In Christ

  Close-up of Easter Lilies (Lilium longiflorum)“For He chose us
in Him

before
the creation of the world

to be
holy and blameless
in His sight.”

(Ephesians 1:4)

 

 

Reflection:
“In His sight.” God has chosen us ‘in Christ’ and He looks at us in and through Christ, who has become our “righteousness, holiness and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30) We do not have a righteousness of our own, but a righteousness “which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”(Philippians 3:9)

Christ is our new life; we are only acceptable to God in terms of our unity with Jesus – the reality and depth of our relationship with and faith in Him. God sees us ‘in Christ’ as an inseparable part of Him – or as totally separate from Him.

Christ has done for us what we could not do, and cannot do, for ourselves. He has taken our sin with its stain and guilt and dealt with it on the cross. Now He is risen from the dead to the right hand of God. As we put our faith and trust in Him we become a part of His life and reality and are seen by God in that context. Out of love, gratitude, and a redeemed vision, we seek to live out our new identity and relationship with God by presenting to Him our love, worship, adoration and best endeavours. Where we fall short the difference is provided by Christ. It is no excuse for poor standards or self-indulgence for only our best response is worthy of God and His Son, Jesus Christ – our Saviour and Lord. However, as still so very fallible, through our union with Christ we are indeed holy and blameless in God’s sight.

Response:
Christ calls you, as you read this, today. Come closer to Him, or come to Him for the first time. He, and He alone, is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is our salvation.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, You call me by name, with a purpose that started before time began. You hold out Your hand to me. I take Your hand now and place my full trust and hope in You. Thank You for making me a part of Your Life. Amen.

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