I think there is something very essential and valuable missing for many of God’s people in my generation. It is the greatest gift ever given to mankind and something that can be attained by any and all believers in Christ. Not only can it be attained, but you and I were brought into His glorious Kingdom for this very purpose. It goes much further than just redemption and atonement. Though we will be forever thankful for this wonderful gift of being completely clean and spotless before God because of the Blood of Christ, that’s only part of the glories of being a child of God!
Yes, an infinite God has much more to offer than just redemption. His love is boundless, limitless, and so is His blessing! By blessing I don’t necessarily mean material blessing, for material blessing, though wonderful to receive, is very shallow–it lacks the needed depth. No, the real blessing is spiritual, eternal, and only found in Christ Jesus.
So what is it?
It is what Paul called “the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:18). Yes, you and I, as believers in Christ Jesus, have a glorious inheritance! Not materially, for say, (though some certainly do receive financial blessing) but a spiritual blessing. We lack absolutely nothing that is in Christ because He has freely given us Himself.
In Colossians we read that, “For in Christ all the fullness of Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ…” (Colossians 2:9). Not only does all the very fullness, depth, riches, boundless mercies and grace of God dwell in Christ, but you and I, dear brother or sister, have been given that very fullness…in Christ.
“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)
Oh how many prayers ascend to the Throne of needing more patience, more love, more this and more that! We pray so earnestly for more righteousness and holiness. But it never seems to be attained. Why is this so? Why won’t God honor our earnest prayers to be better, more loving, more holy people? Because He has already given it all to us in the form 0f a Person–Jesus Christ! There is now no longer any need for more of anything, because He is the very embodiment of those things. He is our righteousness, our peace, our holiness, our patience. Not only is He the very embodiment of them, but He has come to express His life, His mercies, His love inside of us. That means that when we are in need of more love, He can be found faithful to express His love through us. If we are in need of more patience, we can take Christ as our patience. We can move out of the way and allow Christ to express and manifest His life, not ours, in and through us.
“It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)
In this day, in this current time, the Body of Christ does not need to be more loving, patient, kind, etc. etc. No, the need in our time is to know and to be awakened to the very Life that is already there. It is not that we need to ask God daily to send down more virtue from Heaven. No, He already sent Virtue down from Heaven, already gave Love, already revealed Patience to us in a most glorious Person–Jesus Christ.
Love and Virtue and Righteousness walked the earth in the form of a human being, fully God and fully Man. And He died on a cross, bearing our sin and shame. He sprinkled His blood upon us to cover our sin and even nailed it to the cross with Him!
But that’s not all…
After He died, three days later He was raised to back to life. This Man was crucified–the most brutal and shameful of all ways to die–and was beyond death. He didn’t die for a few minutes or even a few hours. No, He was dead for three whole days. Science will tell you beyond any doubt that anything that is dead for three days is beyond being brought back. So when He was fully dead, fully gone, He came back to life, resurrected! Hallelujah!
But that’s not all…
After He came back from the dead He ascended back into Heaven and sat at the very right hand of God Almighty. He conquered not only sin and law, but death itself!
But no, that’s not all…
After He was ascended into Heaven He asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit to us, and the Father said, “Yes.” His Holy Spirit not only came down from Heaven, but came to dwell in the creation. The Creator of all came to make Himself completely united with His creation. Yes, infinite God, who has all knowledge and power, came to live and be united with finite human beings–broken, beat, sinful, weak. By uniting Himself to us, the weak, He made known His infinite mercy and grace.
What does it mean to be united with God? Here’s an example: What happens when you unite chocolate syrup and milk? You get chocolate milk, right? Can you then separate the milk from the chocolate? No! It is impossible to do so. You don’t take a drink of that delicious chocolate milk and say, “Wow, this is some good milk!” No, because you can no longer taste just milk. Nor do you say, “This chocolate is great!” For the chocolate and the milk are now one, so you enjoy them together. (Books could be written on how this can be seen in the expression of a Church in community.)
You and I, dear sister or brother, are united with God through the Holy Spirit. This isn’t just something that we agree to as a doctrinal stance. Though many have made it just that: a theological agreement to a list of truths presented in the Bible. But it can be made to be something that we can experience, see, touch, and taste. It is something that is not only objective, but subjective to experience.
So, we need not ask God to give us His inheritance (that is unless you haven’t already asked Christ into your life, for this experience can be yours too!), for He has already given it fully. No, we need only ask Him to open our eyes to what’s already there. To awaken us to the Life that is in Christ Jesus and that, because of Him and Him alone, is now living inside of us!
Please, Father, awaken this generation to see that we already have everything in You, for You have given all freely.