Rejoice In Christ

Posted: October 24, 2011 by revivalbiblestudy315 in "In Christ"
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           We are going to continue on the topic of our blessings and gifts in Christ. Last time we looked at the Salvation that we have in Christ, which seemed to be an appropriate place to start since that is where every blessing from God to the believer begins. And did you know that we have every spiritual blessing in Christ? Not most or some, but all. Think about that. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:” Ephesians chapter one goes on in the next couple verses to tell us that we are chosen in Him (v.4), adopted as children through Jesus Christ (v.5) and accepted in the Beloved (v.6). It is written in the next verse (v.7), “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;” 
              We are triumphant. 2 Corinthians 2:14, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” (ESV) We are made the righteousness of God in Him (Christ Jesus).  2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
              In Jesus we have hope. It is written in Colossians 1:27, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Being reconciled to our heavenly Father, free from sin, and having the hope of glory(eternal life), it is no surprise that we are told to rejoice in Christ. Should we have to be told though? Shouldn’t that be a natural reaction for us? Read through the book of Philippians and count how many times we are told to rejoice or Paul describes rejoicing himself.

              Philippians 2:16-18
“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do you rejoice with me.”

              Again in Philippians 3:1-3
“Finally, my brethren rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which we worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

              Philippians 4:4
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”

              To conclude Paul tells us in Philippians chapter 4 verses 10 through 19 that he has learned that Jesus Christ is all that he needs, that He is sufficient for Him in every situation. In every circumstance he is content because he has Christ. And he tells us that we can have the same contentment and rejoicing in Christ. Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” 
              Do we rest in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that much, to where we can honestly say that Jesus is all we need??

  1. JR says:

    That is a difficult crux to cross in many people’s faith… “is Jesus really & truly enough?” Pointed yet simple! I love this. Keep them coming.

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