“The need of the experience of self in the seventh of Romans is the need of learning practically to abide in Christ at all times, to accept Him for practical life as well as for position. And here we may have to find, what is a thing strange enough in the discovery, that a pious and right-willing self may stand in the way of this, and need to be set aside, that Christ may have the place that He must needs have with all His own. “I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me,” says the apostle (Gal. 2:20). That is another thing from saying “Christ is my life,” to say “Christ lives in me.” It is a practical substitution (for faith) of Christ for the saint on earth, as real as His substitution for the sinner on the cross. In death, He was the sinner’s substitute; in life, He is the saint’s.”
“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;
that they may be one, even as we are one..”
“Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given
me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my
glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me
before the foundation of the world.” John 17:22,24
“I will that they whom thou hast given me be with
me where I am.” There we are not only like Christ
(conformed to the Son, bearing the image of the
heavenly man before the eyes of the world), but
with Him where He is. Jesus desires that we should
see His glory. For He speaks here of given glory.
It is this which is so precious to us, because He has
acquired it by His sufferings for us, and yet it is what
was perfectly due to Him—the just reward for having,
in them [his sufferings], perfectly glorified the Father.
He had declared unto them [the disciples] the Father’s
name, and would declare it, even when He had gone up
on high, in order that the love wherewith the Father
had loved Him might be in them (that their hearts might
possess it in this world—what grace!) and Jesus Himself
in them, the communicator of that love…
For it is in the Son who declares it to us, that we know
the name of the Father whom He reveals to us. That
is, He would have us enjoy now that relationship in love
in which we shall see Him in heaven. The world will know
we have been loved as Jesus when we appear in the same
glory with Him; but our part is to know it now, Christ
being in us.” (J.N.Darby, Synopsis, Vol.3, pg. 518-520).
“Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and
given Him a name which is above every name.” Phil.2:8-9.
The Son of God came to die for our sins and when He
died as our substitute He took upon Himself all which
we deserved as guilty sinners—Then God, because He did
this work, righteously rewarded Him, because He and He
alone deserves a reward. This reward consists in glory.
Then our loving Lord gives the glory He deserves and He
received to all those who belong to Him. He makes His
own sharers of His acquired glory.
It is not difficult to find the acquired glory of our Lord in
The New Testament. It is sevenfold:
1) He received in resurrection the glory of Sonship, inasmuch
as He is the First begotten from among the dead. We share this
Sonship with Him and are sons of God in Him.
2) Then God made Him the heir of all things (Heb.1:2). [God]
made Him heir of all things as the head of the new creation.
(2 Cor. 5:17). And we are heirs of God and fellow-heirs of
3) God gave Him a glorious place for a reward. He seated Him
at His own right hand. The man in Glory is as near to God
and as dear to God as any Being can be. He holds a place
higher than the angels. In Him we are seated in the
heavenly places of Christ Jesus. (Eph.2:6).
4) He received as His reward a glorious name, “the name
which is above every other name.” And it is written
“I will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name
written which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it,”
the promise to the overcomer (Rev. 2:17). “And I will write
upon him My new name” (Rev. 3:12). “And they shall see
His face, and His name shall be in their foreheads” (Rev.22:4).
5) He received the glory of Priesthood, being constituted a priest
after the order of Mechisedec. And we are priests with Him.
(1 Peter 2:5,9).
6) He is made King of kings and God will give Him the promised
kingdom. The throne over all the earth is His and the nations
will yet be His inheritance. His own are to reign and rule with
7) Finally He received the glory of Judgeship. All judgment is
committed to Him. This also His own will share with Him,
for it is written “Do ye not know that the Saints shall judge the
world? Know ye not that we shall judge angels?” (1 Cor. 6:1,3).
Such are His acquired glories and our participation in them. The
consummation of all is not now but in that coming day of glory,
“when He is manifested we shall be manifested with Him in glory.”
It is the day in which He will come “in His own glory, and in His
Father’s, and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:26b). His own will be with
Him in that glory; they shine in His glory. “He cometh to be
glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believed”
(2 Thess.1:10). Thus shall we be perfected in one, and the world
will then not be called upon to believe that the Father sent His Son,
but the world will know. Faith will be changed into sight. There
will be a glorious public display, when the Son brings many sons
to His glory. “Father I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me,
be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, for Thou
lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.” John 17: 24
(The Gospel of John, pg.332-334, Arno C. Gaebelein)
“As with the seed that is buried once for all, but then disintegrated through
a gradual process that sets free the new life, even so does our Father
deal with our old nature by delivering it to death with the Lord once for
all, and then bringing about its mortifying in detail through the
circumstances of daily life, until the power of the old man has lost its
hold on us.”
