“When we really understand who we are, we can walk away from this lonesome, needless fight that so many men and women battle, and rest in who God fashioned us to be.” —Bill Ewing, Rest Assured
Life “in Christ” is a journey of exploration and discovery from beginning to end. “Christ in us” is the “great mystery,” as Paul put it. And anyone who thinks they fully understand this mystery doesn’t get it at all. This is incredible stuff that just keeps getting deeper and wider.
When we began life in Christ, we began to experience all sorts of new things (regeneration, justification, sanctification, propitiation, and a whole slew of other neat sounding words that end in “-ation”). But all this new stuff brings up an interesting question: What about the old stuff? The question usually comes to me like this: “Okay, Pete, after I get born again, do I now have two natures? At the core of my being, where it really matters, am I half good and half bad now?”
Maybe you’ve never really thought about it. Maybe you are one of those who loves to debate this sort of thing at coffee shops while smoking a pipe. (Coffee shops are required for this type of discussion, but I suppose the pipe smoking is optional, particularly if you are female.) Either way, how you answer this question is hugely important. It’s a perplexing question, full of emotion and experiences that pull us back and forth. But here’s the answer:
Yeah, that’s it. One little syllable; two little letters. But again, this is huge. If you are in Christ, you don’t have two “natures”—you have one nature, and your nature is in Christ too.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! —2 Corinthians 5:17
Being born again first requires a death—a death deeper and more profound than anything we can fully fathom. Exploring that death brings fresh light to our journey of discovering Life.
Father, as I open Your Word, I anticipate that You want to teach me something—maybe something new; maybe a reminder of something I have long-forgotten. I know that by Your Spirit You want to do a work within me. So in the days ahead, I offer myself to You and Your teaching, so that I can experience more of who I am in Your Son. Amen.
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A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World
It’s a challenge for most followers of Jesus Christ to live in a culture driven by values and views that run counter to our faith and to the truth of Scripture. And we wonder how best to relate.
Should we isolate ourselves from such a world, trying to keep ourselves “unstained”? Should we be intimidated by what our secular counterparts believe because we feel “out of step”? Then again, maybe we should identify more closely with the values of our world in order to win more people to Christ.
Stuart Briscoe takes you on a journey to discover how to live as a Christ follower in our fallen culture in his new small book, A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World. By looking at the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50), Stuart shows you an excellent model for how we should indeed live in our world!
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