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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Interest Or Identification?"

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March 21, 2012


INTEREST OR IDENTIFICATION?

I have been crucified with Christ.

Galatians 2:20
http://www.BibleStudyTools.com/search/?query=ga+2:20&sr=1

The imperative need spiritually is to sign the death warrant of the
disposition of sin, to turn all emotional impressions and
intellectual beliefs into a moral verdict against the disposition of
sin, viz., my claim to my right to myself. Paul says - "I have been
crucified with Christ"; he does not say - "I have determined to
imitate Jesus Christ," or, "I will endeavour to follow Him" - but -
"I have been identified with Him in His death." When I come to such a
moral decision and act upon it, then all that Christ wrought for me
on the Cross is wrought in me. The free committal of myself to God
gives the Holy Spirit the chance to impart to me the holiness of
Jesus Christ.

". . . nevertheless I live. . . ." The individuality remains, but the
mainspring, the ruling disposition, is radically altered. The same
human body remains, but the old satanic right to myself is destroyed.

"And the life which I now live in the flesh . . . ," not the life
which I long to live and pray to live, but the life I now live in my
mortal flesh, the life which men can see, "I live by the faith of the
Son of God." This faith is not Paul's faith in Jesus Christ, but the
faith that the Son of God has imparted to him - "the faith of the Son
of God." It is no longer faith in faith, but faith which has
overleapt all conscious bounds, the identical faith of the Son of
God.

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