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Two Aspects of The Christ-Life by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Two Aspects of The Christ-Life by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

For God so loved the world, that he gave
his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life (John 3:16).

There’re two aspects of the Christ-life: the legal
and the vital aspects. These two aspects are
illustrated in our theme verse. The legal
aspect refers to all that we are, all that we have, all that
we can do, and our position, rank and authority as
granted us in Christ.

 We read that God gave His Son and says
whosoever believes in Him should not perish. That’s a
legal declaration. Then, the verse concludes by stating
what you would have upon believing in Him:
“everlasting life.” To have everlasting life is the second
part, which is the vital aspect of the Christ-life.

The vital aspect of the Christ-life refers to all that
the Holy Spirit has done or is doing in your spirit,
soul and body through the Word, developing you after
the image of Christ and the Father. This vital aspect is
activated by your confession. Meaning, it only works
when you affirm it.

The legal aspect, on the other hand, gives you
authority. You acknowledge the Word and act
accordingly, because it’s about being informed of what
belongs to you, who you are, and your inheritance in

Now, without an understanding of these two aspects, there can be a mix-up, just as many have done.
They haven’t been able to differentiate between the
legal and the vital, and so, they’re unable to apply the
Word rightly.

For example, divine health belongs to you; it’s
not something to struggle for in prayer, trying to
“claim.” It’s legally yours now; it’s not with God or the
devil. However, you make it vitally yours through your
confession of the Word. Praise God!

Dear Father, I take advantage of all that you’ve done
for me as a result of the vicarious death of Jesus, and I
acknowledge the benefits of His glorious resurrection
in my life and all that it means to me. I’m healthy,
vibrant, prosperous and victorious every day, in
Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Romans 10:9-10; Philemon 1:6

Acts 4:1-31 & 2 Chronicles 16-19

Luke 1:26-38 & Deuteronomy 11

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