Walk in Authority of Christ
Christ's death and resurrection provide the power for you to walk in His authority as you practice those character qualities examined in an earlier blog. The Kingdom of God follows you through all church history from the time of Jesus' preaching and miracles, at His death and resurrection, and for His believers today, during the church age.
Walk in New Covenant Lifestyle
In Matthew 26-28, Christ obeyed the Father by sacrificing His life through death on the cross, which instituted the New Covenant, which is alive like flesh, in contrast to the Old Covenant, which is dead like stone. God gives you a new heart and new spirit to wash away your sin so you can walk in unity with others (Ezekiel 11:19; 18:31; 36:26). Your ability to serve others comes from a relationship with Christ as He dwells in your hearts.
Walk in Persecution and Betrayal
Those who walk in the authority of Christ by serving others will be betrayed like Him. The religious leaders plotted to have Jesus arrested and killed. Judas, one of Jesus' disciples, betrayed Christ when he handed him over to the chief priests for 30 silver coins (Matt. 26:1-5; 14-16). It is all part of walking in Christ's death and resurrection through New Covenant ministry (2 Cor. 4:7-12).
Meditate on the truth that God has given believers the Holy Spirit (heart of flesh) instead of a heart of stone. What difference does that make in a meeting today, in your relationships with your family and those you meet at work and in your neighborhood?