Redemption #7 Christ alive in the faithful

Previously we have seen that the man of the Old Covenant was instructed to sacrifice a lamb whose legs were not broken and that such sacrifice was partly sufficient to cover “lesser” offences. But such a sacrifice could not break the circle of life and death. Where the offender in a symbolic act as it were, had to transfer his guilt on the sacrificial animal, there still had to come a sacrifice that would take the blame for himself. Only a perfect man could replace all those sacrifices.
In the New Testament or the Messianic Scriptures is spoken about the perfect man of flesh and blood. Through his sacrifice all the people who are be willing to accept him, shall acquire justice and laundered of sins. He, the one sent by God, who persisted in testing, can be used to redeem sinners their life.

English: Illumination of Christ before Pilate ...

Illumination of Christ before Pilate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, one must contemplate the suspension of the sent from God at the stake as a complete act of surrender and confess their sin which one recognizes that not really the sinless Jesus, but they themselves should be hanging there. But it also requires faith that God will accept ransom and even so will fulfil His promises. It is therefore up to you to believe that Jesus will be able to give yourself a new life.

Christ alive in the faithful

But there is another condition:

Its best to try to follow Jesus‘ example.

Paul calls this the spirit of Christ. The man who does not live after the example of Christ he calls ‘in the flesh‘, a descendant of Adam no more. But the man who lives according to the example of Christ, as it were descended from him instead of Adam, he calls “in the Spirit“:

Romans 8:9-11 The Scriptures 1998+  (9)  But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Messiah, this one is not His.  (10)  And if Messiah is in you, the body is truly dead on account of sin, but the Spirit is life on account of righteousness.  (11)  And if the Spirit of Him who raised יהושע {Jehsua} from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Messiah from the dead shall also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit dwelling in you.

When we want to be believers we should not be in the flesh but in the Spirit, having the Spirit of Christ, trying to be like him. We should allow Jesus in us, believing his words and his actions. So here is a way out of the cycle of birth, death and sin, having Christ in us, we may know that the body is dead because of sin, but there is still hope for us because of righteousness. (vs. 10).

If Christ lives in us, “it is as it were our own “I” died and has been replaced by that of Christ. If Christ truly “lives in us’ we no longer act as we would from our own inclinations, but as Christ would act. As Paul says elsewhere:

Galatians 2:20 The Scriptures 1998+  (20)  “I have been impaled with Messiah, and I no longer live, but Messiah lives in me.1 And that which I now live in the flesh I live by belief in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Footnote: 1Rom. 8:10, 2 Cor. 6:16, 2 Cor. 13:5, Eph. 3:17, Col. 1:27, 1 John 4:4.

Taking up the cross

English: John Hogan's 'The Dead Christ'

John Hogan’s ‘The Dead Christ’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Notice that Paul involves the symbolism, of the man who hung on the wooden stake (cross) next to Jesus, to himself. This also makes it clear what is the meaning of Jesus’ own words:

Mark 8:34 The Scriptures 1998+  (34)  …. “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his stake, and follow Me.

Taking up his stake or what people would prefer to say “taking up his cross” does not mean to endure suffering, as the modern approach has made of it (each cottage has its cross’), but as a go to the place of execution on death row after Jesus. Jesus tells us that we need to be like that man on the cross beside him “crucified” with him. Died for sin that Christ is in our lives.

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Previous:

Redemption #4 The Passover Lamb

Redemption #5 The perfect sacrifice

Redemption #6 Partaking his sacrifice

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Additional reading

  1. Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
  2. First mention of a solution against death 7 Human sacrifice
  3. Chaff and the shoot out of the stock of Jesse
  4. The God of hope filling us with all joy and peace
  5. Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow
  6. To Soar In The Spirit You Have To Be Hard Core
  7. Summermonths and consumerism

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Further related

  1. This article may also add to part of the replies to: Eternal Life in Christ and show why Christ Jesus was such a special man of flesh and blood in whom we should trust.
  2. Circle of Life 1
  3. Circle of Life 2
  4. Circle of Life. 3
  5. A Larger Circle
  6. Celebrate Life with Kindness
  7. Rise Above
  8. Jesus and being sinless
  9. Lamb to the Slaughter
  10. Jesus: Our Example
  11. Sin
  12. On Sin for the Sinless
  13. Sinless or Sin less
  14. Sin, Sinless, Sin Less
  15. Free from sin, but not sinless
  16. Sin is Impossible
  17. The Dangers of “Sinless Perfection” Doctrine by Reese Currie
  18. Why We Need Jesus
  19. How could Jesus be made sin when he was sinless? (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  20. He Did Not Sin!
  21. Obedience on the Journey
  22. Transformation > Punishment
  23. Chapter 22: Salvation and the Holy relationship… learning to Love ham..
  24. Believe – Accept
  25. Remember
  26. Bread – Blameless
  27. Living In The Spirit
  28. God Demands a Response to Jesus
  29. Jesus death was a glorious victory at the cross
  30. Be sensitive
  31. Lay Down Your Agenda
  32. God Responds
  33. How Should a Reborn Christian Think?
  34. Receive
  35. Can’t find God ? – Praise – The Fix-it Shop-Filling
  36. Who are you following?
  37. Overcoming the Gag Reflex
  38. Expecting Prosperity: The True Price of Christian Living
  39. Am I Playing It Safe?
  40. 24th Sunday Ordinary Time (Year B)
  41. Creating a Godly Adult- Parenting Priority

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