Friday, 26th November, 2021
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]" (Ephesians 2:10 AMPC)
Our opening verse is one of the many scriptures in the New Testament that describe who the Christian really is: a new creature; God’s excellent handiwork, recreated in Christ Jesus. Notice the word “recreated,” meaning he wasn’t refurbished, but born anew. When you understand this, you’ll better appreciate who you are.
What many have known about the Christian is that he’s the redeemed. They quote the Psalmist and sing, “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy” (Psalm 107:2). But the Christian is much more than someone saved or redeemed from sin, from the world, from the devil and from death.
The man that was saved or redeemed from the devil was buried in the grave with Jesus. The revelation that we are the redeemed of the Lord isn’t completely true about the personality of the Christian. Remember what the Bible says about Jesus when He was raised from the dead: we were raised together with Him (Ephesians 2:6).
We were raised up as new creatures, new species of being. You don’t have an old life, because your human life was supplanted, replaced with the life of Christ when you were born again. You need to understand the progression of the revelation of the New Testament. The redemption was only the beginning of the process towards sonship: associates of the God-kind.
The new creature was never in bondage. The new creature never sinned. He was born free, and born sin free. That’s why the Bible says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). This is why Paul said, “...reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ Lord” (Romans 6:11). Hallelujah!
"Thank you, righteous Father, for the realization that Christianity came from the resurrection. I rejoice, being the fruit of the redemptive work of Christ, a new creation, born with the life and nature of God. I walk in the newness of life, conscious that I’ve been raised together with Christ, and made to sit together with Him in the place of victory, authority and dominion forever, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:4; Colossians 3:8-10
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
1 Peter 5 & Ezekiel 35-36
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
John 15:1-10 & 1 Chronicles 26