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Definition: One invested with power and dignity, chief, ruler, prince, magistrate, leader, official.
1Now is the judgment of this world; now the prince of this world will be cast out.2I will no longer talk much with you, for the prince of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.3And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
4But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.5The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.
6And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
The Supplied Life has been republished
The Supplied Life is a daily devotional by Bill Freeman.
The very nature of the Christian life requires that we live a life of being supplied. The Christian Life is a supplied life. Indeed, The Supplied Life is Christ Himself. He has been prepared by God for us and is now being supplied and furnished to us. The way God does this is by organically joining us as branches to Christ, the true Vine (John 15:1, 4-5).
May these daily selections be an added stimulus to feed upon the Lord Himself, in order that His eternal purpose would be fulfilled through a daily supply of His Life.
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Thus far we have seen four points which help us to understand the sense in which the church is Christ — it is by inclusion in Christ, incorporation into Christ, identification with Christ, and cohesion in Christ. The fifth point is participation in Christ. This point is crucial because our participation in Christ is what makes all the other points a reality in our experience. It is how the church is Christ in reality.
Paul told the Corinthians that they had been called into the fellowship, or participation, of God’s Son, Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:9). God had called them to participate in Christ. How do we participate in Christ? It is by calling His name, Jesus. When we say, “Jesus,” we participate in Jesus. His name is the practical handle for us to participate in Him. And when we participate in Him, we must realize that we are participating in all the phases of His existence. The Lord Jesus passed through incarnation, human life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. These are the phases of His existence. And today all these phases are in the Spirit, who has been poured out like a flowing river for us to drink. So when we call, “Lord Jesus,” we drink the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:3, 13-14). And as we drink the Spirit, we are participating in the phases of His existence. We participate in His incarnation, His human life, His death, His burial, His resurrection, and His ascension. We participate in His life and become living members of Him. It is by such a participation that the church is Christ.
In Romans 6:4-5 Paul says, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have [grown together with Him] in the likeness of His death, indeed, we will also be in the likeness of His resurrection.” Years ago I studied this phrase, “grown together with Him.” I was deeply impressed by Frederick Godet’s remarks in his commentary on Romans. He states that this phrase “denotes the organic union in virtue of which one being shares the life, growth, and phases of existence belonging to another; so it is that the existence, prosperity, and decay of the branch are bound up with the state of the stem. Hence we have ventured to translate it: to be made one and the same plant with Him.” So, we have become ones joined to Him and growing together with Him.
Now, all that He has passed through and all the phases of His existence are for our participation. We can participate in Him by eating Him (John 6:48-63). And when you eat Jesus, you eat His humanity, the glorified humanity made available as living bread. The manhood that He lived out was not lost 2,000 years ago. That manhood has now been put into the Spirit to ever be a constant supply of bread for us to eat (1 Cor. 15:45). Now we can eat the thinking of Jesus and the reactions of Jesus and the choices of Jesus. We can eat His mind, His emotion, His will. It flows in the Spirit. We all need another disposition to live the church life. We need the divine disposition. How do we obtain such a disposition? It’s by feeding on Him in the Word, by calling on His name, and by drinking of the Spirit.
For instance, I had a wonderful dinner today. I enjoyed lasagna, tortellini, and for dessert, chocolate mousse. I participated in all those delicious foods. It was a real enjoyment and so tonight I am really satisfied. But not only am I satisfied, I am also supplied. When we eat, we are receiving all the nourishment that is needed to run the body. In the same sense, the way the church is Christ is by being a group of people who eat and drink Him, who participate in Him, who enjoy Him, and are thus supplied to live by Him.
The sixth point that helps us to understand the sense in which the church is Christ is the transmission of Christ.
Ephesians 1:22 tells us, “He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church.” The phrase “to the church” indicates a transmission through the organic union of the Head and the Body. He is transmitting His life to His Body, the church. He is the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45), and all of us have regenerated spirits. Did you realize that there is a heavenly transmission going on? He is transmitting Himself as the Spirit into all of our spirits. He has been installed in each of us. It is just like this room. This room has been installed with electrical wiring. Somewhere nearby is a power plant that is transmitting electricity to the wiring that is installed in this room. Now, to turn on the lights and enjoy the “good” of the electricity, we only have to flip the switch. You just turn the switch on, and you enjoy the benefits of transmitted electricity into this room.
All of us, brothers and sisters, have been installed with God. There is a transmission of the divine life into our spirits. So, our part is just to turn the switch on. And the switch is our mouth. You just open your mouth. The Bible tells us to be filled in spirit by speaking, singing, and giving thanks (Eph. 5:18-20). As we speak, sing, and give thanks, there is a transmission, and the church is filled up with Him. This is how the church is Christ.
Then, there is the transmission of love in the Triune God (John 17:21-26). We have already seen that there is a current of love between the Father and the Son. And that flow of love between the Father and the Son is the same love that is being transmitted to us! It is wonderful to know that in this universe there is only one love. We don’t have any love for God. We might think we have love for God, but in ourselves, none of us have any love for God (Rom. 3:10-11). Every bit of love in us toward God is God. Perhaps you feel you don’t have that much love for the Lord. You find your heart loving the things of the world. But let me tell you, if there is even a little bit of love within you, a little bit of desire for the Lord, that is the Lord. Take that little bit of love, baby it, nourish it, and let it grow. Just tell the Lord, “Thank You for this little bit of love. It’s You, Lord. The love in me for You, even if it’s so small, is You. It is God.” There is one love.
And that one love has been poured out into our heart (Rom. 5:5). That’s why we don’t work up love. We cannot be loving in ourselves. We need to get into another kingdom, another realm, where the divine love is flow- ing. We need to be born again. When we are born again, we see the kingdom and we enter into the kingdom. We enter into the realm of the divine love. Our spirit becomes joined to the Lord so that we are joined to the transmission of divine love between the Father and the Son. So right inside of you is the love of God (John 17:26). It’s in you. To experience this transmission of divine love, just go home, get on your knees, and start thanking Him for everything in your life. Thank Him for every problem. Thank Him for every impossibility. Thank Him that all things are working together for good to those that love God (Rom. 8:28). Just start loving Him and start thanking Him. After a short time, the tears will come down, and you will begin to merge with the divine life and love that is within your being. That life is so thankful. It’s so thankful to the Father. That life knows how to suffer. It knows how to pass through difficulties. That’s why the Bible talks about entering into the fellowship of His sufferings (Phil. 3:10). It’s not gritting our teeth and hoping for a better day. It’s participating in the satisfaction and the contentment of His life (Phil. 4:11-13). Nothing outwardly changes, but inwardly, you are joyful in God. And God is enough. You say, “Thank You,” to the Lord, and there is a wonderful transmission of life and love. That’s how the church is Christ.