Easter is fast approaching and i really feel the need to reflect on what Jesus did for christians through the cross. I think this easter is going to be my best easter yet in my life, because i know for the first time the reason for easter and i comprehend what happened to me 2000 years ago when Jesus died on the cross. Notice i didn’t say ‘i realise what happened to me when i accepted Christ’ because it was already done back then and Jesus wasn’t crucified when i became a christian. Therefore, when Christ died, he died for both those that believed in Him then, and those that would ever believe in Him.
So why do christians need to understand what Christ did on the cross? Because that is the foundation of our faith. What do you even believe in if you don’t understand the spiritual changed that occurred when Christ died and ressurected? And i believe that the reason why many christians are not what God wants them to be now is because they haven’t got the foundation built completely. They know about God, but do not know Him. They have no clue on who they are IN CHRIST, and that’s why you see many christians living out of fellowship with God. If you don’t know who you are then you cannot exercise the authority you have, and therefore you cannot live in victory.
If the queen didn’t know who she was she would never be able to exercise the authority she has, even though she has it. And i think its the same way with some Christians. We really do take a lot of nonsense from the Devil because of the lack of knowledge of who we are in Christ. We live in guilt and condemnation and do not operate in the gifts Christ has distrubuted to every member of the body of Christ, for the building of the church. Many christians live under the old covenant where priests had to be the go-between, between God and man. We replace our pastors with Jesus, and make them high priests interceeding to God on our behalf. Jesus Christ is the great High priest of every Christian. You can speak to God, in the name of Jesus. That is an obvious truth, but even when people know this, they still feel the need to go to a pastor to pray on their behalf to God. They think God hears the prayers of their pastors faster or more because their pastor is ‘holy’. Let me put it straight to you that whatever prayer you make to God has as much effect as the prayer from a pastor because we do not pray in our names.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 says: 5For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
6Who gave Himself as a ransom for all [people, a fact that was] attested to at the right and proper time.
When we pray in the name of Jesus, God looks at Jesus, and because Jesus is righteous, God listens to our prayers. Your pastor’s name is not respected by God. Well it depends on the motive behind you asking your pastor to pray for you but what i’m talking about is asking your pastor to pray for you because the Devil has deceived u and told u he(your pastor) is more righteous than you are. His righteous acts are nothing compared to the righteousness of Christ. So its got nothing to do with your behaviour sometimes. Because you don’t pray in the your name, but in the name of Jesus. It is not really you asking God, but Jesus asking the Father. And because Jesus is Holy and Righteous enough God listens to Him, and hence us. That is just a tip of the ice-berg of what Jesus did through his death on the cross for us. He is constantly standing at the right hand of the Father, interceeding for us, every minute and hour and day. I’ll try and briefly list some things that we became in Christ, because of his death and resurrection. The real you is not who you are in the flesh but who you are in Christ.
- First and foremost, you are righteous in Christ. Romans 3:22 says: ‘Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction’. This is very important because the devil deceives many christians into feeling so guilty because of their mistakes. But God doesn’t want us to feel guilty. Feeling guilty is different from grieving over your mistake. Isaiah 53:11 says Jesus bore not just our sin on the cross but our guilt.Guilt is from the Devil, and guilt is what makes you feel your mistakes or life determines how much God loves u. God loves u the same way all the time; his love in unconditional.
- Ephesians 2:6 says: 6And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Basically, this is simple. You are seated together with Christ in heaven NOW, because when you became born-again you died to the adamic nature, and you were raised up by the same power that raised Jesus up from the dead into the very presence of God. The Bible says God raised us up together with Christ. Not that he will, but he has already. Though you might be in the body now, spiritually, you are seated together with Christ in heaven because the fullness of Christ is in you, and the fullness of you is in Christ.
- In Christ, you are dead to sin, and alive to God. This means you have already died to sin spiritually, meaning your spirit is dead to sin. God lives in your spirit now. But daily, God works out what he has already done in our spirits into our souls and bodies. So if you progressively live according to the spirit, your flesh gets weaker. The ultimate death of your flesh to sin is when Christ gives u a new body(In the second coming of Christ, our bodies will be raised from the grave and transformed into a glorified new body-1 Thessalonians 4:16)
- You are God’s son in Christ. Galatians 3:26 says 26For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. Most christians would say they know that but deep down they don’t really know. Do you understand what it means to be called God’s son? You have his spiritual DNA. The Bible says in Romans 8:22-24 that all of creation await for God’s sons to be revealed. Do we really act in the sonship authority given to us by our being in Christ? Romans 8:23 also says that we have had only had a foretaste of the Holy Spirit. Are we operating under the authority given by being sons of God?Our sonship makes us joint heirs with Christ
- In Christ, we are members of the Body of Christ worldwide. I think this is important because people have to realise that, the christian life is personal but not private. God wants you to be involved in the building of the church before he comes and he has given you a particular gift for that purpose. That is the main reason why we have to go to church. You’re not just there for the fun of it. You are a member of the body of christ and you are expected by God to perform your specific function. Again i have to emphasise that the gifts of the spirit are not meant for just church leaders. Surely, they have their specific functions. But so do you! You have a part to play, and it is as important as the part your pastor has to play. The body of Christ is one and so if any part suffers, the other parts suffer. If any part rejoices, the other part rejoices. No part is greater or less than another so the next time you go to church, after receiving a word from God through your pastor, or worship leader or an usher, be ready to give something. And of course God can help us to use our gifts outside of the church in our workplaces or schools. If you have the gift of healing, heal the sick people you meet. If you can discern, or prophecy, or teach, use it to God’s glory for the building up of the church.