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Christ Revealed as Life (Second Coming)

13 Feb

Today, for the first time, I connected these two verses from Colossians 3:

3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”

For most of my life, I’ve thought verse 4 was talking about Jesus’ “second coming” to earth. But it’s not. Look at the preceding verse for context. It’s talking about Jesus being revealed (recognized, apprehended) WITHIN us, AS our life.

This must take place, BECAUSE of the idea Paul wrote immediately before this, in verse 3. We have died. These are spiritual realities and won’t fully make sense to the rational mind. It’s just a spiritual fact. In God’s eyes, Jesus, as the firstborn, was and is the ancestor all of His spiritual children. When Jesus died, we all died with him. This is stated over and over in scripture; ignoring it doesn’t change it, it just keeps us from fully partaking of it.

Jesus is referred to by Paul as the “last Adam” and the “second man.” He succeeded where Adam failed. We were born physically with the self-consumed nature our ancestor Adam inherited. In Christ, we are born-again by the spirit, with the nature of God Himself. As we see this fact (Christ being revealed as our life), we will also bear that nature and be in a position of glory. This is progressive, and I think it is to happen individually, but even more importantly it is to occur in the corporate body of Christ, worldwide. But the foundation has already been laid, the work has already been done by Jesus Christ.  Don’t look for Jesus to come in the sky – look for him to be revealed within you.

http://www.marketstreetfellowship.com/553/knowing-him-in-his-death-pt-1/

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2 responses to “Christ Revealed as Life (Second Coming)

  1. Pete

    February 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    You are on to a gigantic truth and mystery hidden from most eyes. This truth will open up the Scripture to us when we see it fullness. The appearing of Christ a second time for salvation with sin is within us. Christ has been appearing to His Elect for generations since He ascended “into the clouds” of His very witnesses.

    Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

    Christ being glorified IN US, is when He appears and brings judgment against our old man and carnal nature (it begins at His house 1 John 4:17). This is how we (the old man, the first Adam) is decreased and He (the new man, the 2nd Adam) is increased. Salvation comes by this judgment and it is when that judgment is in our earth that we will learn true righteousness.

    Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

    The kingdom of God is indeed within us and that is where Christ sits and where His disciples will sit with Him.

    Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
    Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

    When Christ appears to us in the heavens, judgment will be worked in our earth and that is how Christ is glorified in us.

    Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
    Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

    Come quickly Lord Jesus.

     
    • firstthekingdom

      February 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you Pete, that was helpful and full of truth. I look forward to reading more of your teachings.

       

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