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Your Life in God and the Flesh of Jesus

The Son took on human flesh for many reasons.

Usually we consider this in terms of his death and resurrection. And when we receive Jesus as Savior and Lord we have the assurance that we are “saved” — our sins are forgiven and God begins a work within and among us through the Holy Spirit. This Godly power grows our characters as individuals and as the body of Christ.

We also, rightly, point to the wonderful truth that Jesus reveals to us the Father’s true character of love. The apostle John writes that Jesus shows us the God who is light and in whom there is absolutely no darkness at all (1 Jn 1:5).

Personally I’ve come to appreciate another reality that is connected with and grows out of the forgiving, transforming and revealing ministry of Jesus — “Whoever has the Son has life” (1 Jn 5:12).

Now this may not seem very profound, especially for those who are well acquainted with the Scriptures that speak of this “life” that comes from Jesus. Yet as we live with Jesus — who is “the way, and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6) — certain realities come into sharp focus.

You see, this life Jesus makes available to us is the very life of God. This is the life both the Father and the Son have within themselves (Jn 5:26). This is life that is uncreated and eternal. And this is the life that becomes ours in Jesus.

Moreover, we not only possess this life today, but in Jesus we are taken into the fellowship of the divine community. When Peter writes, “you may become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet 1:4) he doesn’t mean that we become divine. Rather, he is telling us that we participate in the divine fellowship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And we experience all this in many ways, but most profoundly through the presence of the Spirit in our actual lives today.

So let’s celebrate. And let’s praise God. None of this would have been possible unless “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). But because he did, you and I who were at one time “alienated from the life of God” (Ephesians 4:18) can now, today, in our human lives of flesh experience the life-giving presence of Jesus and dwell with God.

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Contributed by Pastor Larry Zuchowski


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