Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Important Message!

God said that before He saved us we were powerless, ungodly, sinners and enemies of God. Ouch!!! Rom 5:6-10 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

Now we are a new creation, born again, the old has gone and the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

we are chosen by God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved

Our position in Christ is as firm as Gods word says it is Hebrews11:14 Perfect forever. 

It gets better too. He loves us with the SAME love He loves His beloved Son Jesus with. John 17:21-23 (Jesus prayer for all believers) Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Wow!!! 

Romans 8:31-35, 37, 38. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all— how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died— more than that, who was raised to life— is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

God wants us to get revelation of our position in Christ before we ‘Go’ anywhere or ‘Do’ anything. 

This is the empowering message of Grace. It is not about striving. It is about receiving. As we come under the spirit of wisdom and revelation, and ‘get’ that we have ‘already got’, we can experience unbroken fellowship and intimacy with God and the manifestation of Gods presence in our lives that will draw us deeper and deeper into the infinitude of Gods Love, Grace and Power. Heb 11: 19-25 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 

(these are notes I found from City Church International's website, from a foundational Grace message,"Our position in Christ", Adam Howell)

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