Part 1 – Life in Christ
Note: This series is adapted from the series being used by FGB Gatekeepers Singapore.
1. To have the fullness of God as part of our Kingdom Life
2. To live out what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God in our lives
3. To know our livelihood is totally dependent on God’s provisions in His Kingdom
For in Him we live and move and have our being, … For we are also His offspring. Act 17:28
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1: 17
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25
“For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.” Luke 20:38
Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? Hebrews 12:9
This is the first of a series on Life, Living and Livelihood, the 3Ls, the blueprint for the Gatekeepers’ Discipling Process.
Our life in Jesus Christ is the foundation to the kingdom lifestyle of living out what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God in our lives, being able to trust God for everything including His provisions, protection, banner, healing, peace, sanctification and righteousness. In the world, those of the first Adam, who became a living being, are people whose livelihoods depend on the world.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Mark 8:36.
For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. Luke 12:30
But we are of Jesus Christ, the last Adam who became a life giving spirit. Although we are no longer of the world, we have a calling in the world. We are heavenly citizens, dependent on the things of heaven, to bring God’s Kingdom into the world.
“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” John 17:14
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17
“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:25
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4
One of the important things provided from heaven is God’s love and wisdom. It was God’s wisdom that we have close loving relationship with one another, to love one another as He loves us, and this close relationship is best developed through the discipling process.
REVELATION – OUR LIFE IN CHRIST
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
COMES BY BELIEVING GOD
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. John 5:24
NO LONGER SLAVES TO SIN, WORLD AND FLESH BUT SLAVES TO GOD
But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. Romans 6:22
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:8
“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40
A LIFE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
“but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14
“Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” John 6:27
A BLESSING FROM GOD BEGOTTEN TO A LIVING HOPE
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Romans 5:10
THE GRACE OF GOD REVEALED
and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. Ephesians 2:16
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, Colossians 1:19
and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:20
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled Colossians 1:21
LEADING US TO OUR HIGH CALLING
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 2 Corinthians 5:18
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
A HEAVENLY INHERITANCE
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, Ephesians 3:20
And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:14
Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, Hebrews 6:17
SO THAT WE CAN BLESS OTHERS WITH HIS ABUNDANT LOVE
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you. 2 Corinthians 2:4
that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again. Philippians 1:26
THE RISEN LIFE
concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Romans 1:3-4
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, Romans 6:5
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:21
I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:8-11.
Your journey in Life with Jesus Christ
- DAY YOU WERE BORN AGAIN and you became a new creation. You are in this world, but not of this world. Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. You see and enter the Kingdom of God. John 3:16 … ETERNAL LIFE
- DAY YOU WERE RECONCILED to your Creator Abba Father through the only Mediator, His Son, Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life. John 4:6 … RECONCILED LIFE Your new identity is now sons and daughters of the Almighty God, your Heavenly Father.
- DAY YOU WERE EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT and equipped with the armour of God to withstand the wiles of the enemy, the devil who seeks to kill, steal and destroy. Your victory is blessings in His great abundance. John 10:10 … ABUNDANT LIFE
- DAY YOU FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, FINISHED WELL YOUR RACE IN LIFE, AND KEPT YOUR FAITH, AND PROMOTED TO GLORY. John 11:25-26 … RESURRECTION LIFE
All that is required of you is a journey of faith, to walk believing and fully follow Jesus, no turning back.