Swallowed Up By Life

By Francis Frangipane
(En EspaƱol)

The Scriptures tell us that before Christ returns Satan will be cast down from the spirit realm to the earthly realm "having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time" (Rev. 12:12). Jesus warns us in Matthew 24:22 that "unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved." Prophecy after prophecy warns of these days. Satanic darkness is on the face of the earth, and where the devil is, death and destruction are soon to follow.

At the same time, those who persist as overcomers should expect to enter ever-increasing degrees of life. Through repentance and faith in God's Word, if we stay focused on attaining Christ's likeness, through the Holy Spirit we will see more of Christ's living presence restored to the church. I believe before Jesus returns, the church will increasingly be transformed from glory to glory into the Lord's likeness (2 Cor. 3:18). Is that heresy? No. To live apart from Christ in worldliness and unbelief is heresy.

The test for one who said he abides in Christ was simple: he walked "in the same manner as [Christ] walked" (1 John 2:6). Again, 2 Corinthians 13 urges us to test and examine ourselves "to see if [we] are in the faith," and to "recognize this about [ourselves], that Jesus Christ is in [us]" (v. 5).

Because Christ Himself lives in us, a time will come when our humanity will actually be "swallowed up by [His] life" (2 Cor. 5:4). At the last trumpet, our perishable bodies will put on the imperishable and our mortal souls will actually become immortal (1 Cor. 15:53). Yes, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, death and decay will be swallowed up by life!

You see, if we are truly walking with Christ, we are not facing death; we are discarding death! What awaits us is ever-increasing, spirit-transforming resurrection life---abundant in quantity, eternal in quality, and glorious in substance!

This is important for us to grasp, for what will occur suddenly is actually the result of years of progressively laying down our natural lives so that Christ's life might come forth through us. Of course, now our "life is hidden with Christ in God," but the Spirit assures us that, "when Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then [we] also will be revealed with Him in glory" (Col. 3:3-4).

The key to obtaining the life in glory is living focused on the hidden life we now possess with Christ. You see, Christ must become our life, not just our religion. Wherever I may be---in my home or work, whether awake or in dreams, and in all my relationships---I am choosing to sow into the hidden life of Christ.

May we each determine to have no other life source but Christ. May His eternal goal with man become our goal as well: to be swallowed up by the life of Christ.