A Light that Remains
This article is not one to be quickly read, then laid aside. Its light must be absorbed into ones heart and mind. Then, when darkness comes, as it surely will upon every life, there will be a light that remains. It will be a light so eternal that no darkness of man or devil can overcome it. I know this light. It has shined in my own life, although there is moreyea, much morewaiting to shine in me. My desire is that we might come into this greater light together. Please walk with me and do all you can to bring others with us. The way is open to whosoever will.
IT WAS THE LORD JESUS HIMSELF WHO REVEALED TO PAUL that we were with Him in His crucifixion. We were with Him in His burial and His resurrection also. This became The Grand Theme for Paul in what we call Romans Truth. The Lord identified with us in our sin that He might bring us into an identification with Him in His triumph over sin. In a couple of articles back, we discovered that this sin in which we by nature became ensnared and which the Lord Jesus took on Himself was, in fact, The Sin. It entered the race through Adam.
lays out a very clear statement regarding The Sin in Rom 5:12.
This verse also connects us with the penalty of The Sin, which is death. In fact, we find in the Greek New Testament that it is, indeed,
As Pauls revelation unfolds, we discover that Christ will take us with Him all the way to the Throne of His Kingdom. This becomes the backbone of his Epistle to the Ephesians. All of this is for us to know, then reckon upon it and yield ourselves to it. This will result in a powerful reality with usin our everyday living as well as in the times of stress and difficulty that crowd us beyond what we can be or do by nature.
TO HELP LAY HOLD ON THE REVELATION CHRIST gave Paul, we are in process of studying several words the Apostle used as he wrote of the Lords triumph. Our present purpose is to gain an overview of the revelation released nearly 2000 years ago. The light and life of what came then continues for us today. I believe what Christ made known to Paul has as much relevance now as at any time since it was revealed to him. It is we who may be on the brink of the greatest attack from the enemy ever released on man. But, we who know Christ Jesus intimately may be on the brink of the greatest infusion of Gods power and light ever known. What joy, strength, wisdom and fulfillment await us with Him!
That the revelation given to Paul might grow as good seed in us, we want to become acquainted with the words he used. We will discover them as we proceed. Mark the passages where they occur in your Bible. Memorize them. Meditate on them. Become aware of the context of each statement. Let them become yours.
some understanding eludes you for a while, pursue it. Eventually you
can come to the point of living out of what Christ made known to Paul.
You will find its light will go with you into your darkest hour.
other night I found it difficult to sleep. My first thought was that
I really needed the sleep I was missing. I also had a strange feeling
I could not shake. It was something akin to worry or apprehension. Then,
it came to me to meditate on the passages we are coming to know. Oh,
what a profitable time that became of meditation and intercession!
the words describing our identification with Christ, Paul took on a
precise formula. We see this in his use of the Greek Preposition sun. He attached it to certain words to define what we share together
with Christ. He was the first to write in this way about Who Christ
is with us and who we are with Him. We will
eventually see how he used the same formula to describe who we are with each other in Christs body.
may have learned with me that sun means together
with. It is distinct from other Greek words meaning with
in that it describes being together with another in the same place.
An illustration of this is drawing one line on top of another so we
cannot tell there are two lines; unless we were there when they were
we are willing to embrace what we share together with Christ, we soon
learn that what Paul wrote is true. Im so taken with how he used
the with words that Ive written of them in several
articles. We are learning profound truth that will bring us into being overcomers for the days close upon us when the kingdoms
of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord, and
of His Christ... (Rev 11:15).
CAN SEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WITH WORDS revealed in Romans and Ephesians.
But we cannot take on all of them in one article, so presently we will
proceed no further than what we find in Romans. The others can
come later. Were moving slowly with the hope and prayer that the
revelation given Paul may lay hold on us.
