When we believe the gospel, many things about us as people change. One of the most significant changes is our standing in Christ. Before we were saved, we were outside of Christ. But upon our faith and repentance, God places us into Christ. In Christ, we are new creatures (2 Cor 5:17); we are dead to sin and alive in Him (Rom 5:5); and we receive many other glorious realities. One of these other realities is that we live in fellowship with Christ (John calls this abiding in Him). When we are saved, we begin an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ that demands a willingness to make adjustments in our lives just as we would if we took up residency with anyone. We must be sensitive to what offends Him and consciously conform ourselves to His standards. This is accomplished by God’s truth dwelling in us which changes our backbiting to building up, our grumbling to thankful praise, and our self-glorifying occupations to God-glorifying work. May Jesus continue to change us as we live in Him and His Word lives in us.
Sunday at Liberty
- SS: Pastor Rory–Evangelism: God’s Sovereignty in Evangelism
- AM: Pastor Rory–2 John–Abiding in Christ (sermon notes)
- PM: Q&A with Nathan Wagner