4-30-17 Spirit – Oneness – Bearing One Another’s Burdens

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SPIRIT UNITY – ONENESS – CO-INHERANCE – SUBSTITUTION, COMMUNITY

John 17:20-24 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY THIS HAPPENS – THIS KIND ONENESS –  John 20:19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

JESUS – SOMETHING ABSOLUTLEY NECESSARY FOR THE ACCOMPLISHMENT WHY HE CAME

HIS CROSS & RESURECTION JUST THE DOOR – THE OPENING INTO GREATER REALITY

CLEARING RUBBLE, SIN BROKENNESS – OPEN THIS DOOR – INTO SPIRIT LIFE

PAUL REALIZED SOMETHING:

Ephesians 4:1-4 I entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing up one another in love, making every effort to watch over and guard the oneness (unity) of the Spirit in the bindings of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling…

THE FATHER ANSWERED JESUS PRAYER – MADE US ONE!  NOW TO SEE IT, WE MUST WALK IN THE REALITY OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE BEEN JOINED BENEATH THE SURFACE – JOINED AT THE SPIRIT LEVEL, NO LONGER JUST INDIVIDUAL – WE ARE PART OF A ‘ONENESS’

THIS FLIES IN FACE OUR RUGGED AMERICAN INDIVIDUALISM, I AM A ROCK, I AM AN ISLAND, I DID IT MY WAY, I GO IT ALONE, I DON’T NEED ANYONE INDEPENDENTLY WEALTHY, MAKE MY OWN WAY, NOT BEHOLDEN TO ANYONE,

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.  REALLY? HOW’S THAT WORKING FOR YOU?

THOSE TRY THIS END UP ALONE AND HOLLOW – SELF-MADE MEN END UP WITH JUST THAT – THEMSELVES!  THIS IS WHAT I HAVE CHOSEN?

BIOGRAPHIES SHELVES ARE LITTERED WITH STOROES OF LONELY SELFMADE MEN – AND WE READ HEADLINES of DRUGS THAT KILLED THEM

WE BUILD OUR FORTRESSES, CASTLE – CLIMB INSIDE, WE CLOSE THE DOOR (MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY!)  LEAVE US ALONE!  GET OUR WISH, LEFT ALONE WITH OURSELVES

VERY OFTEN LEARN WE DON’T LIKE COMPANY WE ARE FORCED TO KEEP – SELF!

JESUS OFFERS US LIFE WE WERE CREATED FOR:  LIFE FULL, RICH, SATISFYING!

GOOD NEWS – NOT ON OUR OWN!  NEVER ALONE!  PLACES US IN A BODY!

guard the oneness of the Spirit in the bindings of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling…

God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.    1 Corinthians 12:24-27

MADE TO LIVE IN COMMUNITY

NOT SAYING COMMUNE – NOT WORK EITHER! COMMUNISM – NEVER WORKS (OUTSIDE GOD)

HOW DOES THIS WORK?  THE SPIRIT INSIDE LIVING LIKE CHRIST WITH EACH OTHER

Galatians 6:1-10 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

2  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  (the new commandment of Christ—the royal law of love: cp. Jas 2:8. 3.

LOOK LIKE JESUS!   JESUS – SUBSTITUTION – THE GREAT EXCHANGE: This is the gospel — the good news that our sins are laid on Christ and his righteousness is laid on us, and that this great exchange becomes ours

Isaiah 53:4-6 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down… he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.  All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.

HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR OURS THAT WE MAY HAVE HIS LIFE!

AS WE ARE MADE INTO IMAGE OF CHRIST – THIS IS SUCH A FUNDAMENTAL CHARACTER HIS

WE TOO – GIVE OUR  LIVES FOR OTHERS – THAT THEY HAVE IT BETTER!

THIS IS WHAT LOVE IS – John 15:12-13  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

I GIVE MY LIFE FOR YOURS – MY LIFE IS MY TIME, MY BREATH, MY ENERGY, MY THOUGHTS, MY HEART, MY AFFECTIONS – GIVE THEM OVER FOR YOU

THIS IS MARRIAGE – THIS IS CHURCH – THIS IS NEW COMMUNION – NEW COMMUNITY

 

BEARING OTHER’S BURDENS

Ro 15:1 — We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

1Th 5:14 — Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Gal 5:14 — For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

THIS IS WHAT THE SPIRIT DOES – “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

LIFTS BONDAGE OF BROKENNES OFF OTHERS!

 

THIS IS POSSIBLE IN DIVINE LIFE:  The Christian doctrine of “Perichoresis,” or the mutual interrelationships among the three Persons of the Trinity—like an eternal dance. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit love one another and enact that love in such intimate community that humans can only make metaphors and mysteries to try to understand it. Add to this the doctrine of the Incarnation, in which Jesus is simultaneously and fully both God and human. These are both mysteries: How can some One be Three and One? How can one of them be dual-natured? Then add to that the doctrine of salvation: Christ’s risen life is in each person who accepts Him; therefore, we can share in the divine interrelationship of the Trinity and live as members of one another. All Christians, in all places and at all times, are members of the one Body of Christ. Another mystery.

