Monday, October 15, 2012

Radically Align to the New Creation

Alignment

Why radically align your thinking to the new creation in Christ?  Because it's true.  It is who you are.  "Behold you are a new creation. Old things have passed away. All things have become new."   You ARE a new creation in Christ, that's why.  It's disobedient to say less.

Why then is it all too common to say less.  We accept so much less, when Christ's death and resurrection accomplished it all, setting us free from the power of sin and death.  I think it's because we do not understand or perhaps never learned certain truths that reveal the power and mystery of what God did in and through Christ to set us free.

I think perhaps we are not clear on what the circumcision of the heart really is. Perhaps we are not clear on the true identity of a believer as being someone who is completely righteous, having received the righteousness of Christ through faith.  Perhaps we also are not aware that we are a triune being, with a spirit, soul and body.  Our spirit is pure and holy and new. Our soul needs to be transformed and our body will follow what we actually believe.

Romans become a central text for understanding what God did in Christ. It's amazing how Paul write down the doctrine revealed to him by Jesus.  Even Peter says that some of Paul's teaching is hard to understand. Peter was a pillar of the early church, and it was challenging for him to understand Paul sometimes.  The things that Paul write are spiritually discerned.  They are revealed by the Spirit of God to our spirit.  The Spirit searches the deep things of God and reveals them us if we will listen.

Circumcision of the heart is central too.  Col. 2:11-14 and Rom. 2:28-29 teach circumcision as does Ezekiel 36.

I am amazed by the gospel.  For years, I did not understand these things.  I lived less and I struggled to live a victorious Christian life. I knew I loved God, but I did not understand the truth of His word.  Jesus said if we will abide in His word we will be His disciples.  He will teach us. Then we will know the truth and the truth will set us free.  What does it set us free from?  From the lies that we were believing that were holding us back in our walk with God.

Dig deep, my friend.  Dig deep and ask God to reveal His word to you.  Come to Him, not with an agenda to press your understanding.  Seek Him for His understanding and when it comes to you, His understanding will set you free.

2 comments:

  1. Amen! You are absolutely right when you say we do not understand circumcision. When I explain it to people who have been christians for years, they light up. They nod their heads, they smile.
    Also I find that too many christians do not have a good understanding of justification by faith. Romans 1-8, Galations. I read a chapter of Romans a day, I go through Romans about twice a month. Everytime I learn something new. Everytime my understanding deepens, and I receive more clarity of the mystery of the Gospel.

    Blessings Nancy.
    Thank you

    Scotty

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    1. so glad your understanding is deepening as you read His word, Scotty! I think it's very common to not know about the meaning of circumcision of the heart and why that's important. You and I didn't know before either. So there is a lot of grace and patience and speaking of truth in love. Send me your thoughts on Romans when you have a chance. I'd like to see what the Lord is teaching you.

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