Monday, September 17, 2018

Reflection - Letting Christ Live in Us - Jesus revealed in us

Source (book): "Finding rest for the soul", Chapter Ten, Question 1, Page 162.
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012


What do you think Paul meant when he wrote that God had set him apart 'to reveal his Son in me' (Galatians 1:15-16)?
PHOTO: What do you think Paul meant when he wrote that God had set him apart "to reveal his Son in me" (Galatians 1:15-16)?
Though Jesus is no longer physically present in the world, our churches, and our lives, He remains spiritually present through the Holy Spirit. And He continues His ministry through us today: the church, the body of Christ, makes Jesus visible (although not always in an exemplary or commendable way), while individuals faithful to Christ will demonstrate His presence and character in their lives. This is how others can see Christ today.

Paul understood that this was God's purpose for his life - to reveal God's Son in him.

How is Jesus revealed in us?
We make Jesus visible in our lives through the way we lived and serve; people see Him when they interact with us.

When Jesus dwells in us, He is incarnated in our lives - in our thoughts, attitudes, actions, words, and relationships. As we continue to approach Him regularly, obey Him, learn from Him, and imitate Him in action and attitude, our relationship with Him will grow, and we will begin to resemble Him.

When we are transformed into Christ's likeness, it is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20). So our will becomes His will, our hearts beat in rhythm with His, our minds think His thoughts, our mouth speak His words, our hands perform His actions, and our feet go where He directs. He become visible in our lives.
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What do you think Paul meant when he wrote that God had set him apart "to reveal his Son in me" (Galatians 1:15-16)? How is Jesus revealed in us?


What do you think Paul meant when he wrote that God had set him apart "to reveal his Son in me" (Galatians 1:15-16)?
The Lord Jesus who calls us to himself also sends us out into the world in His name. He called the disciples to follow Him so that "they might be with him and that he might send them out" (Mark 3:14, emphasis added). In other words, He calls us to "come" to Him also calls us to "go" to the nations (Matthew 11:28; 28:19).


The Lord Jesus who calls us to himself also sends us out into the world in His name.
PHOTO: The Lord Jesus who calls us to himself also sends us out into the world in His name. He called the disciples to follow Him so that "they might be with him and that he might send them out" (Mark 3:14). 
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Jesus himself provides the best example: He was sent by the Father to our world (John 5:36-39; 7:28-29) and while He was here He always found time to go to the Father (Matthew 14:23; Mark 1:35). Spending time with His Father was a priority, something that He observed amid His busy ministry.



Jesus was sent by the Father to our world (John 5:36-39; 7:28-29) and while He was here He always found time to go to the Father (Matthew 14:23; Mark 1:35).
PHOTO: Jesus was sent by the Father to our world (John 5:36-39; 7:28-29) and while He was here He always found time to go to the Father (Matthew 14:23; Mark 1:35).
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After His resurrection, Jesus met His disciples again and entrusted His continuing ministry and mission to them. "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you," He told them before breathing on and telling them about the Holy Spirit they would receive (John 20:21). After He ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples at Pentecost and empowered them to share the good news (Act 2:1-4).



 After Jesus' resurrection, He met His disciples again and entrusted His continuing ministry and mission to them.
PHOTO: After Jesus' resurrection, He met His disciples again and entrusted His continuing ministry and mission to them. "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you," He told them before breathing on and telling them about the Holy Spirit they would receive (John 20:21).
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Though Jesus is no longer physically present in the world, our churches, and our lives, He remains spiritually present through the Holy Spirit. And He continues His ministry through us today: the church, the body of Christ, makes Jesus visible (although not always in an exemplary or commendable way), while individuals faithful to Christ will demonstrate His presence and character in their lives. This is how others can see Christ today.



Though Jesus is no longer physically present in the world, our churches, and our lives, He remains spiritually present through the Holy Spirit.
PHOTO: Though Jesus is no longer physically present in the world, our churches, and our lives, He remains spiritually present through the Holy Spirit. And He continues His ministry through us today: the church, the body of Christ, makes Jesus visible, while individuals faithful to Christ will demonstrate His presence and character in their lives. This is how others can see Christ today.
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Paul understood that this was God's purpose for his life - to reveal God's Son in him. "God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles," he wrote (Galatians 1:15-16, emphasis added). Jesus is not only revealed to us, but also in us. Scottish evangelist and devotional writer Oswald Chambers shares this important insight in My Utmost for His Highest: "God's ultimate purpose is that Son might be manifested in my mortal flesh." [39]



Paul understood that this was God's purpose for his life - to reveal God's Son in him.
PHOTO: Paul understood that this was God's purpose for his life - to reveal God's Son in him. "God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles," he wrote (Galatians 1:15-16).
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How is Jesus revealed in us?
We make Jesus visible in our lives through the way we lived and serve; people see Him when they interact with us. Indeed, there is a strong connection between Christ-likeness and mission: Christ likeness leads to mission, and mission is meaningless without Christ-likeness. God works both in us and through us - it is because He works in us that He is also able to work through us.


