Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The Responsibility Of Our Reality
The first is that being born again creates a new reality for us. It is independent of anything we do. It is what God does for us. This component is summed up in Colossians 1:13, "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son." God does this. We could not do it for ourselves. Having done this we now live in a different reality created by God himself. It is a reality of forgiveness, redemption, justification, sanctification and glorification.
The second is that being born again creates a new set of responsibilities for us, responsibilities that we are now equipped to fulfill. This component is summed up in Colossians 1:10, "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; . . . ." God changes our reality and gives us responsibility. We are responsible to walk worthy of the Lord, to please the Lord, to be fruitful in every good work, to increase in the knowledge of God.
These two components are tied together in Colossians 2:6, "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: . . . ." Because of what we have received a certain walk is required of us. The walk is fulfilled by faith just as we received him by faith.
Colossians 3 binds the reality to the responsibility. Without plunging into an exposition of the entire chapter, let me briefly make the point at hand.
Vs: 1 - Risen with Christ
Vs: 3 - Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God
This is really the sum and substance of our reality. In salvation we are identified with Christ. Romans 6 expounds this truth with assertive logic and unrelenting arguments.
Vs: 5 - Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth
Vs: 8 - Put off all these
Vs: 9 - Put off the old man with his deeds
Vs: 10 - Put on the new man
Vs: 12 - Put on therefore, as the elect of God
Vs: 14 - Put on charity
Vs: 15 - Let the peace of God rule in your hearts
Vs: 16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom
Our responsibility is to put death some things, put off some things while putting on some others, letting God's Spirit have his way with us in creating peace and receiving the word. It is impossible to read these words without seeing we are responsible for taking action. It is not that we do these things independently of God which would be impossible but we do these things through the power of God. But, we do them nonetheless. God does not do them in us without the assent of our will. Our will would never be enough to act on these responsibilities apart from the power of God.
It is our reality that makes us responsible. We are no longer allowed the luxury of complaining that we can't. Our reality makes this excuse untenable. We must now assume the responsibility and live in the power of God rejoicing along the way in our reality.