Daily Devotion Friday, 14 December 2018
The goal of the Christian life
The primary goal of every Christian believer should be to live in Christ, not having a righteousness of our own that has been derived from the Law. To confess this means, firstly, that we do not want to attempt to live righteously by trying to use the Law properly. It also means that we do not even want the Lord to help or strengthen us in any way, so that we can live by the Law.
The apostle Paul expressed the goal of his Christian life by saying, ‘That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.’ Php 3:10‑11. Attaining to ‘the resurrection from the dead’ means living by resurrection life while still in a mortal body.
Paul’s reference to attaining resurrection life ‘by any means’ indicates that he was receiving resurrection life in the fellowship of Christ’s offering, by walking in whichever way the Holy Spirit was leading him. In this fellowship, everything that he experienced throughout the course of each day was being priested to him by the Son, according to the will of the Father, and was working together for his good. Rom 8:26‑28. Through these experiences, he was being progressively delivered from his own way; and Christ’s life was progressively becoming his life.
As Christ’s blood was poured out in love as an offering, His life brought Him back from the death that He was dying because of our sin. As we are joined to the fellowship of His offering, the life of God that is in His blood is given to us as resurrection life. His life delivers us from the death of sin while we are living in our mortal body. We are able to carry about in our mortal body the dying of the Lord Jesus, so that the life of Jesus, also, may be manifest in our mortal body. 2Co 4:10‑11.
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