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Category: Theology

Writings on theological topics. These are generally going to be longer deeper.

Change your Thinking: Standing to Sitting

Final part in the the change your thinking series is here. We’ve looked at victory in the Christian life is so much more about changing the way that we think than changing our actions. Out of the heart the mouth speaks and it’s so often the thought life that dictates the type of fruit that grows in our life. If you want to read my two previous posts you can do so here (Part 1 – http://elevatedeyes.org/change-thinking-death-to-life/) (Part 2 – http://elevatedeyes.org/change-thinking-sin-saviour/)

 

In this final post in this series I wanted to look at the idea that we need to learn to sit with our saviour  Jesus.

 ‘And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.’

Hebrews 10:10

You’ve been forgiven once and for all.

 ‘And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,’ Hebrews 10:11-12

Christ is our great high priest.  He made one sacrifice, for sins, forever. He bled out on that cross, once and for all. The saviour of this earth breathed his last and then rose from the grave.

To destroy death and what is His position?

He is no longer standing He is Seated because the job is done.

Our high priest sat down.

The other priests we’re told here are standing up daily making sacrifice but He is seated.

He is seated.

He is seated before His enemies.

He’s not shocked,

He’s not worried,

He says it’s done.

Meanwhile as Christians on earth, worrying and freaking out because we’ve sinned, or because things are going wrong.

Jesus saying it’s fine I am still seated. I am still in control. It is still finished. I’ve still won and you’re still mine.
The next time Jesus stands is to wrap this whole thing up. He is still seated.

 

Ephesians 2:5-7 Jesus made us to sit.

even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.’ Ephesians 2:5=7 

We often don’t want to sit.

Jesus is saying be seated.

We want to run around I will sort it out, I will fix things, I will deal with things.

Jesus is saying I’ve already taken care of it, sit down.

I want you to see that our position, needs to change from standing to sitting.

In the Hebrews 10 passage that we have been looking at it says ‘The blood of bulls and goats can never take away sin,’ this is a creative way of saying your striving, your works can never take away sin.

Only your all conquering victorious seated Jesus can do that.

You are not controlled by your sin, you are not defined by your sin, you do not have to spend the rest of your days focussing on your wickedness, on your faults on your failures.

You have been set free, you can now live preoccupied by your champion Jesus.

Our champion Jesus has done what you could not do for yourself. He has cut the power of sin off. He has crushed him, he is gone It has been buried, your sin has been removed from you as far as the east is from the west.

This will change the way you live.

It is time for you to celebrate again, it is time for you to stand up again, speak up again, dream again and walk in victory, and be all that God made you to be.

Lets start living this way, lets start living in the light of our seated saviour.

Know that what was dead has been brought to life and because we have been raised with Christ our sinful nature did not.

Know that the theme of our lives is not Sin, but it is falling in love with our saviour

Stay conscious of our seated victorious saviour and know that He is still seated through it all. And stop being paralysed by our sin and celebrate His victory sit with Him, rest in Him and be all that He has called you to be!

Change your Thinking: Sin to Saviour

A few weeks ago in a post titled ‘Change your thinking: Death to Life’ we looked at how it’s not a change of behaviour that’ll be the main cause of life change but it’ll be a change in your thought life that will bring about change.

Today I wanted to write about one key thought that so often plagues many Christians. It is the concept that we are sinners and need to focus on our sin to see change.

Hebrews 10 looks at the idea of the sacrifices that the priests brought to the temple & tabernacle.  Every time they bought those sacrifices back there was a reminder of sin.

The priests were busy, they had lines out of the tent, killing one sacrifice after another.   There are Christians today that approach our gatherings, purchased by a blood so greater than the blood of goats and bulls and yet still want the focus to be about sin.

If constantly focussing on sin, was the way to overcome sin then the Israelites would have done it years ago. They would have found the way to true holiness.

But they did not.

What world do we live in where we think that the blood of a bull is greater than the sacrifice of a living majestic, prince of peace and son of God.

A son of God who hung on a cross and said ‘it is finished’. I have come to forgive once and for all.

