The Believers in Christ are the Corporate Seed of Abraham, those Living by Faith

Gal. 3:14 In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

photo credit: Flickr – Adrian Fallace – Gal. 3:14 In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

As believers in Christ, we are sons of Abraham, and we need to live a life by faith – we need to be today’s “river crossers” to live the life of the altar and the tent. Abraham’s life and experience of God is being repeated in our life and experience with God today.

We walk in the footsteps of our father Abraham, walking in his faith. What we see with Abraham firstly is that he believed God, and this faith was considered by God as righteousness.

How did Abraham believe God? Was Abraham really this “giant of faith” that many believers think? If we read the story of Abraham we will see that he dragged his feet in following God, and it was God’s appearing again and again that infused him with faith to continue in his journey. When God appeared to Abraham, something happened: he was infused with God and he believed God!

Our faith today is not something that we “do our best to believe in” or something that we muster up, neither is our faith excluding our mind and putting it aside. Rather, we have a spirit of faith (2 Cor. 4:13), and it is by looking away unto Jesus that we believe into Him! When we look away unto Jesus, we are infused with Him: He generates faith in us by becoming our subjective faith, the believing element in us.

There is not a believing cell or bone in our body but rather we have doubts in our mind; but when we look away unto Jesus, we are infused with Him through the hearing of faith and we simply believe!

By faith, we cross over any river that the Lord wants us to cross over, and we become real Hebrews in His eyes, His people. By faith we live the Christian life and the church life, and we are separated from the world to enjoy the good land of blessing (the all-inclusive Christ) in the church life!

In the church life today we live the life of the altar and the tent, and we cross the river to be the real Hebrews, the people of God, and to enjoy Christ as the good land. Hallelujah!

The Believers in Christ are the Corporate Seed of Abraham

The Jewish people today is the fleshly seed of Abraham, and they are the earthly descendant of Abraham (who is their forefather). However, as believers in Christ, we are the corporate seed of Abraham, those who repeat the history of Abraham and walk in his steps to live a life by faith on earth today (see Rom. 4:11-12).

Abraham is our spiritual father, and we walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham. But how can we, Gentile people, become the corporate seed of Abraham?

When God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ, He was the promised seed of Abraham. In His resurrection, Christ as the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45). Christ in the flesh was the seed of Abraham, the son of Abraham, and a descendant of Abraham, and He was transfigured to become a life-giving Spirit as a transfigured descendant of Abraham!

As the transfigured descendant of Abraham, Christ was dispensed into us to make us all descendants of Abraham, the corporate seed of Abraham (see Gal. 3:6-7, 9, 16, 29). We today inherit the consummated Spirit as the blessing of Abraham (Gal. 3:14), having Abraham as our father, and we enjoy the spiritual inheritance of the processed and consummated Triune God for eternity (Acts 26:18; Eph. 1:14)!

Whoever opens to the Lord, repents, and believes into Him becomes a son of Abraham, part of the corporate seed of Abraham by faith.

Five Points Concerning Faith and Our Believing into Christ

Many people today hear something of the word of God, see the Christians preaching the gospel, are being persuaded by other believers to repent, read something from the Bible, but still wonder,

Does this really mean that I have to “throw my mind away” and mindlessly believe in God? How can I believe in God if I don’t see Him, understand Him, comprehend what He’s about, and so on? Am I supposed to be “brainwashed” with “believing in God”?

Faith is to believe that God is and we are not

photo credit: Stefan4m on twitter – Faith is to Believe that God is and We are Not

Well, the Bible speaks a clear word concerning faith and our believing into God, and here are five main points that may shed some light on this matter:

1. Faith is to believe that God is and we are not. In Heb. 11:5-6 we see that, before Enoch was raptured by God, he obtained the testimony that he was pleasing to God; everyone who comes forward to God must believe that God is. First of all, we need to believe that God is. Gen. 5:23-24 says that “and Enoch was not, because God took him.” To believe means, on the one hand, to believe that God is, and, on the other hand, to believe that we are not! God is the Unique One, the Only One in Everything, and we are Nothing in everything.