Ive drunk from Ephesians fountain for years, I am convicted
there is light from that Epistle yet waiting to shine in my soul. I
wait for more of the reality of what I see there to find its translation
into my life. Then I can write the better of it.
baptism is our confession that we have died to our old life to rise
to a newness of life together with Christ. Newness is from the Greek kaínos. It is a newness like
something never known before. The life to which God brings us in Christ
is not a replication of the life anyone of us can know or receive by
inheritance. Being a child of a Christian parent cannot bring us into
it. We all revert to being descendents only of the first man Adam. It is when we put this off, and reckon the old man dead, that
we can come into an intimacy with the last Adam, Jesus,
Who for us was made a quickening (life giving) Spirit (I Cor 15:45).
we see here is becoming ours to know, both by faith as well as by experience.
When it is settled in us, no one of man or demon can take it from us.
Nor can the experiences of our natural life, however harsh or negative,
crowd it from us.
we consider this verse in the Original, the latter part should read
we shall be also of the resurrection. This is amazing. The
words in the likeness of His do not occur in the Letter
Paul sent to the Romans. They were put there by our translators. Could
it be that Paul perceived our baptism as a symbolic identification with
Christ in His death and burial, but that the likeness stops there? The
resurrection goes beyond a likeness to become a reality with us. Paul
made the fine statement of Rom 5:17 that bears this out
which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall
reign in life by One, Jesus Christ. This new kind of life begins
with us as soon as we open ourselves to the indwelling life of Christ.
It is everlasting life. It carries with it a quality that
is ours to know now, only to be enhanced in the eternities.
means that we should no longer be under bondage to The Sin, the inward
principle that has dragged us all down since our Father Adam sinned.
The Sin he embraced was released upon his whole race. This is why the
Lord Jesus went to the cross. God made Him Who knew no sin to
be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (II Cor 5:21).
We are following on to know this righteousness. Many, even in their trying to serve the Lord, still admit defeat. But, we do not give up. The revelation Christ gave to Paul for us retains its might.
US MOVE ON NOW TO ROM 8. This is one of the most powerful and intriguing chapters in all of Pauls
writings. We can read and study it for a lifetime, never ceasing to
draw life and light from it. In this chapter Paul makes use of some
more together with words. They are ready to direct us further
into the reality of what is ours with Christ.
word children in this verse is from the Greek téknon, the root of which is a word meaning to give birth.
Thus, the reference is to those who have been born into a family. We
know this has taken place when we have become new creations. While the
together with word in this passage does not relate to our
identification with Christ Jesus directly, it does point to a work
of the Holy Spirit with our human spirit. He, the Holy Spirit, testifies
together with our human spirit that we have been born into the family
increase our enjoyment and to solidify our assurance, the Holy Spirit
confirms that we are in the family of God by His indwelling presence
with us. Jesus promised His Spirit would come and abide with us (Jn
14:16). So, I guess we should say that this passage does point to
our identification with Jesus. Exactly! Precisely! It is His
Spirit that is bearing witness with our spirit. What a union! It is
His very life in usliving in us, moving in us and through usmaking
and see the above word sundoxázo. While we see the prefix sun (together with) on it, we take note of
the latter part of the word, doxázo. It carries with it a meaning
pertaining to government. While often translated with reference to the
glory of Christ, it also carries with it the meaning of a dignitary
in government. We are carried into the government of His Kingdom where
we share with Him in the dignity of His high office. Ephesians carries us forward in the
revelation of this high truth. Oh, what a wonder awaits us there!
What the three marvelous words in the above verse convey is more than our natural minds may comprehend. But they excite us and lay hold on us. They draw us on in our joining with Christ. They lead us to see that before this age comes to its consummation, we may indeed be made to suffer with Him. But, strengthening us for this is our union with Him, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame (thinking little of the shame), and is set down at the right hand of the Throne of God (Heb 12:2). Ephesians Truth takes us there.
IS ONE MORE TOGETHER WITH WORD in Romans. While viewing all the words, we
become aware of the wealth of revelation truth into which we are moving.
Our purpose here is to gain an overview of what we share with Christ. We may spend the rest of our lives living out of what
we are finding.
designed us to be like Jesus. To find what we shall be like in His eternal
Kingdom, we study to know all we can of Him. Pictures of His imaginary
likeness put aside, we are to bear a likeness of what He is in His real
person. He made this statement to His disciples, Learn of Me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart (Mt 11:29). To be conformed to His image, we first learn of His
meekness and lowliness. Reading all of Mt 11:29, we find this
leaves us with rest in our souls.
need seek no further glory than His glory for this present time. The
glory that is ours with Him is left for the Father to bestow on us whenever
He glorifies His Firstborn. When we glorify Jesus, we share in His glory.
