What it means to be in Christ

April 1, 2018

LifeWay Moments


— What it means to be in Christ —

• The more we learn about Christ, the more we learn about who we are in Christ.

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

— 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

• When we accept Christ, we become a new creation.

• When we come into Christ, we become royalty.

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

— Matthew 12:40 NKJV

• When the Spirit and the Word marry, what that means is when you’re in a relationship with Christ and you read His Word in that relationship, everything you’ll ever need can come together.

• If Christ didn’t come out of the tomb, we could not have a born again experience.

• To know something is better than to feel something.

So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

— 1 Corinthians 15:54-56 NKJV

• It wasn’t the thugs that killed Jesus; it wasn’t the thief that hung beside him on the cross. It was the elders, the leading priest and the teachers of the religious law.

• The law always brings death; the Spirit gives life.

From then on Jesusa]”>[a] began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.

 — Matthew 16:21 NLT

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.

 — Matthew 28:1 NLT

• Any time you encounter Jesus, it is a new day. He said that His mercies are new every day.

• Don’t ever say you aren’t qualified.

• Don’t ever let your past life hold you back.

Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.

— Matthew 28:2-3 NLT

• Your “suddenly” is right here if you can grab ahold of it.

“Watch what you let go in the ear gate. Watch what you let go in the eye gate.”

— Pastor Danny

• When you put the Word in, you are going to get the results of the Word.

• It’s not about what you see or feel — it is about what you believe.

• Is your faith in a position to receive?

• It doesn’t matter how good the quarterback is, if you aren’t in a position to receive, you will never get the ball.

The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.

— Matthew 28-4 NLT

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?

— Luke 24:5 NLT

• Why do we keep looking to dead stuff to bring life?

He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.

— Matthew 28:6 NLT

Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”

— Mark 16:7 NLT

• You can do anything God calls you to do. You can’t do anything without Him to amount to anything. But, you can do all things through Him.

• When God challenges us to do something, there is so much reward on the other side

Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

— John 20:3-4 NLT

While the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings.  Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed —  for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead.

— John 20:7-9 NLT

Life Lesson:

The first step in knowing what it means to be in Christ is knowing who Christ is and what He did for us.

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