How does one live by the indwelling Life of Christ? October 11, 2013 – Posted in: Uncategorized
Our metamorphosis into glory happens by an initial, yet progressively ongoing “revealing of Christ.”
Essentially becoming who we already are, by deeply identifying with Christ– we all together see Him and all together bear His image…expressing Him over all the earth, and even in the heavenly realms.
2 Cor. 3:18 “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Cor. 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
Eph. 3:10 “through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access…”
10 practices to see Christ:
1. Calling on the Name of the Lord:
Evoking all that He is…in dependence and/or in affection…calling on Him out loud in private, or under one’s breath throughout the day
1 Cor. 1:2 “those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
2. Practicing presence:
Carrying a knowledge of His character and worth with us, as we go throughout the day especially while interacting with others… allowing His very presence to soften and influence us
Matt. 28:20 “I will be with you always..”
Psalm 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Exodus 25:30 “You shall have the bread of presence always before me.”
3. Acknowledging spiritual instincts, intuitions, and conscience:
We have spiritual instincts akin to our natural senses, in that we are to have a sense of sight, hearing, touch, taste and aroma with Christ, whereby we know what is of Him. If the leading corresponds with God’s character as revealed in
Christ, and further corresponds with love as described from 1 Cor. 13 and the description of the fruit of the Holy Spirit from Gal. 5…while accompanied with a sense of life and peace – then it can be trusted as a viable option from the Lord.
Heb. 5:14 “..the mature – who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”
1 Jn 4:16 “as we know the Love of God, those who live in Love, live in God, and God in them.”
4.Praying the scriptures:
Praying the scriptures is the most important practice. They hone and sharpen our spiritual instincts by revealing Christ and His character to us.
The scriptures are a collection of expressions of Christ, some long form, some short form, some in story form, some in theme, some shadow, some substantial, some implicit, some explicit ect.
Using the scriptures as a prayer language and fellowship language, to have intimate reverence with God, often in imaginative ways, slowly and deeply paying respect to the images of which the Word creates in our minds. Seeing Christ praying the truth of the scriptures to the Father and vice versa. Personalizing the word by replacing “your name” with “you” or putting it in the first person tense, as to hear it being spoken directly to you from the Lord. Imagining yourself as various characters and elements in a biblical scene. Scripture is to always be handled prayerfully.
2 Tim. 2:15 “…rightly handling the word of truth.”
Psalm 119:38 “Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You.”
John 5:39 “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are [to] come to Me so that you may have Life.…”
Col. 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell within you deeply…for mutual admonishment and praise in your hearts to God.”
5. Imaginative prayer:
Meeting the Lord in your imagination and letting Him lead and direct the time. Examples: Casting all your cares on Him. Just resting in His embrace. Letting the love you have for the Lord emanate from your being to Him without words. Going back over a traumatic episode but seeing Christ there, loving you in it, and after it. Praying for a person or event by imagining it to be according to the will of God revealed in Christ. Faith is essentially imagination since –
Heb. 11:1 “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. “
6. Seeing Christ in Christian conversation:
Sharing the word and testifying to the character and nature of God as we have learned it in Christ, through our own experience.
1 John 1 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim
to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”
7. Seeing Christ in the lives of others
Sometimes it takes others to see Christ and what He’s doing in us, and in our lives.
We speak this to otherwise discouraged Christians, and we see the contrast of Christ in the faces of the poor and the lost.
2 Corinthians 4:10 “Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”
Matt. 25:40 “whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did to Me…”
8. Seeing Christ in worship
He’s really the subject of every song, every verse. Thinking about what we are actually singing or listening to can be profound, especially when we believe that Christ wants to reveal Himself through this ministry.
Eph. 5:19 “sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to each other; sing to the Lord and make music in your heart to Him; always give thanks for everything to God the Father through Jesus.”
9. Seeing Christ in the Arts and in Life
Seeing the truths of Christ through movie scenes, nature, current events, even common house hold items …all is fair game when we have the eyes of our heart opened to see Him…it has been said He plays out in ten thousand places, for all things get their final summation in Him.
Christ likened Himself to waters, rivers, rock, bread, yeast, seeds, wine … ect.
Psalm 19 “Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.”
Eph. 1:10 “…the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.”
Rom. 11:36 “..all things [ultimately] are for Him, through Him and to Him.”
10. Seeing Christ in sermons, books and studies.
Looking for Christ proclaimed in these should be obvious, although often times, it’s not that easy, even and especially if the author or speaker doesn’t seem to be overtly proclaiming Christ (as they should). Looking for Christ and how He is praiseworthy, regardless of how intentional the presenter is, remains recommended.
Col. 1:28 “We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.”
1 John 1 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”
We simply put in the time and leave results to Him, not worrying about our life. “No soldier concerns themselves with civilian affairs.” (2 Tim 2:4) Yet our war, is a war of art, to perceive Christ’s surpassing worth, that our love may be increasingly sincere. If 2 Cor. 3:18 says that we go from “Glory to Glory” by constantly seeing the Christ, we must allow the Lord time. Good feelings, or feelings of being successful in these endeavors, will come and go, but they are no clear marker of transformation over the long term. This is a corporate, communal set of practices requiring communal encouragement and learning… so that although each one shares their own experience, it’s not meant for any one person to accomplish alone. Often one is encouraged by being reminded who they are in Christ. “We all with unveiled face….”
Written by: Russ