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Shh!

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” — Psalm 91:1

God has a secret!

King David called it a place1 of God’s protection and a shelter from strife and pride.2 Job, (pronounced with a long “o” and best known for his personal suffering) said it was a place where wisdom lived but that it had only been heard of, never yet discovered.3

The apostle Paul called that place a mystery, hidden for hundreds of years … until NOW! He said he, actually, discovered it and so could we!

He wrote the mystery is found by getting connected, literally, to God through Jesus!

This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you” – Colossians 1:26-27

Not a euphemism, when joined to Christ we become a physical extension of himself — so much so that what we do in our bodies, good and bad, is what we are doing with and to Christ.4

When God looks at us he is seeing an extension of his son. Christ’s payment on the cross for sin, ours5. The Holy Spirit working in Jesus, now working in us. Our debts, his. Our bodies, his. Our needs, his. His closeness to the Father, ours. And when Jesus returns for us we shall be like him.6

This changes everything!

– fritz
1. Psalm 91:1
2. Psalm 31:20
3. Job 28:20-23
4. 1st Corinthians 6:13-17
5. 1st John 4:17
6. 1st John 3:2

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When Christ appears, we shall be like him — 1st John 3:2

“We look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, – Philippians 3:20b-21

Understanding what happened on that famous resurrection Sunday is essential! It wasn’t Jesus’ spirit which appeared, like a ghost, to his disciples then went to be with God — Jesus walked out of that tomb spirit, soul, and body. He told his disciples “Touch me, a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bone like this.” Then he ate with them. (Luke 24:39-43).

Why is this important? Many reasons, not the least of which is because it gives us an inkling of our future.

We won’t ever become angels, won’t come back as a tsetse fly or do a repeat performance, we shall physically come alive with a renewed body like Christ’s. We’ll have a physical place to live and an important job to do.

— fritz
Related post: “Recognizing Value” – June 14, 2012

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Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are…when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own. — 1st John 3:1-3 (The Message Bible)

I learned something about recognizing value when I gave away company stock. I had received it as a youth because I was family and had no idea how much it was worth until I gave it away for free.

Afterwards, the realization of what I lost hit me but it was too late. Something similar can happen in a church or to those in a Christian home who grow up with eternal opportunity freely given by Jesus’ sacrifice.

There is a future for those who remain faithful to Christ. We need to keep that future in focus to stay pure and faithful.

— fritz

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