“18 Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” 1 Peter 1:18-20
God’s Prescribed Order for victory over death, hell and the grave was foreordained before the foundation of the world. Whether we accept God’s Prescribed Order for our eternal Salvation (John 3:16) and dominion over our sin nature for daily living (Romans 6:14) is between us and God, the God of the Bible…not the god of this worldly system, satan, who corrupts Truth with lies in his attempt to kill, steal and destroy God’s highest creation.
Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, came to die on Calvary’s Cross to redeem fallen man. Our Redemption through the Blood of Christ, as a Lamb without blemish, affords the believing sinner eternal Salvation and the believing Saint victory over the sin that so easily besets them…THIS is God’s Prescribed Order, not some vain philosophy presented by satan’s ministers of righteousness who minister death to the Body of Christ. Let me be clear, if the pulpit is not ministering life, which is Jesus Christ as the Source and His Cross the means by which the Child of God has power over sin, they are ministering death.
The problem with the modern church is they have concluded God’s Prescribed Order for victory over our sin nature (Grace, Romans 6:14) as insufficient and presented vain philosophies for victorious Christian living. Tragically, as the defeated Saint is swept to and fro with every wind of doctrine in their many sincere attempts to overcome besetting sin, many lose their way.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
The Holy Spirit only works within the parameters of Jesus Christ and Him crucified which IS the power of God unto us who are saved (1 Corinthians 1:18). Our faith continually and exclusively in the Cross of Christ allows the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…free us from the law of sin and death. Old things fall away and all things become new as we reckon ourselves free from sin and alive unto God (Romans 6:11). Through this faith in the Cross of Christ, we can now partake in God’s Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4) and no longer be ruled by the sin nature of which we were born with due to Adam’s fall.
The unredeemed man cannot willingly yield unto God because they are ruled by satan under the law of sin and death. These vain philosophies and man made traditions presented from the pulpits for victory over sin do not have the power to free the Believer from the law of sin and death. If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid, No!
Sadly man Believers readily accept man’s way of victory and through ignorance or unbelief, they declare the Cross of Christ as insufficient. They would fervently deny such but their actions speak differently. Learn God’s Prescribed Order which was foreordained before the foundation of the world…Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else.
-Donna Clark Warren