What Is Freedom? Just Ask A Corpse!


 Romans 6:1 To what conclusion, then, shall we come? Are we to persist in sinning in order that the grace extended to us may be the greater?

 Grace is really defined as the revealed Person of Jesus Christ within us.

It has nothing to do with a license to do what we please because God is love and has forgiven us.

As a matter of fact because we are under grace we should do the more so not to sin, but to restrict ourselves to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

   2 Cor 4:10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

The more that the Person of Jesus Christ is revealed within our own lives, through our yielding to His cross, the more that we will automatically live out of the grace of God.

The grace of God is the very life of Christ revealed and manifested within us.

 I Cor 15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Is the superhuman labor of God laboring in us proportionally to our obedience to Him and not that because He is love, He will forgive us. That is not grace.

Watchman Nee defines grace as God doing everything in us and for us.  It is literally God pleasing and blessing us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places as we obey Him, and for the purpose of obeying Him even more.

“The Law” of Moses spoken by Paul in Romans 6 and 7 deals with the embodiment of Moses’ law.

The law is defined as us trying to please God and serve Him through our own strength and means.  Indeed we shall see it that it is an impossible system.

God knew it and gave us the law to expose our sinfulness.

1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

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 Ro 7:8  But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

 The law is given so show us how impossible it is for us to obey God without His Holy Spirit and grace. It simply exposes out utter sinfulness. Thus if the there was no law of Moses, in reality sin would be dead, for it would not be fully exposed to us.

 Ro 7:13  Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

So Moses’s commandments  by the law have made our sin to become exceedingly sinful by exposing it fully through our failure to please God through our own strength.

The law’s main functions are to expose our sinfulness, humble us and give us a desperate need for Christ, through or failure to be able to do something in our own strength.

It is impossible for us to keep Ten Commandments.!

Ga 3:24  So that the law is become our tutor to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

 Romans 6: No, indeed; how shall we who have died to sin, live in it any longer?

We can talk about dying to sin and being dead to sin.

I am of the belief, that this death to sin has to be an actual tangible spiritual death to self that the believer goes through.

Everything talked about in  the Scriptures we must experience it as a reality in our lives. The reality of tangibly experiencing everything that God speaks about is vital in the eyes of God and for us.

I know that in the eyes of God we have died to sin with Him on the cross, two thousand years ago.  I know that we have been resurrected with Him into heaven and sit at the right of God in Christ.

However, the believer must experience a tangible death in his or her relationship to sin, to no longer live in it.

Remember!   A corpse lying in a casket would be the only perfect candidate,  unable to respond to a beautiful woman who entices him in one way or another!

Or to smoke a joint of pot, swear, murder, etc. These are things that a corpse cannot do. This is why a corpse is free from sin, and why the Christian must go through the tangible experience of being a corpse, like Christ as to doing what is sinful.

The more that we experience a tangible spiritual death to sin through the operation of the cross of Christ, the less that we shall live in sin because the dying “self-life” finds itself more unable to respond to sin, on the premises that in its dying it is losing all of its strength and faculties to sin.

The process is lengthy and painful but of supreme and eternal importance to us, if we are to be truly effective for Christ.

This is because only a corpse is free from  sin.

The cross of Christ is God’s surgical instrument to kill us, and by that,  set us free.

If we don’t preach or understand the cross, the instrument which is supposed to kill and free us, is not present.

We remain as Christians who are very alive and in bondage, and the devil is thrilled beyond bounds. The only thing that can defeat him is a dead Christian, only alive in Christ’s resurrection power.

He will give us all the social justice issues to keep us busy as long as we are forgetful of the cross. We can seem as very benevolent Christians to the world but we will stay as much in bondage and alive as it itself is.

The supreme weakness of the church is the multitudes and multitudes of “alive believers”.

God does not need our plans, our wisdom, and our church programs. God needs dead believers!! Only corpses are free from sin because they are dead. He who is alive remains in the bondage of sin.

