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Sat 29 Oct 2011

  Holiness of Life in Christ

Life in the Word

                          John 6:63                                                                                         Oct. 3 , 2011

Teachers Outline

The Holiness of Life in Christ

Eph. 4:24

Introduction

  In our lead scripture tonight we read this: Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.   

  As we move forward with this lesson we will be looking at the word Holy and Holiness. We will with the help of the Holy Spirit see and learn how these word are defined in respects to God the Farther, Jesus Christ the Son, and how they are to effect the believers walk and life in Christ.

  So many in the body of Christ have drifted away from the importants of Holiness in their lives as believers, because they have believed in their hearts that holiness is something that can’t be achieved this side of heaven.

  But I would say to those who are having trouble with the thought of Holiness as part of their lives in Christ fear not, for if the Lord has call us out of darkness in to His wonderful light to be a holy people unto Himself; surely He will give us all we need to be what He has called us to be. Amen

 

The word Holiness and Holy make many believers fearful of it, because we don’t really understand what it is and what it intales in respect to God and us as believers.

  As this lesson goes forward I pray we will all receive a greater revelation of the Lord to our hearts and that as we learn of this most important aspect of our life in Christ we would more willing to embrace with our whole hearts in Christ. Amen

 

  • The Holiness of God

  Leviticus 19:2 The Lord speaking to Moses told him to: Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD (Yeh-ho vah’) your God am holy.

ye shall be holy: a separate people from all others, abstaining from all the impurity and idolatry they are cautioned against in the foregoing chapter, and observing the holy precepts expressed in this:

  The nation of Israel is God’s called out people, called out by a Holy God and to be his people they must adhere to His holiness in their lives and actions and the more holy they were, the more they would be in likeness to him.

 

For I the Lord your God am holy; in His nature, essence, originally, immutably, and perfection; In every aspect of whom He is; His Holiness is foremost.

When we speak of Holy in respect to God; to be holy is to be distinct, separate, in a class by oneself:

 

Dr. R, C. Sproul who is a Biblical theologian of our time; puts it this way; the primary meaning of holy is ‘separate.’ It comes from an ancient word that means, ‘to cut,’ or ‘to separate.’ Perhaps even more accurate would be the phrase ‘a cut above something. ’

  When we find a garment or another piece of merchandise that is outstanding, that has a superior excellence, we use the expression that it is a cut above the rest. This means the one who is holy is uniquely holy, with no rivals or competition.

 

  When the bible calls God holy it means primarily that God is transcendentally separate. He is far above and beyond us that He seems almost totally foreign to us. To be holy is to be “other’ to be different in a special way.

Exo 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

1Sa 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

Psa 86:8-10 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works. 9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. 10For thou art great and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.  (See also Ps.99:1-3; Isa.40:25; 57:15).

  When we speak of God we compile a list qualities and characteristic that we call His attributes, things like He is a Spirit’ He is Love, He is just, merciful, gracious, many more. We have had the tendency to couple His holiness as one attribute among many.

  When the word holy is applied to God, it does not signify one single attribute. But it encompasses all that He is; He is Holy in his love, He is Holy justice; Holy in His mercy, Holy in His grace, in all that He is He is HOLY LORD GOD Almighty. Amen

 

  • The Holiness of Jesus Christ

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

  Throughout Jesus ministry on earth he was recognized as the holy one of God many times, it was clear that He was not just an ordinary person, this was the Son of God and he is holy even as His Father is holy. Even the evil spirits recognized Him and said they knew who he was, the holy one of God Mark 1:24: Luke 4:34.

  The things Jesus said and did marked Him out as one that stood head and shoulders above others. Peter being a fisherman was blown away when he obeyed Jesus instruction about fishing Luke 5:4-8.

Verse 8 tell us; When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

 

Strong’s

The word O Lord is: kurios (koo'-ree-os) From κῦρος kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title): - God, Lord, master, Sir. Strong’s

 

kurios Thayer Definition:

1) he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord

1a) the possessor and disposer of a thing

1a1) the owner; one who has control of the person, the master

1a2) in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor

1b) is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master

1c) this title is given to: God, the Messiah

Isa 6:3  And one criedH7121 untoH413 (H2088) another,H2088 and said,H559 Holy,H6918 holy,H6918 holy,H6918 is the LORDH3068 of hosts:H6635 the wholeH3605 earthH776 is fullH4393 of his glory.H3519

yehôvâh yeh-ho-vaw'  From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: - Jehovah, the Lord.

