18 I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones! 19 I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power 20 that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honour and supreme authority in the heavenly realm!
Ephesians 1:18-20, The Passion Translation
Most churches often start with teaching new believers on the importance of reading the Bible, serving and praying to God. While these lessons are important, they are not as vital as teaching new believers (and mature ones too) what it means to have been crucified, dead, buried and raised with Christ and now sitting in heavenly places with Him.
If our primary task is to teach believers what they must do for God instead of helping them to understand what God has done for them, we are actually more interested in their good behaviour before God rather than their right standing in God. Such an approach breeds performance Christianity. By putting duty before identity, we will end up controlling and managing people instead of empowering believers to minister where God is leading them. This is why most sermons and a majority of Christian teachings are about doing right, period. But if we are taught to believe right, we will begin to live and act right!
We are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).
The Apostle Paul tells us that because Christ has made us participants of His finished work, we are also made beneficiaries of all He has won and accomplished for us. In doing so, Christ wants you to live in the fullness of His victory.
What we have sometimes failed to see and believe is that anyone who received Jesus as Lord and Saviour, He has already given them the authority, power and right to become children of God (John 1:12). In Acts of the Apostles, the disciples knew the power of Christ was in them and that is why they never prayed for more power. Rather, they prayed for more boldness and more manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s power. And God heard them (Acts 4:31). This is what happens to all who believe they have a God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)
Knowing who and what you possess in Christ changes the way you study the Bible, serve and pray. This is because you are not doing it out of obligation, but out of revelation. And what God is going to reveal to you will bring you forward in your journey of faith.
What new insight has God revealed from the Bible regarding my relationship with Him?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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