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Living With Christ

Focus: 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 - KJV

9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10. Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

2 Timothy 2:8-13

Understanding the person of God gives us a greater insight into our position with Him and grants us the opportunity to leverage on the grace He has afforded us by appointing Jesus Christ to die for us. God is never of the mind that anyone should perish, never. It is analogous to a father having a child born with autism or some form of deformity. Such happenstance does not take the fact away that he is yet the son of the father. What the father does is to seek a way to cure the defects in the child so that the child may take the normal shape of looking like himself. In the same vein, when God created man in His image and likeness, He was putting Himself into the dust of the earth that through such reproduction, He may view Himself in man like in a mirror. Assuming therefore, that God will be so angry with man to destroy him, is to say the father of the autistic child would be heinous enough to destroy the child because of his form. God is not like that.

It is possible for other men or beings to want the father to destroy his son, but it is never the will of a loving father to do so. Look for an instance, at the parable of the prodigal son that Christ spoke to us about, in equating the Kingdom: there were two sons; one was rascally and therefore full of misbehavior. The other was homely and subservient to the father. When the rascally had gone on riotous living, he returned to seek forgiveness of the father, and the father, who was never angry because of the misbehavior of the son but merely taken aback, joyfully received him back. However, the other son would not have it: since the rascally had been careless, he should not have been so welcome back, was his posture. Only a wicked father would carry such wrath about a son. God is not wicked and therefore, He prepares salvation for us in Jesus who died for us. If then, like the prodigal son, we realize ourselves and return to the father, He positions us in Christ such that as Christ is glorified, we are equally glorified since we live in and by Him.

Beloved, it does not matter how life had been with you in the past and up till now; God is never angry to the extent of wanting to wish us away. Yes, whilst we were in our riotous lives, we did not appear like Him, yet, He longs to embrace us back unto Himself if only we would have a rethink like the prodigal son. And since there is no remission of sin without the shedding of blood, He volunteered His only begotten Son for our ransom. What that does for us is that the moment we find the heart to repent from our ways and accept to be on the side of God through Christ, there is a swap in the spirit realm: God sees us from then with the eyes of Christ. That is, when we appear, He sees Christ and when Christ appears, He sees His Beloved Son. That simply is what our salvation portends, living by Christ, and with Christ.

SOLUTION: There is no other name under the sun by which we can be saved: only in the name of Jesus Christ lies salvation. God is however, not out to destroy you because you sinned. He is working assiduously to make you know the truth. Now that you have seen the picture of the truth from His word, salvation awaits you if you will imbibe that truth and let Christ be formed in you so that you can start to live by and with Him henceforth.

Please pray: Lord, I realize you are my father and you want the best for me in love. Please forgive my past riotous living in Jesus’ name. As I decide to be led of your Spirit for the rest of my life, please look upon me henceforth the way you see Christ, in Jesus’ name. Let my life shine forth your glory better than those that came before me, in Jesus’ name.

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