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Sit, Walk, Stand (II)
The Christian life begins when we see ourselves seated with Him in the heavens. We are not grovelling trying to get accepted by God. He has lifted us up and already seated us with His Son who has completed the work for us and on behalf of us. We rest in Him!!!.
“He raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms," (Ephesians 1:20,21)
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:4-6)
“Sitting describes our position with Christ in the heavenlies. Walking is the practical out-working of that heavenly position here on earth”. (Nee). Ephesians uses “walk” eight times in describing Christian life.
“I, ... beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.” (4:1,2)
" ... you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, … be renewed in the spirit of your mind" (4:17,23)
"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." (5:1,2)
"Walk as children of light … finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” (5:8,10)
We may have our position in heaven but we also have a life to walk on earth and this walk is played out in relations to others. They will know us by our love or lack of love. The words of John silence all pretence about a life that is lived outside of the Love of God.
"If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" (1 John 4:20)
Our walk may be tested in relations to others BUT it is empowered by the relationship with one person, Jesus Christ.
When God calls us to “walk” He is not calling us into a new set of impossible laws but to rest in someone whom He has placed in us - the Spirit of His Son.
The commands of Jesus seem to be impossibly high, and they are if we intend to try to fulfil these in our own strength. Paul understands that there is a force working from within himself and that it is no longer he who lives but it is Christ who lives in him.
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” (Ephesians 3:20)
"o this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” Colossians 1:29
The answer to our WALK is belief. We have been told that the written code has been abolished and that it had been written on our hearts. Christ in us is the hope of Glory. Christ in us wills and works through us to please the Father.
"But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— " (1Corinthians 1:30)
Jesus in us is our rightness – our holiness – our purchase price – our good needs
Watchman Nee sums it up:
"We have become accustomed to look upon holiness as a virtue, upon humility as a grace, upon love as a gift to be sought from God. But the Christ of God is Himself everything that we shall ever need.”
“He Himself is revealed as the answer in us to all God's demands.”
“The all-important rule is not to “try” but to “trust”, not to depend on our own strength but upon His.”
“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
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