Today’s sermon at church was dynamic and deeply important to our understanding of Who we are IN Christ.
And … I must reiterate, it’s all about our wrapping our heads around the truth.
Christ was crucified on the cross and essentially we were crucified with Him. That is, those of us who call ourselves Christians.
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
Essentially this means that while we call ourselves Christian we still sin. We don’t want to [we hope] yet it is our nature because of the fall. It’s called our Adamic nature. The concept is this:
“I am not a sinner because I sin; I sin, because I am a sinner, and I am a sinner because of Adam. The sin nature is the Adamic nature.
So if, in all of these confusing concepts, I sin am I a Christian or not?
Our human-ness has not changed since the time of Paul – we suffer and battle sin in the very same way Paul did. So how do we deal with this thing called sin so that we can exist within the Image of Him?
We must wrap our heads around what the blood and the cross did for us and then work out our salvation! We must work, we must change our minds, we must renew our minds … washing it in the Word of God, which explains who we are in Christ.
Jesus’ blood cleanses me of my sin … and the cross crucifies me … doing what the blood did not do. The cross reminds me, convicts me to do all that I can to avoid sin in my life … to deny illness and fleshly desires.
My old man [self, behavior] is so crucified by the cross that it [the old man – my self before salvation] is no longer able to function.
For this to happen I must be fully persuaded that when Christ took my sins to the cross, and was afflicted with all my sin and disease, that they ended there. But then we go back to Romans 7 [above] … I continue to do those things that identify me as a sinner.
Romans 6:9 tells me that Christ cannot die again: “for we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again.”
So how do we, as humans, do this thing? Wrap our heads around the fact that, despite what we do in our day to day that is defined as sin, we are no longer sinners?
How does this work?
It works IN Christ Jesus!
You see … God removes the sinner [from the sin] not the sin.
Romans 5:18-21 to 6:1-5
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ.
6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
For just as through the disobedience of the one man(Adam) the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man (Jesus) the many will be made righteous!
We were removed from our sin by the obedience of Jesus and made righteous!
If you call yourself a Christian, YOU are IN Christ. You are saved, You are healed, You are made righteous.
Now that our heads are wrapped around that we must begin to live it and continually remove sin from our day to day.
Like my good friend and Pastor said for an example.
“It’s like continuing to drive your dangerous old jalopy, when you’ve been given a brand new car. The new car is sitting there simply waiting for your to drive it; but some continue to drive the old car. It’s a choice. One that we must make on our own … it’s about free will. Refusal to drive the new car is our choice; it’s right there in front of us.”
So what will you drive today? Your Adamic nature or your Christ nature? It’s entirely up to you!
Next week we are going into deeper waters with this subject. If your intrigued or want more understanding check back for another Healing Sunday. =)
Thanks for reading.