"Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Romans 8:9)
There are religious persons who have the name of Christ but whose spirit is the spirit of Adam. They belong to the old order which perishes, not to the new order of life in Christ Jesus. The point is not that they are good or bad but that they are dead. Their direction is wrong; they are on their way to the grace, not on the way out of it.
It is not that I plant, but what I plant that matters. A man could plant glass beads for a lifetime and have nothing to show for his trouble.
Christ makes the difference between death and life, always and everywhere. He is the Prince of Life, and whatever He touches lives. The fabled Midas had a magic power which made everything he touched turn to gold. It is not fable, but wondrously true and real, that the power to give life belongs to Christ. Nothing He touches can ever die, and whatever is dead has only to be touched by Him and it lives again forever.
We who bear the name of Christ should give ourselves no rest till we are sure that we possess the Spirit of Christ. Without that Spirit no man can speak a living word or do an immortal deed.
~A. W. Tozer~