Subject: In the Flesh times 3
From: Nancy Thompson
To: Fred Pruitt
IN THE FLESH times 3:
Last night I was reading 1 John. Then I went onto 2 John, the epistle to the 'chosen' or 'elect' lady. As it happens, when the Holy Spirit is up to something, I began reading 2 John again, in the KJV and flipping around, bible to bible, back and forth, comparing the texts.
My eyes became fixed on 1 John 4:2-3, and then again in 2 John 1:7, where the phrases "Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God" (1 John 4:2), and then "every spirit that confesseth NOT that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:", and agains in 2 John 1:7 which reads "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."
As a backgrounder, when I came to the Lord, I wanted the truth and that has been my 'touchstone' since then. I took, by faith, that everything in the Word is true, (even if I didn't understand it), but took it as written, because God dosen't lie. And, in my past life, I had believed all kinds of claptrap, which were LIES (from Hell, might I add). As well, I was graced by Lord with discernment and could hear whether something was amiss at certain teachings I heard. I had been deceived enough in my life, and that's one thing I always guarded myself against, more deceit, false teaching and the like.
All I could see in the words was "in the flesh", "In the flesh", "in the flesh". And then, finally, it was revealed. Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh, and whose flesh is it, MINE. My flesh. He IS come IN THE FLESH.....
Well, I was absolutely staggered by this. I know when the Holy Spirit reveals things to me, because at once, I am staggering under the weight of the revelation and then, at the opposite end of the spectrum, I am thinking the absolute height of absurdity or hilarity. If you've ever seen the old movie with Alistair Sim, Dicken's A Christmas Story, well, you know how I felt like he did, after he had been visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and woke up, realizing that he had a new beginning, and was absolutely serious/hilarious all in the same breath to make things right.
I KNEW way back in November, I was crucified with Christ, BUT it seems the second half of Galatians 2:20 only became real, fixed, yesterday. By faith, all along, I was declaring that Christ lived in me, but it had not been revealed to me until yesterday. I was asking the Lord that if what I was saying "Christ lives in me" was true, or whether I was just mouthing the Words. Well, He answered with a mighty "YES".
Well, I'm blown!!!! And grateful, and humbled, to think that HE LIVES IN MY FLESH, as HIMSELF.
Not only that, I read Colossians 2:9-10, where it says "For in the Christ the fullness of the Deity lives (present tense) in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ" for "in Christ, ALL the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form", and whose bodily form, MINE........ To think, that He would WANT to LIVE in me, but He does and IS......
I was also turned to 2 John 1:9 where it reads that "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth NOT in the doctrine of Christ, hath not GOD. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son".
I know it's true. The fullness of the deity has chosen me to live in me, the Holy Spirit, The Son, AND The Father, the three in one, as One, joined to me, in the Spirit, this is the whole deal. What else is left? Not much, from what I can gather....
The Holy Spirit, lived in me when I was regenerated (I knew that then). But now, knowing the Son and NOW the father, who have taken up residence in me, in my abode, is too much to take in all at once. But I am taking it in.
It's a good thing the Holy Spirit reveals these eternal, infinite truths in finite doses. We could not take it in otherwise.
I don't know what all this will mean, eventually; however, I've given up wondering. God's timing is His timing and will be my timing for me.
I am reeling, yet grateful, yet, yet, yet....... Oh Lord, what next?????
Thank you Lord!!!!!!
All my Love,