When coming into an intimate relationship with Christ it takes us beyond the initial act of being forgiven of our past committed sins. While the opening step to salvation begins at the point of inviting Christ into our lives, through asking for forgiveness, Christ desires for a people to, line upon line and precept upon precept, mature into the fullness of that for which they have been birthed. The ingredient that must be exercised, through each step taken, is the act of faith. Faith in God with a knowing that He shall fulfill every word and promise that He has spoken. Heb. 11:6 reveals this truth by declaring, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”. Note that nothing pleases God as much as a steadfast faith in all that he is and all the He promises to do. Remember, it is not what we can do but what God can and does.
Unto the continual receiving person, as faith is exercised, it will increase into that place wherein the believer grows into a knowing that nothing is impossible to him who believes and trust in God. The invitation to follow Christ, when obeyed, brings forth a relationship of knowing Him and who He is. As a vessel begins to understand Christ, it increases a desire within the person to live His teachings. This brings that one into a life-style of learning and experiencing the truth. Jesus Himself says unto His believing offspring in John 8:31-32, “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, if you abide in My Word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. This word “abide” speaks to a maturing people in line with the word “continuing”. This is an action word that declares the position of activity instead of a place of complacency. Man cannot rest upon their back-side while waiting upon or for something to happen. Forgiven man is invited to be actively pursuing the word of God and any revelation as it is revealed by the Holy Spirit.
Pursuing involves prayer in asking for God’s assistance because man, within his own strength, cannot bring change from the flesh realm to the spiritual realm of God. The word “know” from the above scripture is the Greek word “GINOSKO” which means “to perceive, understand, recognize, gain knowledge, realize, and come to know”. “GINOSKO” is knowledge that has an inception, a progress, and an attainment. It is the recognition of God’s truth by personal experience. In this, each person can know the truth that changes them from a life of death to a life in Christ. Belief in God’s truth becomes a way of life. Each believing person is to become a manifestation of the word as we live our lives according to that Word. As a person fulfills the Words of God, he will also become that word extended. He will then manifest a nature according to that word which he has received and believed from God.
Remember and know that the kingdom of God is within. Therefore, it is within the receiving vessel that God’s Word, the Christ and the Holy Spirit dwell. Are you looking for Him? Do you desire to find Him and to know Him? If so, then each person must be looking and paying attention to that which the Holy Spirit is speaking and doing from within. It becomes necessary for vessels to search their souls that each might yield to and begin to know Christ, the indwelling One, and therein gain God’s promise of eternal life. John 17:3 declares, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent”. Remember the word “know” as used in this verse means, “to know by experience”. As each person continues to increase in the word, by experience, they can gain the knowledge of who the Christ really is. In knowing Him, each one begins to take on a life-style change that causes the old carnal man to decrease until ultimately ceasing to be. In this, the new creation man shines forth to glorify God and to be made complete in the knowing of eternal life.
As each vessel learns to except and find God within their heart (soul), they begin to love Him. It is in this state of love for God that one finds joy and the true meaning for man’s existence. Each person begins to know their calling and purpose in Him. In this, each one begins to know that this love finds itself coming forth as a manifestation of the nature of God. Mark 12:30, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment”. The word “mind” from this scripture literally means “a thinking through”. The word suggests “understanding, insight, meditation, reflection, perception, the gift of apprehension, the faculty of thought”. With the renewing of the mind, man’s faculty of thought, there is a transition by the Holy Spirit within wherein the whole mind-set changes. It changes from the fearful negativism of the carnal mind to the vibrant, positive thinking of the quickened spiritual mind.
God’s desire is for man to know Him, and for this cause, the eternal invitation stands for man to find Christ that he might began to know Him. Luke 11:9-10, “So I [Jesus] say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it will be opened”. This is a promise that stands secure in its true meaning which means to look to Him and not to other sources. This scripture, in the Greek, is present tense, denoting a continuous asking, seeking, and knocking which speaks of continually receiving of the things of God in the process of becoming spiritually mature.
When a vessel yields to the Spirit of Christ that dwells within, we can begin to shut out the many voices of the world. These many worldly voices come from the many different avenues that have been established within man to fulfill the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. These speak loudly in areas of our social zones, our educational levels, our family structures, our economic environment and the many available religious circles. These voices pull at man to make them prisoners of the carnal nature in fulfilling carnal desires. But, by coming to the Christ that desires to dwell within, our thoughts and mind will begin to blend with Him until completely in agreement with the mind, the will, the emotions and the desires of God. This fellow-shipping with Christ is a continuous invitation to all that are willing to come.
Matt. 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light”. This word “rest” as used here is a Greek word meaning “to make to cease”. This word describes a cessation from fleshy toil to a refreshment and intermission in the spirit. The word “easy” means “to use”. The word denotes that which is useful, pleasant, good, comfortable, suitable, and serviceable. With the carnal world and the legalistic religious systems being a great burden upon man, serving Jesus alone is well fitting and necessary. Serving Jesus alone is building a personal relationship with God by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Living for God by the indwelling Christ means dwelling in eternal life. As the seed and the Christ-light within is more fully developed, the mortal self-deceases and the vessel begins to receive and moves toward the fullness of God’s purpose. Eph. 3:14-19 speaks loudly, “for this reason I bow my knees to the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”.
This phrase, “the fullness of God”, as spoken of here, is not something which is poured into man from without. This “fullness” is that which, from within, is developed and brought forth to be manifested from the inward soul of the man. The end results are to fill the entire being who lives and learns to believe as the Holy Spirit reveals, quickens and manifests to finally affect the entire world we live in.
These saints are now in the maturing process and they are learning that God is always with them as growth increases into spiritual maturity and they know the ways of God more perfectly in walking with Him daily. In this walk man learns and grows to bring about an intensification of the presence and power of Jesus Christ. This people also know that Christ will be at home in their hearts. Christ will move from being just an acquaintance to be the center of their lives. Man will also grasp God’s love beyond intellectual or theological knowledge to become filled with God’s fullness as the Holy Spirit reveals each line and precept of Christ more fully. This fullness achieves God’s fuller work in each receiving person as the vessel remains unhindered without being grieved. In this position, the joy of the Lord fills the person to affect all his surroundings. Thus, the kingdom of God is present as God’s created man is manifest. Is it not time for a birthing of the sons to come forth?