I have often read the scriptures and its promises and struggled with claiming the promises as my own. Wielding the Word as my personal weapon of acquisition didn’t sound altogether genuine. I’m not talking about the obvious scriptures for the church, the bride, and the disciples of Christ, but the ones clearly assigned to Christ and Israel. It felt odd because the messianic scriptures are for and about Jesus and not me, right? But this morning I had a seeing. They actually are about me!
It’s About ME
I don’t say this as an entitled child or God’s happily favored one. I am not wagging my finger and shaking my hips as if I am “the” special one. (Funny visual, huh?) But I have learned that the promises are about me, because I am in Him. Now some may say, “But of course!” But for me, this morning’s revelation is huge and solves a quandary I have had. I have felt weird about claiming scriptures about Israel for my own or messianic scriptures as mine. Yet as an indwelt child of God, all the messianic scriptures are about me because my life is about He not me.
God is calling forth the Life of the Son from my vessel, my being, and my life. The joy of this is that now the messianic scriptures are for and fulfilled by Christ in me. The Father is literally calling forth Christ’s fulfilling of His own requirements in me. This opens the whole of the scripture to me. It has always been a love letter to me, but now it’s about His fulfilling Life and promise through me.
Why is it About Me
2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “All the promises of God find their Yes in Him [Christ]. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory.” It is obvious that all the promises of scripture find their fulfillment in Christ. And as I am in Christ and Christ’s life is in me, I see their fulfillment through me. Let me give you an example.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn…
I’ve heard many speak this scripture as if it were about themselves. It was their Gospel mandate and they claimed it as their own promise. Now this is clearly a messianic scripture and its reality is found in Christ. In actuality, the only way this is about me is when it is about Christ in me. His Life brings good news, not mine. He binds up the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to the captives, not me…and so on. But He can do all of this through me. Jesus lives out His provisions, His promises, and yes, even His prophecies through me.
It is About Me, Because it is about He
Scriptures speak of His design, plans, and intentions on this earth. So many of His promises were fulfilled while He walked the earth. But in our time, in these last days, He continues to live His Life out through me. Not my life, His. Jesus satisfies the Father through me and in me. Yes, as I recently quoted Martha from The Way CD series, saying, “All the requirements of the New Covenant are on the Life of Christ.” Jesus’s Life continues to be the only life that satisfies the Father.
It’s just Who He is, isn’t it John?! He IS the Promise(s); clearly a privilege that He would choose to live these (Himself) out in and through us. Just now thought of the verse that says, “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” That’s one great “Christ in me” kind of promise.
Thank you, John!
Bless you Pauline. The reality is beyond all words.
Thank you very much for sharing such life-giving insights that you have received from the Lord! Blessings, Rudina
Bless you Rudina and thank you very much for the encouragement!
May His Life be the ONLY Life in this vessel.
Absolutely Tammy! I join your prayer. Love you!