11/3/13

Abide in Christ: The Tenth Day

Abide in Christ
by Andrew Murray
As your redemption
But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. - I Cor. 1:30

"The word redemption, though sometimes applied to our deliverance from the guilt of sin, here refers to our complete and final deliverance from all its consequences, when the Redeemer's work shall become fully manifest."
 
"The resurrection of the body is no longer a barren doctrine, but a living expectation."
 
 The redemption that we have in Christ is first found in that very moment of salvation.  To experience the full redemption and glorified end that God the Father and Christ has planned for us will not be found til we enter heaven.  We need not fear death or sin.  Sin no longer has power over us.  We have been redeemed.  No longer do we need to fear that sin will win.  It won't.  It lost 2,000 years ago - not only on the Cross of Jesus, but more importantly in the tomb.  Jesus' victory is seen now, where He sits next to God on the throne of heaven.  Practically, what does that mean?  It means that I can have victory of the sin in my life.  I am redeemed.  The Holy Spirit gives me power to overcome my sin. I also need not fear death - but look forward to it as the completion of God's word on my body, soul, and spirit.
 
Lord, God, please forgive me for the sin in my life.  Let me live in the power of the redemption that You have provided.  Let me rest and abide in that power. Amen.


"Abide in Christ as thy redemption. Nothing will fit thee for this but the faithfulness in the previous steps of the Christian life. Abide in Him as thy wisdom, the perfect revelation of all that God is and has for thee...Abide in Him as thy righteousness, and dwell clothed upon with Him in that Inner sanctuary of the Father's favor and presence to which His righteousness gives thee access....And abide in Him as thy sanctification; the experience of His power to make thee holy..."