Living Your Life United With the Messiah

Deeply rooted in him, continue being built up and confirmed in your trust.

The sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal about who you think you are? Are they in agreement with the words of the Lord God and meditation of his heart?

As you spend time resting in the word of God daily, forgetting everything you know except Jesus the Messiah, are you aware of a growing desire for your every word and thought to please the Lord? Are you becoming conscious of the Lord’s response to your every word and thought? Link to Blog 55 – Messiah’s Love Has Hold of Us

Read the words of Scripture slowly and reflectively. Let them settle deep in your soul and take root as the Spirit of God brings them to life.

God is not counting our trespasses against us.

2 Cor 5:17-19 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. (ESV)

Do you know that in Christ you are a new creation? Do you know this is from God and not you?

In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them. Do you and I futilely spend thought, time and energy doing what God does not do?

Counting: to take an inventory; a computation.1

The Lord God is not taking an inventory and computing your trespasses against you. Are you? Are you taking an inventory and computing someone else’s trespasses against you? Or are you accepting the Lord God’s gift of reconciliation with gratitude and worship, for both yourself and others?

Read the text again. What thoughts and questions and emotions arise?

Does a word satisfy? Encourage? Convict? Prod? Instruct? Empower? Give hope?

In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them.
All this is from God. In Christ reconciling the world to himself.
What does it mean to be in Christ? How do we get in Christ?
All this is from God, who through Christ was reconciling the world to himself.

Making peace by the blood of his cross.

Col 1:19-20 – For in him [Christ] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (ESV)

In Christ all the fullness of God, God’s full being, was pleased to dwell
And through Christ, God was pleased to reconcile all things to himself
By the blood of Christ’s cross.

Reconciled: to change mutually; to compound a difference. To mix or combine and form a compound. To agree.2

By the blood of Christ’s cross.
Making peace: to be a peacemaker, to harmonize.3

Christ knows.

1 Cor 2:14-16 – The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit — God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit. (MSG)

By nature. Unspiritual self. Can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit.
Spirit can be known only by spirit. God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion.
Which self controls your body and mind?
Do you have capacity to receive the gifts of God’s Spirit?
Is there anyone who knows God’s Spirit?
Is there anyone who knows what God is doing?

Christ knows!
We have Christ’s Spirit.
Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God is doing.

Do you know? Are you spiritually alive?

Ps 25:4-5 – Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. (ESV)

What is the way to becoming spiritually alive? David knew.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord. Teach me. Lead me. I know you are the God of my salvation.
I wait: to bind together; collect; expect. Look, patiently, tarry, wait for, on, upon.4

Have you made a practice of waiting expectantly all the day long for the Lord God to make you to know his ways?

Read the texts again. Chew upon these words. Turn them over and over in your mind and allow their significance to be absorbed by mind, body, soul and spirit.

Reconciling all things to himself. Reconciling. To change mutually. To mix or combine. Our unspiritual self being put to death, through the body and blood of Jesus Christ, to unite our spirit with God’s Spirit, so we can receive the gifts of God’s Spirit.

All this is from God. Simply trust.

Col 1:21-23 – In other words, you, who at one time were separated from God and had a hostile attitude towards him because of your wicked deeds, he has now reconciled in the Son’s physical body through his death; in order to present you holy and without defect or reproach before himself —  provided, of course, that you continue in your trusting, grounded and steady, and don’t let yourselves be moved away from the hope offered in the Good News you heard. (CJB)

Reconciled in the Son’s physical body through his death
You are holy, without blame, unaccused before God.
Simply trust, grounded and steady in the Good News.
Continue trusting, grounded and steady in the hope offered in the Good News.

All this is from God. To unite all things.

Eph 1:7-10 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (ESV)

Redemption through his blood
Redemption: to loosen, dissolve, melt, put off, to sunder by separation of the parts, ransom.5

Forgiveness
Riddance and deliverance from our unspiritual self
Through his blood
According to the riches of his grace
The divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life
Making known to us the mystery of his will
To unite all things, even you and me, in Christ.
This is the mystery of his will for you and for me and for everyone and for everything!

All this is from God. Entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

2 Cor 5:20-21 – Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (ESV)

Ambassador: to act as representative6

Read the texts again. Chew upon these words. Turn them over and over in your mind and allow their significance to be absorbed by mind, body, soul and spirit.

What thoughts and questions and emotions arise?

Does a word satisfy? Encourage? Convict? Prod? Instruct? Empower? Give hope?

We can only share with others what we have already received. We can only invite others into the place where we already live.
All this is from God. God making his appeal through us, through Christ in us.

