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LIVING FOR CHRIST I January 28, 2018

LIVING FOR CHRIST I

“Ye are the salt of the earth.”—Matthew 5:13

Under God and through Christ we are here on earth for a purpose.

He compares our function on the earth to that of salt.

 

Two familiar uses of salt in relation to food.

Salt Gives Flavor: First, salt gives flavor.

Salt Restrains Corruption: A second function of salt in relation to food is to restrain the process of corruption.

Salt is used as a preservative.

It preserves from corruption.

Salting does not abolish the corruption, but it holds it in check.

Our presence on the earth as Christ’s disciples operates like the salt in the meat.

 

The process of sin’s corruption is already at work.

This is manifested in every area of human activity—moral, religious, social, and political.

We cannot abolish the corruption that is already there, but we can hold it in check.

 

We are His Ambassadors;

We are not here on our own nor just for ourselves.

 

Who are ambassadors?

They are persons set forth in an official capacity by a nation to represent that government in the territory of another nation.

Their authority is not measured by their own personal abilities but is in direct proportion to the authority of the government that they represent.

 

We have no authority to act on our own, but if we carefully obey the directions of our government, the entire might and authority of heaven stand behind every word that we speak and every move that we make.

You’re loaded.

 

We are a Kingdom of Kings and Priests

God has vested in us authority by which we may determine the affairs on earth.

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

A kingdom of priests: From Slaves to Kings

Shall reign in life; we are here to reign.

 

In Christ, we are already raised up to share the throne with Him, and we are reigning there with Him now.

God’s purpose in man’s redemption reflects His original purpose in man’s creation.

God’s redeeming grace lifts man from his position of slavery and restores him to his position of dominion.

 

Even in the Old Testament, we see the shadow of the same manifested in the deliverance of Israel from the slavery of Egypt.

God declared to Israel the purpose for which He has redeemed them:

And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests – Exodus 19:6

 

In Christ, we are offered a double privilege: to minister as priests and to reign as kings.

 

As Christians, we are called “a holy priesthood.”

We are the priests of the new covenant, our ministry is to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

The “spiritual sacrifices” offered up by us are the various forms of prayers, supplications, particularly worship and intercession in affecting the course of events on earth.

 

Also, we are called “a royal [or kingly] priesthood.”

The phrase “a royal priesthood” exactly corresponds to “a kingdom of priests”

 

But who were we?

Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. – 1 Peter 2: 10

 

We were nobody’s who obtained His mercy, hence our transformation.

Stop living in the past, you’re a new creature

A new creature with an awesome responsibility.

 

We have what to offer our world

You have what to offer your world.

As Christians, our function is to give flavour to the earth for God to enjoy.

Our presence makes the earth acceptable to God.

Our presence commands the earth to God’s mercy.

 

How do I know?

Remember the account of Abraham’s intercession on behalf of Sodom.

Abraham interceded with God concerning Sodom.

First, Abraham established it is never the will of God that the judgment due to the wicked should come upon the righteous.

 

We are to stand before God for His people in the world today

Remember we are His ambassadors here on earth

It means we are heavenly citizens

We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.

“Our citizenship is in heaven.” We are heavenly citizens

Thus, our position on earth is that of ambassadors representing heaven’s government.

 

Whose interest are you representing here on earth?

Yours or His?

It’s time we understood the power and responsibilities that God has bestowed on us.

What an exalted position has God given us; to be “set…over the nations and over the kingdoms.”

This city is waiting for us to take charge of our God.

We are set over it.

 

What was the basis of such tremendous authority?

The authority lay in God’s words, imparted to you.

The mission of this church is to impact you with the word, so you can impact your world.

God has sent me to bring you the revival of Faith and the Spirit.

To raise citizens of the Kingdom of God:

Men and women who will manifest the life, power and authority of the Kingdom of God to their world.

I have a divine mandate: to raise kingdom citizens.

 

We stand in our twofold relationship.

On the natural plane; as citizens of the earth.

On the spiritual plane as God’s children elevated to exercise authority over the land.

 

Every Christian has dual citizenship.

By natural birth; a citizen of an earthly nation.

By spiritual birth; a citizen of God’s heavenly kingdom.

God’s kingdom is supreme over all other kingdoms and over all other forces at work on earth.

We as Kingdom citizens are superior in authority.

As citizens, we have kingdom authority.

It is time we occupied our place and take charge.

God offered us His saints a double privilege: to minister as priests and to reign as kings.

 

Now that you know you have all these status and power, the question is for what?

I want us to see two scriptures in closing

 

First Scripture

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.  – Ga 2:20

 

You are already crucified; you have no life of your own.

You are crucified, but you’re still living, how come?

He gave you His life to live by

“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”

He gave you His life for a purpose.

To live for Him, doing His work and His mission on earth.

 

My question for you today is; whose mission are you engaged with, with His life in you?

Whose interest are you serving; yours or His?

 

Second scripture

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. – Joh 15:16

 

He chose you for a reason: What reason?

“that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain”

How many have you brought to Him?

If you use the life He has given you for Him, then he blesses you.

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