Who you are “In Him”

IN CHRIST

Romans 3:24
All are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:11
Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1
Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Romans 8:2
For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.

Romans 12:5
So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another].

1 Corinthians 1:2
To the church (assembly) of God which is in Corinth, to those consecrated and purified and made holy in Christ Jesus, [who are] selected and called to be saints (God’s people), together with all those who in any place call upon and give honor to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.

1 Corinthians 1:4
I thank my God at all times for you because of the grace (the favor and spiritual blessing) of God which was bestowed on you in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:30
But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].

1 Corinthians 15:22
For just as [because of their union of nature] in Adam all people die, so also [by virtue of their union of nature] shall all in Christ be made alive.

2 Corinthians 1:21
But it is God Who confirms and makes us steadfast and establishes us [in joint fellowship] with you in Christ, and has consecrated and anointed us [enduing us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit].

2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ's victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere.

2 Corinthians 3:14
In fact, their minds were grown hard and calloused [they had become dull and had lost the power of understanding]; for until this present day, when the Old Testament (the old covenant) is being read, that same veil still lies [on their hearts], not being lifted [to reveal] that in Christ it is made void and done away.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

2 Corinthians 5:19
It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).

Galatians 2:4
[My precaution was] because of false brethren who had been secretly smuggled in [to the Christian brotherhood]; they had slipped in to spy on our liberty and the freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might again bring us into bondage [under the Law of Moses].

Galatians 2:16
Yet we know that a man is justified or reckoned righteous and in right standing with God not by works of the Law, but [only] through faith and [absolute] reliance on and adherence to and trust in Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). [Therefore] even we [ourselves] have believed on Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the Law [for we cannot be justified by any observance of the ritual of the Law given by Moses], because by keeping legal rituals and by works no human being can ever be justified (declared righteous and put in right standing with God).

Galatians 3:26
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.

Galatians 3:28
There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 5:6
For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.

Galatians 6:15
For neither is circumcision [now] of any importance, nor uncircumcision, but [only] a new creation [the result of a new birth and a new nature in Christ Jesus, the Messiah].

Ephesians 1:3
May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!

Ephesians 1:4
Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.

Ephesians 1:10
[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.

Ephesians 1:12
So that we who first hoped in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory!

Ephesians 2:6
And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Ephesians 2:7
He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

Ephesians 2:13
But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were [so] far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near.

Ephesians 3:6
[It is this:] that the Gentiles are now to be fellow heirs [with the Jews], members of the same body and joint partakers [sharing] in the same divine promise in Christ through [their acceptance of] the glad tidings (the Gospel).

Philippians 3:14
I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

Philippians 4:7
And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:13
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].

Philippians 4:19
And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:28
Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

1 Timothy 1:14
And the grace (unmerited favor and blessing) of our Lord [actually] flowed out superabundantly and beyond measure for me, accompanied by faith and love that are [to be realized] in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:1
Paul, an apostle (special messenger) of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:9
[For it is He] Who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy and leading to holiness [to a life of consecration, a vocation of holiness]; [He did it] not because of anything of merit that we have done, but because of and to further His own purpose and grace (unmerited favor) which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago].

2 Timothy 1:13
Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in [all] the faith and love which are [for us] in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:1
So you, my son, be strong (strengthened inwardly) in the grace (spiritual blessing) that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:10
Therefore I [am ready to] persevere and stand my ground with patience and endure everything for the sake of the elect [God's chosen], so that they too may obtain [the] salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with [the reward of] eternal glory.

2 Timothy 3:15
And how from your childhood you have had a knowledge of and been acquainted with the sacred Writings, which are able to instruct you and give you the understanding for salvation which comes through faith in Christ Jesus [through the leaning of the entire human personality on God in Christ Jesus in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness].

Philemon 1:6
[And I pray] that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good [thing] that is ours in [our identification with] Christ Jesus [and unto His glory].

1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.

IN HIM

John 1:4
In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.

John 3:15
In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!

John 3:16
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

Acts 17:28
For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, for we are also His offspring.

1 Corinthians 1:5
[So] that in Him in every respect you were enriched, in full power and readiness of speech [to speak of your faith] and complete knowledge and illumination [to give you full insight into its meaning].

2 Corinthians 1:20
For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes [answer] in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].

Ephesians 1:7
In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor.

