Jesus Did It!
By: Dr. Neil Anderson
A pastor visited me a few years ago, and he was in real turmoil. "I've been struggling to live a victorious Christian life for 20 years. I know what my problem is. Colossians 3:3 says: "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.' I've been struggling all these years because I haven't died like this verse says. How do I die, Neil?"
"Dying is not your problem," I said. "Read the verse again, just a little slower."
"For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.' I know, Neil. That's my problem. I haven't died."
"Read it once again," I pressed, "just a little bit slower."
"For you have died--" and suddenly a light switched on in his understanding. "Hey, that's past tense, isn't it?"
"Absolutely. Your problem isn't dying; you're already dead. You died at salvation. No wonder you've been struggling as a Christian. You've been trying to do something that's already been done, and that's impossible. The death Paul talks about in Colossians 3:3 isn't something God expects you to do; it's something He expects you to know, accept and believe. You can't do anything to become what you already are."
Thanks to the incredible redemptive work of Christ in your life, your old self has been replaced by a new self, governed by a new nature, which was not there before (2 Corinthians 5:17). Your old self was destroyed in the death of Christ and your new self sprang to life in the resurrection of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:20-22). The new life which characterizes your new self is nothing less than the life of Jesus Christ implanted in you (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:4).
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This writing is taken from Neil's devotional book titled: Daily In Christ. We highly encourage readers to obtain a copy. There are so many treasured nuggets of revelation contained in it to help Christians grow in their relationship with Christ!
In such a condensed yet IMPACTFUL writing the above is, maybe this will help young Christians better understand something very important. God wants disciples of Jesus Christ realizing the CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE of what He accomplished for them by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All the victory we will ever truly walk in was accomplished for us at the cross by Christ's atonement. Without Christ's sacrifice on our behalf, we simply wouldn't have a New Covenant available to us. And if God hadn't provided for us a New Covenant ... then all we would STILL have available to us is the Old Covenant, which could NEVER empower us to walk in victory over sin and obedience to God! What NOW enables us to walk in victory over sin so we can walk in obedience to God is the very LIFE OF GOD inside us that is available to us by FAITH ... and by our daily determination to walk IN the POWER OF GOD instead of any and every other way. When God decreed that the "just shall live by FAITH", He truly means it ... if we want to gain victory over sin. "Live by faith" in WHAT," you might ask? FAITH in the completed work of Christ on the cross and His subsequent resurrection is where God wants to bring the Bride of Christ to her "fullness." Until He's satisfied that the Body of Christ "gets it" ... the Father will not be ready to send His Son back to earth and snatch up His Bride, because she hasn't made herself fully ready yet for the Marriage Supper Of the Lamb.
God honors our self-efforts up to a point starting out, but if you walk long enough with Jesus Christ, God will make certain that our "self efforts" to conquer sin strongholds and walk in Holy Spirit directed power will come to utter frustration and fruitlessness and failure. Why? To force us to begin tapping into the very UNLIMITED LIFE SOURCE OF POWER AVAILABLE TO US - " God's sin killing power in us, our ONLY LASTING - SURE - TRUE HOPE of glory!" - Norm Rasmussen
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