The Believer's New Life
February 17, 2008
INTRODUCTION: In this passage and that to follow, there is a practical and ethical emphasis as Paul exhorts his readers to give outward expression in daily living to the deep experience that is theirs in Christ. The Christian life is a life "hidden with Christ in God," but it is still a life lived out on earth. The Christian must therefore give attention not only to his outward experience with God, but also to his outward relationship with his fellow man.
Although Christians exist in this world physically, spiritually we are already citizens of heaven.
Ephesians 2:5-6, "even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
All of this is possible as a result of your salvation. The power that raises believers out of death and makes them alive is the same power that energizes every aspect of the Christian's life.
Paul wants us to see that our spiritual growth, joy, and fruitfulness require that we maintain a proper perspective on this world. Until we realize that basic truth and live it, we will be ineffective in reaching the world with the truth of the gospel.
A.T.Robertson speaks of the Christian as having to keep his feet upon the earth, but his head in the heavens. Paul does not mean that we should never think about the things upon the earth, but that these should not be our one aim, our goal, or our master. Instead, there will be this difference, from now on the Christian will view everything against the background of eternity (an eternal perspective) and no longer live as if this world was all that mattered. This will obviously give him a new set of values.
This passage unfolds the truth that serves as a starting point for practical holiness and clearly displays the power of heavenly living on earth.
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