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HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE?

May 11, 2018

Francis Schaeffer wrote an excellent book years ago entitled “How Should We Then Live?” The New Testament gives us a wonderful answer to Schaeffer’s question. Paul sums it up in Galatians 2:20+ “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ LIVES in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I LIVE by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but ALIVE to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11+) Writing to the saints at Corinth, Paul explained we are “always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the LIFE of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the LIFE of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. (2 Cor 4:10-11). John writes “And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this LIFE is in His Son.” (1 John 5:11+) And again John writes “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might LIVE through Him.” (1 John 4:9+). “Jesus Christ, through Whom we LIVE.” (1 Cor 8:6NET)  Notice the strategic prepositions – WITH Christ, IN Christ, THROUGH Christ. He is our “ALL IN ALL” (song).  In Colossians 3:4 Paul simply, succinctly summarizes this truth as “Christ our LIFE.” (Colossians 3:4+). How should we then live? WITH Christ, IN Christ, THROUGH Christ all FOR Christ and His glory.

Father, make this truth of Christ our LIFE the reality of our life by the life giving Spirit of Christ for the glory of Him Who is our Life. Amen

Wayne Barber – “Living the Christ life is daily surrendering to His will and His Word which allows us to enter into divine enablement by the Spirit of Christ. I must decrease and He must increase. (John 3:30+) As I am willing (and supernaturally enabled by His Spirit) to deny self, and surrender to Him, He takes it from there and energizes my very being, empowering me to do what He has commanded me to do.  “God is working in me, giving me the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. (Phi 2:13NLT+) “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Php 1:21+). (Wayne Barber)

Guy King – We are all aware of the teachings of old astronomers concerning our planetary universe. Ptolemy was the first in the field (A.D. 127-51), one of the most eminent of the scientific men of the ancient world. He taught that our earth was the centre of the universe, and that all else revolved around it. How grand to think of ourselves as the hub of the universe! It took something like thirteen hundred years to dispel the illusion. Copernicus (A.D. 1473-1543) demonstrated that the sun was the centre, with the earth and all else revolving around it. I wonder if we have changed our life’s centre? Because we begin by giving self that position – everything turns round ourselves: what we wish, we think, we propose. It often takes a long time for us to see the falsity, and futility, of the idea that this self, this bit of earth is the hub. It is a happy moment when we alter the outlook, and recognize “the Sun of Righteousness,” Malachi 4:2+, as our new Centre. Thenceforward, every aspect of life rotates round Him. Such, then, is the resurrection life in Christ our life.

Ruth Paxson – For several weeks I lived in a boarding house kept by a little woman who weighed only eighty-five pounds. She was kept from falling into a heap by a brace worn at her back. She had lived on the third floor for two years with no outlook but the blue sky above and a patch of green grass a few feet square below. But her eyes shone like stars, upon her face was a smile that the affliction and adversity she suffered could not remove, and mirrored in her countenance was a radiance that one never sees on land or sea except where the Light of the world dwells in undimmed brightness. CHRIST was the Life of her life. A Christian business man lay dying of cancer. Friends called to comfort him and they left feeling that they had been taken to the very door of Heaven and had seen the King in His beauty. CHRIST was the Life of his life in sickness as He had been in health. A young Chinese man who had been converted from a very godless, wicked life, and had been a Christian less than two years, came to call on me one day. After he left a gentleman who saw him for only a brief moment said, “Who was that young man? I never met anyone who so instantly compelled me to think of CHRIST as did he.” CHRIST had become the Life of his life. Is He the Life of your life? Can you truly say, “Christ liveth in me”; “to me to live is Christ”?

C H Spurgeon – CHRIST OUR LIFE – Paul’s marvelously rich expression indicates, that Christ is the SOURCE of our life. “When we were dead in our transgressions, (God) made us alive together with Christ.” (Eph 2:5+) That same voice which brought Lazarus out of the tomb (Jn 11:43) raised us to newness of life (Ro 6:4+, Ro 6:11+). He is now the Substance of our spiritual life. It is by His life that we live; He is in us, the hope of glory (Col 1:27+), the spring of our actions, the central thought which moves every other thought.

Christ is the SUSTENANCE of our life. What can the Christian feed upon but Jesus’ flesh and blood? “This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.” (Jn 6:50, 33) O way worn pilgrims (Heb 11:13+, 1Pe 2:11+) in this wilderness of sin, you never get a morsel to satisfy the hunger of your spirits, except ye find it in Him! (cf Mt 5:6+)

Christ is the SOLACE of our life. All our true joys come from Him; and in times of trouble, His presence is our consolation (He 13:5,6+, Jn 16:33). There is nothing worth living for but Him; and His lovingkindness is better than life! (Ps 63:3+)

Christ is the OBJECT of our life. As speeds the ship towards the port, so hastes the believer towards the haven of his Savior’s bosom. As flies the arrow to its goal, so flies the Christian towards the perfecting of his fellowship with Christ Jesus (Php 3:10,11+). As the soldier fights for his captain, and is crowned in his captain’s victory, so the believer contends for Christ, and gets his triumph out of the triumphs of his Master. “For him to live is Christ.” (Php 1:21+)

Christ is the EXEMPLAR (one that serves as a model for another) of our life. Where there is the same life within, there will, there must be, to a great extent, the same developments without; and if we live in near fellowship with the Lord Jesus we shall grow like Him. We shall set Him before us as our Divine copy, and we shall seek to tread in His footsteps (1Pe 2:21+, 1 Jn 2:6+), until He shall become the CROWN of our life in glory.

Oh! how safe, how honored, how happy is the Christian, since CHRIST IS OUR LIFE!

May God grant each of us by His Spirit His amazing grace to put into practice the words of Steve Green’s song Embrace the Cross. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

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2 Comments
  1. Dorothy Obenski permalink

    Very encouraging, as always!

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