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In Christ Realities - PT 10

"For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, 'He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.'"  (1 Cor. 1:26-31)

The purpose as to why God has chosen the weak and despised things of this world is so that no flesh will glory in His Presence. We need to glory in who we are in Christ.

"But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— " (1 Cor. 1:30)

Of Him we are in Christ Jesus.


Our glory is in Christ. We are of God in Christ.

"Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith." (Rom. 3:27)

Boasting has been excluded by the law of faith. It is the accomplishment of Jesus Alone that saves us. The only way that we have received peace with God is by putting faith in what Jesus has done for us.

Faith is governed by law in the same fashion that gravity and electricity are governed by law. If we would view faith as a law, rather than something that sometimes works and other times doesn't, we would see very different results. Electricity has been in existence on the earth since creation. But only when someone believed the laws that governed electricity that progress began to be made  to put it to use. Likewise none deny the existence of faith. But we must understand the laws that govern faith. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God and believing what it says of which part of that governing process is responding to the Word of faith, only considering what it says like Abraham did.

We ought to boast in Who Christ is and Who we are in Him.


"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
(Gal. 2:20)

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As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ." (Col. 2:6-8)

Understanding who I am in Christ affects how I walk in this world.


"But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—
" (1 Cor. 1:30)

Christ is made unto us wisdom. righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Please understand, the Lord does not make our flesh wise, righteous, sanctified and redeemed. No, God in Christ has become our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. In fact the Christians life is  not just difficult to live. It is impossible to live without Christ. The Christian life is impossible to live without Christ. It is only when we cease to live in our carnal selves and let Christ live in and through us that we can obtain victory.

As we conclude our series on In Christ Realties, I want to spend time highlighting these four aspects that Christ has been made unto us:

Christ is made unto us WISDOM


"Wisdom is the principal thing;
therefore get wisdom a
nd in all your getting, get understanding." (Pr. 4:7)

In 2019 I did a teaching series entitled: Wisdom the Principle Thing. In 1 Kings 3:1-15, we will read the story of Solomon asking God for wisdom. He wanted wisdom to do what God had called and anointed him to do. Likewise, wisdom needs to be our focus in order for us to fulfill what God has called and anointed us to do.

Where do we get wisdom?

IN CHRIST!


"in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
(Col. 2:3)

"For 'who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?' But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Cor. 2:16)

Wisdom is hidden in Christ. Christ has all wisdom. We are in Christ and in Christ we have all wisdom. In Christ, we know what to do, when to do it and how to do. We have the mind of Christ.

Now if you read the book of Proverbs, Solomon expounds on wisdom, knowledge and understanding. A person of understanding seeks knowledge.

"The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness." (Pr. 15:14)

"The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge." (Pr. 18:15)

A person of understanding realizes they don't know it all. There is more to learn. The more you know. The more there is to know.

Wisdom is the ability to use the knowledge (facts) that we have in a productive way. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom in how to use the knowledge we have in a productive manner.

Christ has become for us wisdom. Christ has all wisdom. We are in Him. In Him we have all wisdom. We have wisdom in Christ. We are in Christ. Christ is wisdom. We have the mind of Christ. Christ has the wisdom to do whatever God has called and anointed us to do. Therefore, spend time with the Lord. Spend time with the Holy Spirit and you will receive counsel from God.

In Christ we have supernatural; favor, supernatural understanding and supernatural information. In Christ we have supernatural wisdom. Our lives should not be normal. We should not be like the world. We are the head and not the tail. We are above and not beneath.

We must rely on and trust in the Holy Spirit. Knowledge is not good enough. We need wisdom to use the knowledge we've been given. We can know all about who we are in Christ. But it is time to step out of the boat and use our faith. Faith changes everything.

Christ is made unto us RIGHTEOUSNESS


"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
(2 Cor. 5:21)

Righteousness is our right standing with God because of what Jesus did. We are the righteousness of God in Christ. Who we are changes what we do.

"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light." (Eph. 5:8)

We were once in darkness. But that is not who we are anymore. We are the righteousness of God in Christ. We are children of the Light. So let us walk as children of the Light.

