Who do you represent?
Galatians 1:1 -
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
When Paul introduces himself in his letter to the Churches of Galatia, he introduces himself not as a person belonging to any Christian sect, or any ministry, or any congregation not even anything to do with man on earth. He introduces himself as one who represents Jesus Christ and God the Father.
When Paul says God the Father, he also specifies which Father. He describes the Father as God the Father Who raised Jesus from the death. If we look at the other letters of Paul we see that Jesus was raised from the death by the power of God and he also points out in his letters that the power of God as the Spirit of God.
In simple terms Paul is saying that he represents Jesus Christ Who is the only Way and God the Holy Spirit Who is the only One Who can lead us along the only Way.
When we are asked who we are do we say we are Christians representing Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit? We know if we do that, we will have to show Christ in us and the working of the Spirit of God in us. Do we show Jesus Christ and does the Spirit of God manifest His powers in us?
If not today, can we work towards it so that someday we can truly introduce ourselves as Christians.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, forgive us for we call ourselves Christians without really showing Christ in us. Work in us Lord and make us worthy to carry the name of being a Christian. That we may show You unto others...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 Corinthians 6:13-14
13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall bring to nought both it and them. But the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body:
14 and God both raised the Lord, and will raise up as through his power.
1 Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Therefore he that resisteth the power, withstandeth the ordinance of God: and they that withstand shall receive to themselves judgment.
7 whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.
2 Corinthians 12:9
9 And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Timothy 3:2-5
2 For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good,
4 traitors, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
5 holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof: from these also turn away.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 unto him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all generations for ever and ever. Amen.
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