Abiding In Christ (Part I)

Abiding In Christ (Part I)

27 Sep 2014 Service – Kong Hee

3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Psa 24:3-5

Ascend and abide.
Stand and dwell.

1 Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
2 He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
Psa 15:1-2

11 I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. Lev 26:11

16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[a] are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”
2 Cor 6:16

A vision for more of God .. 18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.Prov 29:18

Where there is no vision, the people run wild.

#1 We need to adjust our WALK

“Follow me” is one of Jesus’ highest call

19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt 4:19

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. Jn 10:27

36 times, the NT tells the believer to walk, walk, walk.

1 Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
2 He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
Psa 15:1-2.. He who walks uprightly

Walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh.
Walk in Faith, not in fear.
Walk in Light, not in darkness.
Walk in Love, not in lust.

Love is not just a feeling, it is a commitment that often produces the feeling. Love can function faithfully even when you don’t have the feeling.

Don’t just fall in love… RISE to love.

4 times in the NT husbands are commanded to ‘love your wife’

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Eph 5:25, 28, 33

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. Col 3:19

For the wife, only once ..

4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, Titus 2:4

Greek agape vs phileo

Women are not designed to initiate agape love.

#2 We need to adjust our WORKS

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. Jn 15:5

He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
Psa 15:2

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Phil 2:12-13 .. ‘work out’ is a mathematical word

When our walk is changed, our works are changed.

Working never makes us spiritual. Some even lose their spirituality.

But if we are spiritual, then we would surely be working.

5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 2 Pet 1:5 .. add on things that solve your problems.

8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Col 3:8 ..subtract things in life that won’t solve your problems

Sometimes division is needed. Paul picked Timothy.. Barnabas picked Mark.

1st level: We do things FOR God

5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 1 Cor 3:5-6

7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. Mk 14:7

Weakness: it makes us need-oriented. We are moved by a need. But the need is not the call. They are endless, we are always surrounded by needs.

Jesus didn’t heal everyone, or cast out demons from everyone. He was obedience oriented.

Jesus didn’t commission us to be burnt out by needing all the needs we possibly can.

2nd level: We do things WITH God.

9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 1 Cor 3:9

We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 Cor 6:1
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matt 11:28-29

31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. Mk 6:31

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:2

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

Paradoxical Promise? How can you rest and work at the same time?

The rest here isn’t doing anything. But working supernaturally. Using less of your own strength and more of Jesus. If we put our neck on the yoke of Jesus Christ, then He is going to guide and help us.

3rd level: We do things UNTO God

16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Cor 3:16

Outer court.. Ministry for God
Holy place.. Ministry with God
Holy of Holies.. Ministry unto God