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Archive for September 19, 2014

God Loves Us Still

No matter what your past has been,
Trust God to understand.
No matter what your problem is
Just place it in His hand–
For in all of our unloveliness,
This great God loves us still–
He loved us since the world began
And what’s more, He always will.
Helen Steiner Rice

I Have Died To The World

“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 (NKJV)
“I have been crucified with Christ” is not to be regarded as hyperbole, metaphor, or allegory. It is not just a figure of speech that we are dead with Christ, that we put off the old man and put on the new. In Christ we are new creations. Old things are passed away. All things are become new. These things are divine realities in God through Christ.
True believers, new creations in Christ and therefore possessors of divine nature, are distinctly and definitely different from the natural man–sons of Adam who are regenerated by the power of God. All that we were by Adam’s nature is gone by way of the cross. We “are” crucified with Christ, we “have been” crucified with Christ, we have died to the world. The old man is crucified and only the new man (Christ who is our life) remains. He alone is to be expressed in our walk, in our talk, and in everything we do.
This is a great responsibility: but have you ever stopped to think of the tremendous honor God has conferred upon us as His children? God–eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, sovereign God–choosing poor, hell-deserving sinners, made new by God’s grace through the shed blood of Jesus. And then, as new creatures in Christ, God puts His Christ on display in this world, in us. Our bodies, the tabernacle of the Holy Spirit, the house of divine nature. We–the vehicles used of God for the presentation of His Christ in a dark world.
Responsibility? Yes. But honor beyond man’s imagination–to think that God would allow us so great a privilege.

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