We have been in the series of the message titled 'Christ in You'. We are saved by faith but Christ in us formed by submission to the word of God and people who give reasons why they cannot submit to the word are exhibiting unteachable spirit. And if nobody can teach you, then your life is heading towards destruction. Learn how do you know if you are submitted to the word of God, in this message. Listen to the above audio for the full message and be blessed!
Colossians 1v27-29; “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”
The mystery mentioned in this above verse of scripture is hidden and not revealed to all. It is something that needs to be accessed by revelation. It is important for every one of us to know that being a Christian, believing in Christ, coming to church really does not make you access this mystery. But the only way you can access this mystery is by the Holy Spirit.
We are saved by faith but Christ is formed in us by submission to the word of God and not by faith. When you give reasons why you are not submitted to the word of God, you are exhibiting unteachable spirit. And if no one can teach you, your life is heading towards destruction. How do we know if you are submitted to the word of God? We will look into this fully in this message.
Under the message ‘Christ in You’, we figured out that not all Christians actually have the image of Christ formed in them. That’s why many of them act the way they do. Have you seen Christians who have embarrassing characteristics like who do not follow the word of God, who probably became cold etc.? Have you seen Christians who tell lies? Or are unstable in faith? Gossiping or their mind is full of worldly desires? They are Christians whom is not formed in them. In Galatians 4v19, we see that Christ wasn’t formed in them. It is difficult to deal with such Christians because if Christ is not formed in them because they do strange things.
Christ is to be formed in each one of us. How do we know? Very simple! Let us take the case of casting out devil. There are devils that are responsible for different type of people’s behaviors. For e.g. Addiction does not start from devil. It starts from your desire. When you cannot control your desire anymore, it starts to control you and that is when the devil can use you as bondage. So, when the devil come in our presence and we command that spirit to come out, there are different levels you need to understand. There is a level where a spirit rises on them, commands them and makes them do. That is addiction. There is another level where people have trained themselves and their body commands them (people) to do the addiction. Whichever the case it is, is bondage. And freedom is in Christ Jesus.
When you see them whom Christ is formed in them, you see love, power purity, mercy, unforgiveness, consistency, reverence for the presence of God, reality of the gospel in them etc., no matter what they are going through. Is Christ formed in you?
How to know if a Christian has Christ formed in them? Very easy! How do you know the spirit of dog or spirit of snake in a person? They have the same characteristics. Likewise, to know if Christ is formed in a man, he or she will have the characteristics of Christ. It is not based on the number of years they got saved or baptized. Proverbs 24v3 says; “Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established.” Some of the people reading this article doesn’t know what we are talking about. Don’t befriend your feelings; your feelings will take you where you don’t want to go. Use your feelings
Ephesians 1v17(KJV); “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” When the scriptures open up, you change. It is not possible to for you to say the scripture open up to you and you are still struggling to change. In Luke 24v25, Jesus opened their understanding. Many families are separated because of misunderstanding. Many are above 14 years of the age and don’t understand what is being preached. It is not that you don’t understand English but you do not understand the importance of what is being said in the message. Many want to listen to the message till their last breath and that’s all.
Apostle Edmonds said “When I listen to the word of God, I drink every aspect of the word of God. I take it in like milk or like high quality drink. I drink everything. How can I go a place and not understand what they are saying and I sit there? Did you think how the Spirit of God works? My faith when I was growing up earlier it comes to a point in the message where I pray for the pastor to round off! It is not because I was tired or bored or had some other work but because I wanted to go out and do what he said.”
The dangerous thing you can do is to follow warriors and not be a warrior. Because suddenly when you are attacked, you will not be able to act like them. Why? Because being in the bandwagon of a warrior doesn’t make you a warrior. Having training in the lifestyle of a warrior makes you a warrior. So, just because you are with faith people doesn’t mean you have faith. What you confess, do you believe and understand it? It is a danger to confess what you don’t understand and believe.
1 John 5v20 says He has given us an understanding. You had understanding before you met the Son of God. But when the Son of God came, He gave you an understanding. One-time Apostle Paul saw in a city where people wrote to an unknown God. Paul stopped and started to tell them that He knows that God and introduced them to that God. Many Christians are today worshiping unknown God; the difference is they did not write as ‘unknown God’. They don’t know who they worship, if they do, they will not behave the same way, when the word of God is coming to them.
You have to get ‘The Understanding’. When you came into Christ, your understanding is supposed to be upgraded to His understanding. Every time you exhibit old understanding, it is fighting ‘The Understanding’. You can operate in any one of these understandings and not both. In Romans 12v2, the Bible says;” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
(Message by Apostle Edmonds Owhorode, compiled by PR)
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