DOES GOD FORGET OUR SINS?


Does God truly forget our sins? The simple answer would be “of course, God has dealt with the issue of sin, He has forgiven AND FORGOTTEN!” We appropriate this truth by believing and walking in its consciousness. Now let’s look at a detailed explanation.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” – Romans 3:23-24

The aim of Romans 3:23 isn’t to put it in our face that we are sinners but to show us that despite our sins, despite our fall from God’s glory, God has freely made us right with Himself. Not because we were able to do right but because Jesus Christ freed us from the spiritual consequences of our sins. This is how sin has lost its power! We are judged now based on what Jesus has done. Based on this, Jesus said in John 3:17-18

“God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”

Now you see that? God’s purpose in sending Jesus isn’t to judge us or tell us how bad we were but to save us through Him! We are justified by faith in the finished works of Jesus and not by any kind of efforts. The Bible clearly shows us how God has made His judgment. This is how: anyone who believes has been declared free and what exactly are we to believe? The Bible tells us in John 3:16

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

We should believe that God loves us despite all odds, that Jesus proceeds from the father and has been given as the propitiation for our sins, that what Jesus did is enough and that we are saved in Him! The Bible says “everyone who believes…” It doesn’t matter who and what he or she has done, Jesus is mighty to save! God has dealt with the issue of sin entirely, once and for all as the Bible says in Romans 6:10

“When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.”

 And Jesus said on the cross in John 19:30

“It is finished!”

God’s forgiveness and forgetfulness of our sins isn’t an indication that He is suffering memory loss but it indicates the length and breadth with which He has forgiven our sins. He chose to forget it, He chose to see us on a clean slate! He doesn’t see our past because it is gone! He sees us as new creatures who are as clean as Jesus! He sees us in Jesus! God said in Isaiah 43:25

“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.”

God didn’t just promise to deal with sin, He promised never to think about them again! He doesn’t have the record of our sins and as long as we are in Jesus, He isn’t judging us as sinners anymore. So why stay on that sin consciousness? Why keep mourning a past that doesn’t belong to us anymore? The Psalmist after seeing this vision of what God would do in the New Testament wrote in Psalms 103:12

“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”

God has removed our sins, He didn’t just forgive us, He didn’t just overlook it, He removed it entirely and we became brand new and became born of a seed that can never be corrupted by sin (1 Peter 1:23). I don’t know how this sounds to you, I don’t know if you feel very uneasy that God isn’t legalistic as you ever thought but these aren’t my own words but the gospel!

What you feel about sin and people will not change what God has done about it! Does this give people a license to sin? No, it empowers people to break free from the consciousness of sin and start walking in the deliverance God has given to them! Our belief system has a lot to do with our actions. Concerning God’s grace, the Bible says in Titus 2:11-12

“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God.”

The revelation of God’s grace is the only power that turns people from godless and sinful pleasures and the way to live in this world as Christians are to live with wisdom, righteousness and devotion to God! How? By not focusing on our past but by fixing our eyes on Jesus who authored our faith and will see it to completeness. People had been sinning before God’s grace was revealed, they needed no license to sin and therefore Grace didn’t give people license to sin, it rather showed people a way out of sin.

By believing that we need a saviour, we are also agreeing with God on His judgement on sin! We can’t say we need a saviour if we don’t want to get done with sin! Does this mean believers don’t make mistakes? Does it mean that believers are people who are perfect physically? No! As believers, the perfection of Jesus has been credited to us and anytime we do wrong the Bible assures us in Romans 8:34

“Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us.”

God justified us not because we were able to do anything right but because we have put our trust in Him and accepted Jesus! The Bible says the just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17)! Again, the Bible says in 1 John 2:1

“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the truly righteous one.”

Now, I repeat the words of my friend Don’t kill yourself with guilt; God has no record of your sin anywhere. He has forgiven you so forgive yourself and move on.” Why not walk in the light of what Jesus has done for you and never let the devil keep accusing you! Remember, the devil isn’t any better! If he reminds you of your past, remind him of his future! 

When we say God has forgiven and forgotten, we mean that God has chosen to remove your sins and see you as He sees Jesus! When Paul wrote about love, he was writing in the light of God’s love which keeps no record of wrong (1 Corinthians 13:5).

