Thoughts to live by - Chapter 1
Christ is the believer’s life
1 John 5:11, 12 “And this is the testimony that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
If you have been born of God by His incorruptible seed, it will be Christ vibrantly alive at your work place because the life you now live is Christ. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I, who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith (pistis Gk-faithfulness) of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me” Gal 2:20
As you gain consciousness of the reality of Christ in you, you will start expressing Him in a spontaneous manner, and will be amazed with what He is capable of doing.
“In this the love of God was manifested towards us, that God sent His only begotten son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 1John 4:9
“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.” 1Cor 8:6
Although Christ is the believer’s only life, multitudes of born again children of God still do not know it, and live in a state of separation from Him in their soul. To be blunt, if the believer has never gone to Calvary to see his death in Christ, he will struggle to understand the new life of Christ in him “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus; that if one died for all, then all died. And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2Cor 5:16, 17
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul explains it beautifully by saying that for him to experience the power of Christ’s resurrected life he must first identify himself to Christ’s death. “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Phil 3:10, 11
Further, to the Galatians Paul writes: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I, who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith (pistis Gk-faithfulness) of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Gal 2:20
Many preachers argue that Christ is “the life,” but not our life! However, in Col 3:3, 4 we read that in fact, He is the believer’s life: “For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
In Christ our all.†