Updated: Jul 13
by Jon Reeverts
Are those accusing or defining words.
As I was reading this week… some things fell together that many of those I talk to can honestly say, “That’s not what I have been taught or believe.” It is really difficult for them to read these passages in their Bible and accept that they were written to and for them.
Me too - I spent many years of my life trying to be a better Christian, not knowing that I had been changed by Him (Jesus). I discovered, about the age of 38, that needed to exchange my way of doing life for His way of doing life. That was a receiving moment - it was also a defining moment.
As a believer and receiver of the Life of Jesus Christ, I WAS a new creation - whether I knew it or not. God IS NOT holding my sin against me and because of what Jesus had done on the cross and through His resurrection and ascension, I AM considered the righteousness of God.
What a freeing moment! I no longer had to try to be a Christian, I could simply begin to live out the truth of who I was in Christ. I could be who He made me to be. Light, Flavor and the Aroma of Life. And I could look in the Word to see that it spoke that very truth to me.
Light, Flavor and the Aroma of Life.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Therefore, if anyone is In Christ, he is a new creation: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made Him (Jesus Christ) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Oh, but I could never be like those Bible heroes. Yet, Peter gets in my face and tells me that I have obtained a faith of equal standing with his through Jesus Christ. That I no longer had a sin-nature, but a new, divine nature, confirming to me, reminding me and demanding I live accordingly “I am not who I used to be.”
Another freeing moment! I’m not competing to become a better Christian than ….
2 Peter 1:1-5
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, 4 by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
I could actually bring light and life to the world through my belief and dependence on my Savior. Heck, I could even bring that to my marriage, my family, my friends, my workplace, even my social media accounts. What a thought!
Then the book of Hebrews tells me that I have been set apart because of this new family (In Christ) into which I’ve been adopted. He made himself a living sacrifice - He went first. But in Romans, I see too, that I am called to go next, to make my body/my life a living sacrifice… like in my marriage, my family, to my friends, in my workplace and even on my social media posts. Mind blown!!!
We have been set apart as holy because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do by sacrificing his body once and for all.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
God’s true and precious promises become evident in me bending my will and giving up my way for His way - Exchanging my life for the Life of Christ is at the heart of understanding and receiving His grace and truth.
So when people look at you and say, “You’re different!”
I hope so.
I hope they see the truth of the Word expressed through you as Grace and Life to their hurting world.
Go ahead - be different.