Ephesians 1:11
In Him we also were made [God's] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will.

Ephesians 1:13
In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 2:21
In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord].

Ephesians 2:22
In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit.

Philippians 3:9
And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.

Colossians 1:16
For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.

Colossians 1:17
And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).

Colossians 2:3
In Him all the treasures of [divine] wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and [all the riches of spiritual] knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden.

Colossians 2:7
Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:10
And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

Colossians 2:11
In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts).

Colossians 2:15
[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].

1 John 2:5
But he who keeps (treasures) His Word [who bears in mind His precepts, who observes His message in its entirety], truly in him has the love of and for God been perfected (completed, reached maturity). By this we may perceive (know, recognize, and be sure) that we are in Him.

1 John 2:6
Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.

1 John 2:8
Yet I am writing you a new commandment, which is true (is realized) in Him and in you, because the darkness (moral blindness) is clearing away and the true Light (the revelation of God in Christ) is already shining.

1 John 2:27
But as for you, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which you received from Him abides [permanently] in you; [so] then you have no need that anyone should instruct you. But just as His anointing teaches you concerning everything and is true and is no falsehood, so you must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him], just as [His anointing] has taught you [to do].

1 John 2:28
And now, little children, abide (live, remain permanently) in Him, so that when He is made visible, we may have and enjoy perfect confidence (boldness, assurance) and not be ashamed and shrink from Him at His coming.

1 John 3:3
And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).

1 John 3:6
No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him--deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him].

1 John 3:24
All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us.

1 John 4:13
By this we come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we abide (live and remain) in Him and He in us: because He has given (imparted) to us of His [Holy] Spirit.

1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.

1 John 5:15
And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.

1 John 5:20
And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true–in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). This [Man] is the true God and Life eternal.

1 Peter 1:8
Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy.

IN THE BELOVED

Ephesians 1:6
[So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

IN THE LORD

Ephesians 5:8
For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light].

Ephesians 6:10
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

IN WHOM

Ephesians 3:12
In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).

Colossians 1:14
In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.

BY CHRIST

Mark 13:13
And you will be hated and detested by everybody for My name’s sake, but he who patiently perseveres and endures to the end will be saved (made a partaker of the salvation by Christ, and delivered from spiritual death).

1 Corinthians 7:23
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ].

Romans 5:19
For just as by one man’s disobedience (failing to hear, heedlessness, and carelessness) the many were constituted sinners, so by one Man’s obedience the many will be constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right standing with Him).

Ephesians 3:9
Also to enlighten all men and make plain to them what is the plan [regarding the Gentiles and providing for the salvation of all men] of the mystery kept hidden through the ages and concealed until now in [the mind of] God Who created all things by Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 1:3
Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

THROUGH CHRIST

Romans 5:1
Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Romans 5:11
Not only so, but we also rejoice and exultingly glory in God [in His love and perfection] through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received and enjoy [our] reconciliation.

Romans 5:15
But God’s free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass [His grace is out of all proportion to the fall of man]. For if many died through one man’s falling away (his lapse, his offense), much more profusely did God’s grace and the free gift [that comes] through the undeserved favor of the one Man Jesus Christ abound and overflow to and for [the benefit of] many.

Romans 5:17
For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Romans 6:23
For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 7:4
Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone death as to the Law through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that now you may belong to Another, to Him Who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.

1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:18
But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].

Galatians 3:14
To the end that through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, the blessing [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit.

Galatians 4:7
Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.

Ephesians 1:5
For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent].

Philippians 1:11
May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness (of right standing with God and right doing) which come through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), to the honor and praise of God [that His glory may be both manifested and recognized].

Hebrews 13:20-21
v. 20 Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),
v. 21 Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).

1 Peter 2:5
[Come] and, like living stones, be yourselves built [into] a spiritual house, for a holy (dedicated, consecrated) priesthood, to offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.

THROUGH HIM

John 1:3
All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.

John 3:17
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.

Acts 13:39
And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.

Romans 1:5
It is through Him that we have received grace (God’s unmerited favor) and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations.

Romans 5:2
Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.

Romans 8:37
Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

Romans 11:36
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it).

Ephesians 2:18
For it is through Him that we both [whether far off or near] now have an introduction (access) by one [Holy] Spirit to the Father [so that we are able to approach Him].

Colossians 1:20
And God purposed that through (by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross.

Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.

