“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him.”
– Colossians 2:6
In his book The Discipline of Grace, Jerry Bridges tells about a Cold War-era Russian pilot who flew his fighter plane to a U.S. base in Japan and asked for asylum. He was flown to the United States and given a new identity. Bridges points out that although this pilot had the same physical characteristics and personality traits after his experience, his new identity allowed him to live a new life. He was delivered from a totalitarian regime, and able to enjoy all the benefits of living in a free society.
That’s a good illustration of what happened to us when we received the lord Jesus Christ by faith. We went from guilt to forgiveness, from slavery to freedom, from weakness to strength, and from spiritual poverty to an eternal inheritance.
Isn’t that an encouraging place to be? If we fully understand our position in Christ, we won’t worry too much about what might happen tomorrow or next week- we are forgiven, strengthened, and free and we have eternal life.
Instead of worrying or being fearful, our emphasis should be on thanking God for all these gifts. Besides expressing our thanks with words, we can show God our gratitude by the way we live for him and grow in our faith. This was the prayer Paul had for the Colossian Christians.
The apostle wanted these believers to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will by gaining spiritual understanding through the scriptures.
The result of this will be seen in our lives. Jesus said his Father was glorified when we bear fruit, pleasing God involves spiritual fruit-bearing, reproducing the character of Christ in ourselves and in others.
M Campbell 2020