During this next week, I want to use a lesson from our new book, God’s Plan for His Disciples, as a basis for these blogs. In my own personal experience and in working with other believers, most of the problems we face stem from not understanding who believers are in Christ and how that changes the way we see ourselves, how we live and relate to others.
There is nothing more critical and foundational to the Christian life than a believer knowing his/her rich inheritance in Christ. These riches in Christ do not grow but are perfect and complete the instant they are possessed at salvation. They are in no way related to human merit (work) but stand on the merit of the Son of God, known only through divine revelation. Knowing these riches depends on our allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us what they are and how they impact our lives.
We begin with how a disciple/believer is justified in Christ. “We know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified” (Galatians 2:16–17).
What does it mean for you to be justified in Christ? It is the removal of guilt because of sin and being acquitted from any charge of unrighteousness; set free from the penalty of sin and made right with God. This means all condemnation has been removed (Romans 8:1). Attempting to be just with God by keeping the law only brings more condemnation because the law will continually point out where you are wrong. That is why Paul says, “through the law I died to the law” (Galatians 2:19). Spiritually, the law brought death. But there is more (see tomorrow’s blog).
Becoming justified before God “through faith in Jesus Christ” means that you trust His perfect sacrifice on the cross to erase your sin record and give you His righteousness. Through Him you are able to stand before God with peace, hope, secure in your new life, and filled with joy.
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