1 Corinthians 1:4-7:
4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift
These are the members of the church at Corinth, and they are enriched by Jesus Christ in every thing -- in all utterance, and in all knowledge. They come behind in no gift. They do not lack anything spiritually.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ
Those in Christ are blessed by God with all spiritual blessings. All.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
In Jesus dwells all the fulness of the Godhead, and since you are in Him; therefore, you are complete in him. Complete. Full. Lacking nothing.
2 Peter 1:1-4:
1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Everyone justified has obtained like precious faith. No believer's faith is different than any one else's. And faith is not quantitative. You either have it or you don't. It isn't that at the moment of your justification, you have a faith tank that is at ten out of a hundred and it can move up toward that goal as long as the tank continues to be filled. No. The faith tank is full, at one hundred, right at the instance of conversion. And then His divine power has given unto believers all things that pertain unto life and godliness. All things. No thing missing. Converts are partakers of the divine nature. The divine nature.
The message of the New Testament isn't that we need more resources of any kind after we are saved. We have the Holy Spirit, God Himself, indwelling us (Romans 8:9), and God is infinite in every way. We can't be missing anything if God owns everything and we're in God and God is in us.
If we have everything, if we possess all that we need to be everything we need to be and do all that we need to do, then what is the problem or what is the issue?
It isn't that we don't have what we need. It is that we must yield what we have to Him. It's that we hold things back and so we don't experience the blessings that we possess. We have those blessings, but we don't experience them in our disobedience, our lack of yieldedness to the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the first post of this now two part series, I spoke of the consequences of a higher spiritual plane of existence or greater enduement of the Holy Spirit or more power or revival being the result of begging for it or fasting for it. You shouldn't be confused by those thoughts, that somehow I mean that you shouldn't pray or fast, even pray for a long period of time or into the night. The point I made was dealing with doing these things for a consequence of a second blessing.
You don't have to sacrifice to get anything you need to live how you should live. You have all of that the moment you are converted. What you need to do is yield to God what you have been given. Presenting your body a living sacrifice results from the mercies of God (Romans 12:1). If you read Romans 1-11, you see the completeness of everything that a believer possesses in Christ.
Alright, but if we have everything that we need the moment we're saved, then how can we grow? Let's consider 2 Peter 3:18:
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Aha. We need grace and knowledge. Those things we don't have. No. We have both of them. We grow in the sphere of grace and in the sphere of the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our growth is in that grace and in that knowledge. We are already in that grace and knowledge. So, again, the resources are already there, already available to us.
All the grace comes from God, in whom are believers and believers are in. The Holy Spirit who indwells believers is the author of scripture. The growth is within the sphere again of having everything. Do we need to learn it and do it? Yes. But that is, again, yielding.
Keswick or second blessing says that you've got to keep doing and doing and doing certain things or you won't have available the resources you need for living at the height of your Christian life.
What do these two different approaches, one scriptural and the other unscriptural, look like? How do they differ?
More to Come