Series: The Christ Within; Finished Works
Sun am 14 July 2019 – Riaan Sinden
Psalm 119:160 (AMP); John 18:33-38 (NKJV); Ephesians 4:15; John 14:6; (1 John 4:17); John 1:1; John 15:1-6; Gen 3:5; Gen. 1:26; Col 2:9; Matt 5:48; 2 Cor. 5:17; John 8:31-32, 36; (Eph. 5:27)
There is a line in Psalm 119:160 (AMP) – The sum of Your word is truth. It is like doing all your calculations and in the end you realise, God’s Word is Truth. There have been times when I needed to hold onto what is true. The realization that you can hold onto God’s word just opens so many doors for us. There is always a quest for truth but often the lines have become blurred between the lie and the truth.
In Jesus was brought to Pilate for questioning: He asks Jesus “Are You a king then?” Jesus answers, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born and for this cause I have come into this world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth? (John 18:37-38 NKJV). This question has reverberated throughout history, “What is truth?” What is it that we are clinging to? Speaking truth to one another in love is one of the most powerful verses in the Bible (Eph. 4:15). It is declaring the truth of God’s Word into your brother and sister so that we can grow up as a corporate body.
Jesus would choose to start some of His sentences with, “Truly I say unto you” or “Truly, truly/Verily, verily”. Jesus was not trying to convince His listeners or trying to persuade them. When Jesus said, “Truly, I say unto you” that line was taken from the Hebrew word ‘Amen’. When we say ‘amen’ it is usually at an end of a prayer, or by itself to agree. But Jesus starts His sentence with ‘amen’. The word ‘amen’ means ‘so be it’ or ‘I am in complete agreement with what was said’. So if Jesus said ‘amen’ at the beginning of the sentence, Jesus was already agreeing with what He was going to say. Jesus was saying, “I Am the truth that I am speaking. I Am the agreement of the words. I Am in unity with the truth who is God”. So by saying that, He was emphasizing that it was not a truth that He was speaking out of habit, but it was literally “Who I Am, My nature, My character. I Am the Truth that I am revealing to you. Just being in Me is the revelation of the truth of who I Am”. “I AM the way, the truth, & the life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me” (John 14:6 NKJV).
Just as Jesus is Truth, we are truth. Everyone that is in Christ is truth. Just as Jesus, when He was on earth, was the truth manifested for all to see. So also we, as true believers, carry the same DNA, because as He is, so are we (1 John 4:17). We have also received the Spirit of truth; it is the Spirit of truth that guides us into all truth. Truth is always a person. God chose to pour Himself into a vessel called man. Truth is the incarnation of the reality of God in the earth.
Jesus was not just the representation of God; the Bible says He was the exact representation of God. I can represent someone, I can mimic someone or act like someone else, and even if I do it really well, I will not be that person. It is only the ‘exact’ of God that has value. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1 NKJV). It is one and the same. An exact representation is when you are who you represent.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you…” (John 15:1-6 NKJV). So I need to be in Him. Outside of Him there is nothing. Everything that is in Christ is in Me. Now the proof of that is the fruit. God is a vinedresser; He comes and He prunes us, what is He cutting away? Those old parts which have lost touch with being “in Christ”; the old thinking patterns, the old man, the old habits.
The more we reveal God, the more God is put on display. That is the truth of who we are. We are supposed to bear fruit, if people do not know you are a Christian, it is probably because you are not bearing any fruit. The last thing the kingdom needs is secret agents; when no one knows you are a Christian.
When we stand in truth we will be tested, because the enemy will never be happy for us to come into that revelation of truth. Adam and Eve were already in His image and likeness (Gen. 1:26). There was nothing that one could add to it. Even today we are still tricked with the same, “If you do this, you will be more” (Gen. 3:5). There is nothing more to do. All we have to do is be in Christ. We just need to elevate our vision to view things from the finished works perspective. If we do not see the finished work of the cross in our lives, then we will continuously try and prove yourselves. The question that I have to ask myself all the time is, do I believe that which Jesus did was the finished work? Do I believe that there is nothing else that He must still do? Do I believe that He shed all His blood for me? Do I believe He has forgiven all my sins?
In Colossians 2:9 it says For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Where are we? We are in Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Then the next verse says and you are complete in Him… You, meaning us, are COMPLETE in Him! Now the question still remains, do we believe this? Do we believe that we are complete in Christ? Do we believe that the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him bodily, not just the body of Jesus, but the corporate body? Once again that means us. The corporate Son, the fullness of the Godhead, everything that is in God dwells in us, do we believe that?
Jesus said to His disciples Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matt 5:48). Jesus did not say, “I wish you were perfect” or “I hope you will be perfect.” You do not really have a choice. Once you have been grafted into the Vine, once you are in Christ, then what is in Him is in you; the same DNA. The only way to get to the state of perfection is when we are in Christ. We need to take our position in this truth. It is time we start declaring it over ourselves! Like we have heard in the previous weeks, we need to make a declaration over our own lives, “I am perfection!” “I am health!” “I am love!” “I am worship!” This IS who we are.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Cor. 5:17). Once you get a revelation of these Scriptures it will change your life. For too long we have been tricked by religion into believing that we have to do things to acquire this. We have believed a lie. If you are in Christ you are a new creation! The old is gone, everything is new! That is the standard of Christ in us. If Jesus Christ is the fullness God and He is in me, all my weaknesses must rise up to the place where it submits to that authority in me, which is Christ. The strength of who I am is Christ, and He is stronger than any of my weaknesses.
Was it the truth, or the facts? It was the truth! (John 8:32). Now the fact is that we are weak, but the truth is that in Him we are strong. The fact is sometimes we fall short, but the truth is I am the righteousness of God in Christ. The fact is that sometimes I sin, but the truth is that I have been delivered; I have been set free of my old Adamic nature. That is the truth. So where do I put my trust? I put my trust in the truth of who I am in Christ. If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32). The truth is we are free and whoever the Son sets free is free indeed! (John 8:36). He is not coming back for a people who are holding onto old mind-sets of who they used to be, He is coming back for a Bride that is without spot or wrinkle (Eph. 5:27).
We need to receive what has already been done. This is the truth of the word, the ‘I Am’ in us, and we in the ‘I Am’. I cannot emphasize this enough; just by waking up in the morning and saying “I am worship” or saying “I am peace” will change your day, and change your life. Not because of our abilities but because of who Christ is in me.