Higher Life In Christ

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - IBRU CENTRE - Pray­er­lines:09078154261. E-mail:evan­gel­go­spel@ya­hoo.com Dr.chid­ioko­roafor,gen­er­al­su­per­in­ten­dent,

Text: Acts 8:26-39; Eph­e­sians 4:1718 Key Verse: John 1:4, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (KJV)

MA­nis the only cre­ation cre­ated in the class of God. Psalm 82:6, “I said, “You are gods, And all of you are chil­dren of the Most High.”

Man was the only be­ing God blessed out of all He cre­ated ( Gen­e­sis 1:28). Man is the rea­son for cre­ation and when man goes out of place, ev­ery­thing is dis­rupted.

Eter­nal life is a mir­a­cle, and it is only pos­si­ble through the New Birth. What is New Birth? Je­sus said to Ni­code­mus in

John 3:3, “Truly, truly, I say to you, un­less one is born again he can­not see the king­dom of God.” New Birth

is a spir­i­tual trans­for­ma­tion/re­gen­er­a­tion that takes place in the life of any­one who ac­cepts the sal­va­tion gift of God to be saved from his/her sins.

Ex­cept your spirit is recre­ated by new birth in Christ, you will not have the ca­pac­ity to house God or live the God kind of life. John 1:5, “And the light shines in the dark­ness, and the dark­ness did not com­pre­hend it.” The God kind of life is the life that stands out in any en­vi­ron­ment it finds it­self. It is the life that shines in dark­ness, that is, a life that says no to liv­ing in sin, even when ev­ery­one around is do­ing so. Eter­nal life is a higher life in Christ given by new birth. God is eter­nal and He is “Eter­nal Life” per­son­i­fied. When you re­ceive Christ as a gift into your life, you have the life, which is in God called Eter­nal Life and that life you re­ceived is the light of men. It is the life of God that makes us shin­ing lights to the dy­ing world, which is filled with dark­ness. It is His life that pro­duces the light and when you have not re­ceived God’s life in you, you will be liv­ing in dark­ness. Eter­nal life is God im­pact­ing His very na­ture and be­ing into the Hu­man Spirit. When God’s na­ture is im­pacted in a per­son, such a per­son be­gins to live in God’s di­men­sion. Ig­no­rance of the higher life in Christ is the devil’s strat­egy to keep peo­ple in per­pet­ual bondage and dark­ness.

Psalm 82:5, “They do not know, nor do they un­der­stand; They walk about in dark­ness; All the foun­da­tions of the earth are un­sta­ble.” As a re­sult of peo­ple’s lack of un­der­stand­ing, the foun­da­tion of their mar­riage, busi­ness, ca­reer, work, etc. are out of course. The Gen­tiles walked in the van­ity of their minds be­cause their un­der­stand­ing was dark­ened ( Eph­e­sians 4:17-18).

Men loved dark­ness be­cause their deeds are evil. John 3:19

20, “And this is the con­dem­na­tion, that the light has come into the world, and men loved dark­ness rather than light, be­cause their deeds were evil. 20 For ev­ery­one prac­tis­ing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be ex­posed.” Je­sus came to earth to show men how to live God’s di­men­sion of life and higher life in Christ. John 10:10, “The thief does not come ex­cept to steal, and to kill, and to de­stroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more

abun­dantly.” The life of God is eter­nal life - spir­i­tual life and not the nat­u­ral breath of life. Ni­code­mus was think­ing, breath­ing, feel­ing and act­ing but yet spir­i­tu­ally dead and that was why Je­sus told him that he needs the God kind of life – be­ing Born Again, the New Birth.

One of the ways to have the God kind of life in you is through knowl­edge. Luke

24:45, “And He opened their un­der­stand­ing, that they might com­pre­hend the Scriptures.” My prayer for you to­day is that the eyes of your spir­i­tual un­der­stand­ing be opened that you may know the riches of the glo­ri­ous in­her­i­tance that we have in Christ Je­sus, Amen.

To­day’s Nugget: Eter­nal Life is God’s di­men­sion kind of life Prayer: I re­ceive the gift of eter­nal life in Christ in Je­sus Name, Amen.

Oko­roafor

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