Note to Self – Today’s Resurrection Life

Note to self:
Trust God for today’s resurrection life. My Father in heaven is a God who makes promises and fulfills them. He demonstrated His power for life by raising Christ from the grave. He gave me that promise of forever-life and proved that He is able to fulfill that promise. My hope is a sure thing – a done deal.
I live in a new heavenly age that belongs to God – one that is superimposed over and on top of an evil age – one that is coming, and already is.
I live out my resurrected-forever-life *now* – today. I live it now, by faith, trusting Him to do the living in me.
My life – looks like His life, because it is His life – full of selfless love, mercy, compassion, kindness, gentleness, self-control, purity and holiness.
His Life – my Life – gives glory to the Father… it displays His splendor, for it belongs to Him. It comes from Him in power and goes back to Him in glory.
My life – His Life – is housed in a weak container – but hey, my Life is about Jesus and His power, not about me and my own power …
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“I have been crucified with Christ; and 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 faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. — Galatians 2:20
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For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. — 2 Cor 4:11
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For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, — Romans 8:6
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If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. — Romans 8:10

Hurry Up and Stop!

I love this play on words in Hebrews 4:11, where it says, “be diligent to enter that rest”.

The word for ‘diligent’ means ‘hurry, hasten’.
The word for ‘rest’ is ‘to stop’.

So in effect it says,

“hurry up and stop”.

THIS IS MY KIND OF HUMOR. 

In context the writer is saying, since there’s some scary stuff under the old covenant, God wants works-based people to hurry up and stop working for their righteousness with God. Trust in the finished work of Jesus!
And this ain’t no “baby-steps-to-Jesus-I-took-30-years-ago”…

This is present day, moment by moment, right-now dependence on Christ for our access to the Father.

Quickbits – (not) Pursuing God

Zeal is defined, “great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective“.

But according to the Apostle Paul, trying to follow God and/or being a good person is not what spiritual life is about.
Knowing the righteousness of God, in place of your own, and depending on that is where it’s at.

This is dependence on Jesus as The Good Person.

It’s not about self-righteousness;
it’s about Christ-Righteousness.

Romans 10:1-4
NCV (New Century Version)
Brothers and sisters, the thing I want most is for all [of them] to be saved. That is my prayer to God. I can say this about them: They really try to follow God, but they do not know the right way. Because they did not know the way that God makes people right with him, they tried to make themselves right in their own way. So they did not accept God’s way of making people right. Christ ended the law so that everyone who believes in him may be right with God.

(NRSV)
Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. I can testify that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Quickbits – Rest & Sabbath-keepers

I was disheartened today to find that a so-called “grace oriented” seminary requires a course in “The Rest of God”, and they defined that as “Keeping the Sabbath”. This shows an absolute ignorance of how to use the Very Significant Term “Rest” as defined in the New Testament, and it also shows a misunderstanding of our relationship to the requirements of the law of Moses.

It’s too bad so many Christians are confused about the fact that Christ fulfilled the law, and that the law served as a tutor to lead us to Him – but now that FAITH has come, we are no longer under that tutor.  REST is not Sabbath-keeping.  REST is ceasing from our works to please God.  The Sabbath is a picture of the rest we have today, in the new covenant. We are *under* the new covenant.  We are *not under* the old covenant.

Resting in Him is not about taking the day off, going on vacation, meditating, mowing your lawn on Friday instead of Saturday, etc.

It’s about trusting that His one righteous sacrifice is all that is needed to cleanse our conscience from dead works.  Let us fear if we fall away from that and insult the Spirit of Grace by returning to a works-based approach… if we throw away our only Hope, the Righteousness of Christ in which we REST, there remains only a terrifying expectation of judgment.

We don’t serve God in an old, dead way… We serve Him in Newness of Life.  Let’s come before the Father finding ourselves absolutely worthy in Christ alone, not in our rules, regulations, and precepts.  This is Rest.

There’s another way – a better promise:  Let’s trust in the righteous life of Jesus Christ that was transferred to us as a gift and approach the throne of God boldly on that Basis.