by Terry J. Hallock

Be All You Can Be, Not Who You Used To Be
Pastor T. J. Hallock
September 14, 2003
Galatians 2:20; 5:16-26

In our Scripture from Galatians for today there are two truths about our existence in Christ Jesus that need to be cemented in our spirits. They are crucial in hanging on to the freedom, liberty, healing and hope we have found in Christ.

The first truth is Galatians 2:20. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." If you have confessed with your lips that Jesus is the Christ and believed in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you are not only saved, you are no longer who you used to be. The "you" that you used to be is dead and buried and that person no longer lives. Through the redemption that has come through Christ Jesus a new person now lives in your old human house and that person's name is Jesus Christ. Oh, you still have the same old eyes but now they see with Christ's vision. You still have the same old heart but now it pumps Jesus' blood. You still have the same old brain but now it thinks with the mind of Christ. What you no longer have are the same old dreams and visions. You now have the dreams and visions of one who has received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. You're not all you can be, but you're sure not who you used to be.

The second truth is found in Galatians 5:24. "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires." What made you who you used to be is dead. What makes you into all you can be in Christ is alive. The sin that used to be your desire is buried. The righteousness that comes by Jesus is alive. The penalty of death and hell that once awaited you has been nailed to Calvary's cross and paid for by Jesus' blood. Yes, you will still sin but what once you couldn't control or stop you now can confess and cleanse. In Christ you ...

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