What is envy?
Envy is a reaction to lacking something. Jealousy is a reaction to the threat of losing something (usually someone). source
For by Him(Christ) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominionsor principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
Mat 27:18 For he(Pilate) knew that they(Chief Priests) had handed Him over because of envy.
Act 7:9 “And the patriarchs(Jacobs 12 sons), becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him
Act 17:4 And some of them(Jews) were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.Act 17:5 But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
God does not envy for God is love
There is no lack in God our Father. He possesses all things and gives everything away. He does not hold onto anything but is always releasing and setting free that which is His. Love is always flowing outwards….The one who lacks is the one who does not see God. If you see lack inside your heart then you will covet and envy.
But the one who sees Jesus as their only life sees no lack and thus does not envy. For you died –you were crucified with Christ—IT IS NO LONGER YOU THAT LIVE….but Christ Who lives in you.
Christ Jesus the One who lacks nothing…the Heir of all things…the possessor of heaven and earth! He is the ONE living in you….AS you. No longer I that live—Christ lives in me—Yet the life I now live in the flesh–I(Christ I)live by the faith of the Son of God..(Gal 2:20)
You are a new creature–Jesus Christ lives in your heart –and IS YOUR HEART!! He knows no lack. He/you look always to Father for all things–for Father is the Source of Life. If you see yourself as a separate being from Jesus then you will only see yourself as empty, always needing to be filled up again and again. But the truth is that you are FULL AND COMPLETE IN HIM. The truth is that Christ Jesus lives in your heart by faith….not in a little room some where….BUT HE IS FILLING YOU FULL WITH HIMSELF permanently.
Because Jesus is your life—your very heart–you are complete in Him….and being made complete in Him you have no lack and dwell in perfect contentedness resting in Father’s love.
It is the Liar–the Father of Lies who suggests to your mind that you lack something. He sees himself as separate from God, and imagines that he can become God through his own resources. This is the carnal mind. The carnal mind is the mind of the Serpent who said “you will be like God knowing good and evil”⁵ The truth was that they already were like God, they were made in the image and likeness of God. The Serpent lied by suggesting that they were NOT like God and needed to do something to be like God.
Because you believe in Jesus Christ–God has made you ONE SPIRIT with His Son..and therefore with Him.
1Co 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
If you are ONE SPIRIT with God…then you are complete in Him and lack nothing….Where is any room for envy? You lack nothing if you are complete in Him. And you are complete in Him.
The question is Do you choose to believe it?
To not believe that you are(now) complete in Christ is a setting aside of the Grace of God and a seeking to establish your own righteousness through self effort and self sufficiency…All delusions of the Serpent.
¹ Eph 4:6² Acts 17:28³ Rom 11:36⁴1John 4:8,16⁵ Gen 3:5