Saturday, December 28, 2013

THE BEST KEPT SECRET


How long can you keep a secret? One year, three years, a life time? We all have secrets that we don't want anyone to know until it is time, and so does God..  We are told in Deuteronomy 29:29 that,"The secret things belong to the Lord, our God , but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children's children forever." God kept one of the most amazing secrets ever revealed to man until St.Paul's conversion, when he led him into Arabia for three years.  In the desert, he received revelation after revelation of God's 'best kept secrets', that He kept from the nation of Israel, until the time of the Gentiles. 

Many of these mysteries were given to St. Paul to share with the early church, concerning, who we are in Jesus Christ and who He is in us. In Colossians 1:26 one of these revelation is revealed. "The mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY."  Brothers and sisters, how great it is to have this mystery known. Under the law, Israel could never know this mystery.  The Holy Spirit was always with Israel, but never IN the individual. It wasn't until Jesus came, fulfilled the law (10 commandments) and took His shed His blood to heaven's mercy seat that we could say "Christ in us, the hope of glory."

By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit St. Paul says, "Therefore is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of Life has SET US FREE from the law of sin and death. FOR GOD HAS DONE WHAT THE LAW WEAKENED BY THE FLESH COULD NOT DO. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according  to the Spirit." Romans 8:1-4.

The more this reality of "Christ in you the hope of glory" is settled in our hearts, the more we will realize the importance of NOT letting anyone put us under the law again by striving to perfect the old man of sin.  The good news is the LAW IS NOW BEING WRITTEN ON OUR NEW HEART by the Holy Spirit, and we do desire to keep the law, as we draw on the divine nature.  We no longer have to do, do, do, because Jesus has already done, done, done.  It is finished.  We are totally forgiven. Jesus has rescued us from the pit of Hell.  We owe Him our whole life to glorify Himself as He as wills.

We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. He finds no fault in us. His blood not only COVERS our sin,but  takes it AWAY as far as the East is from the West. Because He lives in us, we are alive in Him forever. If Jesus is our Lord and Savior, this is our true confession,"We are children of the living God, the hope of glory." His glory will be seen more and more in the church as we surrender and let the Lord reign in our hearts. One day the Nations will bow to His righteous rule.  Until then, the secret is OUT.  WE ARE GOING TO RULE WITH HIM!  We are being trained up now to walk in His righteousness and to obey His Word.  We have great future in Christ, living in His presence forever.