  Compare H3050, H3069.Isa 6:11  Then saidH559 I, Lord,H136 how long?H5704 H4970 And he answered,H559 UntilH5704 H834 the citiesH5892 be wastedH7582 withoutH4480 H369 inhabitant,H3427 and the housesH1004 withoutH4480 H369 man,H120 and the landH127 be utterlyH8077 desolate,H7582

 

'ădônây - ad-o-noy' An emphatic form of H113; the Lord (used as a proper name of God only): - (my) Lord.

ad-o-noy' An emphatic form of H113; the Lord (used as a proper name of God only): - (my) Lord.

 

  This same word was translated from Hebrew 'ădônây to Greek as kurios in Luke 5:8 kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority,

Because of what had happen to Peter in this fishing experience he saw something in Jesus he never saw before, He was standing in the present of the The Holy One, kurios ('ădônây).

 

  • The Believers Holiness

  Luke 1:73  The oath which he swore to our father Abraham, 74  That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, Luke 1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  

 

In Luke 1:75 the word righteousness speaks of in the Greek dikaiosunē

dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay From G1342; equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification: - righteousness.

 

The word holiness (hosiotēs) in this same verse speaks of 1) piety towards God, fidelity in observing the obligations of piety, holiness. The same two words in our lead scripture Eph. 4:24 carry the very same meanings.

 

These two words holiness and righteous, mark two aspects of the same condition. They should not be separated from each other.

Holiness speaks of character and righteousness speaks of conduct. It like the words root and fruit, you can’t have one without the other.

 

So as we read our lead scripture what is it saying to us? Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  

  The Holiness of Life in Christ that we are as believer to live after the character and righteousness of our God in Christ. We are to be holy as he is holy, we are to take on and grow in the Divine image and likeness of our God through the word of life and the Holy Spirit.

The scripture tells us we have been made partakers of the Divine nature in Christ 2 Peter 1:4

  Holiness and Righteousness are not meant to be hard things to those who believe, they are meant to be embraced in Christ Jesus our Lord. Let us who believe put on the character of Christ conduct and the behavior of Christ righteous. 

 

For we are crucified with Christ, never the less I live, yet not I but Christ live in me and the life I now life I live by the faith of the Son of God. Amen



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Sat 29 Oct 2011

  Righteousness of Life in Christ

j0216558[1]Life in the Word

                          John 6:63                                                                                         Sept. 27, 2011

Teachers Outline

The Righteousness of Life in Christ Jesus

2 Corinthians 5:21

Introduction 

 

I had a friend tell me a story a wile back about a friend that lived near by, This friend would help him and his family every once in a wile. So my friend found out that this person who was helping him out needed some repair work done, so my friend offered to do the work.

 

After he had completed the work, the gentlemen offered him some money for the work, my friend said no that’s ok, because this gentlemen had helped him out in a time of need, so he through it was only right to return the favor. The gentlemen got really upset with my friend because he would not receive payment for what he done. They did finally work thing out in the.

 

 The reason I shared this with you is because so many have trouble receiving a free gift from someone, with out feeling they have to do something in return to pay for the gift received.

 

I would like to share with you to night about a gift that was given to us all, to all of humanity. This gift was God the Fathers gift to us all, His Son Jesus Christ. And through the gift of His Son came a right standing with God the Father that we could not have had with out the free gift of Christ Jesus our Lord and his sacrifice for us all on the cross. Amen

 

  • The Righteousness of God

  2 Co 5:21 For he (God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

He God made him Jesus sin, who knew no sin (he who was innocent) without spot the sinless Lamb of God. John the baptizer said when he saw Jesus coming towards him as he was baptizing others, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world John 1:29

 

  • The Law of God

 

If we go back into the Old testament, back into the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers and look at the system of the sacrificial offering we would see that animals that were use had to be of the first born of the flock, they had to be the very best and they had to be with out spot, meaning they could be damaged in any way.