Hebrews 7:25
Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.

Hebrews 13:15
Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.

1 Peter 1:21
Through Him you believe in (adhere to, rely on) God, Who raised Him up from the dead and gave Him honor and glory, so that your faith and hope are [centered and rest] in God.

1 John 4:9
In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him.

BY WHOM

1 Corinthians 8:6
Yet for us there is [only] one God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things and for Whom we [have life], and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through and by Whom are all things and through and by Whom we [ourselves exist].

THROUGH WHOM

Acts 6:7
And the message of God kept on spreading, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem; and [besides] a large number of the priests were obedient to the faith [in Jesus as the Messiah, through Whom is obtained eternal salvation in the kingdom of God].

2 Corinthians 1:24
Not that we have dominion [over you] and lord it over your faith, but [rather that we work with you as] fellow laborers [to promote] your joy, for in [your] faith (in your strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through Whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God) you stand firm.

Galatians 6:14
But far be it from me to glory [in anything or anyone] except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) through Whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!

Hebrews 1:2
[But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order].

FROM WHOM

Colossians 2:19
And not holding fast to the Head, from Whom the entire body, supplied and knit together by means of its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

BY HIMSELF

Galatians 3:13
Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified).

Hebrews 1:3
He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God's] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high.

Hebrews 9:26
For then would He often have had to suffer [over and over again] since the foundation of the world. But as it now is, He has once for all at the consummation and close of the ages appeared to put away and abolish sin by His sacrifice [of Himself].
BY HIS BLOOD

Hebrews 9:12
He went once for all into the [Holy of] Holies [of heaven], not by virtue of the blood of goats and calves [by which to make reconciliation between God and man], but His own blood, having found and secured a complete redemption (an everlasting release for us).

Hebrews 10:19
Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus.

1 John 1:7
But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

OF CHRIST

Romans 7:4
Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone death as to the Law through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that now you may belong to Another, to Him Who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.

Romans 8:9
But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. But if anyone does not possess the [Holy] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ, is not truly a child of God].

Romans 10:17
So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).

1 Corinthians 2:16
For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.

1 Corinthians 6:15
Do you not see and know that your bodies are members (bodily parts) of Christ (the Messiah)? Am I therefore to take the parts of Christ and make [them] parts of a prostitute? Never! Never!

1 Corinthians 10:16
The cup of blessing [of wine at the Lord's Supper] upon which we ask [God's] blessing, does it not mean [that in drinking it] we participate in and share a fellowship (a communion) in the blood of Christ (the Messiah)? The bread which we break, does it not mean [that in eating it] we participate in and share a fellowship (a communion) in the body of Christ?

2 Corinthians 2:15
For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

2 Corinthians 5:14
For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us, because we are of the opinion and conviction that [if] One died for all, then all died.

Ephesians 3:19
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

Colossians 3:15
And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ's] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

2 Thessalonians 3:5
May the Lord direct your hearts into [realizing and showing] the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ and in waiting for His return.

Hebrews 9:14
How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, Who by virtue of [His] eternal Spirit [His own preexistent divine personality] has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the [ever] living God?

1 Peter 4:1
So, since Christ suffered in the flesh for us, for you, arm yourselves with the same thought and purpose [patiently to suffer rather than fail to please God]. For whoever has suffered in the flesh [having the mind of Christ] is done with [intentional] sin [has stopped pleasing himself and the world, and pleases God].

2 Peter 1:8
For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will keep [you] from being idle or unfruitful unto the [full personal] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

1 John 3:24
All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us.

2 John 1:9
Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has both the Father and the Son.

OF HIM

Ephesians 4:16
For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

FROM HIM

1 John 1:5
And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way].

1 John 2:27
But as for you, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which you received from Him abides [permanently] in you; [so] then you have no need that anyone should instruct you. But just as His anointing teaches you concerning everything and is true and is no falsehood, so you must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him], just as [His anointing] has taught you [to do].

FROM WHOM

Colossians 2:19
And not holding fast to the Head, from Whom the entire body, supplied and knit together by means of its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

WITH CHRIST

Romans 6:8
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Ephesians 2:5
Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).

Colossians 2:13
And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions.

Colossians 2:20
If then you have died with Christ to material ways of looking at things and have escaped from the world’s crude and elemental notions and teachings of externalism, why do you live as if you still belong to the world? [Why do you submit to rules and regulations?-such as]

Colossians 3:1
If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:3
For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.

