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The Desires of a Believer’s life     verse which is pertinent to this month’s
          What should we strive for in this life?   discussion, “That we should bring forth
        The answer is seen in our identification   fruit unto God.” There ought to be brought
        with the Risen One. “If ye then be risen   forth in our lives, increasingly, that which
        with Christ, seek those things which are   is pleasing to God, that which is the fruit
        above, where Christ sitteth on the right   of the new relationship into which we have
        hand of God” (Col 3:1, KJV). Since we have   entered, that which is the opposite of the
        been raised with Him, and He is now seat-  “fruit unto death” (v5) which character-
        ed in heaven, that is where we ought to set   ized us in our unregenerate state. What
        our hearts and minds – on “things above,   enables it to take place is the truth that we
                                             are joined to the One Who “is raised from
        not on things on the earth” (v2). How easy   the dead.”
        it is to be taken up with the things of this
        life, but our blessed Lord and Savior is at   The Display of a Believer’s Life
        God’s right hand, and we should make the   “For we which live are alway delivered
        things of Christ, and where He is, the focus   unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life
        of our lives.                        also of Jesus might be made manifest in
        The Dynamic of a Believer’s Life     our mortal flesh” (2Cor 4:11, KJV). The
          In Ephesians 1, Paul writes of “the ex-  constant dangers to which Paul was ex-
                                             posed, and how he was sustained through
        ceeding greatness of His [God’s] power   it all, powerfully displayed the truth that,
        to us-ward who believe,” and he outlines   not only had Christ died, but that He was
        the events which demonstrate it. “Which   alive again. While this reference is specific
        He wrought in Christ, when He raised   to Paul’s personal circumstances, what he
        Him from the dead, and set Him at His   says of himself should also be true of us;
        own right hand in the heavenly places”   our lives are a manifestation of the reality
        (Eph 1:19-20, KJV). This power has already   of the resurrection life of Christ.
        been demonstrated in us; we were made   The Destination of a Believer’s Life
        alive when we were “dead in trespasses
        and sins” (2:1, KJV ). However, Paul is not   Paul states the ultimate aspiration of his
        just speaking of what this power did for   life down here: “That I may know Him,
        us in saving us, but of what it is still do-  and the power of His resurrection, and the
        ing for us, as a later reference in the book   fellowship of His sufferings, being made
        shows. “Now unto Him that is able to do   conformable unto His death; If by any
        exceeding abundantly above all that we   means I might attain unto the resurrection
        ask or think, according to the power that   of the dead” (Phil 3:10-11, KJV). Paul is not
        worketh in us” (3:20, KJV). It is a present   speaking of attaining the future physical
                                             resurrection, but of his desire to reach
        reality in our lives.                his goal: to live, here on earth, a life fully
        The Development of a Believer’s Life  consistent with the reality that he has been
          Last month, we considered Romans 7:4.   raised with Christ. He had not yet attained
        “Ye also are become dead to the law by the   this goal (vv12-14), and he exhorts his read-
        body of Christ; that ye should be married   ers, likewise, to strive toward it (vv15-16).
        to another, even to Him who is raised from   This exhortation comes right down to us,
        the dead, that we should bring forth fruit   today. How practical and challenging is the
        unto God” (KJV). It is the last part of this   reality of the resurrection.

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