I was inspired to write on this by Favourwealth Onumba, I read her Facebook status which says “When God sees us today, He sees Jesus. That’s reassuring. “ And it seemed like I got a push to write on it, it came like a floodlight and I couldn’t resist it or do anything else but just lay hands on my keyboard and start writing. It is long but it is revealing!
One of the most amazing unravelled mystery about believers in Christ Jesus isn’t just that we are in good standing with God, it is not that we have been declared the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and it is not that we have been saved from darkness into God’s marvellous light, all of those are awesome and they are tangible truths about the believer in Christ Jesus. But one of the truths I consider more amazing is that it is no longer about you but about Jesus. God isn’t seeing us anymore, He is seeing Jesus. He looks at you and He is looking at His only begotten Son, Jesus. The death and resurrection of Jesus only multiplied Jesus.
Staring at this amazing truth in the face, Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” We may not have been there when Christ was crucified on the cross, but Christ was crucified on our behalf, He chose to carry our burden that we may live His life. This is why Paul said, “I no longer live but it is Christ who lives in me.” Do you understand this? Let’s look at the next phrase in that same verse, He said: “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” We may not grasp the truth here if we rush this verse, so we will look at it slowly again and am sure you’d be excited about the truth revealed herein.
First of all, Paul identifies the beginning of his new nature and he starts with “I have been crucified with Christ…” He may not have been there when Christ was crucified, he was not among the two robbers that were crucified alongside Jesus but he was bold to say “I have been crucified with Christ”, not beside or behind Christ but with Christ! This is because Christ was crucified on his (our) behalf. In the spiritual sense of it, we were with Christ on that cross because Christ carried our sin problem to the cross! And then Paul went on to say tell us what been crucified with Christ had resulted to and he wrote: “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” In Romans 6:7 the Bible says “because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” Because we died, our sins were dead and buried with Christ. This is a spiritual truth and may not make so much sense when we look at it from the perspective of logic. The moment Christ died, God considered us dead because the judgment of God on sin which says “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:20) was met. The sin issue was settled.
In the resurrection of Christ, we resurrected with Him not as the old man that was stained in sin but as new creatures. These things didn’t happen physically, it happened in a spiritual sense, it is what Christ achieved by dying in our stead. It is for this reason that Paul said: “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Because Christ died our death, we are now living His life, we are now all parts of Him and He remains the head of the body. Because these things happened in the Spiritual sense, Paul wrote further “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ” This means, as we live in the physical, we should live by faith in Christ who has made our new life possible by giving his own life for us.
To live by faith in the Son of God means to live in agreement with what God has done concerning us. The Bible says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” You see that? Whosoever believes shall not perish but have eternal life. To believe means to live by faith in the son of God, that is to live in agreement with God. This is why the Bible says in John 1:12 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Now watch this very closely, those who receive Him are those who believed in His name and it is to them He has given the power to become Children of God. Power here means right. We received the right to become God’s children the moment we accepted Jesus. Jesus was the only begotten son of God but by the reason of what Jesus did, we became adopted in His name.
Christ is the only means through which God would bring us to Himself. The Bible says “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” It is God’s plan that we are united to Him through Jesus and just as the Bible reports that God is pleased with Jesus, He is now pleased with us. This is because God isn’t seeing us anymore but Jesus. When God looks at us, He sees nothing but His dear son Jesus. If Christ now lives through me, it means the day I died with Christ was my end and my fresh new start began in Jesus and as Jesus.
Before the death of Jesus, He said in John 14:2 “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” Many people understand this to be that Jesus is going to heaven to build houses for us but that is not what Jesus was saying. Let’s take a constructive look at that statement again. Jesus didn’t say “I am going there to prepare places for you…” He was talking to more than one person but He promised He was going to prepare a place. What is that place? We find the answer in the next verse which says “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” Jesus wasn’t talking about estates, it is something greater than that. He said, “…and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” Wherever Jesus is, is the place He has prepared for us but it gets more interesting in the proceeding verse when He said: “You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas asked “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” and Jesus gave an answer that has changed the entire world today. He said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” It gets clearer here! Jesus said He is the way to this place He talked about but we also discover that the place He talked about is “the Father!” Amazingly, Jesus is one with the father and Jesus is the final destination of every believer! In Him, we find ourselves in God.
