Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

With Christ

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

13th March 2011

One of the most important truths in all of Christianity is stated in Ephesians 2:4–6,

‘But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus’

Notice that Paul says ‘with Christ’ three times in this passage:

  • We are made alive with Christ
  • We are raised up with Christ
  • We are made to sit with Him

He has come to live in us, and He has joined himself to us, and we are one person with Him.

This is so important for us to build our Christian faith and experience upon – We are made alive with Jesus Christ.

In John 15:5 Jesus said,

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”.

The branch and the vine are one plant, sharing one life together.

So from here on our identity is no longer in Adam but it is in Christ. We are no longer just ordinary human beings. We are new creations, begun again, linked with the life of Jesus Christ.

Later in Ephesians Paul likens the church to a body, of which Christ is the head.

Have you examined your body lately? Have you noticed that your fingers don't come off if you merely twist and pull them?

They are tied to the body, and they share the life of the body. They are not attached by any mechanical process, but rather they are an organic part.

In a similar way we are intimately united to Jesus Christ; He is our life.

So never think of yourself in any other way, because the whole work of the enemy is to get you to disbelieve that and to go back to thinking that you are just an ordinary individual, struggling on through life, trying to make it the best way you can, needing to mobilize all your human resources to try to get ahead of other people and to achieve as much of the fulfillment of life as you can.

Any time you believe that, you go right back to acting as you once did - Back to the misery, back to the heartaches.

You can escape that only when you come back again to this central truth - We are alive with and in Jesus Christ!

There is one final thing to notice here. These verbs are all in the past tense. This is something that has happened, not something that is going to happen. It has already occurred when you believed in Jesus Christ. You don't have to work toward it. It is not something that great saints achieve after years of effort. It is something that is already true, and every Christian has this experience.

  • We are made alive with Christ
  • We are raised up with Christ
  • We are made to sit with Him

As a result we cannot be the same again – We are now with Christ, new creatures, made alive in Jesus Christ.

Let’s thank our Father for this great truth, and pray that He would make plain to us that we are now in Christ and He is in us. Without this understanding we will never be able to handle life as we’ll always be trying to do so in our own strength.

Have a good week considering this reality, and discovering His life which is our life.

Pastor Barry

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