The main reason Christ died for us
John 16: 7 -
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you.
There are basic understandings which are not explained or understood by Christian and this is the prime reason that we do not see the power of God work among His people. Christians may have heard it or may know it but they fail in putting it in the right priority.
Whenever I ask Christians why did Jesus become our sacrifice and die for us, the instant answer is 'to wash away our sins'. They do not understand even after all my sins are washed away the day I am baptized in Jesus Christ, the day I repent and make Him my Lord and Master and accept His sacrifice for the payment for my sins, yet after that I do continue to sin. All my sins may be washed but the nature to sin still remains in me. Paul says the sacrifice cannot be abuse again and again so then do I remain again in sin. That is why Jesus Christ said just baptism in Him alone is not sufficient we need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit also. A person can enter Heaven only if the person is baptized in Him and in His Spirit (water and Spirit).
Paul through his letters emphasized about how sin corrupted us and our sins are the output of this corruption that is within us. To overcome this corruption we need to be born again that means put the sin nature of Adam within us to death and bring in the nature of Christ in us. This process is what makes us Sons of God and this process is worked in us only by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin therefore did not have the sin nature of a human father in Him but He was born 100 percent man so He was exposed to every temptation of the flesh as any other man would be. The Bible says as a child He grew in the Holy Spirit and it was the Holy Spirit who kept Him from sin. The work on the Holy Spirit in Him when He was alive made it possible for Him to resurrect after His death. Had He even sinned one sin then He would have not been able to resurrect. He went to hell because He was forsaken by the Father since He took our sins on Him but He could not be kept in the prison hell because there was no sin in Him. The resurrection power was the power of the Holy Spirit and this power was not demonstrated in hell after He died but on earth when He was alive.
The Lord says not by my power and not by my strength but by my Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the most important being in our salvation. Without the Holy Spirit it is impossible for man to be saved and enter Heaven. Man will be saved from hell by his belief in Jesus Christ but he will not get to Heaven unless he lets the Holy Spirit work in him. It is the Holy Spirit who helps us kill the sin nature with in us and helps us to put on the nature of Christ.
Jesus by His sacrifice performed all the sacrifices required for us for washing away our sins and breaking the curses set by God on us, but the most important thing that His sacrifice did was made available to us His Spirit. The Holy Spirit not only guides us through our walk in Christ but also reveals the truth of the Kingdom of God (through the Word of God) to us and like Jesus said only when we become His disciple and come to know the truth, the truth will set us free.
In the Garden of Eden after man ate of the fruit of Good and Bad and came to know evil, man lost the knowledge of the truth and that is why the righteousness of God left him and he felt naked. God knowing it is not possible for man to gain back righteousness, therefore worked for man to know the truth and via knowledge of the truth be covered in the righteousness of His Son Lord Jesus Christ and return back to Him.
Let us not be lost half way in our journey to Heaven. Jesus Chris is the Way and it is His Spirit that leads us on this Way. It is His Spirit who brings us to the knowledge of the truth so that we can have (eternal) life.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord You paid the price for our sins so that we make be forgiven and we may receive the promise of the Holy Spirit. That by the working of the Holy Spirit we may become again Sons of God and thus enter Heaven our eternal home. Holy Spirit, take over the reins of our hearts and our minds. You mould us in to Christ, bring every things that is corrupt inside us into submission and destroy it...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
1 Peter 1:19-23
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1 Corinthians 15:42-54
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
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