John 10:10 ESV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
"that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
Life. It is a great word. However, I feel that we as believers have missed it somewhat about what our Lord was speaking about. When we received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior we did not "fix, renew, repair, renovate, or remodel" the old Adamic nature. The old Adamic nature died and we exchanged our broken down sin-natured life for the life of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Everything that our Lord Jesus Christ did, He did as a Spirit-filled man and not as God. That is why we can do it also and live His way of life. The Lord Jesus Christ came to show us how to be the man as God created man to be, and that is to live a life by the Spirit that Adam and Eve never realized.
One of the first counterfeits of Satan is to convince us that we don’t have this life, can't live by this life, and aren’t expected to live by this life, called the life of Christ in the Spirit, until we die.
Galatians 2:20 ESV I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
We dwell a lot on the "I am crucified with Christ" part of Gal.2:20, however, we miss that the life we live is not our life but it is the life of Christ in me.
The Scriptures tell us how to live by this other life, how to live by the Spirit. It is the reality of how to live the Christian life. There is only one person who can live the Christian life and that is Christ. I cannot live the Christian life. But, I can let Christ live it through me. Therefore, we as believers need to come to the place where we can say, it is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me. Otherwise we will continue striving to reach a mark by the flesh and judging others who have not reached our mark.
PLACES WHERE GOD AND MAN MEET (PT. 01)
And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
What comes to mind when you think of worshipping God? Where do you meet with God? Where do you worship Him?
These are questions that have been debated for hundreds of years. Every culture has had a place or places set apart to worship God. It is important to remember however that it is God who takes the initiative in providing a way for man to meet with Him and to worship with Him. God throughout history has also taken the initiative in bringing man to the “right place” to worship Him. God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden for a place and time of worship. He met with them in the cool of the morning. There was no building, no music, and no structure; just God meeting with man for worship.
Adam and Eve’s relationship with God was pure and unhindered. All that Adam did reflected the life and heart of worship. They were…
(1) Sensitive to the voice of God,
(2) Submissive to the will of God, and
(3) Obedient to the Word of God.
BTW, That is a good sermon outline for you preachers.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.