Made in Christ

March 14, 2018

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)

The Greek word ginomai, translated “is made” in this verse, is most fascinating. It is rendered many different ways—“become,” etc., as well as “be made.” Most often it is simply translated “be.” It basically means “begin to be,” or “be caused to be.” It is even applied to the work of Christ in calling the universe into being. “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3). “Things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3).

It is frequently used also to denote the marvelous work of Christ in and on the believing Christian. As our text says, He becomes wisdom to us who lack wisdom; He is made our righteousness, although we were sinners; we who are unholy receive our sanctification in Him; and when we were lost, He became our redemption. “But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become [same word, ginomai] the sons of God” (John 1:12). All that Christ is, we are made through His great sacrifice for us.

Note some of the other things we are made in Christ, by His grace. We are “made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). We are “made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7). “We are made partakers of Christ” and also “made partakers of the Holy Ghost” (Hebrews 3:14; 6:4).

In fact, when we receive Christ, old things pass away and “all things have become [same word] new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). These wonderful attributes are given to us and appropriated right now by faith and will be accomplished in full perfection when Christ returns and “we shall see him as he is” (John 3:2). HMM

From The Institute For Creation Research

Devotional

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established; he shall not be afraid, until he sees triumph upon his enemies. He has given away freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn shall be exalted with honor. The wicked shall see it and be grieved; he shall gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish.”—Psalm 112:7-10

Psalm 112 believers are not fearful people. They are not afraid of bad news and evil tidings. They have great expectations about their lives because they have put their trust in the Lord. We cannot prosper if there is fear in our lives. Fear immobilizes us and keeps us from living in freedom and peace.

That is not prosperity. Prosperity is having good relationships, not being a loner and being isolated. The Bible says Psalm 112 believers are not afraid because their hearts are fixed, trusting in the Lord. They are not doubting, wavering, or struggling with unbelief. They trust God. This is the key to being stable-minded.

The Psalm 112 believer’s heart is established. These individuals trust in God, knowing He is their protector and deliverer. Psalm 112 believers don’t have to worry about anything coming against them. They know that if God is for them, who can be against them? (Romans 8:31). These believers are stabilized and confident not in themselves but in God.

You cannot prosper without addressing this area of your life. The by-product of being fixed and established is victory over demons such as foolishness, destruction, procrastination, and confusion. Stability, steadfastness, and single-mindedness are the core and foundation of a prosperous believer’s life.

From You Version

Devotional

 

“Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments. His offspring shall be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.” –Psalm 112:1-3

Becoming like the man of Psalm 112 should be our goal. This man is a type of Christ, and the characteristics or traits that this passage reveals cannot be achieved except in Christ. These verses reveal the key to being truly prosperous from the inside out—prosperous in the sense that God intends for all His people.

Many of the lessons and principles taught on prosperity do not teach it from the perspective of someone who is prosperous from within. The Bible says that we are to prosper even as our souls prosper. Prosperity is more than financial abundance or having a lot of money. You can have money and no prosperity. If your marriage and other relationships are messed up—if your mind, body, and/or spirit is messed up and you have no peace—then you are not prospering.

Prosperity is a result of salvation. Prosperity is part of our covenant with God and is the full manifestation of shalom, or peace, which in the Hebrew means wholeness, health and healing, favor, and a blessed life. Shalom means you enjoy relationships—healthy relationships. You enjoy a healthy mind and body, and healthy finances. True prosperity is a result of prospering on the inside.