My Future – Secure In Christ
Scripture: John 14:19—“Because I live, you shall also live.”
Lesson Goal: To understand in life, death, and in all things, we are secure in Christ Jesus.
Please look up these Scriptures and fill in the blanks. I pray as you do this, that God will show you how wonderful it is to be in Christ Jesus!
• I am a new _________________ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:6; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 2:10).
• I am a _________________ (1 Corinthians 1:2).
• I am a part of His ________________ (Ephesians 2:21-22).
• I am a _________________ for God’s Spirit (Ephesians 2:22).
• I am in the eternal ___________________ of God (Ephesians 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:9).
• I am __________________ (1 Corinthians 1:5).
• I am ___________________ because God’s favor has been poured out upon me (Ephesians 1:6).
• I am ___________________ (Ephesians 5:8).
• I am ___________________ in the love of God (Romans 8:38-39).
• I am ___________________, rooted and built up (2 Corinthians 1:21; Colossians 2:7).
• I am near to the _________________ of God (Ephesians 2:13).
What are your thoughts when you hear about the future? Where does your mind go and what is it that you start automatically thinking about when you think of the future? Please take just a moment and write down the thoughts that come to your mind.
Thoughts of the future can be exciting, scary, anxious, and probably many other adjectives we can add in there. We can’t see or know the future, but we can still face tomorrow because HE lives! Jesus lives within the follower of Christ; therefore we can face anything that may come our way. As we learned from Pastor Mickey several months ago, when you can’t see or know the plan, TRUST THE PLANNER.
Please read John 14:19.
What is Life in Christ?
We must not confuse life with existence. To quote the great preacher of old, C.H. Spurgeon, “We would reduce a very rich text to a poverty-stricken sentence if we read it, ‘Because I exist, ye shall exist also.’”
Before the disciples believed in Jesus, they existed, And altogether, apart from Him as their spiritual life, their existence would have continued; it was something far more than immortal existence which our Lord was here dealing with.
Today, if you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you merely exist. You have not and are not experiencing “true life” in Jesus Christ. Jesus wants you to experience an abundant life. And you can experience “true life” if you live in Christ.
• How does living a life “in Christ” differ from living a life of just merely existing?
Please read 1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:4.
As you can see, in Christ we have life. He wants us to have an abundant life. Christ wants us to be free from sin and the bondage of sin. This can be accomplished only when we live in Christ.
I walk and live (Colossians 2:6).
I stand fast and firm (Philippians 4:1).
I have constant victory (2 Corinthians 2:14).
I am fruitful (1 Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 2:10).
I can do all things (Philippians 4:13).
I can draw near to God (Ephesians 2:13, 18).
I have all that I need; every need is supplied (Philippians 4:19).
I can rejoice always (Philippians 4:4; 1 Peter 1:8).
I have a purifying hope (1 John 3:3).
I am strong (2 Timothy 2:1; Ephesians 6:10).
I am faithful (Ephesians 1:1).
I have faith and love (1 Timothy 1:13).
I can be mature (Colossians 1:28).
Life in Christ Today Equals Life in Christ for Tomorrow
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives! (Gaither)
As we look towards tomorrow, we do not know what it holds for us. But we know Who holds tomorrow. Therefore, we can face the future “in Christ,” just because He lives in us!
Please read James 4:13-17 and Philippians 4:6-7.
• Concerning tomorrow, what are some things you worry about that you should allow Christ to give you freedom from?
• How do we allow Christ to give us freedom from these things?
This coming week, you may face joy, happiness, excitement, scrutiny, heartache, headache, or even death; none of us knows what the week ahead has in store for us. But this we know, that we can face this week, and all weeks, because of our personal relationship with Christ and the fact that we are IN Christ.
Life in Christ Today Equals Life in Christ for Eternity.
There are people who say that all roads lead to heaven. Some say our treatment of others determines if we are allowed entrance into heaven. Others say you can’t really even know that when you die you will go to heaven. But the Bible is very clear about eternity.
I ask you today to read the following Scriptures and allow God to speak to your heart about such matters:
1 Timothy 2: 5-6
1 John 2:23
1 John 5:10-12
Hebrews 5: 8-9
Romans 10: 9-11.
As you can see from these verses, Jesus is the only way to eternal life. We must understand that eternal life does not begin when we die; eternal life begins the moment we except Christ as our Savior. When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we are “in Christ.” Because we are “in Christ,” we do not have to fear or worry about death. 2 Corinthians 5:8 tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. If we are “in Christ,” we have the assurance that Christ has us for all of eternity!
Do you have peace in the fact that you do not have to worry about death? Please explain.
Today, if you have never accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, He desires to have that relationship with you. God sent His Son to die, so we may live and have life forever. It is my prayer that you are experiencing the abundant life and have peace in knowing that living “in Christ” allows you to have a secure future.
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground, all other ground
Is sinking sand.