apostle Paul wrote that: “Christ liveth in me” (Gal 2:20). Christ lives in us
as well (Rom 8:10), and we are in him (Rom 8:1). Jesus is the vine and we are
branches of that vine (John 15:5). We have been grafted in to the vine. Spiritually
this means that we are in Christ. As the life of the vine flows out to its
branches, so the life of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, lives in us and flows from us.
the book of Colossians, we are told that our heavenly Father has: “delivered us
from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear
son” (Col 1:13; KJV). This is God’s spiritual kingdom of light; we are
connected to Jesus and live in his sphere of influence.
was defeated through Christ’s victory at the cross and he (satan) was stripped
of all power and authority in our lives as Christians (Col 2:15).
Christ, God sees us as righteous (1 Cor 1:30), his sons and daughters (Gal
3:26), and: “more than conquerors” (Rom 8:37; KJV). “I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13; KJV).
is who we are but we need to walk in it. This requires that we study the word
and find out who we are in Christ; build up our faith so we can stand up to
satan when he comes to question our new life in Christ. Satan is defeated but
he will try to question your relationship with God using people and by sending
you negative thoughts. You must be convinced of who you are so you can stand
firm in your victory in Jesus.
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In Matthew 10:25 (KJV), Jesus told his disciples that:
"it is enough for the disciple to be as his master". And who is the master?
Jesus, of course, so that is our aim, to be like him.
The apostle Paul said in Gal 4:19 (KJV): "I travail
in birth again until Christ be formed in you". The Greek word for
"formed" means an inward change or transformation to take on the
nature and character of Christ. Paul also admonished the Corinthian Christians (1
Cor 11:1; KJV), to: "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of
Christ". In 1 John 4:17 we are told that we are to walk in the world
around us just as Jesus would have done. In addition, in Ephesians 5:1, we are
simply taught to follow and imitate God.
The question is how do we do this? We get a clue in 2
Cor 3:18 (KJV). “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory
of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by
the Spirit of the Lord”. The glass or mirror is the word of God. The Holy Spirit
uncovers the word to us (John 16:13) bringing revelation or understanding. As
we see and understand the character and nature of Jesus, the Holy Spirit can
work in us to change us to be more like (him) Jesus. As we see by faith how God
wants to change us and all he wants us to be and do, then that allows the Holy
Spirit to bring these things to pass in our lives. We may not be aware of it but our light will
shine more brightly (Prov 4:18) the more time we spend in God’s presence. We
grow to imitate the teacher.
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new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another” (John 13:34; KJV). It doesn’t get any stronger
than that; we are commanded to love one another and not only love but to love
as Christ loves us. The apostle James taught us that: “If ye really fulfill the
royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,
ye do well” (James 2:8; KJV). Loving our neighbor is a royal law, a cardinal
command. This love of God is an unconditional love.
we received the love nature of God when we were born again (Rom 5:5) walking in
unconditional love does not come naturally to us. This means that we must
develop or grow this love nature that we have; we need to be intentional about
love and make decisions to put love into practice. Time spent with God who is
love (1 John 4:8) and reading, studying and meditating on love scriptures will
help us to do that.
after Jesus gave the command to love, in the gospel according to the apostle
John, he also said that it was in this love for our neighbor that others would recognize
us as Christians (John 13:34-35).
we put love into practice then we will draw others to Christ. If the church
universal started truly acting in love there would be a mighty revival. Love is
a powerful force and in 1 Corinthians 13:2 we are told that without it we are
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