There are so many thoughts and ideas that can be seen across the whole Bible, but have you ever thought about what the central thought of the Bible is? This week’s campus fellowship with Irvine Christian Students has introduced this central thought of the Bible: Christ as life for God’s building. Now, what does it mean to have Christ as life?
Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
Here, we can see that to have Christ as life is to have Him live the Christian life in and through us. This can be done by receiving Christ and by allowing Him to be expressed in our daily living. Practically, this can be done in two ways: by reading the Word and calling on His name. Praying simple prayers before reading the Word and as we read the Word, greatly help us to experience the Word coming into us as the Spirit and life. Calling on His name is even easier. Throughout the day we can just say, “Lord Jesus.” In doing this, we are turning our mind to the Lord continuously and are able to let go of the things that are holding us down. As we practice daily, Christ gains His expression in our living.
1 Peter 2:5, “You yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Christ Jesus.”
However, God’s desire is not for just one person to express Him or for only you yourself to be a perfect Christian; He wants a corporate group of people to be built up together. This is the meaning of God’s building– the church. The church is us, as the brothers and sisters in Christ, being built up together in Him. We are truly built up into a spiritual house by meeting together and sharing the Christ we have enjoyed. Personally, we are letting Him increase in us as our life, and corporately we are being built up with the other believers. With this, we can continue on in our daily living, expressing Christ.