 

ENGLISH WORD – CO-INHERENCE. Put simply, it is the idea that human beings are all dependent upon each other.

First, there is the universal human idea that everyone participates in physical exchange. I am dependent on the farmers who produce my food and the people who make my clothes; everyone is dependent upon everyone else via the division of labor; those who go to war die in the place of those who stay home.

The Way of Exchange or The Doctrine of Substitution.

In Exchange or Substitution,  – people can bear one another’s burdens—quite literally, physically, regardless of the nature of the burden. In chapter V of He Came Down from Heaven, Williams claims that the mockery hurled at Christ on the cross, “He saved others, but he cannot save himself,” was actually the rudimentary expression of a universal principle: nobody can save himself, but we can voluntarily substitute ourselves for others and “carry their burdens” quite literally, even though those burdens may be spiritual, emotional, or medical.

Colossians 1:24-27 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

4-23-17 What’s Next? Theosis!

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SO WHAT’S NEXT?  WHEN JESUS SAID “IT IS FINISHED” – WHAT DID HE MEAN?  I’M DONE, THERE IS NOTHING MORE TO DO?

OBVIOUSLY THERE WAS MORE TO DO – PREACH PRISONERS IN PRISON, RESURRECTION, ASCEND TO HIS FATHER

HEBREWS – “SAT DOWN”  DONE THEN?

NO – MUCH MORE TO DO – SEND SPIRIT, EVER INTERCEDED, BUILD HIS CHURCH

IT IS FINISHED – 5055 teléo (from 5056 /télos, “consummation, completion”) – properly, to complete (consummate), i.e. finish (qualitatively) the necessary process – with the results “rolling-over” to the next level (phase) of consummation.[This root (tel-) means “reaching the aim.” It is well-illustrated with the old pirate’s telescope, unfolding (extending out) one stage at a time to function at full-strength (capacity effectiveness).]

YES – FINISHED THE SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM, NOT NEEDED – DEFINITELY NOT DONE!

VERY GOOD PICTURE – ‘END OF THE WORLD’  WHAT IS THE END?  STOP? GO AWAY?  NO!

“the consummation of the age”  COMPLETED WHAT MEANT FOR THAT AGE

NEXT AGE, NEXT STEP – OUTPOURING HOLY SPIRIT – Luke 24:49-51  Behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”  And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.

Acts 1:4 And when they were gathered together, He commanded them: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift the Father promised…

I tell you the truth, it is for your benefit that I am going away. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth… You do know Him, for He abides with you and He will be in you.…  He will teach you all things   John 16:7, 14:16,17,  14:26

WHY BENEFIT?  WHAT JESUS GOAL? LOOK HIS FINAL PRAYER FEW MINUTES LATER – FOR US:

John 17:20-26  “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;

21  that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

22  And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

23  I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

24  Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

WHAT IS HIS GOAL FOR US? ONENESS – THIS GOES MUCH DEEPER THAN UNITY IN CHURCHES – THIS IS UNION WITH GOD!  ONENESS

‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’ Matthew 19:5

ONENESS – BELONGING, INTERPENETRATION – HEART, MIND, SOUL, BODY – HE GETS ME!

CLOSEST PICTURE WE HAVE IS MARRIAGE – GOES WAY BEYOND UNITY – UNION!

EVERY WEDDING CEREMONY SEE YOUNG COUPLE – KNOW WHY – LONGING TO BELONG, TO TRULY CONNECT, BECOME ONE!  WHOLE PERSON     OFTEN WONDER – WILL THEY MAKE IT?  NOT MEANING JUST NOT GET DIVORCED –  BUT WILL THEY TRULY BECOME ONE?  MANY MARRIAGES DON’T – MAY LIVE AS FRIENDS, MAY LIVE IN UNITY, SIDE BY SIDE – NEVER LEARN TO LIVE AS ONE

THERE IS SO MUCH TO LEARN – LIVE IN THIS ONE-NESS

EARLY CHURCH FATHERS – KNEW GREEK – SAW THIS MEANING

“At the heart of the Patristic doctrine of the Holy Trinity is theosis—the transformation of the human being in the communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

Ignatius of Antioch (c. 35 – c. 108)                         Polycarp of Smyrna (c. 69 – c. 155)                     Justin Martyr (c. 100 – c. 165)                         Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 120 – c. 202)                   Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 – c. 215)         Tertullian (c. 160 – c. 225)                                  Origen (c. 185 – c. 254)                                Athanasius (c. 296 – c. 373)                               Gregory of Nazianzus (329 – 389)                           Basil of Caesarea (c. 330 – 379)                             Gregory of Nyssa (c. 330 – c. 395),

“Gregory understood Christian salvation in terms of the larger idea of theosis, or “divinization,” the transforming participation in the being and life of God.”

