Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Jesus Me And Life

Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

Theological Reflection

To be crucified with Jesus Christ is not a once-and-for-all experience; life goes on! Thus, as believers we identify with Christ’s death as if we were crucified with him in order to live a new life of faith.

When Jesus died on the cross, all people died. When Jesus Christ died, I died. I experienced the doom of sin; sin left me walking the thorny ground of hell only to be deliver in the death I died with Jesus on the cross.

Jesus died  for me, he died in my place, he died on my behalf; and because of his death, I shall be spared that death.

My life in the flesh is now governed by faith in Jesus Christ; who loves me, and died for me. The love of Christ controls me because, having been crucified with Christ, his Spirit now lives in me.

Though the Spirit lives in me, I continue to live in the flesh.  Yet while I live in the body and in the natural world; I no longer live to please the flesh, I live in harmony with the Spirit of God who dwells in me.

Romans 8:8-9 says, “Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.”

To live in harmony with God’s Spirit, is to allow God to be the center of our lives. In doing so, we become a living manifestation of God’s supreme love.  The quality of our love is derived from the fact that Christ’s death was not his own; it was mine, it was ours.

Prayer

Father, thank you for the gospel; may the gospel of Jesus Christ forever and always feed our hungry souls. Father, there is no greater joy than the joy of praising your holy name. Glory, glory, glory to your name. Give us your love, grace and mercy to reign among us all the days of our lives. Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah! Amen

Stephen Small

Stephen Small

Rev. Small realized God was present in his life as a child, and grew into an adult with a passion for knowing and understanding God, people and the difficulties of life. Rev. Small soon can to know Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit has he experienced the storms, trails, and tribulations of life as a Black man in America. Rev. Stephen C. Small survived numerous demonic assaults on his life, which gave meaning to God’s grace and mercy. Rev. Small reasoned that God’s presence in the world gives hope, meaning and purpose; it is the essence of learning, love and relationships. Rev. Small humbled himself and opened his heart and mind to listening, learning and obeying God. On sabbatical from a business career, Rev. Small earned a Biblical Studies degree, and Master of Divinity. Rev. Small’s faith and dedication to serving God is the reason he created Trueword Ministry; TWM’s website as an evangelism tool, designed to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to Africans, African Descendants and the entire human race.

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