May 15, 2016
The New You
1 Corinthians 15: 20-22
What is the difference between you as a believer in Christ and those in the world who are not believers in Christ? Can people see some different in you that causes them to wonder if they are missing something special in life? Last week we learned that we as Christians have a life message that reveals not only the presence of Jesus Christ but also a life that is continually changing into the likeness of Christ for the glory of God and the hope of humanity.
1 The Unsaved
Trying to live a victorious life without Christ is a losing proposition. The Bible speaks of it this way. Before you were saved, you were “in Adam.” “
“For as in Adam all die.” (v22) That means you were totally apart from Christ, separated from His life, dead to His presence. You were alienated and an enemy of the cross. There is a void in the soul of man that can only be filled by and through the presence of God in your life. A person who is unsaved is lost and cannot come up with an answer to their longing and emptiness. In Romans 7 Paul said, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” We know the answer to this question is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Can you remember when you were lost?
Did you feel something was missing in your life?
2 The Saved
Once saved by a supernatural act of God, you were placed “in Christ.” That means you are now covered by the blood of Jesus Christ and therefore pleasing to the Heavenly Father. You are totally accepted in the Beloved because your old sin nature (what you were before Christ) has been crucified with Christ. Furthermore, the triumph and victory of Christ over sin and satan is now available to each of His children. “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (v22) Since you are in Him, all of His Divine resources are yours to conquer the power of sin that still indwells you (the old flesh nature) but is no longer your master or your identity. For the Christian, it is Christ and you against the power of sin, not just you against yourself and sin. Your victory over dominating habits, treacherous passions, and emotional strongholds is entirely possible, for Christ is in you and for you.
Do you believe in the presence and power of Christ in your life?
How has God helped you overcome the pitfalls of the old nature?
Have you thanked him for His love and acceptance in your life?
Tap into the supernatural power of God because the “True Force” is with you.
3 The Servants
Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) The secret to fruit producing is as basic for you as it is for a real grapevine: stay attached to the Vine and focus all your energy and attention to simply being there, or abiding, in Christ. Worship him, praise Him, meditate on His words, seek solitude in Him, and let yourself be absorbed into His purposes and activities. The fruit that is produced through your life is a direct reflection of the quality of your relationship with Christ. You never hear sounds of the vine and branches groaning and straining. The plants are not laboring to produce their fruit; the fruit just comes out of the branches naturally as a part of the growing process. May the Lord bless us as fruit bearing servants for the glory of His Kingdom!