No wonder, the Bible says in the Epistle, Ephesians 2:6 “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” We may not have experienced this in a physical sense, but it is true spiritually and we live in the physical by faith in the son of God. Take a look at that! When Christ was being raised up to heaven, we were being raised with Him. When Christ got seated with God in the heavenly realm, we got seated with God. When Jesus said to Mary Magdalene “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” He was simply saying “my Father has become your Father because you have become me.” The presence of Jesus in the heavenly realm has got us all covered. God isn’t seeing us and our weaknesses again, this will sound absurd to the legalistic mind but God is seeing Jesus and Jesus alone. This is why we have become the body of Christ while Jesus is the head of the body. When God wants to look at us, He looks at Jesus and when we want to look at God, we look at Jesus.
Christ is man, Christ is God and Christ is the union of divinity and humanity, the new creatures in Christ Jesus is the replica of Christ and no wonder the people at Antioch looked at the disciples of Jesus and said: “these men are a replica of Christ!” (Act 11:26). Does this mean God got blind when we got saved? Does this mean God forgot we were ever us? Perhaps God forgot I am George? No, God has simply chosen to see us on the basis of what Christ has done, His acceptance is on the basis of Christ’s qualification. Whatever is Christ’s has become ours too! God treats us just the same way He would treat Christ. The Bible says in Romans 8:17 “Now if we are his children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” The Bible says we are co-heirs with Christ which indicates that we share an equal inheritance with Christ. Some translation calls it “joint-heirs” and it rings a bell! We have a joint account with Christ and everything that belongs to Christ belongs to us. This is how God wants it, this is what God has ordained and decided even before the foundations of this world. And Paul wrote something amazing here saying “if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” There are truths that get me crying and asking God “who am I that you are mindful of me?” This is one of that truth! The suffering of Christ on the cross has also been credited to us and just as we believe that we died with Christ, we ought to also believe that we share in His glory!
When Jesus saw the glory ahead of Him that made Him journey to that cross, He wasn’t being fascinated by it for Himself, He was seeing us being united with our father in heaven, He was seeing the big family of God extending to the ends of the earth! This is what the Bible says concerning us in Galatians 4:7 “So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, you are also an heir through God.” We are now sons of God, we are now called by the name of God and we can pride in the love of the father knowing that we’ve got no further deal with darkness, no deal with ancestral curses, no deal with hell, no deal with the old things. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” In Christ we have become new creatures, the old things are passed away. It was a no deal darkexit! We left darkness without any deal, without any further agreement and our allegiance changed forever! The new life in Christ is here and that is the level at which we operate at the moment. The next verse says “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” The only way God would reconcile us to Himself is in Christ, God is pleased with us and He sees us in Christ alone. This is why we are continuing in the order of Christ, to reconcile men with God.
Do you see that now? Christ took our place that we might take His place. This is the glory of anyone who believes in Him, you have been crucified with Christ and now He lives through you and when God wants to look at you He looks at Christ. As we begin to round off on this article, you need to know this truth for yourself. The Bible says in Colossians 3:3 “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” The word “hidden” is gotten from the Greek word “κέκρυπται” which means “to conceal or keep secret” and this explains that our life has been concealed in Christ. God’s love has been made perfect in us, the perfection of this love is manifested in a way that we have become just like God in Christ Jesus. The Bible says 1 John 4:17 “This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world, we are like Jesus.” Are you still sceptical about your salvation? Are you still scared about certain things you are struggling within the flesh? Your body may not seem like it but you are just like God and the day Christ will appear, you will appear with Him because you are His body! (1 John 3:2)
You owe darkness nothing, this is why you should not continue in the deeds of the flesh because it doesn’t portray who you have become. You are just like Jesus! Hallelujah!
~ George O.N