A few nights ago my 4 year-old asked me what it will be like when we die. As I tried to put it in a simple, pre-k-way to understand it, I started explaining that as soon as we close our eyes in physical death, we will open them back up in the presence of God.
Then she asked “what will we feel?” I proceeded to explain that we were going to be given a newer better version of our current body, similar to what we have today, but much better, like Jesus after the resurrection, a newer/better body that can move from here to there at the speed of thought, a body that has nothing bad and it is all good, a body that kind of looks like us today, but better, a body…like…like …like a SUPERHERO!!.. yeap, that’s how I explained it, that’s how it came out…. WE WILL BECOME SUPERHEROES!!……..And the more I think about it… it makes sense in more than one way.
When I think about it, the day I heard the message of salvation and what God had done for me, and what He was offering me as a free gift, I confessed with my mouth and believed in my heart that He –Jesus, is God, lived, died, was buried, and rose again according to scripture. At that moment, I was born again spiritually and Christ righteousness or ‘good standing before God’ became my standing before God. From that point, when God looks at Luis, God no longer sees Luis the sinner and all his past failures and shortcomings. Instead, God sees Jesus perfection on my behalf, when God looks at me, he sees Jesus, and when I direct myself to God, I can do so it as if I was Jesus –or ‘in His name”.
Thus, when it comes to our relationship with God, we are like Ironman. When people see Ironman, they see the strong, admirable, multi-weapon super hero (IN whom Tony Stark is), and not the mere weak, fragile, human Tony Stark. In the same way, from the moment we were saved, when God looks at us, God sees Jesus’ righteousness. As far as God is concerned, we are in Jesus and all who Jesus is in relation to the father, we are (accepted, beloved, righteous etc.), and no longer the sinner we once were.
Now imagine how our lives could change, if we could live out this reality ALL THE TIME. How would it change our prayer life from early in the morning? How would it change the way we relate to our spouses, friends, neighbors?
How would it change our daily fears and emotions of inadequacy, rejection, pride and worries?
How different could our lives potentially be if we constantly have present the fact that since we are IN CHRIST:
We are complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).
We have the Greater One living in us; greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
We can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).
We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
We are a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We are joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
We are raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12).
That there is NOW NO condemnation for us who are in Christ (Rom 8:1)
That in Christ we are accepted, loved, forgiven, empowered etc etc….