Everything of God is in Christ Jesus (3)

Everything of God is found in Christ Jesus and will be found in New Jerusalem.

New JerusalemIn Christ there are no national, cultural, ethnic, and social distinctions. These separating characteristics are gone because “in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body” (1 Corinthians 12:13) and now “we who are many are one Body in Christ” (Romans 12:5).

In Christ and in His Body there is no Texan, no Chinese, no Arab, no South African, no Canadian, no Latino, no Jew or Gentile, no Pacific Islander, no east or west, no black or yellow or white. In the new man “Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11); this is a divine fact which no one can change.

It is also a fact that we have been baptized into Christ and have put on Christ, in whom there cannot be any of these distinctions (Galatians 3:27-28). However, in our experience, our daily living is not always in Christ. Sometimes our living is according to our preferences, wanting to be with Christians from a particular background and not with others.

Although our experience does not always match the divine facts, the new man “is being renewed unto full knowledge” (Colossians 3:10). This renewing by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) is gradually renewing our experience to match the fact.

We are “transformed by the renewing of the mind” (Romans 12:2). We can pray, Lord, transform me. Renew my mind and cause my experience to match the divine fact. We can also pray with this hymn (words, music):
__Lord, transform us to Thine image
____In emotion, mind, and will;
__Saturate us with Thy Spirit,
____All our being wholly fill.

When we are fully transformed, our experience will always match the divine facts and this marvelous condition will continue onward into New Jerusalem.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Reblogged this on Praying for the millennials and commented:
    Christ is All!


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