The Bible states in Isaiah 53 that Jesus' death on the cross gave us the opportunity to be healed and forgiven, but He gave us so much more than just that... if that were not enough.
Jesus gave Himself as a seed to be sown and we are the fruit of that seed. What we were given at the cross is a choice; a choice to live in the old (or give up our old thinking) and live in the newness of a life in Christ. Sometimes, salvation is like the end of an action movie with excitement, explosions, and much drama but most of the time it’s a simple prayer and a slight change of direction. Going to church and reading our Bible tells God we are grateful and interested in Him. Our level of commitment to the Jesus process plays a part in how quickly things change.
9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him
Letting go of the old man and his thinking is necessary for the new man to lead by Gods spirit in us.
21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
God specifically tells us that while we are learning to live in today, we don’t judge each other not even ourselves. The transformation is such that we are working in different areas of our lives and in different ways. Stay out of each other’s stuff and instead be an constant encouragement to each other. Always uplifting, blessing, praying, and encouraging each other that we may be found blameless in God’s eyes and the eyes of men.
How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
Jesus is the seed from which we were born from; now that seed is in us and is us. We sow our lives just as He did, so that others may spring forth from Christ because of our witness. We sow many things: time, caring, love, possessions and money. We sow these things not only for ourselves but for our children, our friends and family. That they may benefit from the seed left in us. Through Christ, we have the strength to put off the old man and walk in the new life of Christ.
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