The Gift of Christ

We have mentioned the need to recognize and appreciate the value, worth, and preciousness of the Lord Jesus. We would like to expand upon that and discuss The Gift of Christ. I pray that the Lord will grant us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full-knowledge of His Son as we ponder this.

“As the fullness of God – all that He is and all that He has – dwells in Christ, so the fullness of Christ – all that He is and all that He has – dwells in you” (Colossians 2:9,10a).

I am afraid that we do not truly appreciate the fact that God has never given us things, but has summed up everything into Christ, having poured Himself into His Son. Having the Son, possessing the Son, being one with the Son, we have and possess everything God is. It never has been a question of seeking ten, one hundred, or one thousand different things from God. If we do not know from our experience, we should at least know from the Scriptures, that Christ is the Gift of God. Then our experience will come into line with God’s Thought. If you are used to seeking spiritual “things” (love, joy, peace, anointing, power, blessing, etc.) then this message is particularly for you, but we all stand to benefit from being reminded constantly that Christ is God’s One Gift.

It is the fullness of Christ that we are after, the revelation of Christ as He in fact is. For too many Christians the Lord Jesus is “merely” their Savior. Thank God He is our Savior, but there is a depth and a richness bound up into the personage of Christ that goes far, far beyond “mere” salvation. Salvation is the narrow gate – coming into the fullness of Christ is the narrow path. The gate is only the entrance to something larger.

The principle we have in mind here is All Things In Christ. If we see this then we will be delivered from “things”, from lack, from dissatisfaction, from inferiority, from defeat. The Lord has much to gain by us entering into His fullness now, as opposed to waiting for some future appointment with Him in heaven. It is here on the earth that we need to pray for His Kingdom and His Will to be accomplished. May the Lord illuminate our hearts as we explore these depths.

CHRIST IS THE BLESSING OF GOD

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).”

All we have and all that we are as Christians is based upon our union with Christ. Apart from Him, we have nothing, and we are nothing. But in Him we are blessed with every spiritual blessing. Think upon the ramifications of that. If this is true then we have very little to ask God for, and very much to praise God about.

For most of my life as a Christian I sought God for things. When depressed, I would seek joy. When worried, I would seek peace. When weak, I would seek strength. When angry, I would seek self-control. When defeated, I would seek victory. Most Christians are taught to approach God and seek these things when they are conscious of some lack. For a time it seems they are given what they ask for, but soon they are back asking for more of the same thing. Today we ask for patience, and tomorrow we ask again, and the day after that we have to ask yet again. So it is with peace, joy, victory, and everything else.

Eventually we must learn that we have everything in Christ already. That thing called “patience” that we are so diligently seeking is not a thing at all, it is Christ. “Victory” is no longer a “thing”, it is a Man. And so it is with everything else we need. It is certainly possible to seek spiritual blessings from God apart from Christ, or in addition to Christ. What a difference it makes to realize that He HAS (past tense) blessed us already – not with three or five or twenty blessings – but with every spiritual blessing. However many there may be, we have them all. Where and how has He done this? Thank God, it was done the moment we received Christ and entered into Him as our All in All. God would have us seek Him first, and not His things. To Him there is no “thing”, for they are all summed up into Christ.

Again, it is the preciousness and extreme worth and value of the Lord Jesus that we have in mind here. May we see before God that God’s Gift is Christ – not a lot of spiritual blessings that we must diligently seek after, one by one, until we accumulate them like a collection of virtues or special graces. That is not to say there are not many spiritual blessings we can obtain from God, only that they are all found in Christ. Having the Son we have all that pertains to the Son.

“If God did not spare His own Son, but freely delivered Him over to death on our behalf, how will He not also, with Him, freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)?”

Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like a man who found treasure buried in a field. With great joy he went out, sold all his possessions, and purchased that field. The point of the parable is this: the one who owns the field possesses all that lies buried within the field. It is not a matter of getting the individual pieces of treasure, but of gaining the field. Once we have the field, we have the treasure.

