Are you denying Jesus Christ by diminishing Christ in you?
[Darris McNeely] We’ve been going through a series here on Beyond Today Dailys , about the question, “Can We Deny Jesus Christ?”. There’s more of the point that we should consider in this, and it’s a very important one. Earlier in the series, we went through John 6, and we talked about Christ statements. Went through the eating of the bread, and showing that by eating bread, He is the true bread of life. And whoever eats His flesh has eternal life. That is very deep teaching. We went through that point there, and showed how many disciples couldn’t handle that. Some would not follow Him any longer. Peter and the others recognized that He did have the words of eternal life.
So let’s look at that point, because another way that we could deny Jesus Christ in our own life is by diminishing Jesus Christ in us. This is the ultimate teaching of, as I said John 6, that Christ is in us. And that as we observe the Days of Unleavened Bread, which is a picture of putting the leaven out our homes. Eating unleavened bread during that seven-day period, we picture our opposition, our efforts to put sin out of our life, and overcome sin. The reality is, that as we eat the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, we are picturing, actually putting into our own life, Jesus Christ himself, His life through the Holy Spirit. And that’s the essence in the understanding that we have about the Days of Unleavened Bread as we look at John 6 and other scriptures.
There’s one other scripture that we should look at, and understand in this. And it is a well-known scripture. Very familiar to our Beyond Today viewers. In Galatians 2:20 Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
American King James Version×, where the Apostle Paul says,”I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” In this verse, Galatians 2:20 Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
American King James Version×, Paul summarizes and encapsulates the essence of the idea that Jesus himself had taught back in John 6. That it is his life within us that is the critical essence that helps us understand life, eternal life, and have that hope. Paul said, “The life I now live, I live by that life within us.”
We never ever want to be in a point where we diminish the truth of Christ in us, the hope of our glory, and the hope that we have as we observe the Days of Unleavened Bread. That is a critical piece of understanding scripturally that we have as we eat the unleavened bread that pictures the sinless life of Jesus Christ within us. And certainly, we don’t want to deny any part of that life, the sacrifice, and the hope that we have of Jesus Christ in us, the life of God through the Holy Spirit. That’s the critical essence that is so important to understand. So examine yourself on that. Look back through this entire series here of BT Dailys about the question of whether or not we would deny Jesus Christ. I trust that none of us would, and would even think that we could. But an examination of that point during the season of the year is always very helpful for us as we prepare to keep the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread.
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