Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:10-17
The self is the fallen nature of man. It is the life that robbed God of his place in man in the Garden of Eden by the choice of Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God. God created the body of man from the dust and breathed in him His breath (His life), which is the image of God. When man listened to the serpent instead of God, the life of God departed from man and he died. Since the image of God that man carried wasn’t physical, the death of this image was also not physical yet it was very real and the consequences very devastating. The nature of sin, a nature in opposition to God, took over man. Man became an enemy of God. The self-nature is an enemy of God and it is not subject to God’s words and even if it desires to be, it cannot. (Romans 8:7, 8)
It is by this self-nature Adam begot his seeds, hence, every descendent of Adam is by birth, a fallen man. Everyone born of a woman is born with this fallen nature, a nature that opposes God. It is this nature that makes it difficult for man to live a consistently victorious holy life. Your inability to keep your righteous resolves every time you make them is due to this fallen nature. Your continuously rising and falling into sin is because of this inner traitor.
However, since this wasn’t God’s initial plan, God in His mercy decided to bring man again to Himself. Man’s body must be evacuated of the self-life and in exchange the resurrected life of Christ must possess man’s body. The only way this exchange can take place is by evacuation through death.
This is the purpose why Christ came and went to the Cross; that He might destroy through His flesh, the human nature. As it is written, “For God took the sinless Christ and poured into Him our sins. Then, in exchange, He poured God’s goodness into us! (2 Cor. 5:21) (LB) The sinless Christ was made sin for you and I, so that, just as through the disobedience of one man (Adam), all men became sinners, so also through the obedience of one man (Jesus) righteousness will be imputed to all who believe. (Rm. 5:12-19) Christ took the nature of sin —our nature —to the Cross and destroyed it
there. Verse 14 of our scriptural reference states that, “We died there with Him, for we all were in Him. Only those
who believe in this death and accept this exchange of life are saved from the slavery of sin.”
Beloved in the Lord, you must see in your spirit your death with Christ on the Cross of Calvary; it must become a reality for you to have your total deliverance. It is revelation that gives you victories in life. May God open your heart to see this in Jesus’ name. To be continued tomorrow!
Phil 1: 18b-26; Ps 42: 2. 3. 5cdefg; (R. 3ab); Accl Mt 11:29ab; Lk 14: 1. 7-11
- Thank you Father for Your word to me this day.
2 Open my eyes Lord that I may see who I really am inside.
3 Give me a revelation of the freedom earned for me at the Cross by Your Son Jesus Christ.
4 Dispose of me as You please; I am Yours by having consecrated my will to You. It is no longer my own.
5 Grant me insight into Your word and grant men all over the world understanding of who Your Son Jesus Christ is to them.
Exercise: Study Colossians 1:1-23 meditatively.
Memory Verse: Col. 1:16