Heart Check Tuesday 04 August 2020
John 3:16 says that ‘’For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In the scripture above, Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus the organic process of death, burial and resurrection that takes place when an unbeliever experiences salvation.
Likewise, in John 1:12, the set of people who open their hearts to receive this gift of salvation were not only saved but were empowered to become the sons of God. When a believer gets saved, God gives grace and power to live a new kind of life and this life is called Zoë.
When Jesus appeared to Saul (who persecuted the church), his name did not only change but his life was exchanged. Saul, who was known as a murderer, became a preacher of the gospel to the point that it was difficult to relate that he was the same man who once consented to the death of many brethren. The traces of his past life could not be spotted in the new life that he lived! This is the power of the exchanged life at work and not just a changed life.
You can decide not to do certain things anymore and begin to do some other things because you have received new forms of knowledge – that is a typical change. However, immediately you surrender your life to the Master, what He does is beyond your will but the will of the Father.
From Romans 6:1-6, we can see that once we accept Jesus, there is a death to sin, burial and resurrection. By implication, not only do we become irritated by sin, we cannot commit sin – except a believer willfully does – there is an inherent power that makes it abstract to sin against God.
Galatians 2:20 iterates: “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.’’ We are dead in baptism to the world and the pleasures of sin in this present corrupt world to be raised thereafter to live in Christ.
Allowing the government of the Lord in your life gives Him the authority to undo the state of lawlessness which became the state of the soul (mind) on account of the fall in Eden. He takes us through difficult situations while He administers grace through our spirit in a limited measure just to see us through each day thus gradually taking us beyond ourselves until we begin to trust in Him more than ourselves.
At this point, it is longer we that live but He that lives through us and our lives are not just changed at this point but exchanged. Of a truth, the experience of victory in our Christian walk begins here as the holy fear of the Lord shapes our thoughts, minds, and expressions to obey the will of God.
Every believer who reckons with this truth becomes the son of God empowered to sin no more. Beauties of the Kingdom are exchanged for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
Therefore, we see through scriptures that the message of salvation holistically ends with an exchanged life; the things that we were used to cannot be done again as the Holy Spirit takes charge and this consciousness keeps us sanctified, even as we are empowered to rise above the struggles that plague the unbeliever.
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