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"Jesus Plus Jesus"

Date published: 02/17/2013
1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”  (NAU)  
Paul learned to live life totally for Jesus.  Jesus and His work on the cross were all Paul needed to live abundantly, to teach, and to disciple others.  Paul did not live a life of Jesus plus, because his relationship with Christ consumed the importance and priorities of everything else.  Paul’s vocation, relationships, and ministry were all second to Christ.  Paul’s identification with Christ’s crucifixion went beyond the knowledge of Jesus and His crucifixion; Paul was in the constant process of dying to self, so that he could experience more of Christ.  2 Corinthians 4:10-12 described his life this way, “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.  For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.  So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”  How did Paul’s life become so determined to have only Jesus along with whatever came with that relationship?  This type of discipleship flowed out of his relationship with Christ – not from a routine, ritual, or program, but from passionately seeking, finding, and experiencing the risen Christ!  The same applies to you!  Do not trade perishable junk for the precious opportunity to be filled with fullness of God Himself!    
1 Corinthians 15:53-57 “For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.  Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?’  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV)