NEWSLETTER OF FAITH SAYS MINISTRIES
LIVING WORD CHURCH

   

Issue 3

We started a work in Lawson, Missouri at the beginning of June 2002.

We would like to speak blessings over you in the name of the Lord!

Today I would like to share something with you (the body of Christ) that the Spirit of the Lord has been teaching me lately.  I hope you enjoy this teaching.

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ALIVE IN CHRIST
by Pastor Mike Mings
The Lord has been teaching me lately that there is a great confusion in the Church concerning salvation.  We have people teaching that if you say the sinners prayer that you have a ticket to heaven and no matter how you live or what you do from that point on you are going to heaven.    Then we have those teaching that we are still under bondage to the Old Covenant rules and regulations.  That is the civil and ceremonial laws that has nothing to do with true righteousness in Christ Jesus.  The truth is that neither of these teachings line up with the fullness of the Word of God.  Now don't get upset already, please read on.


2 Cor. 5:17&21 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." v21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."

These scriptures tell us that we are a new creature (creation, species) in Christ.  We are not the same person we used to be if we are in Christ.  We are made to become the righteousness of God in Christ.  Our old sin nature is nailed to the cross in Christ.  We are no longer that old sinner,  we are a new species (something that never existed before) in Christ.

So how do we get in and abide (stay) in Christ?  The answer is; By Faith in what he has done for us at Calvary.  We enter in to Christ and stand in Christ and walk in Christ by Faith.  By faith we must commit our lives totally and completely to Jesus.  We must repent (turn away) from our old sinful ways and allow Him to rule and reign in our lives.  We actually have a choice.  We can walk according to the lusts of our flesh or we can submit ourselves to God and choose to walk and live by faith in the life of God that is in Christ Jesus.  If we walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

Where is eternal life?  Where is that "zoe" life of God?

To understand that we must first understand how we became separated from God and how God made it possible for us to be reconciled back unto Him.

Let's start with the fall of man.

Genesis 2:7 "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath (spirit) of life; and man became a living soul.

When God created man, he was made in God's image and likeness.  God is a three part being, Father, Son and Holy Spirit yet he is only one God.  So God made man to be a three part being yet he is only one man.  Man is Spirit, Soul and Body.  The spirit part of man is what makes man eternal, just like God or the angels, we will always exist.  The thing is, will we exist in life (the life of God) or death (separation from God)?  Here we see that when God created man and breathed into his nostrils man became alive with the "life of God"  that "spirit of life" made man a "living soul".

Now that might burst some religious bubbles, if we believe this scripture then man "is a soul" and doesn't just have a soul.  The reason man became a "living soul" is because man's soul was made alive through life of God that was in man's spirit through God.  That is to say man's spirit was connected to God's Spirit which gave life not only to man's spirit but to the whole man.

How did man become separated from God?

Genesis 2:16&17 "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."

God told man that if he ate of the forbidden fruit he would die that day.  Later on the Devil came along and told man that they would not die.  Man believed the Devil instead of God and submitted to Satan instead of God and man was immediately separated from God.  That is man died.  He was no longer walking in that "spirit of life".  Now not only was Adam in spiritual death (separation from God) but that death was passed to all of mankind for thousands of years until God made a way for man to become once again reconciled unto Himself through His Son Jesus Christ.

From Adam's transgression until Jesus was born, about four thousand years later, every man, woman and child on the Earth was born spiritually dead.  Adam was created a living soul.  Jesus was made a life giving spirit.  The New Testament calls Jesus the second man Adam.  The reason is that the sin nature was passed down to all of mankind through the seed of man.  Jesus however was born of a virgin therefore was not born of the seed of man but was born of the Spirit of God.  Jesus was born with the "ZOE" life of God in Him and made it possible for Man to enter back into that "life of God", that is to be reconciled unto God, by standing by faith in Christ.

John 1:4 tells us that "In Him was life "zoe" (the life of God); and the life was the light of men."

Notice that this "zoe" life of God was and is in Christ and it is that life that is light unto us.  It is important for us to realize that the only way we are able to be reconciled unto God and not be separated from Him is now for us to stand by faith in Christ.

God made it possible for men to be able to stand and live and walk in this "life of God" that is in Christ.  As we stand by faith in Christ then we are in Him and He is in us.  He is in the Father and the Father is in Him.  The Father makes us pure and holy "sanctifies us" spirit, soul and body as we enter into and stand by faith in Christ.

1 John 1:5-7 tells us "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light we have fellowship one with another (with God) and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us (makes us free) from all sin."

As long as we are standing by faith in Christ, all the righteousness that He is, so are we in this life.  It is not possible for us to be standing by faith in Christ and walk in darkness (sin) because the "zoe" life of God in Christ Jesus is the light of men.  When we walk by faith in the life of God in Christ Jesus we are walking in the light as he is in the light and His blood continually destroys the power of sin in our lives.  We are once again "living souls".  We are alive unto God (in fellowship with God) by that spirit of life in Christ.

Romans 8:1&2 tells us "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the "Spirit of life" in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

Now notice where this "spirit of life" is located.  It is in Christ Jesus.  Those of us who are in Christ are walking after the spirit and not after the flesh.  So what is this "law of the spirit of life"?  The "law of the spirit of life" is this.  If we walk after the spirit as we stand by faith in Christ Jesus then the power of sin will be broken in our lives and we will not have to be subject to death or separation from God.  But if we, through our own will, choose to walk after the lusts of the flesh and not after that "spirit of life" in Christ then we will become separated from God once again.  However since Jesus sacrifice was once and for all, we are able if we do sin, to repent and confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  That is we are able to simply enter back into that life of God that is in Christ Jesus and stay hooked up with our Father God "in Christ".

If we will read the scriptures in this light we will see that they all work together perfectly, for God's Word is truth and God is not a man that He should lie.  May the blessings of God overtake you and may you overflow with His goodness.

 

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