..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Oswald Chambers: Holiness: the Invasion of God Within

"For if we have been planted together in the
likeness of His death, we shall be also
in the likeness of His resurrection."

Co-Resurrection. The proof that I have been
through crucifixion with Jesus is that I have
a decided likeness to Him. The incoming of the
Spirit of Jesus into me readjusts my personal
life to God. The resurrection of Jesus has
given Him authority to impart the life of
God to me, and my experimental life must be
constructed on the basis of His life. I can
have the resurrection life of Jesus now, and it
will show itself in holiness.

The idea all through the apostle Paul's writings
is that after the moral decision to be identified
with Jesus in His death has been made, the
resurrection life of Jesus invades every bit of
my human nature. It takes omnipotence to live
the life of the Son of God in mortal flesh.

The Holy Spirit cannot be located as a Guest in a
house, He invades every thing. When once I decide
that my "old man" (i.e., the heredity of sin) should
be identified with the death of Jesus, then the Holy
Spirit invades me. He takes charge of everything, my
part is to walk in the light and to obey all that He

When I have made the moral decision about
sin, it is easy to reckon actually that I am dead
unto sin, because I find the life of Jesus there all
the time. Just as there is only one stamp of
humanity, so there is only one stamp of holiness,
the holiness of Jesus, and it is His holiness that
is gifted to me. God puts the holiness of His Son
into me, and I belong to a new order spiritually.
--Oswald Chambers

Lord Jesus, may your Spirit of Holiness invade
our hearts and lives completely. Rise up within
us: conquer and invade us with Your Life-Changing

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