Chapter 2: Being in Christ
We keep our focus on the flesh but the flesh is never going to be perfect, which is why the Scripture says that we don’t know one another after the flesh anymore, but that we know one another after the Spirit (2 Cor 5:16). So I don’t know you after the flesh, I know you after the Spirit. The flesh is always going to disappoint. The devil always tries to keep our relationships in the flesh because the flesh will never measure up. That’s why we have divorce, that’s why we have separation, and that’s why we have division—because I’m
Religion tries to keep our relationships in the flesh—Do this, do that, don’t do this, don’t do that.
never going to please your
flesh and you can’t please
mine, either. I can’t even
please my own flesh! How
can I then please yours?
Religion tries to keep our
relationships in the flesh—do this, do that, don’t do this, don’t do that.
But we’re spirit beings walking together in the Spirit. Our fellowship is in the Spirit of the Lord, not in the flesh of man. We’re not children of the Law, but children of the promise! John 1:17 says, “the law was given through Moses; grace and truth
were realized through Jesus Christ.” Galatians 4:31 tells us that “we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.”
Who are we? We’re children of God, and Jesus paid the price that we couldn’t pay! He fulfilled what God required. I couldn’t keep what God required. You couldn’t keep what God required. But Jesus could and did!
Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of the Father! Now when the Father looks at us, He sees us in Christ—He sees who we are in Christ. He doesn’t see us in the Law; He sees us in Christ. Aren’t you glad?
Our Freedom in Christ
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Cor 3:17)
Paul was constantly reminding his friends of their freedom in Christ. He wrote to the Galatians, “You foolish Galatians…Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the
You’re going to keep the spirit of the Law, because Christ…is in you. you’re not going to murder or do other things the law forbids because those actions violate who you are.
flesh?” (3:1-3). And again, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery” (5:1). Paul understood that the yoke of slavery is the Law. As we’ve seen in the last chapters, you’re not children of the Law, you’re children of the Spirit in Christ. As children of the Spirit, you’re going to keep the spirit of the Law because Christ, the fulfiller of the Law, is in you. You’re not going to murder or do other things the Law forbids because those actions violate who you are.
However, you don’t measure yourself by the Law; you measure yourself by Christ. You don’t measure yourself by me; you measure yourself by Christ.
Our Example and future is Christ
Jesus is our example. He is our model. Paul told the Corinthians to imitate his faith as he imitated, or followed, Christ. So he’s teaching us how to be sons—how to walk in the Spirit—and he learned these ways from imitating Jesus. In other words, Paul tells all of us how to be what God has called us to be. He essentially says, “Watch what I do and do it.”
If you look at what Paul teaches, they are not traditions. Paul wrote, “I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:
12-13). We cannot forget what lies behind and reach forward to what lies ahead while we keep hanging onto traditions of men! Everything that lies ahead is new in Christ. Each one of you was called with a purpose that no one else can accomplish. You have a job to do and it lies ahead of you, not behind you.