The Power of the Spirit is the resurrection power of Christ at work in the life of the believer

What Dr Guy Waters argued that the “Life giving Spirit”  of second Adam who is Christ, seems to be confusing. There is always the distinction between the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Christ.[1] However, he argued from: Romans 8:9–11  

 Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him…… 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Paul talks about the Spirit of Christ dwelling in us, (Rom 8:9) and v11 says the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, this is clearly saying the Spirit of Christ is the Holy Spirit. Waters argues that Paul is not erasing the distinction between them, but making an economical or functional identification of Christ and the Spirit. The bodily resurrection of Christ has secured and bestows him upon his people. I do like the combo effect of the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Spirit, at least, in terms of economic function. And I agree.

1 Cor 1:7  “…so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,” This is spiritual gift from the Lord. Paul writes that “ …because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, “that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge.” Through the grace of God in Christ, we the believers have been enriched, or I call it empowered, in Christ in all speech and knowledge (1:4). That’s one huge promise of God, hard to fathom we ever have all that. But in harmony with other verses like growing in maturity to be more like Christ, we know that that “enriched” is a gradual process. The important point that’s the gift of the Spirit. V7 says we don’t lack any gift as we wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus. These all point to the thesis that the resurrection of Christ is the “Life giving Spirit” that enriched us, and empowered us, and granted us the grace of God so we lack no gift!

Because these spiritual gifts are a result of Christ’s resurrection, therefore they are the resource through the gospel, to combat the wisdom of the world. It’s important to realize that the resurrection of Christ not only brought us salvation, justification and adoption, but also actually helping us to fight against the corruption of the world and our sinful self. This is a big point I want to highlight, so all that is achieved by Christ’s resurrection goes beyond just redemption, but also sanctification, glorification. In this broken depraved world, Christians combat the rottenness of the powers of darkness, temptations to sins, and also the discouragement by the barrage of sinful and abominations displayed blatantly in the eyes of God and the church. And Christ’s resurrection causing the imputation of the Holy Spirit literally empowers us, and strengthens us to fight against these fleshly divisions and factions and brokenness we see in the Corinthian church, and definitely in today’s churches too.

[1] Kruger Editor, Waters,  A Biblical Theological Introduction to the New Testament , 214

Glorify and enjoy God & Doing God’s will

Problem of doing God’s Will

The problem of modern humanity is that we are not seeking to do God‘s will so much as we should be. The way Jesus portrayed himself over here is he’s absolutely sold out to do God‘s will on earth. We kind of know what we should do that, but we find it so tough to do it really to the extent that Jesus did. But if you do even 50% of what Jesus did we would have revolutionized the church and brought revival to our land.

Motivation to do God’s Will

The challenge is to motivate people to be so consumed or consummate about doing God‘s will for their lives. Jesus said, “ my food is the to do the will of the Father.” In other words if he doesn’t do God’s will, he will die. In the context of what’s happening after teaching the greatest theology of worship to the Samaritan woman, Jesus turned around and explain to the disciples that his food is to do God‘s will. What he’s saying is that he’s reaching out to the Samaritan woman is the absolute will of God. That  reaching out to the Samaritan woman should take precedence over our physical hunger and physical needs. That is aggressive passionate and intense. Not many people can do that. Perhaps Paul can do that.

Revival with 50% like Jesus’ Passion

We do not need to be exactly like Paul or like the Lord Jesus per se, however we do need to grasp the consuming desire to do God‘s will on this earth. In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus prayed the prayer “may your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” That is a prayer of the Lord Jesus that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. You know how beautiful it is in heaven? If we could even achieve 50% of what happens like on earth, we would’ve created a paradise in contrast to what we see today. That’s why we need to really seek to do God‘s will.

To glorify God & Enjoy God is more important than serving Him

So let’s face to the challenges. First is to find out God‘s will for our lives in the macro level and the micro level. We know at the macro level God’s will is for us to glorify him and to enjoy him. I like this better than doing things.

Example of go and make disciples of all nations without emphasizing first that all the authority has been given to Christ in heaven on earth. It will be devastating & difficult and you be burnt out! We must therefore understand we only go out and make disciples because authority has been given to Jesus. Authorities been given to Jesus on in heaven and earth because of his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. On the cross with redemption completed, then we go out to make disciples of all nations.

However even knowing authority has been given to Christ and he empowers us, we still need to have fun! Hallelujah!!  we need to enjoy God, just like the Westminster confession #1 says the chief aim of life is to glorify God and enjoy God. Having a task oriented mission of getting a church to move in making disciples of all nations without enjoying God, it just makes everyone dry and dry up every soul in church.

I do think the day has come that we enjoy God more than doing God’s great commission. You cannot do God’s will and not enjoy God and love God. The unseen hands of God divinely operating behind your back in your life, is what motivates & drives you to do God‘s will to serve God to serve Him! Like Paul said,

Paul’s Passionate serving God’s secret

1 Corinthians 15:10–11 (ESV)

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

Paul said “it’s not I!” It’s the grace of God that’s in me!! Makes me work harder than anyone else! He never gets brunt out, but always burning for Christ. What a man! And he died got martyred for Christ!

I exhort you learn to enjoy God and love God and glorify God first and foremost, so make serving God a joy!