Is Christ in, where Christ is on it?

367 is Christ in it where Christ is on itFor years, I hold back to eat pork. In a supermarket I bought a "veal bratwurst". Someone told me, "There's pork in that veal bratwurst!" I could hardly believe it. In the fine print, however, it was black and white. "Der Kassensturz" (a Swiss TV show) has tested the veal bratwurst and writes: Veal sausages are very popular at barbecues. But not every sausage that looks like a veal bratwurst is one too. Often it contains more pork than veal. There are also differences in taste. An expert jury has tested the best selling veal squares for the "Kassensturz". The best veal bratwurst contained just 57% veal and was rated as particularly tasty. Today, we examine the label "being a Christian" and ask ourselves: "Is Christ in, where Christ is on it?"

Do you know a person who is a good Christian? I only know one of whom I can say without hesitation that he is a good Christian. Jesus Christ Himself! The others are in the main Christians, as they allow Christ to live in them. What kind of Christian are you? An 100% Christian? Or are you a majority of yourself and therefore just a label holder, with a sign: "I am a Christian"! So you're probably a label swindler?

There is a way out of this dilemma! You and I, through repentance, repentance, in other words, turning back to Jesus become an 100% Christian! That's our goal.

In a first point, we look at "repentance"

Jesus said the right way into his sheepfold (in his kingdom) would lead through the door. Jesus says of himself: I am this door! Some want to climb over the wall to enter the kingdom of God. That will not do. The path to salvation that God has provided for us is made up of Repentance and faith to the Lord, Jesus Christ. This is the only way. God can not accept a person who in any other way tries to climb into his kingdom. John the Baptist preached the buses. This was the prerequisite for the people of Israel to accept Jesus as their Savior. This is true for you and me today!

"But after John was imprisoned, Jesus came to Galilee and preached the gospel of God, saying, The time has come, and the kingdom of God has come. Repent and believe the gospel "(Mark 1,14-15)!

The word of God is very clear here. Busses and faith are inextricably linked. If I have not regretted, then my whole foundation is unstable.

We all know the laws in road traffic. Some years ago I drove to Milan by car. I was in too much of a hurry and drove too fast in 28 km per hour. I was lucky. My driver's license was not withdrawn from me. The police gave me a hefty penalty and a judicial warning. Buses to do in traffic means to pay an amount and keep to the rules.

Since the time when sin came into the world through Adam and Eve, people are under the yoke of sin. The punishment for sin is eternal death! Everybody pays for this punishment at the end of his life. "To do penance" means to make a turnaround in life. Turning back from his self-centered life and turning to God.

Doing buses means: "I recognize my own sinfulness and confess it! "I am a sinner and deserve eternal death! "My selfish lifestyle brings me to the state of death.

"You too were dead by your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live according to the nature of this world, under the mighty who rules in the air, the Spirit who is at work at this time in the children of disobedience. Among them, all of us once led our lives in the desires of our flesh and did the will of the flesh and the senses and were children of nature's wrath as well as the others (Ephesians 2,1-3).

My conclusion:
Because of my transgressions and sins, I am dead. I am unable to become spiritually perfect on my own. As a dead person, I have no life in me and can not do anything on my own. In the state of death I am totally dependent on the help of Jesus Christ, my Savior. Only Jesus can raise dead people.

Do you know the following story? When Jesus heard that Lazarus was ill, he waited for two full days until he left to go to Lazarus in Bethany. What was Jesus waiting for? For the time until Lazarus could do nothing on his own. He waited for the confirmation of his death. I imagine how it felt when Jesus stood at his grave. Jesus said, "Lift the stone away!" Marta, the deceased sister's sister, replied, "He stinks, he's already dead 4 days!"

A question:
Is there anything in your life that stinks, something you do not want Jesus to expose, "by rolling the stone away?" Back to the story.

They rolled away the stone and Jesus prayed and called in a loud voice "Lazarus, come out!" The deceased came out.
The time is fulfilled, the voice of Jesus comes to you. The kingdom of God has come near to you. Jesus calls in a loud voice, "Come out!" The question is, how do you get out of your selfish, selfish, stinking way of thinking and acting? What do you need? You need someone to help you roll the stone away. You need someone to help you get rid of the graves. They need someone to help you bury old stinking ways of thinking and acting.

Now we come to the next point: "The old man"

The biggest obstacle in my life was my sinful nature. The Bible speaks in this context of the "old man". That was my condition without God and without Christ. To my old man belongs everything that contradicts the will of God: my fornication, my impurity, my shameful passions, my evil desires, my greed, my idolatry, my wrath, my wrath, my wickedness, my blasphemies, my shameful words, mine Overwork and my cheating. Paul shows the solution to my problem:

"We know that our old man is crucified with him, so that the body of sin may be destroyed, so that henceforth we do not serve sin. For he who died has been made free from sin "(Romans 6,6-7).

For me to live in a close relationship with Jesus, the old man must die. That happened to me at my baptism. Not only did Jesus accept my sins when he died on the cross. He also let my "old man" die on this cross.

"Or do you not know that all we who are baptized Christ Jesus are baptized into his death? So we are buried with him by baptism into death, so that, as Christ is risen from the dead through the glory of the Father, we also walk in a new life "(Romans 6,3-4).

Martin Luther called this old man "old Adam". He knew that this old man can "swim". I always give the "old man" the right to live. I'll smudge my feet with it. But Jesus is ready to wash these again and again! From God's perspective, I was washed clean with Jesus' blood.

