That Christ May Increase
By Rich Carmicheal
The Bible makes some incredible statements about how our lives can be filled with the Person and nature of Christ. When we abide in Him and He in us, we become spiritually alive (John 15:4-5; Rom. 8:10). We gain strength for all things as His power dwells in us and works mightily within us (2 Cor. 12:9; Phil. 4:13; Col. 1:29). As He dwells in our hearts through faith, we are able to know His love and be filled up to all of His fullness and with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Him (Eph. 3:17-19; 4:13; Phil. 1:11). And not only can we be filled with Him, we can also clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and be partakers of Him (Rom. 13:14; Heb. 3:14).
Such truths become all the more amazing when we take to heart who Christ is. He is the radiance of God’s glory and in Him is all the fullness of Deity (Heb. 1:3; Col. 2:9); He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:3); He is all-powerful and has all authority (1 Cor. 1:24; Matt. 28:18); He is the source of salvation and victory (Heb. 5:9; John 16:33); He is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption (1 Cor. 1:30); He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:2); He is the Holy One, Faithful and True (Acts 3:14; Rev. 19:11); He is life and light (John 1:4-5); He is full of grace and truth (John 1:14) and His love surpasses knowledge (Eph. 3:19). Of course, such a description of Christ could go on and on!
And the reality is, Christ is our life! (Col. 3:4). This means that we have everything we need – or the One we need – to live our lives fully for the glory of God. Through union with Christ, we have the full potential to put off the old self and to put on the new self. We can leave behind the life of sin, and fully embrace the life of Christ. Because of His Person and His power at work within us, our lives can be filled with His righteousness, His faithfulness, His purity, His compassion, His forgiving nature, His love, His peace, His gentleness, His humility, His affection, His sincerity, His perseverance, His joy, His victory, His steadfastness, His zeal, His strength, His self-control, His obedience, His kindness, His patience, His simplicity, His good works, His courage, His faith, His understanding, His life, His grace, His devotion, and again, the list goes on and on.
And not only do we have all of the potential to be filled with the life, character and works of Christ, it is our glorious calling to do so – "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son…" (Rom. 8:29). Our lives are to be lived for "the praise of His glory" (Eph. 1:12). God’s desire is to lead us in triumph in Christ and to manifest "through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing" (2 Cor. 2:14-15).
Of course, for Christ to increase in our lives, we must necessarily decrease (John 3:30). We must deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him (Matt. 16:24). We must be crucified with Christ so that it is no longer you and I who live, but Christ who lives in us (Gal. 2:20). Oh for the grace to decrease, that He may increase!
About This Issue
With this in mind, the Herald staff encourages you to take this issue of Herald of His Coming very much to heart. The articles focus both on the victory we have in Christ to live fully for the glory of God, and also the need we have to examine ourselves and to put off any remnants of the old self. The two articles by George Watson were printed years ago as one article entitled, "It Takes A Crucified Man To Preach A Crucified Savior" – a title worth meditating upon.
The two articles by Andrew Murray come from his book The Master’s Indwelling. We have copies of this book available in magazine format, and will gladly send a copy to you when requested and as supplies last.
The article "Don’t Stop; Keep Going" has a different focus than the other messages, but seems important to share at this time because of the hardships and pressures many believers are experiencing. We hope it provides much encouragement to you.
We praise the Lord for the good response to the May issue on the theme of the family. Please note that we still have additional copies available for readers who desire to share these messages with others.
We appreciate all of your encouragement, prayers and support, and we hope to hear from you soon!
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