2. Faith comes by looking away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:1-2). How can we believe? It’s by looking at Jesus, the One who is the Author and the Perfecter of our faith. When we look at Jesus, He as the life-giving Spirit infuses us with Himself, and spontaneously something rises up in our being: we believe! Faith doesn’t originate from us but of God. When we look at the Lord Jesus, He imparts Himself into us as the believing element to believe for us. He Himself becomes our faith and we live by Him as our faith. If we keep looking to Jesus, He will complete what He has begun in us. Look away from anything and anyone else that is NOT Jesus to Him. Don’t look at your situation, at other people, or at things; look AWAY to Jesus, because only Jesus is and anything else is NOT!

3. Our mingled spirit is a spirit of faith (2 Cor. 4:13). When we look away unto Jesus, He as the Spirit comes into our spirit to regenerate our spirit and fill our spirit with faith; now we have a spirit of faith! Our mingled spirit is a “house of faith”, and it is because of our spirit of faith that we believe in God, the things of God, God’s economy, the word of God, the Christ of God, and the church of God.

4. Faith operates through love (Gal. 5:6). When we tell the Lord, “Lord Jesus, I love You!”, faith operates in you. When we love the Lord with all of our heart and mind and soul, He manifests Himself to us, He infuses us with Himself, and He increases faith in us (John 14:21). When we love the Lord, He loves us back, and we are infused with faith, believing in Him in an organic union with Him.

5. Faith comes through hearing, and hearing comes through the word of Christ (Rom. 10:17). When we hear the word of God, we have the hearing of faith (Gal. 3:5), which takes places in the meetings of the church, in one-on-one meetings with believers filled with Christ, in the ministry meetings, etc. When we have the hearing of faith, we hear the word of God, we appreciate the Lord Jesus, we call on the Lord’s name, we receive the supply of the Spirit, we accept Christ, we are being joined to the Lord Jesus, we partake of Christ, and we enjoy Christ!

It is by such a faith that we live today in the church life a repetition of the life that Abraham lived before God. The Christian life and the church life today are the harvest of the life and history of Abraham, and all the genuine believers in Christ should live a life by faith, a life by being infused with God to become their subjective faith by which they live.

The Believers in Christ are the Real Hebrews, and our God is the God of the Hebrews

The first Hebrew was Abraham, and God is called “the God of the Hebrews” (see Gen. 14:13; Exo. 7:16; 9:1, 13; Rom. 4:11-12; Heb. 1:1). A Hebrew is someone who crosses the river, a river crosser. Abraham was called by God out from Chaldea, an idolatrous land, filled with satanic, devilish, and demonic things.

God didn’t tell Abraham where to go: He simply called him out (Heb. 11:8). Eventually, Abraham crossed the great river, and he “dwelt across the river” (Joshua 24:2-3). The believers in Christ are the real Hebrews: they “cross the river” by being baptized, and when they come on the other side they enjoy the good land, the all-inclusive Christ!

God desires to save us by bringing us out of the world which has been corrupted and usurped by Satan, and we need to be baptized and live in the reality of our baptism today so that we may be the real Hebrews! On “the other side of the river” we now build up the church by enjoying the riches of Christ, and we live a life separated from this world.

We are river crossers: Hebrews is our name! Our God is the God of the Hebrews, and we cross every river to leave all the old things behind until we are fully in God, one with Him to be the Holy City, New Jerusalem!

Lord, we look away from all things, persons, and situations unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith! Infuse us with Yourself as the believing element, Lord, that we may live a life of faith like our father Abraham. Lord, we believe that You are and we are not; You are the only One, and anyone and anything else is not. We want to follow in the steps of our father Abraham, living a life of the altar and the tent, a life of crossing the river into Christ as the good land for the building up of the church!

