Today, let us stop and ponder upon how wonderful it is to be a Christian. To be a Christian is not just to have adopted a new religion, it is about being a receiver of phenomenal blessings. Let us then take some time to run our hearts and minds over the great truths of scripture and delight ourselves in the goodness of the Lord towards us, his people.
Peace with God In Romans 5:1, we read since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The Christian is in the privileged position of being in harmony with God. How has this come about? By nature we are all enemies of God. However, Jesus Christ has come to make peace through the blood of His cross. He took all of our sins which caused us to be enemies of God, and when we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we are declared to be right before God. We are neither guilty nor enemies any longer. In that condition we come into the blessing of having peace with God. God is no longer against us; He is on our side. Peace has broken out, and never again can we become enemies of God: Praise the Lord!
Eternal Life. God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son is the testimony that the Christian has according to John in 1 John 5:11. In Jesus Christ the Christian has the blessing of eternal life. This is true life. This is a life that can never be taken away. This is a life which has no death because it has no sin and therefore it is eternal. Jesus Christ had no sin therefore in Him there is no death. There is only life everlasting through knowing Jesus Christ.
Forgiveness of Sins In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (Eph 1:7). In and through Christ Jesus the forgiveness of our sins comes into our lives. Before our salvation our sins stood against us. We stood ugly before God on account of us offending Him through our sinning. His judgement was upon us, but now it has all changed. Our sins have been taken out of the way. Eternally, forever they are gone and will never be brought back. How can this be? It is because there is redemption through the blood of Jesus; and let us note that it is through His blood, shed on the cross, alone. We were in bondage trapped by our sins, but now we have been released. The release has come through the blood of Jesus, and in that release there is the forgiveness of those sins that had placed us in bondage. Surely this is wonderful? How great it is to be a Christian.
We have a hope We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf (Heb. 6:19-20a). The image in this scripture is that of a tugboat pulling the ship into harbour. The tugboat goes in first to check the way and secure the berth for the ship. That is like our Saviour who has gone into heaven on our behalf. He is there securing our entrance. The way is secure, because He is the way and in Him the berth has been reserved. This hope then makes for a stabilising of the souls. In this world there is turbulence, but our life is ultimately not dependent on this world. Our life is in Christ and we are anchored in him. Through being attached to him we can know stability. We are not dependent on the uncertainties of this life to maintain our existence; rather, our souls are strengthened through living contact with the living Saviour.
We Have Every Spiritual Blessing Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Eph 1:3). Every blessing that matters is ours through Jesus Christ. Our blessings cannot get bigger and better because they are the biggest and the best. This is because they are not from this world, but rather form the world to come. We have all that we need in Christ. We are the richest people on the planet. Moreover Peter says that His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by His own glory and goodness (2. Pet. 1:3). Our blessings are substantial and all that we need for now (and forever!).
We have one another. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. We are called to be together to share this great voyage of faith. We are in the same family. So in view of that and in view of all the blessings of being a Christian, the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 10:23-25 urges his brothers and sisters to Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Oh, how great it is to be a Christian! How can anyone not be wanting to be in Christ? So go away get on your knees give thanks for His blessings. Praise Him for being so good to you, and simply worship Him for there is no God like unto our GOD, Praise Him!
Taken (and adapted) from the Feltham Evangelical Church newsletter of Aug 2014.