Why exactly did God saved us from sin and forgot that we ever sinned? Why did God wipe our records of sin? In Isaiah 43:25, God said He is doing this for the sake of His name! He is doing it for His pleasure and we cannot do anything to change His mind on this! He enjoys Himself by offering salvation, it is what He loves doing, it is His hobby and it has got nothing to do with how you feel God should have done it.

Blessings!

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DANCING IN THE FIRE


So they finally threw me into the burning furnace, locked the gates, leaving me there to burn. I was burning, the heat was piercing into me and I felt like I was dead already. My skin smelt delicious as it roasted but then a hand tapped me from behind, it was soft and had an aura of peace. When He touched me, the spot felt chilled!

At first, I was shocked, who would be in the fire and still feel cold? Who would be comfortable in this fire like that? But I turned and behold it was Him! His beautiful face glowed even in the fire, the purity of His white wouldn’t be corrupted by the thick black smoke of that fire. He had come to me some time ago and I knew He had amazing powers, the power to save whomever He wants to save! He saved me from the sickbed miraculously and maybe He had come to save me from the fire.


“Thanks for coming… Please get me out of this fire!” I cried!

He laughed and started dancing! I was shocked at that “what are you doing? Dancing? While I am burning?” He didn’t say anything, He kept dancing but I had to speak again or even put His guilt on His face

“Why are you so selfish? So because you can survive the fire, is that why you’re making fun of my condition? Weren’t you the one who promised that you’ll always be there for me? Why did you ever allow me into the fire in the first place?”

“But I am not just here for you, I am here with you!” He said without looking at me, He was enjoying His dance steps and then He added: “You can survive it!”


“Howwwww?” I shouted as the pain was becoming much more for me to bear coupled with watching someone dance in the fire while I was dying


“The pain you’re experiencing is not as a result of the fire, it is as a result of your mind. I didn’t promise to prevent you from being thrown into the fire neither did I promise you that I will put off the fire. I promised to be with you as we walk through it and I promised you shall not get burnt in the fire.”


“What are you saying? But am already burning and I am dying!” I cried

“You’re burning not because I lied but because your mind and fear are shaping your reality. Why not ignore the fire and focus on dancing with me?” He said and then He did a dance step that I had been trying to learn. I was excited, I had been trying to learn that dance step


“Woooh! You killed it! Teach me that step!” I pleaded. As I began to take the steps with Him, I suddenly started hearing the rhythm He was dancing to, it was amazing and out of whatever was in the world. I closed my eyes to assimilate the sound coming from the strings and percussion, then I opened them again!

I realized we had an orchestra but not the kind we see around! They could play the instruments in such a way that the vibes controlled my feet to dance. The lights were amazing and I realized we were on a stage with the spotlight on us!

We had danced and danced when I suddenly remembered I had been in the fire some hours ago. And I was shocked

“how did we get here? What happened?” I asked

“We were dancing and we should continue” He smiled. We kept dancing while we talked

“I thought we were in the fire?” I asked

“No, we’re just in the spotlight, not fire! Can’t you see it?” He replied
“I am sure we were in the fire!” I insisted

“Well, it depends on what you want to see. You saw the fire, but I saw the spotlight and a nice place to dance. Let’s keep dancing or you like the fire?”

“No” I quickly replied, “I love where we are.”

“Listen, son,” He said holding my hand as we stopped the dance “where your mind is, is where you are. Keep your focus on me and you can walk on every storm. Let your mind be on the beautiful things I have done and not on the threats of men and the challenges of this life.”

Everything went off, it seemed I was back in the fire but now my focus had changed! I went back to dancing. Right now, I love dancing in the fire as I walk through it! They had come to take my ashes and they met a man on the spotlight dancing!

~ George O.N

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IS JESUS STILL PREPARING A PLACE FOR US?


Before the death of Jesus, He made a promise to go away and prepare a place. Is that still so? Is He making many mansions ready for us? Are we entitled to a flat, semi-detached house, a room, a skyscraper or a mansion? How ready are you getting for the house? Will you be coming with your properties or will Jesus ensure each house gets furnished?

