Series: Beginnings in Eden/Christ in me
Sun am 6th February 2011 – Kobus Swart
1 Sam. 17:38-40; Josh. 5:7-15; (Jude 1:5); Gal. 4:4; John 1:29; Eph. 1:3-5; Matt. 28:20; Ps. 139:13; Jer. 1:5; Col. 1:13-20; John 17:9
So often we still fall for the temptation to put on yesterday’s armour; it feels “comfortable” – that which used to work! At Saul’s suggestion, David tried the old armour, but soon threw it off. We have to identify that which used to work in previous seasons. Throw it off, otherwise you will remain trapped under the thinking patterns of yesterday. As the mantle fell upon Joshua to lead the people of God into the Land of Promise, he had to go through a major paradigm shift. The people who continued to function under an “I am saved” mindset in the wilderness, all perished.
Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe (Jude 1:5). The world is no longer impacted by the Christian community the way it should be. The thinking dominating most of the average Christian believers says this; “I am saved and thank God I am not going to hell.” It is not enough to only be saved “from”. We are being saved “unto”! Israel lost their way and purpose after having been saved from Egypt. There is a purpose in being saved and it is not simply to go to heaven. Ultimately the purpose for believers on earth is to pray “Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” and to possess their Promised Land!
There is a new generation ready to take possession of the land of promise (Kingdom of God). This generation needs to be circumcised in their minds. It is a circumcision of heart and mind. Part of the renewal of the mind involves circumcision, or else we drag old concepts with us that will slow us down.
Now when they had finished circumcising all the nation, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed. (Josh. 5:8) Don’t run around leaving a blood trail, stay in the camp until you are healed. Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day (Josh. 5:9). How long do we look back and talk about our “Egyptian” bondage? Get a possessing mindset! Possessing the land of promise!
On the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year. (Josh. 5:11-12). The manna in this case presents supernatural provision from heaven, miraculous supply and intervention. If ever there is a change of mindset needed in the Church, it is this revelation. God is bringing us in this transition into the land of promise where it is no longer about the miracle coming from somewhere, but we are becoming the miracle and eating of the produce of the new land.
Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD” (Josh. 5:13-14).When Jesus came to this earth and bridged the divide between the invisible and the visible in the Word becoming flesh, everything changed as far as our approach to God is concerned. Don’t ask Him to come to your side; you must go to His side!
We need a new understanding of the phrase “Christ in me.” This Messianic age we are living in, started when Jesus came 2000 years ago – in the fullness of time (Gal 4:4) – and we are still in it. The Messianic age has not come to its final manifestation yet. The Church is waiting for some “future” event to happen while failing to see the real meaning of Christ in us (corporately), the hope of glory. The future is busy unfolding in the corporate Body of Christ.
Redemption was not an afterthought of God; the Lamb had been slain from the foundation of the earth. John the Baptist saw it by revelation: “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29). It was a package deal in the mind of God before He created mankind. Generation after generation will die in the wilderness of confusion until there is a remnant that can allow the Spirit to circumcise their minds, roll away the reproach of yesterday, and take possession of the Promised Land. That was the provision in God sending His Son to become flesh.
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven (Col. 1:13-20).
It is this Christ – in whom dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily – that took up residence in the hearts of born again believers, the blood washed redeemed community. The chaos and turmoil in the world will end when the Church of Jesus Christ realizes the meaning of the phrase “Christ in us” – the hope of glory for the world. Jesus is not praying for the world (John 17:9), the prayer is for the Church to realize and experience this oneness (Jn 17:21). The Church needs to fully absorb the impact and meaning of Christ in us. Then the world will believe that He was sent.