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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Liberated for Transformation"

Date published: 12/10/2017
Philippians 1:9-11 “This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.” (NIV)  

   Experiencing the “fruit of righteousness” just might be the pinnacle experience after becoming a Christian. The fruit of righteousness does not necessarily reflect physical things that God is giving you, but rather the condition of your inner being (heart, spirit, and soul). It would be a subtle deceit to measure the fruit of righteousness by what you receive from God rather than the change that God is doing in your heart. This wrongly focuses on what God is doing for you rather than the transformation of your being. Colossians 3:9b-10 describes this transformation: “You have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (NIV) As you cultivate your life in Christ in intimacy and relationship, you will be transformed “so that your love abounds more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.”  Love cannot be accomplished by completing a Christian to-do list; love is a transformation that flows out of your relationship with Christ.  

   The practical working of transformation is the “knowledge and depth of insight,” which flows out of conviction, faith, and obedience. The depth of your relationship in Christ will challenge the fabric of your life to not just believe, but to obey. This melding of intimacy with Christ challenges your faith to be strong enough to believe through obedience. This frees God to transform your life with a love that infuses all of you. It is this transforming love that not only points others to God, but also profoundly permeates Christ’s life in you. The fruit of righteousness is no longer a labor of doing, but as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 3:18 transformation, And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (NIV) As this happens, the Holy Spirit is free to liberate your inner being from bondage, so that you new self sings the life of Jesus. 

John 17:17-19 (Jesus speaking) “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. As you sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify Myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” (NIV) 

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Satisfaction” and “Transformation Series.”