Wednesday, July 5, 2017

“Sin Conscious or Christ Conscious”

Social media newsfeeds have been going berserk for some time now! So many christian leaders seem to be obsessed over sin. They are "touting" terminology such as "hyper-grace", cheap grace, or "easy believism". They are vilifying (based on biased journalism or hearsay) prominent ministries that are rumored to be promoting or "going soft" on sin, and they are perpetuating an overwhelming perspective of gloom and doom pronounced over people who won't play in their sandboxes or espouse their own "personal" kingdom agendas. It's obvious by this that their focus has become something other than THE GOSPEL--the power unto salvation, and the power over sin--, and Jesus Christ and Him crucified. What they don't seem to understand, or simply won't admit, is that TRUE GRACE, and an encounter with the transformative power of Christ in us, make this "hypergrace" (technically, not even a biblical term) a non-issue. The need is that we promote and maintain a continuous focus on the finished work of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through us!! The culture and mindset of church and religion seems to thrive on making people sin conscious, thus keeping them under some sort of legalistic control, perpetuating a "self-righteous", personal goodness performance mentality, in order to build their individual kingdoms. Religion does not work without some level of self-loathing, fear, or an angry God. If the attention and focus were on the power of genuine Grace and the reality of our identity in Christ because of His finished work at the cross, we would understand and see that the 10 commandments of the old covenant are now the 10 promises of the new covenant through the power of Grace, and our response of faith to that. Christ in us makes sin no longer an issue. His Spirit working in us and through us aligns us with our true identity in Him, instead of keeping us enslaved to and focused on the sin nature, which consequently was crucified with Christ on the Cross. Focus on the new nature, not the old. The reality is, once we are in Christ, we are new creations. The old is GONE, and all things have become new! Live life from here, and sin has no voice in the equation. The only way to live AS Christ is to live IN Christ!!! He IS our very life! "In HIM, we live, move, and have our being!" It is impossible to emulate Christ from our humanity through good works, acts of nobility, or "principle-driven" behavior modification. "In my flesh dwells NO good thing!" Galatians 2:20--"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." The amazing reality is this, because of His finished work on the cross, THIS is how we can now live..."As He is, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD"!!!
All human efforts to earn His Grace, Love, and approval through performance, good deeds, or "righteous resumes", end up as mere legalism, works, and law based living.
Only One has ever truly pleased the Father. It was His own Son, Jesus. We spend years working and working trying to "please" God. The only way to please God is to live in the Life of the Son in whom He was "well pleased". We can only experience this IN AND THROUGH HIS LIFE, By His Spirit!

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