Friday, August 21, 2009

A Truth that Satan Does Not Want You to Believe

Rom 6:2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
Rom 6:3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

Rom 6:6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
Rom 6:7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.
Rom 6:8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

This is a fact, no matter what you believe, what you experience or what you feel, that you have been (past tense) baptized into his death and that your old self was crucified (past tense) with Him, if you are in Christ Jesus. It always amazes me that so many of us understand that we are saved by faith and that is where it stops...but it is faith in the finished work of Christ that has sanctified us. Now it is up to us to walk in that fact that Truth that has set us free. I love what the great bible commentator Martin Lloyd Jones had to say of these passages

"This is, to me, one of the most comforting and assuring and glorious aspects of our faith. We are never called to crucify our old man. Why? Because it has already happened - the old man was crucified with Christ on the cross. Nowhere does the Scripture call upon you to crucify your old man; nowhere does the Scripture tell you to get rid of your old man, for the obvious reason that he has already gone. Not to realize this is to allow the devil to fool you and to delude you.

What you and I are called upon to do is to cease to live as if we were still in Adam. Understand that the "old man" is not there. The only way to stop living as if we were still there is to realize that he is not there. That is the New Testament method of teaching sanctification. The whole trouble with us, says the New Testament, is that we do not realixe what we are, that we still go on thinking we are the old man, and go on trying to do things to the old man. That has been done; the old man was crucified with Christ. He is non-existent, he is no longer there. If you are a Christian, the man that you were in Adam has gone out of existence; he has no reality at all; you are in Christ."

Now if that news does not make you want to jump up out of your seat and thank Jesus Christ for the victory that we already have I don't know what will! Your identity is sealed in the are no longer bound and chained to that old sin nature. Your sentence has been nullified and your chains have been stop today living like a bound man or woman and live in the victory that Christ has already paid for in full.

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