Who Am I, Day 3 of 7


Who Am I? (A Christian’s Inherited Traits, 11 through 15 of 35)
 
  • I am a temple – a dwelling place – of God.  His Spirit and His life dwell in me (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19).
  • I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17).
  • I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:30).
  • I am a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).
  • I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18,19).

Today’s observations: 

  1. All of today’s descriptions (traits) are found in the letters to the Corinthians.  The Apostle Paul wrote these letters because the Corinthians were falling to many of the lies Satan was whispering in their ears.  Ultimately, they believed the lie that they could live like the world and live in the flesh and still be considered good Christians; and the church was not holding them responsible.  As a result, the Corinthians forgot who they were in Christ.  They forgot the transformation that Christ had begun in them.  They forgot that they had access to the Power necessary to overcome the evil one and to live a life that would be a true reflection of Christ.
  2. The first three of today’s descriptions describe how all believers are one with Him; He personally dwells in us; His life is in us; His Spirit is in us, and we are one in spirit with Him; and collectively, we are His Body.
  3. The 4th trait reminds me of these verses from the book of Revelations:

  "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, no more sorrow, no crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away…behold, I make all things new." -Rev. 21:3-9

Did you notice that that last sentence says "the former things have passed away…behold, I make all things new"?  When we received Christ, our old self died and was buried!  The symbolism of baptism (of the water submersion type) represents the burial of our old self and our old nature with it.  Likewise, when we are brought out of the water, it symbolizes a new person being brought forth from water, just as a newborn in the flesh is brought forth from the water of the womb! 

The full verse quotation for the 4th trait is "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away (died, buried, and ceases to exist); behold, all things have become new."  It is imperative we memorize this verse in defense against the lies and schemes of the devil.

    4.  The last trait shows what we are equipped to do, since we have experience in this; we are to be ministers of reconcililiation:  ministering the reconciliation of Christ to others, and ministering reconciliation to each other.  See 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 for a detailed explanation of this vital ministry that all believers are to have.

With My Prayers for a Day of Blessing from the Lord,

Jim

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