The Bible makes some pretty fantastic statements regarding who we are in Christ. We are told in 1 Corinthians that Jesus is our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. In 2 Corinthians we are told we are a brand new creature and have become the righteousness of God in him. In Galatians we read that it is no longer we that live but Christ lives in us. Ephesians tells us we were chosen in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before him. Philippians tells us to live is Christ, and it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Colossians tells us the mystery of Christ in you, the hope of glory and how our life is hidden with Christ in God. In fact Christ is our life.
I’m sure we could spend hours searching and discussing what the Bible says about us in Christ, but my question is why don’t we see a little more evidence of these things? Maybe there are many who don’t know or maybe there are more that simply don’t believe what the Bible says I’m not sure. What I do know is it seems most aren’t living the abundant life Christ has offered.
There is a verse in the Old Testament book of Obadiah 1:17. I know you’re thinking “Who in the world reads Obadiah?” Well I’ll be honest with you I haven’t read it lately but this particular verse came to me though. It says, “But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape, and it will be holy. And the house of Jacob will possess their possessions.” Did you catch that last phrase? “The house of Jacob will possess their possessions.”
The idea of an inheritance is spread throughout the Bible, but for now let’s look at what Galatians four says. We read “As long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father.” If you continue reading you will discover that once you receive Christ you are no longer a slave, but a son and that means we are co-heirs with Christ. Everything that is promised us in Christ is true of us. It’s true of all that are in Christ, but we must receive the revelation from God about it before we can possess our possessions.
When someone dies and leaves money or possessions to family or friends they become the rightful owner of them even if they don’t know it. For instance what if a rich uncle died and left you a yacht. This yacht wouldn’t do you any good until you became aware of it right? Well it’s the same in Christ. Even if we do have access to the wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, only found in Christ, what good does it do us if we don’t know it? Being made holy and blameless is the same way. Without the knowledge of these things being ours in Christ we will live as if they aren’t. It’s time we Christians start possessing our possessions don’t you think?
Written by Louie