The house is filling up with boxes. We have just over 2 weeks till the move. I’ve been too busy to write much but wanted to give an update. We are also taking a break from school so I can focus on packing, painting, and cleaning.
We have been studying about the believer’s position in Jesus Christ. Just where do we stand? It’s a really cool subject. The believer is said to be seated “with Christ” in God’s throne room(Ephesians 2:6). He(in his humanity) is said to be seated “at the right hand of the Father”(Ephesians 1:20). This is the highest rank available. Believers are also said to be “in union” with Jesus Christ both in his death, because our sin natures died with Him and also in His resurrection life where He is right now seated in the highest rank that exists(Romans 6 :3-5). We get everything He gets, we have everything He has. We don’t earn or deserve it we simply receive it because at the moment of belief, God the Holy Spirit places us in union with Jesus Christ. It’s called baptism and has nothing to do with water. We are identified with Christ, we become inseparable from Him. We are in Him, He is in us. We are granted a spiritual royalty.
Ok, so spiritually, in the eyes of God, everything that God loves about Jesus is in me and that is what God sees, my position. Now, on earth, we don’t automatically know that we have this position. We have to learn about it for one thing and we also have a sin nature that is positionally dead still working in our bodies. So, sinless perfection is not something we experience here and now although we own it positionally. Mind boggling! I absolutely love it.
I’ve had this analogy floating around in my head of a King who found a scrawny wretch of a young beggar woman and decided to marry her. It took some time for her to believe it was real because seriously, who would do that? Anyway, she accepted the proposal, now instantly, she was granted the status of royalty but had no skills either in manners or speech. The king placed her in the custody of a counselor who’s job was to train the young woman in how to live like the royalty she truly was. She basically needed a complete education plus learning how to walk, talk, eat, and think like royalty so that she could live and work with the King. When the training was complete she and the king would be married. It wasn’t a sham and she had everything to gain. The training would not be difficult if she believed herself to be in the position of royalty even though she couldn’t perform as such for a long time and even occasionally ran back to her old life when things got difficult. Apparently this was a VERY understanding king.
It’s not a perfect analogy by any means, I know, but it made sense to me that we are in something like royalty training. We have the position but we have to learn how it works. We are getting to know the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Holy Spirit is our counselor who teaches us the word of God which is the very thinking of Jesus Christ.
I’m enjoying learning about the connection between position and experience and how very rich I am right now.
I recently purchased a writing course for my son. The course comes from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. It’s been a really great curriculum so far and I’ve observed at least a 90% improvement in my son’s writing! That being said, the writing situation was pretty bad to begin with. I could barely get him to write more than one sentence and they were awful. I couldn’t seem to find the words to help him. Now he is writing whole paragraphs about really interesting subjects or any subject that we might be working on. I can’t say that he loves it or even likes it but I can see how it is helping him and building confidence.
There is a teacher course that I’m watching alongside the student lessons and while I was listening the teacher, Mr. Pudewa, he made a point that resonated so much with learning doctrine, I had to write it down. Making sure that we understood that this was a very important point, he said, (I’m going to paraphrase) ” This is not a formula for perfection but instead practice of skills which will make complicated scenarios easier to navigate in the future”. He was referring to the idea that each skill taught will be required in each piece of writing from lesson one till the student either leaves home or gets a new teacher. So eventually there may be quite a check-list of skills to apply at writing time. He was also trying to express that this may not churn out the most beautiful papers you have ever seen but it will create a storehouse of skills to call upon when a difficult piece of writing is required in the future. I thought of how much like learning doctrine this was. We learn day by day one skill at a time and from that time on, skill one is required just as much as skill 200. In just the same way it’s not a formula for human perfection and I often think it is, I get hung up on thinking that the skills I’m using like rebound and the faith-rest drill are leading up to experiential perfection, like shooting a perfect basket in basketball. The practice of skills is training for our benefit because when we face a complicated scenario, we can look at it and see something in it we have practiced many many times and it becomes less complicated. The fruit of God the Holy Spirit will be a result of daily training not a result of some system that promises to lead to perfection. I love the daily aspect because the application of skills learned one by one gets awkward at times and messy but God has a plan that is perfect and I only have to take it day by day.