I Cor 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
I Cor 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
In both instances above, Christ crucified is in the Greek perfect tense.
The Greek perfect tense is defined, as a once and for all accomplished event with an eternal impact. Though Christ was crucified 2000 years ago, the effect of His crucifixion is as powerful for us today, as it was 20 centuries ago.
Because Christ is God’s treasure chest, the effects of His crucifixion dwell permanently inside Him.
This very Christ, still crucified today, has been given to us as another of the treasures that lives within Him.
Why does God give to us “the treasure of Christ as permanently crucified”?
This is what I term as the “law of crucifixion” or “the law of the cross”. A law tells us that under a specific set of circumstances, specific results will always occur.
With our every individual act of obedience towards God, “the law of crucifixion” (which is the permanently crucified Christ) kicks in, resulting into what is described in the next two verses out of 2 Corinthians chapter four.
Suppose that you and your family go on vacation to a beautiful secluded island. One morning, meandering through the ivory sands, a 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.
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 and use it.
That is one alternative!
However, you chose to sit for hours under the scorching sun of the 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 you quit the process totally exhausted. In a deep frustration 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, and go home.
Would you agree that this family acted it stupidity?
Yet this is a perfect description of the church, and its relationship to its understanding of the Lord Jesus.
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 continuous 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.
The revelation of Christ, and the treasures within Him, becomes a progressive reality inside of us by obedience to God. Every act of obedience towards God activates the law of the cross that reveals the treasure of “Christ crucified”, which destroys our self-life and manifests Christ and His treasures.
How do we become free?
CHRISTIANITY COMPLETELY HINGES UPON THE REVELATION OF THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST, OR THE FAILURE THEREOF. OUR PERSONAL SUCCESS, AND THE SUCCESS OF OUR CHURCHES, 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. 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!
Christ has made you complete! But it’s experienced in proportion to how welcomed God is to take residence in you. Is He guest or family?
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! And with that the whole treasure chest in Him!