 

Lev 9:1-4  And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; 2  And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD. 3  And unto the children of Israel thou shalt speak, saying, Take ye a kid of the goats for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a burnt offering; 4  Also a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meat offering mingled with oil: for to day the LORD will appear unto you.

 

All this pointed forward to the time of the coming of Christ the Lamb of God, who would take away the sins of the world. Amen Jesus was the spotless one, he who had no sin, came to take the sin of the world upon himself, he came to take upon himself the righteous judgment of God for the sins of all humanity.

 

We can read in Lev. 9 what God required for the sacrifices for sin, it was the first lings of the flock. It says in the New Testament that Jesus was the first born of many brethren Romans 8:29.

 

 Rom 8:2-4 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 

Verse 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh,

 

What is it that the Law, the Law of sacrificial offerings could not do?

 

It could not take away the sin nature of man, it could not deal with the spirit of man, it could only deal with external manifestations of sin not the root cause which was within.  All it could do year after year through sacrifices was to cover the person who had committed sins.

 

Galatians 3:21 true righteousness could not come by the Law of God, the Law was given to show our unrighteousness before God.

 

Gal 3:19 tells us; Gal 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

 

Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

 

The law was given as a schoolmaster to show us our need for a savior and point us to Christ.

 

  • Justified by Faith.

 

Gal 3:24b that we might be justified by faith. Made right with God through faith in Christ.

 

Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words says this of the word Justified and justification;

 

(a) "to show to be right or righteous;" in the Passive Voice, to be justified, Mat 11:19; Luk 7:35; Rom 3:4; 1Ti 3:16;

(b) "to declare to be righteous, to pronounce righteous,"

 

Ideally the complete fulfillment of the law of God would provide a basis of "justification" in His sight, Rom 2:13. But no such case has occurred in mere human experience, and therefore no one can be "justified" on this ground, Rom 3:9-20; Gal 2:16; 3:10, 11; 5:4.

 

 Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through  faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

 

Verse 26  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

"Being justified" is in the present continuous tense, indicating the constant process of "justification" in the succession of those who believe and are "justified."

 

In Rom 8:1, "justification" is presented as "no condemnation."  "justification" being the legal and formal acquittal from guilt by God as Judge, the pronouncement of the sinner as righteous, who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • Made the Righteousness of God in Christ

 

  2 Co 5:21 For he (God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

The Father (God) layed upon the Son (Jesus) the judgment for the sins of the world; the punishment that by right of the Law of God should have been layed upon us; He (Jesus Christ) took for us upon Himself. That we would have right standing with God again.

 

Rom 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Rom 3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Rom 3:26  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

“To All who have believed upon Christ Jesus by faith; We are Justified and Righteous in the sight of God”

                                                                           Amen



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Sat 29 Oct 2011

  Newness of Life in Christ Jesus

j0216558[1]Life in the Word                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tuesday, September 20, 2011

               John 6:63

 

The  Newness  of  Life  in  Christ  Jesus

(Romans 6:4)                    Teacher’s Outline

 

Introduction

            As we left off last Tuesday we ended with the word of life about being baptized into Christ death and being raised up in Newness of Life in His resurrection   Romans 6:4 – 8.

            As we move forward this week we need to take a look at how we were brought into this newness of life in Christ once we believed. I want to take us back to the very beginning of mans being, at the beginning of his creation    Genesis 2:7.

 

 

  • Then God Said

Genesis  1:26  And God said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.   27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

  • The Breath of Life

Genesis  2:7   And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

  It tells us here in this verse that God (el·ō·hēm') in the original text which is a uniplural noun meaning more than one, I believe it speaks of three (3).   Speaking of the Godhead:  Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit who were involved in the whole of creation including the creation of Adam, which means man.

  Here we see man being formed from the dust of the ground and then we see God breathing into the nostrils of man the breath of life and man became a living soul.

  The word breath in Genesis 2:7  is from the Hebrew word

(nesh-aw-maw) which speaks of the breath of life given by God, it speaks of the spirit of man which God breath into him and he became a living soul.

