Ephesians 1:19-23 – “…what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” NASU
I believe it is absolutely imperative that we understand ‘who we are.’ Most know what they do but few know who they are. I have discovered that once I know ‘who someone is’ I can better relate to them than if I just know ‘what they do.’ That is true regarding ‘knowing ourselves’ as well. If we know ‘who we are’ then we can begin to BE who we are. It is not until I know ‘who He is’ that I can walk in genuine obedience and faith which is Basic Christianity. That is simply, walking in the Spirit and being who we are in God.
It is all by GRACE and that begins in the heart and has nothing to do with our earning or deserving it. It is given freely because of WHO GOD IS not because of WHAT we have done. In Grace we can issue blessing, which is a word spoken to us or by us to cause the recipient to be empowered for success in spirit, mind, soul and body. We are told that through Jesus ALL the families of the earth would be blessed. Simply the coming one (Jesus) would bring or open the door for the race to return to what God intended for us.
He took our sin to the Cross and at the Cross every sin met at the Cross. Isaiah 53 tells us that ‘all we like sheep have gone astray. The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us ALL…” There death itself came under judgment. Death was not the original intent for mankind but sin opened the door for it. It rules man’s life from the time he is born for the whole race lives in death but at the Cross Jesus conquered it. He stripped the devil and his forces of ALL power and authority. At the Cross the devil did his worst or best and failed. If we truly grasp that truth it will revolutionize our lives and enable us to walk out into God’s fullness.
As a result we have ‘newness of life’ in Jesus. If you purchase a different vehicle you would likely say, “I have a new car.” However it may not be new but new to you. It may even be the latest in a series but it is still a car and not really something new. The Greeks had another word for NEW which meant ‘new in kind’ and that is the word used to describe ‘newness of life’ that the Bible speaks of. He now enters the throne room of heaven as the Lamb Slain from the Foundation of the World. Now this Jesus calls to us to ‘Come unto me and I will give you rest.’ He calls us to LIFE which is Basic Christianity.
We make or try to make it so complicated but Salvation is simple. He convicts our hearts of sin and we repent and receive. I readily acknowledge that is not the end of the process of us maturing in Grace but it is the ‘transition’ from Darkness to Light! It makes me an ‘heir of God’ and a ‘joint heir with Christ’. We are declared to be kings and priests unto God and He declared that we are not of this world. We are IN Him and He IN us. He is the head and we are the body. We are the inhabitants to two worlds at the same time. If the head is in a place the body is as well and our head is in Heaven so while we are physically here we are also there in Him.
Martin Luther said: “I am a victorious Christian as long as I think of Jesus and myself as one person. But as soon as I think of Jesus up there and me down here I’m in trouble.” This is Basic Christianity. Remember the words of Paul, “…for me to live is Christ…” Your Christian walk cannot be trying to ‘imitate’ Jesus it is to have Jesus ‘manifest’ Himself through you.
Ephesians 4:15-16 – “…but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” In a very real sense we are Jesus on earth today for it is Christ in us the hope of glory!
May God be with you as you go through your day!