Manifested in Our Mortal Flesh

By Francis Frangipane
(En EspaƱol)

What did Jesus have in mind for His followers when His ministry began? What was His holy objective? I am absolutely convinced that Christ not only came to seek and save the lost, but at the highest levels came to replicate Himself in those He saved. And whether we are just beginning our spiritual journey or we are seasoned servants of many years, true Christianity is nothing less than the living manifestation of Christ in and through us (Gal. 2:20).

Indeed, our destiny does not find sure footing until the actual life of Christ emerges through us.

When I speak of Christ, I mean His compassion toward the needy, the sick, the bound, the destitute, such things that brought the manifestation of miracles, wonders, and deliverances. I am speaking of His power and His deep surrender to the Father's will, which produced His expansive authority over all things. And when I speak of Christ in us, I am not merely referring to the right assemblage of theological precepts, as important as our doctrines are. The goal of God is that the truth found in our doctrines would germinate into the life and power of Christ, manifest through us.

This inner, Christlike transformation of the church was the utmost concern for Paul. He wrote, "My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you" (Gal. 4:19). Consider also the apostle's words to the Corinthians. Paul wrote, "For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh" (2 Cor. 4:11). Beloved, Christianity is nothing less than this: "the life of Jesus … manifested in our mortal flesh!"

You see, there is not a different Jesus in Heaven than He Who dwells in us. This means that the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the lover and redeemer of mankind, reveals Himself through us. This unveiling of Christ in us is the only thing that satisfies our quest to know the substance of God. Anything less than, or other than, Christ living in us is mere religion.

Jesus said, “As [the Father] sent Me into the world, I also have sent them” (John 17:18). We are sent as He was sent, with the same mission, same vision. When we accept Christ into our lives, we are accepting the very same person who died for men, now reliving His purpose and power through us.

This world, with all its evil, is the very reality God has chosen to perfect our conformity to Christ. You see, to discern what is wrong in the world requires little spiritual growth, but to see our communities and neighborhoods transformed requires we grow in Christlike maturity and vision. We must learn how, in the very environment wherein we find ourselves, to persevere in prayer and become committed to love.

Yes, this world is evil, but if you look closely, it is the perfect place for Christ to be manifested through our mortal flesh.

Adapted from Francis Frangipane's book, The Shelter of the Most High, available at