And therefore when Christ was made sin and a curse for us, He underwent a grievous sweat, that in the sweat of His face we might eat bread, and that He might sanctify and sweeten all our trials to us. It is no small thing to see how the God-Man had to endure the burden of work as He was working to undo everything that Adam had done. Secondly, Jesus wore the crown a thorns during His hours of suffering. This, it seems to me, is one of the most powerful pictures of Him becoming the sin-bearing, curse-removing Second Adam.
Again, Matthew Henry wrote:. Thorns came in with sin, and were part of the curse that was the product of sin, Gen. Therefore Christ, being made a curse for us, and dying to remove the curse from us, felt the pain and smart of those thorns, nay, and binds them as a crown to him Job. One of the details about the sufferings of which we read in Scripture is that "He breathed His last" Mark God had given man "the breath of life. Jesus endured the curse of the fall to the full on the cross. Jesus died in the place of His people.
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Henry put it so well when he wrote:. Christ was really and truly dead, for he gave up the ghost; his human soul departed to the world of spirits, and left his body a breathless clod of clay. Interestingly, just as he began his sufferings in the Garden of Gethsemane, so he finished them by being buried in a Garden. A garden was the place wherein we fell, and therefore Christ made choise of a garden to begin the work of our redemption Confider him entering into the garden of Gethfemane: Into this garden no sooner was he entered, but he began to be agonized.
But Jesus did not only gave up His life physically--He also endured the full wrath of God for us. This is what many have understood the Apostle's creed to mean when we say, "He descended into Hell. Only an eternal being can satisfy the wrath of an eternal God. As Anselm explained so helpfully, "Every sin is sin against at eternal being, and even one sin against an eternal being deserves eternal punishment.
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,. How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
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Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.
Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: On account of these the wrath of God is coming. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,. But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things.
And the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel. Do not make the whole people toil up there, for they are few. And they fled before the men of Ai, and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. This does not mean we are demon possessed. It means there are weaknesses in our personality that Satan can influence at his will. I personally believe, based on many years of experience as a Christian and pastor, that the sin that lives in us has, in many instances, a personality of its own. In some cases the sin can be addressed by name "You spirit of lying" and cast from the person, with a noticeable release being experienced.
This is not always the indicated procedure, but in certain instances it is effective. Jesus Christ is waiting until His enemies have been brought under His feet. The subjugation of evil must begin with His Church, for the Church cannot serve as the light of the world when it is as bound with sin as the world is. The Holy Spirit is ready to give us the wisdom and power to bring under control, to overcome, to subjugate, to put to death, the evil deeds of our sinful nature.
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, Romans 8: So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. The source of the sin may remain in us but it can be put to death by the Spirit. If, and only if, we have been utterly faithful in following the Holy Spirit in gaining control over our sinful deeds, what remains of the source of sin in us will be removed by the power of Jesus Christ at His appearing.
Have you ever noticed that our body has a life of its own? We want to do one thing and the body wants to do another. One of the tremendous blessings we will receive at the coming of the Lord is a body that does not have in it a desire to sin. We shall receive this blessing if we have been faithful in keeping our robe clean by confessing and turning from our sins when they are pointed out to us.
Can you imagine being clothed with a body that has no sin nature? Today we are struggling with a body of sin and death. In that Day, if we have been faithful in following the Spirit of God, our old sinful nature will be gone and we will have a new body that will not resist us as we seek to live a godly life. If you can think of a greater blessing than that, I would like to know what it would be! It is the answer to Paul's prayer in the seventh chapter of the Book of Romans.
The third area of sin is that of our self-will, our determination to maintain control over our own life and destiny. Self-will is not quite the same characteristic as trust in the world for our life, or the lusts and passions of the flesh and soul. If we diligently follow the Lord, God works things around until He is holding our hand. To let go and let God is a very simple way of expressing a profound thought. It is extremely difficult because of our determination to maintain control of our own life and destiny. What is the source of this mistrust of God?
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If we are to get what we want, the serpent suggested, we have to turn away from God and do what we feel is best. I think the Charismatic church is at this crossroads today. In any case, there is a root in the human being that is determined to have its own way. This is the source of our unwillingness to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding. An unwillingness to follow the Lord is about as prevalent in the Christian churches as it is in the world.
We bring our scheming and manipulating into our Christian walk and our ministry. Self-will among Christians results in churches and denominations filled with politics and scheming for personal advancement. This appears to have been true from the first century. For I am afraid when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be.
I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. It is true today. Satan manages to destroy Christian assemblies by playing on the willingness of the believers to pursue their personal ambitions. You say this is not true in your assembly? I would like to become a member! We of the churches rail against abortion, drugs, homosexuality, and other destructive practices. Actually our greatest danger comes from outbursts of anger, divisiveness, slander, gossip, and arrogance within our own assembly.
Are you in this condition at the present time?
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Remain faithful until God releases you and you will receive the crown of life. We must be crucified with Christ and then filled with His resurrection life if we ever are to escape the curse of personal ambition. It does not matter whether we ride in the front chariot or clean up behind the horses in the royal parade. It simply does not matter at all! God is not impressed with our prominence in the Kingdom, only with our faithfulness to Him. It is not a pleasant sight to see God bringing a Christian through the death of his or her own will.
But there is no other path to the fullness of deliverance from sin that God is seeking for us. Our guilt has been forgiven. We now are without condemnation in Jesus Christ. Salvation is such deliverance. This is what salvation is. It is ignorance and folly to debate whether we can keep on sinning and still "be saved. How can we keep on sinning and yet be saved, when salvation is deliverance from sin? The spiritual experience we have had has brought us to the present hour.
It has served its purpose if we have followed Christ faithfully. That day is past. We are entering a new phase of the development of the Christian Church. One of our problems as Christians occurs when God is moving forward. Perhaps we have been at a certain level for many years. We have borne much fruit. We may have a considerable financial or ego investment in our present circumstances. Moving on with God may cause us to lose much of what we are enjoying.
In the case of a pastor it may mean leaving his church if the people are unwilling to leave their comfortable situation, their state of contentedness. God does not have too many believers, it seems, who are ready to move forward with God when it costs them dearly. I read of one older pastor who was confronted with the fact that the pre-tribulation rapture is an unscriptural doctrine.
His response was not that of a seeker of truth. It was to the effect: Once we settle down on our laurels in this manner we become as the older prophet in the Bible who led the younger prophet to his death.
If Jesus paid the price for our sin, why do we still suffer the consequences of our sin?
How many believers of today have enough iron and fire to follow Christ as He moves forward in our time? If people follow you, fine. If they do not, will you go ahead regardless? I am not speaking of crazy, radical antics that are unscriptural and unprofitable. I am referring to sober, scriptural, prayerful advancement in the Kingdom. Such is being required in our day.