And Preached Christ Unto Them
Acts 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
I used to be troubled by scriptures such as these. I could not figure out why and how, Phillip could preach a person instead of preaching about things?
Christianity was all about my relationship with Christ, and how He could impart eternal life, and innumerable amounts of benefits and blessings to me, and to a dying world. How can you preach a person, I’d ask?
It was not until the Lord brought me in contact with the teachings of the great Chinese apostle Watchman Nee, did I began to understand why Phillip and others in the New Testament preached a person named Jesus Christ instead of things.
By the way, for anyone who wants to learn how to walk in the Spirit, may I suggest the writings of Watchman Nee. You can find his materials in many places on the web.
Christianity has little to do with blessings, miracles, or what we can get out of God.
By themselves these things are not wrong! As a matter of fact, the Lord commands us to ask of Him for what we need.
However, if your Christianity goes only as far as having a give and take relationship with the Lord, where the focus is to get your prayers answered, or get things from God, you will be miss out on most of what God has for you. You will be eating spiritual ground beef instead of the filet mignon and lobster that God has.
Today, I want to teach you what is one of the five most important truths for humanity.
Most believers, and most churches, never understand this truth, though the New Testament is obvious in presenting it. Hence, through ignorance, the great weakness, the inability to overcome sin, the powerlessness over the lies of Satan, and the helplessness to be freed from the love of the world, continues to plague Christians to the ends of the earth.
Christianity has little to with our obtaining of blessings, miracles, or answered requests.
CHRISTIANITY COMPLETELY HINGES UPON AND HAS ALL TO DO WITH THE REVELATION OF THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST, OR THE FAILURE THEREOF. OUR PERSONAL SUCCESS, AND THE SUCCESS OF OUR CHURCHES AS BELIEVERS, IS DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL TO HOW MUCH THE PERSON OF CHRIST IS REVEALED!
Satan has successfully deceived the church, to divert it from understanding and valuing the supreme importance of the revelation of the Son of God in its midst. The fault is mainly ours! Our obedience to God is shallow, compromised, and limited; our knowledge of the Word of God is very poor at best.
Secondly, we have been deceived to allow the second most important truth in Christianity to slip right through our hands!
THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT TRUTH IS THAT THE UNDERSTANDING OF, AND THE EMBRACING OF THE CROSS-OF CHRIST, IS GOD’S ONE AND ONLY MEANS TO REVEAL THE PERSON OF CHRIST!
Do you understand the cross of Christ?
Christ is God’s Treasure Chest
Col 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
If Christ is God’s treasure chest He must contain treasures INSIDE OF HIM, correct?
What kind of treasures can we expect to find inside of Him or “In Him”, as the Apostle Paul says?
Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto( INTO) himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
God the Father will reconcile and harmonize the universe into Christ, at His appointed time.
Reconciliation is the tripate word, “apokatallaso”. That is, to restore something thoroughly to the condition that it was in. Christ’s work allows humanity and the universe to be restored the condition that it had before sin came and marred everything. So restoration comes by a Person and not blessings.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Every last and tiniest “God given” blessing, which God, the Father, desires to give to the church, resides inside or In Christ,
Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
The fullness of the Trinity dwells inside the Person of Christ
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Inside of Christ reside all accomplished victories, and hence all bestowed authority over the demonic, earthly, and angelic hierarchy of leadership.
Christ has that same authority over “every name that is named”. These include the name of sicknesses, circumstances, and so forth, for all eternity.
So where does this “Christ laden with treasures inside of Him” live? He lives inside of us. We not only possess Christ, but we possess all the immense and invaluable treasures, inside of us too.
This is the one thing devil is absolutely terrified of, and he does a good job keep the church’s’ attention diverted from this.
How Does the Church Function?
Suppose that you and your family go on vacation to a beautiful secluded island in the Caribbean.
One morning, meandering through the ivory color sands, rusty corner of barely protruding object grabs you attention. You uncover a tarnished treasure chest hidden by English pirates.
When you break open the chest you find it loaded and overflowing with pounds of gold and silver bars, precious gems, brilliant stones, huge diamonds, superb rubies, exquisite rings, brooches, and more.
Let me ask you?
Is it more logical to have you and your sons close and secure the chest, grab it by the handles and wheel it so that you can forever enjoy it and use it as you have need? That is one alternative!
However, you chose to sit for hours under the scorching sun of cloudless Caribbean skies, and laboriously search through the chest for items of jewelry that your family needs.
You dig and pull out jewelry, breaking your nails and cutting your hands.
Finally quit the process totally exhausted. In a deep frustration and an awful consumption of time, your family finds the fifteen or twenty pieces that they need. You leave the treasure chest in the sand, nearly full with hundreds pieces of jewelry now discarded around it, book a passage on a local sea plane, and go home.