The Scriptures tell us that hidden in Christ are “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3)”, “every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)”, and “all the fullness of God (Colossians 1:19).” Since this is the truth, we maintain before God that His Gift to us is Christ, and to the extent that we appreciate the value and preciousness of the Lord Jesus, to that same extent will we be satisfied spiritually. We will find fullness in the Son, and will not find it necessary to be continually pumped up or propped up as we go about our daily walk as Christians. Imagine the foolishness of asking God for a “few coins” to get you through until Sunday while wealth is buried just below your feet. Or, imagine the vanity of thinking we have to go “here” or “there” to get something from God (such as a “blessing”, a “word”, an “anointing”, etc) when we already have everything He has. I will go so far as to say that when we know the preciousness and costliness of the Lord Jesus we will not ask God for anything else. The one who must ask God for “things” has not yet fully appreciated the treasure he has in Christ already.

Perhaps an illustration would be helpful at this point. When God wished to test Abraham, He did not ask him to sacrifice a sheep, a ram, or a cow. He did not ask for Abraham’s gold or silver or tents or possessions. He went right to the heart of the matter and asked for Isaac, the son of promise. How gladly Abraham would have given anything and everything but his own beloved son. But in the willingness to give up his son, he was, in essence, laying everything down on the altar. When God owns what the man loves most, He owns everything the man has.

In the same way, the Father, wishing to demonstrate His great love for us, has not given us parts and pieces of things, but has sacrificed His only Son. By giving us His Son, He has, in essence and in fact, freely given us everything. When man possesses what God loves most, he owns everything God has. This is why I say we have little else to ASK God for, but much to PRAISE Him about: for IN CHRIST, God has freely given us all things.

GOD GIVES US NOTHING OUTSIDE OF CHRIST

“For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son. Whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have eternal life (John 3:16).”

To the casual observer this verse appears to be giving us a thing called “eternal life”. But that is not what this verse says at all. God has not given us salvation; He has given us His Son as Salvation. This Scripture tells us that God loved the world, and this love prompted Him to remedy the situation by giving us His Only Son. What is the gift? It does not say, “For God so loved the world that He gave eternal life.” If I may say it bluntly, it was not eternal life that we needed to begin with; we needed His Only Son. What good is eternal life without the Son? See before God that there is only One Son, One Gift. Now all who believe IN CHRIST have eternal life. At the moment of New Birth we did not receive salvation, we received the Son. Hence, we are saved. Salvation is not giving me eternal life, but giving me Christ as my Life. Hallelujah! Do you see this?

There is a difference between salvation and a Savior; between deliverance and a Deliverer; between healing and a Healer; between redemption and a Redeemer. The first is a “thing”, the second is a Person. This may sound self-evident and elementary, but before God the difference is vast, and in actual experience the difference is incalculable. If we are not clear on the matter of His Son we will find the Christian life very difficult, if not impossible, to live. I have the “thing” because I have Him; having Him, I do not need to search for the “thing” anymore. What do you have? An experience? A word? A doctrine? A belief? Or a Man? This is the difference between a living Christianity and a dead religion.

We have to come to know the height, length, breadth, and width of HIM, and may I say that we will never come to the end of Him. But we do not search for anything as if we do not have it, nor do we hope to gain some new thing, for what we call “new” is simply that which has been seen for the first time. Thus, revelation is critical, for it unveils what we already have. Having the Son, we have all.

“It is of God that you are in Christ Jesus, Whom God has made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption (I Corinthians 1:30).”

This is a very rich verse. We have already seen how the Lord Jesus is given to be our Life. Upon that basis we can lay claim to everything else. Here we see that to those of us who are in Christ, He is made to be our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. It does not say that He gives these things to us, but that He is these things in us.

Again, this is the difference between a living Christianity and a dead religion. Most of us are still trying to attain something and have not yet realized that we have already obtained it. We wear ourselves out in order to be Christ-like. We are hoping that through much effort we will one day reach some standard to which we can finally say we are living like Jesus. But this is not God’s way. It is not a changed life that God seeks from you, but an exchanged life – that is, your life is to be given up in exchange for His life. “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me (Galatians 2:20ff).” That is the exchanged Life: my life for His Life.

We should have learned by now that we cannot change ourselves. Jesus says we cannot increase our stature by a single inch through worry and self-effort (Matthew 6:27). If we cannot make ourselves grow physically, how can we ever hope to make ourselves grow spiritually? Have you ever seen a brother or a sister try to act sanctified? They wear themselves and everyone else out. It is a burden to be around such a person. That is not Christianity. Christianity is this: not that I am trying to be wise, but that I receive the Lord Jesus as my Wisdom; not that I am trying to be righteous, but that I receive the Lord Jesus as my Righteousness; not that I am trying to be sanctified, but that I receive the Lord Jesus as my Sanctification; not that I am trying to be redeemed, but that I accept the Lord Jesus as my Redemption. Henceforth I cease trying to be anything, and I allow Him to be Who He is through me.