The devil is gleeful to have the church wrapped up in social justice issues if this issue has made the church forget the cross of Christ. Oh, how thrilled the devil is if we don’t understand the cross.

At every point and in every turn where our sick and diseased self-life is still alive it will limit and hinder God.  Our love of self draws “draw a line in the sand towards God” if the price is too high.

Our ugly self-will always arise in sharp protest and pain to the Lord and His calling for us, if the price gets too high for us and the heat is too hot!!

This is why the church is full of spiritual babes still in diapers after many years of walking with the Lord.  There is too much life in them, which keeps them in pain, or offense, or rejection or mindful of their past.

The church is laden with untold believers that have said no the Lord, once that God took them to a certain spiritual level, where the commitment or the price takes them out of their comfort zone.  Therefore God is severely bounded and limited to how far He can work through most believers.  What a terrible pity!!

The church ends up being one huge sleeping giant

The eyes of God dart to and fro to find one believer who will allow his or her self-life to be taken to the cross so that God will not have boundaries to impede Him.

Whoever is dead is no longer bound.

Only the believer that is on his or her way to this death of self will be broken enough, yielded enough, and loses the sense and pain of suffering enough, , that he or she will continue to say yes to the Lord.

Remember, the more dead we are to self, the more that the pain of suffering loses it sting, based on the fact that a corpse cannot suffer!

This believer will be used greatly by God, because his or her life has no bounds, no hindrances, and no limits of saying “NO” to the Lord.

 Rom 6:6  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.

Remember!!   God will do more through one dead believer than through one thousand live ones!! So become dead to sin by obeying God and yielding to the cross.

The following are some of the tangible aspects of this spiritual death exercised by the cross of Christ as we yield to Him.

The law of the cross is vested in the principle or law of obedience.

The crucified Christ dwells in us and the law of the cross is resident in Him.

1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  

This law means that with every act of our obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit the cross will do a specific work to continue to kill this diseased self in us.

The Christian believer indeed experiences a gradual but real spiritual death in relationship to sin.

The law of the cross is one the universe’s  most important laws for it is what sets a person free from sin. If we don’t understand the cross we will not be able to avail ourselves of the law of the cross, and will remain in bondage.

There is an annihilation or extinction of self.  The believer progresses and gradually loses sight of the “I” in him or her. The “I” or “me” finally dies out, and or literally is extinguished.

The I becomes the Person of Christ living within.

The self-diminishes, loses it life, its energy and will power.  It becomes less recognizable to the believer and loses its power to exert itself, to be independent, to be able to overcome by its own strength, and exert its will.

The self as it becomes extinguished, is swallowed up in the immense river of the Lord’s resurrection life.  The believers’ ability to choose as he or she wants becomes weaker and less perceptible.

The many deaths to reputation, fame, timing, expectations and so forth, which God takes it through, cause the death of the self-life.  It is a gradual process, which takes years until we can say No, indeed; how shall we who have died to sin, live in it any longer?

3  And do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

Verse three echoes what we have talked about in verse two.  What is this baptism into the death of Christ? Christ actually went through it.  Death is not only the absolute loss of all strength, all faculties, and all will, but also the absolute loss of our perception of existing.

This must occur to our sinful self for a complete freedom from sin, hurt and bondage to be perfectly executed.  It will not happen in this life in a perfect form, but we sure can work on it!

We by our baptism were buried with Him in death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from among the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we also should live an entirely new life.

We must also agree that part of the process of every death is burial.  The buried body after death decays into nothingness.  One writer states that a human body right after  death still has the warmth of life, and the process of rigamortis is still active and so forth.

Only in burial is the true loss and decay of all life consummated.  We must not lose hope however, if we are called to and want to go through this process. Hallelujah!

We must remember that God does His greatest works out of death.

Joh 6:39  And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

 Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

 Rom 4:17  (as it is written, A father of many nations have I made thee) before him whom he believed, even God, who giveth life to the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were.

Romans 6:5  For since we have become one with Him by sharing in His death, we shall also be one with Him by sharing in His resurrection.

