Home

About

Articles

Ons

Site Map

Home

About

Articles

Ons

Site Map

Go to page 1. 2. 3.
Please note this page is view better in Mozilla

The Now And The Mystery

                                                          by Warren Litzman


The most important search a believer can give himself to is finding out what God's ultimate intention is and how he fits into it. This should be a lifetime search. It is an ever-expanding search, finding its way into every part of life's incidents, and always coming to the same knowledge that God's intention is indeed working, and working for our good and His glory. Sometimes a believer lives most of his life before coming to this conclusion, but in time, God's grace is sufficient to his coming to know this great truth. It is wonderful to see that we are not just struggling to find the answers to life, God in His divine providence, is arranging “converging powers" to bring this great understanding to us. It is an act of God's love-one which will not suffer us to be ignorant of His plan and intention. The great hindrance to this is religion. Religion continually intervenes, subjecting the believer to a lesser understanding based on man's evaluations rather on God's Word. This is a subtle work of Satan, for his greatest desire is to keep us from seeing what God is doing in the world and for His children. But, in all this love will triumph. His love for the believer is than any force, even our misled , religious knowledge. It is most comforting to know in these troubled; days, that He is ever moving toward His ultimate intention. That intention is simply to have children who He has redeemed filling His house. Praise God, this is happening with a startling acceleration every day.

Satan and the Believer's Growth. This great "happening" seems to hinge on the believer coming to know who he is now in Christ. Satan uses religion to keep believers ever pressing to be something for God. This is the most general trap set by Satan. If he can keep a believer doing something to please the Father rather than being what the Father says ,he is to be, then the believer is defeated. This is the greatest trap. It is a common trick Satan plays. on believers as well as the entire Church. This trick is most prominent in modern religious circles where leaders keep saying that what the believer does will bring blessing, such as heal and prosperity. While the Word does admonish us to do certain things, this must never be the reason for God doing these things. He does them on the finished work of Calvary, and we do things to please Him because we love Him and because He lives within us. In fact, it is Christ expressed through us that pleases the Father-simply Christ in us as us. This greater truth does away with our doing anything within ourselves to please the Father. It does away with the idea that our praying, giving, fasting or any works of our own makes us more acceptable to God. The son who knows who he is doesn't do these things to get something; he does out of the love of Him who is within us. It is this idea that Satan and religion have kept from the hungry believer. The truth of all truths is not centered in what the believer does, but in what God has done in the believer.

God's Intention From the very beginning of God's redeeming of sons for His house, we see that His intention was to put another person-Himself in the form of His Son, Jesus in every creature He chose to be His (Eph 4:1).In fact, Paul said it plainly, "... the believer is chosen in Christ." This simply means that God's only intention was to have sons in Christ. Thus, throughout the Scriptures, the term "in Christ" is the most often used term in all the Word. This shows that the whole intention of the Father is that this troth be known above all else. Yet, without a move of the Spirit, meaning a God-directed emphasis, there would not be any consciousness that the believer is in Christ in the Church today. Perhaps the great problem in the Church today is centered in the idea of the believer's spiritual growth. If the believer is always growing, then he never comes to a certain "utopia" of understanding. Thus, Satan intervenes to help teach and spur that growth, evading the central fact of God's initial gift of Christ, thus making the believer dependent on doing rather than being. Spiritual growth is necessary "On the believer's part, but none of his efforts add to the Father's purpose of choosing him in Christ. Obviously, God put Christ in the believer as a definite act of grace because He knew that He could never depend upon the believer reaching any stage of spiritual growth that, would please Him. It was not God's intention that Christ grow up in the believer,but rather that the believer grow up in Christ. Christ is whole in the believer. Jesus does not come in parts or pieces, nor do we get a little of Him here and there. He is a person-a total, complete person who comes into the believer when he is born again, and at that very moment, that believer stands perfect, by Christ, to the Father. It is the Father's doing. Nothing man or Satan can do adds to this or takes away from it.


Complete in Him We are to grow up into Him. While He is complete in us, we are being made complete in Him. His place in us satisfies the Father to making us sons. But our taking on the Christ personality and manifesting it through ourselves is the growth aspect of the believer. Now. here is where the Devil tricks the believer . A confusion develops within the believer over his resting in God's finished work of Christ in him and the unfinished task of the believer learning this and living it. The believer must come to see the "now" aspect of the gospel.


The “Now” Gospel There is not a more thrilling search In the Word than seeing of the "now."This Word emphasizes the all-importance of what the Father did in the believer at regeneration. He fixed the believer perfect in Christ, and aimed the believer, in his walk, to coming into that knowledge. It was now hat the Father felt the son must be. It was not later on, not someday,and not somehow. It was definite--NOW! The Father had already seen that having a son in he house and having him here indefinitely was not good enough. He had already gone through that with Lucifer. It was necessary,on His part, to do what was needed to get sons with out any help from man. The Word is most definite at this point. We see right off, in Rom 8:1, that "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. " There are two powerful emphases in this verse. One is the in-Christ emphasis. Even though this term is mentioned over 200 times in the New Testament, making it the most often-stated truth in the New Testament Church, most believers have not come to its simple understanding. It is so simple, in fact, that most have felt it unimportant. Far from being unimportant, it is the most important truth in all time. Secondly, this verse says that this unbelievable act of God, putting another person in the believer,was an immediate act upon one's believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. God, in His great wisdom, knew that men would try to save themselves and go into self effort if He did not do all that was necessary to get His sons. He knew that He must do it all because mankind was bound by guilt, and it is natural for man to want to punish his own guilt. Thus, His plan to have sons likened unto His own son, Jesus, would get lost in man's religion. So, it was a now act on His part, and the now not only took care of Jesus instantly becoming the believer's everything to the Father, but the now also took care of the condemnation that was bound to man's guilt. Salvation was intended to place man in Christ, fully-redeemed, on God's part at the instant of believing.


