What is life in Christ Jesus?

Life in Christ Jesus is the result of faith, of believing that Jesus of Nazareth is God incarnate and manifested to humanity,[1] to the Jewish people in principle, in order to show by His doctrine and example[2] the way to reconciliation with the Creator.[3]

Life in Christ Jesus is a life of faith, it consists in living on earth observing the principles of life in heaven;[4] it consists in learning not to depend on the resources that derive from self-sufficiency and denial of God, nor to live under the fear originated by the powerlessness of not knowing how to handle adverse circumstances; life in Christ Jesus is a life of rest based on the Word of Salvation that He sends to free us from that which threatens our faith.

Life in Christ Jesus is a life of establishing God’s Will on earth;[5] any other theme or emphasis is just ‘aggregate’ benefits granted by Grace to those who showed the dignity of being called ‘children of God’.

Life in Christ Jesus is a spiritual life, it is a new life brought about by the Spirit of Truth who introduces us into the Body of Christ, by water baptism in His Name;[6] and from there, every ‘born-again’ person becomes a ‘Temple’ of the Holy Spirit,[7] establishing spiritual guidance,[8] deliverance,[9] healing,[10]  and supernatural strength.[11]

Life in Christ Jesus is being hidden in God,[12] is restoration of the image and likeness of god,[13] is God’s righteousness,[14] is Peace and Joy;[15] life in Christ Jesus is to glory even in tribulation.[16]

Life in Christ Jesus is God’s dignity and honor,[17] not that we sought Him, He sought us, and gave Himself up in propitiation for us.[18] Therefore, he who has been called to live the life in Christ Jesus understands and can say with certainty of faith:

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35-39

All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Version.

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[1] 1st. Timothy 3:16: And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

[2] 1st. Peter 2:21: For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

[3] Romans 3:23: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

[4] Matthew 16:19: And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

[5] Matthew 6:10:Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

[6] Romans 6:4:Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

[7] 1st. Corinthians 3:16: Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

      1st. Corinthians 6:19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

[8] Romans 8:14:For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

[9] Romans 6:22:But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

      Colossians 1:13:who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

[10] Romans 8:11:But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

[11] Ephesians 1:18-19: 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

[12] Colossians 3:3:For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

[13] Romans 13:14: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

      Ephesians 4:24: and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

[14] Philippians 3:9: and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

[15] Romans 14:17: for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

[16] Romans 5:3: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

[17] Matthew 8:8-10: The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

[18] Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

What does “things which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man” mean?

The biblical text to which I refer is found in the first epistle of the apostle Paul to the community of faith in Corinth, where we read properly:

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1st. Corinthians 2:9

And it is a direct reference to the writings of the prophet Isaiah, when he writes:

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Isaiah 64:4 (65:17)

It is a text well known to all those who militate in the ways of faith, but what does it mean?

I’d like to give you a non-theological explanation of the text. One of these mornings as I was praying to the Lord, asking Him about the need we have throughout the world for the Revelation of the Good News to reach more and more people, He made me understand that the Revelation of the Gospel is not established on earth, not because of the absence of proclaimers of the Kingdom, but because of the lack of understanding we have about how to live the life of Heaven on earth, and this because of impediments we have to “see”, to “hear”, and to “receive” the Revelation of God in our hearts.

The life of faith is a life of conviction, that knowledge we have understood; but since faith is not a human elaboration but the effect of the establishment of the Spirit of Truth through the Word of God (John 8:32), the life of faith is the life of Heaven’s standards of living, on earth of course.

Then, things that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, means to live no more by the things that are proper to our existence, and to substitute them by the spiritual realities under which it is lived in Heaven. It is a substitution of models of life, it is a matter of making material things disappear, that is, the most immediate things, those things by which we have learned to live, those that were part of the essence of our existence, and learning to live by the rules of life of the existence of Heaven; we had already been exhorted to this by the apostle Paul, when he instructed the community of Colosse:

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

Things that eye did not see, nor ear heard, nor have risen in the heart of man, means not being affected, negatively and/or positively, by the factors of atheistic social existence under which one lives existentially, but, above all, understanding that human experiences are deformed realities that need to be transformed into “holy” realities; this activity is properly the process of Evangelization, that is, the process by which the reality of people together with their circumstances is transformed.

Only the man/woman of faith has the authority and power to transform deformed realities and make them precedents for acts of faith by which others can see, hear and receive into their hearts the transforming Grace; of this also the apostle teaches, and writes:

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Ephesian 4:28

Things which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, means the constant activity of establishing the instructions of the doctrine of Christ; it means understanding and acting on what Jesus taught when at the beginning of His ministry He established the basis of the Gospel: Ye have heard that it was said, …But I say unto you.

Revelation will not come until we make the “switch” of life intentionality, everything begins with the decision to change according to the instructions of the Spirit by the Word, as it is written:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

Things eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have they entered into the heart of man, is the operation of the Spirit whereby man is freed from his religious bonds, and led by the Spirit Himself to establish understanding of Life in all his activities. May the Lord give you understanding.

The biblical quotations are taken from the Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

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