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The Basis of All Things

What is Man's Responsibility?

Man's responsibility is to obey God. So this is the real question: will we obey God? We cannot do what we want to do, and do God's will. We are brought to a place of obeying God rather than doing what we feel or think is right. When we are brought into the family of God through new birth and receive the life of God by the indwelling of the Spirit, we must then go on to know the leading of the Spirit and His control, in our lives and in the gathering of the body where we have fellowship. For the body of Christ to function, there must be that vital life connection between the Head and each member of the body. Each member must be spiritually alive and able to hear and see as the Spirit would speak and reveal Christ, causing the body to grow up unto Him in fullness, finding its completeness in God.

The walk of faith that we are called to demands that we have a relationship with God and be in fellowship with the other members of the body of Christ. This is not a natural working but a spiritual working. John tells us that if we walk in the light as He is in the light, then we have fellowship one with another. This is an active walk in the life of God which is dependent upon our relationship with God and whether we are living in union with Christ by the Spirit. Our walk in the Spirit is not separate from God, but continues because God indwells us by His Spirit. We can do nothing of ourselves. The Spirit must be working in us and we must be moving in union with Him with all the direction and light coming from the Spirit. We must accept all the Spirit brings, and not just what we want to hear or have been taught by men. When the Spirit is in control, nothing is in the natural realm. We cannot do what needs to be done in our lives or in the church in our own strength. It can only be done by the Spirit and in union with the Spirit.