“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26)
I wanted to spend the next few days exploring this whole idea of being “in Christ Jesus.” If the real key to a true Christian life is found in knowing who we are, then we must begin with what is foundational: Faith in Jesus means that we are received into Jesus. We not only belong to Him – He has actually made us a part of Himself.
At the core of who we are NOW, because of receiving Jesus (and His work on our behalf), is this whole notion of an eternal bond and living connection with Jesus.
We are united with Christ. We share in what Jesus has done – in what He is doing now – and in what He will do. His work was not just to forgive us, but to make us a part of Himself. He has done all this, because He has divine work to do on earth… right now. He has, clearly, returned to the Father. (Acts 1:9) He is currently seated at the Father’s right Hand (Eph. 1:20), in what the Bible calls “the heavenly places.”
So if He has work to do right now, and He is sitting in a place that is NOT here – He has to make connection with here, to get done, what He wants to do.
God’s plan was ingenious. Make a way for Jesus to be in two places at once. Provide a way for Him to be in heaven and on earth at the same time! And to do that, He had to make a way for us to be connected with Him – to become part of Him.
This is exactly what the cross was all about. We were ALL separated from God (by sin and death) so He became sin, and died in our place (2 Cor. 5:21). And when He was raised from the dead, by the power of God, He enabled us to be raised with Him – establishing a new way of living… BEing restored to relationship with Him.
The whole point of the cross was the termination of our old existence, so that a new way of living could become our norm. Where, once, we were not God’s people, we are NOW God’s people – simply by trusting in Jesus’ work, through the cross.
What makes this new way of living a reality is by truly believing in Jesus. This means that: We accept the facts about us (we were separated from God by our sins; we deserved wrath!); the facts about Jesus (He died in our place to take care of our sin/judgment problem); and we accept the Person of Jesus (we embrace a real Person Who desires to have a real relationship with us). It is not the facts about Jesus that saves us – it is the Person of Jesus. And His saving work was always about restoring a relationship with us, that had been stolen because of sin.
There is a term that the Bible uses to describe this new relationship… “sonship” (which also includes “daughtership.”) We will talk more about the details of what this means in our next time together. But for now, this is the thought we must embrace… Before Christ, you were a homeless orphan – separated from God, and from any real and meaningful connection with Him. After receiving Jesus, you actually become a part of His Family – His Own children… privileged to share in everything He is… and possesses.
We thought Jesus only came to take away our sins – but He actually came to make us all members of His family!
Prayer focus: God, help me to see the privilege of being your child!