Good mornin to you my friend, this is Lee Poskey.
Did you know that it’s just as supernatural to be convicted of righteousness as it is to be convicted of sin-guilt?
Is Christ formed in you?
Consider this please…
When God convicts a person in their conscience that they’re guilty before Him, it’s a painful encounter isn’t it? (And it should be painful, because experiencing a guilty conscience is unpleasant).
“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
But how many professing Christians never really mature past that state of guilt & brokenness that they had when they came to Christ?
Does this sort of “Christian” thinking sound familiar to you:
“I’m just a sinner saved by grace, barely making it into the kingdom of heaven.”
That type of mindset should provoke this sort of a question to such a person… Then what did the risen Lord Jesus Christ actually accomplish for you?
Because to hear that sort of thinking, it doesn’t sound like He accomplished very much for you does it?
Because they’re still identifying their self as a lost person, and what they’re really doing is depending on a mixture of their morality and Jesus’ atonement as their standing before God. (Which of course is the path of pride, hypocrisy, depression, and spiritual death).
But thankfully the risen Lord Jesus Christ has spiritually perfected His people, (see Hebrews 10.14, KJV).
So the question is …
How many professing Christians never really press in to God to know & celebrate what it is to be complete in the risen Lord Jesus Christ?
To know what it is to be in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection … (currently) possessing all of His righteousness as a free gift?
Walking through this fallen world, in fallen flesh, (sins & all) … while being fully the righteousness of God, having been transferred from spiritual death to spiritual life.
How many professing Christians really walk in that degree of light?
(From my personal encounters, the percentage is very low).
So I present this to you:
Read the whole book of Galatians.
Take in the message, and think about what’s being taught there.
The Galatians were a body of professing Christians who were not solid on the issue of justification.
Therefore they were easy-prey for religious folk to slither in and convince them that what Jesus did wasn’t really enough by itself to justify them.
If only they would add a touch of lawkeeping to their faith for salvation … then they could really know for sure that they belong to God.
But Paul told them something brilliant (that I find to be a pivotal-verse of the whole Bible), that’s almost never mentioned in Christianland.
It’s found in Galatians 4.19:
“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again
until Christ be formed in you,”
What a statement !!!
“until Christ be formed in you”
Jesus Christ hadn’t truly been formed in those professing Christians!
(Like a slew of religious folk today), the Galatians had zeal, they had an assembly, they had a profession of faith, they even had a previous track record of claiming Christ, but they hadn’t really come to the place where they rested in the finished work of Christ,
(see Hebrews chapter 4 about resting in the finished work of Christ). Many were still unsaved, fallen from grace, simply because they didn’t really trust in the finished work of Christ.
So, don’t you think that it’s about time that you rest in the finished work of Christ?
Is Christ formed in you?
Are you owning the righteousness of God as a free gift?
Or, are you looking at yourself as your standing with God?
I can’t answer that for you, (only you can do that).
But I can encourage you to own it.
And so I do so by leaving you with some relevant scripture to ponder in your heart my friend:
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
17 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
1 Corinthians 1.30-31:
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
19 “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
4 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
9 “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever.