Did You Know Position vs. Relationship

By October 13, 2016Uncategorized

Did you know that at the moment we are salved our spiritual position in Christ is established?  Not only is our spiritual position established, but it is established for all eternity.  The apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus, ” We have been raised up with Him and seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). That is our position and nothing can change it.  How can this be?  It is a reality because our sins are no longer imputed to us under the Covenant of Grace.  All sin was imputed on Jesus at the Cross, past, present, and future.  Hear now the reassuring words of Jesus, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand”  We could rest in those words alone, but there is more.  “My Father, who has given them to Me is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them from My Father’s hand.”  “I and the Father are One” (John 10:27-30).  No one can snatch us away because the One who saved us also sealed us with the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 1:13-4:30).  Can our enemy break the seal?  The answer is no!  In the Book of Revelation, John wept because no one in heaven, or on earth, or under the earth was able to break the books seal.  Yet an Elder said to John, “Stop weeping, The Lion from the Tribe of Judah has overcome and will open the book and its seven seals” (Rev 5:4-5).  Ephesians 4:30 reminds us that we are sealed for the day of redemption (When He calls us unto Himself).

Now we come to another very important part of our salvation, and that is our relationship with the One who saved us and gave up His life for us, Jesus of Nazareth.  As every reader knows, good relationships must be cultivated and nurtured.  It is no different when it comes to our relationship with the Lord, but with this warning:  OUR WORKS WILL NOT CREATE PEACE IN OUR HEARTS AND NEITHER WILL THEY CREATE A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR FATHER!   Reading our bible is good.  Going to church is good.  Doing for others is good, but none of these things will create a meaningful relationship with Jesus.  A woman by the name of Martha thought that her works would be pleasing to Jesus, yet He desired much more that she cease from her labor and sit with her sister Mary at His feet.  He wanted to talk with Martha but he could not because she was always busy.  It is the same with us.

God is desirous that we do good, but our doing is not what makes us good.  We are good and enjoy doing good things  because that is our new nature.  An apple farmer does not have to tell an apple tree to give apples because that is the trees nature.  In the same way we as Christians do good things because that is our nature.  Too be sure, the more time we spend in His Word and taking with Him, the better we will be for it.  The more we seek after Him the stronger our tree will become and the more apples we will produce.  Just a reminder —- His number is never busy and we never need to leave a recording.  He is patiently waiting for us to enter into His throne room of Grace and sit at His feet.

Until next Friday, keep your focus on the Word and He will keep you in perfect peace.  In Christ,  Don & Penny — You can contact us at Penny51648@yahoo.com