Making appeal/did beseech: to call near, invite, entreat7
We implore/pray: to beg as binding oneself; petition, make request, knit, tie, wind.8

All this is from God. He himself is our peace.

Eph 2:14-16 – For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body [as a sound whole] through the cross, thereby killing the hostility [a reason for opposition]. (ESV)

He himself is our peace. Peace: to join; prosperity. One, quietness, rest, set at one again.9

All this is from God. Reconciled by his Son’s death, delivered by his Son’s life.

Rom 5:10-11 – For if we were reconciled with God through his Son’s death when we were enemies, how much more will we be delivered by his life, now that we are reconciled! And not only will we be delivered in the future, but we are boasting about God right now, because he has acted through our Lord Yeshua [Jesus] the Messiah, through whom we have already received that reconciliation. (CJB)

Reconciled with God through his Son’s death when we were enemies
Much more delivered by his life, now that we are reconciled.

Not only will we be delivered in the future.
We have already received that reconciliation through our Lord Jesus the Messiah!

Do you know?
Christ knows!
Be reconciled to God. Become the righteousness of God!

God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion.

All this is from God. Keep living your life united with him.

Col 2:6-7 – Therefore, just as you received the Messiah Yeshua [Jesus] as Lord, keep living your life united with him. Remain deeply rooted in him; continue being built up in him and confirmed in your trust, the way you were taught, so that you overflow in thanksgiving. (CJB)

Do you overflow with thanksgiving, the evidence that you are united with Christ Jesus as Lord?

As you received the Messiah,
Keep living your life united with him.
Remain deeply rooted in him.
Continue being built up in him and confirmed in your trust the way you were taught.

All this is from God. Built upon the foundation.

Eph 2:17-22 – So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God. (NRSV)

Access in one Spirit to the Father
Members of the household of God
In Christ Jesus the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord
Built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

Do we know who we are yet?

All this is from God. Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

Read the texts again, setting aside your own thoughts, perceptions, judgments, your own agenda, to allow response from your inner depths to surface. What do you discover?

 

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8 ESV)

Become aware of your breath. The breath of the Almighty in you.

Breath by breath. Become conscious of the presence of the Almighty in you. Seek his strength. Seek his presence. Surrender to the influence of the breath of the Almighty. Be reconciled to him. Changed mutually. To become combined. Unspiritual self being put to death through the body and blood of Jesus Christ, to unite our spirit with God’s Spirit.

Inhale.
Exhale.

You must rely on the breath of the Almighty, the Spirit of God who lives inside you, to make you understand Gods words, to discern the thoughts and intentions of your heart, to seek the interests of Jesus Christ and not your own.

With your inhalation draw the words of the Lord God deep within you.

With your exhalation empty yourself of all your own ideas, plans, thoughts, imaginations, and words to make room for the words of God to take possession. Open yourself completely to what the Lord God wants to reveal to you about yourself and about him.

Ps 25:4-5 – Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. (ESV)

Inhale: (draw the words of the Lord God deep within you)

You are the God of my salvation;

Exhale. (empty yourself of self to allow the words of God to take possession)

for you I wait all the day long.

Wait, watch, listen, be still, be willing for the Lord God to transform you from within, revealing who you really are. Strive and reach for the goal, alive to the energy that he powerfully works in you as you rest, completely dependent upon him to reach the goal, united with the Messiah.

As you receive the Word of God into that deepest place of your being, the Lord God is rescuing you, he is loosening your bonds to your old nature, he is delivering you from your illusions and foolish boasting. Through Jesus, our Messiah, God is gradually transforming you from within, revealing who you really are, becoming one spirit with him.

Inhale.
Exhale.
Breathe the Lord God’s words all day every day.

2 Cor 13:14 – the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, [is] with you all! Amen. (YLT)

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Resources/For deeper study:

1Counting: NT:3049 <START GREEK>logi/zomai <END GREEK> logizomai (log-id’-zom-ahee); middle voice from NT:3056; to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (literally or figuratively): KJV – conclude, (ac-) count (of),  despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

NT:3056 <START GREEK>lo/go$ <END GREEK> logos (log’-os); from NT:3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ): KJV – account, cause, communication,  concerning, doctrine, fame,  have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason,  reckon, remove, say (-ing), shew,  speaker, speech, talk, thing,  none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

2Reconciled: NT:2644 <START GREEK>katalla/ssw <END GREEK> katallasso (kat-al-las’-so); from NT:2596 and NT:236; to change mutually, i.e. (figuratively) to compound a difference:

NT:2596 <START GREEK>kata/<END GREEK> kata (kat-ah’); a primary particle; (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive case, dative case or accusative case] with which it is joined):

NT:236 <START GREEK>a)lla/ssw <END GREEK> allasso (al-las’-so); from NT:243; to make different: KJV – change. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

3Making peace: NT:1517 <START GREEK>ei)rhnopoie/w<END GREEK> eirenopoieo (i-ray-nop-oy-eh’-o); from NT:1518; to be a peace-maker, i.e. (figuratively) to harmonize: KJV – make peace. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

4I wait: OT:6960 <START HEBREW>hw*q*<END HEBREW> qavah (kaw-vaw’); a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect: KJV – gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

5Redemption: NT:629 <START GREEK>a)polu/trwsi$<END GREEK> apolutrosis (ap-ol-oo’-tro-sis); from a compound of NT:575 and NT:3083; (the act) ransom in full, i.e. (figuratively) riddance, or (specially) Christian salvation: KJV – deliverance, redemption.

NT:575 <START GREEK>a)po/<END GREEK> apo (apo’); a primary particle; “off,” i.e. away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative):

NT:3083 <START GREEK>lu/tron<END GREEK> lutron (loo’-tron); from NT:3089; something to loose with, i.e. a redemption price (figuratively, atonement): KJV – ransom.

NT:3089 <START GREEK>lu/w<END GREEK> luo (loo’-o); a primary verb; to “loosen” (literally or figuratively): KJV – break (up), destroy, dissolve, (un-) loose, melt, put off. Compare NT:4486.

NT:4486 <START GREEK>r(h/gnumi<END GREEK> rhegnumi (hrayg’-noo-mee); or rhesso (hrace’-so); both prolonged forms of rheko (which appears only in certain forms, and is itself probably a strengthened form of agnumi [see in NT:2608]); to “break”, “wreck” or “crack”, i.e. (especially) to sunder (by separation of the parts; NT:2608 being its intensive [with the preposition in composition], and NT:2352 a shattering to minute fragments; but not a reduction to the constituent particles, like NT:3089) or disrupt, lacerate; by implication, to convulse (wih spasms); figuratively, to give vent to joyful emotions: KJV – break (forth), burst, rend, tear. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

6Ambassador: NT:4243 <START GREEK>presbeu/w<END GREEK> presbeuo (pres-byoo’-o); from the base of NT:4245; to be a senior, i.e. (by implication) act as a representative (figuratively, preacher): KJV – be an ambassador.

NT:4245 <START GREEK>presbu/tero$ <END GREEK> presbuteros (pres-boo’-ter-os); comparative of presbus (elderly); older; as noun, a senior; specifically, an Israelite Sanhedrist (also figuratively, member of the celestial council) or Christian “presbyter”: KJV – elder (-est), old.

7Did beseech: NT:3870 <START GREEK>parakale/w<END GREEK> parakaleo (par-ak-al-eh’-o); from NT:3844 and NT:2564; to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation): KJV – beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort (-ation), intreat, pray.

NT:3844 <START GREEK>para/<END GREEK> para (par-ah’); a primary preposition; properly, near; i.e. (with genitive case) from beside (literally or figuratively), (with dative case) at (or in) the vicinity of (objectively or subjectively), (with accusative case) to the proximity with (local [especially beyond or opposed to] or causal [on account of]: KJV – above, against, among, at, before, by, contrary to,  friend, from,  give [such things as they],  that [she] had,  his, in, more than, nigh unto, (out) of, past, save, side … by, in the sight of, than, [therefore-], with. In compounds it retains the same variety of application.

NT:2564 <START GREEK>kale/w <END GREEK> kaleo (kal-eh’-o); akin to the base of NT:2753; to “call” (properly, aloud, but used in a variety of applications, dir. or otherwise): KJV – bid, call (forth), (whose, whose sur-) name (was [called]). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

8We pray: NT:1189 <START GREEK>de/omai <END GREEK> deomai (deh’-om-ahee); middle voice of NT:1210; to beg (as binding oneself), i.e. petition: KJV – beseech, pray (to), make request. Compare NT:4441.

NT:1210 <START GREEK>de/w<END GREEK> deo (deh’-o); a primary verb; to bind (in various applications, literally or figuratively): KJV – bind, be in bonds, knit, tie, wind. See also NT:1163, NT:1189. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

9Peace: NT:1515 <START GREEK>ei)rh/nh<END GREEK> eirene (i-ray’-nay); probably from a primary verb eiro (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity: KJV – one, peace, quietness, rest,  set at one again. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

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