The Significance of CHRIST IN YOU As Your DAILY VICTORY – Part 4
The wilderness is the only place for the carnal Christian to live – dumped in the desert. He will die there also, just like Moses, unless he permits the Holy Spirit to show him and teach him the full gospel – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then he will truly enter the land and rest in the love and grace of God. This is ordained by God to be the normal Christian life, as God created man to live.
This example of the carnal Christian walking in circles in the wilderness is so well amplified in Deuteronomy 1:40 after the children of Israel refused to enter Canaan. “But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea.” Recall that the Red Sea is symbolic of the believer’s initial salvation from Egypt. It represents his baptism into the death of Christ (the cross). Do you see the “confess/repent” process repeated often because the children of Israel walked in the wilderness by way of the Red Sea?
Blindly and ignorantly, the carnal Christian believes he is living the Christian life pleasing God. Yet he struggles every moment producing only fruit of the flesh. It is flesh because only his self-effort is the originator and motivation of the action. Whenever one sees “self-?,” you will automatically know that this is flesh. But “no flesh shall glory in His presence,” because only Our Lord Jesus can produce and live the Christian life.
The children of Israel could not return to Egypt and they refused to enter Canaan. So where was the only location to go and to live? – THE WILDERNESS with all its barrenness, death, fear, and sweat. This is where the carnal Christian lives. He thanks God for his redemption (through the shed blood of Christ on the cross); but refuses, for whatever reasons, to live in regeneration, new birth (through the resurrection of Christ).
Titus 3:5-6 amplifies this very well. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.”
Christ shed His blood on Calvary to redeem us. The carnal Christian now refuses to permit the blood of Christ to flow through Him consistently so the resurrection power of Christ can flow through him. The shedding of blood symbolizes death and the forgiveness of sins. The life of Christ is in the blood and represents resurrection. Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood…”
This is where perhaps 90-95% of Christians live – in the wilderness. No wonder the children of Israel took 40 years. Where do you currently live? Do you live in Egypt, in the Wilderness, or in Canaan?
Look at the invitation our Lord presents us – solidly convincing that ALL Christian life is summed up totally in Him. Romans 11:36 “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory for ever. Amen.” Therefore, Paul states in the next two verses what the only natural response will be for us. Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Paul now explains how to present our bodies a living sacrifice.) “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
What an outstanding grace-motivated response to the love of God! With our bodies a living sacrifice, Christ takes over and becomes our head. It is all Him (of, for, and through). I step out of the way, dying to all self-effort. He moves in living the resurrected life of God in me and through me. Awesome! I now only follow that gentle, Holy Spirit heavenly impulse. Through Him, I train my mind not to worry or expect to see results. That is His business.