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“Be ye empowered in the Lord and in the might of the strength of him.” Part 3
April 30, 2011, 8:12 pm
Filed under: P Letter to the Ephesians

Paul next describes a wonderful truth, in living by the Spirit in community we learn to receive. Life together is a life of mutual sharing of Christ’s life together. We share our measure of the gift of Christ with one another, but that also means we receive that measure of the gift of Christ He has given our brothers and sisters. Life in Christ is a mutual sharing of life, we give and we receive. The Son and the Father by the Spirit have constantly been giving and receiving of life together within the Godhead. Both are in love and in faith.

Paul describes in his letter that in this process of sharing life together in Christ, in putting on the “whole armour of God,” putting on Christ in community not only do we give to one another, we receive from one another. In verse 17-18 Paul actually says “and the helmet of salvation receive, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the rhema of God, by means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit, and to it watching in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints.” When we share life with one another, not only do we share Christ but we also receive Christ. Christ is our “salvation.” As we learn Him together we are putting our arms around our “salvation!” When we receive the measure of the gift of Christ from one another we receive life, we receive the bread of heaven, we receive Christ, our salvation, and we have moved “heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Interestingly Paul wrote the church in Thessalonica to “let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” This reminds me of Paul’s prayer he said earlier in his letter to the church in Ephesus. This matter is really about receiving spiritual sight from Christ. I “do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” As we share what Christ gives us to one another, we are sharing from our indwelling Lord, the Logos of God, and what we share are His thoughts toward us, thoughts of the Son and His bride, his word (rhema), words of God. As we receive His life from one another, we receive His life as a sword of the Spirit, His hope, His glory, His greatness, His power. Just as Christ spoke His words to the devil in the wilderness so to do we need to speak the words Christ gives us as we live by His indwelling life “in the evil day.”

Christ is alive and alive in His people and He still speaks through His people. It is interesting that one of the major ways we learn Christ together according to Paul was to “speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is a dynamic experience of life in Christ together! Christ speaks to each of us through one another, we share His life together and we receive His life together. Christ still speaks. If He did not then why would Paul tell us to learn Christ by hearing Him and being taught by Him? Can Christ speak through the Scriptures, absolutely. When we read the Old and New Covenant Scriptures together, they are a form of rhema, words of God, and yes with spiritual sight we can learn Christ from them. But this does not mean Paul was only talking about the Scriptures. Christ is the Logos of God, who now indwells His people and we now give and receive of His life in and through and toward one another and the measure He gives is not necessarily always a spoken or written word, but spiritual life.

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This is truly the Life of Christ that is to be lived amongst us. How I desire this. To see and hear the portion of Living Bread that Christ has given to each child and that it may be shared for the joy of all.

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