For this purpose have I come. To lay down my life for others.
He became one of us so that He could save all of us. He put on skin and muscle and bone and took the lowly place on the earth. He became weak…a mere man. He associated with the humble, he hung around with everyday people.

Himself He cannot save.

Actually He could have called upon 12 legions of angels and saved Himself from the torture of the cross. HE could have taken a pain killer- the sour wine- but He refused it as soon as He tasted it. He bore all our pain and carried all our sicknesses and the cutting blows of the whip upon His back we were healed.

Us He saved….Himself He did not save.

He poured out His life for us like water from a cup. Reckless love. His death saved us…forgave us…healed us…made us whole.
His resurrection three days later brought Life to us, revealed the Spirit to us and put within us a new heart.
This same self sacrificing Life is the Life that we are. We cannot help but die for others. We cannot help but give our all for others.

The Life within us compels us. We are as He is.

We are not mindful of the things of man, but the things of God.

We go with Him. He goes with us. We are One.

Do we save ourselves? We may be trying to save ourselves, but the Father is more powerful than us. He is always working to see that the Life we cling to is given up for the Life that endures. If we say no to Him today…He is patient and will meet us up ahead on the trail.

Again He will give us a choice to make–lose your life to find it.

Choose Jesus.

handsonsheepWe are living in dangerous times and the message of doom is always preached to us by the world. Impending disasters and wars, diseases, economic collapse, persecution, cataclysmic weather events and seismic events all threaten us.
In Bible days the young Church faced the same kinds of pressures and threats as we do today. All around the Roman Empire Christians were being hated and hunted. But Jesus had called Saul of Tarsus to care for His Bride while she was in the beginning stages of growth.
Saul who changed his name to Paul was taught the Gospel by Jesus Himself. Not the fleshly Jesus, but through the indwelling Jesus, the Holy Spirit of God. This process of revelation took Paul years of wilderness time to process and stand firm in, until years later he went to the other Apostles and preached his revelation to them. Having shared his Gospel with the Apostles, Paul continued teaching and preaching what he called “my gospel” to all who would hear and to all he was a father to.
Paul said at one point that the church has many teachers but not many fathers. The caring attitude of a father is different than a mere teacher as Jesus said that a shepherd cares and gives his life for the sheep, whereas a hireling flees at the first sign of trouble! Paul was such a father or shepherd of Jesus sheep. His heart was the heart of Jesus caring for the flock of God, wanting to see the people of God grow and be established in the faith.
The shepherd sees the wolf coming and protects the sheep, he does not flee away. This ability to see the wolf coming is what all fathers are given as they walk in Jesus. The Lord foresaw that persecutions would come and raised up men and women to establish His people in Him. I do not want to focus on the pressures that are surrounding us, but upon the way the Shepherd protects His sheep.

Let me tell you how Jesus protects His sheep from all wolves. He establishes them in Him. How does He do that? Through the Gospel. Not just any gospel though, Paul’s Gospel.

Rom 16:25-27 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

The Gospel of Paul and the preaching of Jesus Christ is what establishes us.

What was revealed to Paul was the New Covenant God made with Jesus Christ. God’s desire is to establish us in His New Covenant made with Jesus. This New thing that God did has brought us near to Him, even to His heart….and this Covenant of Blood has brought Him near to us- even to our heart.

Being established in the Blood covenant of Jesus Christ is where true rest and peace are found. God has brought us into His Son and granted to us the divine nature – Jesus Himself.

“In Him” is how Paul describes us….and ” in you” is how He describes God.

2Co_1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
2Co_5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Rom 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
Rom 8:10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

The Believer is in Him…and God is in him.

God already sees us established in Christ. He already sees us complete and perfect and fully saved. These things are already accomplished since Christ is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. We are reconciled to God. We are in Him. We are His temple and dwelling place in the spirit. God in us the hope of glory.

Being established and made firm in the faith is what God does through the preaching of Paul.

The danger in not being established is that we shall be moved away from the hope that is in the Gospel. Therefore we pray that God would indeed establish us and give us eyes to see and ears to hear Paul’s good news.