by Norman P. Grubb
Paul's Labour for the Church
24Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.
This had meant for the Saviour Himself an uncompleted task until He laid down His life for us – Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!
And so it did for Paul – Philippians 3:12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
And for us that means, as anointed ones (which all we believers are), we move right into our high calling. We are then pressed by the Spirit into this total absorption in Him flowing out of our inmost being (travail) into others, in countless unexpected ways, so that each of us is fulfilling various intercessions in action, in whatever outer position of apparent unlikelihood we are in.
These intercessions, which are the Spirit, The Intercessor, interceding by us – Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
Drive us to a sense of committal, which we do not seek, but which takes us over. We have moved from our young man condition of rejoicing in the inner revel elation of being He in our forms, fixed eternally, and are now becoming free from over riding self-concerns to involvement outside ourselves in people and situations. The reality of the royal priesthood takes us over.
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