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Chris is Our Life

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Introduction

If Christ is our life (v.3:4), then He is the BASIS of our life. Since you have been raised with (in and through) Christ then your standard in life has been raised - Christ is your standard. Paul said imitate me as I imitate Christ (). You have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body ().

The Risen Life (The Spiritual Aspect)

You have been redeemed
The believer’s life is a life that is risen with Christ. God loves His Son, Jesus Christ—loves Him with an eternal and perfect love. Therefore, when (at that moment) a person believes, really surrenders his life to Christ, God forgives the person’s sins and accepts Him in Christ. God actually identifies the person with Christ in His death and resurrection. God begins to consider the person as having died and risen with Christ. The new believer was not bodily present when Christ died and arose, but God considers the believer to have been there. God reckons, credits, and counts it so.
v.1 You have been RAISED UP with Christ
the believer’s life is a life that is risen with Christ. God loves His Son, Jesus Christ—loves Him with an eternal and perfect love. Therefore, when a person believes, really surrenders his life to Christ, God forgives the person’s sins and accepts Him in Christ. God actually identifies the person with Christ in His death and resurrection. God begins to consider the person as having died and risen with Christ. The new believer was not bodily present when Christ died and arose, but God considers the believer to have been there. God reckons, credits, and counts it so.
Leadership Ministries Worldwide. (1996). Galatians–Colossians (p. 404). Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide.v.1 You have been RAISED UP with Christ
OUR BELIEF, TRUST, FAITH in Christ puts us where He was when He died on the cross and when He rose from the grave we were given the same declaration even if we are still alive in our flesh. Eternal life begins at the moment of conversion and conversion happens at moment of genuine belief.
What does His resurrection mean to us?
that we have risen with Him - we are assured
that we have conquered death - we no longer have to die
that we are raised to a new life - live a with change new life.
that we have the power and freedom to say no to sin - sin has no longer a hold on us. Roman 6:11 “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Here, the contrast is made that to be “dead to sin” is to be “alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Those who have come to faith in Jesus are no longer to allow sin to control their lives. Instead, we offer ourselves to God to serve His purposes. THIS IS THE CHANGE!
 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

The New Life (The Practical Aspect built upon the Spiritual Aspect)

