11/16/2014 ~ Rising in Christ
Darkness consumes all those who refuse to see.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust,
that He might bring us to God, ... ~ 1st Peter 3:18
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\ In His light /
He offers each of us eternal life on a proverbial golden platter.
... reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin,
but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:8-11
Christ is an example of how to live by being alive.
... if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life
because of righteousness. ~ Romans 8:9-10
└─> The goodness in us for Love of God.
Our cornerstone is to be “in” Him.
Our death of self holds life in Him.
This sermon, along with being a review,
is also a reminder to all mature Christians not to ignore
what He asks of each of us and how He expects us to live.
Righteousness is a matter of Spirit rejoicing that God is in us.
Do we choose to be a devoted friend of God as He returns?
Our choice of desire declares our eternal destiny.
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For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
~ 1st Corinthians 15:22
Most wait watching from the outside.
"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." ~ Matthew 16:25
Many are dying to live but one must in fact die to be made alive.
Sacrifice supersedes self seeking.
... to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. ~ 1st Corinthians 1:22-24
All are called and the depth of one’s conviction is how
deeply this call is heard. He sacrificed for us to be able to hear.
"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me
is not worthy of Me." ~ Matthew 10:38
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... it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now
live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, ... ~ Galatians 2:20
⇾ He demands that we endure.
We cannot be double minded in our walk as true believers.
Jealousy and envy blind many devoured in closed dark hearts.
... that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and
the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, ...
~ Philippians 3:10
To know Him is larger than life itself.
Suffering to live eternally is the path we walk.
... raised us up together, and made us sit together
in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, ... ~ Ephesians 2:4-7
In the storm of life, is our foundation Christ?
He knocks and the door to His house is the light home.
... all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through
Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 5:17-19
Being reconciled to God refreshes us
to stand unblemished before God Himself.
For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.
Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's ~ Romans 14:8
Death is a matter of natural events. To see God is to
embrace more than just earth and it’s unobtainable gifts.
Larger than what we cannot have on our own,
He offers true salvation for the humbled faithful.
"Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other." ~ Isaiah 45:22
To awaken to God can only increase one’s faith
~ for love in Him has no end.
The way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below.
~ Proverbs 15:24
One can either choose the path of darkness or light
... For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 2:11-13
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ 1st Corinthians 1:9
For those called, He remains with us steadfast for all eternity.
... Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?
- unless indeed you are disqualified. ~ 2nd Corinthians 13:5
For His light to shine within you,
our obedient confidence is our own self witness.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. ~ John 1:4
... "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not
walk in darkness, but have the light of life." ~ John 8:12
To shine in Him we must accept Him in our heart of hearts.
... who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort
those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves
are comforted by God. ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 1:3-5
All can be stretched at times.
Our strength in Him is comfort for others.
~ Trust in Him defines character of Spirit. ~
He gives us the power to float in weakness as we are made strong
enduring through the end of His cause. Our release is our strength.
... casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. ~ 1st Peter 5:7
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation
through our Lord Jesus Christ, ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:9-11
He asks that we join in Him together with others unswervingly.
"For where two or three are gathered together in My name,
I am there in the midst of them." ~ Matthew 18:20
To love one another is to shine in His truth of Spirit.
... If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected
in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us,
because He has given us of His Spirit. ~ 1st John 4:12-13
God is a Spirit of unending Love.
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit,
if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. ... ~ Romans 8:9
The Spirit of Christ loves
transcending past the mortal confines of the flesh.
"He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.
And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him
and manifest Myself to him." ~ John 14:21
For the true disciple,
His love for us is as much as our love for Him and more.
... that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you,
being rooted and grounded in love, ... ~ Ephesians 3:17
And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's. ~ 1st Corinthians 3:23
The mature Christian acknowledges that Christ God
Creator of all is in us all. He sent Himself that we may know Him.
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. ~ Philippians 1:21
Many things for consideration envelope the wisdom of God.
True relationship does not neglect submission
to His omnipotence in earnest prayer.
... He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God
does not have life. ~ 1st John 5:10-12
To achieve eternal life as sinners,
we must rely on His sacrifice for this life He offers to be ours.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have
been brought near by the blood of Christ. ~ Ephesians 2:13
By His sacrifice we are cleansed of what would be held against us.
"... As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father,
so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me." ~ John 6:56-57
He requests that we feed upon all that is of His life
accepting the spiritual sustenance of God’s own truth.
... For we, though many, are one bread and one body;
for we all partake of that one bread. ~ 1st Corinthians 10:16-17
In remembrance of Him we have unity.
Christ left us with a simple act of worship
that allows us to intimately become part of His life.
... but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings,
that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
~ 1st Peter 4:13
No suffering is greater than what has been offered.
Spirit will be realized by His own, chosen by each individual
conviction of spirit in pursuit of Him.
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not
even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
~ 1st Thessalonians 2:19
How glorious to eventually be in His presence. Our joy is
glory in Him. We wait for Him as He equally waits for us.
... the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles:
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. ~ Colossians 1:27
Our hope in Him is our beacon to eternity.
... God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels,
Preached among Gentiles, Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory. ~ 1st Timothy 3:16
His undeniable truth offers emancipation for all of us
☣ confined to the earth where inert dust is the final result. ☠
Will you choose to be among those patiently waiting at His revealing?
... When Christ who is our life appears,
then you also will appear with Him in glory. ~ Colossians 3:2-4
Our spirit can only enlarge as we gaze
to that which is ahead greater than ourselves.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above,
where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. ~ Colossians 3:1
Our hearts may join in Him in the covenant of His love.
... in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus
we shall always be with the Lord. ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 4:17-18
Eternity has more significance than passing temporary desires.
Our greatest desire should be our return to God through
the sacrifice of His Son; that we may be humbled
in the face of His greatness beyond measure.
And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
~ 1st Corinthians 6:14
The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.
~ 2nd Timothy 4:22
He remains so be it!
Our hearts will be no less than transparent
at the revealing of His light.
For the crown of life to be had
we must be immersed in Him.
Praise the Lord
Darkness will not survive in His light.
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