WITH HIM

Romans 6:4
We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.

Romans 6:6
We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.

Romans 6:8
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.

Romans 8:32
He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?

2 Corinthians 13:4
For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He goes on living by the power of God. And though we too are weak in Him [as He was humanly weak], yet in dealing with you [we shall show ourselves] alive and strong in [fellowship with] Him by the power of God.

Colossians 2:12
[Thus you were circumcised when] you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead.

Colossians 3:4
When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

2 Timothy 2:11
The saying is sure and worthy of confidence: If we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him.

2 Timothy 2:12
If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny and disown and reject Him, He will also deny and disown and reject us.

BY ME

John 6:57
Just as the living Father sent Me and I live by (through, because of) the Father, even so whoever continues to feed on Me [whoever takes Me for his food and is nourished by Me] shall [in his turn] live through and because of Me.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.

IN ME

John 6:47
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, relies on, and has faith in Me] has (now possesses) eternal life.

John 6:56
He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood dwells continually in Me, and I [in like manner dwell continually] in him.

John 10:38
But if I do them, even though you do not believe Me or have faith in Me, [at least] believe the works and have faith in what I do, in order that you may know and understand [clearly] that the Father is in Me, and I am in the Father [One with Him].

John 12:46
I have come as a Light into the world, so that whoever believes in Me [whoever cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] may not continue to live in darkness.

John 14:20
At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you.

John 15:4
Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.

John 15:5
I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

John 15:7
If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

John 16:33
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

John 17:21
That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.

John 17:23
I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.

Acts 26:18
To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in Me.

IN MY LOVE

John 15:9
I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me].

IN MY (HIS) NAME

Matthew 18:20
For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.

Mark 9:39
But Jesus said, “Do not restrain or hinder or forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in My name will soon afterward be able to speak evil of Me.”

Mark 16:17-18
v. 17 And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages.
v. 18 They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.

John 14:13
And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son.

John 14:14
[Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].

John 15:16
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.

John 16:23
And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].

John 16:24
Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.

1 Corinthians 6:11
And such some of you were [once]. But you were washed clean (purified by a complete atonement for sin and made free from the guilt of sin), and you were consecrated (set apart, hallowed), and you were justified [pronounced righteous, by trusting] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God.

26 Grace definitions. Part 4

It is important that we know what grace is. We mustn’t just drift aimlessly from day to day. Grace is not that we just hope we make it. It is….

1. Grace is God’s enrichment of life.

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, (1 Corinthians 1:4, 5 NKJV)

2. Grace is is what God does in you that lines up exactly with His will. We see this in Gideon, Moses, Joshua and other “heroes of the faith”.

3. Grace is our God given gifts.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; (Romans 12:6 NKJV)

4. Grace is a perfect fit for my weakness.

5. Grace is wisdom, and wisdom is grace.

6. The law requires. Grace enables. (Bill Johnson)

7. Favor is Grace. Grace is the vehicle God uses on occasions to ensure that we get precisely what we don’t deserve. It is very hard to grasp!! (Frank Damazio)

8. Grace is the Divine influence on the heart to assure us about our righteousness.

9. Grace is Jesus doing in me what I can’t do.

10. Grace is God’s divine influence on the heart. (Michael Connolly)

11. Grace is God’s storehouse. (Ray Andrews).

12. Grace is God’s resources gifted to me.

13. Grace is God’s unlimited provision bought into our lives. (Ray Andrews)

14. Grace is where God meets us with everything we need.

15. Grace is life flow. When I am with other Christians, grace flows from member to member: that is, life flows from member to member. Hence I value my brothers and sisters because we are “anointed” to belong. (see 1 John 2:19-20)

16. Grace is holding up Jesus and his finished work. (Paul White)

17. God’s grace is the power He gives us to effect change in our own lives. Ken Legg. Toxic relationships p32

18. Grace is the power in the “yet not I”.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 KJV)

Grace for salvation and living is found in the “yet not I”

19. Grace is God’s energy. It’s His energy to live holy.

But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. (1 Corinthians 15:10, 11 MSG)