The primacy of theosis in Eastern Christian theology is directly related to the fact that Eastern Christian theology is based on the direct spiritual insights of the saints or mystics of the church.  Romanized theology was based to a greater extent on the apparently more rational, judicial thought tradition of the West. 

Eastern Christians consider that “no one who does not follow the path of union with God can be a theologian” in the proper sense.

Flame of Love Clark Pinnock  – Obviously salvation is multifaceted and has many dimensions- conversion, new birth, justification and sanctification – but the goal is surely glorification and union with God. The removal of our condemnation is very important, but this is but a facet of salvation, part of a much larger scenario.  Acquittal before God is only the beginning, not the end of salvation. After being justified, we enter the process of being conformed to Christ and anticipate sharing God’s glory in the new community and new creation.

This has been the emphasis of Orthodoxy: our identity is found in relationship with God. The goal is immersion in the richness of the divine life. Salvation is the Spirit, who indwells us, drawing us toward participation in the life of the triune God. The goal is union with God…

To think of salvation in this way is to recover what early theologians called theosis. This category invites us to think of the goal of salvation as participation in the divine nature,

THIS IS THE BENEFIT – JESUS HERE – SIDE BY SIDE RELATIONSHIP, EVEN FACE TO FACE

FRIEND – COMPANION, TEACHER – BUT IN TRUE UNION – MUCH MORE!

 

MARRIAGE – THAT DAY CHANGES EVERY DAY FOLLOWING!  BECOME VERY DIFFERENT PERSON, THIS UNION CHANGES US VERY PROFOUND WAYS – SAME IN UNION – THEOSIS  THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!  UNION!  NEVER TO BE DIVIDED AGAIN!

 

Spirit sweeps us up into the love of God. Walking in the Spirit, we become ever better acquainted with the love that surpasses knowledge and are filled with the divine fullness (Eph 3:16-19). The Spirit summons us to a transforming friendship with God that leads to sharing in the triune life. Thanks to the grace of Christ and the love of God, the Spirit dwells in us and unites us to the corporate triune fellowship (2 Cor 13:13)

By faith we take hold of grace and by hope we wait patiently for it, but love is the very nature Of God and therefore the environment of eternity. Love characterizes life in the age to come. We will sit down at table in the kingdom and occupy the place prepared for us (Jn 143; Rev 19:l7). Second Peter 1:4 is not an isolated thought or throwaway line but enunciates a fundamental biblical teaching-what Paul speaks of as being united to Christ and john speaks of as a mutual indwelling in God. Union with God is not peripheral to salvation but the goal.

The purpose of life is a transforming friendship and union with God.

United to Christ in his participatory journey, we are on the path to share in God’s life through death and resurrection. The living flame of love is preparing souls for union with love. Jesus speaks of this oneness: “The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me”

(Jn 17.22-23>.9

Union with God is a state of intimacy, and sexual imagery may be used for it. Paul says that the love of male and female points to the mystery of Christ’s love for us (Eph 831). The reason we should reject prostitution is that we are one with the Lord (1 Cot 6:15-19). Salvation itself aims at a wedding (Rev 19:9). The new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven, is prepared as a bride for her husband.

 

Easter 2017 “I Am”

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RESURECTION LIFE – “I AM” VS “I AM NOT”

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WHO ARE YOU?

GOOD QUESTION – ISSUE – WHO?

MOSES – AT THE BURNING BUSH – LORD CALLED – MOSES ASKS VERY GOOD QUESTION – WHO AM I?

JEW?  PRINCE OF EGYPT? MURDERER, FUGITIVE? SHEPHERD?

 

GOD LEADS HIM TO MORE IMPORTANT QUESTION – WHO ARE YOU, GOD?  NAME = IDENTITY

THE FATHER’S ‘I AM’

Exodus 3:13-15 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’  THIS IS MY NAME: I AM!

GREATEST IDENTITY STATEMENT IN UNIVERSE – MY NAME IS I AM!   SELF-EXISTENT ONE, THE SOURCE OF ALL BEING IN THE UNIVERSE – THE ONE EVERY OTHER BEING UNIVERSE NAMED FROM

FAST FORWARD 1600 YEARS – JESUS ASKED – WHO ARE YOU?    JESUS ANSWER?  ‘I AM’

3X – John 6:35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. REPEATS 2 MORE TIMES:   51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;

2X – John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. COSMOS He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

2X – John 10:7 I am the door of the sheep.  9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved

2X John 10:14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

John 10:36 ‘I am the Son of God’   – John 14:10 I am in the Father, and the Father in Me –  the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

 

WHAT GOT HIM MOST TROUBLE THIS ONE:

John 8:56-59 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”  7 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”

58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

59 Then they took up stones to throw at Him;

 

JESUS – VERY VERY CLEAR ON WHO HIS IDENTITY – HE KNEW WHO HE WAS –

VERY INTERESTING TIME – AT HIS ARREST:

John 18:4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am.” Now when He said to them, “I am,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

18:8 Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,”

 

HOWEVER SAME NIGHT – – PETER’S DENIAL OF JESUS:  I AM NOT!