And now our theme of our gatherings is not sin , it is saviour.

 

Now the theme of everything we do is not sin it is saviour.

Our life is not defined any more by sin but by saviour.

We gather together not to be reminded of Sin but to fall in love with our saviour. Because in the consciousness of Christ we can live free from sin.

Don’t let sin become a self fulfilling prophesy over your life.

Kris Vallotton said ‘If you believe you are a sinner you will sin by faith’

When we fix our eyes on Jesus, when we see it is not about sin but it is about trusting the saviour. The things that we are facing, the things that we are tempted by and we are struggling will fade.

There is a beautiful line of an old hymn.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Fix your eyes on the saviour because in the consciousness of Christ we can live free from the trap of sin.

 

What sin do you need to live your eyes of off today?

Change your thinking: Death to Life

Change is hard, we all struggle with it. Maybe it’s those new year resolutions that by this point in the year you have given up on. It’s hard to change but I believe that the call of the Christian life is a call to move from one degree of glory to another.

The biggest call over the Christian life is not so much a change of behaviour as it is a change of belief.
So often our behaviour flows from our belief. It flows from what we believe about ourselves, about our world and about others.

In Christ we have  new identity, we’re born again. The old has gone and the new is here and it’s here to stay.

The learning process is not about getting rid of the old but it’s in changing our thoughts from our old mindset to our new mindset.

In 3 posts I want to set out 3 ideas that need to shift from old to new.

Death to Life

Sin to Saviour

Standing to sitting

 

Let’s look at that first one, Death to Life

1 Corinthians 16-28 says

16-20 If corpses can’t be raised, then Christ wasn’t, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ weren’t raised, then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. It’s even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they’re already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.

21-28 There is a nice symmetry in this: Death initially came by a man, and resurrection from death came by a man. Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ.

In life there’s often the idea of digging up old stuff as if it is important. I’m sorry if you’re a fan of that kind of tv show,  you know the kind, where they search through old antiques trying to find hidden treasure.  The truth is that a lot of the time the stuff is just junk with little value.

In life we often try to dig up these old things as if they are still important to us. The truth is they so often aren’t. They aren’t important they don’t have control and they aren’t that relevant to our lives now.

How many of  us believe that Jesus, actually, physically rose from the dead. If we’re christian it would be most of us, I know I do.

1 Corinthians 15:17

‘And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sin!’

Your sins whether they are alive or dead, hinges on this verse. If He rose then your sins didn’t and if He stayed in the grave then your sins rose.

Maybe it makes more sense to look at it this way ‘though we still sin, you are not in your sin’. Which is to say our sins that bind us do not define us, our sins do not stick to you, our sins no longer make us who we are. Because we’re a new creation.

What does it say in 2 Corinthians 5:17

‘Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has passed away, behold, the new has come’

You are no longer a sinner, but you are a son or daughter of the king. You are righteous, you are a saint. You can say I am His. Though I sin it cannot change what my risen Jesus has finished.

Because He moved from death to life, and clothed you with new white robes. You’ve been moved from death to life in His power. You have resurrection power in Jesus.

The old has passed away the new has come, we need to change the way that we think sometimes we need to see that Jesus has taken us from death to life with Him.

Let’s jump back to that 1 Corinthians passage just one more time

1 Corinthians 15:17 ‘And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sin!’

If Christ did not rise, you did not rise and you are still in your sin but He did rise He conquered.

Yet we as Christians so often think that sin has resurrection power. We need line our thinking up with what God has finished in our lives.

When Jesus says the words ‘it is finished’ the actual Greek word is tetelestai, it means to endto bring to completionto bring to a conclusionto completeto accomplishto fulfill; or to finish.

In Him you’ve been brought to life and your sins have not.

Have faith that you can walk free from the power and control of sin and live life in the resurrection power of Christ that is in you! You died in first Adam and you have life in Christ, live like it.

What areas of your thinking needs to move from death to life? Maybe it is how you view your finances, your relationships, your spiritual life. Remember today that God comes to speak life not death into every area.

