The Life of the Spirit and the Life of Christ are one or it is not the Life of Christ. Exalting the experiences of the spirit above the Life of Christ is not from the Holy Spirit. To focus on the manifestations of the Spirit is not from the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the Spirit of Christ or it’s just a lying spirit. Oh, this has been a hard row to hoe for me. Why? Because the lust of the flesh pines for a manifestation for my flesh! This isn’t uncommon; rather it is far too common.
Holy Spirit and Life of Christ
Petting of the flesh is the desire of the flesh. And which one of us can say we have not looked for fleshly strokes? But if not you, it has certainly been me. My flesh is a comfort heat-seeking missile. But that is not God, just the hunger of my old nature.
If the work of the spirit is man-centric (man-centered), it’s deception. The Spirit exalts and elevates the Life of Christ not the serving of man. For the Spirit, my needs will never overshadow the needs of Jesus, no matter how great. Is this cruel or calloused? Absolutely not, my need is Jesus! His need IS my life. Everything is He not me! So have I taken this too far? No, probably not far enough.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 ESV
Spirit of Christ
This world and life is for Jesus, about Jesus and from Jesus. This is His world and I am His, too. He created me and bought me to be His own. I am now owned. Once I was a slave to sin and my old nature, but now I’m a bondslave of Christ. My life is not for me any longer. Therefore, if my life is no longer for me but for Him, why would the Spirit tempt me to make it about me again? He wouldn’t.
This hasn’t always been good news to me. As I said above, which one of us has not sought pets and strokes of our flesh? And often I have had to live this by choice and in faith because my experience ran contrary to the truth. My old nature screamed for satisfaction, appearing more alive than dead and was fueled by my unbelief. But the truth is that my old self was crucified with Christ, no matter how alive it might appear to be.
Truth about My Life and the Spirit of Christ
For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.
Romans 6:6 NIV
We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:4 ESV
Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices, and have clothed yourselves with the new spiritual self, which is ever in the process of being renewed and remolded into fuller and more perfect knowledge upon knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it. In this new creation all distinctions vanish. There is no room for and there can be neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, nor difference between nations whether alien (barbarians or Scythians) who are the most savage of all, nor slave or free man; but Christ is all and in all [everything and everywhere, to all men, without distinction of person].
Colossians 3:9-11 AMPC