Notes for Foundations: The Good News of Incarnational Reality
Presented by Sarah Colyn
This session is about the utter and substantial reality of Christ
with us and within us, and the salvation, the healing, the
freedom, that come to us as we walk in the Presence. These notes outline the basic flow of the teaching and contain the full text and reference for scriptures and quotations. At the bottom of the notes are resources for further exploration of this topic.
Restoration of God’s image in us
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:4-11)
Access to the Father
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, you will know my Father also.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
“Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them,
and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14: 6, 23) In John 17 Jesus prays to the Father for us, “I in them and you in me” (v. 23).
Discovery of the true self, revival of the personality
The radiant path and the problem of sin
“More deeply than it is comfortable to think, we are all rebels against God” (Father Patrick Reardon, Romans : An Orthodox Commentary, section on Romans 3).
“Sin has to do, in a very real sense, with rebelliously demanding to experience what is not – what God did not create and can never look upon, much less bless” (Payne, Healing Presence, 85).
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient… “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in
mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:1-2, 4
William Barclay, Daily Study Bible on Ephesians 2.
But I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. Romans 7:23
Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
How it is we become persons
The new self moves in the healing gifts of the Spirit
“All Christians are called to exercise their priesthood but in different ways, depending on the gifts that have been allotted to them.”
(The Essentials of Evangelical Theology, Vol II, p 107-108)
Incarnational Reality: God with and in us
“Christ… is present now. As long as we dwell in time, there will never be more of Him available to us than now. God is available to us; Jesus is indeed, if we are born again of His Spirit, the living Fountain within. We practice His presence” (Payne, Restoring the Christian Soul. 72).
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price : therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“It is only the Christians who have any idea of how human souls can be taken into the life of God and yet remain themselves – in fact, be very much more themselves than they were before… The whole purpose for which we exist is to be thus taken into the life of God.” (Lewis, Mere Christianity, The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics, 2002, p. 88)
Resources on this topic:
Part two of Leanne Payne’s The Healing Presence, “Incarnational reality: The presence of God within us”
“The Holy One & The Presence of God With Us” lecture and prayer live audio recording from an MPC school held in Wheaton, IL in 2019.