Revealing the SIMPLICITY that’s in Christ

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"Abounding in grace, part 3"



Let's start by looking at a scripture in Eph 4:15 that I’ve been using as a foundation to this study on growing up in Christ. Paul said - “speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ”. Paul uses the words “may grow up in all things”. In other words, the word MAY naturally results in one from hearing the truth in love. By saying this — “the truth in love” — he's telling us that under this New Covenant of grace, that both the truth and God’s love, are synonymous terms — in other words, you cannot have the truth spoken without God’s love involved in it and you cannot have God’s love spoken without the truth involved in it. So if what is spoken as the truth for someone to grow up in and the message is “loveless”, than it’s really not the truth and the hearer’s growth in Christ can’t be fully developed. And in the same manner, if what is spoken as being from God’s love for someone to grow up in and the message is “truthless”, than it’s really not from God’s love and the hearer’s growth in Christ can’t be fully developed. This is very important to know, because anyone can say what they believe is the truth from the Bible and also, anyone can say what God’s love is, but if their message is spoken as the truth in love, than it’s not accurate knowledge for one’s growth in Christ. Paul said that under this New Covenant of grace, the truth and God’s love are synonymous terms and that it takes both of these kingdom realities of Christ for one to know and mature in all things in Him. 


If you haven’t seen it yet, the truth in love that is to be spoken is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ! 


So then, maturity in Christ is learning how to abound in grace, because abounding in grace is someone learning to live his life from the inside out! So the more that we know and learn about the grace of Jesus, the more that we’ll grow up and mature in all things, even in Him who is the head!



the glorious Hebrew word “Selah”


A great Hebrew word in the Old Testament is the little word “SELAH”. This word, used mostly in the book of Psalms, means, “to take a momentary pause, think about what was just said and have a God-moment, by letting its reality sink in.” This is what I encourage you to do as we look at this amazing verse of God’s grace seen in Christ from 1 Cor 1:30 - “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption”. There’s a bunch that I could mention here, but I want to draw your attention to the words, “But of (God) you are in Christ”. The 2 words OF GOD (it reads “of Him”, but God is applied) literally means that you (your spirit) “came out from” God for you to be reborn in Christ. These words show the reality of a new birth that took place inside of you, that is, in your spirit, the moment that you received Jesus. 


It’s not allegory, or some kind of a metaphor, or even a theoretical statement, but you were literally “born of God”! You were actually born of God just like naturally, you were born from your mother. 


Why is this reality of grace so important to grasp? Because this regeneration that took place in your spirit and makes God your personal Father! The reality of this is that the more that we acquaint ourselves with the new birth, the more God’s Fatherhood becomes a real, living truth in our hearts and minds! 



the reality of the new birth


So in this lesson, I want to first bring out to you in a little more detail about the reality of your new birth and what really took place inside you when you came to Christ. Look at what Jesus said and prophesied of in Matt 9:16-17 - “(16) No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. (17) Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Jesus is foretelling of what would take place inside of those who would believe in Him and the Redemptive work that He would do in His death, burial and resurrection. In these 2 verses, Jesus gives 2 realities that took place inside of you when you were born of God that I want to briefly look at. Once you’re able to grasp these realities of grace, your perception of God as your Father will abound to new levels!


In v.16, Jesus gives us the example of sewing a piece of a new cloth to an old garment. Anyone who sews understands that if they did this, it wouldn’t take long for the tear on the old garment to become worse than it was before, because the 2 pieces of cloth are INCOMPATIBLE. In this illustration, Jesus uses the piece of the new garment in describing the new spirit that would take place inside those who would be born of God. As the old garment describes the old spirit that one had when he was naturally born into this world by his mother. Jesus is giving us the secret of your new birth. 


That in the new birth, it would have been impossible for God to somehow “patched up” your old spirit with pieces of His new garment of Righteousness. When you were born again, you were born anew — your reborn spirit is completely made Righteous and holy with an entirely new garment, see Eph 4:24 for further details about this!


In v.17, Jesus gives us the example of putting new wine into old wineskins and what the disastrous results would be when that new wine starts to ferment inside. When new, fresh wine starts to ferment, it needs to be in a container that can maintain its integrity, or it will literally “blow the lid off” of what it’s in. 


Jesus is showing us the glorious results of one being born of God. He is showing us that God had to give us an entirely new wineskin of a new spirit to be able to contain and maintain the new wine of His presence!


There’s not an ounce left of your old, sin-infiltrated spirit that you had when you were born from your mother.



the good news — you are actually God’s child


What the Lord wants you to really get a hold of is that as you were naturally born into this world, you were spiritually born in Christ! Understanding this spiritual reality of grace will aid you in understanding the reality of God as your personal Father. I want to show you another aspect of your new birth before I go into the reality of God’s Fatherhood as your personal ABBA FATHER. Look at what we’re told about the natural birth of Jesus in Luke 1:35 - “And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.’” We understand this as Jesus’ “immaculate conception” (the word “immaculate” means perfectly clean and without any flaws and in this case, without the help of man’s sperm). We understand that Jesus’ birth was completely a work of God’s production and not Joseph’s production. If you look at the message of the angel announcing how this birth of Jesus would take place inside Mary, seeing that she was a virgin, you’ll see that the sperm that caused Mary to conceive came from God’s power. And its production was the “holy One”


This is the exact pattern that God used for your new birth! The spiritual sperm that caused your new birth was the power of God that was seen in the resurrection of Jesus! As Jesus was born from the immaculate conception of God, so were you born from the immaculate conception of God called “the new birth”! 


Please do a SELAH and let this reality of grace sink into your heart — you are actually born of God!

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