When we understand that everything Christian starts and originate from the spirit in Christ, and not from the flesh, then we would stop fixing our eyes on what we see in the flesh. For we would look beyond the flesh to see our true reality in the spirit. After seeing this reality in the spirit and realizing that this reality is greater and truer than any other reality we see in the flesh then we will learn to put more trust in it, and lean more on what is true in the spirit in Christ than what we see in the flesh. Now this is where the law of rest come into the picture.
The reality in Christ is a finished reality. The natural world is a shadow of the reality in Christ. And in the creation of the natural world God created everything, he finished the creation of the natural world before creating man. This means that man was created into the finished reality of the natural world. This is a picture of what we now have in Christ. Before we were brought into the reality in Christ, God first of all completed everything in this reality. He finished everything we would ever need in this reality, and that is why on the cross Jesus declared, “It is Finished!” (John 19:30).
“For we who believe enter his rest… For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.” (Heb 4:3,10).
So we were brought into a finished reality. This means the Christian life is not about trying to get things, it is about trying to rest in that which we already have.
“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Heb 4:11).
Our labor as Christians is not the labor to get things, but the labor to rest in that which we now have in Christ. We labor to rest because the flesh has a tendency to work. The flesh is always wanting to prove itself, to show that it is something, that he is important. The flesh wants to attribute its success to itself. As such it desire to get this success by it own hands so that it can boast about it. But we are called to die to the flesh and all its tendencies. We labor to keep the flesh dead so that we can abide in this rest we have in Christ.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4).
Fruit here is referring to the manifestation of the spirit reality in the flesh. When we abide in the rest (the spirit reality in Christ) then it will manifest physically. Remember, in the previous post I stated that Christ is the God who becomes flesh. Everything in Christ carries this same principle, they become flesh. The reality in the spirit in Christ has the ability to manifest in the flesh. We just have to put our faith in the law and trust that as we rest these things will play out.
To live in the natural world we have to learn to put our faith in the law of nature. A mother would toss her baby up in the air, putting her faith in the law of gravity to bring the baby back into her hands. She trust the law of gravity to the extent that she put the life of her baby on the line. What if as she toss her baby the baby keeps going up until he falls out of space. I know some of you would laugh that this cannot be possible, that is the same way I laugh when I see a reality trying to defy the laws in Christ. We need to learn to trust the laws in Christ the way we trust the laws of nature.
So living in Christ requires putting your faith and trusting the reality in Christ. I am sure when you first try to walk you must have thought the ground may swallow you, sink you, bend towards the side and throw you off. But on normal occasion the ground doesn’t behave like that, and you have learnt to trust that each time you put your feet on the ground it will be able to carry it and allow you move around. As we continue to engage the laws in Christ we would grow more confident and trusting.
The law of rest says that if you want to get anything of Christ manifested in the flesh you must rest in that reality in the spirit, and as you rest and abide in that rest this thing would spring out of the spirit and manifest in the flesh. This is the law I apply in my course Oneness With God, where I teach fellow believers to manifest supernatural realities in Christ. The law works all the time, it is ever consistent.
I wrote a whole book on this law of rest. The book is titled, “The Sabbath“.