“The life that intends to be wholly obedient, wholly submissive, wholly listening, is astonishing in its completeness. Its joys are ravishing, its peace profound, its humility the deepest, its power world-shaking, its love enveloping, its simplicity that of a trusting child”
– Thomas Raymond Kelly
“…this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son”
I JOHN 5:11
Eternal Life cannot be separated from the Son. HE is eternal life. His LIFE in us is Eternal life. While much of the Christian Church has succumbed to religious formulas, God’s truth stands sure.
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life”
I JOHN 5:12
We have relegated the act of becoming a Christian to a statement of “faith”, rather than the reality of His Life within the individual; we have ruled out the LIFE of the Son as the revelation of the redemptive power of a salvation that is ours through FAITH in the SON. Where there is no change in the life of an individual there is no conversion. Change is always the evidence of HIS LIFE.
“Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His”
Our access to, and our enjoyment of, all the resources of heaven is only known by relationship with and abiding in the Son. No amount of teachings, religious conformity to the concepts of men, or association with various ministries/organizations will ever replace the wonder of a living relationship with the risen Christ!
The purpose of all ministry is to see that HE ALONE has the pre-eminence in our midst and in our hearts. We must return to the simplicity of the FAITH that fuses the life of the believer to our Risen Lord.
“No man can create faith in himself. Something must happen to him which Luther calls “the divine work in us,” which changes us, gives us new birth, and makes us completely different people in heart, spirit, mind, and all our powers”
Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700–1760)
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”
It is the privilege and the right of every child of God to be free from anxious care. This is not a LIFE that is entered into easily nor carelessly. It is within the purpose of God to BRING us to such a place of trust and reliance upon our God. The ANSWER is having the simplicity of a child in turning those anxious thoughts into prayers and supplications. The childlike life of the SON within each of us is not a starting point in our life with HIM. Rather it is an essential quality of being that enables us to LIVE within the PROVISION of all that is in HIM. This childlike faith is what we must GROW INTO in order to ENTER the KINGDOM OF GOD!
“Except ye be converted, and BECOME as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven”
It is in us becoming as little children that we are enabled to ENTER the Kingdom. It is believing that the things which cause anxiousness within our hearts can simply be released to our Heavenly Father through prayer and supplication! We are instructed here that “IN EVERYTHING” by the medium of prayer and supplication and with THANKSGIVING we are to make our requests known unto God! It is BY the DOING of these things that we BECOME living participants of HIS provision and life. This simple truth is not easily learned. It is in our being converted (changed and transformed) that this LIFE is developed and grown into; converted here in the Greek means “to turn one’s self from one’s course of conduct, i.e. to change one’s mind”. The prevailing concept in a large segment of the Christian world concerning “conversion” is one of something that happened at a certain point in time. But unless we see it a as a daily need, to ever be in the process of BEING changed, ever becoming, ever growing from “glory to glory”, we are stagnant in our relationship with HIM.
Change is the evidence of LIFE. Conversion and transformation from what we are into the simplicity of HIS LIFE within us is the essential business of this LIFE.
This life of making our requests known unto God as the answer to our anxious cares is directly related to the power of a FAITH that is real and dynamic within our hearts. It is only by FAITH that we are able to make such transactions with God that will produce within us a freedom from our anxiousness and care.