Seeking Jesus First - June 19, 2023

Seeking Jesus First - June 19, 2023
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Christ Jesus changed everything. He paid the penalty for all sin and completed The Law of Moses. He defeated death, the devil and all false gods. Now, His name is the only name that grants salvation.

Jesus established faith as the basis for right standing with The Heavenly Father and He modeled a new type of relationship between YHVH and humanity. Jesus changed everything.

The Heavenly Father has highly exalted Jesus, giving Him the name above all names as well as all authority in heaven and on earth. God has placed all things under His feet.

For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”” (Galatians 2:19–21, NKJV)

I am crucified with Christ

  • Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3, NKJV)

Nevertheless I live

  • Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4, NKJV)

Yet not I but Christ lives in me

  • To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27, NKJV)

And the Life I now live in the flesh

  • Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” (Romans 6:11–13, NKJV)

I live by faith

  • But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”” (Galatians 3:11, NKJV)

I live by faith in the Son of God

  • But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:8–10, NKJV)

Who loved me and gave Himself for me

  • But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NKJV)

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NKJV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV)

Jesus changed everything. And Jesus changes everyone who puts their faith in Him because He gives them every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.