In this series of articles, we have been looking at what the Bible calls “the hidden man of the heart” , which refers to man’s spirit (1 Peter 3). We read that our spirits were dead due to sin but were made alive through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2). The old satanic nature that we received from Satan was put to death on the cross and we have received the nature of God, divine nature; our spirits were made new (2 Corinthians 5:17). In Part 2, we saw that true beauty is the beauty of the heart or spirit. Outward beauty does not impress God; beauty of spirit captivates Him and is precious to Him.
In this article we will look at what we possess (own) in our spirits. Remember that what proceeds out of you is what you have within you. What you possess, you can dispense, you can minister to others. When we lay hands upon people, we are ministering what is in our spirits – the glory of God, the righteousness of God, the life of God, the Spirit of God.
1 John 5:11-13 “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God”. He who has Jesus or has received Jesus as Lord has eternal life. You are a possessor of eternal life; you have it, it is yours eternally. This eternal life is in our spirits. Death in any form cannot touch us, we are full of the life of God; this life flows out of our spirits. Jesus said that out of our innermost being (spirit) would flow rivers of living water.
Ephesians 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”. In Christ, we have, in Christ we possess redemption, we possess the forgiveness of our sins. We have redemption, it is ours, it is in our spirits. I possess it and no one can take it away. Look at the implication of this verse – redemption is a settled fact as far as I am concerned, I have entered into it, I have taken hold of it, it is mine. The Word of God tells me that both my spirit and body were purchased/redeemed with a price (1 Corinthians 6). My spirit and body enter into the effects of this redemption. I have been redeemed or bought out of the hand of Satan, I have been redeemed out of the hand of sickness, I have been redeemed out of the hand of sin. God owns me, I belong totally to him because He paid a price for me through the death of Jesus. Since He owns me, darkness in any form cannot invade my being. Satan stays far away for when He looks at me, He sees redemption stamped upon my body and spirit. I possess health, for healing is part of the redemption. I possess every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms for blessing is part of the redemption.
2 Peter 1:3,4 “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”. I am a partaker of the divine nature; I possess the nature of God. Christ dwells in me, I possess Him and He possesses me. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:9 says “Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His”. If anyone does not possess the Spirit of Christ, He does not belong to God. We possess the Spirit of Christ since we have received Him into our spirits.
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him“. Upon salvation, we not only receive the remission of our sins and a new spirit but we are made completely righteous. This verse does not just speak of receiving righteousness as a deposit but says that we have been made righteousness. We have not just received righteousness, we have been made the righteousness of God, we have been made as righteous as God Himself.
One of the distinct marks of the Christian life is the consciousness of righteousness. As a saint of old said “Righteousness is the ability to stand confidently in God’s presence without any sense of sin or guilt or condemnation or inferiority”. We not only possess righteousness, we have been made the righteousness of God itself, which enables us to stand in God’s presence as equal in righteousness. Do note here that you can never be seated with Christ in the heavenly places if you were not made as perfectly righteous as Christ is righteous. Let this truth sink in.
Under the Old covenant, the sacrifices of bulls and goats were so deficient that they covered sin but could not take away sin-consciousness. It required a perfect sacrifice to take away sin-consciousness and bring in righteousness-consciousness. Hebrews 10:1-4 says “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins”. This is the wonder of the New covenant, of the sacrifice of Jesus. His sacrifice, made once and for all, obtained an eternal redemption. It made us perfect forever. It was perfect, hence could take away the consciousness of sin and bring in the consciousness of righteousness. Most of the church is ineffective today because of this consciousness of sin. It plagues the individual, keeps him ineffective and stunts his growth. All because we have not understood the sacrifice of Jesus, His blood and the fact that we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ simply by faith.
Romans 5:21 says “so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Receive this truth – once you have turned to Christ, grace can only rule or reign when you have this continual sense of righteousness. It is grace that makes us the righteousness of God, the same grace reigns in us when we walk in the consciousness of this righteousness. The greater your sense of righteousness, the greater the grace of God. Whoever receives this righteousness instantly becomes a ruler, he reigns in this life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
The Christian is called “a new creation”. You and I are new creations, we are a new class. Jesus and the believer form a new class of being (one new man) – the Christian, a son of God. He is no longer the old sinner but has been made new. He is no longer conscious of his past, of his sinfulness, but is conscious of the righteousness of God. The old has passed away, the past has been remitted, it is under the blood, he is thoroughly washed and sanctified by the blood, all things have become new. He is a possessor of a new nature, a possessor of eternal life, a possessor of redemption and is as righteous as God is righteous.
Let us reign in this life through Jesus Christ. All creation is groaning as in the pains of childbirth waiting for the sons of God to be revealed.