Greetings! Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love (Eph. 1:3-4).
Oswald Chambers’ once stated that, “Our great need is to have the Holy Spirit do in us what Christ did for us on the cross of Calvary.” This powerful declaration is affirmed by the following text: ...God sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to condemn sin in the flesh, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 83b-4). The very purpose for Christ entering the race was to impart perfect righteousness to His fallen creation. [The Father] made [Christ Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The redeemed are called to be heaven’s ambassadors and our preaching message is made powerful only when we are living epistles. See 2 Cor 3:3 - Forasmuch as you are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
During this Lenten season may God strengthen us to give full spiritual attention to our fearful and holy calling. At times it is good for us to reflect on the rebuke that was given to the inconsistent Christian: The critique goes like this, “Your life is speaking so loud, I can’t hear what you are saying.” Instead, by the overcoming grace of God, may we live lives so consistent with the Gospel of Christ that our preaching is amplified!
May you be blessed in the journey and know the joy of His presence. Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).
In Our Savior’s Service Together!
Rev. Dan Gilmore