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SALVATION FOR FIGHTING by walterp
April 4, 2007, 1:10 pm
Filed under: Leadership

By Walt Alexander

One of the main reasons we as Christians remain “enslaved” (not completely…but almost) to sin is because we don’t understand our salvation as it relates to the fight of sin. We know the gospel’s work outside of us for us, but we fail to understand the gospel’s work within us. I think understanding this will help us fight rightly.

Informed by Romans 6, we were united with Christ in His death and resurrection. In His death, along with dieing for (or because of) our sin, we were crucified with Him. This means our formal life – the life of sin and of the indulging of the flesh – was completely killed, destroyed, put to death on the cross (Rom 6:4; Phil 2:20). We are now dead to sin (Rom 6:11). This means our desires for sin have been forever ruined and overturned. They will come but will never rule.

We were also united with him in his resurrection. In his resurrection, along with rising for our justification – to secure complete forgiveness (Rom 4:25), we rose with him. This means just as he was raised to new life, we too can “walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:4). We are now alive to God (Rom 6:11). This new life was brought forth by Him, by His work, by His resurrection. This means we are alive and can live to God.

Why is this so important?

This is so important because our fight with sin is primarily not about fighting at all. It is about believing. It is about believing that in Christ’s death our sinful flesh was crucified with Him and our new life was risen with Him. It is not primarily about attaining forgiveness from God or trying to appease God. He has forgiven and is appeased. It is primarily about understanding the effect of the cross and new life – that we are dead to sin and alive to God.

How then should our fight look different?

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Thanks Walt! This was a great reminder and very encouraging! Knowing now that I am in God, “and having been set free from sin, I have become slaves of righteousness.”(Rom 6:18) I am to “walk in newness of life” everyday!

Comment by mini mike

Walt,

Just some thought for you. I don’t think the fact that Jesus died on the cross for us should be the end of our FORMAL lives. I don’t see a biblical reason not to dress up in a suit every now and then.

HAHA!

Comment by Caleb H

yeah

Comment by joshcan

Walt,
How do you apply this in the face of a temptation to sin? Sin is, in that moment, fighting for my soul. My only response is to fight back. Do we simply fight with the knowledge that we have been crucified with Christ? Or do we fight with the superior pleasure of intimacy with God? Do we fight because sin in and of itself is inherently evil? We must fight somehow, or Satan, the roaring lion who seeks to devour us, will have his way in those moments when temptation entices our hearts.

Comment by psteele




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