Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:1-17
A Christian writer said this: “The secret of godliness is found in the Person of Christ who came in our flesh (1 Tim. 5:16 makes it clear) and not in the doctrine that Christ came in our flesh. It is in His Person that we become holy.”
Holiness is a gift from God (1Thess. 5:23); it can never be attained by knowledge of doctrines. No amount of doctrinal knowledge can make a sinful heart holy, it takes the revelation knowledge of the Person of Christ for that to happen. It is only when you receive this revelation of the Person of Christ, and what His death and resurrection accomplished for you, that you can understand what it means to be holy, and also be able to live in holiness.
Beloved, it is the revelation that you died and was raised with Him, and now your life is hid in Him, that will enable you to set your mind on Him. This is the first rule for holy living; looking unto Jesus, knowing that apart from Him, you have no life.
Beloved, unless you have this revelation, that nothing good lies in you, and that only faith in the victory of His death and resurrection can one stand justified, you will never live a holy pleasing life. When your eyes are focused and set on Jesus as your life, you will then live as He lived.
This is the opportunity that this season grants us. It is not enough for you to know that Jesus suffered and died for your sins, it is expedient you believe that you died with Him, and you were raised with Him so that you can live in Him. You will now begin to appreciate that it is no longer your life but Christ’s, then you will put away all the habits, characters and nature of the old nature.
The revelation knowledge (not head knowledge) prompts us to put off lust, fornication, anger, lies, malice, unforgiveness, hateful feelings and all such. You can never put off these manifestations of the old nature, nor would you be able to set your mind on spiritual things, except you see, by faith, the death of your old nature.
Dearly beloved, as we reflect on this great mystery, may we walk as those who have put off the old nature, and who are daily renewed into the perfect Image of the One who dearly loves us.
MASS: VIOLET Micah 7:14-15. 18-20; Ps 103: 1-2. 3-4. 9-10. 11-12 (R.8a); Accl. Lk 15:18; Lk 15: 1-3. 11-32
Reject every influence of habit, character of the old nature.
Holy Lord, I trust in You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways give me the grace to acknowledge You. However, in my weakness I pray that You will direct my path and cause Your light to shine upon it, in the name of Jesus Christ. Lord, I believe my life is hidden in You.
Pray meditatively the prayer to the Holy Spirit by St. Augustine in Amen it is Done pg. 21
Exercise: Pray for a spirit-filled Lenten retreat holding at St. Paul Nekede from the 9th – 11th of this Month.
Meditation: Romans 8:9-12.