Redeemed

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, —2 Corinthians 5:21

Sin is a fundamental relationship— it is not wrong doing, but wrong being— it is deliberate and determined independence from God. The Christian faith bases everything on the extreme, self-confident nature of sin. Other faiths deal with sins— the Bible alone deals with sin. The first thing Jesus Christ confronted in people was the heredity of sin, and it is because we have ignored this in our presentation of the gospel that the message of the gospel has lost its sting and its explosive power.

When a surgeon operates on a patient the primary goal is not to stop the symptoms of the illness it is to remove the source of the illness. In the same way Jesus did not come to deal with sins the symptons, He came to deal with the source of sin. It is revealed throughout the Bible that He deliberately took on His own shoulders, and endured in His own body, the complete, cumulative sin of the human race. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us…” and by so doing He placed salvation for the entire human race solely on the basis of redemption. Jesus Christ reconciled the human race, putting it back to where God designed it to be.*

The penalty for sin was paid. A clearing of the slate, accounts balanced, our sins and the sins of our fathers and forefathers no longer separating us from a holy God. We were redeemed.

But what then? It is one thing to understand and grasp this truth but it is entirely another thing to see it working  in our lives. Evidence of the proclamation in 2Corinthians 5:17 ” If any man or woman is in Christ the old is gone the new has come.”

Recently I was talking with friends about this dilemma. If everything that is necessary has been provided for us to  become more Christ-like why aren’t we? In Galatians 5:16 We read,

“So I say,  live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

What does it mean to live by the Spirit? A diagnosis of our human condition was made (Romans 3:23) and Christ came to provide the cure (John 3:16).  Just as the surgeon follows a diagnosis that leads to a procedure to provide a cure, living by the Spirit is that cure for our spiritual condition.

But how does that happen? I believe first we have to examine what living by the Spirit looks like. Live in this application is not static. We are not  waiting for the miraculous to happen in reference to 2nd Corinthians 5:17 “all things new”.

To live by the Spirit is to pursue the things of the Spirit. Being that (although we still have a choice to “do” the things of the flesh), supersedes doing. It is the difference between “will not” and “do not”.  It is not the need to only walk by the Spirit and also not gratify my desires. It is a command to walk by the Spirit a command that frankly we can only obey as the Spirit gives us the desire and power — and then obeying that command and walking, living out our day to day lives by the enabling power the Spirit of grace supplies. Then and only then will we be enabled to not carry out the desires of the flesh but live empowered by the Spirit.

There is much more that could be said concerning this command to “live by the Spirit”. I believe as we begin to earnestly pursue the One who took away the power of sin He will reveal all we need to know. Start today.

Peace

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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