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A Pure Virgin to Christ

A brother, David Bolton, invited me to join in with him and another sister, Preeti Rachel Rajkumar, to share Christ together through writing a blog post. I hope you enjoy Christ through each of our portions!

Christ-Centered Christianity

A collaborative post by Peter Ski, Preeti Rachel Rajkumar, and David Bolton
for “The WORD in 3D” initiative.

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“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 11:2-3

Peter says:

Have you lost the simplicity and purity in Christ? Has your relationship with Christ become complex? Can you quiet yourself and enjoy Christ within you? Can you just turn your heart to Him and love Him, with the Love that He has showered you with?

Us with the Lord is simplicity. Us with the Lord is purity.

But there are so many things that bring in complexity. You may…

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Putting the Flesh to Death

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” [Gen 3:15 NASB]

When they brought these kings out to Joshua, Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came near and put their feet on their necks. Joshua then said to them, “Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies with whom you fight.” So afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death, and he hanged them on five trees; and they hung on the trees until evening. [Jos 10:24-26 NASB]

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”– [Gal 3:13 NASB]

Beloved saints, there is so much in the above verses. I just want to touch on a little of Christ in these scriptures.

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We know that the Seed in Genesis refers to Jesus Christ. In Christ, our flesh has been crucified and the serpent has been crucified. But Joshua is about our experience of taking Christ as our Good Land, God’s provision for our every need. In Joshua there are peoples that represent the fallen flesh and their king’s represent the serpentine powers that dominate our flesh.

In Joshua, we see Joshua(Spirit) leading us and calling us to put to death the flesh(Canaanites) and the powers(Kings). We are to join with Him in overcoming the enemy and putting him under our feet. 

We don’t do this by following outward laws and rules and regulations. We follow a Lord within us! We follow the Law of the Spirit of Life. He is leading us inwardly to overcome our flesh. This is the application of all that He accomplished on the cross. What was objective to us, is becoming experiential as we follow our Lord inwardly. 

As we turn to the Lord and enjoy Him, we are experiencing Him and His shining is overcoming all of the darkness within us. But, we must turn away from all of the distractions that draw our flesh, that entice our minds and emotions; we must turn to the spiritual Life within us. As we do this we our gaining Him and He is gaining us, for our mutual enjoyment.

Distractions that Hinder the Overcomers

And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:23 NASB

There are so many distractions from Christ available for us today. These distractions come in the form of social media, news, tv shows, video games, hobbies, politics, and so much more.

This isn’t a post about whether these things are good or bad. These things fill up our minds and prevent us from turning to our spirit.

You may spend your day off playing video games and watching tv, but when you go to pray, it’s very difficult to turn to your spirit. Instead of being filled with God, you have become filled with so many other things.

With a day of video games, you may have difficulty enjoying Christ, in a deep way, for a week. Every time you attempt to deny your soul life, and turn inwardly, your mind runs wild. All of a sudden, your mind is back on the video game. You reject those thoughts, silencing yourself before the Lord, and suddenly your mind is on your favorite tv show.

After drinking so much salt water, you have been dying of thirst, and are so parched, that you can only take sips of the Living Water. The more time that you give to so many occupying things, the more difficult it is to enter into the kingdom of heaven, which is within you.

Don’t let things occupy you. You must reign over the things by Christ, rather than allowing the things to control you.

Jesus Cleansing the Temple

Perhaps, you are reading this post because you are concerned how Jesus uncharacteristically made a whip and drove the merchants out of the temple. If that is the case, I want you to see this story in new light. You are missing much in the gospels if you just read them plainly. The gospels are story books. This is one of the pictures from those story books.

We can’t take this picture and apply whatever interpretation that we desire. But, we must turn to our spirit and interpret this according to all of the scriptures.

I don’t want to just tell you what this is a picture of, I want you to see a whole new way of reading the scriptures! So Let’s take a look at the main features of this picture. 

We have Christ in the temple, full of zeal for His Father’s house, driving out merchants.

If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

We are the Temple of God. This is a picture of Christ within us, as the Spirit, zealously cleansing us. 

But, who are the merchants? Canaanites mean merchants. Jesus driving out the merchants out of the temple, is the same as the Israelites driving the Canaanites out of the good land. 

So, what is our God so zealous to cleanse us of? The flesh.

And the LORD said, My Spirit will not strive with man forever, for he indeed is flesh; so his days will be cone hundred twenty years.