Would you agree that this family acted it in total ignorance and stupidity! Yet this is a perfect description of the church, and its relationship to its understanding of the Lord Jesus.
It Is Not “Where is The Beef”, But “Where Is The Treasure?”
Inside the Person of Christ dwells or is hidden all of who God is, all of what God wants, and wants to give to the church, and all that God possesses for this world and for the next.
Here is the secret.
When Christ is revealed or manifested in us, all the treasures within or inside of Him will be manifested along with Him.
The more revelation of the Son of God in you, the more will be the revelation of all that dwells IN HIM. It is an automatic reality.
The secret to the manifestation or revelation of the Son of God in us has to do with our unremitting obedience to Him.
The more that we obey God’s voice by His Holy Spirit, the more that Jesus Christ who dwells in our spirits will become revealed or manifested
The less that we obey God; the less will be the manifestation of the Son of God in our lives. It is that simple! It’s all proportional
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Remember; God has not given to us things! God has given us a Person, His Son! All the things that you need are inside of Him. This is a very important point!
We are always asking God for things. God in turn wants to reveal His Son to us who CONTAINS ALL THINGS!
And His Son is only revealed through our embracing of His cross.
Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
God has spoken to us not in many blessings or miracles, but in only one thing, His Son.
CHRIST IS GOD’S POWER!
1Co 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
When we ask God to give us His power, in reality we are asking amiss. Instead, God He has given us His Son! Jesus is THE POWER of God. Therefore when He is revealed in our lives, God’s power is revealed with Him, in Him, or alongside with Him. The more that Christ is revealed in our lives, the more that we will automatically operate in the power of God. We don’t need power; we need the Son of God to become a reality to us and the power will be ours!
1 Cor 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made (or Has become) unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
This is because God has made or allowed Christ to become all things that we need. This is huge! Whatever you need, Christ has become. The more that Christ is revealed in you, the more that the thing which He has become is revealed alongside with Him in you.
Col 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
God has made Christ to be all and to dwell in all. It’s not about asking God for things, but in asking God to reveal Christ in you. He is already all. He has already been made into all and has become all and is all.
CHRIST IS GOD’S SPIRITUAL GIFTS, CALLINGS, AND MINISTRIES
1 Cor 1:5 That in every thing ye are enriched by (By or In Him) him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
1Co 1:6 Even as the testimony (the revelation) of Christ was confirmed in you:
1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming (The revelation) of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Greek grammatical structure is interchangeable here.
We are made rich in spiritual gifts. Two of the gifts mentioned in this passage could be utterance gifts, which include tongues, their interpretation, and the gift of prophecy. The other is the gift of the word of knowledge, which God uses extensively in healing.
Verse six goes on to tell us that the enrichment or increase of these spiritual gifts is directly proportional to the revelation of Christ.
Verse seven tells is that if the revelation of the Lord is complete in our life, you will lack in no spiritual gift. The more that Christ is revealed in our lives, the more that we will automatically flow in spiritual gifts.
The gifts are IN HIM. As Christ is revealed, the gifts IN HIM will be automatically revealed along with Him. Christ has been made or has become these gifts. God has not spoken to us in things, but in His Son. Everything that God has, dwells in Christ Jesus, and Christ Jesus has been made into all things, and all things that you need.
Re 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony (The revelation) of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy
Observe that Jesus does not give us prophecies per se, though he does.
Jesus IS THE Spirit of Prophecy! The more that Jesus is manifested in our lives, the more that we will automatically. Let’s look at one final one. He gives the prophecy, but has also been Made into the Prophecy.
Christ is God’s Righteousness, God’s Redemption, and God’s Sanctification.
1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
Christ has been made into righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Christ does not dispense these blessings! He Himself is the blessings! If we ask God to make us righteous, are prayers will be only half answered. If we ask God to sanctify us, we have missed God’s best.
God’s righteousness has to do with the manifested or outward qualities of God that originate from His inward holy character.
Ro 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Christ is or has been made the end or completion of the 643 laws of Moses. The more that He is revealed the more that the completion of all that God wants to perfect you into is revealed.
Sanctification is the progression of our being purified by the Spirit of God.
Redemption is the process of our being rescued from the power of Satan, bondage, sin, and the love of the world.
Christ does not produce these things in us as separate blessings. He has been made into these attributes. As Christ becomes revealed within our lives, God’s righteousness becomes more and more of a reality in us. It is automatic! As Christ becomes more discernible in us, we a find ourselves more and more free from sin, bondage and the schemes of the enemy.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
The law of the Spirit of Life that sets you free lives INSIDE of CHRIST. He has been mane into this law. The more that he is revealed in you, the more free you automatically become.