Week3_WTFIAA_New_Life_In_Christ - New Life in Christ...

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New Life in Christ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new, 2 Corinthians 5:17 INTRODUCTION The moment a person is born again, many things happen to him that will enable him to live for God. Unfortunately, most Christians are ignorant of the position they enjoy. Many find themselves struggling to accomplish God’s will for their lives without tapping into all the resources God has provided. We believe we will someday enjoy eternity with Jesus in heaven, but we fail to remember God has already provided us with that heavenly treasury. Perhaps as we better understand our position in Christ, we will find the heavenly blessings of Christ more within the realm of possibility. ENTERING OUR POSITION Each of us can be transformed by understanding our position with God. First, we must understand how to enter this new position. The doorway to our new position is justification by faith (Rom. 5:1). Our new position is not an experience based on feeling. We are now to be considered as sons of God with all the privileges of living in the heavenlies. This position involves our legal standing before God, not our struggles of everyday life. The Christian life has a heavenly standing and an earthly state. By justification, we have a legal standing by which we are declared righteous before God, and, on the basis of this judicial act, the Christian enjoys the life and peace of God. He no longer has to worry about offending God; God is pleased with him because of justification. God has graciously accepted the Christian into his family. By faith the Christian “acts” on the account that is once and for all settled in heaven. Abraham. Abraham is the first person in the Bible described as having been justified by faith (Gen. 15:6). This is not saying he was the first person to become a child of God. When God made a promise to Abraham, he accepted it as possible and trusted in God as though the results were actual although it would be thirteen years before God would fulfill the promise. Abraham’s act of believing resulted in a declaration by God that Abraham was justified. The Bible testifies of Abraham, “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Rom. 4:20, 21). The secret to Abraham’s faith was his conviction that God would do what he had promised. God promised that Abraham would have a son. Abraham “considered his own body now dead” (Rom. 4:19), yet he trusted the promise that God would give him a son. The Bible says Abraham “believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead” (Rom. 4:17). As a result of this belief, Abraham was justified.
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This note was uploaded on 07/12/2011 for the course PHIL 104 B taught by Professor Aidoo during the Spring '11 term at Liberty.

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