God’s whole nature is living in Christ in human form. Colossians 2:9 (NIRV)
People are known by their name and their nature. Sometimes I go out and someone will ask me if I know a certain person. I don’t always recognise their name and then they start describing their nature – the kind of person they are and the kind of things they do. As they describe their nature, I suddenly start to recognise who they are talking about even though I may not have known their name. God’s whole nature is everything that God is, the sum total of His attributes or qualities, His character, His person and His very essence. Can you now imagine the whole nature of God, not a part of God but everything, living in Christ in human form? Christ was the complete human expression of God. His nature was Gods nature and as a result everything He did was what God would do. Hebrews 1:3 says, “Christ is the dazzling radiance of God’s glory and splendor, the exact expression of God’s true nature-his mirror image!”
Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit and talking about the message of Christ in Colossians 1:26-27 says, “For ages and ages this message was kept secret from everyone, but now it has been explained to God’s people. God did this because he wanted you Gentiles to understand his wonderful and glorious mystery. And the mystery is that Christ lives in you, and he is your hope of sharing in God’s glory.” He says, in the same way God’s whole nature lives in Christ, Christ’s whole nature now lives in you, and so you also have become the human expression of Christ’s nature. You have laid down, died to the lowly earthly nature and taken on the complete nature of Christ, so everything you now do must be what Christ would do.
Colossians 2: 10-11 explains how this happened saying, “Because you belong to Christ, you have been made complete. He is the ruler over every power and authority. When you received Christ, your circumcision was not done by human hands. Instead, your circumcision was done by Christ. He put away the person you used to be.” When you received Christ you were made complete and Christ Himself put away the person (the old nature) you used to have. You are a new person, one that never existed before, with a new nature living a new life in Christ Jesus. So stop looking at your past person to determine how to live today or how your future will be – your past person died with Christ. Christ divinely placed His nature in you and as you live this out everyday you share in God’s glory even as He did. God’s glory is His magnificence, His splendour, His excellence, His dignity and His grace.
All of us need to remember ever so often that we are not the person we used to be. Your friends and family may look at you and not understand what you are saying because all they see is the outside you, your physical body. The enemy will try to convince you that nothing has changed and your life is destined for destruction. It is a lie so shut him up in Jesus Name! You have been changed by Christ! You may look the same on the outside physically but your nature, your essence has changed, the core of who you are changed when you receive Christ and you are a new person with the nature of Christ. So now your future is full of God’s glory!
I encourage you to learn everything you can about Christ from the word, where He told us about Himself, and be determined, persuaded and resolved to live out Christ’s nature that is already in you.
You are His human expression and in expressing Him you will see God’s glory shining through you.
2 Corinthians 5:17 The Living Bible
When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!
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