Our Walk into our Lord…
Paul in his letter to the body at Corinth addressed many issues regarding our walk into our Lord. He outlined that we are to desire and appropriate the nature of our Lord, to grow in His grace, and to experience His nature transferred to us in the Spirit of Christ.
As he continued his letter, he opens our hearts to see in the realm of Spirit, into the very heart and being of our Lord. He states there is something beyond the basics, he calls it excellent.
“But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”
1 Corinthians 12:31
Our Lord through Paul is revealing vital life giving Truth. Paul reveals the nature of God, and how we here and now can partake, abide, eat and drink this Life, all through our coming into harmony with our Lord. The key that unlocks the treasure chest, is submitting to our Lord and walking under His Lordship. From this all things are possible, life beyond anything we can image is awaiting us.
It’s not found by our striving, nor our best efforts, it had nothing to do with our physical condition, or status in this world. It has everything to do with our hearts being open unto our Lord, and allowing His grace, which is His presence, to transform our nature. Not making us a better person, no He wants us to become a new creation.
Paul starts this discourse by showing what happens so often, we see something in scripture and then we try to become it, or do it, on our own. This is utter folly.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (agape), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1
Much is said about this Love, yet we must see this is beyond our human capacity, His Love is far more than charity, or a higher level of love. It is His very being, it is His Nature, in a word it is, God. With this in mind lets open the above scripture.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (The Nature of God, the very Life of Christ, and become a New Creation), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. What Paul is expressing here is exactly what Jesus said as He walked the earth. “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” John 5:30
Paul is stating that without our Lords nature moving us, enabling us to accomplish something, we are harsh, our words or actions are devoid of our Lords Life. Why we must ask? It is because we are speaking from our nature, our perspective, and it is not from our Father. We must ask our Lord, is this your will? Am I speaking from your authority?
Trust Him, He will answer you, if we sincerely ask, He will respond. If we are speaking from our authority regardless of how or what we say, it does not carry or express our Lords nature, it is not Living or Alive. The letter kills, this is speaking from our nature, only when spoken from the Spirit can it being Life.
This is what Paul was expressing earlier “And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 2 Corinthians 2:4~6
We must come to see our unparalleled need to submit unto our Lord, and to embrace His work of inward transformation. Embracing the work of our cross. So that His Life, Nature and Love come forward in us. No man can find this without death, death to their nature. His grace is sufficient, and His workmanship pure, it’s all a matter of trust, faith and love.
“And though I have prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not agape, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not agape, it profiteth me nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:2, 3
Our Lord is expressing through Paul that we are not capable to do His will, to speak His Word, or accomplish tasks, while noble in intent, they fall flat in His eyes. It profits nothing, we mast allow this to sink in, we must seek our Lord with an open heart, and in His grace see His Life flow through us. This is His deep desire, and His pure intent, for us to become channels to express His nature, but, it is on His terms, and His way.
So we see how Paul first of all expresses the need for a new way, as he called it an “excellent way” how does this come about?
Faith Hope & Love
Each man is given a measure of Faith, this is the very Seed of Christ within each of us. How this Seed is nourished determines the outcome. If we operate from fear, doubt, distraction or rebellion this Seed lies dormant. If we seek Him with this Seed we will find Him, and this Seed of His Faith will grow. This is the parable of the Mustard Seed coming to be true within us. Faith moves us on His journey, and in this we begin to awaken to His Life, and walk with increasing Faith which comes to us in His grace.
Hope is seeing Life beyond our human limitations, hope is to become a New Creation. The old order, our old nature overcome by His pure holy and true Nature. “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Corinthians 15:19
Hope is of Christ, and not of this age, or our nature, true hope is in becoming a New Creation, this is the message of Christ’s gospel. Paul’s letter to the church at Colosse opens our understanding to true hope.
“Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”
It is through much tribulation, tests and trials that we see His workmanship being accomplished within us. Yet in this we rejoice, for we see and know Him who is Love through these life changing events.
“We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Faith builds true Hope, and from this we begin to enter into a realm of Life that is True, the Life of God as expressed in the Spirit of Christ. Here we walk with His eyes, heart and Faith, partaking of the meal He sets before us, His flesh and blood. This is symbolic language for partaking His Nature. His Nature is Love. Love is not separate from Faith or Hope, but Faith and Hope are only found in Love.
“Love is patient, love is kind is not jealous; love does not brag is not arrogant,
does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong , does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails; but if prophecy, they will be done away; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be done away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:4~13
The greatest is Love, for this one word expresses the Nature of God our Father. We must become a New Creation in Christ, and in this be channels of His Nature, here today in a world that so deeply needs His Living Word expressed.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
1 John 4:7~11