THE BETWEEN LIFE – Are you wearing GRAVECLOTHES?

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In John 11 we read that Jesus’ friend, LAZARUS was DEAD.
When Jesus called him from the tomb,
Lazarus was BOUND with GRAVECLOTHES
and Jesus commanded:
“LOOSE HIM and let him go”

Did Lazarus later desire to return to the grave? Did he prefer his graveclothes?
No way!  We find Lazarus fellowshipping with Jesus, seated with Him at the table.

In Numbers 14:3-4
we read that after ISRAEL was miraculously delivered from bondage in Egypt,
they experienced great evidence of God’s protection and provision.
However, they were SAVED but they were NOT SATISFIED.
They hankered after the leeks, the garlic and the onions
and the life they had left behind.

They lived a ‘BETWEEN LIFE’.
They had been delivered from bondage and death,
but they had not entered into their new life of freedom and the providence of their God.

Romans 6:3-5 says that we DIED with Christ, and that IF we died with Him,
we also ROSE with Him and we SHARE His resurrection life.

2 Corinthians 5:21
He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin, to be sin for us,
that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

In other words, we have been LOOSED from our GRAVECLOTHES.
We have been loosed from sin and the bonds of death.
We now walk in GRACECLOTHES
because He TOOK our sin and GAVE us His righteousness.
We share in His resurrection life
– not because of anything we have done,
but because of the finished work of Christ in securing our eternal redemption.

DO WE EXPERIENCE A “BETWEEN” LIFE?

Do we live BETWEEN Egypt and Canaan –
with fleshly desires, hankering after the things of the world?

Between crossesBetween tombDo we live BETWEEN Good Friday and Easter Sunday
between
the cross and the empty tomb?

Do we believe in the cross, and even believe that Christ rose from the dead –
but fail to walk in newness of life?  Are we powerless instead of conqueror?

Between off onDo we live BETWEEN the empty tomb and fellowship with the risen Christ?
Are we still clothed with GRAVECLOTHES – evidence of our old, sinful nature –
or do we wear the GRACECLOTHES provided by Christ.
Do we “put off” the old
and “put on” the new  
[Ephesians 4:22-24]
Do we fellowship with Him, drawing strength from Him,
discovering His will for our lives, living in His presence and following Him?

2 Corinthians 5:17
IF anyone is in Christ he IS a new creation.
Old things HAVE PASSED AWAY. 
Behold, ALL things HAVE BECOME NEW.

Note: There is NO “BETWEEN”      It is “IF . . . Then” 
It is “IF we are in Christ . . . THEN the old is GONE and ALL is NEW”
No in between!

Colossians 3:1-4
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek those things which are above, where Christ is,
sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above,
not on things on the earth,
For YOU DIED
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

O my Saviour, lifted from the earth for me,
Draw me, in Thy mercy, nearer unto Thee.
Lift my earth-bound longings, fix them Lord above;
Draw me with the magnet of Thy mighty love.

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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8 Responses to THE BETWEEN LIFE – Are you wearing GRAVECLOTHES?

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    AMEN! Not only did Christ save us from the punishment of sin, but also the power of sin… let us all recommit ourselves to walking in newness of life as new creatures in Him. Thanks for the encouraging words! Lord bless you Angela.

    • Praise God for saving us from the punishment and power of sin and we look forward to that day when we will know His salvation from the very presence of sin.
      Meanwhile, our lives should reflect His light, love, mercy, grace and truth to all we encounter. May we be faithful!

  2. Anna Popescu says:

    I love this one, Cloudwatcher! If…then… so true!

    • Thanks Anna. I believe all God’s promises are “If you . . . then I” – and the truly amazing thing about that is that it is still ALL His work, because we couldn’t comply with the “If you” if He didn’t empower and enable us to do so.

      We serve an incredibly amazing God who delights to shower us with the abundance of His blessings.

  3. mtsweat says:

    Very well said. Crucified with Him, risen in Him!
    Living, He loved me
    Dying, He saved me
    Buried, He carried my sins far away
    Rising, He justified freely forever
    One day He’s coming
    Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

    • Glorious day indeed! – and we are one day closer!
      THEN we will be adorned in robes of the righteousness of Christ, free from the very presence of sin, with no chance whatsoever of being tainted again by graveclothes.

      What an incredibly amazing Redeemer God!

  4. ptl2010 says:

    Living in His Presence – there is joy and peace above every circumstance – that is where we want to be. No we do not want to remain in grave clothes. We want to be alive in Him and become more and more like Him.
    Blessings Cloudwatcher.

    • We never want to wear our old nature again once we have experienced the REALITY of our new life in Christ, but sadly, at times, those graveclothes sneak back and we find ourselves wearing old attitudes. Praise God for Holy Spirit, who quickly convicts us and enables and empowers us to rid ourselves of them and again relish in our graceclothes.

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