What we need to be in Christ, we simply cannot be within ourselves. If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain. Mankind does not have the ability to overcome the powers of darkness that are against us within ourselves. Our abilities, talents, education and intellect have no power over the devil and his minions.
“For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Romans 8:2
The only spiritual law greater than the Law of Sin and Death is the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit, who superintends these spiritual laws, is not commissioned to free us from the Law of Sin and Death when our faith is placed anywhere other than the Cross of Christ. Being born of the Spirit, we are Justified.
“5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit (natural child birth, NOT water baptism), he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5-6
Buried with Christ Jesus by the baptism into His Death (Romans 6:4), we are IN Jesus and the Spirit of Life (the Holy Spirit) frees us from the Law of Sin and Death. Whether we choose to partake in this liberty we are now freely given through the Cross of Christ is another story all together. Due to religions many methods and vain philosophies, the Believer often gets swept to and fro with every wind of doctrine. The freedom from the Law of Sin and Death which the Believer is now afforded through their faith in the Cross of Christ, we unknowingly set aside for the religiosity that appeals to our flesh because it utilizes our abilities, talents, education and intellect. It is the seducing of seducing spirits; the deceit which creeps in unaware and leavens the whole lump.
“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:1-2
The life more abundantly, peace beyond all understanding and joy unspeakable are stolen by the lies of the devil as our faith becomes focused on our efforts and the storms swirling around us continually distract.
“17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18.
There are a people who are taking back what the devil has stolen. They are embracing the preaching of the Cross, the power of God, for daily living and have learned to deny themselves and partake in God’s Divine Nature. They have cast away the cares of the world and laid them at the Cross of Christ. These are a light on a hill; a peculiar people who have chosen to come out from among religion and follow Jesus.
“And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23