 

Job 33:4   The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life

 

Proverbs 20:27   The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

 

John 1:1 – 4    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 The same was in the beginning with God.  3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4   In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.

In the beginning man was created and given the Life of God as God breathed into him life and man became a living soul. Amen

 

            Genesis chapter 3 speaks to us of the falls of man in the garden, that which God had given to man the breath of life, the spirit of man was now tainted with sin, and the Lord God put them out of the garden. And this sin was passed unto us all. Amen

 

  • The promise of God   - - -   A New Heart and a New spirit

 

Ezekiel  36:26    A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  27    And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

 

            A new heart and a new spirit will I give says the Lord.  I will take away the heart of stone the one that had been tainted by sin and disobedience, the one that run contrary to my through and my ways.   The heart of sin, the one that has been hardened by the fallen nature, through the fall.

 

            This is such a wonderful word for all of us that even as we were still dead in our trespasses and sins the Lord our God speaks this promise not to the nation of Israel only, but to all His chose people of whom we are part. Amen

Not only will we receive a new heart and a new spirit, but verse 27 tells us He will put His Spirit with in us.

He just doesn’t give us a new beginning, but the enablement to live out the Newness of life by the Holy Spirit with in us. 

It goes on in verse 27 to say His Spirit causes us to walk in His statutes and His commandments.

 

How did we receive this most precious gift of a new heart and a new spirit?

 

  • The breath of Life in Christ Jesus    John  20:19 – 22

 

            This time period is on the day of Jesus resurrection and He come to his disciples in the house where they were hiding for fear of the Jews.  As he came and stood in there midst and said to them peace be with you.  verse 19

 

            Then He showed them his hands and side and they were Happy.  He again said is verse 21 Peace to you!  I think he was trying to get a point across to them to calm down and fear not.  Them he said as my Father has sent Me even so I send you.

 

  • Born Again to Newness of Life

John 20:22    And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

 

            I want to read a couple of commentaries on this verse of scripture to help us get a hold on what is being said in this verse.  I can’t copy them to my notes because I don’t have copyright permission so I will just read from the source.

 

            Source one the Spirit-filled Bible and source two is a book written by Watchman Nee on Communion with the Holy Spirit.

 

            If we understand that before the cross no one could have been born again because the work of the cross had not yet been completed.  But after the Cross the day of His resurrection the work is completed, Jesus goes right to His beloved disciples and breaths upon them the breath of new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit enter in to them and they receive that new heart and new spirit by the operation of God by the Holy Spirit.

 

2 Corinthians  5:17    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.

Isaiah  11:2

Colossians  2:11-12    In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

 

Galatians  6:14    But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.  15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.  16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

We have become a new creature in Christ, our stony heart and spirit have been removed and replaced with a new heart and spirit by the operation of the Spirit of God.

We have received the breath of the life of God our creator again.  And now we can walk out our newness of Life in Christ Jesus in the power and guidance of the Spirit of God who dwells with in us to enable us to walk in the statutes and commandment of our God written upon our hearts.

 

 

                                                                                                                          We can now walk in the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus

Romans 8:2

 

God be praised.

AMEN



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Sat 29 Oct 2011

  Newness of Life in Christ Jesus

\"\\"j0216558[1]\\"\"Life in the Word                                                                                                                                                                              Tuesday, September 20, 2011

               John 6:63

 

The  Newness  of  Life  in  Christ  Jesus

(Romans 6:4)                    Teacher’s Outline

 

Introduction

            As we left off last Tuesday we ended with the word of life about being baptized into Christ death and being raised up in Newness of Life in His resurrection   Romans 6:4 – 8.

            As we move forward this week we need to take a look at how we were brought into this newness of life in Christ once we believed. I want to take us back to the very beginning of mans being, at the beginning of his creation    Genesis 2:7.

 

 

  • Then God Said

Genesis  1:26  And God said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.   27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

  • The Breath of Life

Genesis  2:7   And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

  It tells us here in this verse that God (el·ō·hēm') in the original text which is a uniplural noun meaning more than one, I believe it speaks of three (3).   Speaking of the Godhead:  Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit who were involved in the whole of creation including the creation of Adam, which means man.

