Christ in You–The Treasure in Earthen Vessels

Every stimulus that bombards our five senses works to prevent us from glimpsing the true Light.  It is no accident that this happens; the great Creator made it this way so that His spiritual offspring would have spiritual struggles to overcome, thereby making them stronger.  This is His doing and not ours; we would not do it this way.  “His thoughts are not our thoughts.”

It is the overcoming of sin that lies at the heart of the Christian experience.  Man’s thought says to us, No one can stop sinning in this life.  This is pure self-projection, for the scriptures of truth speak otherwise.  They speak of a deliverance from sin.  “He that is dead is freed from sin” (1).  And, “He shall save His people from their sins” (2).  And “He that is born of God does not commit sin, for His seed remains in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God” (I John 3: 9).

This is what actually distinguishes the children of God from the children of darkness.  I have written extensively about the “cross experience.”  For it is there that one must come and surrender their old sinful selfish ways and just let them die with Christ, who bore them there; and be buried with Him, and be raised with Him.  Or rather, through belief in the “operation of God” that raised Him up, we also can be “raised to walk in a newness of life” (3).  This is “where old things are passed away,” where “all things are become new” (4).  This is bottom line.

For it is His Life that counts.  He doesn’t want a re-directed, re-furbished, re-cycled old selfish life.  No.  Our old life has to completely go, completely die out.  He wants His life taking root and growing up in us.  And finally, God wants His Spirit, the Spirit that is in Christ, to grow and flourish inside of us to the point that we become just like the Son of God.  There it is.  That is His plan and purpose.  But only a few will have the faith to believe it and walk in it.

This is the secret kept from the foundation of the world–the secret that all seekers have wanted to know down through history.  It is the treasure kept hidden in plain sight in this old world, a vast spiritual chest of knowledge much more precious than gold and diamonds.  “And few there be that find it” (5).

Why?  Because one cannot find this elusive spiritual treasure when moved by selfish motives.  For one will not be given the map to find it if one seeks it selfishly.  “Only the pure in heart shall see God” and His purpose and plan to reproduce Himself.

One can even read about this treasure in plain English, like you are reading this right now, and if their eyes have not been anointed with eyesalve, they can read the words, but the message will lay thud-like on leadened ears. 

Here, then, is the secret of this “sacred mystery which up till now has been hidden in every age and every generation, but which is now as clear as daylight to those who love God.  They are those to whom God has planned to give a vision of the full wonder and splendour of his secret plan for the nations.  And the secret is simply this:  Christ in you!  Yes Christ in you bringing with him the hope of all the glorious things to come” (6).  And those things include His government and righteousness filling this earth–precious things that we, His children, the overcomers will inherit.  He is our Father; therefore, we are His heirs, heirs of all things!

But before all this happens, we have to get over ourselves and realize that we are nothing; it is all Him, all Christ.  Once we receive that, we can find rest.    KWH

  1. Romans 6: 7
  2. Matt. 1: 21
  3. Romans 6: 4
  4. II Cor. 5: 7
  5. Matt. 7: 14
  6. Col. 1: 26-27
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4 responses to “Christ in You–The Treasure in Earthen Vessels

  1. This so perfectly fits with what Paul said in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…” How could Christ live in a sinfull vessel? I have been delivered from the body of sin and death by his wonderful love and grace. They that are his have crucified the flesh. Thank God for sending his Word to show us the way.

  2. Thanks, Leon, for the comment. It takes first knowledge about what God says about the abiding presence of the Spirit in us. And then it takes a holy boldness to believe it in the face of so much adverse commentary to the contrary. But some will just believe His word, and that will make all the difference.

  3. Some times it’s hard to understand why “good” people have to suffer. Why is it that it is the christian believers that always are at the receiving end of violence…

  4. Mark, I believe that it is in the spiritual dna of the evil ones. They are predisposed to snuff out or hinder light, or the children of light. John said it best, “The light still shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out” (1: 5, Phillips). “Light is come into the world [and now Christ’s Spirit, which is the Light, is come into the world in us] and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light…” (John 3: 19-20). And hatred, we know, brings persecution and finally murder. Christ taught that if you hate your brother without a cause that you have broken “Thou shalt not kill (murder).” So there you have it…Satan (in other humans) hates the Light (in other humans) and he will try to hurt God and His plan any way he can. Looking at it after the spirit helps our understanding…Wayneman

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