Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Christ Who Lives in Me – Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)   Reflection: The new life we have in Christ is powered by faith: the belief in the love of the Son of God. This belief is our new center and motive of our…

No Condemnation in Christ – Romans 8:1-2

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)   Reflection: When we are abiding in Christ, we are delivered from the fear of condemnation.  We fear condemnation when we are trusting in our own righteousness. But this verse clarifies that we are justified not because of our good behavior but because…

A New Creation in Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)   Reflection: Jesus Christ has come to make all things new, beginning with each one of us. Our transformation starts when Jesus begins to reside within us by the power and presence of his Holy Spirit. This transformation is so profound and so complete that it makes us entirely new. Our true identity–the person God planned…

Abiding in Christ – John 15:5

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)   Reflection: Abiding in Christ is essential for the life he wants to give us. It is a life that bears the spiritual fruit of love, joy, and peace. Abiding in Christ is more than a single decision; it is continual mindfulness and openness to the presence…

In Christ – John 14:20

In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. (John 14:20)   Reflection: The idea of being “in Christ” is one of the main themes of the New Testament. It began with a comment Jesus made when he was with his disciples in the upper room before his crucifixion. He spoke about the coming of the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit would create a deep and abiding unity…

The Last Sign of the End – Matthew 24:14

This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.   Reflection: We are living in the last days, the days between Christ’s ascension and his return. When Jesus Christ returns, the current age of human history will draw to a close, and Jesus will inaugurate the new and eternal kingdom of God. At the end of his ministry, Jesus gave his disciples a clear picture…