Sunday, September 1, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are...Invited to Enter In~

All that we have in Christ, is found IN Christ.

Unless we are willing to enter "in", we will simply be another window-shopper,
gazing through the glass pane,
desiring all that is laid out before us,
yet unable to reach out and take hold of it.

In CHRIST, we are invited to enter in. 

Remember Noah?

He believed in God, no doubt about that.
He believed in God to the point he was willing to build a boat,
a HUGE boat,
in the middle of the desert,
when rain was yet unseen and previously unknown to mankind.

He believed in God to the point he was willing to endure ridicule
and find himself the punchline of one joke after another,
day after day after day.

He believed in God to the point he was willing to say yes to God,
no matter what.

And, when the time came,
Noah was willing to accept God's invitation and enter in.
Before the sprinkles came,
before the lighting flashed and the thunder roared,  
before there was any evidence of a coming storm,
Noah's faith in God led him to walk right up to the door of the ark and enter in.

It wasn't enough for Noah just to build the ark.
It wasn't enough for Noah to simply believe God would save him.
Noah had to enter in to be saved.

Noah did more than believe,
He followed his belief with action.

He accepted the heavenly invitation
to enter into the provision and protection of God,
found only in the ark,
and, as a result,
he and his family were rescued from death,
given a new start and
brought into newness of life. 

You and I have been given the same invitation.

Through the blood of Jesus Christ,
spilled on the cross for you and I,
we can now enter in to Christ,
and all the promises of God.

Like Noah,
we have been given a heavenly invitation
to enter into the provision, protection, and salvation of God,
found only in Christ,
and, as a result,
be rescued from death
given a new start,
and brought into newness of life. 

But, like Noah, we have to be willing to enter in.

We have to be willing to follow our faith
                 into Christ's will.

We have to be willing to follow our faith
   into Christ's plans, purposes, and promises.

We have to be willing to follow our faith
           into Christ's death,
             so that in Him,
         we might find new life.

We have to be willing to follow our faith
               in to Christ,
so that we might in turn, be "in Christ".


Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
~1 Peter 3:18,20-21 (NLT)

Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we may live a new way of life.  
~ Romans 6:4 (LEB) 

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.
For as many [of you] as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ.
Galatians 3:26-27, (AMP) 


In CHRIST, we are . . . invited to enter in.







 
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