Well, I’ve got a news flash for you! Jesus isn’t preparing a place for us anymore. The place is already prepared. He isn’t building mansions as we were taught, the place He already prepared for us is Himself! Let’s do a little study:

“In My Father’s house, there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. And [to the place] where I am going, you know the way. Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.” – John 14:2-6 AMPC

Jesus, before His death said He was going away to prepare a place, it was a pre-New Testament promise because He didn’t say this after His resurrection, He never implied it again. When He said He was going away, He was talking about His death. There was a place in the Kingdom of God, that place wasn’t for the unsaved and by the salvation made available to us by the death and resurrection of Jesus that place became available for anyone who is in Christ Jesus. Look very well and notice He said: “I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also”. This greatly reveals to us the place Jesus was talking about, He was referring to Himself as the place being made ready for us because only in Him can we truly be with God. He is the place for the believer!

And Jesus further said, I am the way, the truth and the life! Now get this very clearly, Jesus being the way doesn’t mean He is the road to the place! Being the way here implies that He is the point on entrance into a brand new life and He is also that life. Being the truth implies that He is the reality of that place and being the life implies that He is the “making-alive” of any man. There is no other way to access the father because He is the father (John 14:9-10).

Note that when He said He will be back, He wasn’t talking about what we call the “Second Coming”, He was referring to His resurrection and ascension! We aren’t expecting diverse mansions in heaven, Jesus is big enough for every one us. No wonder we are seated with Him in the heavenly places. Jesus said He will take us to Himself so that we can be wherever He is. No wonder the Bible says

“And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” – Ephesians 2:6 AMPC

This is our present reality and not even about rapture! We are joined together with the Lord and we have become of one Spirit with Him! (1 Corinthians 6:17). This way, we were raised up together with Him and was made to sit down together in the heavenly realm because we are inside of Him as our dwelling place.

We are not expecting any other mansion better than Jesus! He is our home! We may not know the level and the height of the beauty of this place in Christ where we are. We will get to know this when the flesh wears off! Jesus wasn’t talking about mansions and buildings when He said he was going to make a place! He was talking about making homes for us and He is our home for in Him we have our dwelling place and in Him we find rest!

So, it no longer relevant to think that Jesus is still preparing a place for us in heaven, He isn’t building new houses neither are there any angelic contractors who had been delaying in finishing the buildings. Remember, Jesus said He is preparing a place, not places! He is that place which has been prepared by the reason of His death, burial and resurrection! The Bible says in Act 17:28

“For in him we live and move and have our being.”

The believer isn’t struggling to make heaven at last, the believer is in Christ already and the believer is currently functioning from the heavenly sphere! We have joint seating with Jesus because we are in Him already! While there are so many dwelling places in the Kingdom of God, Jesus prepared a specific place for us! This place is a place even the Angels and 24 Elders aren’t dwelling; they have their place and that’s why Jesus said there are many places. But the specific place Jesus made for us is Himself that we may dwell where He dwells! We are seated on the same very seat where Jesus seats by the virtue of us being in Him.

Isn’t this why we pray in the name of Jesus (John 14:13)? To pray in His name as I wrote many months ago is not just to have a routine of ending our prayers with “in the name of Jesus”, it means He has given us His own authority, it means He has placed us exactly on His own stead. This means to speak like Jesus! When we pray, we aren’t praying through Jesus, we are standing in the place of Jesus to talk! To pray in the name of Jesus means to stand by His own authority. And the Bible says “as He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).

With this understanding, I believe you are set for the extraordinary!

Blessings

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RECKLESS LOVE


Reckless Love

Often times I get very emotional when I reminisce about God’s love. I’d rather describe it as reckless, I would call it a reckless hunter who hunts without reserve. He isn’t hunting to kill, He is hunting to save. How would I have felt if it were my own creations running from me, how would I have reacted when I realize that the freedom of choice I gave them seemed to have been used against me? Well, I don’t think what gets me worried gets God worried and somehow I have realized He judges with fire in His eyes and this fire isn’t about destruction, it is a fire of love. I would be right to say that God is madly in love with what His own hands and words have made! He made all things, that’s right but He made man especially for the sake of His love. Of all things He made, it is only the man could enjoy the breath of God and only the man was given the privilege to enjoy God’s authority over all the earth.

It is unfortunate that man took God’s kindness for granted, rebelled against God and carelessly transferred some degree of power on earth to God’s enemy but God’s overwhelming, never-ending and reckless love couldn’t give up on the man.

Eden, oh! Beautiful Eden!

