Sabaoth Spring 2022
FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER -The Eternal Purpose
The Spirit of Holiness & The Sanctification of Man Part 2: Our Freedom From Sin.
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God Section F -THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS
NO CONDEMNATION!!! With The Normal Christian Way of Life (Part 1)
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)
As we continue our look at sanctification taking into consideration (as seen in our last instalment on this series), that the main oppressor of man is sin in the heart, for hearts tainted by sin will not only oppress their owners, but will inevitably lead to oppressive systems as well. The ‘led’ (a scope which can also capture the ‘leader’ depending on where he / she lies within the ‘pyramid’ ) goes through very intense struggle because, as a believer (converted), he is trying to keep the Law, get involved in a discipline of the spirit and dedication of his / her heart to obey God and also has to contend (in this end times) with passivity and the level of de-humanization it can lead to while trying to work out the tele-guiding (that is the order of the day in the society he /she find themselves) by trying to do it through his own efforts, willpower, and determination which really is legalism. We will now continue to look at the struggle of the believer when cornered by the inherent power of the law to the point of saying (like Apostle Paul said):
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (Romans 7:24-25)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
In this first part we will look at:
- Who do this apply to?
- No Condemnation – To whom do this apply?
- Man’s Sinful Nature
- Law of Sin and Death
- Walk not according to the flesh: But according to the spirit
- What the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh
- God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh
There is no short cut to holiness; it is only developed in us as a result of our understanding the great and mighty truths the Lord has given us in His Word. Apart from the sanctification that is imputed at regeneration; it is only as we grasp these doctrines that we become a more sanctified people separated unto good works and unto God.
Not only are we freed from sin, as Paul points out, but we are freed from the Law as well. The Law does its work (condemns us), but we are no longer under Law if we are resting in Christ. Therefore, the Law does not serve any useful purpose in delivering us from sin apart from flashing the search light on it (sin) and drive us back to Christ Jesus. In this instalment we will be looking at the believer’s need to be free from the law; without being fully delivered from the law; it is impossible to know full deliverance from Sin.
Doing the bidding of the law will not be the basis of our being in God’s favour, but the evidence that we are trusting Jesus Christ, united to Him, and, thus is the basis of our qualification on the day of judgement
For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (Romans 2:13)
For it is not merely hearing the Law [read] that makes one righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be held guiltless and acquitted and justified. (Romans 2:13 AMP)
We are all sinners by nature. If God asks nothing of us, all seems to go well, but as soon as He demands something of us the occasion is provided for a grand display of our sinfulness. The main object of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ coming into this world was that He might deliver us from sin and condemnation by becoming an Offering for us – offering for sin. All the sacrificial offerings in the old testament where a fore-shadow of what “The Lamb of God” was to come into the world to do.
John who by special signs and Divine inspiration had perceived that Jesus, even in sinful flesh, was the Son of God, said of Him: Apostle Paul explains further that it is for this reason that “there is condemnation” – God sent His Son, made Him an offering for sin on our behalf:
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)
The question now is:
Who do this apply to?
Why do this apply to them?
Heavenly Father, we pray that you will quicken our body soul, will, intellect, emotions, spirit and inner man to the Scriptural ground for obtaining deliverance, which is the truth concerning our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ’s full victory at Calvary, through which we CAN BE DELIVERED FROM THE POWER OF BOTH SIN AND SATAN, Teach us that the victory won at Calvary can only be applied as there is conformity to Divine laws. O Lord, as the deceptions of Satan are recognised, and our will is set to reject them, we can, on the basis of the work of Christ at Calvary claim our deliverance from these workings of the devil in deception and possession.
For all of us who were baptised into our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ were baptised into His death. We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that just as He was raised from the dead through your glory, we too may live a new life. if we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection, for we know that our old self was crucified Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died have been freed from sin. Now if we died with our Lord and Saviour Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the death, He cannot die again; death has no longer mastery after Him, the death He died, He died to sin once for all; but life He lives, He lives to You our God. In the same way we count ourselves dead to sin, but alive to you in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Let your seed remain in us O Lord, that we may not continue to sin, for he who does what is sinful is of the devil, the devil has been sinning from the beginning. And the reason our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ appeared for us, was to destroy the devils work that no one who is born of you will continue to sin.
In the second part we will look at:
- God own Son condemned sin in the flesh
- No Condemnation!!!
- That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us
- “Bring forth fruit unto God” & “Serve in newness of spirit”
- Impartation of the Righteousness of Christ Jesus