References and Hymns on this Topic
  • Inspiration: the Word of God, my Christian experience, bro. Ed Marks’ speaking in the message for this week, and portions from, Life-study of Hebrews (msg. 1), as quoted in, the Holy Word for Morning Revival on, Crystallization-Study of Genesis (2), week 2 / msg 2, Living by Faith—Being Today’s River Crossers to Live the Life of the Altar and the Tent (you can buy this morning revival book here).
  • Hymns on this topic:
    # What glory! How attractive was this light! / How we appreciated such a sight! / Our first reaction was belief in Him— / This precious God has placed Himself within. / Our first reflection of this element / Reflected Jesus back to God, Who sent / His own response to count as righteousness / Our faith in Him Who was infused in us. (Hymns #1202)
    # I couldn’t, Lord, believe, / But, Lord, You still appeared. / Your life in me conceived, / Dear Lord, I now believe. / You called not being as being / In me conceiving. / Your life transfusing, / I’m now reacting. / O God of glory, / You’re now my story. / Dear One, I can’t refuse! / By You, I’ve been transfused. (Howard Higashi song on, O God of Glory)
    # We’re the river-crossers, Hebrews is our name; / Crossed the Euphrates, idols all are slain. / Entered into Canaan, left the other side; / Seeking a city, which shall e’er abide. / We are the Hebrews, that’s our real name; / We’ve crossed the river, we are not the same. / Building God’s house that He may dwell on earth. (Hymns #1271)

The Secret of our Christian Life and the Treasure in our Earthen Vessel: Christ in us!

The Secret of our Christian Life and the Treasure in our Earthen Vessel: Christ in us!Being a Christian is not adhering to some religious doctrines and set of teachings, neither is it “joining a Christian church” and so now you’re a person who does his best to behave better.

Being a Christian is a matter of having Christ dwelling in you. One becomes a Christian when he opens to the Lord and, under God’s shining, he receives the Lord as the treasure in his earthen vessel.

Paul in his epistles speaks extensively about the indwelling Christ as the secret of our Christian life, the most crucial point in our salvation, and the treasure in our earthen vessel.

This is they key, the secret, to our Christian life – Christ in us. This is also the greatest mystery about a Christian, who goes through a lot of things, endures persecution, suffers other’s despising and shame, and he is still happy and content.

Throughout the centuries countless Christians have been persecuted and even martyred, but they never lost their faith but rather were calm, happy, peaceful, and even singing! The secret is not the earthen vessel or a zeal for God, but rather Christ in them, the hope of glory, the priceless treasure, the indwelling One!

Romans: Christ Lives in the Believers

The book of Romans can be considered Paul’s gospel, and it is also “the gospel of God” (Rom. 1:1).

We are familiar with the four Gospels telling us that we need to believe into the Lord and we will receive forgiveness of sins and the eternal life. But in addition to the four Gospels there’s the gospel of God, where we see that Christ lives within the believers after His death and resurrection (Rom. 1:3-4; 8:10).

Romans reveals that Christ has resurrected and has become the life-giving Spirit, and now He is no longer merely the Christ outside of us – He is the Christ within us (Rom. 8:9-10, 34)!

In Romans we see the entire gospel of God – not only in its judicial aspect (being washed, reconciled, forgiven, justified, etc) but also in its organic sense: Christ lives within the believers! Our Savior Christ today lives in us, and He is saving us to the uttermost!

God as mercy reached out to us and made us vessels of mercy, and we received Him as the most honorable Person into us; now we are vessels of honor, becoming vessels unto glory!

As we see in Rom. 10:12-13, we can call on the name of the Lord and we will be saved, for the Lord is rich to all who call on Him! Hallelujah, we are vessels to receive God and contain God, and now Christ lives in us! This is the gospel: Christ living in us!

Lord Jesus, thank You for coming into us to live in us! You are the indwelling Christ saving us today as we call on Your name. We are simply vessels of mercy, vessels of honor, and vessels of glory, open to You to be filled with You! Lord, we just open! We open our mouth, our heart, and our entire being, to enjoy You as our content! We love Your indwelling as the Spirit. Hallelujah, Christ lives in us!

The Indwelling Christ is the Secret of the Christian Life

People today are looking for the secret, the formula, that will bring them more money, happiness, success, etc. Is there a secret to our Christian life? What is the secret to your Christian life? Paul said that he learned the secret that, whether he abounds or he lacks, he is content. What was the secret of Paul’s Christian life?

The secret to our Christian life is not a formula or a method – it is the indwelling Christ! The Christ who lives in us is the secret of our Christian life!

In Phil. 1:19 Paul was convinced that even his present situation (being in prison) will turn out to salvation through the bountiful supply of the Spirit and the petition of the saints. We are daily being saved from all kinds of things, and everything around us is for our salvation dispositionally.

The secret to our Christian life is the Christ who lives in us. The most crucial point in our enjoyment of Christ’s salvation is the indwelling Christ (see 2 Cor. 13:5). Christ is not merely outside of us in the heavens or operating around us – He is subjective to us, inside of us, in the depths of our being! The Christ in resurrection is in us as the Spirit, and daily we are being saved!

Christ is within us, the depths of our being, and Christ in us is the heart of the Bible and the heart of our being (Eph. 3:17). Before we believed in Christ, we were like lifeless corpses, but when we repented and believed in the Lord, Christ came into us and regenerated us, making us the new creation!

Now Christ in us is the heart of our life and the heart of the Bible. Christ in us is the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). What gives our Christian being life is Christ in us. The secret of our Christian life and the heart of our life on earth today is Christ in us.

Lord, save us from living a meaningless or vain Christian life. May we learn the secret of being a Christian. Lord, You are so subjective to us, and Your indwelling is the secret of our Christian life. We love Your indwelling to be the heart of our being. We want to work out our own salvation by enjoying Your inward operation as the indwelling Christ.

The Indwelling Christ is the Treasure in Earthen Vessels

God’s shining in our hearts brings into us a treasure, the indwelling Christ of glory!Something mysterious and at the same time very wonderful happened when we were born again: God’s glory shined on the face of Jesus Christ as we were unveiled to see Christ’s wonderful face, and we received Him into us.

God’s shining in our hearts brings into us a treasure, the indwelling Christ of glory (who is the embodiment of the Triune God to be our life and our everything) – see 2 Cor. 4:6-7. We are earthen vessels, weak, fragile, and worthless, but Christ as the treasure is IN US! The treasure is NOT on a pedestal in an exhibition or museum for all to admire, but in earthen vessels.

The face of Jesus Christ is in us: we have “captured” the wonderful face of Christ when we believed into Him, and daily as we contact Him we “take picture after picture” of Christ, gaining more of the indwelling treasure. This treasure is the face of Jesus Christ shining with the glory of God.

As the Lord is presented to us through His word or in fellowship with the saints, we allow the light of God’s glory to shine in our being on the face of Jesus Christ, and we gain more of the priceless treasure!

This Christ as the treasure in us becomes the divine source of supply for our Christian life. The excellence of the power is not of us but of God! It is by this excellent power of the treasure in our earthen vessel that we can take up our own cross and live a crucified life so that the resurrection life of Christ may be manifested in us.

Outwardly we are earthen vessels, but inwardly we have Christ as the priceless treasure in us, and the power of this treasure is excellent.

We simply need to look away from ourselves, our problems, our environment, out issues, etc – unto Jesus! Look at His wonderful face. Enjoy Christ’s presence. Spend time with Him, and you will have such a sweet sense of the preciousness of the indwelling Jesus. You will treasure Him to the uttermost. This will make you shining with Christ!

The more we spend time with the Lord, the more we are infused with Him and we reflect Him to shine out His glory (2 Cor. 3:18). If we learn to take Christ as our person by looking at the index of His eyes and enjoying His presence, we will have a sweet sense of the preciousness of the indwelling Christ (2 Cor. 2:10; 4:6-7).

