By Rob Board
1 John 4:17 -- "…, as He is, so are we in this world."
Can you actually comprehend the meaning of this Scripture? It’s absolutely amazing to think that this can possibly be true. But this is the reality of the New Covenant.
The church today seems to be promoting all kinds of “things” and preaching all kinds of sermons about Christianity to create an atmosphere for Church growth. To increase the Sunday morning crowd. To get larger offerings. To make people feel better about themselves. To entertain and maintain the people of their congregations.
We bring in all kinds of special “speakers” and music groups and other things to draw a crowd. But have we lost sight of what the Church is really all about and what the message of the Church is?
The entire New Covenant is all about JESUS and what He has done for us through His grace. We are to focus on JESUS, not anything else.
Jesus said, "I will build My Church…" He also said, "If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Myself."
Our job is to proclaim Jesus - His job is to build His Church. Once we enter into covenant with God through Jesus at the new birth we become a part of His body on this earth. We are given incredible gifts in what I call the “Great exchange”. To understand this better simply go to my website at:
These pages will give you an idea of what He has done for us by coming to earth and sacrificing His life for us.
When the Church gets together for a meeting the central focus should be upon Jesus. Anything else is simply a distraction. After all, Jesus is "the vine and we are the branches, apart from Him we can do nothing" - John 15:5.
He is our Healer -- 1 Peter 2:24
He is our righteousness -- 2 Corinthians 5:21
He is our Deliverer -- Colossians 1:13
He is our wisdom -- 1 Corinthians 1:30
He is our Lord -- Philippians 2:9-11
He is the sum total of EVERYTHING we have need of. So when we have a need of any kind then Jesus becomes our SUPPLIER because of our covenant relationship with Him.
If we really BELIEVED that we are the righteousness of God and that we could come into His throne room with boldness and ask Him for anything and it would be given to us, wouldn’t that change the way we relate to Him?
We would no longer approach Him as a “humble sinner saved by grace” -- we would approach Him just like a son approaches his father and asks for stuff. We would say “I love you dad, can I have the keys to the car?” -- and we would be confident that we would get what we asked for. Wouldn’t we? We would no longer be begging and wondering if we would get an answer - we would be confidently asking and expecting to get what we requested.
That’s the way the Father wants us to relate to Him -- just like Jesus does. Because "as He is, so are we in this world." Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father and we are also seated at the right hand of the Father because we are "seated in the heavenly places in Him." When the Father sees us He sees Jesus because we are "in Him" because of the New Covenant. He lives in us and we "are one Spirit with Him". This is what makes the New Covenant so amazing and so incredibly different that the Old Covenant in which we were constantly trying to please God by what we "did" rather than because of who "we are" -- "joint-heirs with Jesus". CAN YOU COMPREHEND THIS ABSOLUTELY ASTONISHING TRUTH?
Jesus said "You will come to know the truth and the truth shall set you free." He also said "I have come to give you life and that more abundantly."If we BELIEVED what He said, we should be shouting and rejoicing and the happiest people on the earth because we are "NEW CREATIONS IN CHRIST" and we are blessed beyond measure.
The question is DO WE BELIEVE WHAT JESUS SAID WE HAVE?
A meeting of the Church should not be a somber experience where we simply dress up in our finest, get a seat, sing a few worship and praise songs led by a “leader”, listen to a fine speech, have an alter call, and then go home. A meeting of the Church should be a great "CELEBRATION" rejoicing in what we are in Christ and our relationship with the Father.
I there anything to hard for God to do? Then when we assemble every need of the Body should be met because "as He is, so are we in this world." Jesus said, "All things are possible to him who believes."
Does Jesus have any lack? Does Jesus have any sickness or disease? Does Jesus have any infirmities? Does Jesus need deliverance? If He is the Head of the Church and we are His Body here on the earth, shouldn’t we be "AS HE IS"?
Then let’s focus on Jesus and who He is and start being imitators of Him and do what He did while He was on the earth: Proclaim that His kingdom is at hand, heal the sick, cast out demons, perform the miraculous, meet the needs of people who came to Him for help, etc. If He can still do these things today then we are His hands extended in this world because “as He is, so are we in this world.”
John 14:12-14 -- “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. And whatever you ask in My name, THAT WILL I DO, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
I hope this article will prove to be beneficial to you as you press forward in your walk with the Lord of the Universe.
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