In Christ Jesus

"There is therefore now no condemnation 
to those who are in Christ Jesus,
who do not walk according to the flesh, 
but according to the Spirit."
(Romans 8:1)

If you are in Christ Jesus
There is no condemnation

The reason being that you live
Your life according to the Spirit
By choosing to walk in the Spirit.

But what happens when we choose
To live and walk in the flesh...?
Eventhough we are still in Christ Jesus?

Does that mean that we are condemned?

There are many ways to answer this...
But I want to ask the question
In a different way...
To think about this situation differently...

For me, we live in a world
Of absolutes:
Right and Wrong...
Good and Bad...
Either / Or...

What if there is another way...?

People, so often, look at the church
As to how it benefits them...

And in a way, Jesus, God and the church
Are all viewed in a similar way...

How can THEY benefit me?

Making ME the centre of the Universe

So when I come to Christ
It is to benefit ME...

When I go to church
It is to benefit ME...

Getting into heaven
Is to my benefit
So I will go to church
And believe in Jesus...

Seems strange when I put it this way...
Surely nobody would ever think like this...
Or would they...
Or do they...
Or am I - thinking this way...

Is it really ALL about ME?

In a sense IT IS...
As Jesus came to rescue us
To SAVE us
To bring heaven to us...

But in so doing
He made it all about Him
As only He (Jesus) was good enough
To pay the price for sin...

As only He (Jesus) was able to stand
Before a Holy God
Since he was good enough
Since He was righteous
And sinless...

But in doing this for US
To all who accepted Him (Jesus)
He gave the right to become
Children of God...

And as such...
We find ourselves IN Him...

The focus then CHANGES

We stop being so shallow
In thinking about our benefits
And rather focus on knowing
Jesus...
More and more and more...

And in knowing Him
We get to know the Father
And the Holy Spirit
GOD in all His wonder
Glory and splendour...
Simply by knowing Jesus...

So it is no longer about
Right or wrong
Or Good or bad

But it is about JESUS

Why would we WANT 
To live according to the flesh
When we know Jesus?

So I suppose the real question is:
Do you really KNOW Jesus?

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