March 5, 2017: Resurrection Life and the Cross

Faltering Love: Song of Songs 2:8-3:5

The King is coming to the maiden leaping over the mountains. She is happy behind her wall and He is looking at her through the window. He calls her to come out from behind her wall and with Him. She doesn’t follow Him, so He goes on. She begins to long for Him and finally leaves her home to go looking for Him throughout the city. She finds Him and is overjoyed in their reunion.

The maiden is beginning to learn to live by her King’s life. She falters as she learns, but the King is patient with her and knows exactly what she needs to grow up into Him.

Paul and Peter also learned how to live by Overcoming Life.

Phil 3:7-10 To know Him and the power of His resurrection
1 Cor 2:2 To know CHRIST and Him crucified

God allowed Lazarus to die so that He could be displayed as Resurrection Life. John 11

The Rose Bush: seasonal aspect/cycle of dying and living. Roses connected to each other and the root – ONE BUSH. Different from a bouquet of roses.

Give me the plant or bush, and it will grow. It may pass through death for a season, but next year it will come back again and there will be more; and then another experience of dying and resurrection, and again there will be more, all in the same plant. That is a body, that is an organism, not a bunch. And that is the difference between a congregation, so many Christians, units coming together as units, and a spiritual organism, a local expression of the Body of Christ: and it is the Body which is God’s thought, not a congregation, not the bunch of flowers.But oh, the Lord’s people are so much like the bunch of flowers! It is true they are all of the same species, but oh, they are not there as one organism in one place growing with the increase of God, passing through corporate convulsions of death and resurrection and making spiritual increase in that way. -T. Austin-Sparks

God’s Wrecking Ball: the Power of the CROSS/what it destroyed

  1. Satan Eph 2:2; 1 John 3:8
  2. Power and Principalities Eph 6:12;Col 2:15;
  3. Sin Rom 7:15-25
  4. World systems John 12:37-32; Gal 5:24
  5. Law Col 2:13
  6. Flesh (expression of the old source) Gal 5:24
  7. Death Act 2:22-24
  8. You-Rom 6:1-11; Gal 2:20; Col 3:1-11

We experience Resurrection Life by the Way of the Cross

We deny ourselves and choose Christ.

We have been called to lose our life for his sake. The life we are losing there is the soul or self-life. It is our mind, our will, and our emotions. We lose our mind—meaning, we give our thinking over to the Lord and allow Christ’s thoughts to be our thoughts. We lose our will by giving over our drive and ability to do and perform in exchange for Christ ability to accomplish all things. And we give up our emotions—meaning we are not driven by how we feel in our walk with the Lord but by the Lord’s stimuli, which we sense by the Spirit. We are not throwing the soul away, for our soul is a useful tool for the expression of the Spirit of Christ. But what I’m saying is our lives are governed completely by the spirit of Christ and he expresses his life, light, wisdom, and power through our minds, through our will, and through our emotions so that in actuality it is his mind and his will and his emotions on display.

SACRED COW:

“God will not give more than you can handle”

1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

Scripture says we won’t be tempted beyond what we can bear, not that we won’t ever experience anything we can’t handle.

God does give us more than we can handle so that we learn to rely upon His Life and Power.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 – For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us.

Peter walking on water. Matthew 14:22-33

We walk in Resurrection Life to feed and nourish the Lord. (Figs in Song of Songs)

48 – Sweet Bride, My Love
(Tune: Greensleeves; What Child is This?)

(Brothers)
Sweet Bride, My love,
Come away with Me.
Leave your cares behind;
I have set you free.
The winter’s past and the rain is gone.
It is time to arise and go with Me.

Come, come, come away with Me;
Let our hearts be one for eternity.
Come, come, come away with Me,
And we’ll dwell together forever.

(Sisters)
At last, my Lord,
I have heard Your voice.
It is all I hear,
Oh, my heart rejoice!
You bid me come, now I follow You,
It matters not where You take me.

Jesus, my fair Lord and King
To You my heart with joy I bring.
Jesus, I belong with You
For You have desired to love me.

“In other words, Christianity is no longer a matter of our personal enjoyment, but a matter of Christ enjoying those who are His.” -Watchman Nee, Song of Songs

Resources:

Hind’s Feet on High Places – Hannah Hurnard

Bypass the Flesh – Bill Freeman

The Cross and the Self – Bill Freeman

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