Jn. 14:10; 2nd π Jn. 14:17 π Jn. 14:20 π Jn. 14:23 π Jn. 15:4 π Jn. 15:5 π Jn. 15:7 π 2 Cor. 5:15
We are able to quote many Scriptures in this day, telling of all our privileges, prosperity, power and rights through the Scriptures as Christians. However, in the process we have omitted many Scriptures, thereby opening us up to some erroneous assumptions. If any message feeds our self-life, then it is feeding our carnal nature, which is the antithesis of the character of Jesus.
To present the Christian walk as anything less than total surrender, dedication and a living sacrifice to Almighty God is to propose a self-assertive, self-ruling attitude, which is contrary to the principles of redemption. We were meant to live and walk in the full revelation of Jesus and the Father.
The greater works that the Father would like to do through us are blocked by this self-assertive attitude. The greater works are destined to happen, however we must see how this can be accomplished. Jesus said, “...But the Father that dwells in Me, He does the works.” ( Jn. 14:10; top ) So obviously the answer is for us to open ourselves up totally, so the Father in us can do the greater works through every one of us. Then the great commission will be fulfilled.
This opening of ourselves to Jesus and the Father requires (after the new birth) a deep repentance and purging of everything in our self nature, which includes the death of pride and any teaching which promotes or encourages pride.
Then we are candidates for the Father’s total abiding in us. This total residence in you will let the Father do the greater works.
In the fourteenth and fifteenth chapters of John, we read about the abiding and living of the Father in you: Chapter 14, verses 10 , 17 , 20 and 23 ; and in Chapter 15, verses 4 , 5 and 7 (top) ; to say nothing of the seventeenth chapter of John and other places in Scripture also.
How can we pass up a chance to lay down our lives for Him and others, as 2 Cor. 5:15; top says: “And that He died for all that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves but unto Him which died for them and rose again.”?
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