PRESENT POSSESSION OR POSTPONED POSITION?
BY: JOHN STOLWYK
WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST RIGHT NOW
PRESENT POSSESSION OR POSTPONED POSITION?
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Eph. 1:3. The NT Believer’s blessings are of a highly spiritual nature unseen by some and misunderstood by many. We see in the ascension of the Lord an exaltation far above every principality and power. When Jesus was speaking to His disciples on the night of his betrayal. He told them He would go back to the Father and he would send the Holy Spirit and that He would come back to them. Both He and the Father would make their home with them. This by many has been twisted to refer to a far distant future event when Christ comes back. John 14-16 Clearly refers to the events to take place shortly by the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension was not so He could get this position for Himself. He already possessed it long before He left his heavenly home. Folks, He did it for us that we might be partakers with Him. Many Christians “feel” like orphans because they have been misled to believe that Jesus only “died for their sins” and they need to do the best they can and hold on. Then when Jesus comes back He will really take care of the Devil. Brethren, the Devil is already defeated because Christ broke the dominion that Satan had over Adam’s race. The enemy wants us to think we are paupers so we will live below our birthright and under his dominion that is broken. He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 KJV. Also 1 John 3:5 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. He accomplished what he came to do. Deliver us from Satan’s hold and Sin’s dominion. Before Jesus finished His work Satan had legal rights over man because of Adam’s fall. But when he died and arose and ascended He broke all these chains and set the captives free. Jesus has set us free from the Adamic Consciousness.
God is not into the improvement business, He is into replacement. Your soulish Adamic Nature replaced by the Spirit Life of his Son. Satan’s only weapon is that of deception. Mainly that we don’t have everything it takes to live Jesus’ Life! This in my opinion is the greatest Lie ever told! It make shock you, but what does this lie lead to? It leads to people “trying to become” like God, sound familiar? It is the same lie that the first Adam swallowed hook, line and sinker. Oh, but that sounds like such a lofty goal to “become” like Jesus, to “become” like God! Let me ask you? How do you plan to reach that goal? What are you going to do that you may work the works of God? My friend your answer is written. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent. John 6:28-29. Bottom line is we need to believe in His finished work. He is God we are not!
John 16:33 use to really upset me, In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Easy for you to say Jesus you are out of here. Until I saw that all that is His is mine. He purchased and freely bestowed His inheritance on me! Glory to God. Not in the future but now. And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Eph. 2:6. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we learn, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 2 Cor. 5:16-18 NKJV. Romans tells us we are no longer debtors to the flesh, we owe sin nothing. Present your bodies as those who are alive from the dead! God is not playing mind games. He is not saying pretend you are dead to sin. Paul put it as plainly as anyone can, How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Rom. 6:2. Paul spent the whole previous chapter showing that what Adam lost Christ succeeded in much more! The thought is it exceeds comparison. This is not a plan for survivors but it is a plan for victors, literally super conquerors.
My desire is that this teaching will open up an effectual door for all who read these words – a door that you can go through to further explore the limitless resources of Life that you have in Jesus. I have felt like I dipped one drop of water out of the ocean and placed it in your hand. My prayer is that you would not stare at the drop but lift up your eyes and see a limitless ocean in front you that is yours – all of it.
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