And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to… the prince of the power of the air…fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath…But God, who is rich in mercy…made us alive together with Christ…and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
The passage above opens the vista of God’s plan of salvation as the flower opens its petals when the sun shines brightly upon it. The eyes of our understanding are opened up, to see the deep things of God, by the Holy Spirit. Through Adam’s sin death entered the world and we incurred the penalty of death, for we all sinned through the deception of the devil. But God delivered us, with Christ dying for us even though we were sinners. When we contemplate and meditate upon these scriptures, we absorb the mind of God and realise the depth of His mercy and height of His love. What has happened to us? We are made to sit with Jesus and we are delivered from our past life of living in the flesh, in this world of temporary pleasures.
Christians live by faith, aware that we are strangers and foreigners in this world and are no longer in darkness, but in the light, and in Christ we are victorious over Satan. We are now the children of God and can live a godly life empowered by the Holy Spirit: Christ Himself lives His life in us. Our disposition is entirely changed and we have God’s perspective on everything we do.
We must not despair, for Colossians 1:13 tells us that God has, ‘…delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,’ – we are a work in progress. God has begun the work to conform us into the image of His Son. And when Jesus comes, He will transform our lowly body so that it may be conformed to His glorious body. (Philippians 3:21) This is a complete metamorphosis of our body, as we compare the metamorphosis of a lowly, hairy, clumsy caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, equipped with wings to freely fly.
Abba Father, thank You for the glorious plan of salvation revealed to us through the scriptures, and preserved in the Holy Bible. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Study by Natu Moti
About the writer:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham congregation of Grace Communion International.
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