by: Tom Lo
This is an excerpt from the book, "The Two Kinds of Life," by EW Kenyon.
I was surprised to find that the expressions "in Christ," "in whom," and "in Him" occur more than 130 times in the New Testament. This is the heart of the Revelation of Redemption given to Paul. Here is the secret of faith-faith that conquers, faith that moves mountains. Here is the secret of the Spirit's guiding us into all reality. The heart craves intimacy with the Lord Jesus and with the Father. This craving can now be satisfied. Eph. 1:7: "In whom we have our redemption through his blood, the remission of our trespasses according to the riches of his grace." It is not a beggarly Redemption, but a real liberty in Christ that we have now.
It is a Redemption by the God Who could say, "Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven," and cause the whole starry heavens to leap into being in a single instant.
It is Omnipotence beyond human reason. This is where philosophy has never left a foot print. Our Redemption is a miracle of His grace. It is according to "the riches of his grace." It is a present-tense work wrought "through His blood." It is lavish. It is abundant. Our Redemption is a perfect thing. When you know it, enter into it, and your heart grows accustomed to it, there will be ability in your life that you have never known.
Col. 1 :13,14: "Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the son of his love; in whom we have our redemption, the remission of our sins." You are delivered out of the authority of Satan. You are free. It is in Him that you have your Redemption.
You have been delivered out of Satan's dominion.
You have been "translated into the kingdom of the son of his love."
You are free from the dominion of Satan.
The hour will come when you will awaken to the fact that he cannot put disease upon you, that he cannot give you pain and anguish in your body. The hour will come when you will know that want and poverty are things of the past as far as you are concerned.
You will shout amid the turbulence and fear of other men, "The Lord is my shepherd. I do not want. He makes me to lie down in plenty, in fullness. I am satisfied with Him."
This Redemption is real. Satan is defeated, disease is outlawed, and want is banished.
We are free. John 8:36: "If therefore the son shall make you free, you shall be free in reality." The word "indeed" really means "reality."
John 10:10: "1 came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly." What is Life? Life is the Nature of God. You may have the Father's Nature abundantly. You are "in Christ," in the Father's presence. You are in the very realm of life. This realm of Life has in it the Life that transcends reason. We have Eternal Life, God's very Substance.
In John 14:6 Jesus said: "I am the way, the reality, and the life." He was unveiling His heart to us, showing what He can be to us in our daily life. He can be all that His heart of love desires to be to those whom He has redeemed. He can be reality to us. How our hearts have craved this! He can fulfill every desire of our hearts. Gal. 5:1: "Stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage."
The gravest danger of the believer is the possibility of his lapsing back into bondage after he has been made free. He leaves the realm of the spirit and faith, and walks in the realm of the senses. As Sense Reason gains the supremacy, he loses his joy in the Lord. We are New Creations in Christ Jesus. We are just finding out what this can mean to us. 2. Cor. 5:17: "Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a New Creation." This New Creation fact gives to you all that it means to Jesus and the Father whether you know it or not. Paul's revelation is filled with New Creation truth. It is God's dream for you to enjoy the fullness of this New Creation's privileges. "The old things are passed away." Those old things of bondage, fear, doubt, want, sickness, weakness, and failure are gone. You say, "That is not possible." But it is.
The New Creation is just like the Master. He is its head. He is the Vine; you are the branch. As He is, so are you. John 15:1-7: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman . . . I am the vine; ye are the branches." As long as you deal in doubts and fears; as long as you sit in judgment on yourself, you will never arrive. You will never enjoy these things. If, however, you will act on the Word - act on it as you would act on a letter from some friend, you will arrive. When you read, "All things have become new," start thinking of yourself as living in this new realm. You have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.
You have perfect fellowship with Him now. Oh, the wealth that belongs to you in this new relationship! Dare to act your part. Eph. 2:10: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus." If you are His workmanship, you are satisfactory to Him. He is pleased with you. We have preached condemnation and sin so long that we do not know how to preach righteousness and to tell the people what they are in Christ.
When someone does tell them, they feel that it is false teaching. They feel that anything is false teaching that does not honor sin and lift it into the place of Christ. You are God's new man.
Eph. 2:15 declares that He brought into being the new man "Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man, so making peace." Eph. 4:24: "And put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth." The New Creation knows but one Lord. Jesus is the Lord of the New Creation.
Col. 2:6, 7 gives us a graphic statement of facts "As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him, and established in your faith, even as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." What a glorious truth!
No longer are you a weakling. His strength is your strength. We are so strong that we are to abound in thanksgiving. When we stop abounding in thanksgiving, we deteriorate spiritually. Psalm 27:1: "Jehovah is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Jehovah is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 23:1: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." You swing free from the old prison house of bondage and fear and want, of hunger and cold. You are out in the freedom of God.
Heb. 7:25 is Jesus' present attitude toward you: "Wherefore also he is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them." He ever lives to make intercession for you. He is seated at the Father's right hand. Say it over, "He ever lives for me." Just as the wife lives for the man whom she loves, so in a greater measure the Lord Jesus lives for you. He has only one business: that of living for you.