Free Will V Predestination

This is a great infographic on ‘Free Will and Predestination’. It’s from Cris Cruz at Equip the Saints.  Equip the saints in an amazing website. Make sure you check it out and enjoy the fun graphic.

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Threads part 1: Jesus.

The bible is like a massive tapestry, it is so vast, complexed, sophisticated, unique, beautiful and powerful.  As Christians we spend some much time focussing in on little stories and areas, we focus in on individual chartaters and events this is great, though in doing this we can sometimes miss the over-arching threads, storylines and pictures that run through the bible.  Over the next few posts we are going to be look at different threads that run throughout the whole of the bible, I encourage you to take a step back, see the bible as the vast story that stretches across humanity. God longs for you to join him, to take up the threads in the bible run with them and have incredible God adventures as well.

 

Ultimately the bible is His story, and it is now also our story. The bible is about God and it is about us. It is a story of Jesus relationship with humanity, it has the highs, it has the lows. It is a story about God’s never ending pursuit of those he loves. He is never going to give up because he is hungry after you. He is desperate for you to experience His love.

Throughout every page and every story we can see the person of Jesus lovingly outworked.  We see pictures of Jesus the whole way through the bible.  I encourage you to look for Jesus in every area of the bible.  Look for him, as you read the stories how can you see a picture of Jesus and what He did for us in it.

You can see here in the story of Abraham and Issac in Genesis 22 an amazing picture of the love, mercy and grace of Jesus.

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

How could God command someone to sacrifice there own son, yet ‘For God so loved the world that He gave his only son John 3:16  God asked no more of Abraham than He himself was wiling to give.  God gave up His son Jesus who He loved very much out of chose because of His love for us.

Just looking at the picture here of Jesus, the area called Moriah where they traveled to is actually now where Jerusalem is built, it is interesting to see them traveling in on a donkey, then hundreds of years later Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey as well. In little subtle ways we can see that God is making hints for us laying down the ideas that this God of the heavens is coming, a Son so much greater so much more faithful a son which will be the sacrifice for the whole world.

We see in the story that the wood for the sacrifice was placed on the back of Issac, can anyone see any other similarities between this and Jesus?  Later the father placed the cross, the wood for the sacrifice on the back of Jesus and He carried it.

Later after God has provided a ram for the sacrifice we see Abraham saying in Genesis 22:14 ‘ So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”’

Thousands of years later on the same mountain range, the Lord did provide again, He provided eternally when the son of God stepped in. He didn’t provide a ram or offer a lamb for the offering but He provided the lamb of God the son of God Jesus Himself.  The provision of Jesus for us and for our sins was something that He had planned before we were even born.

This story of Abraham and Issac, just shows us that God knows what it was going to cost him, yet He went ahead with it anyway. God helped Abraham and Issac understand something that day.

God wanted His people to live and not to die.

God wanted to rescue His people and not to punish them.

But they must trust in Him.

God promised Issac and Abraham that one day someone would be born into your family, and He will bring happiness to the whole world.

God was getting ready to bring an amazing gift to the whole world, it was going to be Gods way of telling His people ‘ I LOVE YOU ‘

Many years later another son would climb that hill, he wouldn’t struggle or run away, He would trust his Father He was the lamb of God.

We can see the person of Jesus in all the old testament hero’s we see Him in Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David.  We need to remember that this isn’t neat joining of dots to together, this is a rich and glorious truth, it is the salvation plan of Jesus being worked, in the lives of individuals in the old testament. Just like Jesus is weaved into the lives of these individuals in the old testament He is being weaved into our lives

God has laid messages, a love letter throughout the whole of the old testament about the fact that one day God himself was going to come. He was going to come not to punish his people but to rescue them. God was getting ready to wipe every tear from every eye, the true party was just about to start.

How today are you letting the story of Jesus be outworked in your life?  In everything we do we must let the love of God, the grace of the king and the power of Jesus flow out of our life. We carry the king of all with us into the darkness of the world. Just as the story of grace and truth outworked in our old testament hero’s was just a shadow of the king pointing to Jesus to come, our lives are meant to be the light that points people to life.

 

‘Christ in you the hope of glory.’ 

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