The more that I encounter church life, the more soulish baggage I see and even collect. I really believe that the biggest enemy of most Christians is our own souls. Maybe we should have been held under the water longer during the baptism service, because many believers, including me, tend to operate out of our own will, emotion, intellect and desires. The old man was supposed to be dead. But he keeps on coming back to life.
The Apostle Paul wrote extensively in Romans and Galatians about the death of the old man as the beginning of a new life in Christ. Realistically, this means Christians live by God’s power not their own abilities. We can never be righteous on our own. Once we come to really see the old man as dead, we are able to walk in freedom . Then we see ourselves as God sees us. We recognize that we are dead to sin and its grip on our life, and we are alive to righteousness. We see ourselves as saints perfected by God’s grace not sinners bound to sin and death.
Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Sonf of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”
The beginning of the Christian life is faith in the completed work of Jesus on our behalf. He is the one who does what we cannot do. Jesus said that unless our righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees and the scribes, we will not enter the kingdom of heaven. This appears to impossible for any sinful man to obtain. And that is the whole point of Jesus’ life and ministry.
God doesn’t lower His holy standard so that we can achieve it. Instead, He provided a way for us to obtain it through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. This is the mystery of the Gospel. This is what angels longed to see – people taking the life of God into their hearts and living as free men by the Spirit. God gives us the power to become the sons of God and live for His glory. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
All you need is the faith of a child to accept it. So what do you really believe about Jesus? What do you really believe about you?