A place of God’s presence, a place where heaven touches the earth but guess what? I am sure you know. Sin drove the man out of God’s presence, the man was chasing after what was not needed, after a knowledge that doesn’t exist, a knowledge the devil proposed. What man didn’t meditate on was that he is made in God’s image. Outside God’s presence, man became hostile to his helpmeet, the man had to suffer for every single thing he ever wanted and it seemed like the end. Spiritually, the man was disconnected from his life source, the man was dead! God warned man but man couldn’t heed to that warning. It was justifiable to destroy man, death was a justifiable sentence…

But He didn’t give up on us. As much as we never deserved His attention again, He came running after us. His hunting mode became activated, we never cared, we kept running but He kept chasing after us. For thousands of years, He hasn’t stopped. Like the reckless hunter that He is, He chases us right through the thick forest, up towards the mountain, down towards the valley, right into the sea and in the underworld!

What exactly is it that we have He is looking for? Who are we that He is so mindful of us? Does it mean we have a kind of praise or worship songs the Angel couldn’t sing? Does it mean we could do it better than Lucifer? Does it mean we revere God more than the Angels and the twenty-four elders do? Not at all! But He just loves us like that, He loves our frailty like that and wants to be our strength! More than a man chases after his lover, God chases after us! To Him, every single soul counts, every single soul matters and He said: “I so much love them, even in their weakness!”

How do we measure such a love where the lover gave Himself up? How much do we measure such a love where the lover paid our entire debts of sin? Carrying our own burden to the cross even as we cursed and spat on Him, yet He uttered no word! What exactly was pushing Him? It was love, reckless love! He is running after everyone with His hands wide open to accept anyone who is willing for His embrace.

Nothing has the capacity of changing His reckless love! What can stop Him from loving man this way? Is it death, life, angels, principalities, powers or things that are yet to come? If nothing made Him love us this way, nothing can convince Him out of loving us! He lights up every darkness, climbs the pick of every mountain, tearing down every wall, kicking down every warrior and slaying every beast in His pursuit for us! He keeps coming after every man, a love that doesn’t give up! He has chased us for thousands of years and lo! and behold, He is right behind you, coming after you! What a reckless love of God!

Yes, Eden! You remember Eden? Though man left Eden, Eden came back to the man in a greater way! In the form of a human, God came to us and He was called “God with us” but He went beyond being with us and made us a place of dwelling! His Spirit is resting and abiding with us! Now, the beautiful Eden (God’s presence) is with us! Only reckless love can do this…

Aren’t you ready for this? How long will you keep running? Can’t you turn around and embrace this awesome lover? He who left His throne and came down as a man in pursuit of you, is this not enough? Whether you feel like it or not, whether you like it or not, whether you say yes or no, He is right behind you, coming after you!

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CHURCH GROWTH IS WARFARE


“Church growth is warfare.” – David Abioye

I heard Bishop David Abioye make the above comment at the just concluded international ministers’ conference 2019 and it stirred something in me. What exactly is this warfare about? Is it just about prayers? Is it just about engaging in a fight against forces of darkness that cause people not to desire to be in fellowship? For me, it is something beyond that! It is something beyond wanting people to come to Church meetings and start going out! Jesus didn’t ask us to “call them and win them” He rather asked us to go! How do we go? Where do we go? This is what the fight is all about.

When we preach the gospel, show Jesus via our love walk and win souls, we are fighting! We are marching in our battalions with a weapon of love, a weapon that can’t be marched with anger, hatred, bitterness, ignorance and any kind of weapon that has been fashioned and will ever be fashioned.

We are fighting from the place of victory and we are the offenders and not the defenders! The Church is on a march, pulling down gates and walls and then bidding the un-churched, the rejected, the hopeless, the unworthy and ‘whosoever’ to come! We make the step first, we go out to them, reach out to them and ask them to follow! We don’t just sit in our cosy buildings and announce “well, the door is open. Come check us out!”

“The Church is on a march, pulling down gates and walls and then bidding the un-churched, the rejected, the hopeless, the unworthy and ‘whosoever’ to come!”

They are coming to the life source itself, they are coming to be plugged into the source and become dispensers of life and light! They aren’t just coming to live, they aren’t just coming to have a drink or eat the bread! They become a fountain of overflowing living waters through whom others will drink and have life. Therefore, we must show Jesus in words and in deeds because we are in warfare!

