From Sin’s Power - Part III of VIII
Independent-Self, Or A Self That Is Dependent Upon the Indwelling Lord
The Self of all selves is Great I Am. He is the genuine independent self. He is in the believer, but He cannot be Himself fully within us if we remain as a rival “self”, living independent of Him. If there is an independent human self that counters His will to do exactly what He likes in and by me, He cannot be free. Philip. 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Yet, that is exactly what has happened by the fall of Adam,
and to thereby mankind. This first occurred with Lucifer and all those terrible
hosts of fallen angels with God, and then that fallen notion of “self as
God” was imparted into man in his fallen humanity. A rival self has entered to
rival The Self who would dwell within, and that rival self is our problem, what
we shall call the independent self. Yet so perfectly does God’s Word rightly
divide things for us that He makes things perfectly clear, that it doesn’t
mean that we lose ourselves; rather, we become our rightful selves. It’s the
wrongful self who was crucified with Christ; that our rightful self then becomes
itself as it was meant to be – in Christ. We emerge as a new self expressing
the very life of God that is in Christ as the Spirit of life within our spirit
as our new inward life and guide.
So it is not losing self. It is losing the wrong form of self that the rightful form of self may coexist with that Supreme Self. But the rightful form of self is that which becomes very small and as near a simple container can become; we must recognize our own weakness, helplessness and utter neediness.
Man’s fall to his supposed,
independent, self-godhood was a fall from his original dependent relationship with God who was mans joy, mans provision. He
had supposed that he would become as a god by eating of that tree, but actually
he gained the fallen nature of the Evil One. Man is helpless and hopelessly
poisoned against genuine righteousness by the snare of Sin.
This snare of “Sin” may only
be reversed for those who are regenerated, to be “In Christ”. Even then, he snare
is broken only for those who 1) know their place of utter
dependency upon God’s provision of Christ’s life to be within them as
their new guiding and empowering life and nature and, 2) Then take that place of
utter dependency by their submitting themselves, to trust the Christ
in them as their new guiding life.
came into the world by the creative hand of God and was made as an upright being
(Eccl 7:29). He was made as a perfect container for God to indwell, for God’s
nature to ultimately become expressed through the man that He had created. Now,
after the fall, man now is born into the world possessing the very nature of his
first “father of sorts”. Satan cannot be a real father; he has no life, only
death to give. Yet, Satan has the usurped man, standing in the place of God as
Father. At creation Adam had never had a father at all – he had only been
created by God, not born of the seed of a
father, not until the Evil One placed his corruptible seed within Adam’s
flesh body. All of mankind then was born of Sin.
gives us some light on this matter. He contrasts the “corruptible
seed” of Satan with the “incorruptible
Seed” of God, which is Christ Jesus, who is the Word. He was God and with
God from the beginning, the beginning that was before the creation account that
we see in Genesis 1:1 (John 1:1).
Being born again, not of corruptible seed
seeded parentage), but of
incorruptible (cf, spora), by
the word (Christ)
of God, which liveth and abideth for ever (Christ is the eternal Seed of
God). 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born
of God doth not commit sin; for his
(God’s) seed remaineth in him: and
he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
3:16 to Abraham and his seed were the promises
made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy
which is Christ.
this we see that a nature only comes from
the seeded life of a father, following all his progeny.
Genesis account tells us the living species that God created reproduce only “after
its kind”. We’ve all heard the sayings,
“Like father, like son” and “The
apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”; all indicating the seeded life of
the father is passed onto his progeny.
in Gal 2:20a and Rom 6:6a tells what has happened to our old corruptible self
– It is crucified with Christ. Rom 6:6 …our old man is
crucified with him Galatians
2:20 I am crucified with Christ…
then also goes on to tell us of an entirely new
self that has come to replace the old
self, in those who receive Christ; it has made the old things to be passed
away (parerchomai, put aside). 2 Cor.
5:17 Therefore if any man be
in Christ, he is a new creature (ktisis, creation):
old things are passed away (parerchomai, put aside);
behold, all things are become new (neos, regenerated).
Eph 2:1-3 Paul repeats these thoughts, while telling us exactly what kind of
spiritually seeded nature it was that had taken over man’s old
self. It is the Sin nature that all unregenerate mankind now possesses as
their primary nature. Even the Christian still possesses this Sin nature in his
flesh body, but Paul tells us it has been dealt a blow that makes it “unemployed”
or of “of no effect” upon those
Christians who have come to know and trust who they are “in Christ”.