Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Your New Life Is Not Yours To Live

"God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot?" - 1 Corinthians 6:14-15

Jesus submitted to the will of the Father who chose not to remove the “cup” from which Jesus was about to partake – the Cross at Calvary. Jesus died to the world and was raised up by the Father – not on His own. Jesus did not lay in the tomb counting the minutes until it was time to make His move and come out of the tomb. His resurrection from the dead is a picture of our new birth. Once we were all dead toward God but by faith, we too were resurrected. Transformed – like Jesus – new creations.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us" – 2 Corinthians 5:17-20

"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." – Galatians 2:20

We live out our lives as Christians in a natural body. That body is subject to life in the natural world even though we are born again supernaturally.  It is that paradox that we struggle with every day.  The key is to live our lives with a keen awareness of that very fact.  The New Testament reveals the ministry of Jesus, the mystery of our inclusion in God’s plan of restoration, and a guide to how we should live our new lives in Christ.  New lives lived out by the power of God – not our vain effort to be like Jesus by our own power. We have been sanctified – set apart by faith in Jesus – and we are being sanctified – made to be like Jesus through faith and the power of God.

"For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren" – Romans 8:29

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." – Romans 12:2

"Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection." – Philippians 3:8-10

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, a Christian apologist, wrote a book entitled, “How Should We Then Live”. The question has to do with how Christians should live in a world that does not know Christ and not pursue those things that are contrary to God’s creative design.  I quoted these verses to encourage you to remember who you are – just as I am doing even as I write these words, and remember that the new life we live – we live by faith having been called to be witnesses not just by words but by the way we live and love.

Believe it – walk in it. Let your light shine and give God the glory.

By Faith Alone By His Grace Alone And For His Glory Alone

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