As we have spoken above.  We must become one with Christ in tangibly identifying with His death to sin in a spiritual sense, to tangibly experience the infinite liberty and power of His resurrection life.

It is a principle.  The more we die to self, the more that shall experience Christ’s resurrection life. In the resurrection life, the death to sin has once and for all been experienced.

Philippians 3:10  I long to know Christ and the power which is in His resurrection, and to share in His sufferings and die even as He died;

11  in the hope that I may attain to the resurrection from among the dead. (This so called “out resurrection” discussed by Paul is in this earthly life. This the experience of Christ’s resurrection life, right here, and right now

Romans 6:6  This we know—that our old self was nailed to the cross with Him, in order that our sinful nature might be deprived of its power, so that we should no longer be the slaves of sin;

We note Paul’s discussion of having the old self nailed to the cross with Christ.

As the self-experiences a deepening death, it is deprived of its power, as its very existence is extinguished.  The dying self-life becomes more and more incapable of responding to sin based on the premise that a corpse cannot sin, and the relationship of its being a slave of sin; is broken.

7  For he that is dead is freed from sin.

A corpse in a casket cannot sin!! Hallelujah!

8  But, seeing that we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him;

·The more that we tangibly experience this death to self, the more that we shall experience the liberty of the sons of God in the resurrection life of the Lord.

Mortality is swallowed up by the immensity of immortality!

As the self-life is destroyed, we pass on more and more into the very life of God Himself.  Death is swallowed up into the victory of the infinity, the freedom, the faith, the immensity, the wisdom, the river of life, and the will of the Lord who resides within us.

1Co 15:54  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.

 9 because we know that Christ, having come back to life, is no longer liable to die.

The resurrection life of the Lord is consistent of absolutely no sin, no death, and no bondages or hurts.

Don’t you thirst more and more to obey the Lord implicitly and finally be able enter into the wonders and immensity of Christ’s resurrection life here on earth?

It is available to every one!!

Isa 55:1  Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Romans 6:10 Death has no longer any power over Him. For by the death which He died He became, once for all, dead in relation to sin; but by the life which He now lives He is alive in relation to God.

The wonderful attributes of resurrection life!  Death of any type in quality and measure, whether physical (in heaven), emotional, or spiritual has absolutely no power over resurrection life.

Acts 13:35  Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

 36  For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: {after…: or, after he had in his own age served the will of God}

 37  But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

 Romans 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The true regarding or reckoning of our death to sin can only be fulfilled in our tangible experiencing of it.  We can, and must always believe by faith for it to be true however.

Whether we are a young believer in the Lord who has experienced the dying of the self-life or not; we must always believe that we have died with the Lord on the cross, been buried with Him, and have been resurrected with Him into heaven.

Our faith in these facts, will allow God to bring the tangible experiences of death to self to pass gradually upon our lives.

Romans 6:13  and no longer lend your faculties as unrighteous weapons for Sin to use. On the contrary surrender your very selves to God as living men who have risen from the dead, and surrender your several faculties to God, to be used as weapons to maintain the right.

 Once again I believe that for us to truly no longer lend our faculties as unrighteous weapons for sin to use we must enter into the liberty of resurrection life by the death of the self-life.

Many times we as believers try to be good, try to make the right choices for the Lord, just to fall flat on our face again and again.  This is the mark that resurrection life, through the grace of the Lord, which is His manifested presence in us, has still has fully not taken place.

Romans 6: 14 For Sin shall not be lord over you, since you are subjects not of Law, but of grace.

Only as we love in the resurrection life of the revealed Person of Christ within us, does grace become a reality.  Once again, grace is defined as the revealed person of Christ within us.  You will notice that we do not make a conscious, laborious choice not to sin.  Sin no longer masters us: it becomes a given fact that we naturally and gradually enter in, and not labor into.  No type of death, or sin can dominate or touch the resurrection life of the Lord flowing through us.  This is grace and sin cannot master it.

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