Written on October 16th, 2004 - 2:57AM Last Updated: February 6th, 2007 - 3:37PM
Before one can begin to learn how to live in and with Christ, one must first die in and with Him.
For those who participate in it, the death of the Son of God brought about a complete separation from the world, the sinful nature, and the Devil.
If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, (Colossians 2:20)
There was a well-known saying in the days of the early Assembly, which Paul first wrote to the Romans (Romans 6:8), and later mentioned to Timothy:
This saying is faithful: "For if we died with him, we will also live with him. (2 Timothy 2:11)
To remain part of this world is to inherently accept its mode of operation, and authority. The one who rules the world is Satan. He was given control when Adam and Eve aligned their obedience toward him, rather than Elohim.
Death as Sin's Reward
Without sin, there is no death; death was created as the reward of sin (Genesis 2:16-17).
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in ChristJesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Therefore, to those who are without sin, there can be no death. Death was instituted as the wage or reward for sin, or "missing the mark." To sin is to separate oneself from Yahweh, and thus to separate oneself from His life.
Those that have died with Christ can not die again. Because death could not hold Him, for He was without sin, death cannot hold those who are one with Him; for those whose identity is fused with the Lord Jesus, there can never be any consciousness or punishment of sin!
As we identify completely with the Son of God we inherently receive this blessing of never dying. Because He was put to death, but came back to life, so we can never die and remain dead. We have been freed from the agony of death because our union with the Sinless One.
Just as there is no death without sin, so there is can be no imputing of sin without Law. Even though sin may exist without the presence of a Law, only through Law can there be an assignment and punishment of it. That Greek word for "imputed," ελλογειτα, comes from the Greek words for "in/on/with" and "word/matter." To impute is to put a matter in, with, or on something, as in a ledger or inscription. Sin cannot be ascribed to anyone when there is no Law.
For until the law, sin was in the world; but sin is not charged when there is no law. (Romans 5:13)
The power of Christ's death (and resurrection), is that when we identify with it, having died already, the law no longer has any power over us. The Law, as sin's authority to put to death, can ultimately kill as its harshest punishment. Once this has been carried out, there is no longer any authority in the Law to apply to the one who has died. As we have died with Christ, who was put to death without cause as He had not sinned, we, like Him, no longer answer to the Law. We are no longer under the authority of that which ascribes sin. We no longer bear the punishment that the Law prescribes, as we have already been put to death in Christ. We can die no more, therefore we can answer to the Law no more!
In this awesome union with Yahweh's Son, we are freed from the agent of Yahweh to punish sin: the Law. Now we are free to live in the liberty of His Spirit, as He intended from the beginning. Just as the Law did not apply to Adam and Eve before they disobeyed God, so it does not apply to us. We have been freed from the effects of sin, and therefore have been freed from sin's authority, the Law.
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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