Latitude

nothing-but-jesus10 For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He lives, He lives unto God.

11 Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.

13 Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.”  Romans 6:10-14

Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we are buried with Him by baptism into His death (Romans 6:4), our old man is crucified with Him so that we should henceforth, no longer serve sin.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection:” Romans 6:5

Knowing Who Jesus is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe, there is no doubt as to His Resurrection.  Therefore we, as Believers, should reckon ourselves also to be dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ.  You see, the shed Blood of Jesus Christ is the ONLY way we are alive unto God.

Through our continued faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning work for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil after our Salvation we are able yield ourselves unto God “as those that are alive from the dead”.  The lost or those who continue to walk after the flesh are unable to yield themselves unto God because they are not giving the Holy Spirit latitude (freedom) to do that which He is commissioned to do – free us from the law of sin and death.  We are all given a free will to serve God. If we don’t willingly choose to serve the Lord through HIS plan of victory (faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified), we are not giving the Holy Spirit the freedom to do His work in our hearts and lives to become the new creature in Christ Jesus.

Would to God you could bear with me (Apostle Paul) a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.

For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.”  2 Corinthians 11:1-4.

There are religious parasites that seek after God’s Children.  They have a form of godliness but their hearts are far from him.  These parasites attempt to direct the Believer’s faith to anything other than the finished work of Jesus Christ to “gain” (not maintain) the victory we already have through the Blood of Jesus Christ.  They corrupt the simplicity that is in Christ with wisdom of words and vain philosophies.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2.

Jesus Christ and Him crucified is not a slogan.  For those who believe, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross, It is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18).

-Donna Clark Warren

 

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