From Sin’s Power - Part V of VIII
had reserved a special place within man’s being for His intended abode – the
organ of the human spirit. It was created by the breath of God (Gen 2:7). In
this Scripture we see that God ranks the formation of “the
spirit of man” with the most primary elements of creation. Zech.
12:1…the Lord, which
stretcheth forth the heavens, and
layeth the foundation of the earth,
and formeth the spirit of man within him.
say this is special because man’s human spirit was to become The
Holiest of All – God’s precise abode. Mankind has died to God, in that
fellowship that he once had in the garden, he died much as a phone line may
become dead. But all mankind, believers and non-believers, still have a human
spirit, with the faculty of conscience
operating within it (Rom 2:15). The faculty of the conscience is the route God
uses to speak into man, in order to convict and draw man to His self. You might
say the conscience is an antenna, by which by which God speaks to man – just
as the antenna of a radio picks up the invisible sound waves so we can hear
them. Jesus said when the Holy Spirit comes He will reprove (convict) the world
– a conscience is necessary for such conviction.
John 16:8 And when he is come, he
will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Holy Spirit is the one who pricks us in the conscience of our heart, convicting
us to see our need to receive God’s remedy, a Savior, which is Jesus
Christ. This is the answer to man’s awful condition. Jn
1:12 ...as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God…
God cannot have us as his genuine children, except by birthing. Thus, “Sons
of God” here means one has received Father God’s life and nature by His
spiritual Seed, which is “the spirit of
life in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:2a)”.
By a Literal New Birth
the receiving of the Son of God, the recipient becomes regenerated and the
literal birthed child of God the Father. This spiritual birth may be seen
and understood when we consider the human physical birth, when a father’s
human seed fertilizes a female’s human egg. It is the life of the human father
that is transmitted to the conceived one. The mother contributes the genetic
material by the egg, just as Mary gave Jesus a physical body, but the life and
nature is of the father’s seed. With our spiritual birth, Christ is the Seed
of Father God, and we each are as a woman, with our human spirit as the womb in
which God places His Seed. In this way we are born of God the Father. When a man
receives Christ, He receives the Seed of God and thereby has received not only
the life of the Father’s Seed, but also the nature of God with God’s
spiritual DNA. This makes God our literal Father; we are born of the spiritual
loins of God the Father Himself, via His Seed.
from the Sting of Sin, which is Death
Cor. 5:18a all things are of God,
who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,
Cor. 15:56a The
sting of death is sin…
John 5:11 And
this is the record, that God hath given
to us eternal life, and this life is
in his Son.
being reconciled to God, by God giving His Son to die sacrificially for us, we
are now also saved by Jesus Christ’s
indwelling life. Romans
5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we
were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we
shall be saved by his life.
overcame death by the power of the Holy Spirit raising Him from the dead. After
His death and resurrection, Jesus “became
the life-giving spirit” (1Cor 15:45) to be joined to our human spirit.
1Cor. 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. The
seeded life of God, which is in Christ, is the eternal life in us. This is the
life that is real life. Only God’s life that is in Christ, as “the Spirit of life” is the real, genuine life, qualified to be
called life – it is the eternal life of Christ. Ephes. 2:1
And you hath he quickened (zao,
made-alive, spiritually), who were
dead in trespasses and sins; 1Jn 5:11-12 … God hath given to us eternal
life, and this life is in his Son.
that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
we see that we live under a new paradigm – one of absolutely “no condemnation”.
(NASB) There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
The KJV translators have erroneously added a phrase to this verse “who walk
not after the flesh, but after the spirit”. This does not appear in earliest
manuscripts. This addition makes our lack of condemnation conditional.
There surely is an important place for us to walk in the spirit, but it
certainly is not a condition of having no condemnation. It was Christ who took
all our condemnation upon His self for us.)
fact is that in Christ we live without condemnation at all. We actually are free
to live in a new rarified atmosphere of “no
condemnation”. This allows us to get on with living the Christian life by
living in accord with “the Spirit of life”, which is nothing less that the indwelling
Christ. We do this without fear of being condemned. If we fail at times, he will
never leave or forsake us – He abides faithful to us even when we are not
faithful to Him. We may suffer the consequences of our foolish actions, but He
Romans 8:2 Paul explains that “the law (nomos, normal regulating operation) of spirit of life in Christ Jesus has (past tense) made me free
from the law (cf nomos) of sin and
death”. It is the normal
operation of His life within our spirit that has made us free from the power and
operation of sin and death in our flesh.
8:2 For the law (operation)
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law (operation)
of sin and of death.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified
the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since
we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
8:9-10 But ye
are not in the flesh, but in the
Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of
God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none
of his. 10And
if Christ be
in you, the body is dead because
of sin; but the Spirit is
life because of righteousness.
outer religious, moral, and ceremonial law is of no help – it’s powerless
versus Sin indwelling the flesh. The law is powerless to make us righteous or to
live righteously. So God has not eradicated Sin, but He has condemned Sin in the
flesh. As a house or building may be closed off – being condemned – so is
Sin in the flesh – Christ has made it powerless over us by our co-death with
Christ. Sin has been locked off in our flesh.
8:3 For what the Law could not do, weak as
it was through the flesh, God did:
sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,
Sin is locked-off in our flesh, we still may hear Sin’s voice calling and
trying to direct us – BUT HE HAS NO POWER OVER US. We can no longer say the
Devil made me do it.
as we abide in the truth and cling to “the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” do we enjoy the power and benefit of
Christ life in us.
