A Time To Dance

Those who know me personally have assessed that I’m sort of a melancholy person; I’m not what you would classify as the dancing type.  But during a time of fasting recently I received some openings concerning the realm of the Spirit, and oh, let me tell you… there hasn’t been any great change in my circumstances as I had hoped (not yet that is) but even so, if I could dance, oh, how I would dance!  Oh, what God has for us in the realm of the Spirit!

This realm—the realm of the Spirit—is the Pathway, and the Place, of the new creation man.  How I rejoice for this!  The old creation is going into corruption right before our eyes at an astonishing rate.  You look back over your shoulder and it’s astonishing to see the acceleration that has taken place even over the last twenty years.  Not just in nature, it’s frightening to hear of the natural disasters—storms, tsunamis, earthquakes… this earth is a very unstable place.  But so is the world of Adam; the moral decay is even more frightening.

And so the old creation is disintegrating all around us on every hand.  How wonderful to know that God foresaw it all, and has prepared a new habitat for His new creation man.

There’s nothing like a fast to show you that you are joined to this earthly life by your stomach.  The apostle Paul said as much when he wrote (and he was weeping as he wrote) of certain ones he called “the enemies of the cross of Christ… whose god is their belly, whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things” (Phil. 3.18).

By the “belly” Paul was not talking just of physical food; he meant the whole range of the earthly appetites of the natural man.  These are not necessarily sinful unless they are taken out of bounds, or become our sole preoccupation, which is the case with those in Adam.  The tragic thing is that in our day multitudes of Christians have fallen prey to this too—they are totally preoccupied with the pleasures and concerns of this life.  They are focussed on earthly things.  Their minds, their thoughts, are filled with earthly things.  No wonder Paul wept!  So should we!  Oh what the love of Christ at the expense of the Cross has wrought!  Oh, Christian, the vast inheritance in the Spirit that is yours now, and which by comparison makes all that is earthly nothing more than dung.

Paul wrote to the Colossian Christians reminding them that since they had been baptized into Christ they were “dead with Christ” and no longer lived in this world (Col. 2.12, 20).  Where did they live, then?  Let’s read it.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God (Col. 3.1).

So they were not only dead with Christ, they had also been raised with Him and were seated with Him in the heavenly realm at the right hand of God.  How could they settle, then, for the things of earth?  Paul urges them (and us):

Set your affection on things above, not on things of on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

My life is hid with Christ in God?  Oh, what a different and higher dimension is ours!  How sad, how pitiful, when we continue to worm our way around in the things of earth!  We don’t live here!  We are dead, and our life is hid with Christ in God.

When Christ our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.

What must we be doing, then?

Mortify (put to death) your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence (lust), and covetousness, which is idolatry…

Notice this list.  As I said above, these are all the appetites of the earthly man, and there is nothing wrong with some of them as long as they are not out of bounds, and as long as they don’t become our total pursuit in this life.  We are to set our affection on things above, we are to mind things above, we are to be preoccupied with things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  This is our heritage.  This is our element.  This is our habitation.  This is where we live.

I must make this my own personal testimony then, and not just something I underline in my  Bible.  I must make it my personal testimony that I have a secret life.  A hidden life.  I live in a different realm than most men.  My life is hid with Christ in God.  And no man can take my life from me.  They might kill me, but they can’t take my life from me.  I might die somehow or other, but my life cannot be taken from me.

And so in this late hour when the world of the earthly man has become so purposeless a place, in fact is fast becoming too dangerous a place to live in, oh, why do we continue to live here?  Let us to shake ourselves from the dust!  Let us set our affection, our minds, our thoughts, on things above… not just wistfully from afar, but because we dwell there, it is our habitation, we live there!

Oh, what Christ has wrought in Calvary!  He brought an end to the first man, the Old Man, with all his sin and rebellion and sorrow and trouble and woe.  And brought into being a totally new man, a new creation Man who dwells in a totally new dimension—the Spirit of God!

Now, if that isn’t enough to cause you to dance and leap for joy I don’t know what is!

…I meant to tell you some of the things that were opened to me about this realm of the Spirit but I guess that will have to wait till next time.

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  1. ComeOn! Allan! Don’t leave me in suspense! I’m really looking forward to what you are going to write further on this matter. Please hurry! (Of course, I’m kidding about “hurrying” … but I am very much interested in what’s coming next. Keep Smiling!

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  2. Yes, Allan, I want to hear some details, too! But the big news, as you attest to, is not our experiences in Christ but the fact of our death, resurrection and ascension with Christ to the right hand of the Father. Now that is worth dancing and leaping with joy! What bliss to know that we are totally new creations, complete and perfect in Christ! Not something to strive for but the reality to live from. Glory! Glory! Glory!

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    • Hi once again, Paul, I always enjoy your comments. Yes, “we are totally new creations, complete and perfect in Christ.” The thing is that even while Paul affirms this, and says that those who have been baptized into Christ are dead to this world, and are also raised up and seated with Him in heavenly places (the verses in Colossians I quoted), he then urges us to “seek those things which are above,” and to “mortify your members which are upon the earth.” He is saying, “See who you are in Christ, see where you are in Christ? Okay, don’t stop short of making this the reality of your walk.”

      The implication is that failure to do this can leave us completely bereft of this beautiful spiritual reality. What God has done in Christ must become our experience, our walk, our testimony, not just beautiful verses we can quote. Just because it is written in the Bible does not mean I am walking in it. Paul says in another place, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5.25). Meaning, if I am walking in the flesh the beautiful reality God has wrought in Christ will be of no profit to me. It’s only too true that even though God has provision in Christ for us Christians to be Spirit-birthed and Spirit-led, we are still very capable of producing the works of the flesh instead of the fruit of the Spirit (which is what Paul is contrasting there in Galatians). This is why he says, “If we live in the Spirit let us also walk in the Spirit.” So, it is true that my life is in the Spirit, I live in the Spirit. Let me not be separated from this, then; let me walk in the Spirit.

      …Perhaps the picture of Israel of old is helpful. God gave them an inheritance, told them many times it was theirs, told them He had given it to Abraham and was giving it to them, told them that He had given them the land. Well, if He had given it to them, why did they have to go in and possess it? But this is exactly what He had in mind for them. Yet they failed Him in the wilderness, failed to believe Him… that they could go in and actually possess that land, and drive out their enemies, and walk in the length and breadth of it. Instead they turned back in their hearts to Egypt. So he reserved another Day for those who hear His Voice, admonishing us to not stop short this time, saying, “TODAY, if ye will hear My Voice, harden not your hearts…” And (gladly) I think it is still called, Today!

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