A Rest for the People of God

Posted by peter - February 20th, 2011

Finding rest in Christ Jesus is the greatest enjoyment of my newly found oneness as a Christian. For me, it was like spiritual retirement to receive the grace of God by revelation knowledge. You know the story or your story about when you received rest. Rest is a person. It is Christ Jesus. Because of His grace, He gives us revelation knowledge revealing the Father’s nature and purposes.

This is my story or journey of finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is so special and life changing to each one, who receives it. The Lord saw fit for me to complete the entire 40 yrs in the wilderness before going into the promise land, which I would call, “Me in Christ Jesus or Christ In Me.” When we receive this revelation that Christ lives in us as our life, that is where the real rest, enjoyment, peace and happiness begins as a Christian. It is no longer you that lives, but Christ lives in you as your life. This is the good life or as one of my friends would say, “I am living the dream.” That is how sweet it is to live with Christ in you and you resting in Him, instead of only knowing about Him with just head knowledge.

You might be asking, what is resting in Christ Jesus? Rest is ceasing to work to become who you already are in Jesus Christ,. If there is any work to be done, Christ will do it. The world is full of religious busy bodies. Working their fingers to the bone, trying to please God and to be right with God by what they do. If we are Christian, we are already right with God, because of what He did at the cross. Our old nature was crucified with Him on the cross and our new nature is Christ in us as our life. (Gal. 2:20) Christ in us is eternal life and cannot be altered or changed, such as save today and lost tomorrow. Christ cannot see us as the person we were before He came to live in us. The reason He cannot see you that way is because that old nature, which you had, does not exist any more. It is dead to Him. God crucified His Son, so He could see only Christ as us.

I was saved at age 12 and did not receive the revelation that Christ lives in me as my life until 40 years later. My Christian experience started by spending 25 years living in the flesh and running from God, because I did not know what to do with all the condemnation and gilt. Then my life came to a stand still, when a great tragedy gripped my life, and the Lord took me down low to show me what He was not. For the next ten years, I was caught up in religion with intense Bible study habits and a strong will to know about the end of the world and the antichrist. I knew more about Satan than I did about Christ. Boy, if you want to know about missing the bulls’ eye, that is it. I understand now why Paul said he didn’t want to know anything, but Christ and Him crucified.

For a while, I cursed my past because of all the years, which I thought were wasted in the wilderness just wondering around from one religious experience to another. Then the lord taught me that it was not all wasted. The world is a schoolhouse, and God is the principal. In His school, there are all kinds of classes, which we must take in order to learn and to know Jesus. The Holy Spirit uses all of my experiences to teach me more about the Christ that lives in me and desires to be my life. You have to know what Christ is not, before you can enjoy and know who He is. You have to be a witness unto Him in oneness, before you can be a witness for Him giving testimony of the mystery of the Gospel of Christ in you. Col. 1:27

For the last 5 years of my 40 year journey, the lord put me through a detox center on religion before giving me the revelation that Christ was in me. Boy, you would not believe the religious cargo that I had picked in my life’s journey. The co-mingling of law and grace teachings had completely exhausted me as a Christian and put me into a bondage working religion. I have only understood this great revelation of Christ in me about 2 years now. How sweet it is to live free with Christ continuously as my life, after such a long journey of trying to please God and make it to heaven by my works.

Dove Love,

Rick

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