Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Old Man is Dead

The Old Man is Dead

For we are saved by His mercy, His grace. Through what? Through faith. And who gave us this faith? God. As is said in Ephesians 2:8, it is a gift from God. 

We who accept salvation from Yeshua now have faith that comes from God! (pause to ponder). With this faith accept that we have been crucified with Him. Our old fleshy self has been crucified with Him. We can now say with Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live…” (but Christ lives in us). It is He who abides in us. These are the only “I” s we are allowed. Paul did not say “I will try to follow Him “or” I am determined to die” but “ I have been crucified”.

All are through God’s gift. So no man can boast. (Our only requirement is to respond to Him, have a close relationship with Him. Our good works are not enough. Most religions will tell us good works are our ticket to heaven. Does He need our good works? How much good works are needed? How assured are you that all the good works are enough to get you to heaven? We need to do good works, yes, but these comes as a result of our faith in Yeshua. When we accept Christ gift of salvation, He creates a new man in us. For what? For good works that He prepared before hand. Good works that HE chose for us – that no man may boast – that no man can say it is through MY faith, it is through MY works that I made it).

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