Abundant Life

Modern day Christianity has preached itself into a theological box on some very important Spiritual principles one of which is the victory that we have in Christ. That is a subject that is paramount to Christianity and eternal life. In an attempt to “educate” ourselves “evolving” into good church members, we forget what new birth in Christ really imparted into our lives. In that moment the grace of God floods over our lives, God’s power is released into us and our past is washed away! From that moment on we hear the opposite of that experience from most theology. Give me a minute to explain.
In II Corinthians 3 Paul explains very clearly how the law has changed thanks to Jesus conquering EVERY enemy when he resurrected from the dead. Lets look at a passage that is the focus of this chapter.
II Corinthians 3:3 “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ (Paul is telling us that we are the epistle. We are the book being written in the Heavens.) ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 4. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6. Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” This section of Scripture is very clear that we have been set free from the law that Moses scribed onto stones, and the reason is that the Spirit of God has set us free. The Spirit now speaks and writes His law onto our hearts through our relationship with God ,and not the relationship God had with Moses. We have become the life of the Gospel of Christ.
One of the fundamental principles of Christianity must by necessity be II Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” In that new birth experience with Christ we receive the Spirit of God, and for the first time true liberty is our state of being. That is an immutable fact of the Word of God. We have experienced it! Then the “educated people” begin to tell us what we must do to be acceptable to God. When you accepted Christ into your life, His Spirit flooded your soul and you were washed in His blood would you have described yourself as acceptable to God? Of course not! You were a rotten drug loving, party hopping, lying, cheating and whatever else you can add to the list person just like I was. The question to the “educated people” then should be, now that God has accepted me, why does He find me unacceptable due to my new birth condition?
 II Corinthians 3:7 tells us that the law was the “ministration of death”! Jesus said in John 10:10 “the thief only comes to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that you might have life and have it to the full”. The enemy brings us death! Jesus told us not only does he want us to have life, but life that is FULL. How then can we having been set free, having received life from Jesus Christ our Lord, and be part of what Paul described as the “ministration of death”? I Corinthians 15:55 says, “O death, where is they sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56. The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57. BUT, thanks be to God, which giveth us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” According to this passage death is the enemy. Sin is the weapon, but sin is only relevant because of the law. Then verse 57 tells us Jesus conquered it all!

 Let me bring this home for you. Look at 1 Corinthians 15:24, “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the Kingdom of God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. 25. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26. The LAST enemy that shall be destroyed is death”. Shouldn’t the last enemy have been the law? There is no death without the law according to the Scripture we read previously. The verses preceeding 24 tell us of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, so the context of “Then cometh the end” is after His resurrection. His resurrection brought an end to the law. We have become so captivated by “not making a mistake” that we forgot that we are free in Christ. Jesus overcame the law, gave us life and restored us to right relationship with His Kingdom! Now all the blessings of His Kingdom are available to you and I!

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