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So far in this serious of studies, we have looked at how the mystery in the N.T. that Paul highlights is (after regeneration) the starting point for the believer’s walk with the Spirit of God in faith. There was and is the need to understand this mystery and why Paul was intent on preaching it, but also to see how living out of this mystery is the way in which we can have fullness of life in Christ.

Secondly we saw how Jesus Himself taught this mystery (although not expressed exactly in these words) when He was praying to the Father in John 17. He taught that just as He was in the Father and the Father was in Him, He also would be in believers and that believers would be united with each other through His Spirit.

Thirdly, the challenge then came through the study, “How then shall we live?” This study was broad in scope, taking into account the basics of the Christian walk and the fundamental Biblical principles that life springs out of death and that we only receive from God according to our faith. We also looked at the issues of real commitment to God and the importance of putting Him first amongst all else. The negatives that inhibit the Christian walk were then examined, among them being legalism and idolatry. We then looked at what Paul actually did in relation to the commission God gave him – which was that Paul was made a minister to preach the word of God…..the mystery….which is Christ in you.

Unless we know these things and have that knowledge of them result in the guidance of the Spirit of God in daily life, it is very difficult to see how we can ever expect to live as Christ intended and to fulfill the great commission.

For the full text in a properly formatted PDF file go to http://www.itstime-now.com/fullness/4untilchristisformed.pdf

Audio file: http://www.itstime-now.com/fullness/4untilchristisformed-2.mp3