Living By Faith

HE GAVE US THE SAME LIFE

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:1,5)

 

“The same spirit of faith, the same life, the same Holy Spirit, and the same power that quickened Christ also quickens us.” – Mark Hankins

 

God has quickened us with Christ. What does the word, “quickened,” mean? The word “quicken” means He made us alive together with Christ.

The Gospel is not the good news that God wants to help you; it is the good news that God has already helped you! God gave us the very life of Christ Himself: the same new life with which He quickened Him. Whatever that life did in Christ, it does in you.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:13, “We having the same spirit of faith.”  The same spirit of faith, the same life, the same Holy Spirit, and the same power that quickened Christ also quickens us. When you discover that you have the same life in you that is in Jesus, the devil becomes very afraid of you! You really cannot be defeated in life when you understand the same, identical life that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you!

 

Confession: The same life, the same spirit, and the same power that quickened Christ dwells in me!

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JESUS IS THE HEAD, AND WE ARE HIS BODY

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fullness of him that fillet all in all. (Ephesians 1:22-23)

 

“You are one with Christ-joined to Him. Whatever is in Him, as the Head, is also in the body.” – Mark Hankins

 

Remember that Christ is the head, and we are His body. Your head and your body go together, right? Jesus is not decapitated! His head and His body go together!

If He is seated in heavenly places, you are seated with Him, and if He is blessed, you are blessed.

Your head and your body go by the same name. You do not have one name for your head and a different name for your body. When you go into a bank, you do not open up different accounts for your head and your body. No, you are one.

1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” You are one with Christ, joined to Him. Your identity is wrapped up with who you are in Christ and what you have in Him.

 

Confession: Everything God did in Christ He has also done in me. I was made righteous with Him!

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THE “AND YOU” GOSPEL

And you hath he quickened… (Ephesians 2:1)

 

“If you are the little toe on the body of Christ, you are still seated with Christ far above every principality and every power.” – Mark Hankins

 

Most churches will talk to you about Jesus. He died; He was buried; He arose from the dead; He is triumphant. He is raised; He is seated, and all power in heaven and earth is given to Him. Many churches will tell you all about Jesus, but they will make you think Jesus is way up there, and you are just a little worm down here struggling to get along.

Paul lifts Christ to the highest pinnacle in the universe and then says, “And you hath he quickened.” (Ephesians 2:1)  He lifts up Christ and you with Him. Then Paul says, “Christ is the head; we are His body.” We are His body, and He is the head.  Everything is underneath His feet! If you are the little toe on the body of Christ, you are still seated with Christ far above every principality and every power.

 

Confession: Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:5-6)

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MADE ALIVE WITH CHRIST

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places… (Ephesians 1:20)

 

“Everything God did in Christ, He did for you, and it is credited to your account as if you did it.” – Mark Hankins

 

What really happened 2,000 years ago in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ?  What was God working out when He raised Christ from the dead? What was wrought in Christ? “Which he wrought,” means what He worked, what happened, or what God did in Christ when He raised Him from the dead.  Here’s what He wrought: He “hath put all things under his feet.” (Ephesians 1:22)

In the original Greek, there are no chapter divisions in Paul’s letters. The King James Version translators made chapter divisions for ease in writing and reading the Bible. There is no stopping place in Paul’s letters. Actually, he says, “Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. And you…” (Ephesians 1:23; 2:1) You need to underline “and you.”  What God wrought in Christ was for you.

Are you finding yourself in Christ?  What God did in Christ, He did for you!

 

Confession: Everything God did in Christ, He did for me, and it is credited to my account as if I did it!

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LIVING IN THIS NEW PLACE

I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. (Exodus 17:14)

 

“You can live and pray from your new place of identification with Christ.” – Mark Hankins

 

God is going to take care of you so well that you will not even remember your past.  The old person you used to be is dead and gone. You are seated with Him right now in heavenly places. That is a place of authority. You cannot get any higher than that! You can live and pray from your new place of identification with Christ.

God will give you answers in every area of your life. Anything you need help for–your marriage, prosperity, or healing–is in your identification with Christ.

It is like the Arc of Triumph in Paris, France. The streets of Paris go out like spokes on a wheel from the Arc of Triumph, which is the center of the city. You can get anywhere downtown Paris from the Arc of Triumph.

The same is true about Christianity. The center of the Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. You can get anywhere you need to go from there when you see your identification with Christ!

 

Confession: I am seated with Christ in heavenly places. I can live and pray from my new place of identification with Christ!

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