One with Christ_Part 2
By Godswill Etu
Recall we have said; when we talk about God, we talk about a spiritual being. We therefore have a spiritual concept on our minds. The relationship of the believer with God is spiritual. We have also said that; Christ was the redemption price, the mediator and the mediation between man and God so that we could become all that He is.
Let’s see what God did in Christ when he raised him up from the dead; ”And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church” (Eph 1:19-22).
From this scripture we see that God raised up Christ from the dead, exalted Him and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenlies, far above everything. Also, ”…God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. (Phi 2:9)
In Chapter 2 of Ephesians, God does same thing in us, through Christ; ”And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins… And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:1-6). Christ is seated in the heavenlies, the believer in Christ is also seated in the heavenlies. Meaning that, all that has been put under His feet is also under our feet and same as he is high above principalities, we are.
But if (or since) the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Rom 8:11) (words in bracket; my addition). The same Spirit of God which raised Christ from the dead is what the believer has received. It’s a fusion which makes the believer a carrier of the Spirit of God. The believer cannot afford to look at himself or herself from the perspectives or opinions of men but based on what God says about him or her.
Furthermore; the bible unequivocally declares that God sent His only begotten son to die for the world. ”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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17), 1Jn 4:9. Through the finished work Christ, we are now placed in the same position as He was/is. ”Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God… Beloved, now are we the sons of God’’ (1John. 3:1-2).
As much as Jesus is the son of God, we also are Sons of God. Jesus was the only begotten son, but not anymore, for he is ”… the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth…, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Rev 1:5). He is the prototype, the womb from which we are all now born anew unto God. ”Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1Pe 1:3). Same way Christ was begotten from the dead, we have been begotten by the resurrection of Christ Jesus. Now we are sons of God together with Christ. Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Rom 6:4
Talking about being sons of God, the bible says this; “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Gal 4:5-7).
The word adoption as used in the scripture above, is in the Greek; uihothesia (pronounced hwee-oth-es-ee’-ah) and means the placing as a son. The same word is used in this scripture; ”For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Rom 8:15) and we understand that the same Spirit in Christ that made him the Son of God is in us and places us as sons of God. Same Spirit, same measure. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (Eph 4:7 RSV). Like my Pastor; Pastor Adedayo Ponnle will rightly put it; it’s ”Same-Same”. It is the same Spirit, same measure. Glory! See yourself in this light!
Say these words out loud:
I am a new creation in Christ
I do not have a refurbished spirit
I have the same Spirit of my Father in me
I am one indivisible spiritual element with Christ
Same power, same glory, same nature, same character, same faith
All in me because I have believed the gospel
To be Continued…