Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Christian Must Die! Part 2

The soul who sins shall die! Eze 18:20

So the question is how can a just and perfect God allow the soul who has sinned not to die? He can’t…now notice the word soul, this is not talking about the body dying but the soul. The soul is the inner you whereas the body is the outer you. The soul consist of your mind, your emotions and your will and remember what Jesus said about the value of a soul…

Mar 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Now we know that God is always consistent in His dealings and must punish the soul that has sinned. We were made to live completely off of God and yet each of us has turned our own ways, desiring the things of our flesh and the world and thus shunning God in the process and as such our wages will be given and our soul is required in death. Never forget that God is fully just and fully loving and one of the great quandaries of thought is how can he be both…how can he love the sinner, hate the sin and be totally just in dealing with ALL of humanity. It goes back to the verse in Ezekiel that the soul who sins shall die.

Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love for us
Eph 2:5 even when we were dead because of our offenses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
Eph 2:6 raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavenly realm in Christ Jesus,

Do you see it here? It is so important to look at the verb tense and not just quickly read it. God raised us up with him and seated us with him…past tense. Let me go back just a little and explain this incredible and freeing doctrine.

2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;

All HAVE died! God put all of mankind, the world into Jesus on the cross. All of our sin, all of our perverted personality, all of our wickedness in thought, word and deed and it was all crucified on the cross and we have been crucified with Christ. We were made new because for our sake our sins were laid upon Him and through this cosmic miracle we are freed from the law of sin and death because we were crucified with Him. This is a fact that we can now believe not based on our great minds but based on the Word of God and the character of Christ.

2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2Co 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

In the next post we will look at what actually happened and how we can live in victory because of what has already taken place.

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