We must be clear: these things are not the “reward” for years of faithful service, or the fruit of walking with Jesus after a long period of time. If I have Him now, then I have all that pertains to Him now. My Wisdom, my Righteousness, my Sanctification, and my Redemption has a personality, for He is all those things in me. It is not a question of my behavior, or my conduct, or my feelings one way or the other – those things will come into line soon enough – but it is all based upon this accomplished fact. Christ is God’s Gift. I repeat, we have much to praise God about!

CHRIST IS INFINITE SUPPLY

“The Father gives you the True Bread from Heaven… I am the Bread of Life (John 6:32b, 35a).”

The people were asking for Jesus to give them bread, but failed to recognize that He Himself is the Bread of Life. They worked and toiled for something which would perish, but were not willing to receive the True Bread that would not perish. Again, the significance of the Lord Jesus is not that He can give us bread, but that He is the Bread.

Why are we following the Lord? Is it for what He can do for us? Is it so we can enjoy His blessing? Is it because He supplies our needs? Do we want the gifts or the Gift? If our motivation is for blessings then we will soon be disappointed. Indeed, from this time forward, many of His disciples turned back and stopped following Him. How many of us will continue to follow when the Lord fails to respond to us in the way we have grown accustomed? The Lord may provide you with bread for a season, but there is a difference between looking to the Lord for bread and looking to the Lord as bread. May God show us the difference. The Gift of God is not what Christ can do for you, but Who He Himself is.

The ones who seek bread from the Lord will be temporarily filled, but all who seek the Lord as Bread will be constantly satisfied. What is more, they will have resources from which to feed others. It is a shame that many Christians only seek to be filled, and still they are never satisfied. They are content with a meager pittance, for a few crumbs from the table. They are constantly obsessed with being filled. To such ones we can only say that it is time to seek the Lord, not for what He can give you, but for Himself.

“Things”, even spiritual things, cannot satisfy. Only Jesus can satisfy, and since all fullness dwells in Him, we need nothing else. Eventually we will learn that Christ is the Gift, and when we do, we will be enlarged. We will be able to minister Life to the Body. What are we giving people: bread, or Christ? If we are ministering bread then they will become dependant upon us to feed them all the time. If we point them to Christ, they will find in Him an infinite supply.

“If you knew the gift of God, and Who I am, you would have asked Me for a drink, and I would have given you Living Water… Jesus stood and shouted ‘If anyone is thirsty, come to Me and have your thirst quenched! Anyone who believes in Me, as the Scriptures have said, will have rivers of Living Water flowing from within’ (John 4:10; 7:37b, 38).”

As some pursue “rivers” and “watering holes” how refreshing it is to know that Christ is the Living Water. How can we know the difference between Christ and what is proclaimed as the manifest power or presence of God? It is quite simple: the one who drinks from a “meeting” must continually drink to stay full, but the one who knows Christ as Living Water has their thirst quenched altogether.

We are empty because we do not know the Gift of God. “If you knew the Gift of God, if you knew Who I am, you would have asked Me, and I would have given you.” Those who hunger and thirst after Righteousness (Christ) are filled continually. Those who hunger and thirst after anything else must be constantly looking for their next fill-up. We repeat a thousand times, the question of abundance or lack in spiritual Life relates to how we see the Son. If we clearly see the Son then we see all that God has, and all that God is. In Him is fullness. To leave where we are and seek out some man or woman or ministry at the ends of the earth in order to be filled or blessed is a serious tragedy. How much time I have wasted in that pursuit, before knowing Christ as All in All! Broken cisterns cannot hold water for long.

We must know the Gift of God. The one who knows will not only be satisfied, but will have abundance of Life springing up from within. If we are mainly interested in being filled for ourselves then we will have little to offer anyone else. Yet when we know the Gift of God the Life will overflow. “You anoint my head with oil, and my cup overflows (Psalms 23:5b).” Are you an overflowing Christian, with all of God you can hold, and much leftover? Sadly, this does not describe many of us. To drink is a beginning, but God’s goal is an overflow. How we need clear revelation into the Son! How we need to see just how precious and worthy He is!

