After telling us that he had been crucified with Christ, and that Christ
was living in him, Paul says, "That which I am now living in flesh, I am
living in faith that is of the Son of God, Who loves me and is giving
Himself up for my sake", Gal. 2:20, 21.
It is worthy to note that the apostle switches from "Christ", to "The
Son of God", in the latter verse. It is the same One, yet the
expression, "the Son of God", brings a thought of tenderness, of itimacy,
of family life. The change to the phase is intentional. Paul means to
present a thought of family relationship.
Christ is the Son of God. I am a son of God. We both have the same
Father. Paul says the Father is in us, Eph. 4:6, and that Christ dwells
in me; the Son dwells in my heart through faith; and I live in me.
The beauty of the truth that Paul here teaches is apparent when we read
the latter part of the verse. The Son of God LOVES us. This is a
timeless fact. It is what is called the aorist, or indefinite tense.
Then he changes to the present tense: "and IS GIVING Himself up for my
sake. We were crucified with Him a long time ago. But today, September,
1950, He is giving Himself up for our sakes.
Giving Himself up! Merging His interest with ours, to the extent that He
is giving Himself up to take care of our interests! Doing it now! Doing
it tomorrow! Doing it every day!
This blessed relationship is sweet to contemplate. We do not contemplate
it except as we live in faith that is of the Son of God. Our faith must
include the fact that He is in the family with us; that He is living in
the same house with us; that we are not of any importance apart from
This faith gives comfort. It causes us to feel secure. It so closely
identifies us with Him, that we do not even want to think of ourselves
except as we think of His loving interest in us.
I am thinking of a man who has a grown son and a small one. He asks the
elder son to look after his little brother, and take care of him in
every way. The older son, if he is worthy of the designation, will
forget his own interest, to look after that of his little brother. This
is but a feeble illustration of what I writing about. Not only is it a
fact that Christ is our Savior, but it is also a glorious truth that He
is interested in us now. He is looking after our selfare while we are on
earth. And He is giving up Himself into our interest---in our
behalf---for the sake of us, in order to promote our daily welfare.
There seems to be an idea that the Savior and His Father are pleased to
have us endure a hard time in this life, because He has provided eonian
life for us after awhile. This idea has led to the belief that suffering
and poverty is ordered by God, and that it is improper to try to avoid
it, or pray to be delivered from it.
The truth is, our Father has provided for us thousands of comforts in
life. All modern conveniences constitute some of His mercies and
blessings to us. It is in keeping with His will that we have these
things, and that we use them to our advantage, praising Him for them.
Our Father provides fellowship and spiritual comfort for us to enjoy in
life. I pity the saint who is deprived of fellowship with other saints.
Some are cut off from their fellows of faith, and never experience the
joy of such fellowship. However, they may have communion with the Father
within, and with the Christ Who dwells in our heart through faith. We
all may have this privilege. But here is a definite need for association
with our fellow saints. Those who are deprived of this blessing are poor
Physical comforts are provided. Paul says "My God shall be filling your
every need in accord with His riches in glory, in Christ Jesus". This is
either true, or it is untrue. We know that many do not get what they
need. Does God provide it? Most certainly He does. Faith is that power
of spirit and mind that enables us to receive and enjoy the blessings
that God has for us.
Some are almost afraid to pray, lest they ask for something that God has
predestinated that they shall not have. And this in the face of the fact
that Paul tells us to let our requests be known to God. Some are afraid
that if they pray they will be trying to change God. They do not know
that real prayer is not an effort to overcome God's reluctance, but that
it is an effort to accept His willingness. God is willing.
Why be negative about it? There are those who say, "You won't get what
you pray for, unless it is the will of God that you shall have it". Why
not be affirmative. It sounds much more cheerful if we say, "You WILL
get what you ask for in faith, if it IS God's will that you shall have
it". This is true, if the prayer has the proper faith. How do we know
what the will of God is, concerning our daily blessings? If we need it,
it is God's will that we have it, and He has provided it for faith.
In Rom. 15:3 and 4, Paul quotes one of the Psalms, and says, Whatever
was written before was written into this teaching of ours, that though
the endurance and consolation of the scriptures we may be having
expectation". This has reference to the Psalms and the other Hebrew
scriptures. What was written before does not touch our destiny---that is
found alone in Paul's writings. Therefore, it must be that we are to
have expectation in THIS life, by reading the earlier scriptures.
I claim such promises as these: "In quietness and confidence shall be
your strength". "They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength". "Acknowledge Him in all they ways and He shall direct your
path". And all the other promises of good in the present life. While
they were spoken to Israel, they are written intot he teaching of Paul,
and I, too, may have expectation in believing them and appropriating
Jonah had an idea that God ought to limit Himself in His dealings. Even
after the prophet had been delivered from the whale, he still thought
that God ought to not show any favor to Ninevah. The Ninevites were as
good as he was. But he thought God had no right to bless them. However,
He knew that God WOULD bless them if they repented, and this was one
thing that he had against Him. We find the counterpart of Jonah today,
in Christendom. Yet, in spite of their protests, God still repents of
evil. I praise His name for it. We still have the right to pray for all
mankind, and for the present conflict to end.
Yes, we are a household---the Father, the Son and I. We live in the same
house. The glorious thing about it is, They live in the same house with
YOU, as well as in MY house. They are in the house---the
individuality---of every believer. If believers can realize this, and
live in that faith, they may be conscious, every day, that the Father is
blessing them for the sake of His Son, Who is daily giving Himself up
for their sake.
This obliterates the doleful existance that some endure---thinking that
God has doomed them to suffering, or poverty, or dissatisfaction. This
faith gives exhiliration of spirit, joy of soul, and leads to health and
plenty. It would be strange, indeed, if our blessed Father did not care
as much for us as do our earthly parents!
This faith that I am writing about leads to sweet worship of God. It
means a life of trust. It brings us to rely on the living God. It
provides sweet fellowship for all who are calling on the Lord out of a
pure heart. In short, it means an existance, now, of peace, joy, and
The spirit of Christ gives us the life of Christ. "Living in me is
Christ", says Paul. The spirit that roused Jesus Christ from among the
dead is in us, for the purpose if enlivening our mortal bodies. God is
interested in our bodies. He has provided for their health and activity.
Believer, I ask you to consider the fact that the Son of God is giving
Himself up for your sake. You may trust the Father to do for you, what
is needful, since He is so much in love with you, and since He will
always honor the Son. You may depend on Him to do for you, for the sake
of the Son.
As one whose mission it is to manifest the Father and the Son in my
life, I plead for you to take into consideration the things I have here
written. Don't forget that it's all in the family. Claim your blessings
through Christ, the Son of God. Claim them in faith. Your Father has
promised them for you.
This insures a holy peace in your life. It means security. What a