Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo; Wednesday, 21st August 2019 ;
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome DSc., DD;
HE OBEYED WHEN WE COULDN’T;
(We’re The Fruits Of Jesus Christ’s Obedience);
TO THE BIBLE Romans 5:18-19 NIV;
“Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”
Under the Old Testament, God’s blessings for the children of Israel were based on their obedience to the Law of Moses. They had to keep every part of that Law just to enjoy the benefits of the covenant God struck with Abraham. However, they couldn’t keep His laws and, as such, couldn’t enjoy the blessings. Thank God Jesus came – He made things different for us today in the New Testament. According to Colossians 1:12, you’ve been made a sharer of the blessings and benefits of the Kingdom-life reserved for all God’s children. This happened the moment you were born again.
You don’t have to try to “obey” the Law for God to bless you today; you were born blessed (Ephesians 1:3). Christ already fulfilled all the Law; you’re the fruit of His obedience: “…By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Through the obedience of Christ, God’s gift: His blessing of righteousness was given to you.
Nowhere in the New Testament are you told to “obey God” or to “obey the Law”; rather you’re called His obedient child: “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance” (1 Peter 1:14 KJV). We’re described as having “obeyed” God’s Word of truth from the heart (Romans 6:17). So our blessings, our inheritance in Christ, aren’t preconditioned on obedience; rather, they are our birthright!
Redemption in Christ
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
1 Peter 3:9
9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
I thank you, dear Father, for making me a sharer of every blessing in the heavenly place in Christ. I take a hold of all that’s mine in Christ Jesus and enjoy the benefits and privileges reserved for me as an heir of God, and a joint-heir with Christ. Amen.
DAILY BIBLE READING
1 Corinthians 6, Psalms 119:1-112
Colossians 1:9-18, Jeremiah 6
What other blessings can you find outside those listed in Deuteronomy 28? Hint: Check out Psalms 32, 40 and 112.