You Don’t Have to Wait for This

If you follow this blog regularly, you will remember that my Bible study group has been discussing our union with Christ. Because we are united with Him, there are certain things we do not have to wait for. For example:

*We have already been reconciled with God and can live in the knowledge that we are His beloved children

*Our sins — past, present and future– are already forgiven

*We are no longer slaves to sin — although we may still sin, it cannot dominate our lives

*We have been indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who intercedes for us in prayer and empowers us to serve God

*We are assured of an eternal life with God

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe these blessings are already ours. We do not naturally think this way. We need to develop a different mindset, truly accepting that we are new creations. We have a new family; we live in a new kingdom; we have a new destiny. As Luther said, “this is most certainly true.”

” So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

For more about our blessings see:

Mountaintop Blessings

Blessings in Disguise

Problems or Blessings #2

A New Suit of Clothes

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away;  behold the new has come.” 1 Corinthians 5:17

According to Saint Paul, belief in Christ changes us. In a number of places, the Bible speaks of this change in terms of how we are clothed.  Before Christ’s atonement, even our righteous deeds are described by the prophet Isaiah as “a polluted garment”(Isaiah 64:6).  However, in Christ we are, “… clothed … with the garments of salvation;  … covered … with the robe of righteousness.”(Isaiah 61:10).  We actually “put on Christ”(Romans 13:14)  and stand before God in His suit, not ours.

In addition, our faith in Christ protects us with “the armor of God” which enables us to stand firm in the face of temptation.  You can read about it in Ephesians Chapter 6 verses 14-17.

“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.  In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish the flaming darts of the evil one;  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God …”

It’s been said that clothes make the man (or woman).  God has changed you by giving you a whole new wardrobe.  You’re saved;  you’re justified; you’re protected. People will see you in a new way.. Wear that suit as if it makes a difference.