Living by the Spirit, Organically
Living by the Spirit, Organically
How are we led by the Spirit?
What are disciplines of Christ?
What do we look for and how can we know that we are being led by the Spirit of God?
What does it mean to be free from the law of sin and death?
How can we walk in faith, walk in love and to be transformed in mind?
These questions and more will be what we look at (beginning Sunday Oct.4) not just in a study but in a practical everyday application of being able to recognize and hear the Spirit’s voice and walk these realities out.
The first letter Paul wrote was his letter to the churches that met in the Galatia territory. I think it is significant to understand the issue to which Paul was addressing in his writing of this “first” letter and first writing of what we know today as the New Testament.
After his greeting Paul writes Gal.1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ, [and are turning] to a different gospel.
Turning away from Him (Christ) to another gospel or as Paul says in vs.7 a changed Gospel of Christ.
How upset was Paul when dealing with the issue this letter is addressing?
Gal.1:9 if anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!
What is the Gospel of Christ?
The word Gospel simply means “Good News” Christ means “Anointed” to Anoint literally means to “cover in Oil”
Gospel of Christ = Great news you are going to be covered in the Holy Spirit both within you and without you. The Transformation is here and it is not only going to change things within you but it will also change things on the outside as well and also with all of creation being freed in the process.
Luke 8:1, 9-15 Soon afterwards He was traveling from one town and village to another, preaching and telling the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with Him, Then His disciples asked Him, “What does this parable mean?” 10 So He said, “The secrets of the kingdom of God have been given for you to know, but to the rest it is in parables, so that Looking they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
The Parable of the Sower Explained (The Organic Nature of God in Man)
11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 The seeds along the path are those who have heard. Then the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the seeds on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing. 14 As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit. 15 But the seed in the good ground—these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit.
The Secrets of the Kingdom – Right Here
Seed = God’s Word that is spoken and heard within your heart.
Path = Those who hear the Spirit’s voice within them, in their heart.
Thorns = Worry, desire for wealth, pursuit of pleasure
Good Ground or Good Path = Those who hear the Spirit’s voice within them believe it and live by it thus producing the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Christ & Matters of the Spirit.
Christ is One with many Parts – We all together form and manifest Christ on earth through the Spirit which speaks to us and leads us. This is a description of the working out of the organic nature of Christ on earth.
1 Cor.12:1-12 1 About matters of the spirit: brothers, I do not want you to be unaware. 2 You know how, when you were pagans, you were led to dumb idols —being led astray. 3 Therefore I am informing you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
4 Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are different activities, but the same God is active in everyone and everything. 7 A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial:
This next story Jesus links intrinsically to His Gospel.
Matt.26:6-10 While Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon, a man who had a serious skin disease, 7 a woman approached Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive fragrant oil. She poured it on His head as He was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw it, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This might have been sold for a great deal and given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a noble thing for Me. 11 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me. 12 By pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she has prepared Me for burial. 13 I assure you: Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her.”
Why and How is Jesus linking this story to His Gospel?
1. After this acrion in vs.14 Then one of the Twelve—the man called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” – This is what put Judas over the edge
All the Disciples saw this action as waste
Jesus described the action as a “Nobel Thing”
Jesus saw the action as a preparation for what was coming.
Jesus knew the action was coming from a heart that was listening to and responding to the voice of the Father.
This is Jesus gospel – That a man or woman a son of man can live by and walk in the Spirit and have a face to face relationship with God the Father. That a son or daughter of man does not simply live by bread alone but can really live by a relationship where he hears the words of his Father who is God. This gospel, this good news is not something Jesus simply preached but He lived it out in front of men to see. He lived it out right until the end when Jesus was killed. He said you don’t need to know the law to live a righteous life you can simply listen and follow the voice of our Father who lives within the hearts of all of His children. Jesus says “Please, follow my way – I have lived openly before you showing you the way to the Father – follow what I have shown and discover our Father who wants to know you face to face. I strongly urge you to follow this way and enter our Father’s kingdom here on earth just like it is in heaven.
Luke 16:14-16 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and scoffing at Him. 15 And He told them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight. “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is strongly urged to enter it.
Rom.4:12-13 And he became the father of the circumcised, not only to those who are circumcised, but also to those who follow in the footsteps of the faith our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised. For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.
It is Faith to hear the internal voice of the Father, believe it and do it – This is righteousness. Faith is not following a book, tradition or law – Faith is hearing our Father God’s voice, believing it and following it. To follow a book, tradition or law, even if it is from God, is death. In the picture below who is following the Spirit and who is following a book???
This entry was posted on September 28, 2009 by Eclectic Mind. It was filed under Church Life, Disciples of Jesus Christ, Friends, House Church, Jesus Christ, Organic Church, Pagan Christianity, Reimagining Church, Religion, Simple Church, Truth, Wise Sayings and was tagged with Faith in God, Meditation, Organic Chruch, The Gospel.