"And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God." (Rom. 6:13)

We need to yield ourselves unto God as those who are alive from the dead in Christ. Because of who we are in Christ, we need to yield our members as instruments of righteousness. We are not doing this to become righteous. No, we are behaving this way, because this is who we are in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Our right standing before God primarily affects how we relate to God.

In our next teaching series entitled Established in His Righteousness we will spend a much more depth study on this subject reviewing the following verses and more:

  • Romans 1:16-17
  • Hebrews 5:12-13
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Romans 3:20-24
  • Ephesians 4:20-24
  • 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
  • 2 Corinthians 3:7-9, 18
  • Isaiah 5:14-17
  • 1 Corinthians 15:34

Christ is made unto us SANCTIFICATION


"Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
He who calls you is faithful, Who also will do it.
" (1 Th. 5:23-24)

As believers, our born-again spirits are complete in every way. Paul made it very clear in this verse that it is God’s will for our entire person to be sanctified. However please understand, our souls and bodies will not experience the same degree of sanctification as our spirits until we go to be with the Lord or He returns for us. They can be blameless but not sinless (1 Cor. 1:8; Lk. 1:6)

1 Thessalonians 5:23 is one of the clearest references in Scripture that we are three-part beings: spirit, soul, and body. Therefore, there are three aspects of sanctification.

First and foremost our spirits are sanctified when we believe.

"By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all...For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified." (Heb. 10:10, 14)

"But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth," (2 Th. 2:13)

Beloved friends, we have been sanctified through the finished work of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. What is more, God chose us to salvation through the sanctification by the Spirit and the belief of the Truth. We have been set apart by the finished work of Christ when we believe the Truth. Wherefore, our spirits cannot get anymore sanctified than they when we became born-again.

Second, our souls are sanctified by His Word.

"Sanctify them by Your Truth. Your Word is Truth." (Jn. 17:17)

Our spirits are completely sanctified. But our souls still need some work. The rest of the Christian life is bringing the soul and the body under the control of our born-again spirits through the renewing our minds.

Beloved friends, you will never come to a place where your mind is completely renewed. Why? In this world information is being fed to your mind all the time. Therefore, if you do not constantly renew your mind in the Word of God, something else will take over. Your spirit can be perfect, pure and clean. But your soul needs work. Therefore, guard your mind because there are plenty of opportunities for offense and sin to enter your mind daily.

Third, we need to know how to possess our vessels in sanctification and honor.

"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor." (1 Th. 4:3-4)

So then righteousness primarily affects how we relate to God, while sanctification primarily has to do with our ministry to the world.

Christ is made unto us REDEMPTION.


"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
."
(Eph. 1:7)

"In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." (Col. 1:14)

Beloved friends, we have received an eternal redemption from the power and penalty of sin by the precious Blood of Jesus! We have been redeemed for His presence, His purpose and His promise.

"Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption...And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance." (Heb. 9:12, 15)

What is more, we have been redeemed from the curse of the Law. Christ was cursed for us so that we can be blessed. We are already blessed in Him. We have His Spirit and we are blessed.

"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." (Gal. 3:13-14)

Therefore, because we have been redeemed. We have been brought, purchased and paid for by the precious Blood of Jesus. Therefore, in Christ we have been...

  • Brought
  • Puchased
  • Paid for
  • Forgiven
  • Chosen
  • Accepted
  • Blessed
  • Healed
  • Predestined to succeed
  • More than conquerors
  • Victorious
  • Overcomers
  • Strong
  • Favored
  • Partakers of His Divine Nature
  • Children of God
  • Complete
  • Holy
  • Citizens of heaven
  • Anointed

Christ has been made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. We have been brought into a relationship with God. So that we can walk out our divine purpose in life. We have become established in our identity, equipped in His Word so that we can be empowered to fulfill our destiny!

Christ is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Therefore, we have His mind. We have His Nature. We have His ability. We were created for His purpose. We can do what He has called us to do because of who He has made us to be in Christ!

Amen.

 

Speaker: Dave Everett

January 12, 2020

1 Corinthians 1:30

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