… in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26-29 NRSV)
Faith in Jesus Christ is the greatest leveler that there is! It is ‘through faith’ that we become ‘children of God’ by believing in him and what he has done for us, and in who he is and trusting in him alone. Also when we are baptized we clothe ourselves with Christ, so when God the Father sees us he only sees us in Christ, this means he sees us all the same as he sees each one of us in Christ.
It is because of this that there is no longer any division between us on grounds of race and religion, ‘Jew or Greek’, on grounds of social or economic status, ‘slave or free’, or on grounds of gender, ‘male or female’. We are all of equal standing and importance united in Christ.
As Jesus was Abraham’s offspring and the heir to the promise that God gave to Abraham, so we are now also heirs to those promises as we are now in Christ.
These truths say a massive amount about who we are as Christians, and about how we should live.
Who we are? We are…
- All equal;
- A people of promise;
- A people of faith;
- In Christ Jesus;
- Under grace not law;
- Children of God;
How should we live? We should live…
- Through faith;
- In unity (though not uniformity);
- As free people;
- As God’s friends and family;
- By grace.
Let’s really get hold of who we are in Christ Jesus, it will transform us both individually and corporately!
Posted in Devotions, Galatians, Thoughts On...
Tagged Abraham, Christ, faith, family, freedom, grace, heirs, Jesus, promise, unity
The seven Ps of revival:
PROMISE – God gives general promises from Scripture and specific promises from prophetic words.
PRAYER – This is not nice tidy prayer, but costly prayer as we humble ourselves before God and seek him and his face and hand before everything else. Continuing prayer movements is also a mark of revivals
PROCLAMATION (1) – This is both bold proclamation of the Gospel and of what God is already doing elsewhere.
PRESENCE – One hallmark of a true revival is the presence of God, both in a building and beyond it and associated with people wherever they are.
PURITY – One response to God’s presence is confession of sin and sin being dealt with radically, compromise is no longer an option.
PRAISE – Whenever God moves in revival power a new sound of praise and worship comes out of it as people sing a new song to the Lord.
POWER – Revival is a power encounter with God, God moves in healing, deliverance and miracles in an extraordinary way.
PROCLAMATION (2) – Continued boldness proclaiming the Gospel and new missionary movements are born out of revival.
I’ll look at each of these in turn in blog posts and link them to this post as I do them.
Posted in Prayer, Revival
Tagged God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, power, praise, prayer, presence, proclamation, promise, purity, revival
Here is a short definition of revival I came up with, it’s not perfect but I think it sums it up quite well:
Revival is a sovereign move of God in response to the Prayers of the saints for God to fulfil his Promises, where we see an extraordinary manifestation of the Kingdom of God by his Presence and Power, and the church restored to Purity and resounding with a new sound of Praise.
This then goes beyond the walls of churches with bold Proclamation of the gospel which results in souls saved, and leads to a radical change of the society where it happens that is beyond that which could be accomplished by human power or reason alone.