Life in Christ
There is life in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “You will not come to Me that you might have
life.” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except
through Me.” “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.”
“I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall
snatch them out of My hand.”
The life of the believing sinner is in Jesus Christ. We
get life by appropriating the saving grace of God by faith in Christ. There is
life by living in Him, trusting in Him, and believing in His grace and power.
There is legal life in Jesus Christ. If you have put your
faith in Jesus Christ you are acquitted based upon what Christ did for you on
the cross. You are no longer under the sentence of death. “The wages of sin is
death.” But Christ died as your substitute. Legally you are alive because of the
death and resurrection of your substitute. We have a death sentence passed on to
us because of Adam’s sin, and our own personal experience of sin.
Our sins are pardoned because Christ suffered the
punishment for them. We know that we can never be punished again for them
because Christ suffered the punishment for our sins. Christ died for us, in our
stead, and in that death we are now delivered. “There is therefore now no
condemnation for us who are in Christ Jesus.” We have been legally acquitted and
given life. Our acquittal is a present reality. We have full pardon and cannot
be touched by the law. We are legally alive in Christ Jesus, and we legally
cannot lose it. “No condemnation” means justification. We have a full legal
pardon! That legal pardon that God has given us will be just as good now as it
will be a million years from now. Even then it will still read, “There is
therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus Christ gives us spiritual life. We were dead in our
trespasses and sins. We were spiritually dead. God in His loving grace and mercy
has given us spiritual life. It is like being raised from the dead. The
spiritually dead live because of the saving death of Christ.
The Holy Spirit opens our deaf spiritual ears and we hear
and respond to the effectual call of God to salvation. He opens our dead
spiritual eyes that we might see the things of God and believe on His Son for
spiritual life. The Holy Spirit softens our stony dead hearts so we will believe
on Christ and be saved. He gives us a new heart. Yes, we were dead, and God
chose to give us life in Christ.
No matter how dead you are in sins there is life in Jesus
Christ for you.
Moreover, there is eternal life in Jesus Christ. Jesus
promised eternal life to those who believe on Him. “Where I am there shall My
people be.” “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go, and prepare a place
for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there
you may be also” (John 14:2b-3). Again, He said, “I give unto My sheep eternal
life, and they shall never perish” (10:28).
Have you been legally set free from the penalty of death
and given a certificate of life? Have you been brought to life spiritually and
set free from spiritual death? Have you received the free gift of eternal life
and the assurance that you will never suffer eternal punishment in hell?
Eternal life is given to all who will turn from their sins
and unbelief and trust in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Him that comes to Me, I
will in no wise cast out.” Come through the open door of Jesus Christ and find
life in Him. Everyone who believes on Him will be saved. There is life in Christ
for everyone who comes to Him by faith. He who has faith in Jesus Christ has
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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