biggest challenge as followers of Jesus is: To become what we are in Christ.
to these passages which talk about who we are, in Christ:
3:9-10) You have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the
5:8) You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
6:11) Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
6:2,4) We died to sin ... just as Christ was raised from the dead ... we too
may live a new life.
Cor 5:17) If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the
new has come!
the Bible calls God's children to live the new life because, in Christ and
through the Spirit, they have been delivered from the slavery of sin. In Christ
we are new or renewed. In Christ the old self of sin has been demolished.
of what we are in Christ: a new self, raised with Christ, light in the Lord,
alive to God, a new creation. This new person that we are in Christ
hates sin, strives for holiness, and has the life of Christ himself. This new
person that we are in Christ, is indwelt by the Spirit.
if all of this is true – and it is – then why do we Christians still do evil
things? The Bible says it is because we are still “in the flesh”! We are still
human. And “our weak flesh” clings to even our best works for God.
our flesh there is a slumbering tendency which is both unexpected and fierce.
With great power it seizes us. All at once a secret, smouldering fire is
kindled. It makes no difference whether it is ambition, or vanity, or desire
for revenge, or love of fame and power, or greed for money. God becomes unreal
to us. God loses all reality, and the only real thing is the desire to sin.
in a Christian’s life, sin is horribly displeasing to God. In fact, in the eyes
of God the sins of Christian are worse than the sins of the world, because the
Christian knows better and is supposed to be dead to these dreadful desires.
have to fight the enemy within!
doesn't want us to tolerate sin or be complacent about it. He says: (Col
3:5,12) Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature
(“flesh”), sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is
idolatry ... Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe
yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
wants us to become what we are. We are new people, raised with Christ, a new
creation. Now, we must live and act what we are. We must become what we are
must humble ourselves before God. We have no reason to be proud and we
have every reason to be small. We cannot defend our sins in any way. We must be
humble about our sins.
we must flee for refuge to Christ crucified. We need Christ every hour
of every day. We need what only Christ can give: His blood, his grace, his
power, his forgiveness. We need Christ and must turn to him, every day.
we must pray. We have to pray, "Lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil."
the Christian is to be faithful in seeking holiness. We are to seek God’s
will in the same way that the athlete strains for the finish line.
seek to become what we already are in Christ: a new person, raised with Christ!
Jesus, in his mercy, will do the rest.