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Die and Live

“For Christ’s love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If One died for all, then all died. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.” (2 corinthians 5:14-15)

This is an extraordinary passage of scripture in which God, through the Apostle Paul, teaches us what it means, and looks like, to be a true Christian.  As Christians, many of us chose to continue living a selfish, self-serving life which is contrary to the way God says He wants us to live.  Today’s passage proves that.  What is God really telling us?  Let’s take a deeper look.

VERSE 14

  1. “For Christ’s love” – Christ’s love that, as Christians, now lives in us.  If we are Christians, we have accepted Christ’s love, the forgiveness of our sins through His death on a cross and eternal life through His resurrection.
  2. “compels us,” – Christ’s love is so powerful that it compels us to love Him back, to want to stick to Him, to be with Him all the time.
  3. “since we have reached this conclusion:” – the following is what we now know by Christ’s revelation.
  4. “If One died for all,” – This is what we now know, that Christ, compelled by His love for his Father, and for us, died on a cross for all the people of the world, excluding no one (Romans 5:8; John 3:16-7).  He did it publicly, on hill, so that the entire world would know.
  5. “then all died.” – that those who chose to believe in, and accept Christ’s gift, are compelled, through conviction, to die to their selfish, self-serving lives, to begin a new, righteous life through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Galatians 2:20 explains it this way:

 “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).” 

VERSE 15

  1. “And he died for all so that those who live” – those who live, are those who now have eternal life because they have believed and accepted Christ’s free gift of salvation.  Christians.
  2. “should no longer live for themselves,” – as Christians we are to stop living a selfish, self-serving life.  We are to kill our desire to live to fulfill our fleshly wants and desires.
  3. “but for the One who died for them and was raised.” – we are to give up our selfish, self-serving lives to live in service to Christ.

Friends, this is what God expects from all of us who claim to be His – Christians.  If we are not compelled, or convicted, by the love He has demonstrated to us, to love Him back, and to serve Him, something is wrong.  We must be serving Him with our lives.  Service is a verb, it’s action, and it demands that we not sit around waiting for him to come back for us.  God, through the Apostle Paul explains it this way:

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself (James 2:14-17).”

While we wait for Christ to come back for us (John 14:1-3), we are to serve Christ by serving others.  This is proof positive that we are true Christians.  We are to live for the benefit of others, not of ourselves.  Jesus said:

“Then He said to them all, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me (Luke 9:23).””

So then,

  • how will we obey today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will we share today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will we share the story of our salvation and the story of what Jesus had done for us?

In Christ’s love,

Phil

What’s In Your Heart?

God, through the Apostle Paul, tells us that, when we put all our faith in Christ, and we turn away from our sinful path to follow Christ, the Holy Spirit enters into our hearts and minds, and He, then, begins to transform us into the very image of Jesus Christ:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come (2 Corinthians 5:17).”

He also describes for us what that “new creation” looks like,

 

“For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers (Romans8:29).”

Today’s verse teaches us another characteristic of a person who is a real Christian.  It says:

“No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear (Ephesians 4:29).”

There are a few things he wants us to know in this one verse:

  1. “No foul language is to come from your mouth,” – The world “foul” literally means: morally bankrupt; immoral, therefore, worthless.  He is referring to language used with the intent to demean, bemoan, offend, and/or destroy another person’s character, and self-worth. This is what is natural for a person who is not a Christian and Christians are to be different.
  2. “but only what is good for building up someone in need,” – A Christians our speech must always be for the purpose of building up, edifying, encouraging, the weaker Christians to live a holy and acceptable life to God (Romans 12:1).  It is also a way to testify about, and demonstrate, our personal relationship with Christ to the non-Christian community.
  3. “so that it gives grace to those who hear.” –  Our speech should give grace, unmerited favor, to all people who hear us speak, Christians and non-Christians alike.  Our grace should not depend on how people treat us or speak to us, first.  We must give grace in speech, and in deed, no matter how others treat us.

What comes out of our mouths is irrefutable evidence of what rules our hearts.  Jesus said,

“A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart (Luke 6:45).”

So, who, or what’s in you heart?

In Christ’s love,

Phil

 

A child of God

“But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,” (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭12‬ HCSB)

As I share Jesus with people, there is one quote that many unbelievers like to use to justify not surrendering their lives to the Lordship of Christ, “I don’t need to do that because I believe we are all God’s children, and God would not punish His children.” So, when I ask them to share with me how they became “God’s children”, they reply, “We are all born children of God”.

There are so many people out there who believe this and are living in a false sense of security. They think that because they believe that they were born into this world being a child of God already, they will be spending eternity in heaven with God. However, this is not what the God they say they believe in, says.

In today’s Scripture, God, through the Apostle John, tells us the only way we can become true children of His:

  1.  “But to all who did receive Him,” – this portion of the verse tells us two things, 1) “But to all” means that every single person in the world is included. Jesus reiterates this in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…”. God excludes no one from His abounding love – NO ONE (2 Peter 3:9)! 2) “who did receive Him” means those who receive and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives – those who surrender their lives to the Lordship of Christ. We must surrender our lordship over our lives, to Jesus’ Lordship over our lives. In Romans 10: 9, God says, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
  2. “He gave them the right to be children of God,” – only those who receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior are given the right to become real children of God. We are not born with that right. God gives it to those who receive Jesus’ gift of salvation through faith in what He did on the cross for all of us.
  3.  “to those who believe in His name,” – it’s not just about the name, it’s about the person behind the name – Jesus, the Christ, God’s Anointed One who He sent to this world to suffer the consequences for the world’s rebellion and sin against Him so that the world may be saved through faith in Him, and Him alone.

Jesus said,

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God (John‬ ‭3:16-18‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

God says,

“But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! (Romans‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

Sin has caused us to rebel against God. Jesus paid the consequences for our rebellion so that we can be reconciled with God:

“Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life! And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him (Romans‬ ‭5:9-11‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

It is only when we place all our faith in confidence in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross in such a way that we surrender our lives to His will, that we can become God’s children and inherit God’s kingdom, along with Jesus:

“All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “ Abba, Father! ” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and coheirs with Christ — seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him (Romans‬ ‭8:14-17‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

Are you sure you’re God’s child? If not, would you like to be certain of it? Here’s how He says you can make certain of it:

  1. Recognize that you’re a sinner and thank Him for sending Jesus, His only Son, to die on the cross in order to pay the ultimate price for your sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8) and raising Him from the dead in order to give you eternal life (John 3:16-18; Ephesians 1:13-14).
  2. Tell Him that, at this moment, you willfully and intentionally choose to stop living your life in rebellion against Him and choose to start living your life as His disciple; that you commit to seeking Him, every day; following Him, every day; and that you will strive live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to Him and only Him, no matter the cost – even if it costs you your life (2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 10:9-10). Then, do it.
    This is the only way you can become God’s child (John 1:12) and experience the fullness of His love, goodness, joy, peace and perfect care. Do this right now!

If you have any question, message me and let’s talk about it.

In Christ’s love,

Phil