Only Christ Receives

Adam cannot demand that which only Christ can receive.

Put another way, the old, Adamic nature will never receive what is promised to the new nature of Christ in us. Regardless of how Adam dresses himself up to appear worthy, he is not. The religious spirit inherent in the Adamic nature will make its demands based upon God’s promises. But God is always silent when the charade of the religious spirit in Adam is vocal. Too many Christians do not differentiate between the religious propensities of Adam and the true nature of Christ. The religiosity of Adam screams long and loud to inherit the promises of God. But it is denied. Only Christ inherits. The Father relates to His son coming forth in many sons. This is the interpretation of Mat. 15:13. “But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted.” Jesus’ statement was not referring to people, but natures. We cannot enter the kingdom of God as duplicitous people. Paul stated, “Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” We need to understand this truth is not related so much to what we call “sins of the flesh” as it to the religious nature in us that parades as if it’s part of Christ.

Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant in John 15 concerning the burning of the branches that don’t bear fruit in Him?

1 ¶  “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2  “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
3  “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4  “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
5  “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
7  “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
8  “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

These passages do not speak of certain ones going to hell because they did not abide in Christ. These verses are mystically speaking of natures. Christ’s word abiding in a believer constitutes His nature abiding in them. The branches that do not bear fruit are expressions of the religious nature of Adam. It appears to be of Christ, but it is incapable of bearing the fruit of Christ. Jesus said that His father is glorified when we bear much fruit, and that our fruitfulness is the proof of our discipleship in Christ. The separation of the wheat and tares is another mystical expression of this truth. Nothing of the mixture of the religious nature of Adam and Christ enters the kingdom.

The cries of the religious Adam always go unanswered. This is why Jesus stated in verse 7 from our above text from John that “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” God responds to the nature of Christ being formed in us. Our abiding in that nature opens the door for all of God’s promises to be fulfilled in us.

 

 

 

 

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