Abide in Christ: May 10th


Christ is made of God unto us redemption. The word invites us to look upon Jesus, not only as He lived on earth, teaching us by word and example, as He died, to reconcile us with God, as He lives again, a victorious King, rising to receive His crown, but as, sitting at the right hand of God, He takes again the glory which He had with the Father before the world began, and holds it there for us. It consists in this, that there His human nature, yea, His human body, freed from all the consequences of sin to which He once had been exposed, is now admitted to share the divine glory. As Son of Man, He dwells on the throne and in the bosom of the Father; the deliverance from what He had to suffer from sin is complete and eternal. The complete redemption is found embodied in His own Person; what He as man is and has in heaven is the complete redemption. HE is made of God to us redemption.

Can we even fathom so complete a redemption? Can we even fathom so complete a Redeemer? No, He is unfathomable. However…

As our communion with Him becomes more intimate and intense, and we let the Holy Spirit reveal Him to us in His heavenly glory, the more we realize how the life in us is the life of One who sits upon the throne of heaven. We feel the power of an endless life working in us. We taste the eternal life. We have the foretaste of the eternal glory.

“Blessed Redeemer, Oh, that we would see that our redemption is not just a future day, but something, Someone, to be known and experienced right now. That you generously offer Yourself as our redemption right now. And that the eternal life you offer is not spending eternity in heaven, but it is nothing less than the mighty Divine Life of God Himself. Complete Life, Complete Redemption.”

Abide in Him as your redemption, and live, even here, as the heir of the future glory. And as you seek to experience in yourself to the full, the power of His saving grace, your heart shall be enlarged to realize the position man has been destined to occupy in the universe, as having all things made subject to him, and you shall, for your part, be fitted to live worthy of that high and heavenly calling.

You are the Vine by Watchman Nee (tune: Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus)

You have said you are the vine, Lord, and that I’m a branch in Thee; But I do not know the reason why I should so barren be

And I fail to understand, Lord, what it means – “abide in Me”; For the more I seek “abiding” more I feel I’m not in Thee

(Chorus) Yet You are the vine, you said it, and that I’m a branch in Thee; When I take You as my Savior, then this fact is wrought in me

Now I’m in You and I need not seek into Yourself to come; For I’m joined to You already, with Your flesh and bones I’m one.

(Chorus) Since I’m in why ask to enter – Oh, how ignorant I’ve been! Now with praise and much rejoicing for Your Word, I dwell therein

Not to “go in” is the secret, but that I’m “already in”! That I ne’er may leave I’d ask You, not how I may get within

(Chorus) I am in, already in You! What a place to which I’m brought! There’s no need for prayer or struggling, God, Himself, the work has wrought

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    May 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    WoW sisters this was fabulous. So i had an interesting time as i spent a couple of hours at 33000 feet (traveling) so i was able to listen to the podcast. When Bridge said while reading Murray ch 10 that as “we let the Holy Spirit reveal Him to us in His heavenly glory, the more we realize how the life in us is the life of one who sits upon the throne of heaven. We feel the power of an endless life working in us.” Looking out the window, i was able to just think about how i’m seated with and in him in heavenly places (the plane is just an earthly metaphore to that reality). He did the work to get me there… abiding “in.” To continue the metaphor… He “layed down” the fossil fuels from the Garden (Himself) …mega years ago …just so i could sit up there and behold his glory in complete rest. He “did” all the work. And at the same time he was “doing” all the work to keep us aloft. i was just resting. Then Carrie spoke of the living Vine in heaven, the heavenly Source, starting from heaven surging life to us on earth and then i noticed how the tiny squiggly roads (from the heavenly perspective) were just “seeing” just a small portion of the land from their perspective. And how it takes many of these unique roads to see the fullness of the land, the riches so vast. And yeah you said it Bridge, “We do have a very big God.” …. i could go on but just wanted to say how i so thoroughly enjoyed your conversation. So much so that i just had to listen to it a couple of more times on the flight and each time saw a different “road” through the riches of the Land. How does He do that? 🙂

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    Bridget Babione
    May 17, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Tim, I have no clue how He does it, but I’m so very grateful that He does!! =) LOVE the pictures of Christ you saw! The altitude, the fossil fuels, the many roads in our vast land. Yes and amen!

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