  Here we see man being formed from the dust of the ground and then we see God breathing into the nostrils of man the breath of life and man became a living soul.

  The word breath in Genesis 2:7  is from the Hebrew word

(nesh-aw-maw) which speaks of the breath of life given by God, it speaks of the spirit of man which God breath into him and he became a living soul.

 

Job 33:4   The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life

 

Proverbs 20:27   The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

 

John 1:1 – 4    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 The same was in the beginning with God.  3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

It goes on in verse 27 to say His Spirit causes us to walk in His statutes and His commandments.

How did we receive this most precious gift of a new heart and a new spirit?

 

  • The breath of Life in Christ Jesus    John  20:19 – 22

 

            This time period is on the day of Jesus resurrection and He come to his disciples in the house where they were hiding for fear of the Jews.  As he came and stood in there midst and said to them peace be with you.  verse 19

 

            Then He showed them his hands and side and they were Happy.  He again said is verse 21 Peace to you!  I think he was trying to get a point across to them to calm down and fear not.  Them he said as my Father has sent Me even so I send you.

 

  • Born Again to Newness of Life

John 20:22    And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

 

            I want to read a couple of commentaries on this verse of scripture to help us get a hold on what is being said in this verse.  I can’t copy them to my notes because I don’t have copyright permission so I will just read from the source.

 

            Source one the Spirit-filled Bible and source two is a book written by Watchman Nee on Communion with the Holy Spirit.

 

            If we understand that before the cross no one could have been born again because the work of the cross had not yet been completed.  But after the Cross the day of His resurrection the work is completed, Jesus goes right to His beloved disciples and breaths upon them the breath of new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit enter in to them and they receive that new heart and new spirit by the operation of God by the Holy Spirit.

We have received the breath of the life of God our creator again.  And now we can walk out our newness of Life in Christ Jesus in the power and guidance of the Spirit of God who dwells with in us to enable us to walk in the statutes and commandment of our God written upon our hearts.

 

 

                                                                                                                          We can now walk in the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus

Romans 8:2

 

God be praised.

AMEN



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Wed 28 Sep 2011

  I am Crusified with Christ

j0216558[1]Life in the Word                                                    Sept. 13, 2011

              John 6:63                                                                                

 

I am Crucified with Christ

Teachers outline

Introduction

 

Most of us know that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.

 

1Cor. 15:3-6 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

 

Isa 53:5. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 

Most of us have a good knowledge that this is a fact of the word of God that Christ took my sins upon himself on the cross and paid the price I could not have paid in and of myself. Amen

 

We as believers have pretty much accepted this fact by faith, but when it come to knowing how much was done for us in Christ there are many that lack understanding or true revelation knowledge in many areas. Because of this lack of revelation many have much difficulty in there walk as believers.

 

One area I would like us to look into is what happen when Jesus went to the Cross? Many would say well He died for our sins and that is a correct statement. But was there more that happened at the Cross?

 

The apostle Paul brings up some very important revelatory words in regards to this issue in the believer life. Let’s go to Galatians 2:20 to start.

 

The Apostle Paul brings out in Galatians 2:20 when he says that he was crucified with Christ and if he was then we must have been also.

We have knowledge of what it says there, but for most the reality of the revelatory experience seems to escape us in our daily walk in Christ.

 

There is a freedom in knowing the truth that can come from knowing the revelation that is in the Words of Life. Jesus said the Words I speak they are Spirit and they are Life John6:63.

 

Jesus said this in;John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  Kjv.

 

The Message Bible says it this way; John 8:31-32 Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. "If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. 32 Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you."

John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.

 

vI am Crucified with Christ Galatians 2:20

 

 

The Apostle Paul said this speaking to a group of Jewish believers in;Gal 2:20 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. Kjv.

 

Paul in this portion of scripture is speaking to those who are Jewish and had a knowledge of the Law of God and how difficult it was to try to live a righteous life under the Law of God

 

Lets look at the context of what Paul is saying in Message Bible

 

Gal 2:15-21 We Jews know that we have no advantage of birth over "non-Jewish sinners." 16 We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ.

How do we know? We tried it--and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good.

 

Verse 17 Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren't perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous.

