13. Overcome and SubdueUnion with Christ means that you and I have been symmorphosed together, utterly merged together with the Victorious Conqueror, the Great Hero of God's Story. Jesus does nothing apart from us, His body. His great task of setting creation free and bringing all things back into submission to His Father, He fulfills only in full union together with us.
But too often, "overcome and subdue" have been presented as some form of human achievement, some great "doing" that also seems to exist right there, just beyond our reach. Because we want to be with Jesus with all of our hearts, we listen to what the preachers tell us we must do in order to "overcome." But when we try to do what they say, all that happens is that we fall flat on our faces in the mud.
We cannot. BUT - we will not be kept away from Jesus. We are as determined to live only in Him as God is determined to make it so.
What, then, does overcome really mean?
Before continuing with this session, you will want to complete your reading of Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard.
Lesson 13.1 Gates of Pearls places before our eyes God's picture of the entrance into His triumphant city, that is, what you and I do with all the failures and all the pain of our lives.
Lesson 13.2 Living in the Lamb takes the words of Revelation 12:11 into the story of Much Afraid, the central character of Hind's Feet on High Places, that is, into our own story. The picture of Much Afraid is also the picture Jesus gives us, "Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly of heart." In this lesson you will catch a glimpse of the one thing we must do in order to be an overcomer.
Lesson 13.3 Authority moves out from walking in the speaking of Christ holding the Lamb's Blood in one hand and the Lamb's Cross in the other to the authority of Christ revealed now through us upon this planet. In this lesson, all the authority verses of the New Testament flow in to find their place inside our hearts, the Mercy Seat of God.