When we look at Gods word, we can take confidence in His truth. It become exciting as we take this journey of our growth in our identity in God. That it is why Paul, in Romans, states that we are to be alive to God in Christ Jesus. We can be amazed on how God is on a mission to reach people and reveal Himself.
To be compelled, we are to be held together. Restraints on both sides of us that moves us forward. The message is not exclusive to some end group, but is exclusive to all who believe. Jesus died for all, and therefore all died. Paul begins again, like in Romans, to talk about death and life. Jesus did not come to condemn people to hell. The world is already heading there, and He came to save them. Not one of us is worthy, we must all come to Jesus.
People then start to ask, “Where or what do I do to fulfill this new life?” But the realization is that we are now to rest and rely on the life of Jesus that is now us. So it does not mean that we need to go to some denomination, but realize that decision should be based on our new life in Jesus, and if that church is living in that truth as well.
Personally, even as we live out the truth of our new life in Jesus, we still operate in our selfish, fleshly perspective. We have thoughts and desires that were worldly, and we try to imply that the new life should live up to these old life desires. But we are to drop those desires and want them no longer.
Paul states that we are a new creature. It is hard to imagine the full extent of what that means. That Christ now lives in us, and He takes the place of that old person.
The idea of God’s reconciliation is hard to imagine because it does not totally meaning bring together or to capture, but brings it all together in a rightness that is so much bigger than we can explain. It is mind-boggling. God wants us to be his, he wants them to be with him. We must be clear that God is removing our sin through the reconciling brought about through Jesus. We must be clear that we were lost, but we have been found and made right through Jesus.
We have been given the message of what God has done. Paul states a command, “Be reconciled to God.” We are to be clear in all that we do in our life, in our mission and ministry, that this is the most important thing. It isn’t what you do, what you say, how good you are, or what charity you give to. Our salvation is dependent on the decision that we accept God’s reconciliation and accepting Jesus as Savior!
God placed on Jesus all our sin. Jesus physically accepted our punishment for sin. And when we accept this offering of pardon from sin, we are a new creature. He takes our sin and we become reconciled. Our punishment has been paid, and we are in right standing with the Father.
What God has promised, He stands by. What is offered is real. In the midst of the struggles of the flesh, while they still may be prevalent, we are not defined or owned by them. We are in progress, we are always in need to be compelled by the truth as we move forward.
14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (ESV)
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (ESV)
18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. (ESV)
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (ESV)
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (ESV)