Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11

Seeds of the Kingdom

In Him

by Ron Scurfield

19 February 2013

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The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20, NIV

`The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles` (Psalm 34:17). The Bible is full of God`s promises: `Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall` (Psalm 55:22). If we could only hold on firmly to these truths our lives would be changed dramatically. `The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective` (James 5:16). Many of them are dependent upon certain conditions, or addressed to a particular group of people, like `the righteous.` This prompts us to examine ourselves and wonder if we are good enough to qualify. Does my life measure up to the standard required? Is it even possible to be righteous? - It would appear not: `There is no one righteous, not even one` (Romans 3:10). `All our righteous acts are like filthy rags` (Isaiah 64:6). So what hope do we have?

There is One who is righteous: `Jesus Christ, the Righteous One` (1 John 2:1). He walked in close relationship with the Father, `tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin` (Hebrews 4:15). It is in Him and through Him that our righteousness is revealed. `Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God - that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption` (1 Corinthians 1:30).

We have no righteousness of our own. Only that which is by faith in Jesus. Christ is our righteousness, and in Him we are made righteous. This is our standing in God according to His word. How then, can we be sure that we are `in Him?` - Again Scripture reassures us: `You… were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.` (Ephesians 1:13). `If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God` (1 John 4:15).

In Christ we can be sure that we are not excluded from any of God`s promises. `For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen` (2 Corinthians 1:20). We are `blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places` (Ephesians 1:3), `for is your Father`s good pleasure to give you the kingdom` (Luke 12:32).

Prayer: Thank You Father for Your grace and mercy. I realise my strength lies not in myself but in Him who died for me. Help me to hold on to that assurance, and to know the reality of those precious promises that come through living in Him, in Jesus` name. Amen.

Ron Scurfield with his wife Jill, are Hosts for the Explore courses at Ellel Grange. They are part of the Associate Ministry Team at Ellel Grange and occasionally Ellel Scotland. Ron enjoys walking and writing and meeting interesting people, but his greatest joy is seeing God transform lives, setting people free to live the abundant life that Jesus intended.

 

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