This Weeks Scripture That’s Challenged Me…

“By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
1 John 4:17 NASB (Emphasis mine.)

If you attend at Renewal Chapel for our morning worship experience, listen to our weekly webcasts, or follow our podcast, you know this week’s message was on the portion of this passage I’ve highlighted above.

This statement of John’s continues to blow me away!  Take a minute to think about the meaning of this in your own life as I have mine.

He’s not referring to imitating Christ in our lives, nor is he referring to representing Christ to others.

John is changing the way we view ourselves!  His words directly teach that we are to be, in our world, like Christ as He is right now!  As we are living in our cultural environment, we are to be like Christ is now in seated at the right hand of God The Father in Heaven.

John is referring to how we believe God sees us, what we consider ourselves to be before God our Father.  It’s our very position in relation to God Himself.

The word “relation” appears to me to be the best word to describe what John’s referring to here.  He is speaking directly to my relationship with God in Christ.

John’s purpose is significant!  Very significant!

If I am, in the eyes of God, just like Christ is right now in Heaven, then the entire foundation of my life is changed!  The way I see myself becomes radically different.  Everything’s changed – and for the best, too!

Once I see myself as one who is equally beloved by God as Christ is…

Once I see myself as one who is equally a child of God as Christ is…

Once I see myself as one who is equally raised to new life as Christ is…

Once I see myself as one who is equally seated in Heaven by God as Christ is now…

The entire foundation of my life becomes a “positive energy field” & everything changes!

Think about it yourself and let me know what you think.

Peace & Blessings,

Pastor Mark

I recently presented a message on this topic at Renewal Chapels.  If you’d like to listen to this message, just click on the link below.  It will take you to our podcast from last that Sunday message entitled, “Your Present Reality.”

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