Crucified In Christ Brings Responsibly

Christ dwells in us. We are not our own. Living by the Fruit of the Spirit is a lifestyle conviction. 
~ LISA BLAIR

Christ lives in us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells in us. He leads us and directs us if we are in tune with Him. Becoming in tune takes time. We must train ourselves to think differently. We must monitor our actions. We must know the Bible. We should make the effort everyday to please Him by radiating love. We should become familiar with the Fruit of the Spirit. It’s a journey that I’ve been on for some time, but recognizing that I am crucified with Christ means I must acquire the same traits as Christ. I had to learn to identify my actions and deeds (behavior) as part of the Fruit of the Spirit. While this practice begins to separate us from mistreating others, we are still sinners and have to be alert at all times. Our walk is a life long process, one that we agreed to when we received Christ as our Lord and Savior and invited the Holy Spirit to live in us.

The Fruit of the Spirit teaches us the behaviors we should use involuntarily in our day-to-day life as we grow in Christ. Learning the Fruit of the Spirit is important because 1) it frames who we are, and 2) it frames our walk in the eyes of others. The question is – are you familiar with the Fruit of the Spirit? Can you name them? What do they mean to you?

FRUIT

  • Love
  • Kindness 
  • Honestly 
  • Patience
  • Self-Control
  • Respect
  • Joy
  • Peace

Being crucified in Christ brings responsibility.

Salvation Is For All Who Want It

Romans 10:9,10 and Acts 16:31 share this common theme – believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.

~Lisa Blair

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved…Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9-10, 13, 17‬ ‭NIV

Acts 16:31 also explains how one receives Salvation through Jesus Christ. Acts 16:31 is clear, but perhaps the most difficult for non-believers to understand. Constant prayer forges it’s way into the hearts of loved ones who one day will sense God’s presence, and heart tug, and want to come to know Him and be saved. God is merciful and only He can invite us to receive Him as our Lord and Saviour. We are His tools, His workmanship displayed for the world to see.

Paul in Acts 16, ministered to prisoners and a prison guard, after the earthquake, sharing the Good News and encouraging them to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. He shared that they could overcome this world if they professed with their mouth and believed in their heart that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is the Son of God. He also shared that their family members could become believers and change their lives. The key is, they must individually profess. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans’ 10. Acts 16 includes family/household will also be saved.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.””
‭‭Acts‬ ‭16:31‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This part is important because many read this scripture believing if they are saved, their family/household will be saved, however, the theologians interpret the scripture to mean that anyone who receives Christ is saved, and is the best security for the guards family from present danger, but they must make the decision and profess the truth of the scripture individually to be entitled to the same spiritual and everlasting blessings as the guard. (Benson), a family is not collectively saved by one persons witness. Jesus offers everyone salvation if they believe He is the Son of God.

The Amp version elaborates separating the scripture into two parts, the first focuses on the guard being saved, and the second focuses on his prospect of his household/family also being saved. The key – they must personally profess with their mouth and know in their heart that Christ died on the cross, rose and is the Son of God.

Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household [if they also believe].” And they spoke the word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ] to him and to all who were in his house.”
‭‭ACTS‬ ‭16:31-32‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Romans 10:9,10 and Acts 16:31 share this common theme – believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.

Images – YouVersion.Bible.com/Roger Coles; Google Images

References: Thru the Bible with Dr. Vernon McGee. Q&A: Acts 16:31. Oneplace .com; Acts 16:31, Benson Commentary. Biblehub.com