Summary: I AM does not allow permit a believer to behave outside of the conditions of faith in our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus; we are new creatures.
I IN HE IN THEE
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (June 4, 2017)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” St. John 1:1, King James Version (KJV) [The testimony of John]
Greetings in the Holy Name of Jesus,
My brothers and sisters, I AM HE IN THEE; I IN HE AM THEE---I IN HE AND THEE. I IN HE IN THEE. [The Gospel According To St. John 1:1, CHAPTER 1:“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”----The testimony of John]. Oftentimes, I hear those---believers in Christ Jesus say “I AM”. Spiritually, I heard, “I in He in Thee.”
St. John 1:1(KJV) took me to Proverbs 8:22 (KJV [The power of wisdom]), “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.” St. John 1:1 to Proverbs 8 chapter, verse 22 took me to I John 1:1-3 (KJV), “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” St. John 1:1 took me from Proverbs 8:22 to I John 1:1-3 back to Proverbs chapter 8, verse 30, “Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;” St. John 1:1 to Proverbs 8:22, 30 took me to St. John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” St. John 1:1 took me to Proverbs 8:22 to I John 1:1-3 back to Proverbs 8:30 to St. John 17:5 back to I John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
Truthfully, the power to lead---to be the head not the feet, is not was not a small matter for consideration for even Apostle Paul said in “The First Epistle Of Paul The Apostle To The Corinthians 4:9-10 (KJV [Spectacles to the world]): For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.” Was this Apostle Paul’s moment of truth in weakness that led him to momentarily ponder why although he was first he felt that he and all the apostles were treated like they were last without honor? This feeling of being last although Paul and the disciples---apostles, with Jesus were first is was indeed the effects of the practice of hate in our world---even in modern times, today, at best it calls into question man’s ability to cope with the issues that afflict the members of the one body in today’s world and also going back to after the death of Christ when Paul’s works manifested throughout the lands---spreading the gospel and at least it reveals the constant truth that the flesh is weak. How is it possible that the power of hate can leave a man of great wisdom and strength broken---strength waning, hardly capable of seeing himself in the big picture---the salvation plan of God? Yet, God is able
to lift us up out of the murkiness of disbelief and denial-beaten down by the forces of darkness in our municipalities back to the light that proclaimed all things were possible. Yes, God is a great God.
Most importantly, by the time Paul had progressed from chapter 4 to chapter 12 in I Corinthians, his strength was back for he said, of spiritual gifts, 12:27-31:
”Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”
Wonderfully blessed and highly favored are affirmations I hear to help us stay strong in the faith of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. How strong is your faith when they have you bound as Paul was when he affirmed that Jesus was alive, saying nothing about the law (Acts 25:19; 18:15; 23:29 (KJV[ Paul appealeth unto Ceasar])? Leadership is always wonderfully blessed and highly favored while in joy but let us consider the feelings of Paul at Agrippa when members of the one body waned in strength some of them turning on each other, others standing strong unto death. In Paul’s moment of divine truth he warned the disciples: