Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.
Every morning I look into the mirror I would like to believe I am back at my sports playing weight 179 pounds, I have a 46-inch chest, 32-inch waist, plenty of hair on my head with no coverage issues, and that I am like the Church Jesus will come for which is without spot or wrinkle. The problem is the mirror does not lie; it perfectly reflects the image in it; it reveals the facts so I have to face the facts and say it is so.
A fact is a thing that has actually happened and really is true. It is the state of things as they are; reality; actuality. When it comes to facing a fact, we can try to deny it; or refuse to acknowledge the fact. To live in denial of a fact is “a saying no” to a fact; denial means to refuse to accept or believe as true; it is to reject it as unreal or unfounded.
Second Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” The Word of God, and specifically the glory revealed in the New Testament truths of who we are in Christ, is also like a mirror. It perfectly reflects the image or picture of who we are, what we have, and what we can do in Christ. We are changed or transformed by beholding or looking at that image. We are beholding the wonders of His grace from the word of His grace (Acts 20:32). These truths will build us up and reveal our spiritual inheritance in Christ.
Now that we are in Christ, there are many facts of our redemption. They are stated in the past tense in the Word of God because they actually happened and were made available to us after Jesus paid the redemption price on the Cross. All of these redemption facts went into effect in our lives personally the moment we got saved. The church as a whole has not failed in the proclamation of the Gospel (preaching it), but in the explanation of the Gospel (teaching its redemptive truths). Because of this very few believers have much knowledge of the facts of their position in Christ or truths of their redemption.
We have a new position called in Christ. Some of these “In Christ Realities” or redemption facts:
- We are a new creation in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17
- We are the righteousness of God 2 Corinthians 5:21
- We are an heir of God, joint heir with Christ Romans 8:17
- We are redeemed Ephesians 1:7
- We are a child of God, chosen and accepted Ephesians 1:4, 6.
- We are blessed (blessing is tied to our position in Christ) Ephesians 1:3.
- We are the Body of Christ Ephesians 1:22, 23.
All these facts actually happened and are really true. They are the state of things as they really are; reality. We are as “in” with God as we can be which is “IN CHRIST.” Psalm 107:2 says to “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,” or face the facts and say it is so. We do not say them to make them facts, they are already facts. They will be no more facts in Heaven than they are now. They are no less facts on earth. Examine all the past tense facts on God’s Word and say it is so. Acknowledge every good thing which is in you in Christ and energize your life (Philemon 6).