The Christian Life Explained

What does the Christian life look like in our daily lives? What examples are left for us to follow?

I’m going to put this forward with several points to begin with, listing them one by one, and then breaking them down. Of course, entire books can be written on the subject and it is a lifetime of study and discovery of God’s purposes for us through this present life. Much more can be said than what I am able to undertake in this short session.

  1. Transforming fellowship with God (a life producing fruit)
  2. Submission to and patience in the divine will (bearing the cross in faith)
  3. Knowing the Word (Revelation)
  4. The Call to Missions

Transforming fellowship with God is part of a two-fold reason for our creation. Firstly, God desired to express himself to his children and secondly, he desired fellowship within the context of that expression. Because of the fall, this restoration of fellowship becomes transformative. How else, other than through prayer, does this fellowship take shape? It is through God’s communication via the Bible and how it is manifested in the age you are living that he primarily communicates to us. He also communicates to us directly by the voice of the Holy Spirit, guiding us on a personal level. Both aspects must be in place for proper fellowship to be in effect. You consummate the fellowship through prayer and worship. We speak back to him in the form of praise for the great things he has done for his bride and or us personally. Through prayer we communicate to him and he communicates to us. This fellowship then becomes transforming in our nature. Through this process of receiving the Word, listening to the Spirit and praying for our needs and the needs of others we become more like Jesus Christ. God’s purpose is to transform us back into his perfect image and likeness, so that all we express is him. This is the root and foundation of the Christian life. Without this, in fact, there is no viable Christian life.

Jesus made the requirement that his disciples be under complete submission to God, bearing the cross. This requires absolute faith in the revealed will of God. There was a great simplicity (though difficult still) in the lives of the apostles. They could physically follow our Lord Jesus and know with great certainty that they were in the will of God. We, however, need a revelation of the will of God to us personally. Am I a preacher, am I an apostle, am I a pastor, am I to be a housewife and mother, am I to sing for ministry, am I to be a deacon, what should I do? There is no physical presence of Christ that can assure of this. We need to be prompted and led by the Spirit of God. This requires faith or confidence in hearing the voice of the Spirit to us personally. Then, in the midst of this calling in our lives there is a requirement that we take our cross and follow Jesus Christ. Through whatever difficulty, pain, resistance from the world or the church, family or friends, we submit ourselves to the very purpose and plan of God.

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers Temptat ions; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4

The word temptation above, means testings. We wouldn’t be joyful about falling into the temptation of adultery or lustful looks or lying; but we can count it joy when we fall into tests of our faith. This process requires a great deal of patience. We have to wait on the Lord for each step and phase of life. Sometimes the trials seem to come one after the other. It is in these times we start to question, “Am I in the will of God? Am I following Jesus? Where have I gone wrong in my life to bring these troubles?” It is in these times that God is working out our character. God has no other way than through trials and tribulations to work patience within us. It is patience that brings us to perfection. Notice what Brother Branham writes in the Church Ages book:

“Now faithfulness and patience go together. In fact, patience is the outcome of faithfulness, for it says in James 1:3, “The trying of your faith worketh patience.” There is absolutely no other way in which to gain patience. It has to come by the trial of our faith. Romans 5:3, “Tribulation worketh patience.” How highly God regards this outworking of our patience is seen in James 1:4, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing.” God’s will for us is Perfection. And that perfection is patience — waiting on God and waiting for God. This is the process of character development.”  [1]

Revelation is something which is discussed very often. Let’s first say that primarily revelation is given by God to the prophets and then out to the people. God’s full revelation is contained in 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. There is no further revelation to be had. Secondly, God anoints and sends messengers and gives them revelations of the truth contained in the Bible. Thirdly, God quickens these revelations to the hearts of each individual believer. We often speak of divine revelation and combine and confuse these three different aspects of revelation. The foundation is the Bible: there is no revelation anywhere at anytime apart from the Bible. It is the absolute and final authority. Then, God has ordained that men be sent to teach and proclaim the truth in the Bible. In order for those truths to be revealed to individuals, it takes the Spirit of God to come and quicken that truth in the hearts of individual believers. The prophet is subject to the Bible and the believer is subject to revelation given to the prophet.

Every believer is called to be involved in one level or another of missions. It can be for support, it can be for pastoral work, it can be for the apostolic work of planting churches or it can be as a believer who shares the truth with those around them. A missionary needs a pastor so that he can move on and plant other churches. A missionary needs the support to do the work. The believers need to be sharing what the missionary and pastor preaches so that the church can grow, and those last predestinated seeds can come in for the rapture take place. It all works in harmony. The church’s mission is missions. A local church or not, they are in existence to proclaim the truth throughout the world. Each has their own part of that, but each member of the body must be involved in some way or another. We all should be speaking to those around us about the Gospel and warning them of the coming judgement.

The Christian life consists of inward and outward work. It is always starting from the inside and working its way outward. The inner, hidden life of prayer and feeding on the Word is where our power to act in obedience and live a surrendered, patient, life comes from.

[1] The Thyatirean Church Age, Rev. William Marrion Branham

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