Have You Learned Christ?
By Tammy Lacock
“But ye have not so learned Christ.” (Eph. 4:20)
Warren Litzman’s teachings come directly from the apostle Paul’s teachings which are laid out in his 14 epistles in the New Testament. It’s important to remind the listeners (and readers) that Warren is a follower of Paul, just as Paul is a follower of Christ (1 Corinth 11:1, KJV).
In this podcast, Warren begins with Ephesians 4:20 in his journey through Paul’s epistles to further emphasize the importance of the Christ Life and revealing this final gospel to the whole world.
What is the Christ Life? It is knowing and living Christ as our new life. That when we believe in Christ as our Savior by his death, burial and resurrection, Our Heavenly Father literally places his only Son, the incorruptible seed, in us, making us “New Creations.” Our old Adamic life was crucified with Christ and we are rebirthed with Christ as our new life. “Therefore if any man be IN Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinth 5:17 KJV). And with Christ as our new life, He is our righteousness. We then stand before God as joint-heirs with Christ, as His bona fide sons and daughters!
In his letter to the church of Ephesus chapter 4, verse 20, Paul isn’t saying “but ye have not learned ABOUT Christ. No, he is saying “but ye have not so learned Christ.” As he speaks of so many times throughout his epistles, Paul is not talking about Jesus of Nazareth and His earthly ministry, for we are no longer under earthly law but now in God’s grace. Paul is talking about the risen Christ now living in each believer. Yet most Christians, or Christ persons, have no idea that Christ lives in them. They haven’t learned Christ. They’ve made a place for Christ in their works, duties, and service but they haven’t made a place for Him, in them, as their only life. Paul calls this the “mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:4), because it is only by revelation that believers come to this knowledge. As we learn of Christ, we then allow Him to come through us, as us. We step out of the way. Just knowing that Christ now lives in us changes our entire understanding of who we are.
Are we learning Christ yet?
Paul clearly and boldly emphasizes his own understanding and learning of Christ in his letter to the Galatians 2:20 (KJV), “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”