What is the secret of the Christian life? Many unbelievers and believers alike may think that to be a Christian one must obey what the Word of God says practically and do your best to fulfill the Bible. But actually the secret of the Christian life, the power and supply for the Christian life, is not our doing and our striving but is living in the spirit. To live in the spirit does not mean that we engage in religious worship, in religious service, or in religious work. To live in the spirit means that we turn to our mingled spirit and allow the Lord to saturate us and pearmeate us to the point that He lives in us!
the reality of church life
The secret of the Christian life is to live in the spirit. This simply means that we allow Christ to fill us and saturate us to the point that He permeates our whole being – and we spontaneously live Christ, the One who made His home in our hearts and saturated us. Only the Christ who has been wrought into our being can express God and can fulfill God’s purpose – we need to allow Christ to make His home in all our inward being so that He may fill and saturate us! Then, there will be a spontaneous living, a “natural result” – we will live Christ and express God!
What is the reality of the church life? The church life is composed of all the believers in Christ who live in their spirit. The reality of the church life is to live in the spirit. In the church life we learn to pay attention not to our mind or emotion but to our spirit. The Christian life, the family life, and the church life – are all a life in our spirit. The divine Spirit as the consummation of the processed Triune God is mingled with our spirit as the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, continually saturating us as we open to Him and allow Him to spread in us…
the highest gospel and its result
What is the gospel and what is its result? The highest gospel as revealed in the whole Bible is that we would be saved to the extent that God and we are completely mingled as one – having one life and one living. Though we may be fallen sinners, in His salvation God regenerates us by putting His divine life into us, and daily He is working Himself into us to mingle Himself with us! We need to have a deep realization that the gospel of God saves us into Him to live with Him so that He and we can have one life and one living. We are branches abiding in Christ as the vine (John 15:4) and by eating Him and enjoying Him, we live because of Him (John 6:57).
the central vision of God’s economy
1 Corinthians deals with a lot of problems in the church, but in it Paul is faithful again and again in this epistle to bring us back to the central vision of God’s economy – the Triune God as the Spirit dwelling in our spirit. The solution to all the problems in the church is our experience of the all-inclusive, life-giving indwelling Spirit as the Christ who is applied to us today. We shouldn’t miss this – don’t focus on the problems in your life or the way to solve the problems in your life, but focus on enjoying the Spirit with your spirit as the ultimate consummation of the processed Triune God! When we enjoy this organic union with the Lord in our spirit, there are no more problems but Christ lives in us!
References and Further Reading
- Inspired from, Living in the Spirit, chs. 3-4, and, Life-study of 1 Corinthians, as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on, The Focus of the Lord’s Recovery, week 4;
- Purchase the Morning Revival book online via LSM;
- Picture source: Focusing on the Mingled Spirit;
- On the same topic: Have You Seen the Focus of the Bible?
Lord Jesus, show us this secret for our Christian life! May we be those who give up trying to fulfill the law or the commandments and just focusing on their spirit! Lord, fill us and saturate our entire being until we are permeated with You. Fill us to the brim, Lord, until we spontaneously live out Christ. Make Your home in our heart, in all the inward parts of our being, until it is Christ living in us and being expressed through us!
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