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Freedom #23: Living the Christian Life

It is impossible for anyone to live the Christian life unless he is a Christian. Only Christ can live the Christian life.  Paul uses the phrase “in Christ” to describe the position of a Christian. Jesus used the same picture when He spoke to His disciples in the Upper Room just before He was crucified.  In John 15:1-8 He pictures  Himself as a grape vine and Christians as branches in that grape vine.  “I am the true vine,…  Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can you, except you abide in Me.” 

   

When we trust Christ as Saviour, He frees us from condemnation of God’s Law which we fail to keep perfectly and the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Jesus, comes to live in us and enables us to live the righteousness of the Law as explained in Romans 8:1-4.  

  

If we are not in Christ we stand condemned by God’s Law we have all broken. James 2:10  Romans 3:10, 23,  6:23.   Without  Christ’s Spirit living in us John 15;5 we cannot walk one step of the Christian life.

  

Earlier in our study of Galatians we saw that we cannot be saved by our works; that it is all by God’s grace.   So Paul asks us in Galatians 3:3  “Are you so foolish, having begun in the Spirit,  are you now made perfect by the flesh?”  The answer is,  “Of course not!”   Salvation is God’s work from start to finish.  Receiving Christ is taking the first step by faith and trusting Him for salvation.  Walking the Christian life  is a matter of continuing to take one step at a time under the control of His Spirit.

  Under the Old Covenant people were scared into obedience.  “Obey My commands, or die.”    Under the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit produces obedience without fear and  bondage. Hebrews 2:14-15 

August 20, 2007 - Posted by | Freedom

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