Dead To Self & Living Christ

December 26, 2012

Friends,
If a person is submitting to the desires of the sinful nature, that person is not saved.  That person is not going to inherit Heaven.  That person is walking in death, not Life.  Only IN Christ, is a person living in Life, for anyone who steps out from obedience to Christ, is not in Life and Light, but in death and darkness.  Jesus says it very clearly:  “Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness.”  (John 8:12)  And “Whoever follows Me will… have the light of Life.”  (same verse)

If someone is walking in sin, they are walking in darkness, thus death, and thus the road to eternal death.  Only by repenting –which means a complete turn-around and a walk in the opposite direction, from walking the death road, to walking the Life road– can a person expect to end up in Heaven.  Most of the world, including most so-called “Christians”, are under a strong delusion as they refuse to believe the plain Truth of what God’s Word teaches us.

If a “Christian” insists that he cannot help but sin, then he is denying Christ, for he is denying all that Christ came to earth to give us.  The Lord came to redeem us from all sin, all wickedness, all sinfulness, all iniquity.  (Titus 2:14)  How can it be said any clearer?  God’s grace that brings salvation has been offered to all people (v. 11) –(that means, “all people”, Calvinists!) who believe, repent, follow, and obey (Luke 13:3 // John 3:36 // Heb. 5:9), and who remain in Christ so that they have His power to do these on a continual basis forever.  (John 15:1-10 // 1 John 2:3-6)

If someone is not training themselves to be godly (1 Tim. 4:7) by being submissive to the Spirit (Rom. 8:9) so as to learn how to continually say “No” to ungodly temptations (Titus 2:12; see also Gal. 5:16-25), then such a person, by instead submitting to sinfulness, will reap eternal destruction.  (Gal. 5:19-21 & 6:8)  Gal. 5:24 makes it crystal clear:  “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”  And verses 19-21 make the contrast plain:  Those who commit “the acts of the sinful nature… will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”

Will God’s Spirit dwell with a person who continues to sin?  No.  The whole Word of God tells us this over and over!  Rom. 8:13 says that those who live according to the sinful nature will die.  It contrasts this, in the same verse, with those who live by the Spirit who will live, and so, as verse 14 says, are sons of God.  It’s very clear:  Be sinful, reap eternal death.  Live in obedience to the Spirit of God, reap Eternal Life.

By living in submission to the Spirit of God and Christ, we are living Christ, not ourselves.  But we cannot live Christ if we are struggling to maintain rulership, control, and our own way.  This is why we must die.  Self must be dead.  If we truly came in to Christ, and received His Spirit, then we really did undergo a death to Self (Rom. 6:1-7), and that position, that clothing (Gal. 3:27) must be kept on.  We must abide in the Truth, walk in the Truth, and be controlled by the Truth.  This is what it means to “serve in the new way of the Spirit.”  (Rom. 7:6)

In His Word, God has told us what the Truth is.  He has told us the Truth concerning His Son.  (1 John 5:10)  “And this is the testimony:  God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”  (v. 11)  If someone has the Son (v. 12) –that is, His Spirit dwelling within (John 14:21,23 // Rom. 8:9)– then that person is walking the Road of Life.  (John 11:26 & 14:6 // 1 John 5:12)  But this is impossible if someone is not living in obedience to the Spirit.  (Acts 5:32 // Rom. 6:16)  For only those who obey His commands live in Him and He in them.  (1 John 3:24)  Yes, only those who behave just as Jesus did.  (2:3-6)

It doesn’t matter what people claim.  If they live sinful lives, then they are walking in darkness.  (1 John 1:6)  To say they have fellowship with God is, at least to God, a very obvious lie.  (same verse)  A true Christian is one who has been crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20), meaning –crucified to the world (6:14), crucified to law (Rom. 7:4), crucified to sin (6:2), crucified to the old Self (v. 6,7 // Col. 3:3,9,10), and crucified to the sinful nature.  (Gal. 5:24)

And by being dead to what once bound them (Rom. 7:6a), so that the power of the sinful nature was, for them, broken and demolished forever, these born-anew creations (2 Cor. 5:17) live in the new way of the Spirit.  (Rom. 7:6b)  –That is, one with Christ (1 Cor. 6:17), able to discern what is best for pure and blameless living (Phil. 1:10), filled with the fruit (acts, thoughts, deeds, results) of righteousness (v. 11), and walking in the victory of Eternal Life that/who is theirs!  (1 John 5:3-5,11)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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