Christianity is the manifestation of the presence of Christ in the believer. It is God’s desire to show forth Himself in Christ and express His being in this earthly realm through those He purchased by the precious blood of Jesus. Christianity is not a religious system, but the life of God in humanity.
DEVOTION: Erasmus Makarimayi
The Bible story climaxes in God adopting a family as the Father and born again believers as sons and daughters who are to show forth His glory. As His principles take root in us, we exude His abiding presence as fruit and not works. It is an outward expression of the inner being.
For us to understand our subject for today more clearly we need to appreciate that salvation translates us from existence to life. Before being born again, we are simply present in the earth realm. It is only salvation that brings us from death to life. We have extensively covered this subject in this column. However, suffice to say are the words of
Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:1,4-5. He says, (New King James): “1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved,” By His love and mercy we are alive.
The knowledge of the truth helps us to tune in and subscribe to the manifestation and expression of divine life. When we know the truth we voluntarily give God the space to outflow from us.
God has made us alive and it takes our freewill to accept the life. If I were your guest and you give me an ensuite bedroom with bed, I can choose to sleep on the floor and bath in the common quarters. It takes knowledge and choice.
The whole essence of God is freedom. He offers us the correct platform which we can choose to participate on.
Salvation is open to all and it is a personal decision to accept. Remember Jesus says in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Please note that He says whosoever. What an open invitation!
Apostle Paul reveals to us in Philippians 1:21: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” MacLaren’s Exposition explains: “Life is to be as Christ, for Christ, by, in, and from Christ. So shall there be strength, peace, and freedom in our days.”
When this principle settles in us then we will give room to all that Christ wants to do for us, in us, through us and by us. His glory, splendour, majesty, excellence and virtue will pour out of us. The dominion and authority of His Kingdom will take over in our families, professional life, business and every facet of our being. We shape and influence the world because the Creator is in us.
Jesus says in Luke 17:21: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Dear believer, you carry the power. Jesus assures us in Matthew 28:18: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” We are not afraid. He concluded in Matthew 28:20b: “and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Please be comforted; be at peace.
The finished or accomplished works of Jesus give us what God has done in Christ Jesus. We discover and partake. It is within our power to receive and deny the grace. We were healed and we can opt not to enforce it.
By the time we are born again we would have gathered knowledge from many sources that may not necessarily agree with divine wisdom. We, therefore, surrender our hearts and minds to God’s knowledge. Romans 12:2 teaches us: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Whatever we have learnt at school or by tradition should not override divine knowledge. We accept transformation and renewing of the mind in order to experience the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you through knowledge. You’re going somewhere.
All Bible quotations are from the King James Version unless otherwise stated.
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