Crucified

Crucified

“Crucified with Christ”

“I have been crucified with Christ”
Galatians 2:20

“What does it mean for me to be “crucified with Christ”? I think the answer is best summed up in the words the crowd used of Jesus: “Away with Him!” God never allows this matter of being crucified with Christ to remain for us a mere theory, though I confess that for many years it was no more than that to me. I myself had preached the Cross in these very terms without knowing it in my own experience–until one day I saw with dramatic suddenness that it had been I. Nee To-sheng, who died there with my Lord. “Away with Him!” they had cried, and in saying it of Him they had also, unwittingly, echoed God’s verdict upon me. And that sentence of God upon me was carried out in Him. This new discovery affected me almost as greatly as did my first discovery of salvation. I tell you, it left me so humbled as to be for a while quite unable to preach at all, whereas till that day, I have to admit, preaching had been my consuming passion.”
Watchman Nee

“Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom”
T.S. Elliot

Experiential truth is the bridge between the idea and the substance, between the shadow of words and the Light of the Truth.

“For the kingdom of God is not in word,
but in power”
1 Corinthians 4:20

The Truth of His Kingdom in each of us is as real as the truth which reigns in us. The power to be is the purpose of His coming:

“I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly”

John 10:10

Brian Troxel

Quote for Today – Tim Shey

Quote for Today

Shiloh

“Where are my friends?
The landscape is dry and desolate.
They have stretched my shredded body
On this humiliating tree.

The hands that healed
And the feet that brought good news
They have pierced
With their fierce hatred.”
Tim Shey (Excerpt from the Poem “Shiloh”)

“For dogs have compassed me:
the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me:
they pierced my hands and my feet.”

Psalm 22:16

It was His own who crucified Him. What God called the “assembly of the wicked” were they who called themselves the people of God. It was His own who pierced His hands and His feet. As it was in that day so is it in this Day. They who honor the men and women of God in the past still crucify Him in those who speak His Word in Today.

“Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets,
and your fathers killed them”
Luke 11:47

Brian Troxel