Here is the glory of our union with Christ: when we come to Him to drink, we become what we are drinking. Jesus clearly says the streams of Living Water overflow from within the innermost being of the person who knows the Gift of God and has come to Him to be filled. To begin with it flows from Him to me, but eventually it flows from me outward. What can anyone possibly give me that, in Christ, I do not already possess? So the question is not are you “in the River”, but is the River in you? In all things God directs us continually to His Son as All in All. May He give us grace to see Him.

ABIDE IN HIM

“Of His fullness have we all received, blessing upon blessing (John 1:16).”

Just how full is “full”? How many people does “all” include? We have to believe that full means complete, and all includes each one of us. “Of His fullness we have all received.” No one, no matter how “anointed” they may appear, has more fullness than anyone else. And if we have received it already then there is nothing for us to do to get it. If I have already entered into a room and sat down in a chair then there is no need for me to try to get into the room anymore. I am there already. We entered into Christ when He entered into us: we do not have to enter into Him over and over again, we are merely abiding in Him.

I am frequently asked how do we partake of this fullness? How do we walk in it? What practical application exists for living according to this Truth? We see what God says, but we also see our situation. We see Jesus, but we also see ourselves. God says we are complete in Him, but we say we are incomplete. God says we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ, but we say we still need this or that. What is the problem here? Is it not a glaring discrepancy between what God says and what we say? Whose word is more reliable?

The solution is not to look at one’s self at all, but to look away to Christ. Then we will not have to worry about the practical side, it will develop of its own accord. Let us get a foundation first: then the Life will find a way to manifest. I am convinced that we have plenty of faith, we just have faith in the wrong things. Many Christians have more faith in the Law of Sin and Death than they do in the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ. We are more conscious of what (we think) the devil is doing and how weak we are than we are cognizant of God’s Son. But when we look away to Christ, He is increased. As He is increased, we are decreased. We must become lesser, He must become greater. When Christ looms larger in our vision than anything else, we will experience the fullness which is already ours in Him. Remember, the one who possesses the field possesses everything buried in the field. Meditate on that, breath it, live it.

We must ask God for revelation into His Son. Lord Jesus, reveal Yourself to us as All in All. Illuminate our hearts to see you. Bring us into the full-knowledge of Yourself. No matter our feelings or experiences to the contrary, we acknowledge that we are complete in You. You do all things well! Teach us to look away from all that pertains to man and to see You as You really are. Thank you Father for the Gift of Christ! Amen.

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33 Comments

  1. Paul May 4 at 2:52 am - Reply

    You verse from Colossians 2:9,10a

    “As the fullness of God – all that He is and all that He has – dwells in Christ, so the fullness of Christ – all that He is and all that He has – dwells in you”

    should read..

    “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him,…”

    We are not, nor never will be “all that He is.” We are not God. Get a version that does not profane the word of God.

    • John Campbell May 21 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      The ” mystery of the Gospel” IS Christ in us. Living His life through us as we actively yield to Him moment by moment.

  2. Chip Brogden May 4 at 5:53 am - Reply

    That’s not how it reads. It says that all of God’s fullness dwells in you when you dwell in Christ, because He is God’s fullness. It does not say that we are God. Don’t blame the version for your own misinterpretation.

  3. grace Feb 9 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Just wish to add that I felt to read this outloud and as I did, I wept and prayed. Haven’t experienced such a straight arrow in a long time. My heart burned and I had to repent for looking at things and people and not looking away to Christ. May this be true repentance. I want to know Him more. Praise His holy name for this.

  4. Marjorie House Feb 9 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Hello Chip
    I just love it knowing He is my all in all. I too used to run to conferences and seek to be filled all the time but now I have come into the Rest which also is Christ.Your writings have been a true blessing to me.I to want Christ to increase and Marjorie to decrease. Thank you Chip
    God’s Abundant Blessings…Marjorie

  5. eve Mar 7 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    When one rushes around trying to get all to benefits of God in their lives but forgets to turn to the Son first, it is like one who runs around the supermarket with an empty trolley and then goes to the till to pay for things that leave us before we have even picked them up!
    To dwell in the Son means just that, you stop you listen, you seek, and live in that state of mind where ever you go or whatever you do and before you know it the trolley is full of the gifts that God wants to honour you with, to give out to others that you meet in your life both in and out of church. When one rests and seeks Christ above all things, the trolley is not a heavy burden for it is Jesus who pushes it with you. Christ carries your burdens for you as you learn to seek him first.

