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The Spirit of Christ

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Paul writing to the Corinthians writes, “You are our letter written in our hearts known and read by all men being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, served by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of hearts of flesh.

Oh if only so called Christians revealed the truth of these words, what a glory the world would see! For God, with signs and wonders and great patience, freed His chosen people from Egypt and gave to them, on tablets of stone, the 10 commandments. These commandments they were so incapable of keeping that Moses threw the tablets of stone, on which they were written, to the ground in horror at the callousness of the people's hearts toward God.

With even greater patience the Lord bore with His people's hardness of heart and said to Ezekiel, “I shall take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” So the Lord had written the commandments on stone tablets as a sign, for their hearts were as hard and as brittle as the stones on which the commands were written.

In Paul's words we hear his amazement that in his sight, in his day, in his time, he is seeing the words of Jeremiah realized, “This is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel … I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it, and I will be their God and they shall be My people.”

If it was an amazing act in the days of Moses for God to produce His commands on tablets of stone, how much much more amazing to see God writing on transformed hearts of flesh both the desire and the ability to keep His commands through His Holy Spirit poured out on all flesh. There is something incomprehensibly wonderful in Paul's understanding of what he is witnessing. Moses whose mighty effort and work for the Lord saw him shatter the fruits of his labour on the people's behalf and had him cry out to the Lord in his psalm, “And do confirm for us the work of our hands. Yes confirm the work of our hands.” never witnessed what Paul was seeing and Paul was amazed.

We too would be amazed if all the people who call themselves Christian and children of God, who recite the Lord's prayer and declare themselves lovers of God and saved and born again, were likewise being confirmed as the works of God's hand, as the revelation of the keepers of the New Covenant, through His blood, and being made manifest as the letter of Christ. What a church we would be! What a bride we would present to the world, as those truly alive from the dead, by the power of the living God!

But we are not. So why?

The reason is hidden in the meaning of these verses Paul also wrote, “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new Covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” For the Church reads scripture in the same way as Paul says the sons of Israel do, with a veil covering their hearts.

The Church may think they believe in Christ's words, but they do not reveal in their living that they are a 'letter of Christ'. By their acknowledging scripture they affirm that they are sinners and their lives reveal that they still are. Paul says of such men, “I shall find out not the word of those who are arrogant but their power.”

So the Lord is willing and able to make us vessels of honour, bearers of His Holy Spirit, being made manifest in the sight of all men, as keepers of His commands as a living testimony to His power and love. The Church however has failed to believe and hope and thirst for this witness, because the road to life is narrow and full of affliction and few there are who find it. The cost of real love of God, total commitment to His power and love, total surrender to His will is one that most men will not take. Pedalling the words of Life the Church knows nothing of His power.