Here is part 2 of “Life with Jesus…What Does that Look Like?” Last week we really set the ground work for the next several blog entries on what a life with Jesus really looks like. I want to say up front that this is not going to be an exhaustive study. We are going to hit the the high points. I know that we could spend a lot of time on each of these points but what would be the fun if I did all the work for you? My prayer is that this will drive you into the Word of God (Jesus – John 1). We finished last week with the statement that, “We must live like Christ”. I know that many of you are going to say that we can’t live like Him, He was was the Son of God and we are not. You are right and I am not saying that we are. Listen to what Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “And I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. 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.” I believe that because Christ lives in us, His power also is in us, that is why we strive to “live a Life worthy of the Gospel of Christ. (Philippians 1:37)”. Jesus talked many times in the New Testament about how we have seen God because we have see Him (Jesus). I believe that when people look at us they should see a reflection of Christ in our words, actions and responses to situation and life itself. So, I am going to list some scripture for us to look up and see what this life looks like. Just a short note, the scriptures that you will read are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).
#1. Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said: Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You, for You gave Him authority over all flesh; so He may give eternal life to all You have given Him. This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent–Jesus Christ. I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed. I have revealed Your name to the men You gave Me from the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. (John 17:1-6)
- Our life is eternal
- Eternal life is the knowledge of God (So, if life is eternal and eternal life in knowing God then our life should be all about developing a deep intimate relationship with God).
- Jesus glorified God by completing His work; in the same way we glorify Christ by fulfilling our purpose – developing intimate relationships between God and man (last weeks blog)
- We belong to Christ.
- Note: Please take the time to read more of this passage. You will see greater detail in the power, authority and grace Christ has given us.
#2. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man’s trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the gift overflowed to the many by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ. And the gift is not like the one man’s sin, because from one sin came the judgment, resulting in condemnation, but from many trespasses came the gift, resulting in justification. Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone. For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- We have Grace and Righteousness
- Through Adam’s sin, we struggle in sin
- We have been justified, thanks to the Gift of Christ – His life!
- But Because of Christ then we have been given grace and righteousness that results in us knowing God through Christ.
#3. Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)
- We have Freedom
- Through Jesus we have been given freedom.
- Through the Holy Spirit we have been given the ability to walk in this life like Christ. Notice I said the ability, God has also given us freewill and we must choose Him.
#4. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living. (Romans 14:7-9)
- We must live a life under authority.
- This is something that in the last years people have had a hard time with. We want control, power and our own way. As a true disciple of Christ we learn to understand words like authority and submission. We find that these words are glorious and we learn to find peace in them. When man is left to his own authority it always ends up a mess! History is our proof. The more we take control the more we make things worse.
- We also need to think about the control that God has. Many of us will give Him the control over the good stuff but we really don’t want to see God’s hand in the negative. I am not saying that God makes this stuff happen. I just mean that He makes the best out of the worst. If we are struggling in this area then we really need to ask ourselves do we trust Him? We will talk more about this in the last few scriptures in a couple of posts.
#5. So Jesus said again, “I assure you: I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:7-11)
- Life in Abundance.
- We have a Shepherd
- Jesus is our shepherd (We are under His authority). He is watching out for us, He is protecting us and He laid down His life for us.
- Our life is full of positives and negatives and if we trust God in all these then we have a chance for growth, peace and joy. Yes, even in the negatives! I believe that is when we do most of our changing for the better or when our spiritual growth happens. And this is where we need to practice contentment in our life. Instead of saying things like, “why me?”, we learn to say, “why not me?”. Isn’t God in control?
Well, I am going to end here and I will continue this next post in a couple of days. I want to end with another scripture that I believe is a key for us in this study. It is found in Galatians 2.
But if, while seeking to be justified by Christ, we ourselves are also found to be sinners, is Christ then a promoter of sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild those things that I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker. For through the law I have died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. 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. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing. (Galatians 2:17-21)
I pray that you are beginning to see what this life looks like. For some of us this may seem basic and that there is nothing new here. For you, I pray that this will be a reminder of what Jesus has done for you, but I also pray that you will be teachable and willing to dig deeper and become even more intimate with your heavenly Father. But I know that there are many (even in the church) who have never looked at what life in Christ really looks like. It is Christ living in us and if He is, then many of us have a lot of work to do. I pray this becomes a catalyst for growth in your life. Be back in a couple of days!
In His Grip,