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 end; to bring to completion; to bring to a conclusion; to complete; to accomplish; to 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.