In yesterday’s teaching we discovered that God reconciled us back to Himself by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And also that the first condition of our reconciliation with Him is that our salvation is by His standards and the first one that any sin can be forgiven.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.(Galatians 2:20)
The life that we live as born again children of God doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to Christ, hence it should be lived for His pleasure. Anything and everything we do with our body’s must make Him glad. The body of Christ took the punishment that was ment for our bodies, and since He died our deaths and we are living His life, He has all the right in Heaven and on earth to tell us what we should do or not do with our bodies. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.(Romans 12:1).
Also being one with Christ means that we must portray Him everywhere we go. People must see Him in you, whether in your words or actions. This is why there are certain things that are inappropriate for Christians to say or do, because those words or actions can cause someone to fall into sin. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. Let not then your good be evil spoken of:(Romans 14:15-16).
Today we live in a world filled with “I don’t care what anybody thinks” type of people, and this is not what the Bible teaches us. The Bible teaches us to love our neighbours and we shouldn’t do anything that might negatively affect the faith of anyone. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.(Matthew 22:39), Let not then your good be evil spoken of:(Romans 14:16).
It is pride and selfish that causes a person to do things and not care how it affects other people, it is better not to do something that will have a negative impact on a person’s faith in God, irrespective of whether it is good or bad. Nothing you do should hinder the love of Christ that God is using you to portray.
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.(1 Timothy 1:16).
Tomorrow God willing, we’ll look at one more condition that God has set for us. But if you are reading this and you want to receive Christ in your life or you want to return to Him, say this prayer. Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the son of God and you came to die for my sins, wash me with your precious blood. Bring me back to you, from today I’m yours, I’m born again. Amen.