Christ In Us

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CHRIST IN US

A Christian is someone who is “in Christ,” or more specifically, someone in whom Christ lives. Whoever they are, they came down from heaven. They have been rescued, saved and delivered. But none of us begins our lives in such a manner. We do not enter this world as brand new creations in Christ when we are born. Instead, we come into the world “in Adam.”

In this place, we can witness two different masterpieces. There is the old man represented by Adam, who is also referred to as the old creation, and there is the new man represented by Christ, who is also referred to as the new creation. Every one of us is brought into this world by Adam. But through Christ, it is possible for us to experience what it is to be reborn, or born again or born from above.

So, what exactly differentiates them from one another?

1 Corinthians 6:17 — But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with him.

It is essential to understand that a person who is born from above is not made one with Christ in terms of their “soul” or “natural man.” No. One is created to be of the same “spirit” as Christ if they are born again from above. Even if our spirits are united with Christ, the old nature that we were born with will always be a part of us. A person who is only “in Adam” is not spiritually united to Christ, nevertheless, since “in Adam” refers to Adam alone. They retain their inherent manhood in addition to their natural bodies and spirits.

THE OLD MAN

According to the Bible, “the natural man” refers to every individual who is born as a member of the Adam race, which is to say that every single member is born of the Adamic race. In Greek, this phrase literally translates to “the soul (psyche) man.” The term “natural man” refers to the state by which we find ourselves by nature. It is made up of the natural mind, the will, the emotions, and something that we may refer to as our human spirit or our psychic qualities. This is who we are by virtue of our birth in Adam.

But in addition to that, there are qualities that we do not possess. For instance, there is nothing that we know about God. We have no life because the human soul inside us has been corrupted and dead. In a nutshell, individuals who are descended from Adam do not have even the slightest shred of the presence of the Living God in their genetic makeup.

Because of this truth, everything that mankind has done since Adam has been in direct opposition to God. Every one of us is a prisoner in the kingdom of darkness, which is ruled by the adversary. This has reached right down into the fundamentals of what it is to be a human being.

John 3:6 — What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Because of this, there is absolutely nothing that can be done about any of this at this point. It is not possible for us to improve our situation by doing charitable acts, gaining knowledge, or engaging in any other kind of training, activities or so-called ministry. None of those things can actually control our fallen nature; all they can do is change the way it presents itself to the outside world.

Because we are descended from Adam, the only thing that we will ever be is flesh, even if it is “religious flesh.” In a nutshell, an individual’s innate nature cannot be altered in any way after birth.

SIN NATURE

It is also known as “the body of sin,” “the body of death,” and “the old man.” All of these names refer to the same thing. Not only is it impossible for mankind to cure this or get rid of it, but it is also impossible for humanity to exercise any sort of control over it. The sinful nature controls natural man in some form or another. This cannot be avoided. Even though a person has the outward appearance of being religious, their religiosity is still subject to the control of their sinful nature since, as stated before, “that which is born of the flesh is flesh.”

Not only does the nature of humans lack any trace of God, but it also aligns perfectly with the essence of Satan. When Adam disobeyed God, he not only severed his relationship with God, but he also placed himself under the authority of Satan and the kingdom of evil. Because Adam was granted dominion over everything earthly, Adam gave Satan authority over the earthly realm, which encompassed not only the earth but also the earthly realm.

This dominion included the earthly realm. That domain of the earth contained the aspects of humankind that were earth-based. Therefore, not only is mankind enslaved by its sinful nature but it is also enslaved by the spirit of the adversary, which dominates it.

What should be obvious is that there is no remedy for mankind other than a new birth as a brand-new creature. This is the only way forward. A new form of life, one that is incomparable to the sort of life that is attainable in Adam, must in point of fact be bestowed upon us by the grace of God alone.

NEW MAN IN CHRIST

Jesus Christ is not just the gift of a new life that God has bestowed upon us, but also the very embodiment of that life in human form. “The new creation “in” Christ Jesus” refers to the spiritual union that takes place when Jesus Christ and a human being become one. The “new man” is presented here. People become new creatures through faith in Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 — So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come! And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

As was previously said, at the beginning of every age, each one of us is already dead in Adam. But if God leads a person to Christ and that person places their faith, trust and confidence in Christ, giving themselves to Him, then that person is “joined to the Lord and becomes one spirit with Him.” This is the way to be saved. Because we are connected to “Life,” we are spared from eternal condemnation.

IN SPIRIT

You will see that God does not wipe away or eliminate the old nature completely from existence. In fact, the Greek text indicates that the old nature is “passed over” when it comes to its absorption into the new creation. Despite the fact that the old nature is still there, a believer is connected to the Lord “in spirit,” despite the fact that the old nature is still present.

Another way of putting this is that the believer receives Jesus Christ as an addition to their nature through the process of resurrection unity, rather than the old nature being subtracted. Although this is somewhat technical and has the potential to be misunderstood, it is essential that we understand the fact that Christians continue to embody both the old and the new natures.

Some doctrines that are prevalent in today’s church culture assert that our previous existence is “traded in” for the new one that we are given. That is not correct. It is another method of expressing the idea that the previous way of life is totally abandoned in favour of the new one. The reality is that the presence of Christ in one’s life will bring to light one’s former existence.

Are Christians prone to sin? The teaching of the Bible is quite clear on this matter: If you are born from above, in this age you will bear two natures — that are opposed to one another.

REDEMPTION AND LIFE

Once we understand that a believer is united to the Lord and created one spirit with Him, it is easy to see how a person is saved. A person is saved because they are linked to the One who “is” life. Paul states,

Colossians 3:4 — When Christ (who is your life) appears, then you too will be revealed in glory with him.

Jesus was quoted as saying,

John 14:6 — Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

If our spirits are merged with that of Life Himself, then it stands to reason that we will share HIS life and be alive inside HIM if we are really made one with Life.

This indicates that God does not provide us with anything that can be referred to as “Salvation.” No. God saves us by giving us Christ Himself, and from the time our spirits are united with Christ, we are saved by Christ. Additionally, this demonstrates that salvation is not only a legal category. It is not a passage to the hereafter. No. Christ alone is sufficient to save.

Therefore, what we witness is that a person who is otherwise spiritually dead is linked to the Lord Jesus Christ and made alive “in Him.” This is what we call the resurrection of the dead. From that moment on, Christ is our life, and everything that God has for the human race is found in Him.

What else do we see?

The stark contrast between the old creation that is inside us and the new creation that resides in Christ. At this age, the previously conceived creation does not undergo a metamorphosis into the newly conceived creature. No. The believer has human and divine natures. We have inherited Adam’s nature.

On the other hand, our spirits are one with Christ’s. One of them was born naturally. The second aspect is that of a person’s spiritual birth. The one resides on this physical plane. The second aspect is that of God revealed in Christ. The Christian life consists of turning away from one’s former way of life and remaining rooted in Christ through faith; after all, He is the source of our whole being.

Blessings.

Godwin.

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