In Life = In Christ = Not On Sin’s Path

April 27, 2013

Friends,
Eph. 2:4-6 says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses [dead in our trespasses and sins –v. 1], made us, [through our union] with Christ, alive (by grace you are saved) [are in the process of being saved –1 Peter 1:9], and raised us with [Him] and seated us with [Him] in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…”

There is a lot of theology there. But one thing we can learn, by comparing these verses with others in Scripture, is that to be made alive spiritually is to be infused with Eternal Life, which is –who is– a Person. This Person is the Spirit of God and Christ (Rom. 8:9), namely, Christ Jesus, the Son of God –“but God is one.” (Gal. 3:20; see also Mark 12:29 and Dt. 6:4) For Jesus the Christ, is the visible, bodily form of God the Father (Isa. 9:6 & 43:10,11 // John 8:58 & 12:41 w/ Isa. 6:1 // Col. 1:15-20 & 2:9 // Heb. 1:2,3) –He who is Spirit (John 4:23,24) and who is invisible. (Col. 1:15 // 1 Tim. 6:15,16)

If we are “born of the Spirit” (John 3:8), then the Spirit of the Father and Son have set up dwelling with and within us (14:17,23), and we are therefore “of God”. (1 John 5:18,19) Being of God, we no longer continue to sin (v. 18), for we are no longer under the power of the evil one (v. 18,19) and consequently, no longer “of the devil.” (3:8) We, being born of God, have God’s nature, and so cannot go on sinning. (v. 9) This is because “we are in the True [One], in His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God and Eternal Life.” (5:20) As verses 11 & 12 have already revealed, “And this is the witness [the testimony / the message of the Gospel], that God gave eternal life to us, and this life is in His Son. The one having the Son has the Life; the one not having the Son of God does not have the Life.”

No one can be both of God and of the devil. No one can abide both in Christ Jesus and in the rebel kingdom. No one can abide both in the Life and in the Death. No one can abide in Eternal Life (the Person) and at the same time be “dead in trespasses and sins.” (Eph. 2:1,5) That Death walk is that “in which we used to walk, when we lived according to this world’s present path [way / practice / culture], according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit that is now operating in [at work in / energizing] the sons of disobedience; among whom all of us also formerly conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest [of mankind].” (v. 2,3)

The Life walk is completely different: It is a new walk, for we’ve discarded the way we used to walk, and we live not according to Self (the flesh), not according to the world, and not according to the devil. In other words, the way we behave is not according to sin, sinfulness, evil, wickedness, rebellion, or disobedience to God. Instead, we abide in God and He in us. This path of Eternal Life is true, holy, obedient to God, and righteous. It is not merely a position of righteousness, but a walk, a life, a lifestyle, a conduct, a behavior, a mind-set, a mouth, a heart –and a display coming from all of that– of cleanliness and purity.

If this purity is not the case, then that person remains in the Kingdom of Death; and unless he whole-heartedly repents, that kingdom will be his abode eternally.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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