Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Spiritual Laws In Christ; Tending And Guarding

This law is under the law of rest, so if you haven't read it please read where I wrote about the law of rest.

"The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it." (Gen 2:15).

In the law of rest I explained that the creation of the natural world and man is a shadow of what we now have in Christ. God created everything man would ever need before actually creating man, but then he placed man in the garden of rest and gave him a task, "tend and watch over the things in the garden". Rest is not laying down and doing nothing at all, that is death. If you were given Sabbatical from work, you won't go lay down somewhere like a dead man. No, you will go do other things you've always wanted to do.

God has given us everything we would ever need as a Christian. Now, all he is asking is that we tend it and watch over it. So many Christians have abandoned this garden to go build a city for themselves. They abandone God's righteousness to produce their own righteousness. They say they don't need God's provision cause they can work with their own hands and provide for all their needs. These Christians reject the rest that God has given them.

However, we have Christians who have acknowledged this rest and have decided to rest. Yet they rest outside the garden. Some struggle to rest in the garden but they think resting is about doing nothing. I am referring to Christians who say things like, "all you need is the revelation of the finished work of Christ". They feel resting in this revelation is all that is needed. No, God said, "tend and watch over". The things in Christ needs to be cultivated, nurtured and taken care of. You need to guard and watch over them otherwise the devil will steal them away from you.

Watchman Nee puts it this way, "Sit, Walk and Stand". First we sit (rest) in the garden, then we walk (express the reality in that garden), and finally we stand (guard our rest). It is not all about just sitting, that is an incomplete revelation. At some point I thought it was all about resting, and I taught these things, but then I got more knowledge. If anybody is teaching you that all you need is to get a revelation of Christ finished work alone, then it's because that is the level of knowledge he/she has. There is more than just resting, there is the place of tending, and then there is another place of guarding.

You are to see Christ (get the revelation of the finished reality), fix your eyes and rest in it, and then begin to tend and nurture these reality in your life. Nurturing it requires knowing what it needs, what would kill it and what would make it grow. When you know these things and apply them as you abide in the rest, then you are bound to have a lot of fruits (physical manifestation of the reality 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 reality in Christ. Yes, it should manifest in the flesh so that others may see it and glorify God in our lives. If it is not manifesting then we have nothing to show forth, our faith is not evidence, all we have are mere words. Some Christians are so full of saying high things without substance, without fruits. They are like that fig tree that Jesus cursed, having leafs but no fruit, puffed up like dognut filled with yeast, empty but yet looks full—it is deceptive.

"“Watch out!” Jesus warned them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”" (Matt 16:6).
"... knowledge puffs up" (1Cor 8:1).

Let's not get so puffed up with knowledge yet empty of substance. Getting the revelation of the finished work and entering into that rest would give you access to that reality in Christ. However, it is tending and nurturing that would cause that reality in Christ to grow in your life. Then guarding would help to secure these things so that it doesn't die. There are things that could kill these dimensions of Christ you're nurturing. You must know what these things are and guard against them.

Satan would try to slip these things into your life, so that little by little they would kill these dimensions of Christ you are nurturing. You cannot allow this happen, guard against these things. On the next post I will talk about the law that allows for securing a domain and guarding the things of Christ in our lives.

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