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“by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” ~ Ephesians 2:15-16, ESV
It is sad to say, but so many Christians become Christians only because they want to qualify for God’s Fire Insurance Policy—Jesus Christ. If we are true believers in Christ, then it needs to be apparent to us that Christ wants to be more to us than the One who is our Ark of safety (the One who saves us from the fire damage the Tribulation Period’s trumpet and bowl judgments and the Lake of Fire cause).
That’s right! Christ wants to be more to us than someone who saves us from the end-time Wrath of God, as well as saves us from the Lake of Fire’s eternal punishment. He wants us to recognize Him not only as our Savior but also as our Brother, Advocate, Healer, Lord, and so much more. In other words, Christ not only wants us to have an eternal life with God but also an abundant life right here on Earth. He wants us to live an incredibly wealthy life—a life full of God’s Favor, Love, and kindness, as well as a life full of the Oneness and the Peace that are in the Godhead.
This spiritual truth is why Christ’s Death does not just reconcile and restore us back to a right relationship with God—does not just provide our Ark of safety that saves us from any fire damage. Incontestably, by sacrificing His Life, Christ also succeeds in destroying the whole system of the Jewish Law—that system which establishes the wall of hostility that separates Gentiles and Hebrews. By breaking down the wall that separates us—Hebrews and Gentiles—Christ also creates peace between us, by making ALL nations and ethnicities One Body of believers.
Now, we who are Gentiles are no longer outsiders by birth. We no longer live in this lost world without God and without hope. Indeed, we now are members of God’s Household of Faith and joint-heirs with Christ. As such, we not only have access to the Fullness of Christ, which is the Fullness of the Godhead, but also Christ wants us to use this Fullness in this life.
Let us come into God’s Presence to thank Him for all that He already has done for us, and let us thank Him for everything He is going to do for us. Let us also begin to use the fullness of the Godhead that is available to us because of Christ’s Finished Work on the Cross. Shalom.
Keep it real…Live it out…Watch it work!
~ This slightly modified devotion is from my Keeping It Real: Daily Renewing The Mind 2015 one-year devotional.