Archive for August 6, 2015
God bears the world’s weight on His shoulder, yet holds His children in the palm of His hand
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” Philippians 3:20-21 (NASB)
True believers are pilgrims in a strange land; their citizenship is in heaven. They are in the world, but they are not of the world. They are dead to this world and alive unto God. They were dead in sins, but are now made alive together with Christ. They are saved now and are made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6).
The instant we are born again, we are baptized into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). We are baptized into the Church of the living God by the Holy Spirit. Christ is the head of the Church, and He is also the foundation.
We are partakers with Christ—in His death, burial, and resurrection. Through His cross we are crucified to the world, and the world is crucified to us.
The Word of God teaches us that God the Father has so completely associated us with His Son, Jesus Christ, that He counts us with Him as dead to sin (Rom. 6). We are also dead to the law (Rom. 7) We are dead to the world (Gal. 6:14). True faith accepts God’s record as true, and puts no question marks around His Word, even though we may not fully understand it.
How wonderful it would be if all believers would accept the record of God and not put question marks around “Thus saith the Lord.” How much it would mean to us as individual believers if we could only realize fully that when we receive Jesus, we are receiving the gift of God—life eternal; and this life is in Jesus. If we would only believe this fact and stand upon it, what power we would possess in giving testimony to the saving and keeping grace of God.