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The Good Life, Pt 1.

~Words of Faith

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10, NKJV).
I once heard someone say something to the effect, “I don’t like to bother the ‘Big Man’ upstairs, ‘cause He’s awful busy; but in this case, it was something too big for me to handle.’” My initial thought was, “That’s about the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.” Don’t get me wrong, this individual meant well, but what it revealed was the depth of his relationship with God.
Jesus came to reveal the heart of God as a Father to us. A good father cares for, provides for and protects his children, every day. Our Heavenly Father is no different. In fact, He so desires intimacy with us, He sent His only Son to not merely die for us, but to die as us.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NKJV). Galatians 3 drills this concept down a bit further: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14, NKJV).
This says Jesus took our place. He took the place of our shame, condemnation, sickness, fear, poverty and every evil brought on by sin, and in exchange, blessed us abundantly. Does everyone who believes in Jesus receive these blessings? No, but I believe they are available. Sadly, not everyone will receive salvation either, though it is available to all.
God’s plan through Jesus Christ was to show us how to live, die, be raised to life again, ascend into Heaven at the Father’s right hand. In this way He achieved ultimate victory over Satan and then turned and gave that victory to us to experience also. We do so by faith.
Jesus took our place. We died with Him, were raised with Him, and have been seated with Him at the Father’s right hand. Let’s take a look…
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6, NKJV). Obviously, while on earth, we have not experienced the full manifestation of this, but positionally, it is true, nonetheless.
As a believer, Romans 8:9 says, “The Spirit of God dwells in you.” The same Spirit who worked in Jesus is now alive in you. This gets better.
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9, NKJV). But because Jesus lives in us, Ephesians 2 says that now the Church is the fullness of Jesus. This, my friends, is only the beginning of the Good Life!
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.

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