What Satan Fears Most, #6
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. (John 11:41)
We must never make the mistake of praying to Christ in us or thinking that because Christ is in us we can perform marvelous works. This error is being made today in some instances.
Jesus lives in the Father and the Father in Him. Jesus always does what He sees the Father doing and obeys the Father's every command. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God in Heaven.
The three relationships, in, with, and in Heaven, work together. Each has its necessary role in the Life and Ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.
The same is true of us.
The Lord Jesus is being formed in us and Jesus and the Father dwell in us. We live by the Life of Jesus.
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, (Galatians 4:19)
The believers in Galatia had been saved and filled with the Spirit. Now they needed to hold fast their confidence until Christ was formed in them.
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. (John 6:57)
We are to live consciously by the Life of the Lord Jesus as He lives consciously by the Life of the Father. We are to look continually to Jesus at every moment for the strength and wisdom to do what is set before us.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)
When we open the door of our personality, Jesus enters us and we dine together. We partake of His body and blood, for these are our life and our light.
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23)
The highest point of our redemption occurs when we become the eternal dwelling place of the Father and the Son.
We see then that Christ is formed in us and dwells in us and we live by Him as He lives by the Father. This is the inner kingdom of God (there is an outer kingdom) and we are to live in the consciousness of it always.
Then we find the Lord Jesus works with us.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:20)
We understand from the above the Lord is with us as we go forth to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. However, this is true provided we are seeking the Lord and doing His will. We must continually be having an encounter with Him, not just blindly attempting to fulfill the Great Commission in our own wisdom and strength.
To be continued.