Sin, In Us, Was Condemned

March 29, 2013

Friends,
The evil realm was certainly undiscerning when it crucified the Lord of glory. (1 Cor. 2:8) Had they understood that God would turn around for such great good that which they meant for revenge, they would not have crucified Christ. (same verse) But they did, and it was the purchase of freedom for mankind from the very captivity that Satan had thought he was solidifying. (John 12:31,32 // Col. 2:9-15 // 1 John 3:8) Through Christ, who was the sin offering, God “condemned sin in the flesh” (Rom. 8:3), which means He rendered sin powerless (6:6) and took it out of us. (John 1:29 // 1 John 3:5) And why? Rom. 8:4 goes on: “in order that the righteous requirements of the law [God’s moral law] might be fully met in us” –which we meet by living under the control of the Spirit. (same verse & whole context)

But who believes this Gospel? Certainly it is not those who, even while claiming they’ve come into Christ, continue to walk in unrighteousness. For let’s remember these things:

~Only those who believe unto action are true believers. (James 2:14-26)

~Only those who repent (who make the 180 degree turn around from walking sin’s path to walking Christ’s path –Mark 1:15-18) are truly in Christ and thus new creations. (2 Cor. 5:17)

~Only those who follow Christ and His words –trusting in, adhering to, and obeying– will be given the Spirit (Acts 5:32 // Rom. 8:9) and eternal life. (Luke 9:23-25 // Heb. 5:9)

Moreover, all who begin the righteous walk, yet later turn aside to follow sin’s deceitfulness (Heb. 3:12,13), will, by their disobedience and unbelief (v. 18,19), not “come to share in Christ” (v. 14), for they did not “hold firmly till the end.” (same verse // Matt. 24:10-13 // 2 Peter 3:17) They allowed the Life in them to be crowded out (Luke 8:13,14 // John 15:6) as they carelessly continued to sell away their inheritance for fleeting bowls of porridge. (Heb. 12:16) Careless about holiness (v. 14), they allowed the vile roots of sin to grow up within them (v. 15), defiling God’s temple (same verse // 1 Cor. 3:16,17) and causing themselves to be rejected (Heb. 12:17) and thrown to the fire. (John 15:6) Their position in God’s grace, which once was theirs, they failed to hold on to. (Heb. 10:35-39 & 12:15 // 2 Peter 2:20-22 & 3:17) They forfeited (lost / negated / tossed away) their own eternal salvation. (Jonah 2:8 // Heb. 6:4-8 & 10:26-31)

Why are people doing such a foolish thing? It is because they are not paying attention to the Truth, to the true Gospel. The true Gospel declares clearly in God’s Word that by Christ’s atonement, we have been set free from the control of the evil realm –meaning:

Freed from sin (Rom. 6:16-18,22)

Freed from the sinful nature (Gal. 5:24)

Freed from Satan (Luke 10:18-20)

Freed from Self (Rom. 6:6,7 // Gal. 2:20)

Freed from the world (Gal. 6:14)

Freed from the Mosaic law (Gal. 3:25 // 1 Peter 1:18,19)

Freed from the fear of death (Heb. 2:14,15)

Freed from everything from which the Mosaic law could not free us (Acts 13:39)

It is about freedom. Is a person free of these things? If so, this is the proof of true faith.

But, careless to Truth, people are believing in vain (1 Cor. 15:2) as they believe a false gospel that, though it promises salvation, actually enslaves (2 Peter 2:18,19) and damns. (Gal. 1:6-9) However, those who believe the true Gospel know that since God, through Christ’s atonement, condemned sin in us, then righteousness really is able to reign supreme in all who believe the Truth; and that this faith really does cause believers’ lives to be full of purity, kindness, strength, assurance, and holiness. For God’s grace, which we walk in by having been redeemed from all wickedness (Titus 2:11,14), teaches us to say, “No,” to all ungodliness and worldly passions. (v. 12)

That is the Gospel. That is the Glorious Message of the Cross and the Empty Tomb.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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