Filled with God – Wigglesworth
Two_Chairs-webRom. 8. [editor: note that the original is extensively damaged, and there are gaps where sentences have been cut off in the partial original.]
For a short time I want specially to speak to the people in this meeting who are saved. God wants us to be holy. He wants us to be filled with a power that keeps us holy. He wants us to have a revelation of what sin and death are, and what the Spirit and the life of the Spirit are. Look at this first verse. It is full of matter—sufficient to keep us for two hours tonight; but we must move on in order to help everybody. But look at this verse for a moment: “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, to those who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death.”
“No condemnation.” This is the primary word for me to-night because it means so much—it has everything within it. If you are without condemnation you are in a place where you can pray through—where you have a revelation of Christ. For Him to be in you brings you to a place where you cannot but follow the Divine leadings of the Spirit of Christ, and where you have no fellowship with the world, and I want you to see that the Spirit of the Lord would reveal unto us this fact, that if you love the world you cannot love God, and the love of God cannot be in you; so God wants a straight cut to-night. Why does God want a straight cut? Because if you are “in Christ” you are a “new creation”—you are in Him—you belong to a new creation in the Spirit, and therefore you walk in the Spirit and are free from condemnation. So the Spirit of the Lord to-night wants you without condemnation, and desires to bring you into revelation. Now what will it mean? Much every way, because God wants all His people to be targets, to be lights, to be like cities set on a hill which cannot be hid; to be so “in God” for the world’s redemption that the world may know that ye belong to God. That is the law of the Spirit. What will it do? The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus will make you free from the law of sin and death. Sin will have no dominion over you. You will have no desire to sin, and it will be as true in your case as it was in Jesus’ when He said: “Satan cometh, but findeth nothing in Me.” He cannot condemn; he has no power. His power is destroyed in the tenth verse. What does it say? “The body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” To be “filled with God” means that you are free: full of joy, peace, blessing, enduement, strength of character, moulded afresh in God and transformed by His mighty power till you LIVE, yet not you, but “another lives in you,” manifesting His power through you as sons of God.
Notice these two laws: The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus making you free from the law of sin and death. The same law is in you as was in you before; but it is dead. You are just the same man only quickened—the same flesh, but it is dead. You are a new creation—a new creature. Created in God afresh after the image of Christ. Now, beloved, some people come into line with this but do not understand their inheritance, and go down; but instead of you being weak and going down, you have got to rise triumphantly over it.
You say, “Show us the law.” I will, Come It is found in the seventh chapter of Romans, the 25th verse: “I thank God through Jesus So then with the mind I myself serve the the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Is it a sin to work? No, it is not a sin. Work is ordained by God. It is an honor to work. But I find that there are two ways to work. one is working in the flesh, but the child of God should not allow himself to come into the flesh when God leads him in the Spirit. God wants to show you that there is a place where you can live in the Spirit and not be subject to the flesh. Live in the Spirit till sin has no dominion. “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 5.) Reigning in life.
There is not a person here who, if he is saved he is reigning in life. There is satanic power reigning … but God wants you to know that you have to believe that God made you like Himself and Jesus bought back for us in the Garden of Gethsemane everything that was lost in the Garden of Eden, and restored it to us by his agony. He bought that blessed redemption. When we think of “redemption,” I wonder if there is anything greater than the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve had fellowship with God, and He came down and walked with them in the cool of the evening. Is there anything greater? Yes, redemption is greater. How? Anything that is local is never so great. When God was in the Garden Adam was local; but the moment a man is born again he is free, and lives in heavenly places. He has no destination except glory. Redemption is greater than the Garden and God wants you to know that He wants you to come into this glorious redemption, not only for the salvation of your soul, but also your body—to know that it is redeemed from the curse of the law to know that you have been made free—to know that God’s Son has set you free. Hallelujah! Free from the law of sin and death! How is it accomplished? The third verse tells us. Let us look at it. It is a master verse. “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.” Righteousness fulfilled in us! Brother! Sister! I tell you there is a redemption—there is an atonement in Christ— a personality of Christ to dwell in you. There is a God-likeness for you to attain to—a blessed resemblance of Christ in you, if you will believe the Word of God. The Word is sufficient for you; eat it; devour it; it is the Living Word of God.
