Life in Christ

This morning as I read the book of John, I felt so refreshed in my faith in Jesus. In fact, the book of John is a great place to start if you are new to reading the Bible or just beginning your faith journey. I love the clarity and beauty in this book. I highlighted some faith-building statements we might ponder and memorize:

For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him (John 3:34-36).

I remember that God gives the Holy Spirit without limit. How amazing! I also love the gospel message summarized: We believe in Jesus for eternal life and to save us from wrath.

I also note Jesus’ words in John 5:24.

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my words and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

I think of the transaction within the soul, this coming alive (Ephesians 2) out of spiritual death. I think of what it means to cross over from a kingdom of darkness (1 Peter 2) and escape the tentacles of death in all its forms as we now belong to a new kingdom of light, life, joy, peace, and righteousness. We have a new life in Christ, one we can hardly even fathom.

When you feel uncertain in your faith or unsure of what to believe, always return to Jesus. Return to the statements He makes about Himself in the book of John. Remember who He is and claimed to be. Remember the miracles. Remember the resurrection. Remember His offer of salvation for all who believe. And then worship Him. He will lead you and care for you as a Good Shepherd, no matter where you are or how desperate your life feels. The promise of the gospel message extends to you right now. As you embrace Jesus with your whole heart, He begins to work in marvelous ways.

And your life will never be the same.

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