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JESUS TAKES IT PERSONAL
How We Treat One Another
Gal. 2: 20 (I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I LIVE; yet NOT I, but CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.)
Paul admitted that he was ALIVE, but that it was not HIS LIFE LIVING, (FOR HIS LIFE HAD BEEN CRUIFIED WITH CHRIST) it was the RESURRECTED CHRIST LIVING IN HIM! He was Alive because of Christ's Life abiding in him. And we must know, that there IS NO LIFE OUTSIDE OF CHRIST!
Look at 1John 5: 11 & 12 (And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. ver.12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.) So we see that those who are without Christ, are DEAD. Eph. 2:1 (And you hath he quickened, who WERE DEAD in trespasses and sins:) Eph. 2: 5 & 6 (Even when we WERE DEAD in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) ver.6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:)
Thank God for His Son, Christ Jesus! Acts 17: 28a (For IN HIM WE LIVE, and MOVE, and HAVE OUR BEING;) Hallelujah!
Notice: Paul said by the Holy Ghost; I LIVE, yet NOT I, but CHRIST LIVETH IN ME! And every true BornAgain believer can say with Paul; IT IS CHRIST'S LIFE THAT LIVETH IN ME! Now here are some points to think about.
1. THE LIFE OF CHRIST BY OBEDANCE SEEKS ONLY TO PLEASE THE FATHER. John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. I Thes. 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 2 Tim. 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2. THE LIFE OF CHRIST ONLY SEEKS TO DO THE WILL OF GOD. John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. Heb. 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 1Pet. 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 1John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
3. THE LIFE OF CHRIST IS A LIFE OF COMPASSION, LOVE, CHARITY. Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. Eph.5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 1Pet.4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 1John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
There is much that could be said concerning all of these points, but I pray that you will look more into them. But I do want to say this; How is it that all men know that we are Christ's? John 13:35 (By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.) And how is it that we know that we are Christ's, and have His LIFE? 1John 3: 14 (We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.)
Now here is where the message is coming to. Jesus said in, Mat. 25: 40 & 45 (And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME. ver. 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, YE DID IT NOT TO ME.) Please take time to read Mat. 25, verses 32 - 46 in order to see all that Jesus was dealing with.
It is clear to see from verses 40 & 45 that Jesus takes it Personal the treatment that is given to those who are His. Wether that treatment is Good or Bad. He said; WHAT YOU HAVE DONE UNTO THEM, YOU HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME!
Some may ask; How can this be? Because when I deal with a Brother or Sister in Christ, I am no longer dealing with that person; I AM NOW DEALING WITH THE LIFE OF CHRIST WHICH IS IN THEM! So I must be very careful how I deal with that LIFE. Did not God say to Abraham in Gen. 12:3 (And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.) And then in Ex. 23:22 (But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.)
No wonder John could say in 1John 3:17 & 18 (But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? ver.18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.)
Seeing that it is no longer that person I am dealing with; that is if they are truly IN CHRIST, and CHRIST IN THEM. But that it is CHRIST'S LIFE IN THEM that I am now dealing with; I will want to treat that LIFE right. As the Word of God says; Rom. 12:10 (Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;) Eph 4:31 & 32, 5:1 & 2 (Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: ver.32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; ver.2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.) Col. 3:12 -14 (Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; ver.13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. ver.14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.) 1Pet. 4:8 (And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. ver.9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.)
For Jesus Said; Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME.
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