"I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." We preach our own experiences and people are interested, but no sense of need is awakened by it. If once Jesus Christ is lifted up, the Spirit of God will create a conscious need of Him. Behind the preaching of the Gospel is the creative Redemption of God at work in the souls of men. It is never personal testimony that saves men. "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life."
The above quote was from Oz Chambers.
I read things like this and I wonder if in fact the 'Gospel' is simply Him in us and through us as us? Maybe its simply in this fleshed out reality of our union, He awakens within those we meet, a need they never knew they had?
(From Oz) It is God Who creates the need of which no human being is conscious until God manifests Himself.I wonder if that manifestation of God is as i said, simply Him in us as us?
Much the same as God for us, then with us, then IN us, now today? Maybe this is way to mystical/subjective, maybe I should just relax and rub my WWJD bracelet?
Jim Palmer shared this on his blog~quote: "lately i’ve been discovering how words can be obstacles, and the need to focus on the meaning or reality behind the words. for example, i’m discovering that when i use the word "God" that most people have a well-developed concept of "God" based on all sorts of influences, which there mind automatically plugs into the word when they hear it. it’s interesting because i have come across a lot of people who are disinterested in "God," but if i describe the reality of God without using the word, those same people are interested."
Once again, I come back to the simplicity (the mystery of Godliness) of the good news, Christ in us the hope of glory.For thirty years the son of man/God WAS the word made flesh, he wasn't working as an apprentice to get his Saviour~God ticket, he was/IS God in the flesh, but from what I can deduce, there weren't to many able to see that reality.
Has anything changed today, at all?
Meaning, this word that was with God and was God and became fleshed out in a human form, isn't it the same Word now being fleshed out in us as us?
I wonder if Jesus tried to appease his soul (in that thirty year dessert) by chanting, 'Thank you Father for making me a nobody', but in fact He was a somebody that no one could define? And yet the Father was present in everything, in and through this Jewish man.
Maybe this whole unseen, hidden reality of the invisible God that no one has ever seen, was now touchable, approachable, he cried, laughed, got hungry, had to go to the bathroom, wash himself and so much more, just like other humans.
Wow, could this really be a somebody of such great importance?
I see the same story unfolding in my life and in the lives of so many others, simply Being Christ in a Richard form, or Christ in a Dave form etc. etc!
Again from Oz: "If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not. The majority of people have their morality well within their own grasp, they have no sense of need of the Gospel. It is God Who creates the need of which no human being is conscious until God manifests Himself."
I would say that it is Christ in us as us, He is that One who is creating the need, which no human being is conscious of, until our Father manifests Himself to others through us as us in ways that are so totally unobtrusive.
I'm not really sure if it matters, being a nobody vs a somebody, but being One with Him seems to be what has my attention.