Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

We are Created in Christ Jesus

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

There are two creations:  the natural creation, and the spiritual creation.

We were created in Adam;  naturally he was the father of  all people.

We were created in Christ Jesus;  spiritually,  when we were born again.

1 Corinthians 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus,  who of God is made unto us wisdom,  and  righteousness,  and sanctification,  and  redemption:”

This shows what we have as a New Creation in Christ Jesus. 

First there is Wisdom:

       Wisdom is that sudden light from above which illuminates our lives.  

We were afraid: wisdom came, and suddenly the thing we were afraid of,  is seen against the background of God.

We were without understanding:  wisdom came, and suddenly the “muddle of our minds” disappears, and we know.

And with the knowledge, that wisdom gives power to do.

Second, there is Righteousness:  

        There is the imputed righteousness of Christ which is given to us.  But this righteousness spoken of here, is the righteous acts of obedience which we do for His sake.

When we see what He wants  us to do,  and realize that with that wisdom is power, then,  we will with Him to do those acts of obedience to please Him.

Third, there is Sanctification: 

         Sanctification is the setting yourself aside for sacred use.  To be used by God, for His glory and honor.

This sanctification is as we are in Christ Jesus:

It is by our Heavenly Father that we are sanctified.

Jude 1:  “Jude the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”

It is by the Lord Jesus Christ that we are sanctified.

1 Corinthians 1:2 ” Unto the church of God which is at Corinth,  to them who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,  both theirs and ours:”

It is by the Holy Spirit we are sanctified.

1 Peter 1:2 “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,   through sanctification of the Spirit,   unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ :  grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”

Fourth,  there is  Redemption.

         Redemption is two-fold.  The ransom for our lives was paid in full by Jesus Christ. We are saved from the guilt of sin. 

 And by it we are given deliverance from our old life.

Or, simply put, it is the power  to be saved from our sin, and self-will.

Now all these things we have in Christ Jesus.  If we will,  we can have all in abundant measure. 

He is willing to give us just what we need.    But that is like feeding us with bread and water;  it will keep us alive, but not healthy.

But He will give abundant life:  pressed down and running over with His life in your life,  if you will to go on with Him.

John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill,  and to destroy:   I am come that they might have life,  and that they might have it more abundantly.”

It is “might have”,  for Jesus Christ bids us to will with His will for us, and receive all the glorious promises He has for us.

As we go along with the Lord in our walk,  our life in Him becomes stronger,  and more to His honor, and praise.

1 Corinthians 1:31 “That, according as it is written,  He that glorieth,  let him glory in the Lord.”

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