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V is for ... VIEWPOINT

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.
2 Corinthians 5:16

Now that we know, absolutely, for certain, without question, that V is for Victory, that in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37), let’s spend the rest of the week, ladies, with other important Vs in our lives. To my way of thinking, V is for Viewpoint goes hand-in-hand with my victory in Jesus. 

You see, at one time (we) were dead in our transgressions and sins, in which (we) used to live when (we) followed the ways of this world (Ephesians 2:1-2). We had a worldly point of view. But then, God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). We no longer see things from the world’s viewpoint; we see them from the perspective of heaven. Or at least, we should.

Paul does not mince words as he does his best to persuade the Corinthians that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17). What exactly does that mean to you?

To me it means I have the mind of Christ, the heart of Christ, the eyes, the ears, the mouth, the feet of Christ, and the Spirit of Christ is alive and well in me. Impossible you say! Why then do we claim, with Paul, the following: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20)?

Alright, so I’m not there yet. But all of Christ is available to me. It is a long, slow process, this learning to see all things from God’s point of view. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it is as if I have a veil in front of my face. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:16, 18).

Will you look at that, another V: V is for Veil; or rather V is for my being un-Veiled so the Spirit, in me, can raise my spirit up to the heavenlies daily. For it is there that I am privy to God’s Viewpoint on all that whirls around me in this world. Yes, for you and for me, the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10). Thank You Lord.

Nancy P

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