True Blessedness

True Blessedness

“Blessed and holy
is the one having part in the first resurrection.
The second death has no authority over these”
Revelation 20:6

Blessedness and holiness are requirements to partake of the first resurrection. Holiness is the reign of Christ within His own. Death reigns because of sin; the hope of all creation is in the power and wonder of the Life of Christ within His people (Romans 8:19-23). His Life alone is the cure for fallen creation. The cry of the heart of God is eternal:

“Come unto Me…”

This call is more than a religious platitude; it is an invitation to draw from Him the very life to dwell within the dominion of a love that eradicates the lusts, envy and strife of this world. It is as we come to Him and abide in Him that we have hope in the “first resurrection”.

The Progressive life of growth in Christ — The Beatitudes of Matthew 5.

“Blessed and holy…”

“Blessed are the poor in spirit…” Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are they that mourn…” Matthew 5:4
“Blessed are the meek…” Matthew 5:5
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness…”                      Matthew 5:6
“Blessed are the merciful…” Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the pure in heart…” Matthew 5:8
“Blessed are the peacemakers…” Matthew 5:9
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake…”                      Matthew 5:10
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you…” Matthew 5:11

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

Holy

“…but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:15-16

Blessedness and holiness are the miracle of Christ alone. His government, His dominion and His Life ruling within our hearts is the Kingdom of God. It is as we respond to this Call of God in Christ that we begin to perceive the progressive growth into this blessedness: poverty of spirit, a mourning of spirit, and a meekness of heart acknowledging our absolute need of Him. There is a growing hunger and thirsting for His righteousness to be wrought in our lives. His Life in us enables us to be more merciful, purer in the motives of our heart, even though we may be persecuted and reviled. Persecution and rejection come to those who walk and live in Christ. Obedience is the mark of His rule within our hearts. The culmination of this blessedness through obedience is access to the “tree of life” and an entrance into the glorious city of God.

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

Brian Troxel

Mended By Grace

Mended by Grace

“The disciple is not above his master:
but every one that is perfect shall be as his master”
Luke 6:40

Many translations miss the beauty and power of this saying of Jesus. The word “perfect” here should be rendered “mended”. The salvation that Christ brings to His own is one that heals, transforms and brings wholeness of being. It is more than nice words. It is literally the life of Christ being infused into the contaminated essence of man, with a view to being healed and restored. His salvation is more than just a covering; it is God investing His life into that which was lost.

Man was lost through the infection of self-will and the corresponding corrupt choices. Simply put, when any living organism is removed from its life-center, corruption and decay are the result. When an apple is picked from the tree it becomes subject to the second law of thermodynamics. When man severed his relationship with God as the source and center of being, decay and death was/is the result. God, by the inner law of His being, sent His only begotten Son into the world to pay the penalty of man’s disobedience. When individuals break a law of any society, there is a penalty which must be paid *.

The penalty, having been paid by Christ, brought with it the offer from God for all to receive forgiveness. Man, who by freewill chose to disobey God can, by that same act of will, receive the justification of God in Christ. While that is often the extent of the Gospel message in our land, there is more. Not only has God offered forgiveness, He has invested the Life of Christ to undo the stain, corruption and decay of the human race. The infusion of this life is given to destroy the works of the enemy within all who receive Him. He has come to annihilate the workings of lust, envy, jealously, anger, murder and countless other defilements of the human condition.

The life of Christ within is all about the mending and the repairing of the breach. He has/is come to mend our brokenness and to obliterate the works of the flesh by the power of His Holy Spirit. Where the works of the flesh once reigned, we can see the beauty and grace of the fruit of the Spirit forming in those who abide within the sphere of His nature.

“The disciple is not above his master:
but every one that is mended shall be as his master”

It is the disciple (the ardent follower of Christ) who knows of this mending and healing within. The mending of a life is to become a follower of Jesus from the inside out. As one great man of God stated hundreds of years ago: “we are to become by grace what Christ is by nature”.

This work of mending can only be revealed in the depth of love we have for one another. People who treat others (in the name of God) with the same disregard and cruelty that is in the world, clearly reveal the absence of Christ in their hearts. Whenever there is sectarianism, division and strife within God’s people there is, at its root, pride, unforgiveness and carnality. It is the disciples who are mended; it is the true in heart who are called the children of God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers:
for they shall be called the children of God”
Matthew 5:9

* Even in this is a residue of God within the composition of man. Law and order in society, though corrupted, reveals that man still carries within their own being a sense of justice.

Brian Troxel