A REPLACED LIFE

Written by Dr. Jen
Spetember 19, 2017

When Jesus was on earth He was the perfect expression of His Father.

·      ♦  Jesus came as the Captain, or author, of our salvation to bring “many sons to glory” (Heb. 2:10).

·      ♦  We were created in the image of God to be expressions of the Father just as Jesus was.

·      ♦  We already have the kingdom within.

·      ♦  However, most believers haven’t appropriated our full inheritance.

·      ♦  Few live in the glory as a witness of God in the world.

Three levels of the Cross are available as our inheritance:

1.      Forgiven Life (sins forgiven)

2.      Replaced Life (new Spirit)

3.      Enthroned Life (greater works & glory)

    

We were created in God’s image to be containers of His Spirit and walk as Jesus walked.

·       ♦  We are vessels, servants, branches, temples with no independent life of our own

·       ♦  Unlike animals which only have biological life, we must have a spirit in us to live

The body without the spirit is dead (James 2:26).

·        ♦  We were created to be vessels, or containers, of a spirit.
 

Adam and Eve chose theTree of the Knowledge instead of the Tree of Life and their spirit was corrupted by sin

·       ♦  Anything done with the the wrong tree, or wrong spirit, as its source is not good.

·       ♦  Only God is good.

·       ♦  Only that which comes from God’s Spirit can be truly good.

·       ♦  Adam chose the wrong spirit and passed it down to his offspring.

·       ♦  We inherited a sin nature, or spirit, from Adam.

        ♦ We sin because we are sinners by nature

SIN IS A SPIRIT THAT INFECTED THE WHOLE WORLD

The whole WORLD lies under the sway of the wicked one (1 John 5:19).

You [Christ] made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the SPIRIT who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh…and were BY NATURE children of wrath (Eph. 2:1-3).

[To the Pharisees] You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do (John 8:44).

FROM ADAM

FROM CHRIST

Spirit of disobedience

Spirit of obedience

Spirit of error

Spirit of  truth

Spirit of sin

Spirit of  holiness

Spirit of death

Spirit of Life

 

Two-Fold Redemption of the Cross

In Adam, we inherited two problems: sins committed AND a wrong spirit filling us. We commit sins because we were born sinners.

1.      BLOOD: We receive forgiveness of sins committed through Jesus’ shed blood.

         In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins (Eph. 1:7).

2.      CROSS: Our second dilemma is the presence of a wrong spirit in us—a sin nature 

o   GOD’S PROMISE: “I will give you a new heart and put a NEW SPIRIT within you” (Eze. 36:26).

We need a new spirit!

·        ♦ It took the death of the Cross to give us a new spirit.

·        ♦  When Jesus died on the Cross, He took all humanity with Him (see Rom. 6:10).

We were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of LIFE. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,  knowing this, that our OLD MAN was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of SIN (Rom 6:4-6).

I have been crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20b).

·        ♦  When Jesus was raised from the dead, we were raised together with Him.            .

We were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of LIFE. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,  knowing this, that our OLD MAN was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of SIN (Rom 6:4-6).

It it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Gal. 2:20b).

We receive a complete deliverance at salvation, however…

·        ♦ Very few people appropriate FULL salvation at the time of INITIAL salvation.

·        ♦ For most of us, it takes time to discover all that Christ has provided for us.

ROMANS 6 reveals the FACT of our deliverance

[Jesus] died to sin once for ALL; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, RECKON yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts (Rom 6:10-12).

·   ♦  But we say within ourselves, “I say that, but it isn’t working well in me”!

·   ♦  “RECKON” means I say so and suppose so, but that’s different from the experience of freedom.
 

ROMANS 7 reveals the futility of trying to live the Christian life by self-effort.

·        ♦ When we try to live the Christian life by SELF- EFFORT we find we can’t.

·        ♦ The problem is trying to be Christ-like with a SIN SPIRIT in our vessel.

So I find this LAW at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; But I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members (Rom. 7:21-24).

·        ♦ Paul discovered that indwelling sin was alive and active in him and but the indwelling Christ sets him free.

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Rom.7:24-25).

DELIVERANCE comes from seeing what Jesus has already provided!

There is now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the LAW of the Spirit of life set me free from the LAW of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2).

1.      Recognize satan’s deception of  a sin spirit still living in you.  (When Christ died you died to the sin spirit.)

2.      Believe the truth that Christ’s Spirit lives in you.

3.      Trust God to make it living reality for you.

PRAYER

REPENT. Before I ask You to fill me with Christ’s Spirit, Lord, I repent of all known sin. (In an attitude of prayer, Let God search your heart.)

PRAY. I have been living a lie. I have been trying to live the Christian life with a wrong spirit dwelling in me. I can’t live the Christian life by self-effort. Only Jesus in me can live the Christian life. I give up. I’m tired of trying to live the Christian life by my own efforts. I need a new Spirit. I ask you, Jesus, to REPLACE the wrong spirit in me. I receive the deliverance already provided for me and welcome Christ’s Spirit to fill me now. Amen.