`But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Philippians` 3:7-11
In Galatians chapter 1 and in other scriptures the Apostle Paul asserts that he saw the risen Christ. I do not wish to dampen anyone`s spirits; but it is my contention that few men in our age have had a revelation of the risen Christ as Paul had.
It is true we sing songs like `I See The Lord`, quoting Isaiah. And I am not saying that we do not know the Lord, or that we are not walking in a certain degree of victory in our lives. But the Bible says in Exodus 33:20 that there shall no man see God and live.
We all know that even the other Apostles did not see the Lord in the spirit in the same way that Saul, as he was known then, did. In 2 Corinthians chapter 12 Paul says about the time that he was taken into the third heaven, that he heard things which it is not lawful for a man to utter!
2Co 12:4 `… he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.` Paul saw something profound. He saw something that no man can see and remain alive, humanly speaking.
When he saw the risen Lord, Saul died. He died and a totally new man, Paul, was born in the Spirit.
There is a price in seeing Jesus fully. All the Apostles and early Christians who saw the Lord in the spirit paid a terrible price. Many lost their worldly property. Others lost their liberty. Others were killed for the testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In today`s generation it is not easy to find Christians who are living that kind of life. In fact, many are running in the opposite direction. Many prefer the soft, comfortable life.
As I said, this is not a judgement of our Christian generation. Rather, it is a challenge. We see that in all generations paying the price for seeing the Lord has never been an easy thing.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, they say. No one can talk of the gospel without mentioning Jesus Christ. But note also that one can hardly talk about the gospel without mentioning Paul.
Such is the high price of walking in the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ that we must die totally to self.