The End of Religion With this fixed in the believer's mind, he is ready to grow up into this Christ in him. Sad to say, religion which has denied Christ His rightful place as being our all-in-all-hides this marvelous truth, perhaps to perpetuate itself. This day is coming to an end to multitudes of believers as they enter this great move of the Spirit. They are seeing that they have been denied the knowledge of the Christ within them, and with joy, they are accepting the revelation of Christ as their life. Another cornerstone Scripture showing to us the now of God is Rom 16:25. It simply says that while this revelation of Christ as our life was hidden in times past, it is now revealed and should be preached even to the pagans. It is interesting to see that even though the great revelation of Christ in the believer was made available on the Day of Pentecost (John 14:20), it was not until the Lord led Paul to a crisis experience in Damascus (Gal 1:17) that the revelation was actually made available to the Church. Then it was to prompt the propagation of the gospel to the ends of the Earth. World evangelization was in the scheme of the Spirit in giving the revelation in the first place. This truth surely speaks to the Church today. Just as there was a delay for several years prior to Paul's revelation, so has there been a delay on the part of the Spirit to reveal the Son in every believer thus far in the Reformation. Not that there have not been individuals who have known this glorious truth, even for hundreds of years, but now the Body of Christ, as a whole, has begun to receive this great truth. How wonderful that the Father releases this revelation in our day,when the hungry really want to see the gospel of Jesus reach the heathen, for that is the greatest work of God to be done before the sons can get on to the Father's house.  


Not to Know Jesus of Nazareth Again Paul says, in 2 Cor 5:16, that if we did once know Christ in the flesh, now, that is not how we should know Him. What a beautiful transition Paul presents here. Jesus of Nazareth was so prominent in the early Church that those who had seen and talked with Jesus were very prominent believers. This was wonderful, just to hear first-hand about the Savior; but this Jesus, the Jesus who lived in the body given to Him by Mary of Nazareth, was not the Lord who was to be the life of every man born again. The Holy Spirit had formed a new and greater body at Pentecost, and Christ was to be and is the life of that body, sharing that incorruptible life with every member. This is why Paul taught that we are no longer to know Jesus in the flesh, meaning Jesus of Nazareth. But let us pay special attention to the "now" here. This now is the essence of what the Father is doing today. Now, right now, the Spirit is revealing the Son in the believers as never before. The "now generation" is alive and well. Jesus is alive in believers who are seeing Christ as their only life. What a glorious move of the Spirit this is! Perhaps the most popular now is to be found in a Gal 2:20. Paul says that the life he then lived was Christ. It was a life that he lived in the flesh, his flesh, and he lived it by the faith of the Son of God. Oh, the glories found in this now!While so many misled believers are attempting to perfect their flesh, now, that is not how we should know Him. What


a beautiful transition Paul presents here. Jesus of Nazareth was so prominent in the early Church that those who had seen and talked with Jesus were very prominent believers. This was wonderful, just to hear first-hand about the Savior; but this Jesus, the Jesus who lived in the body given to Him by Mary of Nazareth, was not the Lord who was to be the life of every man born again. The Holy Spirit had formed a new and greater body at Pentecost, and Christ was to be and is the life of that body, sharing that incorruptible life with every member. This is why Paul taught that we are no longer to know Jesus in the flesh, meaning Jesus of Nazareth. But let us pay special attention to the "now" here. This now is the essence of what the Father is doing today. Now, right now, the Spirit is revealing the Son in the believers as never before. The "now generation" is alive and well. Jesus is alive in believers who are seeing Christ as their only life. What a glorious move of the Spirit this is! Perhaps the most popular now is to be found in Gal 2:20. Paul says that the life he then lived was Christ. It was a life that he lived in the flesh, his flesh, and he lived it by the faith of the Son of God. Oh, the glories found in this now! While so many misled believers are attempting to perfect their flesh by their own self-effort, Paul says that Jesus, God's gift of life to the believer, has elected to live in the believer's flesh (body) now-no waiting, no self-effort to perfect the body, but now! This idea does not fit with religion. Religion would actually deny the believer this now Christ, awaiting some sort of probationary process to fit its own creeds. Religion would say that if the believer had Christ in him as simply as this, the believer could not possibly live the life. But Paul goes on to say that this life is not lived by his faith,but by the faith of that indwelling Christ. This little line could be the salvation of all the weary believers wrapped up in the hyper faith movement.

Go to page 1. 2. 3.