You don’t finish your harvest and leave the farm produce at the farm! You take your yam to the barn, you take your grain to where it will be safe and in the same way, after reaching out to souls out there, you bring them to a place of nurturing and growth! This is the purpose that our Church gatherings serve. We don’t leave our harvest in the open, we take them in, train them and make them ready to be enlisted as senior officers of our armed forces who can stand in the war front!

“You don’t finish your harvest and leave the farm produce at the farm!”

With love, we are running a cheap but effective model of advertisement and we are showing the world what exactly is obtainable in Christ. The vulnerable should come to fellowships and feel a love that protects, the uncultured should come to fellowships and see a love that changes people patiently from the inside out! The hungry should come to church and see a love that feeds him or her to the full! The Church should be popular for love!

Love is a peaceful weapon of war with which we pull down strongholds. Our campaign is that of love, our expression is love and our resources for growth is love! You think it is the night clubs, the awesome technicalities of secularism, the ease of life and permissibility of excesses that keeps people in the world? No, it is simply the degree to which they haven’t experienced this love that keeps them away from ever wanting to be in fellowship! This isn’t about growing a name, a denomination, loyalists to man or achieving fame with numbers. It is about pursuing an increase, an increase which is the crowing of our willingness to walk the walk of Christ, it is about the body of Christ in the generic sense and it is about raising people who are loyal to Christ.

“You think it is the night clubs, the awesome technicalities of secularism, the ease of life and permissibility of excesses that keeps people in the world? No, it is simply the degree to which they haven’t experienced this love that keeps them away from ever wanting to be in fellowship!”

How to fight more is to love more! How to be a fierce fighter is to be a fierce lover. How to be an unapologetic fighter is to be unapologetic about our stand in God’s love. You see them in their worst? Say to them “there is a better place for you, a place of rest and freedom. That place is Christ!” This is how to fight! Church growth is warfare.

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WHO IS YOUR MASTER? | Alive! Daily Devotional


WHO IS YOUR MASTER? | Alive! Daily Devotional

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” – Matthew 6:24

Is it possible to be working for two persons? Is it possible to be employed by two different firms? Maybe, it is possible especially if you are working part-time for each of them. This means you may devote some hours working for Firm X and devote another three hours working for Firm Y. What if it happens that Firm Y needed you urgently at that time you were supposed to work for Firm X? There will be a clash of interest. Some things are very important but there are also things more important than them. You can’t be ruled by two presidents at the same time, you can’t be typing with your fingers on two different computers at the same time. You must choose your priority. Get this:

1. Your love is expressed by your commitment

2. You can’t be devoted to two masters at the same time

3. You can only have one Lord

Many times the devil isn’t the person competing with God when it comes to our hearts, it is usually our physical and emotional needs. Sometimes, it is a friendship that is keeping us away from getting committed to God, sometimes it is our pride or even the need for societal acceptance. In the above passage, Jesus used money because that is what many people are lost for but for you it could be tradition, it could be money still, it could be just anything that is taking up all your affection but if you truly love God, you must be willing to give it up, to give up your pride, your fleshy desires and live for God.

POINT TO NOTE

It is not wrong to make money and desire certain things but you should never let it steal your commitment to living for God, it should never dominate all your time. One ultimate way to serve and live for God is to love others even as we share with them the good news of the gospel. We shouldn’t let our social class, friends and other things deny us that privilege of humbling ourselves and truly living as Jesus did. He went about doing good and associating Himself with the common men even when He would have lived like a King if He wanted. You are entirely a free man! But you are not free to yourself, you are actually free from yourself so that Christ can use you the way He wants to. Let your commitment be to your master alone!

AFFIRMATION

“My commitment is to God and the body of Christ. My service to God is reflected by my service to the people of God. May the consciousness always be in me. Hallelujah!”

PRAYER

Precious Lord, I live for you alone. May my commitment to you be evident even as I go about my normal life. May nothing be normal about my normal life. Amen

Alive! Daily Devotional is a new project on George’s Diary. Stay inspired and enhanced every day with reflections, points to note, affirmations and prayers strongly rooted in God’s word. It’s simple, straight to the point and inspiring! There are peace and comfort readily available in God’s word for you!
~ George O.N

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DARKEXIT | Mystery of the sons of God!


DARKEXIT | Mystery of the sons of God!