Hallelujah for the treasure in our earthen vessel!

Lord, we turn away from anything and anyone else unto You. We want to look into Your wonderful face. Unveil us, Lord, and remove anything that would block the view. We want to see the glorious Christ who lives in us as the priceless treasure. We love to look in the index of Your eyes, Lord, that we may enjoy Your sweet presence. Indeed, Lord, the power for our Christian life comes from You as the treasure in the earthen vessel!

References and Further Reading
  • Inspiration: A sharing by brother James Lee and portions in, Crucial Aspects of the Experience of Christ Revealed in Paul’s Epistles (chs. 1-2), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on, “The Completing Ministry of Paul“, week 3 entitled, The Indwelling Christ.
  • Buy this HWMR book via LSM online here.
  • Recommended further reading: The Indwelling Christ in the Canon of the New Testament (chs. 7-10), by Witness Lee.
  • Hymns on this topic:
    # Once far from God and dead in sin, / No light my heart could see; / But in God’s Word the light I found, / Now Christ liveth in me.
    # I have learned the wondrous secret / Of abiding in the Lord; / I have tasted life’s pure fountain, / I am drinking of His word; / I have found the strength and sweetness / Of abiding ’neath the blood; / I have lost myself in Jesus, / I am sinking into God.
    # Earthen vessel I was made, / Christ in me the treasure laid; / His container I must be, / As the content He in me.
  • Pictures credit: edited instagrams from friends here and here.

Christ opened a new and living way into God and He is the Author & Perfecter of our faith!

The Epistle to the Hebrews is so rich – there are so many aspects of the all-inclusive Christ revealed in this book! He is the One sent by God coming to “do God’s will”(Heb. 10:9) – He came to put away the animal sacrifices of the old covenant and to establish Himself, in His Body, as the unique sacrifice for sin! He terminated God’s Old Testament economy and initiated God’s New Testament economy in which Christ replaces with Himself all the offerings, matters, things, and persons! In God’s New Testament economy Christ is the centrality and universality for producing and building up of the church as the Body of Christ – consummating in the New Jerusalem! This is why Christ came and died on the cross – to replace all the Old Testament sacrifices with Himself as the unique sacrifice for sin and to regenerate, transform, and glorify the believers that they may be members of the Body for the consummation of the New Jerusalem!

Through His death on the cross Christ opened a new and living way for man to come into God, for us to enter the Holy of Holies(Heb. 10:19)! His death on the cross rent the veil in the temple to open a new and living way for Him to enter through His own blood into the Holy of Holies – in the direct presence of God – and now He ministers as our High Priest all that God is into our being as our life and life supply in the heavenly atmosphere! Christ opened a new and living way for us to have access to God! Now we need to have boldness through the blood of Jesus to come forward to the throne of grace(Heb. 4:16). We have no way in ourselves and we have no merit based on which we can come to God; but we have the blood of Jesus which opens the way for us to come into God, into the Holy of Holies! Christ is the Initiator of this new way, and we today as the many believers are those coming forward to God with boldness based on the blood of Jesus!

Even more – the all-inclusive Christ is the Author and Perfecter of our faith(Heb. 12:2)! What is faith? Faith is the Lord Jesus Christ being infused into us to become our believing ability that we may believe into God. He is the Author of our faith – when we look away from all things unto Him, He “radiates Himself into us”, He infuses us with Himself, “charging us with Christ”. In ourselves we have no ability or capacity to believe – we need to look away unto Jesus, the immense magnet in the universe, that we may be drawn to Him and infused with Him! It is by being attracted by His charming beauty that we look away from all things other than Him – to Christ! Faith is really Christ Himself being infused into us and believing in us for us in a very subjective way! This is why EVERYONE can be saved – as long as he looks away unto Jesus(Heb. 12:2)! Jesus Christ, the living Person, becomes the believing element and the believing ability in us – making us a believing being! All we need to do is to just look away unto Jesus – He will do the rest! LOOK AWAY UNTO JESUS! [sharing inspired from, The Conclusion of the New Testament msgs. 379-380, as quoted in the HWMR on, The Central Line of the Bible]

