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Beyond "Exchanged Life": Simplicity of Faith
by Fred Pruitt

Beyond "Exchanged Life": Simplicity of Faith
By Fred Pruitt

Someone recently wrote me from Europe:

Can you help me understand how to become a father in Christ as described in 1 John 2:12-17, and strong in the Lord and scriptures as in Col 2:6,7 and 2 Tim 3:16,17?

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I replied:

Dear brother,

You bless me, brother. I am so glad you have written and we are getting to know you.

Linda sent me the email that she sent to you also, and I have to agree with what she said to you -- the Spirit is your true teacher and He already lives in you -- in fact, as you know, He is the One Who has already brought you to this place.

We can be helpers, but this is something that has already been started in you by the Spirit and He will finish it.

So the first thing to do is to relax. What you are wanting to know about it already the Truth about you in Christ. So what you are learning is only Who you already are. You are not becoming anything. You already ARE.

As far as where to start, start with what draws you the most. The Spirit will use all that we send you, plus whatever He sends your way from other sources, to open your understanding little by little. He will do it.

You bring up being a mature Father in your last paragraph below. We take everything by faith, Lucas, and you already know that. Norman Grubb used to say, "Just SAY you are a father." That is the key. What we desire, we pray or say so, and simply take it by faith that it is so. God will work it out into His perfect manifestation in His own way and time.

We live in simple faith, brother. "Faithful is He who has called you, who will also do it." 1 Thes 5:24

You already ARE strong in Him. Why? Because HE IS your strength within you. You, as the vessel (container) of Christ, remain in perpetual weakness in the flesh. Even Christ was "crucified in weakness," yet lived in the power of God. (2 Cor 13:4). You are the same. We live in weakness, and in that is His strength manifest -- not in making US strong, but in us being the earthen vessel, clay pot in which HE lives, so that the excellency of the power is ascribed to God. That is the right place to be, and you ARE there.

This is not something we attain or become, but something we recognize by faith that we already ARE by virtue of the fact of His indwelling us, and in His indwelling us, we have become one person with Him, living in the same oneness in Christ that Jesus Christ on earth had with the Father -- the SAME EXACT Oneness of self and spirit -- John 17:11, 21-23; 1 Cor 6:17.

You are He are one person. This moves beyond "exchanged life" in which I am in some sense exchanged with Him, to union, which is that He and I are One, as the scriptures say. This is the summit, the pinnacle, because a person cannot be closer to God than "one" with Him. Union is the reality out of which life finally comes into perfect gear, when we see that we live in "rest" and in that "rest" Christ comes forth.

Christ is the inner reality of my very "I-hood," that is, my very self-identity is eternally united in Christ, so that, "the life I now live in the flesh" (last part of Gal 2:20), I live by His faith, but it is "I" living -- but, no longer just "I" as if alone, but "I" and Christ as one "I." This is the final key in the lock of the treasure within you, and your faith-agreement with it is what turns the lock and opens the door in your understanding, which comes as a revelation from the Spirit, that you and He are one person living. You are a living branch of the Vine which is Christ, or in other words, you, brothe, are a branch form or expression of the Vine, which is Christ. Therefore we say you are Christ living in your form -- the form which is YOU!

Now that's all I can say at the moment, and that is enough to chew on probably. There's some meat you were asking for!

Much love in Jesus brother,
fred

PS -- I wish I could write in your language. But I trust the Spirit to overcome any language barriers that might otherwise hinder us!