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Bethany House Publishing, , pp. Aiden Wilson Tozer — is considered by many to be one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century. However, it was not until , when he became the editor of Alliance Witness that he began to put word to paper. This work can be unpackaged into four key areas: the foundation of the crucified life, the dynamics of the crucified life, the perils of the crucified life, and the blessings of the crucified life.
Tozer explains the cost of the crucified life was paid for by Jesus, but he then shows that does not mean once one becomes a Christian they get a free ride. Instead, he challenges everyone who believes Christ is alive to do something about it.
While our objective is to finish the race, many begin, but few ever cross the finish line. The Dynamics of a Crucified life deals with the natural man, the spiritual man, and the carnal man.
Tozer demonstrates areas of all these stages within the Israelites as they wandered the desert for forty years. Christ paid the price for salvation, so now we must pay the price for our full identification with Him and our walk towards spiritual perfection. The blessings of the crucified life demonstrate that Christ came to do two primary things: to help mankind and to put an end to self. The last level is the where the work of the Lord extends out of the church and impacts the whole community.
There is nothing wrong with the personal or church revival, because until God acts in those two areas, it is impossible for the Spirit to overflow into the community. The more serious the condition, the more radical the remedy; and for this reason, Tozer was willing to uncompromisingly confront people with the message of the crucified life. When this happens on the individual level, it is only natural to see it take place in a corporate setting as each member of the body finds their giftings and talents and submits them to God in order to bring proclaim the gospel and ultimately bring glory to Lord.
As believers come together with this attitude of faith, God is able to do mighty things in a corporate setting.
It is the difference between wandering in the desert for forty years and getting to go into the promise land. The hotter the fire, the purer the outcome will be and this is often the case with trials Christians face.
God gives them just enough of what they need to make it through that day. He does this to ensure His followers keep their daily reliance upon Him. This same principle was demonstrated with the Israelites as they wandered the desert for forty years and the Lord provided manna from heaven.
This can be a tough principle to teach as it is often one learned over time, but it is interesting to witness the church thrive in areas under greater persecution while in areas of tolerance more churches are closing than opening. God will sustain, equip, and empower each believer for anything He calls him or her to do. This must be the ethos of every believer from the moment of salvation until they are present with the Father. If God were something that could be held or quantified, it would contradict His divine and infinite nature.
The revelation Tozer highlights is by submitting in obedience to the Lord, the believer lives a crucified life in which God can do His work. From this intimate relationship, the believer is then able to pour into the lives of others, as long as they continually go back to the source to be filled up again. The crucified life is one in which the believer recognizes Christ died on the cross, so they could become more like Him and to embody the life of Christ means to share His love, acceptance, and forgiveness with a lost and hurting world.
Tozer, A. Minneapolis: MN, Excellent synopsis of what we I should be doing if we I truly believe in the work of the cross and should embody the life of Christ in our daily walk. So many times I find myself doubting my personal faith and how I should be living the life of Christ rather than doing my own thing. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
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Tozer was often invited to speak at seminaries, churches, and Bible conferences on the topic of the cross and its meaning for the Christian Tozer was often invited to speak at seminaries, churches, and Bible conferences on the topic of the cross and its meaning for the Christian life. Now, in this never-before-published distillation of his best teaching on the subject, you will gain a fresh understanding of the cross's centrality to your walk of faith in Christ. The apostle Paul declared in his letter to the Galatians that he had been "crucified with Christ. Is this a claim every believer can and should make? The Crucified Life is a comprehensive examination of these questions, answered with the deep, biblical thinking for which Tozer was revered.