Thank You Lord we can come to God today based on the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the cross! Now we don’t need to DO something to have access to God – Christ opened a new and living way through His death on the cross! We are not qualified and we are not “the right people”, but we come to God with boldness! We come based not on our merit or righteousness – we come to You based on the blood of Jesus! We just want to LOOK AWAY from anything else unto Jesus! Infuse us, dear Lord, with all that You are! Become the believing ability in us! We can’t believe in and of ourselves – be the One in us believing for us!

To live in the new creation, we have to turn from the things seen to the things not seen

In order for us to live in the new creation, we have to turn from the things seen to the things not seen. The 3 verses at the end of chapter 4 in the second epistle Paul wrote to the Corinthians are very striking, for they unveil how we, the believers in Christ who have been made a new creation, can live in the new creation for God’s expression.

2 Cor 5:17 – So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away, behold, they have become new.

Since the believers are a new creation, we should not be known according to the flesh (2 Cor 5:16) – since the old things have passed away – but we should be known according to our new nature of the divine life. The difference between the old creation and the new creation is that the old creation does not have the divine life and nature, but the new creation constituted of the believers, who are born again of God, does. But as to how do we live in the new creation, I was enlightened by these verses at the end of 2 Corinthians chapter 4:

2 Cor 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

Living in the new creation is a matter of the inner man – our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day! According to Eph 3:16 we need to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man. Our inner man consists of our regenerated spirit – our born again spirit – as its life and person with the renewed soul as its organ. Our mind, emotion, and will must be renewed and uplifted by being subdued so that they can be used by the spirit, the person of the inner man.

2 Cor 4:17 For our momentary lightness of affliction works out for us, more and more surpassingly, an eternal weight of glory.

The lightness of affliction relates to our body. 2 Cor 4:10 says, Always bearing about in the body the putting to death of Jesus that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our body. This refers to the working of the cross which works out for us, more and more surpassingly, an eternal weight of glory.

So far we have seen that we the believers of Christ are the new creation because we have the divine life and divine nature, due to our second birth. Since the old things have passed away we should live in the new creation. We live in the new creation by our inner man being renewed and by being strengthened by His Spirit day by day. We also need the working of the cross so that we live by the Spirit and are being led by the Spirit. Finally, we have to turn from the things which are seen to the things which are not seen.

2 Cor 4:18 Because we do not regard the things which are seen but the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The new creation is eternal and in the Spirit, since it is constituted with the life and nature of God. The new creation is not seen; regeneration is not seen, transformation is not seen, conformation is not seen – it is only when the process of deification is complete and the believers are glorified is when the new creation will be seen! For the anxious watching of the creation eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God (Rom 8:19).

Rom 8:24-26 For we were saved in hope. But a hope that is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly await it through endurance. Moreover, in like manner the Spirit also joins in to help us in our weakness, for we do not know what we should pray as is fitting, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Praise Him, the Lord who is the Spirit is interceding for us that we would live in the new creation by being renewed and strengthened into our inner man day by day by His Spirit, and by the working of the cross so that we would be eventually glorified for God’s corporate expression for eternity! May we look away from the temporal, momentary things – which are seen – and turn to the Spirit in our regenerated spirit, the eternal life within us which is not seen, so we, the believers in Christ can be fully brought out of the old creation and live in the new creation! The whole of creation is waiting for this! [Source: Recovery version of the bible and footnotes. Sharing by bro. Moh. Hymn below: Where He may lead I’ll follow]

Where He may lead I’ll follow,
My trust in Him repose;
And every hour in perfect peace,
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows”;
And every hour in perfect peace,
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows.”

One step I see before me,
‘Tis all I need to see,
The light of heaven more brightly shines
When earth’s illusions flee;
And sweetly through the silence comes,
His loving, “Trust in Me!”