"In a loud voice they were saying: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessings!"" (Rev 5:12).
" . . . that if one died for all, then were all dead . . ." (2 Cor 5:14)
If one died then all is dead. The Lamb (representing an animal, which is flesh) was slain, therefore all of us have had our flesh slain. When He died we all died, and when He received power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessings we also received these things. In Christ we've received these things, therefore Christ has become these things to us.
"But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God." (1 Cor 1:24)
To us called unto salvation, Christ is the power of God; the wisdom of God; the wealth that God has given us, the strength that is made perfect (fully revealed) in our weakness; the honour, glory and blessings that God has given us. Yes, Christ is the wealth that we have received. Christ is the wealth of God unto us, for all the fullness of God dwells in Christ.
"For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ . . ." (Col 1:19).
The fullness of God dwells in Christ and God has given us Christ — He has given us His wealth. In Christ we are heirs of God — all that He has and all that He is now belongs to us. Yes, Christ is the wealth of God given to us.
Now let's bring it down to the issue of money and material possessions, for it is wrong to just end it here. We must understand that Christ is the God who is spirit becoming flesh. Yes, in Christ, the God who is spirit becomes flesh. He manifests as flesh. Therefore it is wrong to end it in the level of spirit, we still need to see how that which is spirit becomes flesh — for as long as we are talking about Christ we must look at it in the spirit and also how it is manifested in the flesh.
When it comes to money and material things some Christians just love to leave it all in the spirit, forgetting that in Christ the spirit becomes flesh. Faith is spirit but without physical works, it is dead. Yes, in Christ the spirit must manifest physically otherwise it is dead. If it does exist in the spirit then it must find expression or manifestation in the natural. As a result, it is wrong to say that in the spirit we are already righteous and need not be righteous physically (in deeds). I am saying this because some Christians have concluded that this wealth we have in Christ is spirit and it doesn't need to manifest physically or materially. Yet still, some other Christian have wrongly interpreted how this wealth is to manifest physically.
“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts." (Hag 2:8)
"For the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” (1Cor 10:26)
" . . . whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you . . ." (1 Cor 3:22)
In Christ is the fullness of God and in this fullness is the fact that the earth and all that is in it — the silver and the gold — all belongs to God. All things belong to God and because we are now in Christ, all things belong to us. Yes, the earth and all that is in it — the silver and the gold — all belong to us in Christ. Some people's hearts have begun to beat fast, they fear the corruption that such knowledge will bring. Yes, all the gold on earth belongs to you (that could be very tempting) but you don't need to fear the flesh; just rest in conformity to His death, for in His death you died to the flesh.
What does all this mean? It means we are not slaves to money and material possessions. We do not serve them like the world does. They belong to us; they are under our dominion; and we are seated far above them all. We do not serve mammon; we do not bow to money, rather money bows to us. A wealthy man is one who has control over a large amount of possessions. These possessions are subject to him; he commands their obedience; they bend to his will — this is what being wealthy means. In Christ, the whole earth and all that is in it is subject to us; all the silver and gold bend to our will (our will in Christ, not our will in the flesh). Can you now see why we are also wealthy materially? We are the most wealthy people on earth.
This is the truth and reality in Christ. Just because you are not walking in this reality doesn't mean it is not true. In Christ, we are the most wealthy people on earth. We command silver, gold, money and all other material resources and they all obey. Jesus didn't need a big fat bank account to feed five thousand men. He simply commanded the resources and they obeyed. When He was to pay tax, He commanded His disciples to go get money from the mouth of a fish (Matt. 17:24–27). Money and resources have always been subject to Him. They have to obey, for they all belong to Him. All through His ministry, Jesus operated in that level. He got every piece of resources He needed for His ministry because all resources on earth are subject to Him and obey Him.
You see, it is never about having a large sum in your bank account or having some properties in your name. Rather it is about living in dominion — sitting above all — commanding obedience and exercising your right. By right, all things belong to you because you are the heir of God, and in Christ God died and wrote a testament in His blood. Yes, this is your reality and even though you may not be walking in it right now, as you grow in Christ you will grow into this reality. The more you conform to His death, the more you manifest sitting on the throne — far above all things.
So dying in Christ does not mean you are going to be poor and afflicted with suffering. If one in Christ lives very poorly, it is only for the sake of humility. Jesus, when He walked on earth owned all things yet He lived in a very simple way. Simplicity and humility are a nature of the Son and we are now sons. Just because one is looking simple doesn't mean that he is poor. In fact in the world today, there are very wealthy people who prefer to look simple or live simple. We do not need to look wealthy in order to be wealthy. As long as we are seated far above all things, we are wealthy.
The notion behind many teaching on financial prosperity is that you are only wealthy when you have a large sum in your bank account and a lot of material properties in your name. This is a very wrong notion for those in Christ. Whether you have some money in your bank account or not, whether you have some properties in your name or not, it just doesn't change the fact that Christ is your wealth and Christ does manifest in the flesh. Each time you are able to command the obedience of material resources by (or because of) the power of God you are manifesting Christ — your wealth.
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