20. Grace is the capacity of God in me. This is more than just mercy which is forgiveness of sin. Clint Byers

21. The law requires, grace provides.

22. Grace is refinement and inward working. It is the sharpening tool in God’s hand to help us believe Him. Its a reminding of who we are. The Spirit reminds us…that is the testing…who we are – His !. That is the process of grace !. Clint Byars

23. Grace is more than the idea that God is good. God looks on our hearts to help us live out of a pure heart. We are allowing him to work in our life. We connect with it to manifest in our life. It is a built in source that establishes us in our true nature. Clint Byars

25. Grace is the opportunity to participate in all God’s promises which are yes and amen.

26. Grace is God’s influence to give you a capacity that is not your own.

(Don’t forget to look up parts 1,2 & 3)

Being a “doer” is to be a “poetic performer”

So, we read we are to be “doers of the Word”.

That used to be preached with a bit of a “works mentality” attached.

But being a “doer of the Word” may not be what is generally taught. In fact, “doer” is an unfortunate translation. Let’s look at the Word, and the correct definitions…

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:23-25 NKJV)

What does “doer” mean here ?. Is it helping ladies across the street ?. Here is the Vines definition of “doer” (Greek is “poietes”; a verb or “doing” word)

A “doer” is a poetic performer. It is one who “produces” something in a dramatic way. In fact, this same Greek word is translated as “poet” in Acts 17:28.

What about this one from Jesus;

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV)

“Does” here is almost the same word as “doer” in James (Greek is “poieo”);

Can you see the words; “produce”, “author”, “celebrate”.

To be a true “doer” of the Word, we need to be a “poetic performer”. We need to “author”, “produce” and “celebrate” the Christ in us. We “dramatize” who we are in Him !. We bring to life in an emotional way, the finished work of who we are in Him !.

A person recently vehemently disagreed with me about this because I was preaching that not only do we have a righteous position in Christ, but we can also feel it. I said that that our righteous identity should “show out”. I said that we need to add emotion to our righteous position and “bring it to life”.

This person said “righteousness is not an emotion but a position”. I replied that it is most definitely a position, but we can feel it too !.

Here is my proof that we can “poetically perform” & “celebrate” our righteousness by adding some emotion to it;

The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory. (Psalms 64:10 NKJV)

But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. (Psalms 68:3 NKJV)

Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. (Psalms 100:2 NKJV)

The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish. (Proverbs 10:28 NKJV)

So you can FEEL righteous !. You can FEEL God’s love. You can FEEL like a son !. Don’t go all religious on God and say “I know I am righteous/loved/a son, so I live out of that”…”poetically perform” those truths !. That way, you will be a doer, and his life will flow from you to others !. You will “be blessed” !.

A few more on gladness…

And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9 NKJV)

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:12 NKJV)

but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. (I Peter 4:13 NKJV)

There are many more, but you get the picture.

When I tell my wife “I love you”, I don’t sound like a robot !. But I add some emotion to ensure she “feels” my love; not just know it. I don’t say “I made my vows 30 years ago, so live from that”. Love needs to be updated regularly. We “gather Jesus” daily like manna in the wilderness.

If we look at the passage in James, there is a truth that we have missed.

A “doer” is one who sees who they are in Christ, and is free to “produce” that life from the heart and position…through the emotions until it bleeds out of them in their behaviours, thoughts and actions !. If you “poetically perform” the Jesus in you, it will gush out of you !. You are free to do this, and will “be blessed in all you do”.

You don’t have to “fake it till you make it” because you have already made it in Christ !. We just bring to life in an emotional way, the Life that is with in by “celebration”. We add emotion to it. “Be blessed in all you do” !.

Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3 NKJV)

Peter

To whom were the 10 commandments given ?

And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day? (Deuteronomy 4:8 NKJV)

So, who did God actually give the 10 commandments to ?. Here is the answer…you may be surprised !…

And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive. (Deuteronomy 5:1-3 NKJV)

Did you get that ?.

The Mosaic law was given to one particular generation of Hebrews…not to anyone else.

Who said that ?….Moses Himself !.

Did that generation of Hebrews keep the covenant ?.

God Himself gives us the answer…

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:31, 32 NKJV)

God says “I made a covenant with “their fathers”, but THEY broke it !.

So, why the big deal ?.

Well, our behaviour, or breaking the law is not our problem…our problem is a sin nature !. Our problem is not Moses but Adam !. Our problem is that we are born in judgement because we are born in Adam with his fallen nature.

