Alive In Christ

John MacArthurby John MacArthur

“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).

Union with Christ means participation in His death, burial, and resurrection.

Believers are united with Christ not only in His life, but also in His death. When believers come to faith in Christ, they symbolically share in His death, dying to sin in order to live to God (Rom. 6:10-11).

That reality has profound implications. Having died to the old life of sin and been raised to share new life in Christ, believers cannot continue in the same old patterns of sin. They now live in an entirely different realm. Those who die in Christ live in Christ.

In the words of the great nineteenth-century theologian Charles Hodge, “There can be no participation in Christ’s life without a participation in his death, and we cannot enjoy the benefits of his death unless we are partakers of the power of his life. We must be reconciled to God in order to be holy, and we cannot be reconciled without thereby becoming holy.”

As a result, believers cannot help but “walk in newness of life.” Walk describes daily spiritual conduct. Believers have a new direction in life; they no longer live like they did before they were saved (1 Peter 4:3-4).

In his classic hymn “And Can It Be?” Charles Wesley wrote:

No condemnation now I dread:
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, thru Christ my own.

Is that the song of your heart today?

by John MacArthur

The Sidelines Of Bethesda

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

A man needing healing planned to get into the Pools of Bethesda, but was unable. There, Messiah met him on the sidelines. Not exactly how he planned it, but he got what he needed.

In Israel, at the Pools of Bethesda, I shared about God’s mercy. I walked away feeling as if my sharing wasn’t complete. At our next stop, a missionary from Africa came up to me and told me he had been there to pray for the sick he works with. “I heard you, a Jewish believer like the Apostles, share about the Hebrews and God’s mercy. I was so ministered to. Thank you.” Then it hit me – that’s what the Pool of Bethesda is about. We have our ideas and plans, a way we think God is going to do something but He doesn’t often use our plan. It’s in the closed doors and detours that God blesses us in another way. So don’t be so caught up in your plans, routines and ideas that you miss the plan of God. And the miracle that’s waiting for you on the sidelines of the Pools of Bethesda.

Today’s Mission – Let God orchestrate your day today. Go with His plan, even if it isn’t your plan.

by Jonathan Cahn