Once upon a time in the heart of the Eastern Kingdom lay a beautiful garden. And there in the cool of the day was the Master of the garden, who went for a walk. Of all the dwellers of the garden, the most beautiful and beloved was a gracious and noble Bamboo.
Year after year Bamboo grew yet more beautiful and gracious. He was conscious of his Master’s love and watchful delight. Yet he was modest and in all things gentle. Often when Wind came to revel in the garden, Bamboo would throw aside his dignity. He would dance and sway merrily, tossing and swaying and leaping and bowing in joyous abandon. He would lead the great dance of the garden which most delighted his Master’s heart.
One day the Master himself drew near to contemplate his Bamboo. With eyes of curious expectancy, Bamboo bowed his great head to the ground in loving greeting. The Master spoke : ” Bamboo, Bamboo, I would use you. ” Bamboo said, ” Master, I am ready, use me as you want. ”
” Bamboo, ” the Master’s voice was grave, ” I would be obliged to take you and cut you down. ” A trembling of great horror shook Bamboo. ” Cut…me…down ? Me, whom You, Master, have made the most beautiful in all Your garden ? To cut me down ? Ah, not that ! Use me for Your joy, O Master, but cut me not down !”
” Beloved Bamboo, ” the Master’s voice grew graver still, ” if I do not cut you down, then I cannot use you. ” The garden grew still. Wind held his breath. Bamboo slowly bent his proud and glorious head. There came a whisper. Bamboo replied, ” Master, if You cannot use me unless you cut me down, then do Your will and cut. ” ” Bamboo, beloved Bamboo, I would cut your leaves and branches from you also.”
“Master, Master, spare me! Cut me down and lay my beauty in the dust, but would You take from me my leaves and branches also?” ” Bamboo, alas; if I do not cut them away, I cannot use you.” The Sun hid his face. A listening butterfly glided fearfully away. Bamboo shivered in terrible expectancy, whispering low, “Master, cut away.”
” Bamboo, Bamboo, I would divide you in two and cut out your heart, for if I do not cut so, I cannot use you.” ” Master, Master, then cut and divide.”
So did the Master of the garden take Bamboo and cut him down and hack off his branches and strip off his leaves and divide him in two and cut out his heart. Lifting him gently, he carried him to where there was a spring of fresh, sparkling water in the midst of Master’s dry fields. The putting down one end of Bamboo in the spring, and the other end into the water channel in his field, the Master laid down gently his beloved Bamboo. The spring sang welcome. The clear sparkling water raced joyously down the channel of Bamboo’s torn body into the waiting fields.
Then the rice was planted and the days went by. The shoots grew. The harvest came. In that day was Bamboo, once so glorious in his stately beauty, yet more glorious in his brokenness and humility. For in his beauty he was life abundant. But in his brokenness he became a channel of abundant life to his Master’s world!
” And when He had called the people unto Him with his disciples also, He said unto them, “Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For, whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but, whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” (Mark 8:34,35)
“The Lord Jesus will not surrender His love. His love is ever
active; He will enjoy you; though you may for a time “sleep,”-
be inactive with regard to His life, He cannot do so to you.
And this is a great comfort.
Romans Eight supplies us with a perfect answer to all the
painful, but most necessary, exercises of Romans Seven.
If we have passed through the different stages of dissatis-
faction, disappointment, disgust, and despair as to our old
nature, we are ready to welcome the infinite grace that gives
us title to take our position on the new ground that we are
“in Christ Jesus.”
(C.A.Coastes, The Believer Established,pg.8).
“Is that living Person now in heavenly glory really the Object
of our hearts? For some time after I knew the Saviour I used to
think of Him as One who had lived and died on earth long years ago.
I well remember the day when I knelt down with a dear brother who
prayed that we might know the Lord Jesus as a living Person
in the heavenly glory, and it dawned upon me that there was a
present Object for my heart in heaven. Our hearts will never be
satisfied until that glorified One becomes our Object bright and fair.”
(The Believer Established, pg. 46—C.A. Coates).
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