This has profound consequence in how we preach the gospel, and how we shepherd people. That is, we have to get people “born of God” so they can “participate in a Divine nature” from “an incorruptible seed”. (2 Peter 1:4, 1 Peter 1:23). We need them to “lay hold” of their inheritance by “be being filled with the Holy Ghost”, & being spritually minded; not by changing their behaviour !.

So, we look to Adam as our problem; not Moses.

So do we get a pair of scissors & cut through the portion of our bible that has the Mosaic laws ?.

No !. Why ?.

Because the Mosaic laws shows us God’s nature. It shows us that we fulfill the law of love by not killing, stealing, murdering, being unfaithful, honoring others etc. It reveals the moral aspect of God. This is not to be taken lightly, but shows us how to respond to God’s grace given to us in Christ who is the sacrifice of the new and everlasting covenant. (By the way, the new covenant is the everlasting covenant carried out in time). Hence grace is not lawlessness, but fulfilling the law of love !.

Again, our preaching, teaching and spreading the good news is about how we are already judged in Adam, and that we have taken on his old sinful nature at birth. Therefore, we need another birth (being “born again”, or “born of God”) by repentance of heart and faith to participate in God’s nature. As we focus on Him, we become like the image of Christ. No law preaching or behaviour modification necessary. In fact, behaviour teaching just puts people in their own resources. Yet grace is “His ability in place of our inability”.

Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. (Acts 17:29 NKJV)

Enjoy your life as a son !. Remember, you have a new nature…because you have a different a father now !. Not Moses, not Adam, but God !.

Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. (John 9:28 NKJV)

Peter

We have been “re-gened”

Titus 3:5 “not by deeds of uprightness which we performed [in our unsaved state], but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit whom He bestowed upon us abundantly through our Saviour, Jesus Christ, in order that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs according to the expectation of life eternal.” (Wuest version)

This compact/power packed passage is a great example of the great exchange. (That is, we give Him our life, and He gives us His life).

“Washing” - means “to bathe”, or “the act of bathing”.

“Regeneration” – means “new birth”, “recreation”. The blue letter bible (accessed 16.5.2013) says that involves “renovation, regeneration, the production if a life consecrated to God, a radical change of mind for the better…restoration of a thing to its pristine state..”.

“Bathe” here must surely allude to water baptism. Water baptism is when we bury the old life. When we come out of the water, we come out “re-gened”. Whilst this happens at our re-birth, water baptism; the “answer to a good conscious”, is the example, the proof, the outward expression of this truth.

(I am glad God is practical and doesn’t require us to be baptized in dirt !. He has only asked us it be baptized in water !.)

So, in being “bathed”, we have been “re-gened”. We have a new DNA. We have a new Father, a new origin, a new nature (2 Peter 1:4) which is incorruptible (1 Peter 1:23). An exchange has taken place. Our old life has been buried, and we have received the very Life of Christ. (John 1:16).

The remainder of the above passage tells us that once we are “re-gened”, we have become heirs of eternal life.

Eternal life is the everlasting covenant that was promised amongst the Godhead before time began (Titus 1:2).

The new DNA brings good works !. See verse 8. In fact, the writer of this passage (The Holy Spirit), wants us to be affirmed “constantly” of this “faithful saying”. It is “good and profitable”.

Good works cannot come without a “bath” and being “re-gened”. Why ?. Because regeneration is the only thing in this world that changes (or should we say, “ex-changes) our motivation. Our “want to” is changed (ex-changed) forever. Even when we slip into the flesh, and fleshly thinking, our new nature screams at us “this is not you anymore”.

So, the only thing stopping us from a new life and and new way of living is an un-renewed mind.

Lets change our mind to what God has already changed (or ex-changed) and watch how your new ex-changed/re-gened nature will change your life forever !.

Peter

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Top 20 “Tweets” Vol. 10

1. Grace does not draw me into sin, but into the heart of God.

2. The good news of the gospel is that we are forgiven, have Christ living in us, and we are empowered to live an overcoming life.

3. “Born once, die twice. Born twice, die once”. Winkey Pratney

4. “I have loved you,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’ (Malachi 1:2 NKJV). What more does God have to do to prove He is for people ?.

