Plug Into God's Power
Jesus Christ came to extend to you and to me something that has value and potential far beyond what we realize-- Life: the way God designed it. Life: in partnership with God, the creator of the heavens and the earth. Life: to its fullest potential.
"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." (John 20:31).
Understanding what this new life is and accepting it strengthens us with God's power. The gospel describes this new life. Moreover, Romans 1:16 says that “the gospel is the power of God." The gospel message is the power of God for our complete deliverance and wholeness.
The message of this life was sent by chosen apostles… “to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among them that are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:18
Jesus Christ told us the purpose for which he came: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Jesus Christ didn’t come to give us principles to repair our lives. He came to bring us new life, life of a different kind.
John 3:1-6 - When Jesus introduced Nicodemus to the idea of being “born again” Nicodemus misunderstood Jesus to mean a birth of the same kind. Jesus corrected Nicodemus making it clear that he was referring to a birth of a different kind, not of the flesh but of the spirit.
In the first birth, of the flesh, our means of learning is the five senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching. All of the learning of the man of the soul (Ecclesiastes 12:12, 1Corinthians 2:14) comes through one or a combination of these five senses. For example, if your favorite food has always been mom’s country stew you learned this acquired information. Originally you saw with your eyes that mom was cooking. You smelled the aroma of something that you liked. You heard your mom tell you she was making something called “stew.” Then, feeling the steam from it roll up your face you were overwhelmed with the taste of this “stew.” All five of your senses gathered information which helped you draw the conclusion that mom’s country stew is your favorite meal. This is how we have learned everything we know in the flesh.
In the second birth, of the spirit, there is a new method of learning things. We have received the spirit of God so that we can know the things of the spiritual realm. 1Corinthians 2:9-12. This is described in verse 12 as knowing “the things freely given (verb form of grace) to us of God.” What are these things that we have received from God by grace? According to verse 13 they are things spoken by Paul and taught by God. These things are the “new things” that have come through Jesus Christ, as in 2Corinthians 5:17. These are the things that we are continuously directed in God's Word to be thinking according to - the things we build our lives according to.
Jesus Christ spoke regarding words being spirit and life in John 6:63.
The flesh and the spirit are in opposition thereby making an internal conflict within each born again one. The flesh and the spirit compete for our thoughts.
“For the flesh lusteth against (desires contrary to) the Spirit, and the Spirit against (desires contrary to) the flesh: and these are contrary (antagonistic, opposed) the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would (desire).” Galatians 5:17
When we’re being led by the one, we cannot be following the other. This is why the previous verse reads: “This I say then, walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust (desire) of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16
What a great key! We are directed to “Walk in the spirit,” hence, in the realm of the spirit of God. As we are walking in the spirit, then we are not fulfilling the desire of the flesh. We cannot be doing both at the same time for they are contrary the one to the other. John 3:6: "That which is born (generated, produced, brought forth) of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born (generated, produced, brought forth) of the spirit is spirit.”
Two other translations of John 3:6 to help clarify this are:
“That which has been born out of the flesh is flesh and by nature fleshly. And that which has been born out of the Spirit, is spirit, and by nature, spiritual." Wuest
“Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit." NIV
The Bible sets the flesh and the spirit in two totally different categories. The Word of God gives us the perception to distinguish between the thoughts of the soul and the thoughts of the spirit (see Hebrews 4:12).
So now let’s look at Romans 6:11. Romans chapter 6 educates us on how to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus, and how not to. Romans 6:11 gives us our FIRST command in our foundational epistle. We are to logically conclude that through Jesus Christ our Lord we are dead unto sin, but alive unto God. According to verses 3-4 we have been baptized into Christ Jesus (completely immersed - taking on the qualities of what we were immersed in [Christ Jesus] - as in dying clothes or pickling cucumbers). As we were identified with Adam, so are we identified with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. God does not hold sin against us any longer! We died to sin through Jesus Christ’s death for us. Now we are to “reckon ourselves dead unto sin” and “alive unto God in Jesus Christ our Lord."
If we acknowledge sin in ourselves without acknowledging that Christ died for the sins of the whole world, we are in direct contradiction to God’s Word. Do we err before God? Oh, YES! But this doesn’t even need to be a question. Instead, we should ask, “Do I realize that Jesus Christ died for this sin along with all the sins of the world?” This question leads us to the transforming power of God. We died to sin through Jesus Christ! We can’t change this for the better or for the worse. This is just the way it is! And so, instead of trying to get rid of sin and problems in our lives we should confess our deliverance from sin through Jesus Christ our Lord.
"For whom He (God) did foreknow, He also did predetermine to be conformed to the image of His Son (Jesus Christ), that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." - Romans 8:29
"I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge." - 1Corinthians 1:4-5
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." - 1Corinthians 2:12
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." - Ephesians 4:13
How do we walk in the realm of the spirit? We live according to what is true in Christ rather than what the senses realm tells us. We live according to the new (different from the old) things that have come to us by Christ’s work rather than submit to the circumstances, feelings, emotions, contrary desires, etc. First we must know what the realm of the spirit consists of, and then we can practice living accordingly. The first part of that statement is the aim of the b4u2c hubs. The second part is up to us. The more we practice something the better we’ll become at it.
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