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New Book-[The Economy of God]-Chapter15-Part3

THE REALITY OF RESURRECTION

IN THE ETERNAL SPIRIT

Romans 8:11 says: “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Who raised up Jesus from the dead? It is the same Spirit of separation. What Spirit shall quicken our mortal bodies? It is the Spirit of resurrection, who dwells in us. This means that the reality of resurrection and the principle of resurrection dwell in us. The principle of resurrection is the separation effected by this eternal Spirit, the One who could never be terminated by death.

Seeing that the principle of resurrection is in the eternal Spirit of separation, we must ask where this Spirit is today. We must say, “Hallelujah, He is in me!” Therefore, this principle of resurrection is also in us. May the Lord open our eyes to see the principle of the cross and the principle of resurrection—that is, everything was ended by death, and the eternal Spirit now dwells in us. If we see this, we will be transcendent. We will say, “Hallelujah!” There is no need for us to beg, to ask, to cry. We only need to say “Hallelujah” all the time.

John 11:25 tells us that Christ Himself is the resurrection. Martha, the sister of dead Lazarus, complained that the Lord came too late. It seemed to her that resurrection and life were a matter of time. If the Lord had come earlier, she reasoned, her brother would not have died. On the contrary, the Lord told her, in effect, that it was not a matter of time or space, but a matter of Christ. He said, “I AM the resurrection.” Forget about time and space; wherever Christ is and whenever Christ is, there is always resurrection.

On the day of His resurrection when Christ came to His disciples, He breathed on them and said, “Receive ye the Holy Spirit.” This very Spirit that they received included the principle and reality of His resurrection. Without this Spirit, the disciples could have nothing to do with His resurrection. Christ’s resurrection is in this Spirit. If we have this Spirit, we have the reality of the resurrection; if we do not have this Spirit, we have nothing to do with the resurrection. The resurrection is simply Christ Himself, and the principle and reality of Christ’s resurrection is the eternal Spirit, which can never be ended. This eternal Spirit, who is without beginning and without ending, is the very principle and the very reality of the resurrection. Anything else that is put to death will be ended; only the eternal Spirit can not be held or terminated by death. This is why, after the resurrection, Christ as resurrection came to His disciples and breathed on them, telling them to receive His breath as the eternal Spirit, the Spirit of separation. This very eternal Spirit, as the principle and reality of resurrection, came into the disciples, and this principle and this reality are now in us.

Two more verses will help us to understand this. In Philippians 1:19 Paul speaks of “the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” It seems he said: “I am in prison, but I am not afraid, for within me there is the principle and the reality of resurrection. What is this resurrection within me? It is the Spirit of Jesus with bountiful, all-inclusive, all-sufficient supply.” Then, in Philippians 3:10, he says, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection.” What is the power of His resurrection? It is the supply of the Spirit of Jesus. The bountiful, all-inclusive, all-sufficient supply of the Spirit of Jesus is the power of His resurrection. This power and this supply are nothing less than the eternal Spirit, the Spirit of separation. Yet this Spirit is within us today! Isn’t this enough? What more could we want? We should say, “Hallelujah!” We have to thank Him for His cross, and we have to praise Him also for His Spirit. His cross has ended everything negative, and now His eternal Spirit is indwelling us as the power of resurrection.

To summarize, we can never have a real experience of the cross unless we are in the eternal Spirit. No matter how much we know it and how much we talk about it, if we are not in the eternal Spirit, we can never experience the power of the cross. The more we live and walk in the eternal Spirit of separation, the more we will realize the killing power of the cross. There is no further need to reckon ourselves dead; this is committing spiritual suicide. Although many Christians try to commit spiritual suicide daily, yet, praise the Lord, they can never succeed! If we just live and walk in the Spirit, the all-inclusive dose within us, we will experience the killing power of the cross. Since the principle and reality of both His resurrection and His death are in the eternal Spirit, then the resurrection also includes the effectiveness of His death. In the eternal Spirit of resurrection there is the killing factor, the killing power of the cross.

So, again we say, Praise the Lord! As long as we are in the all-inclusive Spirit, the experience of the cross is ours and the reality of the resurrection is within us. There is no need to do anything but take it by living faith. If we see this, we will say, “Hallelujah, praise the Lord!” We have the living faith, and we take it and claim it by faith. Then the principles of the cross and of the resurrection will be real to us in the indwelling Spirit. We already have Him within. There is no need for us to ask anymore, but just to take Him and experience Him and enjoy Him. Then we will experience a real growth in life. I can assure you of this. This is a vision which we need to see and take by faith.

[Continued Tomorrow]