June 3rd


"If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.  If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever, Amen"  (I Pet. 4:11).

Our Heavenly Father chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). The Father sent the Holy Spirit to reveal His Son to us, and then draw us to Christ for salvation (John 6:44).  The Spirit birthing is an essential and important transaction.  Without the Spirit birthing, we cannot be placed into the Body of Christ, and Christ cannot come into us to live His eternal life in us.  Paul indeed proclaims that we are not saved by Jesus' death on the cross, for that is what reconciled us to the Father to make a relationship with Him possible (Rom. 5:10).  We are actually saved by the eternal life of the resurrected Lord of life actually coming to live in us at the Spirit birthing (Rom. 5:10).  When we were born again by the incorruptible Seed, through the Word of God, we received all of Christ and were completed in the Spirit (I Pet. 1:23; Col. 2:10).  We received the omnipresent Person of Christ, that is why Paul says, "it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20).  Paul isn't talking about the Holy Spirit here, or even the Spirit of Christ, but the omnipresent resurrected Lord of glory coming to live in me with a shared-life or the Christ-life.  

At the Spirit birthing, we also received the Spirit of Christ to be the essence of the expression of Christ in me and through me (Rom. 8:9).  The Spirit of Christ  is distinct, but in union with the Holy Spirit.  When I received Christ at the Spirit birthing, I actually received the Holy Spirit and all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Col. 2:9).  The Holy Spirit's primary function in me is to fill and renew the mind to the eternal truth of Christ and Him crucified.  The Son's primary function in me is to be my eternal life and expression in this temporal walk (I John 5:11-12; Gal. 2:20).  Religious teaching has commingled and confused the functions of the trinity, contrary to the distinct teaching of the Word of God. When God operates in flesh it is has been through His Son, the Word.  His Son became flesh and was expressed as Jesus of Nazareth (John 1:14). His Son now functions and is expressed through every member of the many-membered Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:27).

Christ now lives in us with the fullness of His Person, Spirit, life and nature.  As the Holy Spirit renews and fills the mind with the truth of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, we will really know the true Christ who now lives the Christ-life in us.  Just as the Father spoke and did His works in and through Jesus of Nazareth, so will Christ speak and minister in and through our flesh with all of His ability within us.  The more we know and yield to Christ in us, the more Christ will minister through us with all His ability, and Christ in us will speak as the oracles of God through us! V

Written by Dwight Davis


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