"Becoming the Christian God Intends"by Burt Clendennen
2 Peter 1:3 says "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him (Christ) that hath called us to glory and virtue."
This says that the education, sanctification, growth of the New Creature is in "learning Christ." From conversion to his death the dominant theme of the Apostle Paul's life was summed up in these words; "That I might know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death,"( Philippians 3:10).
Until it becomes a revelation of the heart that "Christ is all" (Colossians 3:11), we can never truly overcome this thing called "self."
Self is very subtle, like Satan it can appear as an angel of light. If it were possible the very elect would be deceived by it. Self can be very religious, and its greatest desire is to be accepted, to be recognized as righteous. The attitude of most Christians is that God should improve them. This is evidenced by self help religious books being best sellers. Their thinking is, I have been redeemed, I am a child of God, and I must ask Him to make me a better servant of Jesus Christ. Further they believe that God should channel some love into their heart, some faith, some power, some holiness, and improve them. What we must learn is that self-improvement is both a sin and impossible.
To overcome this self, and to truly become the Christian God intends, the revelation must come to the heart that "Christ is all and in you all." With that revelation will come the understanding that "God is love." Love is not something that can be channeled into you, love is a person; God is love, therefore, love is God loving. Power is not something that can be given to you making you a more powerful servant of Jesus Christ. Power like love is a person, and that person is not I. It is exclusively Christ, who is God; it doesn't matter whether you call Him Father, Son, or Holy Ghost.
Finally, with the revelation that "Christ is all" comes the further revelation that "eternal Life" is not something it is a person. Jesus did not say that He had a life to give; He said, "I am life."Perhaps at this point there is the question, "where do I fit into all of this?"
It is all gathered up in the statement "Christ is all and in all." Christ is all not Christ has all. If Christ is all, what is left for me? We thought we were somebody and something or could get something. We found that God had taken the lot. Christ is all. Here is the link. Christ is all and in all. When this revelation came to my spirit I saw, and I pray that you see, that the reason for the existence of the entire creation is to contain the Creator! Not to be something but to contain someone.
With this truth comes another important truth. We humans regard the human self as important; all of this shows us that self is extremely unimportant. There is only one SELF in the universe that is really important. Why? Because there is only one person in this universe who said, "I AM