The apostle Paul was uniquely used by God to help mature the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Writing two thirds of what we commonly refer to as the New Testament, these letters carried several common themes.
- a greeting/prayer
- a complaint
- a correction
- and closure
Each portion of the letter made references to the phrase “in Christ”, “in him”, “by him”, or “through him”. Paul ensured that the focus was neither him nor his personal opinion, but instead that the local churches understood who they were IN CHRIST JESUS. If the disciples of the Church could SEE themselves living out the attributes of Christ, two things would take place. First, they will come to know that these attributes were part of their NEW nature. Secondly they cannot depend on the OLD nature to obtain the results.
Much of the Modern Church lacks a revelation of this profound truth. Many Christians realize they have been forgiven of sin by what Jesus accomplished on the cross. However the greatest deficiency is our righteous conduct. All of that which we say and do should reflect our union with the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is impossible to achieve a goal without a standard. Whether you are running a marathon or graduating from a training program, a standard is always used to gauge success. Paul assured that the readers of his letters would know that Christ is the standard and the only way to achieve that standard is to do all things through Christ. When it comes to the two aspects of righteousness (position and actions), Christ was be the focal point of it all.
Until we SEE this connection, we are more susceptible to miss God’s plan for our lives and be bogged down in a repetitive cycle of sin. This was never God’s plan for us. Jesus Christ can be compared to a prototype. A prototype is the first model of something from which other copies are made. You could also say it is the original concept. Whenever new product is made, it is based on the prototype. When God release Jesus Christ into the earth and raised him from the dead, his original intent was for us to live life like Christ. Consider the following Scriptures:
Christ the Prototype
I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same things that I am doing. You will do even greater things, now that I am going back to the Father. John 14:12 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
Whatever you are trying to do for God, do it through Christ. He is the source of the provision and the power to get it done.
SEE Christ working through YOU to please the Father.