We consider the next point "The law"

Paul compares the relationship to the law with a marriage. I initially made the mistake of marrying the Levitical law instead of Jesus. I sought to achieve victory over sin on my own with keeping this law. The law is a good, morally upright partner. That's why I mistook the law for Jesus. My spouse, the law, never hit or hurt me. I find no mistake in any of his demands. The law is fair and good! The law, however, is a very demanding "husband". He expects perfection from me in every area. He asks me to keep the house sparkling clean. Books, clothes and shoes must all be in the right place. The food must be prepared on time and perfectly. At the same time, the law does not touch a finger to help me with my work. He does not help me in the kitchen or anywhere else. I want to end this relationship with the law because it is not a love affair. But that does not work.

"For a woman is bound to her husband by the law as long as the man lives; but when the man dies, she is free from the law that binds her to the man. If she is with another man while her husband lives, she is called an adulteress; but when her husband dies she is free from the law, so she is not an adulteress if she takes another man. So you too, my brethren, are slain by the law of the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, the one raised from the dead, that we may bear fruit to God "(Romans 7,2-4).

I was put "in Christ" when he died on the cross, so I died with him. Therefore, the law loses its legal claim on me. Jesus fulfilled the law. I have been in God's mind since the beginning and he united me with Christ so that he could have mercy on me. Allow me the following remark: When Jesus died on the cross, did you also die with him? We all died with him, but that's not the end of the story. Today, Jesus wants to live in each one of us.

"For I died by law to the law, that I may live God. I am crucified with Christ. I live, but not me, but Christ lives in me. For what I now live in the flesh, I live in faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me "(Galatians 2,19-20).

Jesus said: "No one has greater love than that he gives his life for his friends (John 15,13)". I know these words apply to Jesus Christ. He sacrificed his life for you and me! If I give my life for Jesus, that is the greatest love I can express to him. By unconditionally giving my life to Jesus, I participate in the sacrifice of Christ.

"I exhort you, brethren, by the mercy of God, to deliver your bodies as a sacrifice that is living, holy, and pleasing to God. That is your reasonable worship "(Romans 12,1).

To do real buses means:

  • I deliberately say yes to the death of the old man.
  • I say yes to the deliverance from the law through the death of Jesus.

Believing means:

  • I say yes to the new life in Christ.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old has passed, behold, the new has become "(2, Corinthians 5,17).

The crucial point: "The new life in Jesus Christ"

In Galatians we have read: "I live, but not me, but Christ lives in me", What does your new life in Christ look like? What is the standard Jesus set for you? Does he allow you to keep your home (your heart) dirty and dirty? No! Jesus demands much more than the law required! Jesus says:

"You have heard that said," Thou shalt not commit adultery. "But I tell you, he who looks at a woman to desire her has already broken the marriage with her in his heart" (Matthew 5,27-28).

What is the difference between Jesus and the law. The law demanded a lot, but did not give you any help and gave you no love. Jesus' demand is much higher than the requirement of the law. But he comes to your aid with your order. He says, "Let's do everything together. Clean the house together, put clothes and shoes together in the right place ". Jesus does not live for himself, but participates in your life. This means that you should no longer live for yourself, but participate in your life. They participate in the work of Jesus.

"And so he died for all, so that they who live there Do not live yourselfbut the one who died and rose for them "(2, Corinthians 5,15).

Being a Christian means living in a very close relationship with Jesus. Jesus wants to be involved in all your life situations! HIM is rooted in true faith, true hope and love itself. Its foundation is Christ alone. Yes, Jesus loves you! I ask them: Who is Jesus for you, personally?

Jesus wants to fulfill your heart and be your center! You must give your life completely to Jesus and live in his dependence. You will never be disappointed. Jesus is love. He gives it to you and wants your best.

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2, Peter 3,18).

I grow in grace and knowledge, through understanding "Who I am in Jesus Christ"! This changes my behavior, attitude, and everything I do. That is true wisdom and knowledge. EVERYTHING IS GRACE, an undeserved gift! It's about growing more and more into this consciousness of "CHRIST IN US". Maturity is to live in perfect harmony in this "IN CHRIST".

We come to the conclusion "remorse in connection with faith"

We read "Repent and believe the gospel. This is the beginning of our new life in Christ and in the Kingdom of God. You and I are alive in Christ. That's a good news. This faith is both encouragement and challenge. He is true joy! This belief is alive.

  • See the hopelessness of this world. Death, disasters and misery. They believe the word of God, "God overcomes evil with good".
  • You experience the needs and concerns of your fellow human beings, are aware that they have no solution for them. What you can offer them is to have a close and intimate relationship with Jesus. He alone brings success, joy and peace. Only he can accomplish the miracle of repentance!
  • They put into the hands of God every day. No matter what happens, you are safe in his hands. He has every situation under control and gives you wisdom for making the right decisions. "
  • They are for no reason small-scale, accused and accused. But your faith says, "I AM IN JESUS ​​CHRIST." He has experienced it all and knows how my life feels. They trust him completely.

Paul formulated it in the chapter on faith in Hebrew:

"Faith is a firm confidence in what one hopes, and a non-doubting of what one does not see" (Hebrews 11,1)!

This is the real challenge in daily life with Jesus. You give him your full confidence.

For me, the following fact counts:

Jesus Christ lives 100% in me. He protects and fulfills my life.

I fully trust in Jesus. I hope you too!

by Pablo Nauer