• Doc Pardon

Weekly Reflections

Praise God, what an awesome week teaching on 'Who You Are In Christ'! We started off by discussing just how great a price salvation was for us. Romans 5:8 told us 'But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.' Jesus Christ descended from heaven and took our place, all because of the love He and the Father had for us. The creator died for His creation. That is powerful! Then, we discussed how 'Redemption was the plan of God' from before the world began. God knew we were going to blow this, and He knew that Jesus would have to die to redeem us. We lost all authority because mankind gave it over to Satan in the garden, and because 'sinless' man sinned, 'sinless' man had to pay the penalty of sin. This is why Jesus came in the flesh, but not of the flesh. This would be a great teaching that we may do soon. Praise God! Then, we started to get into 'Who You Are In Christ', and we only scratched the surface. We didn't get to cover that you are seated with Him in heavenly places. You are in Christ, and Christ is in you. Think about that! The resurrected Christ is living in us through His Holy Spirit, and we need to teach about Him as well. The Holy Spirit is so very precious, and wants to help us very much. We discussed 2 Corinthians 5:17, where it says 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.' When you make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, you are born again! You are a brand new creature! Brand new creatures do not have a past, only a future, and that future is in Christ! All the mess that was in your past, no longer exists. You are brand new. You have been washed in the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and you stand before the Father as pure, justified (which means declared righteous), forgiven. You have been reconciled to the Father and are a family member. Glory to God! It is vital to a believer and follower of Jesus Christ to know who they are in Him. Once you know who you are in Him, then you know what you have through Him, and you will operate in the authority given by Him. See how this works? You are a brand new creation that has the creator of life living inside of you, full of resurrection power! Romans 8:11 says 'But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.' That very same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you! Meditate on that for a minute! The power that dwells in us is unfathomable! It is the same power that created life! It is the same power that recreated your human spirit when you accepted Jesus as your savior, and it is that same power that dwells in you and will help you in every area of our life. Satan does not care if you go to church. What makes him tremble, and just quake in fear is when a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ knows exactly who they are in Christ! You are an ambassador of Christ, which means you carry the same authority of the One you represent. Once a believer knows this, then they can operate in this and Satan knows what that means. Game over! The enemy is under our feet! Let him know it. Know who you are in Christ. Operate in the authority that has been given to you. Praise God!

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