I was inspired to write on this by Favourwealth Onumba, I read her Facebook status which says “When God sees us today, He sees Jesus. That’s reassuring. “ And it seemed like I got a push to write on it, it came like a floodlight and I couldn’t resist it or do anything else but just lay hands on my keyboard and start writing. It is long but it is revealing!

One of the most amazing unravelled mystery about believers in Christ Jesus isn’t just that we are in good standing with God, it is not that we have been declared the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and it is not that we have been saved from darkness into God’s marvellous light, all of those are awesome and they are tangible truths about the believer in Christ Jesus. But one of the truths I consider more amazing is that it is no longer about you but about Jesus. God isn’t seeing us anymore, He is seeing Jesus. He looks at you and He is looking at His only begotten Son, Jesus. The death and resurrection of Jesus only multiplied Jesus.

Staring at this amazing truth in the face, Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” We may not have been there when Christ was crucified on the cross, but Christ was crucified on our behalf, He chose to carry our burden that we may live His life. This is why Paul said, “I no longer live but it is Christ who lives in me.” Do you understand this? Let’s look at the next phrase in that same verse, He said: “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” We may not grasp the truth here if we rush this verse, so we will look at it slowly again and am sure you’d be excited about the truth revealed herein.

“The death and resurrection of Jesus only multiplied Jesus.”

First of all, Paul identifies the beginning of his new nature and he starts with “I have been crucified with Christ…” He may not have been there when Christ was crucified, he was not among the two robbers that were crucified alongside Jesus but he was bold to say “I have been crucified with Christ”, not beside or behind Christ but with Christ! This is because Christ was crucified on his (our) behalf. In the spiritual sense of it, we were with Christ on that cross because Christ carried our sin problem to the cross! And then Paul went on to say tell us what been crucified with Christ had resulted to and he wrote: “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” In Romans 6:7 the Bible says because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” Because we died, our sins were dead and buried with Christ. This is a spiritual truth and may not make so much sense when we look at it from the perspective of logic. The moment Christ died, God considered us dead because the judgment of God on sin which says The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:20) was met. The sin issue was settled.

In the resurrection of Christ, we resurrected with Him not as the old man that was stained in sin but as new creatures. These things didn’t happen physically, it happened in a spiritual sense, it is what Christ achieved by dying in our stead. It is for this reason that Paul said: “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Because Christ died our death, we are now living His life, we are now all parts of Him and He remains the head of the body. Because these things happened in the Spiritual sense, Paul wrote further “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ” This means, as we live in the physical, we should live by faith in Christ who has made our new life possible by giving his own life for us.

“In the spiritual sense of it, we were with Christ on that cross because Christ carried our sin problem to the cross!”

To live by faith in the Son of God means to live in agreement with what God has done concerning us. The Bible says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” You see that? Whosoever believes shall not perish but have eternal life. To believe means to live by faith in the son of God, that is to live in agreement with God. This is why the Bible says in John 1:12 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Now watch this very closely, those who receive Him are those who believed in His name and it is to them He has given the power to become Children of God. Power here means right. We received the right to become God’s children the moment we accepted Jesus. Jesus was the only begotten son of God but by the reason of what Jesus did, we became adopted in His name. 

Christ is the only means through which God would bring us to Himself. The Bible says “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” It is God’s plan that we are united to Him through Jesus and just as the Bible reports that God is pleased with Jesus, He is now pleased with us. This is because God isn’t seeing us anymore but Jesus. When God looks at us, He sees nothing but His dear son Jesus. If Christ now lives through me, it means the day I died with Christ was my end and my fresh new start began in Jesus and as Jesus. 

“We received the right to become God’s children the moment we accepted Jesus.”

Before the death of Jesus, He said in John 14:2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” Many people understand this to be that Jesus is going to heaven to build houses for us but that is not what Jesus was saying. Let’s take a constructive look at that statement again. Jesus didn’t say “I am going there to prepare places for you…” He was talking to more than one person but He promised He was going to prepare a place. What is that place? We find the answer in the next verse which says And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” Jesus wasn’t talking about estates, it is something greater than that. He said, “…and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” Wherever Jesus is, is the place He has prepared for us but it gets more interesting in the proceeding verse when He said: “You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas asked “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” and Jesus gave an answer that has changed the entire world today. He said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” It gets clearer here! Jesus said He is the way to this place He talked about but we also discover that the place He talked about is “the Father!” Amazingly, Jesus is one with the father and Jesus is the final destination of every believer! In Him, we find ourselves in God.

