The Lord is appearing in His sons through the word. He is revealed in us by the word manifesting itself.
2nd Thess. 1
10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.
11 ¶ To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power,
12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The above statement, that He is appearing in His sons through the word, is not a watered down “spiritualized” expression of the passages in Thessalonians. It would only appear that way to the religious soul life which always looks for the outwardly spectacular.
1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
5 ¶ The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
There can only be one definition of Christ revealed in us. Varied experiences, etc., do not constitute the revealing of Christ’s life. He is revealed by His manifestation as the Word.
11 ¶ And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.
13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
Each time the word comes alive in us Christ is revealed. We are partaking of a revelation of the Lord. He is appearing. His nature is expressed through the word made manifest in us.
We have not heard a living word until it’s embraced and we die on it. A Christian can live his entire life and never have Christ, the Word, abiding in him. The spirit of Christ may dwell in our spirits, signifying initial salvation, but a living word must be appropriated. Does this sound disturbing? It should. Paul states in 2nd Cor. 13:
2 I have previously said when present the second time, and though now absent I say in advance to those who have sinned in the past and to all the rest as well, that if I come again I will not spare anyone,
3 SINCE YOU ARE SEEKING FOR PROOF OF THE CHRIST WHO SPEAKS IN ME, and who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.
4 For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.
5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
6 But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test.
Paul spoke a living word. Christ’s life was expressed in his words. He said, “I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test.” He was speaking of himself and those ministering with him. It requires a great deal of humility to receive a living word. The religious nature of Adam will rise up again and again such as Korah did when he opposed Moses, and say, “You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?” We know the outcome of this confrontation. The earth opened up and swallowed Korah and his followers. No one in this hour can stand aloof and claim anything. We all are to be led into Zion through the various gates that God establishes. This is the humble subjecting ourselves one to another in the fear of Christ (Eph. 5).