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Based on Malachi 3:16-18 I believe the Lord will harken to us as we consider his word together.

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Incorporated into Christ #3   T. Austin Sparks

Started 12/7/21 by PAULFROMNYS; 127 views.
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   We cannot take up work for Christ - plan, scheme, devise, organise, or enter upon Christian enterprise and so command the Divine seal and blessing. We cannot pray as we incline, even though it be to the extent of passion and tears and so secure the Divine response. Failure to recognise this is bringing multitudes of people to despair because of no seal upon their ardent labours, and no answer to their prayers. In the unfolding of the laws of His own effective life the Master has put tremendous emphasis upon the fact that the words that He spoke, and the works that He did were, not of (out from) Himself, it was the Father both speaking the words and doing the works. A thorough study of the Gospel by John will convince that this was so. Said Christ "The Son can do nothing out from Himself, but whatsoever He seeth the Father doing" and this knowledge of the transactions of the Father both as to what, how, and when (all most important) was - as He made clear - because He abode IN the Father. So for all the future of His work He prayed that His disciples might abide in Him. Thus the law of effective and fruitful life, service, prayer, etc., is that there shall be such a oneness that we only do - but surely do - what He is doing. We must know in our spirit just what Christ is doing, how He is doing it, the means which He will use, and His time for it. Moreover, our prayers must be the prayers of the Lord Himself prayed in us and through us by the Holy Spirit. This is surely made very clear as the realm in which the church in apostolic times lived. This will demand a considerable sifting of all undertakings in the name of Jesus, and will require that nothing is done until the mind of the Lord has been made known. But this will secure a hundred percent effectiveness, and issues which will never perish. For the practical purposes of God in this age Christ is the One Body holding the Head, and the business of every member is to realise more and more fully the meaning of this incorporation and oneness of identity.

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   We are expressly told in the Word that we are to "put on the New Man," and that this "New Man" is Christ. This is but another form of expressing the truth of "In Christ," but it carries with it a whole revelation of practical provision.

Christ is our Redemption, "He is made unto us redemption," 1 Cor. 1:30; Rom. 3:24; Ephes. 1:7; Col. 1:14.
Christ is our Righteousness, 1 Cor. 1:30; Ephes. 4:24; Phil. 3:9.
Christ is our Sanctification, 1 Cor. 1:2,30.
Christ is our Faith, Matt. 11:22 ("Have the faith of God" Lit. trans.), Acts. 26:18; Gal. 2:20 (R.V.); Ephes. 1:15; Phil. 3:9; Col. 1:4.
Christ is our Peace, John 14:27; John 16:33; Ephes. 2:14.

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   This line can be followed on numerous characteristics, e.g., Love, Hope, Wisdom, Mind, Power and Might, Authority, Glory. We suggest a comparison of translations in the references, best of all the original. The point is that on all these matters under given conditions the natural outfit will break down and will have to be laid aside, but in Christ we have a new equipment at every point. For instance, our faith will not take the strain of the requirements of a deep experience of trial and adversity, but if we "live by the faith of the Son of God," the issue will be different. All tests will prove whether we are living by His faith which should have become ours, or whether there is a weakness in our union with Him. The same is true on all points. It is blessed to realise that "IN CHRIST" we have a whole new and saving endowment of virtues and graces. Thus it is that we "put off the old man, and put on the New Who is created in the image of God."