“10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.” Romans 8:10-11
Being born again, born of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus…the Holy Spirit, this mortal coil of which we dwell is dead and dying because of sin but our spirit is alive unto God.
Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of our sin which is death and break the power of sin. Adam’s fall afforded all of mankind eternal death. Having turned from God in unbelief, Adam ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and brought death unto all who are born of water (natural child birth).
Even as our hair turns gray, our eyes grow dim and our mortal body decays, our spirit which is quickened and alive unto God flourishes. The joy down deep in our soul begins to rise up as we hear of the One in Whom we have believed. As His Name is lifted up before us, the Name above all Names, there is a stirring that we just can’t contain. At times we may weep. While at other times we may shout for joy. No matter the case, we know in Whom we have believed and we are persuaded He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him. THIS is what JESUS CHRIST afforded us at Calvary…life and life more abundantly; prosperity and health even as our soul prospers.
This quickening of the Holy Spirit Who dwells in us because we are now born again, the world does not understand. With their carnal minds (and sometimes our own carnal minds), others can’t comprehend the life which we now live we are literally living by faith in the Son of God. So many forever seek this knowledge intellectually but will never come to the Truth until they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
Sure, they may in fact know the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The devil himself ‘knows’ the Gospel…it was then and there that he was made a show as death and hell was utterly defeated. However, these who know the Gospel but have yet to submit to Jesus as Lord, cannot understand being spiritually alive unto God. Death has an entirely knew meaning.
A friend of mine asked not too long ago about when do you start and stop living, or something to that nature. Some answered when you stop learning. Others replied with a simple ‘never’ and in between there were many philosophical answers. My answer was pretty simple yet I knew not all would understand. We are born dead and dying. We are born spiritually dead unto God in a decaying flesh that will one day die.
Knowledge is knowing what you don’t know. Ignorance is not knowing what you don’t know. Many know they don’t know this great Truth…they’re not ignorant but continually seeking other methods vainly attempting to learn.
“20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
21 I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:20-21
Coming to this knowledge, to this understanding of living by the faith of the Son of God, Who He is and what He did, can only be found after self is denied and the Cross of Christ embraced for all that we need for life and living.
There is life and life more abundantly in the Cross of Christ Jesus. His Death was not in vain but many of our religious works are…seek Him. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren