A human being lives, but he is given life.
There are many aspects to the good news of Jesus Christ. One in that at the cross the power of the sinful nature was broken for all who accept Christ and believe. When Jesus died on the cross, the power of the sinful nature in every believer was broken. This is a historical fact. However, it becomes a reality in a Christian’s life only if they believe it. The problem is most Christian’s encounter when they read these Bible verses is they conclude their sin is removed forever and they should be able to obey God from then on. But consider the Christian that struggles with anger. He reasons that if the power of his sinful nature was broken at the cross, he can now stop being angry. But soon someone cuts him off while driving and immediately the anger arises. He puts forth the efforts to subdue it, be he finds that it keeps lingering. He does not want these feeling, but seem helpless to get rid of them. He begins to questioning himself about why anger is still arising in his feeling. He concludes he must not have asked God or received from God enough of His power to overcome the anger. So pleads with God to take away the anger.
It is true that the power of his sinful nature was broken at the cross; however, this does not mean that if we now believe that we can begin obeying God by putting forth efforts to do so. Simply knowing and believing that truth is not enough. No, there is only one way we will have the victory over temptation and sin. The victory will take place in our lives only as we believe the truth and allow Christ to give us His victory. Only by allowing Christ to live in our hearts will we be victorious.
Supporting Scripture;(Rom. 6:6, 11), (2 Cor. 3:3), (Phil. 1:21)
Personal Reflection and Discussion
We, unfortunately, were born into sin. Only through the grace of our Lord do we have any power over sin. I read somewhere that were it not for the Holy Spirit none of us would have a good thought even. So once we accept Jesus, we can ask for help. Jesus is our power.
we may not have a choice to be of a sinful nature, but we have a choice to live in sin.
It’s not what we do that saves us, but what He did that saves us. That’s the ture victory gained at the cross. His perfect life in our place. Even if we mess up, as long as we have Him leading us we still live…that’s grace.
Now of course that doesn’t dismiss us from doing our part…but it frees us from the constant worries and doubts Satan puts in our minds. Romans 7:6 we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter of the law. Romans 8:5-14 teaches that having Christ in us gives us spiritual minds which yeilds to life and peace…which pleases God and as long as we live according to the Spirit leading we have life. Rom. 8:14 Who ever is led by the Spirit, are sons of God. They do not recieve the spirit of bondage to fear, but instead call God, Daddy. Rom. 11:6 It is then by grace not by works we get to heaven. Roms. 10:3-4 For God’s righteouness is fullfilled in Christ therefore Christ is the end of the law for righteouness to everyone who believes. Rom. 14:10 Because of that we shouldn’t look to judge others to righteouness because we all answer to God, He judges our hearts. Roms. 14:17-18
The victory we gained is a personal relationship with God and a trust in His Spirit’s leading. It liberates us knowing Jesus met the requirements and that He judges us on our hearts.
“The victory we gained is a personal relationship with God and a trust in His Spirit’s leading.” I could not have said it better Amalia.