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)
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