 

Verse 18 If I was "trying to be good," I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan. 19  What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn't work. So I quit being a "law man" so that I could be God's man.

 

Gal 2:20 Christ's life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not "mine," but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

 

Gal 2:21 I am not going to go back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God's grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.

 

There are two questions I would like to bring up in regards to this scripture Galatians 2:20 at this time.

 

1. What does it mean to us to have been crucified with and in Christ?

 

2. How does it apply to my life now in Christ?

 

I believe as we focus with a prayerful heart, that we will see theses truths in a greater depth of understanding and the realty of theses truths taking effect in each one of our lives in Christ.

 

 

Know Ye Not; Romans 6:3-7

 

Rom 6:3-7 Know ye not, that so many of us as were (baptize) into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Kjv.

 

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

5 For if we have been planted togetherin the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

 

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him,that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

 

In this portion of scripture Paul is speaking of the baptism of those who have believed on Jesus Christ. He is using such words as; baptized; baptism; planted together with; crucified with.

 

I would like to take some time to break down some of these words to help us to gain a better understanding and revelation through the Holy Spirit as to how much was really done for us in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

There is a song we sing and part of it goes like this; will never know how much it cost to see Jesus on the Cross. I believe that there are some things we don’t know about the cross, but I also believe the Lord would have us as believers to come to the revelation of what really took place in Christ for us all.

 Baptized into Christ Jesus death Romans 6:3-7

 

Verse 3 tells us that we were baptized into Christ death.

 

The word baptized in the original language means:Greek (bap-tid'-zo) From a derivative of G911; to make whelmed (that is, fully wet);used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism: - Baptist, baptize, wash.

Buried with Christ

 

Verse 4 saysTherefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:The word baptism here in verse 4 carries a different definition.

 

In the Greek it is: (baptisma)"baptism," consisting of the processes of immersion, submersion and emergence (from bapto, "to dip").

 

The clearest example that shows the meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C.

 

It is a recipe for making pickles and is helpful because it uses both words. Nicander says that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be 'dipped' (baptô) into boiling water and then 'baptized' (baptizô) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in a solution.

 

But the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptizing the vegetable, produces a permanent change.

 Planted together in Christ

 

Verse 5 say we were planted together in the likeness of His death.

 

Thayer Definition: Planted together with; Greek sumphutos 1) born together with, of joint origin 1a) connate, congenital, innate, implanted by birth or nature 2) grown together, united with3) kindred

 

Likeness;homoiōma 1) that which has been made after the likeness of something 1a) a figure, image, likeness, representation

1b) likeness, i.e. resemblance, such as amounts almost to equality or identity

This speaks to me of a spiritual transfer that took place as we were baptized into Christ death by faith and raised up with Him in resurrection, there was a putting to death of our old nature through Christ death and we became partakers of the nature in Christ.

 

Baptism is expressed in the process of planting as well. When the seed is placed under the earth, it undergoes a shedding of the exterior skin so that the life within can be produced. It then rises from the ground, a wonderful new creation.

 

We have been resin with Christ as a new creation in Him. 2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

We no longer focus on meaningless external things (the old nature), but have our relationship to God which is of the heart and we are to see things in a new light in life in Christ.

 

 It is no longer I who live but Christ that lives in and through me.

Crucified With Christ

 

Another word we need to look at is the word Crucified in the beginning of verse 6 it saysknowing this, that our old manis crucified with him,

 

Thayer Definition:Is crucified withGreek:soos-tow-ro'-oFrom G4862 and G4717; to impale in company with (literally or figuratively): - crucify with.

 

The reality of this word Crucified or impale in company with speaks to us of our death to sin and the judgment of God that was against us before coming to Christ.

 

We have been crucified with Him that we as He was are now raised up in Newness of life in Him. It is no longer I that Live, but the Life of Christ lives in and through me. And it was all done for me because of His love for me.

 

" The experience of those who were in the ark at the time of the Flood was a figure or type of the facts of spiritual death, burial, and resurrection, Christian "baptism" being  "a corresponding type," a "like figure," 1Pe 3:18-21.