John 18:17 Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.”

 

John 18:25 As Simon Peter warmed himself, they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not!”

WE ALL – LOT I AM NOTS IN LIFE?  NOT GOOD ENOUGH, NOT SMART ENOUGH, NOT TALENTED ENOUGH, NEVER MEASURE UP MY STANDARD, ANY STANDARD – HOW MANY LIKE PETER FACED WITH REAL QUESTION WHO ARE – KNEE-JERK ANSWE ALSO – I AM NOT

BUT WHEN PETER He denied it and said, “I am not!”   DENYING JESUS OR DENYING HIMSELF?

 

JESUS SAID – Matthew 26:43 “In solemn truth I tell you,” replied Jesus, “that this very night, before the cock crows, you will three times disown me.”   DENY = “ignore, disown, or repudiate”

 

THE QUESTION ASKED – ‘HIS DISCIPLE” = BELONGING TO HIM – WHOSE I AM – BELONGING!

IDENTITY QUESTION = OF HIS – DENY THAT – I AM NOT = DENYING HIM – WHOSE YOU ARE

 

WHAT HAPPENS?  LOSE OUR IDENTITY, LOSE TRUE SELF – OUR VERY LIFE FLOWS FROM HIM

 

Acts 17:28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’    HEBREWS – he sustains all things

 

OUR IDENTITY, OUR LIFE, OUR PURPOSE, OUR HOPE, OUR FUTURE, THE MEANING OF THE UNIVERSE IS ALL WRAPPED UP IN HIM – DENY HIM, DENY OUR VERY EXISTENCE, ALL I AM LEFT WITH IS THIS MORTAL FLESH, THIESE FEW REMAINING BREATHS, THIS PUNY LUMP CLAY

FALLEN, FLAWED, SCARED, ANXIOUS, GROWING MOUNTAIN MISTAKES & REGRETS,

 

HOW IMPORTANT?

John 13:1-5 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

2  And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.

He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel.

 

JESUS KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT THIS CONNECTION, THIS KNOWING OUR TRUE IDENTITY IS –

EVERYTHING WE DO FLOWS FROM WHO WE ARE!

LIVE AS FATHER’S SONS – OR LIVE AS IF WE HAVE TO EARN WAY INTO HIS HOUSE?

LIVE AS IF HE WANTS NOTHING DO WITH US, ABONDONED ON OWN?  VERY DIFFERENT LIFE!

 

SO JESUS RESTORES PETER TO HIS TRUE IDENTITY

JOHN 21:15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

 

RESTORES – LIFE, CALLING, PURPOSE – SUPERNATURAL IDENTITY!

RESURRECTION LIFE = RESTORATION TO TRUE IDENTITY!

 

THIS HIS PROMISE TO US:

John 14:3  I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

MORE THAT GOEGRAPHICALLY WHERE HE IS – OUR TRUE IDENTITY – IN HIM!

 

JESUS LAST WORDS PRAYER – FOR US – EXACTLY THIS:

John 17:24 Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

 

IT’S ABOUT WHO WE ARE

THIS IS WHAT CROSS AND RESURRECTION LIFE ALL ABOUT!

 

POWERFUL STATEMENTS IDENTITY!  NOW TRUE BECAUSE HIM

 

I AM ACCEPTED…  I am God’s child.  I am a friend of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.

RESURRECTION LIFE IS 1ST ABOUT WHO YOU ARE – WHOSE YOU ARE!

Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.

THIS IS NOW YOUR REAL NAME – CHILD OF GOD – YOUR FAMILY NAME – THAT’S WHO I AM!

 

THEREFOR:  Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.

 

I AM SECURE…  I am free from any condemnation and I cannot be separated from the love of God.

1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

 

THEN – OUT OF THAT IDENTITY – IT IS ABOUT WHAT YOU DO

I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.

John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.

Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.

Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

 

I BESEECH YOU THEREFOR BRETHREN – DO NOT DENY WHO YOU ARE

– IN CHRIST YOU HAVE LIFE!

– IN HIM YOU ARE FILLED WITH HIS RUACH, HIS BREATH OF LIFE – AT CORE BEING THIS IS WHO YOU ARE – YOU ARE HIS AND HE IS YOURS!