Jesus – Our elder brother

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ.” Gal. 3:26-27

Faith in Christ Jesus declares with power that we are Sons of God.  When we enter into the family of God, we enter with full assurance that we have an access to his throne and divine blessings through Jesus Christ, our elder brother.

When we accept the word of God with faith, the light of gospel encourages and strengthens us to break every chain that has bound us for years and we flee from the Kingdom of darkness to enter into the Kingdom of light. None of us can do such mighty work on our own, the power has been granted as a favor to every child of Child who believes in God’s eternal plan of salvation.

When God designed the eternal plan of salvation, the intent of his heart was to include both the creator and creation. Not just that, both the creation and the creator meet each other on the same level for “both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” Heb. 1:11 Since the creator didn’t spare his own Son but brought him down to the level of his creation, how much the creation should be eager to enter into the covenant family through Jesus?

Jesus, our elder brother, has done what we could have never achieved on our own. He went ahead and prepared a way for us to enjoy Godly blessings, the way Joseph opened a way for his family to get a share in the blessings of the land where he was given a position of authority.  All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus so go ahead child of God and claim your portion in the name of Jesus for his glory and praise!

Our elder brother has opened a way for us to be declared innocent before God by willingly accepting death on cross. Not just that, he has called us to share in the mighty power of his resurrection.  “And his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead.” Eph. 1:19-20

Our elder brother has finished his work but even today as the high priest over the house of God, he is busy interceding for us, “Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Rom. 8:34

Our elder brother is not ashamed to call us his brothers. Are we declaring him as our Lord and Savior before others?


Justification through faith

Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Justification is what makes us righteous before God. It’s a status, a position that God desires all his children to achieve. He wants everyone to be declared justified before his throne so that they could receive the blessings He has set aside for them in Christ. No one can earn this title by their good works, Its only through grace that we are called to be righteous before God.

Since our good works were not enough to bring us the blessing to be called righteous, what did God to fulfill the desire of his heart to bestow the blessings of righteousness on his children? God designed a solution for the creation that involved the creator. He sent his own son, who came down in the likeness of human, lived under sinful nature yet remained faithful. Died on the cross yet became victorious on death by his resurrection. God’s plan doesn’t need the assistance of any human hand to make it complete. It is perfect and absolute for everyone.

But God’s plan of justification remains unaffected in our lives unless we accept it by heart and confess it by mouth. It involves the active participation of both our heart and mouth. Acceptance by heart is good but the full work comes to accomplishment when we confess it by our mouth that Jesus is the Lord. He is the only one who is righteous and it is only in his righteousness that we have been called righteous.

Trusting God and on his work doesn’t come in a day or two but needs daily spiritual exercise. Our mind runs contrary to the word of God by nature and needs to be bridled to make it believe what God has done through his Son Jesus Christ. A persistent child of God disciplines his mind to “believe to see” leaving behind the old pattern of “see to believe”.  A well-disciplined mind controls the other parts of the body, bringing them in complete harmony and peace. It’s this unique peace that flows to the whole body when a child of God comes in humble submission to the Prince of Peace.

Justification and Confession prepare an army of worshippers who offer perfect praise to most High God. Our God is God of hosts who lives in the Holy of Holies. Are we able to worship the Almighty without being freed from the feeling of guilt and shame? Is a man bound by his own emotions able to praise the living God? No! Justification and confession bring a unique freedom by saving a child of God from the negative effects of guilt and shame. It brings boldness and courage to speak out the word of God in the light of the freedom. It enables a child of God to see his new identity and position in the family of God, for the one who has been justified and the one who justifies belong to the same family. What a blessing! Justification takes us from our present position to a height where we receive the blessings that father has already assigned for those who are called righteous in Christ.

Justification is easy to achieve for our elder brother Jesus has accomplished it on our behalf. It doesn’t need religious rituals nor our good works to be proved, all it needs is a humble heart that cries out before the Lord that I am worthless and lips that confess that it’s only in Jesus that salvation and power are to be found.