Galations 6:15 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
1 Corinthians 6:11 – And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
John 3:7 – Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Hey all, new blog time today. Looking at the key of life. Because life is all about salvation. Did you or did you not receive it. Many people become Christians but never actually repented of sin and turned to Jesus Christ because of it. So first of all, you see a lot of Christians who still live in sin, dead in sin, or who try changing, who self effort the Christian life… but they’re not a new creature, not a new person, have no new identity.
The problem with humanity is sin. But not like you think, a lot of people sin, and the sin is bad, and they are sorry for doing bad things, but they are not sorry for their identity as a sinner. They might stop a sin, mature with age, “settle down”, stop sinning … but they never repented of WHO they are, they may have repented of one or two things they did, but they never saw WHO and WHAT they were, which in turn produced what they did.
New identity is found only in Christ. We are all born in sin, slaves of sin, sold under sin. Sin is this thing that is attached to all humanity. It’s IN us, it IS us. So our first nature is one of sinful man. That’s our identity. And that identity takes after our spiritual father, the devil. Hence we do like he does. He stole, we steal. He lies, we lie. He murders, we murder. And we might not be “all that bad”, but any person knows that in their heart, they are full of sin. What is sin? It is all unrighteousness, it is transgression of God’s law, of God’s person, of God’s holiness. Sin manifests in our life through our nature. So out of us pours sinful thoughts, sinful words, sinful looks, sinful deed.
It’s why Jesus said we must be born again. Because Christianity, true Christianity, isn’t doing better, it isn’t church attendance… it likes in a change of who we fundamentally are. The problem is man has pride, man has lust, and it is hard to let that go. Because sin has pleasure, and sin has attraction… yes it brings forth death, but still most people are pretty satisfied with WHO they are. Sure, they might want to alter things about themselves, but they see no issue with WHO they are as a sinful creature, alienated from God.
Many people repent for the wrong reason. Many repent of their consequences of their action, or a particular action. They do something and they are sorry. But that doesn’t mean they ever repented of their identity, their nature as a sinful human being… AND turned to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and new life. True Bibleical salvation involves the simulataneous step, which is a work of the Holy Ghost of God in a man’s heart, of repentance of sin and turning to Jesus Christ for saving from it, and consequentially receiving forgiveness, and cleansing, and a new life. You see, God saves fully and forever. In him is complete salvation from sin. He makes you a new person, not an overhaul, not a bandaid, but a CURE. That’s what this life right here, right now is about. And all issues of life, who we are, what we do, humanity stems from what we did or didn’t do about this fact. The problem isn’t external, the problem is internal, it lies in WHO we are, WHAT we are.
Salvation is a new creature in Christ Jesus. He died for our sins, and so when you believe you were crucified with him. And that’s where your sins are dealt with, nailed to his cross. It’s substitution, he took your sin in your place, and in return he gives you that newness of life, his life, which rose from the dead in complete victory over the world, Satan, death, sin, hell. Once we went to Jesus for saving us from who we are, then Jesus came and dwelt in you. Spiritually he gave you life, because we started spiritually dead, and then he comes in us and lives us via his Spirit, that same Spirit he had which did no sin, which death has no power on, which cannot be touched, in which is nothing that defiles or abuses or kills or steals or lies.
And that’s what holds us, keeps us in life. Not ourselves, but Him in us. Thus a truly saved person is an ALL seasons Christian. Because it’s a new identity in Christ, a new creature, not the same old person overhauled and made a bit better, but a separation creation inside you. The thing is… why did you ever come to Jesus. If it was for ANY other reason other than salvation from who you are, and thus the penalty of who you are… hell. Well then you’re not saved. Do you really need forgiveness for all of who you are? Do you really want to be cleansed and changed from who you are? The blood of Jesus Christ… is it redundant to you?
The gospel is for sinners. Because we are all in the same boat. We all come from Adam, we all have the same problem, sin. We are a sinful being. Utterly fallen, utterly darkened, utterly rebellious, utterly lustful… noone teaches us to sin, noone taught us to lie, noone taught us to lust in our heart… it’s there, it’s in us, because thats who we are. It is our identity. Is it that great? Jesus can forgive you and set you free and deliver you from it all. He can deliver you from yourself. Jesus said he came to give life, and give it more abundantly. True fullness, true fulfillment of life is … blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus … the church is a spiritual body of believers saved from their identity… its why so many Christians through history from those torn apart from lions in the colosseum to those suffering persecution, hardship, trials, darkness, scorning all around the world… yet these guys have the best life ever. And maybe it’s not here, but eternity is a long time… you don’t take anything out of this life but who you are. If you go out of this life as a changed person inside, that’ll hold you well for eternity. And not just any old self changed person… a person with Jesus in them, full of the eternal blessing that he won for us in his life, death and resurrection. All fullness of all time is in Jesus, so a believer gets to share in all that. What a privilege.
Repentance is realizing who you are. The penalty of sin is death, practically and spiritually. But we earn that penalty, we reap it, because of who we are. That’s the root. We are sinful beings. And after a lifetime of growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, then we begin to realize just how gracious, just how merciful, just how longsuffering, just how incomprehensible God’s love is to us, such vile, wicked, filthy, dirty sinners. This life here on earth all runs through whether or not this is your reality or not. Life proves, tests us, and then at the end you will reap what you sowed here in this life. What’d you do with Jesus? Did you ever repent of your sin, and not just sorry for my sin costing my selfish advancement and prosperity, but sorry because that’s who you are, a sinner. And it’s not enough just to realize how crappier a human being you are, and I am, it’s turning to Jesus Christ for forgiveness of that, for change. And he will change you if you believe that he is, and he can. He will honour that heart that seeks him, in a flash he will honour that and receive you unto himself.
Maybe your life has stalled, stopped, wandered, wasted, because you never went to Jesus for why he came… he came to save his people from their sins. It’s our identity which is the problem, it’s sin that separates us from God. Sin can be very pleasurable, very attractive, and maybe you’re just happy with your nice little life. It takes the Holy Spirit to minister the gospel, the words of God that says to repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, that says except ye all repent ye shall all likewise perish, that says he that sins is a servant of sin… is sin that great? Do you like being bound by pride, lust, darkness? Do you really want to go to hell? Or is that sin just too much to confess and lay down at the cross? It’s not even up to you to fix your life, hence why you just take who you are and lay it down at the cross. Jesus nailed our sins, all of them, to his cross… and he rose from the dead in newness of life. He can forgive you, He can save you freely, fully and forever. He can give you a full life, here and in eternity. It is a full life when you are set free from deception, bondage, darkness, harm, because we are corrupt creatures… he can set you free and bless you with a fullness, fulfillment, peace and calm and righteousness which you never knew before. But it’s up to you. Do you want a new identity? Or are you happy with your one. That identity trapped in sin, trapped in self, trapped in darkness, chained up? It’s up to you. But the gospel is calling you today, you can take it all to Jesus by faith… or not.