Jesus was manifested to destroy the works of the devil. God so manifested His fulness in Jesus that He walked this earth glorified and filled with God. In the first place, He was with God and was called “the Word.” In the second place, He and God became so “One” in their operation that they said it was “God”; and then the co-operation of oneness was so manifest that there was nothing done ‘without the other. They co-operated in the working of power. Then you must see that before the foundation of the world this plan of redemption was all completed, and set in order before the Fall; and then notice that this redemption had to be so mighty, and to redeem us all so perfectly, that there should be no lack in the whole redemption. Let us see how it comes about. First He became flesh then … with the Holy Ghost, then He became the …operation of the Word, by the power of … the Holy Ghost. He became “the…
And further. You are born of an incorruptible… power of God’s Word—by His personality… nature. Ye are begotten of God and are not… You are now incarnated, and you can believe you have passed from death unto life and become… God, a joint heir with Christ, in the measure that you believe His Word. The natural flesh has been changed for a new order; the first order was the Adamic order, the last order is Christ—the new order. And now you become changed by a power existing in an earthly body; a power which will never die: it can never see corruption, and it cannot be lost. If you are born of God, you are born by the power of the Word and not of man. I want you to know that you are born of a power which exists in you, the power of which God took and made the world that we live in. It is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ that makes us free from the law of sin and death. Will you accept it? I want you all to see that what I been preaching for two weeks in this place is all supernatural. Divine life, Divine healing, satanic powers. If will only believe it you are secure, for there is a greater power in you than in all the world. Power over pain; power over death.
There are two laws. Let us look at the law without Spirit—the law of sin. Here is a man to-night who has never known regeneration, he is led captive by the Devil at his will. There is no power that can convert him except the power of the Blood of Jesus. Men try without it; Science tries without it; all have tried without it; but all are left shaking on the brink of hell— without it. Nothing can deliver you but the Blood of the Lamb. “Free from the law of sin and death by the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” Clean hearts, pure lives. Brothers, the carnal life is not subject to the will of God, neither indeed can be. Carnality is selfishness— uncleanness. It cannot be subject to God; it will not believe; it interferes with you; it binds and keeps you in bondage; but, beloved, God destroys carnality; He destroys the work of the flesh. How? By a new life which is so much better—by a peace which passes all understanding; by a joy which is unspeakable and full of glory. It cannot be told. Everything that God does is too big to tell. His grace is too big. His love is too big. Why it takes all heaven. His salvation is too big to be told—one cannot understand. It is so vast, mighty and wonderful—so “in God;” but God gives us the power to understand it. Yes, of course, He does. Do you not know that ours is an abundant God? His love is far exceeding and abundant above all that we can ask or think. Hear!- After ye were illuminated— (Glory to God)—ye were quickened by the Spirit, looking forward to a day of rapture, when you will be caught up .and lifted into the presence of God. You cannot think of God on any small line. God’s lines are magnitude—wonderful, glorious. God can manifest them in our hearts with a greater fulness than we are able to express. Let me touch an important point; Christ Jesus has borne the Cross for us—there is no need for us to bear it. He has borne the curse, for “cursed is every one that hangeth upon a tree.” The curse covered everything. When Christ was in the grave, the Word says that He was raised from the grave by the operation of God through the Spirit. He was quickened by the Spirit in the grave, and so the same Spirit dwelling in you shall quicken your mortal bodies. Jesus rose by the quickening power of the Holy Ghost, “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies.” What does it mean? Now, it is not an immortal body you have received. Immortality can only be obtained in resurrection order.
He will quicken your mortal body. If you will allow Jesus to have control of your bodies, you will find that His Spirit will quicken you, will loose you; He will show you that it is the mortal body that has to be quickened. Talk about Divine Healing! You can’t get it out of the Scriptures (‘or they are full of it. I see this. Everyone that is healed by the power of God— especially believers—will take their healing as an incentive to make them purer and holier. If Divine Healing was only to make you whole, it would be worth nothing. Divine Healing is a Divine act of the providence of God coming into your mortal bodies and touching them with Almightiness. Could you remain the . same? No—like me, you will go out to worship and serve God. That is why I am here in Australia— because of the healing of God in this mortal body. I am not here to build new orders of things. I see the fact that God would have me preach so that everyone who hears me should go back to his own home with energy and power of God and the revelation of Christ. It is fact that the more you are held in bondage, the more you shut your eyes to the truth, the Bible becomes a blank instead of life and joy. The moment you yield yourself, the Bible becomes a new Book; it becomes “Revelation,” so that we have the fulness of redemption going right through our bodies in every way. Filled with all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Filled with God! Yes, filled with God, Pardoned and cleansed and filled with God. Filled with God! Yes, filled with God, Emptied of self and filled with God!