Archive for October 8, 2007

“the life I now live”   2 comments

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A pastor of a church we used to attend sends an e-mail out each Friday in preparation for his Sunday sermon. I love staying connected with that church this way and I must share his latest e-mail with you:

“I’ve had a verse in Scripture running through my mind for the past couple of days. Galatians 2:20 says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Paul’s personal confession of faith has shaped my own over the years, but there is a single phrase in the verse that has taken on a deeper meaning for me as I’ve prepared for Sunday’s message. It’s the phrase, “the life I now live.” Think about the life you now live. Is it the life that God has in mind for you? I suspect that at different times in each of our lives we have settled for something less than God’s best for us. The Apostle Paul defines the life that God has in mind for us in II Corinthians 3. It can only be found in the “new covenant” that God has made available to us through Christ and by the Holy Spirit. It is a truly supernatural life.

I like how John Piper describes this life…”Christian living is supernatural or it is nothing. The Church is made of “living stones…built into a spiritual house” (I Peter 2:5). “Spiritual” is the opposite of merely “natural.” It means being inhabited and guided and empowered by the supernatural Spirit of Christ. Paul distinguished between a natural person and a spiritual person. (I Cor. 2:14-15). He called those who act like natural persons “mere humans” (I Cor. 3:4). Christians are not mere humans. They are “spiritual humans.” God resides in them (I Cor. 6:19). They have new, supernatural life flowing through them. They live with power that is not merely their own.”

There is no way we can be the Church without this experience. The call to deny ourselves for the sake of love, to return good for evil, to forgive seventy times seven, to endure one another, and to keep on doing this with joy for fifty or sixty or eighty years is not possible to the natural human. It is only possible supernaturally. I look forward to our time together in God’s Word this week. Ask God to give you a clear picture of the “life you now live” and the boldness to embrace the life God wants you to live.”

Photo Note: Taken from the plane from CA to WA 10/4/2007

Posted October 8, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Christianity, Faith, Life, Quotes