The Mystery revealed. Hello!

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
2 Corinthians 5:17

Welcome to the fellowship of believers following Jesus!

We’re all walking this walk together. And we will never be the same again. The old gone. The new has come! Hello Mystery. Hello Jesus.

Let’s just stop for a second and look at a few passages in letters written to the first-century believers. In these passages and many others, we can see in scripture the connection between goodbye and hello: the cross, empty tomb and resurrected life! The mystery revealed. The earliest disciples of the church, inspired by the very heart of God, were actually willing to die physically – and many did – so that we could know this mystery, the Truth.

Christ not only through His death on the cross gives you eternal life, but only through your daily “death” (goodbye) can you experience resurrection living in your life today (Hello)!

You’re now in great company! Read these clips from letters originally written to the believers in the first century. The words are written to you and me today.

But when the Spirit of Christ empowers your life, you are not dominated by the flesh but by the Spirit…. Now Christ lives his life in you! And even though your body may be dead because of the effects of sin, his life-giving Spirit imparts life to you because you are fully accepted by God. Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you!
Paul to the believers in Rome (Romans 8:9-11, TPT i.e. The Passion Translation)

For when you live controlled by the flesh, you are about to die. But if the life of the Spirit puts to death the corrupt ways of the flesh, we then taste his abundant life.
Romans 8:13, TPT

We continually share in the death of Jesus in our own bodies so that the resurrection life of Jesus will be revealed through our humanity. We consider living to mean that we are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake so that the life of Jesus will be revealed through our humanity. So, then, death is at work in us but it releases life in you.
To the Christians in Corinth from Paul, AD 54 (II Corinthians 4:10-12, TPT)

For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and holds us tightly, because we are convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him, so that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again.” 
II Corinthians 5:14-15, TPT

…My old identity has been co-crucified with Christ and no longer lives... My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, dispensing his life into mine!
Paul to the believers in Galatia, AD 48 (Galatians 2:19-20, TPT)

For you were included in the death of Christ and have died with him to the religious system and powers of this world. Don’t retreat back to being bullied by the standards and opinions of religion.
Paul in his letter to the believers in Colossae around AD 60, a few years before his death (Colossians 2:20, TPT)

…To truly know him meant letting go of everything from my past… so that I may be enriched in the reality of knowing Jesus Christ…. And I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus and to experience the overflowing power of his resurrection working in me. I will be one with him in his sufferings and become like him in his death. Only then will I be able to experience complete oneness with him in his resurrection from the realm of death…. I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me to make me his own. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them.
Scripture excerpts above taken from Philippians, chapter 3, The Passion Translation (TPT) –

Did you grasp the profound words from these ancient letters? Do you need to read them again? They are driving at the very essence of the mystery revealed through Jesus Christ, that to follow Him is the only Way to live.

Mysterious right? Yes it’s hard to believe that something seemingly so difficult could at the same time be something incredibly more fulfilling and life-changing than anything you’ve ever imagined your life could be.

Senior Fellow for Pastoral Theology at the C.S. Lewis Institute, William L Kynes, has written an excellent article on discipleship. Here’s an excerpt that conveys the depth of a discipleship commitment along with the beauty of this kind of relationship with Jesus:

“…God has created us to prosper as human beings in a relationship with himself which is by definition, exclusive and unconditional. Anything less is a poor imitation of the real thing. Once we see Christ for who he is, and we taste the sweetness of his love and grace, we will not see [the] words of Jesus as some onerous demand upon us. Instead, we will see this as our natural response to his beauty and grace. What joy we will find in offering him more and more of ourselves! Our deepest desire will be to grow in our knowledge of Christ. This is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.”
– “Become a Disciple of Jesus: He Demands our All.” William L. Kynes. March 3, 2011.

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