Galatians 1:15-16 — “But when it was the good pleasure of God, who separated me, [even] from my mother’s womb, and called me through his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles; straightway I conferred not with flesh and blood…”
It was in the year 2009 that this word was spoken over my life and yet the revealing of this word and the understanding of my calling in Christ experientially came in 2012. Much depth followed from December 2016. Since then it has been a journey to discover what the Gospel means to a believer and a disciple in Christ. This is what I am called to teach and proclaim.
The revelation of the Son of God comes “to” many but not “in” many. Our Father desires that His Son is revealed in us and the major reason we need His Son revealed in us is so that we can die to ourselves and live through His faith. This is what it means to “die daily”.
I’m deeply grateful to the Spirit of God to open my eyes to see that we died when Christ died. This is a truth that we must not only know but experience it. Jesus said in Matthew 11:29-30,
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
He meant that His “yoke” is His cross. It is His cross that we need to recognize. This is the centrality of the good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
DEAD OR ALIVE
Colossians 3:3 — For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
To be new wineskins in the kingdom of God, we must understand that we died. We died to Adam, his nature, and the rituals and ceremonies of the old covenant. We died to satan and his kingdom of darkness. We died to religion and every spirit that is empowered through it. We died to the lusts of the world and the pride of life. We died to exaltations of self – and we died to a self-centered life and a self-centered gospel. We died to the law and sin.
Romans 6:7-8 — (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.) Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
FREE FROM SIN
Because we died with Christ, we have been made free from sin. The Son makes us free from sin and its power to hold us captive. The Son makes us free from death which came as a result of sin. But, Paul does not stop there. He continues to stress the fact that we must believe that we will also live with him. Yes, we live now in Him and we will live with Him. Both these statements are true in themselves.
Romans 7:4 — So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you could be joined to another, to the one who was raised from the dead, to bear fruit to God.
We died to the law through the body of Christ. The law was given to reveal sin in us. However, the moment we died with Christ and He rose from the dead, we are raised in oneness with Him and are joined to Him. In the natural realm, when the husband and wife come together in union, the result is an offspring. The spiritual is the substance of the natural.
The reason we are joined to the risen Lord is to bear fruit and that fruit is Christ. It is impossible to be joined to Him and not bear fruit. We must discern to whom we are joined because it may so happen that you may join yourself to another Jesus and keep hearing another gospel and be filled with another spirit.
In the next part, we will look at what the Cross means to a Christian and how it affects our lives? Stay tuned.