by Travis Bryan III
We become what we eat and drink.
We must eat and drink the Lord’s death and thereby receive His resurrection life.
After eating and drinking, the human body thru the process of digestion, absorption and assimilation, uses food and drink to fuel and supply the body with energy, cell replacement and growth. New cells are formed and old cells are taken down and eliminated. The body is renewed, refreshed and restored. It is the same process with the spirit and soul.
To be transformed we must drink the cup of failure, defeat, bitter circumstance, loss and calamity. It is only thru this process of suffering and death that we can share the throne of life with Christ. Rom 8:17; 2 Tim 2:12. If we suffer, we shall reign with Him. As William Penn wrote and titled his book, No Cross No Crown.
We must come under in order to overcome. We must die in order to live. We must eat death’s unfair offerings in order to “partake of the divine nature.” 2 Peter 1:4.
When asked by Jesus what He could do for them, James and John replied, “Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.” But Jesus replied, “Ye know not what ye ask: can you drink of the cup that I drink of and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” Mark 10:36-38. He was not speaking of water here. He was talking about drinking and being baptized into His death.
We must assimilate His death into ourselves before we can experience His resurrection life and power. We must become the contents of the bitter cup before we can taste the sweet honey of the goal of the Christian experience. Our minds, emotions and will, our entire personality, must be permeated, changed and transformed by the cross of Christ, by what we spiritually eat and drink. We must be made conformable to His death through the fellowship with Him in His sufferings. Phil 3:10.
“Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.” John 6:53-57.
This passage makes it clear: to experience the victorious life of Jesus we must be crucified with Christ and experience His defeat. There is no victory without first the agony of a humbling defeat. Gal 2:20; 2 Cor 4:10-11. The continuing process of His death must become part of us. It must replace our old carnal makeup. It must soak and saturate our beings deep within thereby giving rise to a new creation mind and new heart. Paul called this “newness of life.” Rom 6:4. This is the full meaning of the word “repentance;” to be changed from old to new, from a symbolic caterpillar to a butterfly, from earth bound to transcendent.
Butter (sour curds representing the bitterness of His death) and honey (sweetness of His resurrection) must we eat, as Christ did, that we may develop the discernment to know how to refuse the evil and choose the good. Isaiah 7:15, 22.
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat, this is my body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s DEATH till he come. 1 Cor 11:24-26
1. We absorb the blows of life and do not pass them back or pass them on to someone else. We hold them within and let them do their work there.
2. We embrace the cross moments of life instead of trying to escape them, numb them, control them, put them down or deny they exist.
3. We hold the contradictions of life within ourselves. We allow people to disagree with us. We allow confusion to exist. In so doing we leave the playing field open for opponents, interruptions, Inconveniences, detours, and incapacities.
4. We let people around us have their way. We go with the flow of God instead of trying to create our own. We do not manipulate people to get them to do what we want.
5. When bitterness comes to us, we just eat it and refrain from acting on it.
6. We allow people to be different from us without putting them down or insisting we are right and they are wrong. We drop our opinions and certitudes and leave the playing field open for those who are incompatible with us.
7. We transform our pain instead of transmitting it to others.
8. We absorb the blame, even blame we don’t deserve, and we never shift the blame.
9. We absorb offenses, humiliations, unfairnesses, slights, disrespects, and do not seek to be right in every argument.
10. Mysteriously, we hold these these things within and they work in us to somehow purge us, cleanse us, and purify us; the concurrent working of deep opposites, which change us from the inside-out.
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