No wonder, the Bible says in the Epistle, Ephesians 2:6 “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” We may not have experienced this in a physical sense, but it is true spiritually and we live in the physical by faith in the son of God. Take a look at that! When Christ was being raised up to heaven, we were being raised with Him. When Christ got seated with God in the heavenly realm, we got seated with God. When Jesus said to Mary Magdalene “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” He was simply saying “my Father has become your Father because you have become me.” The presence of Jesus in the heavenly realm has got us all covered. God isn’t seeing us and our weaknesses again, this will sound absurd to the legalistic mind but God is seeing Jesus and Jesus alone. This is why we have become the body of Christ while Jesus is the head of the body. When God wants to look at us, He looks at Jesus and when we want to look at God, we look at Jesus.

“Amazingly, Jesus is one with the father and Jesus is the final destination of every believer! In Him, we find ourselves in God.”

Christ is man, Christ is God and Christ is the union of divinity and humanity, the new creatures in Christ Jesus is the replica of Christ and no wonder the people at Antioch looked at the disciples of Jesus and said: “these men are a replica of Christ!” (Act 11:26). Does this mean God got blind when we got saved? Does this mean God forgot we were ever us? Perhaps God forgot I am George? No, God has simply chosen to see us on the basis of what Christ has done, His acceptance is on the basis of Christ’s qualification. Whatever is Christ’s has become ours too! God treats us just the same way He would treat Christ. The Bible says in Romans 8:17 “Now if we are his children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” The Bible says we are co-heirs with Christ which indicates that we share an equal inheritance with Christ. Some translation calls it “joint-heirs” and it rings a bell! We have a joint account with Christ and everything that belongs to Christ belongs to us. This is how God wants it, this is what God has ordained and decided even before the foundations of this world. And Paul wrote something amazing here saying “if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” There are truths that get me crying and asking God “who am I that you are mindful of me?” This is one of that truth! The suffering of Christ on the cross has also been credited to us and just as we believe that we died with Christ, we ought to also believe that we share in His glory!

“We have a joint account with Christ and everything that belongs to Christ belongs to us. This is how God wants it…”

When Jesus saw the glory ahead of Him that made Him journey to that cross, He wasn’t being fascinated by it for Himself, He was seeing us being united with our father in heaven, He was seeing the big family of God extending to the ends of the earth! This is what the Bible says concerning us in Galatians 4:7 “So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, you are also an heir through God.” We are now sons of God, we are now called by the name of God and we can pride in the love of the father knowing that we’ve got no further deal with darkness, no deal with ancestral curses, no deal with hell, no deal with the old things. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” In Christ we have become new creatures, the old things are passed away. It was a no deal darkexit! We left darkness without any deal, without any further agreement and our allegiance changed forever! The new life in Christ is here and that is the level at which we operate at the moment. The next verse says “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” The only way God would reconcile us to Himself is in Christ, God is pleased with us and He sees us in Christ alone. This is why we are continuing in the order of Christ, to reconcile men with God.

“It was a no deal darkexit! We left darkness without any deal, without any further agreement and our allegiance changed forever!”

Do you see that now? Christ took our place that we might take His place. This is the glory of anyone who believes in Him, you have been crucified with Christ and now He lives through you and when God wants to look at you He looks at Christ. As we begin to round off on this article, you need to know this truth for yourself. The Bible says in Colossians 3:3 “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” The word “hidden” is gotten from the Greek word “κέκρυπται” which means “to conceal or keep secret” and this explains that our life has been concealed in Christ. God’s love has been made perfect in us, the perfection of this love is manifested in a way that we have become just like God in Christ Jesus. The Bible says 1 John 4:17 “This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world, we are like Jesus.” Are you still sceptical about your salvation? Are you still scared about certain things you are struggling within the flesh? Your body may not seem like it but you are just like God and the day Christ will appear, you will appear with Him because you are His body! (1 John 3:2)

You owe darkness nothing, this is why you should not continue in the deeds of the flesh because it doesn’t portray who you have become. You are just like Jesus! Hallelujah!

“Your body may not seem like it but you are just like God and the day Christ will appear, you will appear with Him because you are His body!”

~ George O.N

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