Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Principle Of Position

Colossians 3:1-3 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Romans 3:28 We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

We will pick up where we left off
in the “The Reckoning That Counts” I suggest you reread it, because The Principle Of Position is most important to help you in your growth in the Lord and reckoning is a vital key to becoming positioned properly in Christ. The word Reckon means: “to regard as being, to count as true.” Romans 6 calls upon us, to count as true: that our old sinful self died on the cross at Calvary. Romans 3:28 calls upon us to reckon or “count as true” the fact that we are justified by faith apart from works of the law. To be justified means: “to be free of the guilt and penalty attached to grievous sin.” Do you believe this to be true in your case as a Christian? Are you now and forever justified as God’s word teaches? Or as some would have us believe, are you trying to be good enough to earn your way into heaven? Are you still trying to be good enough to get into heaven? Are you trying to win the battle with the lust of you flesh and pride of life? We have already won that battle with Christ. When our focus is on Christ, the devil will flee. Remember ... when Peter walking on water, took his eyes off of Christ and focused on the wind and the waves, he began to sink ... but Christ lifted him up.

The Principle of Position is you and I standing on who we are in Christ … reckoning our Position in Christ to be true. Seeing ourselves as Christ sees us, rather than seeing ourselves as who we were before we were born again in Christ. Your Spiritual growth is dependent upon understanding this principle. “The Principle of Position can be summed up in one word: source.” In our source physically we were born into our human family position and the world has given us a career position, and we have characteristics, skills, strengths and weaknesses that help define who we are from a worldly perspective. But with Jesus, our source is Jesus ... victorious over sin and the world. We are standing with Him and God sees us differently from a spiritual perspective. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:4-6 As you can see, this verse is in the past tense … already done and in the past. We must see ourselves justified in Christ. In the same way God sees us, justified with Christ at Calvary.

Are you justified, and standing confidently in your position in Christ. Every Christian is already positioned eternally with Christ. Whether they understand this truth or not is another issue. Our condition is what we are in our Christian walk, but our human condition and our position in Christ are not the same. Once we understand our position in Christ, we can stop focusing on our condition and abide in Christ … where we can have peace and rest. Our condition brings us down … our position lifts us up. Our condition is carnal and focused on feelings and appearances … our position is perfect and focused on who we are in Christ. As we focus on Him, our worldly man becomes renewed and transformed into His likeness. A Christian who does not understand what his position is here and now In Christ, will most likely be left to focus on his un-Christlike old self rather than the on the Christ-centered person God wants him to be. This is a primary reason Christians fail. “If we are to grow and become fruitful, our faith must be anchored in the finished work of our position in Christ." Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Col. 3:2-3. When we envision ourselves as sons and daughters of the creator; foreigners in the world; focused on Christ; focused on the things above … the things of this world are brought into perspective, and our cares and worries can faithfully be trusted over to the Lord.

The problems of the world and the foolishness of men are only a momentary fog … here today, gone tomorrow
. This world is but a grain of sand, from God’s perspective. He is our Father, watching over us, protecting us … guiding us and answering our prayers. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:29-31; 37-39

We have all been positioned forever in the risen Lord by spiritual birth, but only the Christian who knows grows.
They are the ones who are abiding in Christ and allowing Jesus to complete His transformation of us. The natural man would like to do the transforming in his own strength … putting his brains and his God given skills to work making his old man into an imitation of Christ … but the harder we try, the more futile and foolish and lost we appear. Turn yourself over to God ... let God do His work on you. When we abide in Christ, we focus on Him and Him alone and Christ will do the transforming. We do not need to do it … we are already positioned with Christ in Heaven. Christ has already done the work on the cross. We only now need to be who we already are … sons of the most high, resting in our Heavenly Father. “It Is Finished”

When we focus on Christ rather than our self, He will change us, Let Christ do it … He is able.

God Bless You, My Friends, Bob
Pray to receive Christ
Reference: ”The Principle of Position” by Miles J. Stanford

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