The Six Things Christ Has Accomplished Step By Step Were Applied To Us Simultaneously
Let us use the making and eating of a sandwich to illustrate how the incarnation, the crucifixion, the resurrection, the breathing of the essential Spirit, the ascension, and the pouring out of the economical Spirit apply to us today.
In preparing a sandwich we may take two slices of bread. We then may apply mayonnaise to the bread and put on turkey, cheese, tomato, and lettuce. In the preparation of such a sandwich we go step by step. But in the eating of the sandwich, we do not take first the bread, then the turkey, and then the other elements of the sandwich. Instead, we take all the ingredients of the sandwich at once.
In like manner, the six matters of Christ’s incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, breathing of the Spirit, ascension, and outpouring of the Spirit are applied to us at the same time. They were accomplished step by step, but they are applied to us simultaneously.
Using the illustration of the sandwich, we may say that the incarnation is the bread, that the crucifixion is the turkey, and the resurrection, the breathing of the Spirit, the ascension, and the pouring out of the Spirit are yet other ingredients.
When we come to eat this all-inclusive “sandwich,” we do not first “eat” the “bread” of the incarnation and then the “turkey” of the crucifixion. Rather, we take the whole sandwich at one time. We do not consider which item comes first and which comes last.
All These Matters Are Included In The Lord’s Name
We have given many messages in the effort to point out what the Triune God has accomplished. The Triune God in the Son became flesh. That was the incarnation. The incarnation has been accomplished once for all, and there is no need for it to be repeated.
Likewise, Christ was crucified and died once for all. Furthermore, He was resurrected, He breathed Himself as the life-giving Spirit into His disciples, He ascended, and He poured out Himself as the all-inclusive Spirit once for all.
Christ has accomplished all these things, and He has accomplished them once for all. Now all these matters are included in the Lord’s name. Therefore, when we call on the name of the Lord Jesus, we receive all these things.