Jesus Saves

I lived about ten years knowing only a half Jesus. I understood Jesus died for me, but I didn’t realize he lived for me too. He not only died a death I should have died, but lived a life I could never live. The same is true for you.

Your sin required judgement. But Christ died for you. A perfect God demands a perfect life. But Christ lived for you. This is the fabulous truth of double imputation.

But it doesn’t end there. You are united with Christ in such a way that your life is placed inside Jesus. You are hidden, so to speak, in Christ. This means you are alive to God (Rom 6:11), there is no condemnation over you (Rom 8:1), you are freed by the law of the Spirit of life (Rom 8:2), you can’t be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:39), you are part of the body of Christ (Rom 12:5), you can boast in your work for God (Rom 15:17), you are wise (1Cor 4:10), you are being led in triumphal procession (2Cor 2:14), the mask is removed from our face (2Cor 3:14), everything is new (2Cor 5:17), you are a child of God (Gal 3:26), your race, status, and gender doesn’t matter (Gal 3:28), you are faithful (Eph 1:1), you have every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3), God’s pleasure is on you (Eph 1:9), you are an heir of God (Eph 1:11), you have been brought near to God (Eph 2:13), “in Christ all the fullness of the Diety lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ” (Col 2:9-10), your heart and mind is guarded (Phil 4:7), and you have been called to eternal glory (1 Pet 5:10).

But it doesn’t end there, because that is only half of union with Christ. Not only are you in Christ, but Christ is in you. Col 1:27 says, “Christ in you is the hope of glory.” What does it mean that Christ is in you? A few verses before that (1:19) it says, “God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him.” You have all the fullness of God. Gal 2:20 says, “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” You have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16). You have the love of Jesus (2Cor 5:14). You have the authority of Jesus. You have the word of Christ (Rom 10:17; Col 3:16) You have the blessing of Christ (Rom 15:29). You have the testimony of Christ (1Cor 1:6). You have the aroma of Christ (2 Cor 2:15). You have the truth of Christ (2 Cor 11:10). You have the power of Christ (2 Cor 12:9). You have the compassion of Christ (Phil 1:8), You have the peace of Christ (Col 3:15). You have the steadfastness of Christ (2Th 3:5).

This is God’s favor. These are God’s riches at Christ’s expense. Do you trust this is true for you? Speak these truths to yourself everyday and allow them to shape who you are in Christ.

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