5. We are not holding on to Jesus. He is holding us !. “remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.” Romans 11:18 NKJV

6. We don’t create life. Life is transferred from the Source, to me. The source is the Vine; not the branch…never.

7. I am not trying to “be the best I can be”. I allow Jesus to be all He is in me. He is the source; not me. That’s da hope of glory…Jesus !.

8. Old covenant thinking tries to get you to pay for that which has been freely given to you by grace in the new covenant.

9. Does God has a sense of humour?. “The Lord laughs at him” (Psalm 37:13), “There is a time to laugh” (Ecclesiastes 3:4), try also Psalm 2:4.

10. Louis Giglio “sin didn’t make us bad, it made us dead”. I am glad Jesus came to fix that.

11. “The fear o’ hell’s a hangman’s whip, To keep the wretch in order;” Robert Burns. He didn’t have a revelation of motivating Grace did he…

12. “Jesus is really who He says He is, or is a dream of desperate men. How we respond to that is extremely important” Randy Stonehill.

13. Asked a prisoner today what are you learning in jail…”If you are going to take revenge, make sure you dig two graves”. Not a bad answer…

14. The Children of Israel believed God could “take them out”…but not “bring them in”. But, “He who has begun a good work will complete it” !.

15. One of our greatest problems, is that we do not believe what God has already done for us.

16. Easter thought…Christians are not a product of the past, or even the future. Christians are a product of the cross & the resurrection.

17. (Good Friday tweet). The crucifixion showed both the severity & goodness of God; His severity on sin & death, contrasted to His goodness by showing His love.

18. (Easter Saturday) I don’t dread Judgment day because I know that when the books are opened, God will not find my sin there, but the righteousness of Jesus.

19. “…and of faith toward God”. (Hebrews 6:1) Faith in my faith is really unbelief. This produces inner tension & destroys our peace.

20. The eye has 40 million nerve endings. Focus muscles move 10,000 a day. The retina has 137 million cells. Evolution is amazing !. #chancebringslife

The “un-anointed” shield

“O mountains of Gilboa, Let there be no dew nor rain upon you, Nor fields of offerings. For the shield of the mighty is cast away there! The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil. (II Samuel 1:21 NKJV)

David is lamenting the death of king Saul. He wrote a poem/song about his grief, that the one whom Samuel anointed as king was now involved in an assisted suicide. How did it get down to this ?.

In 1 Samuel 10:1, we read that “Samuel took a flask of oil & poured it on his head“. Yet a grieving David writes about Saul’s shield that was “not anointed with oil”.

Saul was the people’s king. David was God’s king.

So what or Whom does she shield represent ?. The first mention of the word “shield” tells us…

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (Genesis 15:1 NKJV)

Here are some more to show us that God Himself is our shield…

The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. (II Samuel 22:3 NKJV)

As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. (II Samuel 22:31 NKJV)
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But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. (Psalms 3:3 NKJV)

(There are other scriptures that our shield is also our “salvation”, “help” and “truth”. But these are aspects of God Himself).

Back to Saul…

It is not enough to have a “head knowledge” about God, as Saul did. Our shield needs to be anointed. We need to have an experiential knowledge about Jesus, and the things of the Kingdom. We need “spiritual eyes”.

An Amalekite was telling David that he killed Saul (which was a lie as Saul fell on his own sword). The Amalekites are a type of the flesh.

If we allow our shield to “not be anointed”, the flesh will kill us. We must not put confidence in our flesh; which is our own resources. It is interesting that Goliath didn’t even carry his own shield: someone else carried it for him;

So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. (I Samuel 17:41 NKJV)

Flesh gives us no protection (see Ephesians 6:16). Pride and unbelief leave you unprotected and without strength. That is, no anointing.

Yet, an “anointed” shield brings with it all the attributes you need to live. Think of these aspects of the Spirit which are yours from God Himself;

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:2 NKJV)

Because of all this, our Shield protects and saves us – this is a life giving shield !.

“But be constantly growing in the sphere of grace and an experiential knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and to the day of eternity.” 2 Peter 3:18

Are you carrying your own shield ?. Is your shield anointed ?.

Prepare the table, Set a watchman in the tower, Eat and drink. Arise, you princes, Anoint the shield! (Isaiah 21:5 NKJV)

Peter

PS. according http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/eastons-bible-dictionary/anoint.html accessed on 3rd April 2013, shields of leather were anointed with oil to keep them “supple and fit for war”. Interesting !.