    I know this for this is how I live. I chose to give Him my all and He responded and came to find me when I did not know how to understand this concept of dying to self. But I knew I wanted Him for I knew in me I was never to be enough for Him, whatever I do or how ever hard I tried.

    Seek and you shall find Him if you truly seek Him with all your heart.

    I did.

    Eve UK

  6. Chuck & Beth Mar 8 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Praise God for the great insight.

  7. James Mal Mar 20 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    The letter Kills and when I have no experience of His being in me and the fullness of His attributes, His Chracteristics, His mark, His quality, His pecularities in me then I tend to kill the letter.We know Him in part.Our knowledge is imperfect, when the perfect comes the imperfect will pass away when I am swimming in the sea, I am in the fullness of sea, and part of the attibutes and the Chracteristics and the pecularities of the sea are in me.I can put sea water in a Jug but I cannot put the whole sea in the jug.

  8. Teodoro Alban Mar 22 at 11:09 am - Reply

    For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you have been made full in Him, who is the Head of all rule and authority.

    Fullness refers not to the riches of God but to the expression of the riches of God. What dwells in Christ is not only the riches of the Godhead but the expression of the riches of what God is.

    your brother
    Teddy, Worcester, Mass.

  9. Teodoro Alban Mar 22 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Godhead
    This refers to deity, which is different from the divine characteristics manifested by the created things(Romans 1:20)This strongly indicates the deity of Christ. The fullness of the Godhead is versus the traditions of men and the elements of the world. The world’s tradition and elements simply cannot be compared with the fullness of the Godhead.
    Your brother
    teddy, Worcester, Mass.

  10. Rosey Mar 23 at 6:44 am - Reply

    I cannot believe that this scripture is on comment.As this is the very scripture I sent to my friend. I was so excited as I believe this is the most powerful and underestimated scripture in the Word. To think that we have now the fullness of Christ IN US and Christ has the fulness of the Godhead (Father,Son and Holy Spirit) dwelling in Him bodily. Wow, this opens up such a treasure,all HIs attributes,His character,Mercy,Grace–the list goes on.And we are Complete in Him…COMPLETE !!!

  11. Rosey Mar 23 at 6:59 am - Reply

    Me again. I cannot emphasize enough the fact of bieng complete in Him due to the fulness of the Godhead dwelling In Christ and we have the fulness of Christ. We have not tapped into this scripture, for if we had then we would be walking in the completeness that the scriptures speak of, and can anyone say that they are walking in this completeness. We cannot even grasp the fact that the Holy Spirit dwells within us and we do not walk with the Spirit or in the Spirit let alone learning that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit dwell and live within us. Its as if we have an untapped Source of Power,strength,Love,Peace,contentment,Joy,Healing,Rest,Wisdom and Knowledge. I am so excited that I am going to continue to wait upon the One who dwells within me to open this scripture up and give me wisdom and revelation knowledge. Not so that I can blow my own trumpet but that I may share this knowledge to set people free from the bondage of doing it all in your own strength and ability and to say simply ”I thankyou Father that you and your Son and your Spirit live within me and I choose to submit my will to Your Will and purpose and know that whatever happens in my life that You will give me that what I would need to overcome and get through any situation or circumstance…..Dont you get it people it truly is ‘No longer I that liveth but the fulness of Christ that liveth in me and quickens my mortal body’. People you are COMPLETE IN HIM !!! Isnt that exciting!!

    • Roger Mar 23 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Yes Rosey, very, VERY exciting!!
      As a confirmation and encouragement to you and anyone else; one scripture that I rest on is John 14:15-29 where Jesus comforts His disciples and ALL who would follow, including us, and promises the indwelling of His Holy Spirit (v.17) and, therefore (v.20) God the Father and the Son Jesus -the Godhead, the Trinity – for EVER (v.16).
      Praise His Holy Name….