How is Jesus revealed in us?
PHOTO: How is Jesus revealed in us?
We make Jesus visible in our lives through the way we lived and serve; people see Him when they interact with us. God works both in us and through us - it is because He works in us that He is also able to work through us.
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When Jesus dwells in us, He is incarnated in our lives - in our thoughts, attitudes, actions, words, and relationships. As we continue to approach Him regularly, obey Him, learn from Him, and imitate Him in action and attitude, our relationship with Him will grow, and we will begin to resemble Him. This is exactly what God wants, for us to be "conformed to the image of his Son" (Romans 8:29) and "transformed into his image" (2 Corinthians 3:18). One day, when Jesus returns, "we shall be like him" (1 John 3:2).



When Jesus dwells in us, He is incarnated in our lives - in our thoughts, attitudes, actions, words, and relationships.
PHOTO: When Jesus dwells in us, He is incarnated in our lives - in our thoughts, attitudes, actions, words, and relationships. As we continue to approach Him regularly, obey Him, learn from Him, and imitate Him in action and attitude, our relationship with Him will grow, and we will begin to resemble Him.
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When we are transformed into Christ's likeness, it is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20). So our will becomes His will, our hearts beat in rhythm with His, our minds think His thoughts, our mouth speak His words, our hands perform His actions, and our feet go where He directs. He become visible in our lives. We do not become passive automatons in this process, however - in a mysterious way, we will become united with Him such that He manifests in our lives without us losing our individuality.



When we are transformed into Christ's likeness, it is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20).
PHOTO: When we are transformed into Christ's likeness, it is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20). So our will becomes His will, our hearts beat in rhythm with His, our minds think His thoughts, our mouth speak His words, our hands perform His actions, and our feet go where He directs. He become visible in our lives.
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In his article "How Does a Disciple Live?", philosopher and writer Dallas Willard lists three things that happen when Jesus is incarnated in us: [40]

First, "I am learning to do the things which Jesus explicitly said to do."

Second, "I am learning to conduct the usual activities of life - in home, school, community, business and government - in the character and power of Christ."

Third, "I am learning to exercise the power of the kingdom - of Christ in his Word and Spirit - to minister good and defeat evil in all of the connections of earthly existence."



How Does a Disciple Live?
PHOTO: How Does a Disciple Live? 
First, "I am learning to do the things which Jesus explicitly said to do."

Second, "I am learning to conduct the usual activities of life - in home, school, community, business and government - in the character and power of Christ."

Third, "I am learning to exercise the power of the kingdom - of Christ in his Word and Spirit - to minister good and defeat evil in all of the connections of earthly existence."
 
PHOTO:  "Dear Lord, Please help us to understand what Paul meant when he wrote that God had set him apart 'to reveal his Son in me' means that although Jesus is no longer physically present in the world, our churches, and our lives, He remains spiritually present through the Holy Spirit. And He continues His ministry through us today: the church, the body of Christ, makes Jesus visible, while individuals faithful to Christ will demonstrate His presence and character in their lives.

We need your help to have Jesus visible in our lives through the way we lived and serve; so that people see Him when they interact with us. We want to have Jesus dwells in us and incarnated in our lives - in our thoughts, attitudes, actions, words, and relationships. Help us to approach Him regularly, obey Him, learn from Him, and imitate Him in action and attitude, so that our relationship with Him will grow, and we will begin to resemble Him. Transformed us into Christ's likeness, so that it is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us. Then our will becomes His will, our hearts beat in rhythm with His, our minds think His thoughts, our mouth speak His words, our hands perform His actions, and our feet go where He directs. Let Jesus be revealed in us.

Through Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!
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Reflection - Letting Christ Live in Us - Jesus revealed in us
Question from source (book): "Finding rest for the soul", Chapter Ten, Question 1, Page 162.
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012




Reference
[1] From "Finding rest for the soul" Responding to Jesus' Invitation in Matthew 11:28-29, Copyright © 2016 by Robert M. Solomon, ISBN 978-1-62707-709-5, Part III: LEARN FROM ME, Chapter Ten "Learning from Jesus: Letting Christ Live in Us", Page 151-154.

[39] Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour & Co. inc., 1963), 31 May reading.

[40] Dallas Willard, "How Does a Disciple Live?", Radox Magazine 34, no. 3 (Spring 2009), http://www.dwillard.org/articles/printable.asp?artid=103.
http://www.dwillard.org/articles/individual/how-does-the-disciple-live.


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