“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”
Philemon 1:6 KJV
Praise God! Thank you for coming back. We can never exhaust the knowledge of the concept of Spirit, Soul and Body. In fact it is near impossible for me to discuss all I know on the subject which is not as much as I should know, it is the key that unlocks the whole bible for me. What I would like to do, starting from this capsule is to show how it applies to our everyday life. It is a 'spiritual habit ' that we must develop and form. Every day I have to remind myself that 'I am a spirit in image and exact likeness of Christ, I live in a body and have a soul' lest I forget and start walking like a mere man (1 Corinthians 3:1-3) In fact this is what biblical humility is all about , to agree with God even though everything you've been taught screams NO!
Our index scripture in this capsule , to paraphrase says, the way your faith becomes effective is by constantly acknowledging the good things which are in you in Christ Jesus. This is one scripture you must ponder on, because it says a lot about the dynamics of a Christian life. I will try and explain this in several ways. The tendency for us as Christians is to develop the beggarly attitude of asking God to do something, when what we should be doing is finding out what He has already done and deploying them. What we need is not out there, it's in you, in your born again spirit. The Christian life should be that of finding out and discovering what is already available in you and by faith manifesting it in the physical realm. In other words its inside out, not outside in. This is the whole message of the Epistle to the Ephesians. When you understand this, it creates so much stability and direction in your Christian life. There is always this nagging question in the heart of most Christians ( in fact all of us to certain extent), 'will God do it for me?' Understanding this 'INSIDE OUT' concept totally removes that. This is nothing new, I will encourage you to study the epistle to the Ephesians with this new mindset. The church at Ephesus which was exposed to the greatest exploits and miracles of God through Paul, struggled with this concept (Acts 19:10-12). The Epistle was written to them to correct their perspective. The whole of chapters 1-4 take a new meaning when you appreciate this, we are constantly looking and asking for what we already have. Phrases like, 'blessed with all spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus ' 'accepted in the beloved' 'seated with Christ in the heavenly places', should now make a lot more sense!, the question is what are you going to do about it? In fact Paul told the church at Ephesus that the power available for them is equivalent to the same that rose Christ from the dead. In other words, stop asking for more power, you already have it in your born again spirit (Ephesians 1:17-20). What a radical concept!.
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
2 Peter 1:2-4 KJV
Lastly, 2 Peter1:2-4, is a familiar scripture but please take a second look at it and give consideration to it's tense and message. This suggests that everything you need and will ever need has been anticipated by God and provided for before you ever thought you needed them. But you can only access them to the degree of knowledge that you have, not by begging God or manipulation or shouting, but by knowledge (Ephesians 3:20). Once your knowledge (that is revealed knowledge, conceptual knowledge or experiential knowledge ) aligns with what is already in your spirit, all that you need or that is necessary to live a fulfilling life flows out from your spirit through faith (Philemon 1:6). We all struggle in this area, so what we should be doing is spending time and effort in finding out what we have in Christ Jesus and deploying it, instead of begging Him to do what He has already done.
ITS INSIDE OUT, NOT OUTSIDE IN
In the next few capsules we would take a closer look at this concept and how we can deploy all the riches of Christ in us.This will begin to answer some questions why we confess the word, why we pray or pray in tongues, when to take authority, lay hands and much more.