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Philippians 2:1-2 United with Christ

Updated on September 14, 2012

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2 NIV

A message to Gospel believers. Oddly, perhaps of interest to non-believers and on the fencers as well.

“United with Christ”: a strong and meaningful statement. Despite my belief it is a true characterization, it carries with it a somewhat harsh reality. That being, a Christian must come to grips with another truism: the admission that we are, at times, hypocrites. We claim to believe Christ took on flesh, primarily, to provide a sacrifice that we could not. Why did He have to do it? Because reconciliation for my transgression required a perfect sacrifice. An unblemished participant, which entailed a checking account holding righteousness collateral mine was void of. In turn, my claim of righteousness hinges only upon that imputed to me as a gift of grace. Grace implying I have received something over and above what I deserve. Thus I can only claim to be the recipient of undeserved grace. Undeserved because I am indeed a chronic transgressor.

Therefore, I must always be aware of that message found in the Gospel. It is humbling, and I must always remain humble.

Building upon that as foundational in where I stand, forgiven, today’s verse describes for me the way I should strive to be. Not in and of myself, but leveraging His Spirit which lives in me.

So it ain’t really about me, it’s about Him. I look forward to eternal life, and the credit goes to Him.

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