We shall know His glory in its fullness when every knee of all mankindeven
our ownbows before Him.
gave some wonderful instruction in Phil 2:5 with regard to our being like
Christ Jesus. He said, Let this mind be in you, which was also
in Christ Jesus. Certainly this whole passage waits for us to
explore in depth, but there is one thing for us to see presently. When
the Apostle said, Let this mind be in you, he used a Greek
term meaning, Let this frame of mind be in you. (You may
have become aware of this word, prhónema, in our article, The Frame Work of
the Inner Man.) God is reaching for the inner working of our
persons as He points us to the same frame of mind that was in Christ
Jesus. Although He was Gods Firstborn Son, He emptied Himself and took upon Him the form of a servant, that is, doúlos, a bond slave. Thus, we begin to seesomewhatof
the form we are to share with Him.
Oh, sweet Jesus! A bond slave give his all, even his will, over to his master.
THE PRESENT, LET ME LEAVE YOU AT THIS POINT of discovering Pauls together with
words. We expect to see others from Ephesians in our next article.
I now want to share with you a time when what we are seeing began to
take hold of me. It was a strange and funny beginning, but the life
of it has remained with me and has gone with me around the world. Ive
written of this before, but I take you there again because it remains
as a substance of reality in my spirit. It was the beginning of my learning
that what we know in word can be translated into life, deed and relationship.
of what we lay out here carries with it the possibility of reality.
We have begun discovering it, but the discovery goes on. I want you
to come with me in it. I think we have hardly begunbut we have
I tell happened to me on a dusty road over forty years ago. I was young
then. Now I am blessed with more maturity than I sometimes like, but
I am still learning. Day by day I have to sit before my Teacher and
let Him bring His truth over into my living. I hope you know what I
had come, rather marvelously, to some understanding that when the Lord
Jesus died, I died. My central passage in seeing this was Rom 6:11. A
dear woman once told me that if she had
to give up all of the Bible but one chapter, she would keep Rom 6. She went on to say that if she could keep but one verse, it would
be Rom 6:11. I was preaching vociferously in those days, knowing
little but preaching much. Rom 6 had meant little more to me
than a good passage to read whenever I baptized someone. But after the
conversation with that dear sister, it took on more meaning. I preached
from Rom 6 wherever I went: You must
be crucified with Christ!
hearing me, one young man came to me and said, Brother Corley
I appreciate what you are preaching. Im not dead yet, but I sure
the same time, that beloved sister came to me again. She also said she
was glad to hear what I was preaching, but she was waiting for the other
half. I asked what other half. She said, You know we werent
just crucified with Christ, we were also raised up with Him.
long after then, a friend came to me and suggested that we go and visit
a former classmate to witness to him about the Holy Spirit. I was happy
to go and certainly wanted to take my new 1959 Chevrolet station wagon.
We left the pavement and went for most of our journey over dusty wash
board roads. I could see the dust billowing in my new vehicle.
My front door began to squeak. I knew the car would never be the same
again. To make matters worse, my friend didnt mind at all that
my car was being ruined. He started reading to me from a book by Hudson
Taylor on the Song of Solomon. I cared for none of that.
I was fuming for what was happening to my car.
Suddenly, through the dust and rattle, the Lord spoke to me. What have you been preaching? As suddenly, I knew. I confessed in my own heart what I had begun to know from Rom 6. The brother with me didnt know what was happening, but my life was changed that day.
It was then I began to know I dont have to take the trip alone. I dont have to preach the sermon alone. I dont have to face the darkness of pain, suffering, loneliness or the fear of failure by myself. Im still learning, but, oh, I have begun! And so have you. The wonders of His grace are abounding. He is with us and we are with Him. He is our lifeand we are His life.
We will follow on with Romans Truth in the accompanying prayer starters. Let us let the Word find its translation into our lives. Gods Spirit will help.
There is more to come!
Prayer Starter: Steps into the Light with Jesus
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