March 29, 2022

The Best of the Portals of Prayer

Read: John 5:21-26 / Psalm 150

“Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.”
Romans 6:8

We Live with Him

Our life in Christ is like a coin with two sides. Side one shows that Christ has died, and that we have died with Him. This is our acquittal through the death of Jesus, our Substitute. It is the forgiveness of sins that it provides. It is the freeing from the guilt and punishment of our sin. That is the one side. Side two shows that Christ now lives, and we live with Him. The two sides belong together.
To live with Christ means to walk with Him, to go where His feet lead us. It means to work with Christ. It means to speak with Him and for Him, expressing the kind thoughts He expressed. It means loving as He is loving.
Dying comes first in Jesus’ plan; He died, and we then died with Him. But then comes living; He lives, and we live with Him. Jesus carries us through death to life. Our feet follow in his footsteps through death into a life that reflects His own life, both now and in eternity.

March 29, 1978

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