8:5-6 (NASB) For those who are according to the
flesh set their minds on the things
of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the
the mind set on
the flesh is death, but the mind set
on the Spirit is life and peace,
says, the issue for the Christian is always “Christ
in you the hope of glory”, as our life, as our hope of the glorious
expression of the life that is in the glorious seed that has birthed us from
Freedom From Sin’s Power - Part VI of VIII
From the Power of Sin
told the Serpent that the Seed of the woman (from whose lineage the God-seed,
Jesus, would come) would crush the head of the serpent. Thus, the headship
of Sin over fallen mankind would be broken. Genesis
3:14-15 And the Lord God said unto the
serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and
above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt
thou eat all the days of thy life:  And I will put enmity between thee and
the woman, and between thy seed and her
seed; it shall bruise thy head,
and thou shalt bruise his heel. In
view of resurrection by “the Spirit that
raised Christ form the dead”, Satan’s crucifixion of Christ was as a
bruised heel, yet that same very cross dealt an effective blow to Sin’s headship
over mankind. Let’s now understand how it is that a man may become free from
Sin’s domination or headship.
Romans 6 Paul presents us with the facts of our new freed self. We are freed by
our identification by faith in His death as …our death to our
“old man”. Romans 6:6-7 …our old man is crucified with
him, that the body of sin might be destroyed (Greek, kartargeo,
made of no effect), that henceforth we
should not serve sin. 7For
he that is dead is freed from sin (as
a ruling nature).
7 says, “He
that is dead is freed from sin.” We
are freed selves in and by Christ’s death and burial as our death and burial.
Sin cannot have power over an already dead person. We are a freed self, dead
sin, and alive unto God in my Lord Jesus Christ. Romans
6:3-4 ... so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into
his death? 4Therefore we
are buried with him by baptism into
death: that like as Christ was raised
up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk
in newness of life.
our co-death on the cross with and in Christ that God has made the Seed of the
Serpent to be “of
no effect” upon those who have already died in Christ, and now possess
God’s Seed of life. Can you tempt a dead person? The fact is that we have died
in Christ and are thereby liberated from Sin’s tyrannical rule over us;
we’re freed from the power of Sin as a nature. To receive the Seed of God,
which is Christ, is to receive God’s power of the Cross of Christ, His death
and resurrection. All that Christ achieved, and all that He is, is now within
His resurrected Spirit of life, as the Seed now in us.
is the normal operation of “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” makes us free from the
power of the spontaneous operation and promptings of the “Sin” nature that
remains resident within our flesh body (Rom 7:17, 20). Romans 8:2 For the law (normal
regulating operation) of the Spirit of
life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law (normal regulating
operation) of sin and death. We are
His incarnated body on earth today, with His overcoming life in us, as us.
Our only genuine life is of the Spirit of Christ’s resurrected life
now in our spirit.
You may say – that sounds great
– but that is not my experience. I am still swayed by the sinful impulses
within me, over and over. I understand; I also hear those sinful impulses. But
the fact is that our fleshly body, still with Sin dwelling in it, is no longer a
dominating power over us since we as a fallen self are now dead
and we are Christ persons. Yet, Sin can lie to us and attempt to deceive
us. Sin may throw a sinful thought at you, you feel bad, thinking it was your
thought, but all the time it was of Sin. Sin desires that you condemn yourself
and drop away from God. Sin uses such happening to put a wedge between you and
We need to know this, Satan is
still near at hand, within whispering distance, within our very bodies, but he
is in fact powerless over we who are dead (Rom 6:7). The only power Satan still
has toward a believer is by the same mode he has always used, by his lying, and
then by our believing those lies. I once heard a story to convey the truth of
this matter. There once was a ship with a cruel and evil captain. That evil
captain was overthrown by a proper and righteous captain, and thrown into the
brig on board. The evil captain was condemned to the brig, just as Sin has been
condemned to the flesh. The crew (us) still could hear the old captain barking
out orders while he was in confinement in the brig, but he no longer had
authority over the crew.
You may say, “I have known of this matter of my co-death with Christ, but honestly,
it has had no benefit in my trying to live as I know I should”. You may
think you understand, in all honesty, but you don’t necessarily see the real
issues involved only because you have not yet had revelation from the Holy
Spirit on this. You are right, I may say that I’m dead to sin but in just a
few minutes time I’m irritable, or angry, or pridefully react to something.
So, how can I say I’m dead to sin when it manifests again? I may say I know
it, but it really doesn’t work.
You need to see this. There’s a
difference between the quantity - I don’t say “quality” - but between the
quantity of our death and His death. If we see that, we see the solution to our
problem. What I mean is this: Jesus’ death and resurrection are so complete,
physically and spiritually, that He is utterly out of the realm of the world,
the flesh, and the devil that they can’t touch Him. He’s not within hearing
distance – He has died physically. He is not temptable now. In this sense His
death is more complete than ours. Ours is an incomplete death, because so far it
is only spiritual. We have not yet been removed from the presence
of Sin as a nature – its still in our flesh body. It is not yet a physical
death for us. So we are still within the realm in which we can be called upon by
Sin with these sinful, or even self-condemning, thoughts that Sin would use to
hinder our union with the Lord. Of course we do not have to listen and Sin no
longer has power over us – but we can be deceived into thinking our temptation
is sin (the verb) and so we then do it because we have already thought it –
that’s a lie. It is not a sin to be tempted – Jesus was tempted, “yet