The Path to Discovery
By Pastor Dennis Smith
However, every Christian who discovers this glorious truth of “Christ in us” has followed a similar path as their fellow travelers. They had accepted Christ as their Savior, but were burdened and bewildered by their Christian walk that was so sporadic in obedience and unfruitful in service. They longed for a consistently faithful walk with their Lord, but never found it. They struggled with besetting sins, but the sins seemed to win the battle. They prayed and studied their Bibles, but that didn’t seem to bring the victory they longed for. After perhaps years of struggle they came to the point of despair and weariness. Their sense of failure was overwhelming. The life of continual victory over sin seemed impossible to attain. Then one day they discovered the reality of the mystery of union with Christ; Christ living in them. Once discovered they were amazed at how simple this marvelous truth was; yet it had eluded their understanding for years. After this discovery their life was never again the same. Their joy in the Lord was deep and abiding. Their life was now consistently victorious, even over besetting sins. They no longer felt burdened or anxious in their service for the Lord and their service became the most fruitful for the Lord.
Simple Yet Elusive
This book presents the truth that there is no righteousness in this earth except the righteousness of Christ. Christ has provided both justifying and sanctifying righteousness for the believing Christian. Christ’s justifying righteousness and subtitutionary death frees him from the guilt and penalty of sin. Christ’s sanctifying righteousness enables the believer to live a life in obedience to God as he learns how to let Christ live out His righteousness in and through him; how to experience to the fullest Christ’s abiding presence.
The truth of abiding in Christ and His abiding in us, and how we are to experience a victorious Christian life is so simple and yet so elusive that most Christians have never discovered it to the fullest. Today God is calling us to this amazing experience in Christ. Why? Jesus is coming soon. All who are ready to meet Him will be just like Him (1John 3:2). Their daily experience will have had to become one of complete victory in Christ if they are to be “like” Jesus when He comes. Therefore, this wonderful biblical truth is of no small consequence to Christians living in our day. Jesus is coming soon and God is calling us to a much higher experience with Him than most of us have ever had. This book is dedicated to the goal of leading all who read it to understand and experience the “abiding” God is offering to us; “Christ in us” the hope of glory for His people, which is called the “mystery” of the gospel. (Colossians 1:27).
John tells us that just before Christ returns this “mystery” will be brought to completion and finished.
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” Revelation 10:7
When this truth is understood and discovered the believer will proclaim from the depths of his heart, “Christ did it all.” The deliverance Christ gives lays all of man’s boasting in the dust.
“That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 1Corinthians 1:29-31
When the believer experiences abiding in Christ to the fullest extent he will claim no glory for his victories over temptation and sin. All the glory will go to God and he will proclaim throughout all eternity, “Christ did it all!”
Next post is “Justification by Faith”. Just What is Justification by Faith? How Do I become Like Jesus? Justification by Faith is very important for us to understand because when Jesus comes He will be looking for those who have Faith in Him!! Romans 3:26