David uses this session to reveal more of how Christ goes ahead of his followers in four different directions.
First, Jesus goes before us into the Throne Room of heaven, opening a living way for us through His blood so that we can follow Him boldly into the Holy Place (Hebrews 10). From there he also intercedes without ceasing.
Second, Jesus is also the “first fruits” of the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15). He has gone ahead of us into the future to bring it back to us. So that now we can reckon ourselves dead to sin but alive to God in him as if we were already raised from the dead (Romans 6).
Third, in Christ's triumph over sin and death, he became the eternal heir of all the promises of God (Romans 8). Thus, through him we may enter into those promises, as in him they become our inheritance as well (2 Corinthians 1). Because he already reigns on high, as we set our hearts on what his kingship is all about, we get to share in all the resources of his Kingdom (Colossians 3).
Finally, the supreme Christ goes ahead of us and prepares the way for us to have a ministry to the world for His sake and His gain.
The Christ Institute Sessions
Entire Session 5: Awake to Who Christ Is BEFORE Us
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Presented by David Bryant, this session will answer these questions:
What does “Christ BEFORE us” tell me about who he is today?
How does Christ go before me into the Future?
How does Christ go before me into the Heavens?
How does Christ go before me into the Promises?
How does Christ go before me into the World?
What are the implications for my Christian discipleship?
After completing your session...
Spend a minute in silence, reflecting on today’s teaching.
What was the most meaningful part for you? How did it speak to you?
Reflect In what ways did today's teaching video help you see and think about God's Son in newer or fresher or larger terms? In what ways did today's teaching video give you greater reasons to put your hope in Christ alone -- for your life, for your church, for your generation? As well as for eternity? Apply What one next step should today's teaching encourage you to take in your daily walk with our supreme King, the Lord Jesus Christ? What is one insight about the glory of Christ you gained today that you would like to share with one other believer before the day is over, in order to help that person gain a little bit larger vision of the greatness of Christ, too? Pray If you were standing before Jesus on His throne right now, based on today's teaching what one thing would you like to say to the Father to express to Him your praise and gratitude for who His Son is right now? What would you like ask the Father to do in your life by His Spirit that would deepen some facet of your relationship to His glorious Son?