  12. Marisa Alban Mar 23 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Amen and Amen and Amen!
    thank you Father
    Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

  13. nora Apr 26 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Amen! but then how do we talk to God? We’ll last night, and as usual all alone in the house, and I was watching drama series, and then washed the dishes to shake the sloth of me, nd after that I said, Oh Jesus,Oh God, I dont like to open the Bible.my eyes hurt…but I know that You are everthing to me, to us, all our activities at this level are mere stations, if we could only cross over in a shortcut to “where you are”..and prayed for mercy for me and for all until our time is up knowing fully well we could still be snatched? Oh No! We trust you Lord with this life, we are weak ..you will complete us..and then ..finding nothing to say I was lulled to sleep and in peace uttering JESUS..over and over..and over.I am at peace with that..Thank you brother Chip..for reinforcment,and ilumination and Thank YOu God in Jesus name.

  14. Lynn Apr 29 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Ask,seek,knock……..
    Even Jesus Himself said”Ask and you shall receive that your joy may be full”.
    …whatever things you ask for in prayer..
    ask and it will be given you..etc.and others-look them up.
    Our Father God wants His children to ask Him for the things we need..even though He knows before we ask..

  15. Joanie May 3 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Ask,Seek,Knock, Even Jesus asked that this cup be removed, but nevertheless, they will be done. It’s not wrong to ask God for help in any way. Yes, this is because He is in us, He’s our All in All.

    I will never forget the time I prayed for my mother who was not breathing for almost 30 minutes. She was even code 99 (dead upon arrival at the hospital)…When the ambulance finally got there to get her, after 30-30 minutes It was then when they moved the kitchen table and chairs to carry her through, I got on my knees and cried out to god. I said “I know you hear me, Help my mom, and I’ll do anythng you ask. That was the first time I felt this kind of peace. It permeated us all, my husband and me and my brothers.

    We all knew she would live. There was no doubt.
    She did, and for another 30 years to accept Christ

    Yes, God hears and answers all our prayers. and requests…not because of us, because of Him. Not because of our righteousness, belief system, but Faith In HIm……No one will ever convince me otherwise that God does not hear our requests, and answer them.

    • Abigail May 26 at 2:52 am - Reply

      Amen. I was also filled with “HIS peace beyond understanding” when my 16 yr old son had an accident that ruptured his spleen and was in surgery for 4 hrs. I cried to God for his life and felt this indescribable peace fill me up. It definitely wasn’t from me but I knew w/o a doubt that all would go well and it did. Praise the Lord o my soul. Blessings to you. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Joanie May 5 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Yes, God dwells within us. He is our fullness. I just want to mention, when I cried, yes, cried from the depth of my heart, I was in my 20’s,I knew nothing about any scripture. I was unlearned in all scripture at that time(prob.a good thing) I simply cried with all my heart to one that hears. The only “religion” scripture, teaching, etc…I had had was a little velvet cross that I had kept since a child”. The name of Jeus was on that cross. I may not have the “exact” understanding that you want me to have, I just know that Jesus hears and answers prayer. Where’s the misinterpretation here? Or do I really need to know, or do I just need to know “Jesus”. I already know the answer, good luck in your “doctrine”.

  17. Sharon May 9 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I may be wrong, but it looks like some people think that Chip was saying that we don’t need to pray to God for anything any more.
    But I don’t believe that’s what he meant.
    I think he means that we don’t need to pray about the attributes of Christ. Since He lives in us, His attributes also are in us, and will manifest more and more as we look to Him.
    I think that’s what he means.

    • Michel Chotard May 25 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      I think you are right if you look at his conclusion:
      “We must ask God for revelation into His Son. Lord Jesus, reveal Yourself to us as All in All. Illuminate our hearts to see you. Bring us into the full-knowledge of Yourself. No matter our feelings or experiences to the contrary, we acknowledge that we are complete in You. You do all things well! Teach us to look away from all that pertains to man and to see You as You really are. Thank you Father for the Gift of Christ! Amen.”

      Good point.

  18. Guy Jun 20 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Paul,I think you missed the point in either interpretation it’s all about CHRIST.Hence the lesson.

  19. James Mal Jun 21 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    The Scriptures were written under the inspiration of the Holy spirit. There are dozens of versions and tragically, there are millions of interpreters and every body likes his own convenient interpretation. What is written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit must be read under the unction, under the leading & inspiration of the Holy spirit, otherwise I will Kill the letter. There is no good thing in my flesh.Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it,but sin that dwells within me. Wretched man that I am! who shall redeem me from this body of death.I am too rational, judicious, sound, wise and intelligent. No wonder, God chose only what is foolish in the world to shame the wise.

