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Devotional - week of June 24, 2001


DON’T  DILUTE  THE  MESSAGE

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

One can only thrill at the strong emphasis of Christ living through the believer. This emphasis has been with us for at least half a century.

But to proclaim the truth of Christ living in us and through us as the ultimate truth in Christian living is to dilute the Christian message.

We became the new creation as a result of our being “in Christ.” Because we are in Christ “old things have passed away and all things have become new.”

In 2 Corinthians 5:18 Paul states: Now all things are of God.

“Now all things are of God” because we are in Christ. That is, living out the truths of our being in Christ results in all the things of our lives being those of Christ living out His life through us.

What is the difference in Christ being in us and us being in Christ? The  major difference is when we live out the “in Christ” truths, we experience crucifixion, burial, and resurrection … which includes the fact of Christ in us and through us.

When we include crucifixion, we include the putting out of power of our old man which releases the Christ in us to live out His life through us.

Don’t dilute the message.