How God Changes The Reality of Your Life
- Bible study
- Christian Evidences
- Christian Living
- Dr Eliezer Gonzalez
Sep 26, 2016 2843
The whole message of the Bible is that God offers you a whole new history. He wipes away your past, so that your current history is replaced by a whole new story. When you accept this as God’s gift, God treats you, not according to the past you have lived, but according to that new history he has given you. This is all beautifully taught in the first chapter of Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians.
Perhaps you grew up unloved and unwanted. Ephesians tells you that God goes way back and changes that history:
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ (Eph 1:4–5, NLT).
Perhaps you have experienced neglect or hardship. So there’s even more to this new history that God offers you:
Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan (Eph 1:11).
To take hold of all of this, we have to choose to step out of our own history into the history that God has prepared for us. When we do that, then we are “united with Christ.” It is by believing in Christ that we step into God’s history for us, and it is by believing in Christ that we continue to walk in that wonderful story. As children of God, this becomes our new story and our new identity.
The reason why he picks us up and gives us a whole new history and future because that’s what he loves doing – just because he is love. That’s who he is, and that,
is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure (Eph 1:5).
However, as long as we live in this world, our feelings and physical senses will constantly try to deceive us. We will continue to be assaulted by people and by spiritual forces who will try to drag us out of the story that God has created for us, and to pull us into our own past and it’s consequences.
The challenge for us is to live in confidence according to the new story and identity that God has given us. We experience the reality of our new history only through faith. That’s why Ephesians asks us to open our spiritual eyes to see and
understand the confident hope he has given to those he called (v.18) and
the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him (v.19).
God created this new history for you with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and he gives it to every person who believes in him. He has promised to give you the power to live in your new identity and your new reality. As you do this, God will work things out for your eternal good. – Eliezer Gonzalez