Thursday, December 3, 2009

Abide in Christ: As Your Redemption – Andrew Murray

Because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30)

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. . . .

We are in Him as such. And the more intelligently and believingly we abide in Him as our redemption, the more shall we experience, even here, of “the power of the world to come.” 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 the 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. . .

The believer who abides in Christ as his full redemption releases even now his spiritual victory over death. It becomes to him the servant that removes the last rags of the old carnal vesture, ere he be clothed upon with the new body of glory. . . . The faith exercise its sanctifying influence in the willing surrender of the sinful members of the body to be mortified and completely subjected to the dominion of the Spirit, as preparation for the time when the frail body shall be changed and fashioned like to His glorious body. . .

This is not meant as a revelation, to the left to the future; for the full development of the Christians life, our present abiding in Christ must seek to enter into and appropriate it. . . We do it as we learn to look upon Christa as the Lord of our body, claiming its entire consecration, securing even here, if faith will claim it, victory over the terrible dominion sin hath had in the body. . . . We do it as we allow the powers of the coming world to possess us, and to lift us up into a life in the heavenly places, to enlarge our hearts and our views, to anticipate, even here, the things which have never entered into the heart of man to conceive. . . .

Believer, abide in Christ as your redemption. Let this be the crown of your Christian life. . . . Abide in Him as your redemption, and live, even here, as the heir of the future glory. . . .

from "Abide in Christ: Thoughts on the Blessed Life of Fellowship with the Son of God" by Andrew Murray

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