The Believer Is Found In Christ – Pastor Chris Onayinka

Opinion About Believer In Christ:

Opinion Opinion about believer – He must see himself in there, in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:16 KJV
[16] Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh..

We don’t identify men by the flesh anymore

Galatians 3:28 KJV
[28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Not by tribe or gender or earthly status but in Christ.

He goes further to say

2 Corinthians 5:16 KJV
.. yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

Knowing Christ after flesh is the limitation of the accounts of the four gospels.

He was viewed from a human point of view

From his dressing, height, miracles etc

Hence the strands of variation of opinion about him

Matthew 16:13 KJV
[13] When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

Who do they say I am?

It’s a very critical question even today

See the answers

Matthew 16:14 KJV
[14] And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

Opinion About Believer – Personal Revelation:

That’s the danger of “personal revelation”

Different shades of opinions.

Some have opined, the bible is like a mountain, some can see a lion others can see a monkey depending on where they view it from.

Well, I doubt if any mountain would appreciate been seen as a lion and not as a mountain.

Truth is, if you stood at the right tangent, you will see a mountain as a mountain.

He further asked his own disciples

Matthew 16:15 KJV
[15] He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

Same question.

If you don’t know who Christ is, you will have an identity crisis about yourself .

Knowing Him is knowing yourself, we shall view this later

It’s pertinent some of his disciples did have the same views of him.

Luke 24:19 KJV
[19] And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

These were some of his disciples speaking after His resurrection.

A prophet?

Even after he had alerted them much earlier

Matthew 11:9 KJV
[9] But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

More than a prophet .

Truth is they couldn’t go beyond the senses, human point of view.

Disciples Accounts:

Now hear peter

Matthew 16:16 KJV
[16] And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Very distinct.

Jesus responded

Matthew 16:17 KJV
[17] And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Flesh and blood refers to human perception.

He can only be seen and known by revelation.

Not by visiting Jerusalem, visiting sites there or googling history.

Hence Paul says ,we have known Christ after the flesh ..

2 Corinthians 5:16 KJV
[16] ….now henceforth know we him no more.

Henceforth, means from now and going forward, we don’t see him that way again.

This is very key, as he explains us by explaining Him.

Same terms.

If we are found in Christ and He can’t be known by the senses, we can only be seen same way, revelation.

He drops a bombshell for legalistic minds

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
[17] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Therefore means, because of the above .

If any man is in Christ, “be” is italicized.

Opinion About  Believer In Christ Is A New Creature:

He is a new creature.

Creature means species, kind .

A new species in and of humanity.

Man in Christ is new.

Such that never existed before Christ.

Now, notice he says “Behold”

Which means to see.

See where?

In your body, dressing, etc ?

No, He had already Said, not after the flesh.

Behold all things are become new.

Behold this and see it in Christ.

This is epignosis, earlier discussed.

Precise knowledge, given by the Spirit

Ephesians 1:17 KJV
[17] That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The Spirit unveils who we are to us.

No psychologist knows who you are

Neither any scientist or sociologist.

Our kind is found in Christ and seen by the Spirit.

Conclusion:

James aptly puts it too

James 1:23 KJV
[23] For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

Natural face in original languages here refers to the way you were born .

Our real selves, hence not acting upon it is deluding ourselves.

Which means to act beside yourself.

This is what we do, when we seek for identification elsewhere.

We act deluded.

We must see and say who we are in Christ.

I am what The Word says I am.

I am a new creature in Christ.

We shall continue later..

Have a blessed week ahead, affirm who you are in Christ.

A new creation in Him!

I call you blessed,

Jesus is Lord, We Win

About The Author:

Pastor Chris Segun Onayinka is a Nigerian Pastor and a profound teacher of the word of God who teaches explicitly, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the New Creation realities. A Nigerian lawyer by profession, He is the founder and senior Pastor of The Saints Community Church.

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