 

18  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, butquickened by the Spirit: 19  By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

1Pe 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh,but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

A New Life is Ours in Christ

 

We no longer have to live in the old life, we have been brought into our new life in Christ by faith, in what Jesus Christ  has done and completed for us.

 

So we are complete in Him Col 2:10-14 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

12  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Kjv.

 

The Message bible; Col 2:10-14 When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything. 11  Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It's not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you're already in--insiders--not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin. 12  If it's an initiation ritual you're after, you've already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. 13  When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive--right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven,

Col 2:14  the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ's Cross.

 

For I am Crucified with Christ never the less I live, yet not I but Christ Lives in me, and the life I now live I live in the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

I am now free in Christ Jesus and now walk in the liberty were with Christ has made me free. Amen



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Sun 4 Sep 2011

  Life in the Word

Life In The Word
     John 6:63

“A place of interactive learning for daily living”
In the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus
Romans 8:2

Class Schedule: From Sept. 13th thru Nov. 29th
Time: Tues. Evenings 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: River Valley Christian Center
12, East View Drive
Farmington, Ct. 06032-1230
Web. www.come2rivervalley.org
Phone: 860-676-0896

Series
The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Rm.8:2

Subjects for this series
The Crucified life in Christ Gal. 2:20; The Newness of life in Christ Rom. 6:4; The Righteousness of life in Christ 2 Cor. 5:21;
The Holiness of Life in Christ 1 Cor. 6:11; The life of Grace in Christ Eph. 1:7;
The Victorious Life in Christ 1 John 4:4; The Love of Life in Christ John 13:34-35; The Empowered Life in Christ Acts 1:8;
 The Manifestation of Life in Christ 1 Cor. 11:1;
The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Rom. 8:2; The Liberty of Life in Christ Luke 4:18

This will also be a time of continued learning on hearing the voice of the Spirit and the Word through journaling and sharing.
 

Refreshment will be available



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Fri 8 Jul 2011

  Walking in His Grace

 Good Morning everyone what a glorious day to be in the Lord, it is a day of blessing where we get to experience new challenges and learn to apply the grace of God that we have been given for this day amen.

 2 Corinthins 12:9 The Apostle Paul receives a revelation of the Grace of God for His life and calling in Christ, I want to call it a revelation through experience in Christ, the Apostle Paul had many challenges through out his walk and ministry in Christ, but God's grace in Christ was there for him in each one and it was this Grace of the Lord that carried him through.

 Let us look at the example that is set before us and know in our hearts that this same Grace is with us each and every day if we will avail ourselves to it in Christ.

 2Co 12:9  But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!  AMP Bible

It is my prayer the the grace of our God would flow towards and in you to carry you through all that He has appointed you to do and say in Jesus Name.

 This is the day He has made rejoice and be glad in it. God bless

 Ps come and worship with us this weekend at R.V.C.C. Love in Christ  bro. Art



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Tue 5 Jul 2011

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Tue 5 Jul 2011

  Arthur_Johnson is doing vacation at home, and relaxing.



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Fri 26 Jun 2009

  Suffering And The Glory of God

Suffering And The Glory of God

 

 The Glory revealed in us Rms. 8:18

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 

Paul did not say that this glory would be revealed "to us" but rather "in us." The complete glory of God that Christians dream of receiving in eternity is already in us here on this earth!

 

Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 2:14, "he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."

 

1 Peter 5:1, Peter said he was a (present tense) partaker of this glory which shall be (future tense) revealed. This glory was in Peter and was going to be brought to completeness in the future.

 

Paul also prayed for the Eph.1:17,18 that the Lord would grant them the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him so they would see the glory of His inheritance which was already in the saints.

 

And what is this Glory that is being revealed ? 

 

 

Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

 

What we are going through in our suffering with Christ cannot be compared with this glory of Christ in us and it being revealed through us, 2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

 

For he is taking us from  glory to glory. 2Co 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Amen

 

Our Hope of Future deliverance Rms.819-25

Rom 8:19-25  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

 

When Adam fell in the garden all of creation was made subject to the fall not just man alone, not only did man come under the curse, but it say that God cursed the ground Gen.3:17. All of creation on the earth was brought under the curse because of sin.