For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

Dear saints, your Old Man has been crucified in Christ and you are no longer a slave to the flesh. You must crucify the flesh by the finished work of Christ. The very Spirit within you is the Reality and Effectiveness of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The flesh is crucified by your Faith in this One within you. Everything that is not Spirit, is flesh. 

Hallelujah! As much as we hate this flesh, our Lord hates it so much more and He is filled with zeal to cleanse His House. Deny your old self, pick up the cross, and follow our Lord, who is within you.

Life in the Tabernacle

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God gave the Law to the Israelites, but He dealt with them according to the Tabernacle. If He dealt with them according to the Law, they should have died. But, He dealt with them according to the Tabernacle, so that there would be atonement for their sins. Paul even points out that the Law was just something temporary. It was never God’s desire to give us the Law. But, God did desire to Tabernacle among us. There is so much depth to the Tabernacle. Every detail described from Ex 25-31 is a revelation, but that could take an entire book .

Mainly it reveals God’s desire to dwell on earth among His People. John reveals to us that Jesus tabernacled among us. The Tabernacle is a shadow of Jesus. It’s not just a picture of Jesus, but also of us. 

The Tabernacle is a picture of the New Creation. At the front of the Tabernacle was the altar, which represented the cross. The cross is the way in the New Creation.

The Outer Court is the body. It’s visible to all. The Holy Place is the soul, or mind, will, and emotions. It’s not visible to all. Only a select few can gain access to a person’s soul. The Most Holy Place is the spirit, where God dwells. It’s where we enjoy God and our senses are useless there. We must enter into our Holy of Holies to worship in Spirit and Reality.

The soul is the person, the connection between spirit and body. This was also displayed in the Garden of Eden, where we are set before the Tree of Life(spirit) and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil(flesh). We are always eating from one of these Trees. Every time we turn to our spirit, we are enjoying Christ, the true Vine Tree of Life. We have even been grafted onto this Tree of Life and made a part of Him, as His branches, living by His Life Sap and producing His Fruit.

Since the veil was torn, in the flesh of Jesus, we may now turn to the Lord Spirit in our spirits and be transformed into the same Image as Him, who is the Image of the invisible God, from glory to glory.

Deny Your “Self”

I’m not qualified to teach this, but I will share what I have experienced. To deny the soul-life is to deny you mind, will, and emotions.

Rather than coming to God to pray will so many thoughts and desires, we first must come to Him with our soul quiet. We must quiet ourselves and just focus ourselves on God within us. When our mind wants to follow rabbit trails and think about other things, it must be pulled back to the place of rest in the spirit. When we are so worried and anxious about things, we must turn to God within us and rest. We can certainly pray about things and people, but we must first quiet our souls, so that our prayers will be that of our spirit. The more we turn to the spirit, the more natural it will be as the spirit gains dominance over our soul.

These are times of sowing in the spirit, so that we may reap in the spirit. Another analogy is that we are eating the healthy food, God. When we eat, we are taking the life of something else into us and assimilating that life.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Overcoming

Today, while I was praying for a brother, I felt the urge to pray for that brother to overcome what he is going through. So I prayed:

Let my brother be an overcomer.

But, I felt within that, this was not the right prayer. So, I prayed:

Make my brother an overcomer.

Still, I had no peace about what I prayed. So, I prayed a third time:

My brother is already an Overcomer, in Christ.

And I had the peace and a smile came to my face.

 

For a more thorough dealing on overcoming, read The Overcoming Life by Watchman Nee.

Blogging Again

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It really hasn’t been too long since I decided to stop blogging and I am already contemplating blogging again. Let me explain to you what this has been all about. I don’t want to share with you just knowledge. Instead, I want to share something of the living Christ that I have experienced.

Knowledge is gained easily, but profits little. We need Wisdom and Understanding, which come from our experience of Christ. Indeed, Christ is our Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding.

I really appreciate those of you who have encouraged me and stuck with my blog through this little break.

I don’t plan to blog on a regular schedule, because then it feels forced. I will probably blog rather erratically.

Whenever I feel that I have something of Christ that I would like to share with you, I will write a blog post.

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I Won’t Be Blogging Anymore

The End

The title really says it all. I don’t really have much to say in this post. Since I am in the middle of a series, I will finish the series with one more post summarizing what I wanted to say, without going into all the details. Also, I will have one more blog post after that as a farewell blog post. In that post, I will give my reasons and a little more information than in this post.

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