Christ is Your Environment (Part one)

Let’s see how Apostle Paul puts it in his epistles to the Corinthians and I quote “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). Here, verse number 18 is very specific on this issue; it says ‘all things (about the believer who is now in Christ) are of God’ meaning that whatsoever that has to do with the believer, must be found in God and must not be outside God. The entire being of the believer is located in no other place but God. This is true because God didn’t purchase the believer half-way but through Christ He accomplished all needed requirements for the believer to belong to Him (1 Corinthians 6:20, Romans 8:32).

The quotation in 2 Corinthians 5:17, stipulates that the place to be is in Christ, which of course gives a perfect explanation that in Christ is a place and if it is a place is important to examine what is obtainable in this place called in Christ! A better understanding of the place in Christ will definitely enhance one’s knowledge of who he is in Christ and equipped him or her to do better. Because if one knows better he or she will actually do better and if the reverse is the case definitely there is going to be stagnated growth in the life of that individual. When one understand the environment where he or she lives well he will do great exploit within the environment. So, it is possible that one can be in an environment but without having the right understanding of the environment he or she will not know the resources that are available in the environment. Yes actually, is important to be in the environment but more importantly is the fact that the understanding of what works and goes on in the environment is needed, if not, the benefits he supposed to accrue by virtue of being in the environment will surely elude him. On the other hand, someone who doesn’t live in the environment may have greater insight in the happenings of the environment than the residence of the environment simply because he has inclined and devoted himself to know the environment though he doesn’t live there.

The danger in this situation is that he or she may be ridiculed or bamboozled by someone who takes advantage of his ignorance and as a result causes so much damage in his life. In all of these he may be bemused about the situation and the happenings around him because he is yet to come to terms with the intricacies of the making of his environment. Is quite an obvious painful experience when one realizes that he or she has made himself or herself a slave where he is supposed to be a master or he has made himself poor where he is supposed to be rich. I mean he allowed sickness to ravage his body and made a mess out of him while on the other hand he is supposed to live a life free of sickness. And is very disheartened to know that there are some treasures beneath your surroundings and you don’t know about them until you are very old in your life. If you have known about them early and better, life would have been better around you. And worse still is when an outsider comes around to harness those treasures right there before your very eyes!

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