 

But thanks to God in Christ the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

 

And not only they, but we will be delivered from this corrupt body that we are now living in. Paul said in the previous chapter Rms. 7:24,25 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

In verse 25 here in Rms. 8 it says we wait in hope with patience for it. We can wait in hope because we know the truth and believe the promise of God and His word.

 

1Co 15:51-54  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. Our deliverance is assured amen.

 

 

 

 

 The Spirit itself makes intercession for us Rms.8:26-28

Rom 8:26-28  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

The word "likewise" is stressing that in the same way that hope helps us to endure until the redemption of our bodies (v. 23), so the Holy Spirit helps us through the frailties of our flesh by interceding for us.

 

In the area of the Spirit praying for us there is a word here that helps us to understand how the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. 

 

That word is the word (helpth) in the KJV. This word "helpeth" in the Greek is the Greek word "sunantilambanomai" Which carries the meaning "to take hold of opposite together; i.e. cooperate (assist)."  It describes a union, not the Holy Spirit doing all the interceding for us.

 

As we are come together with the Spirit, He will help us to pray, because we don‘t always know how or what to pray and the reason we don’t always know what or how is because of the weakness of our  "infirmities". 

 

The word "infirmities" in verse 1 speaks of not of a sickness or a decease in the body, but it speaks of the inability of our natural man in mind and body, because of the weakness the "feebleness (of body or mind); by implication malady; moral frailty" This same word was translated "weakness" five times (1 Cor. 2:3; 15:43; 2 Cor. 12:9; 13:4; Heb. 11:34).

 

When we were speaking in the previous section about the corruptible putting on incorruption speaking of the body in 1Cor.15 in that same chapter in verse 43 it says that our body is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

 

Paul said in 2Co 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

It is because of the weakness of the flesh and the  mind, our inability to know what and how to pray that the Holy Spirit helps us to pray.

 

It says here in Rms. 8:27  he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit. It tells us here that we can know what the mind of the Holy Spirit is.

 

It is as we come together with Him, He who knows the mind and will of God that He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

He does it in us and through us as we cooperate with or come in union with Him. It is the Holy Spirit in us in union with our spirit helping us to pray in accordance with the will of God for our lives and others.

 

Rom. 8:26: This intercession of the Holy Spirit is with groanings that cannot be uttered.

 

In John 11:33 and 38, Jesus groaned in the Spirit twice. In this case there was a adjudtation in His spirit because of there unbelief.

 

This is the exact terminology that is used here in Romans 8:26, and in those cases it is easy to see that there were no words uttered. It was exactly as the scripture states, a groaning in the Spirit. This groaning of the Holy Spirit is not just a grief but a groan of anger and resistance against Satan's devices in our lives.

 

It is a travailing of the Spirit of God with in us to bring forth the will of God and purpose of God in our lives and in His Church.

 

Everyone who has the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit has or will have this happen to them. Paul was referring to this in Galatians 4:19 when he spoke of travailing in birth for the Galatians.

 

 

It is a travail that come forth from the Spirit, it is not speaking in tongues, but a groaning in the spirit that cannot be expressed in word and is led by the Holy Spirit within us.

 

But many times Christians don't discern this because they think it is just them grieved with their situation. When it is the Holy Spirit desiring to move into intercession with us for the situation or problem for the will of God to be done. Amen

 

Rms.8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Most of the time many Christians like to take this scripture out of it context and use it as they please, to make them feel better about a situation or circumestance they don’t understand.

 

The word "and." Is I believe a conjunction meaning that the statement about everything working together for our good is made after Paul had spoken of the Holy Spirit making intercession for us.

 

It is as we are cooperating with the Holy Spirit in prayer and intersession, it is as we are learning to walk after the things of the Spirit, it is as we love God and what we are doing is in accord with His calling and purpose in our live, that all things work together for our good. If we are walking outside of the Lord and doing our own thing, it’s not working out for our good.

 

We must take care in how we handle the scriptures in order that we would receive right understanding. It is Gods will that all things work together for our Good, but some times we don’t allow the good to be worked out, because we don’t submit to His will and purposes in our lives.

 

But thanks be to the Holy Spirit who helps us in our weakness to pray and intercede with Him according to the will of God for our lives Amen.



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