A. A life that is held by Christ is a life that seeks the things above.
Having the mindset of God.
The things of Christ and of heaven are to consume the believer’s life and mind. But for the believer to keep his mind upon the things of Christ he must know what those things are. Therefore, the question naturally arises: What are the things of Christ and the things of heaven which are to consume our thoughts?
Ans: Next week will touch on the demands of a new life starting with v.5. Truths found in scripture, Directives found in scripture, principles found in scripture, the personhood of Christ, his life on earth, walk as Jesus walk - live like He lived, think like He think, love like loved, humility, sacrifice, contentment, holiness and godly living. Fruits of the spirit
c. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
This provides us the backbone that will get you to make the right choice. Some example of general guidelines:
whatever is true
whatever is honorable
whatever is right
whatever is pure
whatever is lovely
For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
whatever is of good repute (good reputation)
Anything worthy of praise - for the glory of God.
God’s Word will not state the specifics but it will lead you to the specifics.
d. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Life time partner
Career
choice of material things
NEW LIFE REQUIRES CHANGE, TRANSFORMATION AND IT BEGINS IN OUR WAY OF THINKING.
to live in style or simplicity
to be practical, affordability
POSITIONALLY WE ARE PLEASING TO GOD BECAUSE WE ARE HIS CHILDREN, BUT IN MATTERS OF BEHAVIOR IT HAS TO BE IN LINE AND CONSISTENT WITH OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST. WE FOLLOW THE LIFE OF CHRIST AS HE IS OUR LIFE.
e. In facing the challenges in life
He reveals it to you through the events and circumstances that surround your life daily.
2 Corinthians 10:3–5 NASB95
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
d. A mind set on the things above drop the things of the flesh - the old self behind.
d. A mind set on the things above drop the things of the flesh - the old self behind.
Ephesians 4:22–24 NASB95
22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Through God’s Word he reveals the things of Christ and of heaven are. He died thus we died in the flesh, He rose thus we will rise with Him in Glory. We are participants in His resurrection. God sees us through the life of Christ. All these He made possible, all these is His work, He is able we are unable and only through our faith that put us as the enables us the realize what He has made available.
Seven things that should consume our thought and minds and echos the praise and prayer of our lips.
His resurrection fulfilled His promise which guarantee that He is the Son of God - The rightful one and only Saviour or the World - EXCLUSIVE
Romans 1:3–4 NASB95
3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,
2. His resurrection save and justifies. The glorious truth of salvation and justification should consume our thoughts and praise everyday of our life. Your life should show it.
Romans 4:25 NASB95
25 He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.
3. The resurrection of Christ afforded us new life. A life that has been restored to its original intent while currently waging war against the devil.
Romans 6:5–13 NASB95
5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
Romans
4. The resurrection gives us power to life victoriously oven sins and to bear fruit for God through the Holy Spirit as we walk through our life here on Earth.
Colossians 1:10–11 NASB95
10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously
Our union with Christ gives us the power we need to stand firm with our faith and say no to sin. The picture of our union of Christ described in should consumed our minds.
John 15:1–5 NASB95
1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
5. The resurrection gives us hope and guarantees it. It is the hope of our glory. Our minds should focus on what God will reward us when we will be home with Him
1 Peter 1:3–4 NASB95
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
6. Christ resurrection guarantees our resurrection. Our thoughts and praise should center upon the wonderful praise of the new and glorious body God has promised us.
Romans 6:5 NASB95
5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,
Our thoughts and praise should center upon the wonderful praise of the new and glorious body God has promised us.
7. The resurrection spells defeat for the devil thus paving the way for us to be far from his reach in eternity.
Revelations 20:10
Revelations 20:10
10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and [f]brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Leadership Ministries Worldwide. (1996). Galatians–Colossians (p. 406). Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide.
Examples: PRIDE FOR SELF, GREED, SELFISHNESS OR ATTENTION TO SELF, DECEPTION, DIVISION WITHIN, DESTRUCTION, HATE, MALICE, JEALOUSY, DRUNKENNESS
Very simply, the things of Christ and of heaven are to consume the believer’s life and mind. But for the believer to keep his mind upon the things of Christ he must know what those things are. Therefore, the question naturally arises: What are the things of Christ and the things of heaven which are to consume our thoughts?
Characteristics of Fleshy Thinking
It sets you apart from God.
It promotes self instead of God.
It promotes unbelief.
It leads to death.
because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
Knowledge - seek, the kind that’s from above
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"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Basic needs - Food, Shelter, Clothing (as God sees from above)
Purpose in life
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
This provides us the backbone that will get you to make the right choice. Some example of general guidelines:
whatever is true
whatever is honorable
whatever is right
whatever is pure
whatever is lovely
whatever is of good repute (good reputation)
Anything worthy of praise - for the glory of God.
where to focus our heart
God’s Word will not state the specifics but it will lead you to the specifics.
Life time partner
Career
choice of material things
to live in style or simplicity
to be practical, affordability
He reveals it to you through the events and circumstances that surround your life daily.
B. Your life belongs to Christ because you have been bought with His life.
Pass-on share, conduit to God’s provision for other, building of His ministry
Guide
1 Corinthians 6:19–20 NASB95
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 7:22–23 NASB95
22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.
Directs
Galatians 3:29 NASB95
29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.
1 Corinthians 7
Galatians 3:20 NASB95
20 Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one.
Galatians 5:24 NASB95
24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Listen
Obey
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
B. Your life belongs to Christ because you have been bought with His life.
C. We will be with Christ in glory - the reward for having a life hidden in Christ. We will appear with Him in Glory.
1 John 3:2 NASB95
2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
ON THE OTHER HAND.....
because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,

Security produces joy
Stability

Lessons

Defies any circumstance surrounding you daily
Guaranteed Hope - you will appear in glory - in heaven - with Christ.

How Do You Respond

If Christ is your life, then it should be the only life that God sees.
If Christ is your life, then it should be the only life that man sees.
If Christ is your life, then it should be the only life that God sees.
If Christ is your life, then it should be the only life that man sees.
If Christ is your life, expect tribulations and face them victoriously.
If Christ is your life, then it should be the only life that you will live by.
If Christ is your life, heaven is your home.
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