The Most Vital Issue of All – the Self
We must come to what it is to be a right kind of self, one not consumed with itself so that it sees only itself in the foreground of everything. This is something simply not possible with men (we are all caught here) – but it IS possible with God! God accomplishes this through the negative of our being caught inescapably in vanity, which builds anguish in us throughout our lives. It is by that very anguish that God causes us first to desire, then to begin to see, and eventually to know the True Joy (God Himself). By and in Him alone, we find our complete release and ultimate liberation. Through that inner full freedom worked in us by the Spirit, God finally delivers the whole universe from corruption by means of the final manifestation of the sons of God. What God reveals in and through His family of sons becomes the liberty of the entire creation (Rom 8:19-22).
And even now we can see that completion in the kingdom of God within us, and we can also see it afar off even within and behind the turmoil and strife of our current world, since John tells us that we are NOW sons of God, though everything concerning our sonship is not yet seen (1 John 3:1-3; Ps 8:4-6).
In addition, we cannot see this after the flesh, i.e., according to natural reason. The scriptures are plain that our state when we are blinded to the Light of God is one of subjection to and of being under the domination of the “god of this world,” Satan, whose self-serving falsely independent life we all lived in and expressed (Acts 26:18; 2 Cor 6:14,15; 1 John 3:8,10; 5:19). This comes out of a union between the sin spirit and us, but it is of neither the same quality nor quantity as our union with Christ. Our false imprisonment and slaving bondage by Satan pales in comparison to the glory of the Son in us!
Because even Satan is IN God, so that even in his own rebellious purposes God uses him to accomplish all His will, just as He used Pharaoh to manifest His glory through the plagues in Exodus. Even in our bondage to and captivity by him, he is only in us as a usurper, like a virus, with no true right to us. In the foundation of our being we were created in the image of God (in whom we ALL live and move and have our being – Acts 17:28), and even while held in darkness in our inner selves we are all at our depths the children of God. The light of Christ lights us all (John 1:9), drawing us all to Himself (John 12:39), through which by grace we may respond and come out of darkness into His marvelous light (Col 1:13).
Therefore, this adulterous affair with the sin spirit is a false union, one that really does not fit us, because all of us in our hearts know there is something not right about us. Even though Satan has captured us temporarily, that “Light that lights every man that comes into the world” (John 1:9), continues to make us uncomfortable (as our conscience) in our darkened condition, and we all feel it. Every one of us who are born again in Christ has been in that darkened condition and knows it, but it is that very condition that causes “whosoever will” (Rom 10:13) to call upon the Lord and be saved.
This post and those that follow it on “Daily Thoughts,” are taken in consecutive order from “The Axe Laid to the Root,” published 2008, by Fred Pruitt