Present-hour Truths – Pastor Chris
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart (2 Corinthians 3:3).
The epistles are special out-breathings of the Spirit addressed to the new man in Christ, and they mostly consist of present-hour truths. When you study the Pauline revelations, Peter’s epistles and some of John’s Spirit-inspired thoughts, you’d discover truths that are operative in the “now” of our lives.
For example, Paul tells us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This isn’t history, a prophecy, or a promise. You aren’t going to become a new creation when you get to heaven or after you’ve prayed hard enough; you’re a new creation NOW! It’s a fact for today.
Another beautiful present-hour fact is 1 Peter 2:9. It says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” You were created to display and manifest the beauty, glory, excellence, holiness, grace, and righteousness of God. This is your calling in Christ Jesus.
When you study Revelation 1:6, you find yet another operative truth: “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” This isn’t something to hope for; it’s already happened. You’re a king-priest, ordained of God to reign in life; to decree a thing and have it established unto you.
Another of such glorious realities is that you’re an heir of God, and a joint-heir with Christ! “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:17). This means everything that belongs to Him belongs to you in the same way and degree that they belong to Him. Both of you own everything one hundred per cent together! Therefore, like Him, you’ve also been appointed heir of all things. It’s for the same reason that Paul said, “…all things are yours” (1 Corinthians 3:21).
These are some of the truths about the new creation, which, as a Christian, you must be conscious of and live by. Study the Word to know more, and live in the reality of who you are in Christ!
Dear Father, I thank you for imparting me with the knowledge of the truths in your Word, which are operational in the “now” of my life. I’m enlightened in my spirit to grasp deeper and higher truths in your Word, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Timothy 2:15 2 Peter 1:12
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: John 12:1-19 2 Kings 16-17
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Mark 12:35-44 Numbers 28
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