Have you contemplated who you are? Where you have come from? Where you are headed?
Is your view of life strictly confined by your own human point of view?
We are certainly all human. However, we are also supernatural. We have bodies that will eventually turn back to dust, but we have spirits and souls which will live forever.
Each of us are creations of God. Our finite bodies will pretty much stay the way they are save for aging, weight gain or loss, sickness, etc. They serve the purposes of God which is to carry around our infinite spirit and soul (mind).
The finite and the infinite. We are walking talking paradoxes.
So, what and how we think effect our view of Jesus Christ.
How do you understand Jesus today? From a finite human viewpoint, or a supernatural infinite viewpoint.
I submit to you this morning that you cannot really ever get to know Jesus until you get out of the flesh way of thinking and into the supernatural spirit way of thinking.
Read what Paul says about knowing Jesus:
1 Cor.5:16 - "Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh]."
Powerful, life changing stuff right there in front of you.
I strongly suggest that you read and then re-read that verse as many times as needed to ensure you get it deep down in your spirit.
How you view and understand Christ effects every part of your daily existence.
You have to train yourself to see everything through the supernatural side of your born-again life. Resist strictly seeing things through your sensory oriented carnal (flesh, human) side.
Practice living and walking in the supernatural spirit side of who you are, which is essentially the real you.
The body is a transport vehicle. Your eternal infinite soul and spirit is who you are and that is going to live forever.
For an intimate relationship with Christ you have to get past "estimating" Him in your human finite way.
You have to move to "contemplating" Him in the spirit.
That's essentially what Paul is saying. We once only knew Jesus in a historical context.
Now we need to know Him intimately and personally and it must be done in the spirit.
I think that's where people get hung up. They are trying to forge a typical human relationship with Someone who is not typical.
The very next verse explains why that is:
17 - "Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!"
We who have accepted Jesus have become changed. We are a brand new (not reconstituted) creation.
Since that is the truth it stands to reason that we must act according to our new spiritual nature.
In other words, you are changed. Act like it.
Maybe this is too deep for you today. That's okay. Start slow. Meditate on the verse prayerfully. Contemplate quietly the possibilities. Act upon the revealed knowledge that the Holy Spirit gives you.
Do this and I personally guarantee you will step to a higher level of living with Jesus Christ!
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><