From the title, I do not want you to get the idea that this blog is about looking in a mirror in order to admire yourself. That will always result in some sort of distortion and pride that comes from self-occupation. James reminds us that when we look at ourselves, we “go away and at once forget what [we look] like” (1:24). There is no benefit from ‘self-gazing’.
Scripture makes it clear that when we see ourselves “in Christ Jesus,” we are looking at ourselves as God sees us. This becomes better understood as we look at the process God took us through so that we can be “in Christ Jesus” now and for all eternity. Paul takes us through the gospel truth that makes this very clear. I have tried below to summarize this so it is easy to remember:
· We are crucified with Christ (Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20; 5:24; 6:14).
· In Christ, we have died to sin because we have died with Him (Romans 6:2-3, 5, 7-8, 11).
· Since we have died with Christ, we have also been buried with Him (Ro. 6:4; Colossians 2:12) symbolized in our baptism (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4).
· Because Christ is raised from the dead, we also are raised with Him (Ro. 6:4-5, 11; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 3:1) so that “we too might walk in newness of life” in Christ.
The ability and power to see ourselves “in Christ Jesus” and walk in that new life can never be achieved without seeing the whole process from crucifixion/death right through to resurrection. The power and reality of this new life can only be experienced as we believe and accept what Scripture says about what has taken place for us “in Christ Jesus”. I am constantly challenged by this and trust this blog will inspire you in the same way so together we allow the life of Christ to control us and make Him visible to others.
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