On receiving Christ

On receiving Christ
I think we all know what it means to “receive Christ.”  We use that phrase to identify the moment when someone repents of his sins, believes in his heart that God raised His Son from being dead, and confesses with his mouth that Jesus is Lord.  But “receiving Christ” doesn’t stop there.  According to Colossians 2:6-7, we who have “received Christ Jesus the Lord” are to also “so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (NKJV).

There’re some significant action words here:  received, walk, rooted, built up, established, learned, and giving thanks.  These require reflection and attention, for they are the expectations of a Christian’s living for Jesus.

In an oddly divine twist, “Christ also received us, to the glory of the Father” (Romans 15:7b NKJV).  And there are no expectations to be made by us of Jesus.  All we can do is glorify God for what He has done for us in His mercy, and give glory to Jesus for what He has done for us in His love (Romans 15:6-13).

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