  20. Donna Aug 18 at 5:32 am - Reply

    how lovely & almighty our Lord Jesus Christ is…thank You Jesus<3<3<3

  21. James Mal Aug 18 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    It is a great and wonderful fact that fullness of God dwells in you when you dwell in Christ. But this fact has been minimised and reduced to a dismal state through arguements and unneccesary bickering. We will certainly attain that fullness when we will start working out our own salvation with fear and trembling. When I decrease, then He increases. But I have to ensure that I am in Christ and His incorruptible seed of the living Word is abiding in me and germinating.

  22. Cathy Dec 26 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    We are the same as Christ for the scriptures so say. Christ was our perfect example. We are to live as he lived, love as he loved, unconditionally, expecting nothing but love in return . He was the Father incarnate. He said if you see him you see the Father. He never claimed to be the Father. He openly announced he was the son of the Father. We are sons and equal with Christ, not the Father, but the manifestation of the Father. All claims Christ made we too can and should make. He was and is our perfect example. He loved and did not condemn. He gave his all for the Father. He believed the Father for all his needs. When are people claiming to be his followers gong to realize what they have if they will only believe. I truly can be and do all things through the Father who strengthens me. However, I must worship him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH. Most people calling themselves Christians have no idea what it means to worship in Spirit and Truth. The organized church is preaching a hell fire and brimstone religion. We don’t need religion. We need an understanding who we and who the Father is. There is no way our heavenly Father would treat us the way the organized church has perverted the gospel to have us believe. It is only when we are truly born of the Spirit that we too will see and know the Father.

  23. kenneth dawson Dec 27 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    people need to realize that christianity is a divine life so it takes a divine person to live it—thus christs indwelling and me crucified to my own self effort.

  24. Elena S. Pura Dec 30 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Amen! Jesus Christ is the greatest gift of all which nothing can compared with. We’re so lucky having Him in this world of adversities. We must enjoy what God has given us, Jesus being with us not only during Christmas but through the years in our life as long as we’re here on earth. Glory to God!

  25. Marthe May 21 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Merci Seigneur, pour ce cadeau qui n’a pas de prix , à savoir ; “Jésus Christ”

    Seigneur donne moi la révélation de ton Fils Jésus Christ !!!

  26. BettyLou May 21 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Chip – I liked your comment, “The solution is not to look at one’s self at all, but to look away to Christ” but I’ve found even easier than that is just to recon myself dead — shut it all down to dead, crucified – no understanding to lean on or consider at all – just dead —- then let Jesus our Lord rule our circumstances and itinerary in our day. To look away to Christ – even that is work – too hard for the flesh to do.
    “For we are dead and our life is hid with Christ in God” “We are seated in the heavenlies already” so now our sacrifice is to give up our life as you said an exchange to let Him live in us. It’s way easier and that is when we don’t screw up because a dead man cannot sin. Amen !!! Christ in us the hope of glory!

  27. Alex Voon May 22 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Thank you brother Chip for this great message, Jesus Christ is the greatest gift from God.
    I have experienced His wonderful works in my life when I was a novice. It was only after I had prayed I only wanted Him and nothing else as I surrendered my life to Him. Though there were many miracles happening when I minister to people but yet I was misled by the winds of doctrines by the false prophets which have for many years deceived me and many in the churches worldwide. I think it is very important that we be very careful that we must have both Christ and the right doctrine for I know that it is another spirit that dwells in some who claims to have Christ. They think they have Christ dwelling in them because they believe Him but in their life they transgressed against the doctrine of Christ. This I found out after years of testing many believers throughout my ministry.
    2 John 1: 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
    There are much more false doctrines besides the Catholic Mass Holy Communion,Trinity, Law and Legalism, etc. than we imagined and I am constantly seeking for Truth so that I may abide in the doctrine of Christ for if we seek, we will find. Praise God.

    • Alex Voon May 22 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Satan, the prince of the power of the air, is the spirit that is now working in the children of disobedience:
      Ep 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

  28. Michel Chotard May 25 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Thank’s Chip.
    “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me (Galatians 2:20ff).”
    It is amazing to see that most christians don’t realize if you have Christ in you and you live by His life, you can’t be part of the religious system because Christ living in you will never accept to be entangled in a system He doesn’t approuve. This is why He is outside the camp and knocking the door…

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