The Drawing Power of Christ
“He that comes unto me I will in no wise cast out,” John 6:37.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled,” Matthew 5:6. This is a beautiful promise. If I hunger and thirst after righteousness, I will be filled with righteousness. If I am full of righteousness there will be no room for unrighteousness or sin in my temple, or is there? This scripture affords a strong argument against those who are defending sin as a terminal illness, which they say we must bear as our lot while here on earth.
If I oppose the theory that sin is the sovereign power that is in control of my life, I am accused of being self-righteous. But if I should confess that it is, I will deny the Sovereign power of the indwelling Christ. We are confronted with the strong conviction of those who discredit the power of Christ within. But let us think for a moment. Any righteousness we manifest must be accredited to the power of Christ within. He and he alone can produce righteousness in his temples. But, if he is able to produce some righteousness within me, and as my Creator he is the first cause of my every weakness, what power prevents him from reinforcing my desire to be clean and him thoroughly cleansing this temple?
If I confess all my righteousness is from the power of the risen Christ within (and I surely do), but yet insist that he cannot completely deliver me from the forces of sin’s inclination, whose ability and power am I finding fault with or limiting, mine or the supplier of my righteousness? The supplier, of course.
If my weakness is stronger than Christ’s greatest strength, how strong is he? Does not the scripture say, “If we confess our sins, he (Yahweh) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9? Now after he has cleansed me from all unrighteousness, must I continue to confess that I am yet continuously sinning to avoid becoming a liar?
Paul’s admonition to the Church concerning this subject is found in the sixth chapter of the Epistle that was written to the church in Rome: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Yahweh forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Yasha Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death has no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he lives, he lives unto Yahweh. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto Yahweh through Yasha Christ our Lord.
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto Yahweh, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto Yahweh. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.
“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? Yahweh forbid. Know ye not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But Yahweh be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.
“I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as you have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
“For when you were the servants of sin, you were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to Yahweh, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of Yahweh is eternal life through Yasha Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:1-23.
Woe is me, if the power of Yasha’s redemption is so limited that he cannot cleanse me from all unrighteousness, for I must continue producing and reaping the deadly works of the flesh which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. If he is unable to prevent me from sinning here, will he be able to prevent me from sinning after I pass from this life?
Paul has an added thought to his summarization of the above sins that would put a chill down my spine if I doubted the power of Christ over his temple: “Of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh,” Galatians 5:19-21, (NKJ). It seems pretty clear here that if there is no deliverance from the above-mentioned sins, all hopes of anyone inheriting the Kingdom of Yahweh are void and we are yet barred from the Kingdom. Please notice, he did not exclude the Christians.
One brother, in dealing with this subject, explained that the indwelling power of Christ can deliver me from the big sins, which are the ones mentioned above-but he cannot deliver me from the “petty sins” of our every day life, which he said, will not hinder us from receiving our inheritance. Where, may I ask, do we find the terminology “petty sins” in the Bible? And what activates these so called “petty” reactions? Are they not responses of the spirit, or inner person, the same spirit that manifests itself in bolder expressions when antagonized, stimulated, or provoked?
According to Colossians 1:13, those of us who have come boldly before Yahweh’s throne of grace and have accepted the indwelling of his Spirit, have been translated into the Kingdom of his Dear Son: “The Kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,” Romans 14:17.
The joy and peace of the Kingdom, though given by the Father, is mine to experience. How can anyone say I cannot experience his righteousness? This seems confusing. Is it not the side-effects of these, so called, petty sins that prevent us from having joy and peace in the first place?
My righteousness, I am told, has nothing to do with reality except in the mind of Yahweh. Does this apply to my joy and peace also? Do they only exist in the mind of the Creator? They must; for I say, peace and joy cannot exist outside of faith and righteousness.
How can we believe the side effect of being filled with the Holy (sinless) Spirit is righteousness, and then say we have been left to the mercy of a maverick spirit dwelling inside of us?
