The truth is glorious – clearly not of this world. May the Lord give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation to apprehend it! …Our old self was crucified with Him, and death no longer has mastery over us (Ro 6:6, 9). …by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code (7:6). …you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In Him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature (Col 2:10-11).
These truths deliver us from the lie of the sinful nature to the extent that we KNOW them, BELIEVE them, and APPLY them in accordance with the Holy Spirit. This is what James meant when he encouraged us to look intently into the mirror of God’s word (for it tells us that in Christ we are restored back into God’s image!) and then remember it and do what it says (see James 1:22-25). As Peter said, just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16).
Jesus Himself emphasized that believing actually requires putting His word into practice, literally doing the will of God. He illustrated this with the parable of the man whose house endured rain, floods and wind because he had built his house on the rock (Matt 7:21-27). The rock is the confession that Jesus is Christ, the Lord (see 16:17-18); this is a stumbling block to our natural man, for it requires humbling ourselves before God.
Living on the rock is denying the supremacy of our natural self in complete submission to God through faith in Jesus Christ, who did exactly that without fail for over thirty years on our behalf (see John 5:19; 6:38). We are progressively delivered from those natural selves and share in His glory as we serve in the new way of the Spirit (see 2Thess 2:14; 2Cor 3:18).
The Spirit graciously guides us into all truth, instructing us and teaching us as we meditate on God’s word and memorize the passages He brings to light (John 16:13; Psalm 32:8). With the praise of God in our mouths and the sword of the Spirit in our hands (Psalm 149:6, Eph 6:17), we put His word into practice by applying truth to the barrage of lies we experience each day.
When the Holy Spirit graciously convicts us, that is, when He reveals that we are living a lie, we confess and renounce the sin, speaking forth God’s word on the matter. His word thus accomplishes its purpose (Isaiah 55:11): it delivers us from our old (already crucified!) selves one action at a time, revealing Christ more fully to us and through us. The Bride is progressively purified. Hallelujah!
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, purifying us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9
Rejoicing with you in Christ our Life, your sister deanna
written March 27,2015