Foundations of Faith
Sanctification: Christ In Me
Col. 1: 26- 27
Story of Charles Robertson
He finally came
clean. All messed up – made some
bad choices all need to be
forgiven – how does that happen?
Last week we
talked about being in Christ –
salvation, in salvation we come clean – we admit we have blown it – sinned
against a holy God, repent, ask forgiveness, and because of God’s amazing
grace, He does something absolutely wonderful – he wipes the slate clean– II
cor.5 if we are in Christ we are a new creation.
If we are a new
creation why do some many Christians struggle with the faith; with lifestyle,
choices that seem to draw them away from God rather than to God.
The main reason is that we stop there and don’t realize that not only
are we in Christ but Christ is in us.
more than a life insurance policy – it is a way of life that reflects the
glory of Christ. The wonder of Christianity is that not only did Christ die for
me on the cross but that Christ is in me
through His Holy Spirit.
Let me give you
some scriptures that talk about that: Rom.
8:9 says: “and
if anyone does not have the spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”
The spirit of Christ is the holy spirit.
4:6: because you are sons, God sent
the spirit of His son into our hearts, the spirit who calls out “abba father.
So you are no longer a slave but a son; and since you are a son, God has made
you an heir.”
As a Christian
the spirit of Christ, the holy spirit lives in you. I Cor. 3:16
don’t you know that you
yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you.?
Cor. 13:5 says: do you not realize
that Christ Jesus is in you?
prayer for the believers in Ephesus; he prays “that
Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” Eph. 3:17
Rom. 5: 5
God has poured out His love into
our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us.”
is the difference between us being in Christ which is salvation and Christ being
in me which is sanctification.
–being in Christ has to do with our standing before God – declared not
is addressed to
“the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus called to
The problem was
their conduct did not match their beliefs.
So Paul has to spend many chapters telling them now that Christ is in
them; things should be different. Christ
is in me to bring our character and conduct in line with our belief.
That takes a lifetime.
Being in Christ
has to do with our future destiny –
be with the Lord forever He that
believes in the son has eternal life.
Christ in me
has to do with the present reality,
how do we navigate through this world until we die. Part of the function of the HS is to lead us and guide us
into all truth. He gives direction
for our lives. He is like a
spiritual GPS system inside of us.
Being in Christ
has to do with the forgiveness of our sins
Christ in me
has to do with overcoming those sins
Being in Christ
puts us into a right relationship with God; Christ in me
exhibits the fruit of that relationship - that is, a life separated from
a sinful world and dedicated unto God.
Christ in me is the hope of glory
26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (NIV)
does God reveal this to:
vs. the saints – not iconic figures who are immortalized because of
their life – the saints are those who have been made new creations is Christ
– those are believers – Christians.
does he reveal to us:
glorious riches of his mystery
God says: I have so many
things to tell you – but you would not listen until you came to me and invited
me to your house – home – soul – now we have a connection and I can
communicate my will to you.
individual has within them something called a soul.
You can’t see it or measure it but you know its there.
It tells you there is something more than just making it through the day.
In our computer age let me explain it like this:
Turn on your computer – connect to the internet – tell you about
anything you want to know.
When we come to
Christ, His spirit comes to live within us – our connection to God. He has all
the answers – knows all mysteries – so we connect with him through our soul
connection and he reveals truth to us.
does this do for us? Give us hope of glory
We all go through some
difficult times, times of doubt, times of stress, times of disappointment –
when Christ is in us, we know that no matter how bad it gets we have the hope of
glory – this will all end soon
but our relationship with God will go on forever.
Christ in me is
the hope of glory.
When it goes
unmet, we have a tendency to grow bitter, sarcastic at the world, prideful, jealous Martyrs
complex want everyone to feel
sorry for us so we will feel better God says:
I am going to fill you with my spirit. A spirit of power that will enable
you to be my witnesses.
we came to Christ we used our own willpower to reject the temptations of Satan
– sometimes we were successful; sometimes not – now we have a new power
within us that gives us the ability to say no to ungodliness and yes to Christ
- He is the Holy Spirit that lives within us.
Christ in me means going on to maturity
1 Therefore let us move
beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity,
not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and
of faith in God, 2 instruction
about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and
eternal judgment. 3 And God
permitting, we will do so.
1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation
When a child is born into your immediate or extended family, there is great rejoicing. But if that baby never grew, never matured, never
anything more than a baby, there would be great disappointment among the parents
and those who loved her.
In the same
way, when we come into Christ, we are
new babes – spiritual babes – great – cause for rejoicing – but our
heavenly parent in God wants to see us grow and mature and learn and take our
place in the family.
Vs. 9 When we
realize that the spirit of Christ lives in us, it is like opening the treasure
chest of God’s gifts and discovering that we have access to all of them.
Being a 6 years
old and opening your eyes on Christmas morning and finding yourself at Toys R Us
and someone says: help yourself
it’s all yours.
God has many
gifts for you – a bonanza of gifts. Some
are immediate and accompany salvation – forgiveness of sin, promise of eternal
life, release from shame and guilt.
Gal. 5:22 he
mentions nine gifts that God wants to give you through his holy spirit:
the fruit of the spirit is love, Extend your understanding of love –
you may have loved in the past but I want you to learn a new kind of love –
even for your enemies that rejects retaliation and embraces grace.
I want you to
receive my gift of compassion for the poor, gift of a new power over sin that
you didn’t have before, the gift of understanding the deep things of God that
were confusing to you before,
II Cor. 1:20
“For no matter how many promises
God has made they are Yes in Christ.” Christ in us releases the promises
of God into our lives. We can now claim our inheritance of the gifts God has for us.
Christ in me means new freedom Gal. 5:1
1 It is for freedom that
Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened
again by a yoke of slavery.
1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.(NIV)