If a complete infilling of the Holy Spirit cannot produce righteousness in the temple of Yahweh, we believers are yet most miserable and hopelessly lost in our sin. We have accepted and exhausted the highest power in the entire universe to no avail and still find ourselves desperately entrapped in sin. This cannot be. There is no power in heaven or earth greater than the Spirit of Christ within our temple.
Another horrifying statement I keep hearing, is the sad sick statement that Yahweh has locked some of his poor creatures out of his righteousness, joy, and peace because they were not of the predestinated ones that were preordained into that glory. A strong defense of this statement is found in John 6:44: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
I say, “draw” is the key word in the above statement. If the loud music and wild life that is produced in the modern saloons draws a crowd, where abides the strength of the drawing power, in the building, the booze, or in the music? Neither! These things have no power to draw anything. The spirit that abides in the people, who hunger and thirst after what is offered in a house of ill fame, is the drawing force. Spirit attracts like spirit. If liquor and worldly activities have within themselves a captivating drawing power, none would be safe. There are millions of people that can stand in front of any beer joint anywhere and feel absolutely no pull toward going in. I personally feel nothing but disdain. If the drawing power were in the place, we would all feel the same force tugging at us as we passed by.
Tempted is another word for drawn. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of Yahweh: for Yahweh cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death,” James 1:13-15.
“It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of Yahweh. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes unto me,” John 6:45.
Our Lord said, concerning his foreordained crucifixion, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die,” John 12:31-33. Yasha’s death took the “if” out of the above statement. That all (the word “men” was added by the translators) will be drawn to the Lord cannot be denied without contradicting this scripture.
Another scripture, that is certainly misleading if some are shut out and has not received an invitation to come, is found in Luke 11:9-13: “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
Some may wonder about the statement below, which seems to be a very broad statement concerning the capability of Christ and his plans for the future. “Wherefore Yahweh also has highly exalted him (Yasha), and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Yasha every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Yasha Christ is Lord, to the glory of Yahweh the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is Yahweh which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure,” Philippians 2:9-13.
It is precious that Yahweh allows us freedom to experience, while he supervises the whole operation without robbing us of initiative. “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved.
“In whom we have redemption through his (Yasha’s) blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will,” Ephesians 1:5-11.
He will give the Holy Spirit to anyone that asks him. It is stated that the Spirit is the agent that draws man unto Yahweh. But it is self-evident that the Spirit must be inside of an individual to be effective.
But how does the Spirit get inside to begin to create a hunger toward righteousness?
We cannot claim that we do not have the Light to inform us of the difference between right and wrong, for John said, “He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world,” John 1:8-9.
James gave us a powerful remedy—“Submit yourselves therefore to Yahweh. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to Yahweh, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded,” James 4:7-8.
Being elected reminds me of the graduation exercises we are invited to attend from time to time. I have been invited to several, but when the diplomas were handed out I was neglected; they never gave me one. It seemed they only gave them to a selected or preordained group. We could not have gotten one of those sheets of papers with money or prestige. All that the rest of us could do was sit back and watch the others get the attention and the goods. I would have been delighted at that moment to have been one of the chosen that crossed that stage. But I did not feel neglected, I understood the operation; those people had dedicated their time and yielded their minds to it, I had not. Not only had my choice to dedicate to other things stopped me at the stage door, but when employers started dialing telephones for that particular vocation, they ignored mine—I was not among the elect. But I was the one that chose not to be one of the chosen. The decision to march across that stage was made years before marching time and so it is with the elected. If one has never opened his Bible, a Bible history book, crucified his old carnal way of thinking, or submitted to the Holy Spirit in any way, what could he possibly be elected to do in the Kingdom administration?
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Yahweh, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Yahweh, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh,” Romans 2:1-2.
There are many scriptures that tell us salvation is free, but it is also something we must experience by choice.