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The Crucified Life

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by SueJLove, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. Sunday, February 15, 2015, 1:55 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “For By Grace.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Luke 9:18-27 (ESV).

    He Was Crucified For Us

    Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”

    And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

    Jesus Christ often referred to himself as “The Son of Man.” I wanted to understand the meaning behind these words, so I did some research on this subject. What I learned from more than one source is that Jesus’ self-description was the “New Testament designation for Jesus as God incarnate in flesh and agent of divine judgment.” It appears that this reference to Jesus was primarily in the context of his humanity, his earthly ministry, his suffering and death, and his coming again to earth to judge, and to receive his bride (his saints/the elect) to himself (See: http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/view.cgi?n=5959).

    Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of our triune God – Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. He left his throne in heaven, came to earth, took on human flesh, suffered as we suffer and was tempted in like manner as we are tempted, yet without sin. While on this earth he healed the sick, raised the dead, forgave sinners, comforted the sorrowful, and he preached freedom to those captive to sin. He also preached repentance for the forgiveness of sins and obedience to him and to his commands as necessary for receiving our eternal salvation, i.e. as an essential aspect of genuine believing faith (See: Lu. 5:32; 13:5; Jn. 14:15, 21; 15:10), for we are saved by God’s grace through faith (See: Eph. 2:8-10).

    I also wanted to understand the meaning of “The Christ of God,” so I looked that up, as well. The Greek word “Christos” means: “Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ” (source: biblehub.com). As “Christ,” Jesus Christ is prophet, priest and king. He represents God to us and us to God, and he is ruler over all things, completely sovereign and in control over all that he has created. He was both the priest who offered the sacrifice for our sins as well as he was the sacrifice. He shed his own blood on the cross, taking upon himself the sins of the entire world, so that we would have the chance to receive forgiveness of sins and the hope of life eternal with God. He is our Savior who paid the price so we could go free.

    We Must Die With Him

    And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

    In Ephesians 2 we read that we are saved by God’s grace through faith. This salvation is not from ourselves, but is a gift from God. Even the faith to believe is a gift from God, but it is one we must decide to appropriate to our lives. We can do nothing in ourselves or of our own fleshly works to earn or to deserve such a great salvation. Jesus Christ was the only one who could secure this salvation for us, and it was through his death on a cross that he did so. Yet, we must receive this gift of grace by faith. This faith is not generated by ourselves, though. God has provided the faith we need to believe. We just have to apply it to our lives through humble submission to the cross of Christ and to our Savior.

    There are many preachers and teachers of the Word today who are teaching a faith that is no faith at all, but is a mere outward confession of Christ, or is words that are mouthed only, or is an emotional experience or intellectual assent to who Jesus is, to what he did for us, and to our need to have him save us from our sins. Many of them teach salvation as though it is merely an escape from hell and a promise of heaven when we die. And, they teach that a mere prayer to ask Jesus into our hearts secures heaven for us no matter how we live our lives from this point forward. Yet, what they are missing is that genuine faith, which is required for salvation, involves turning from our sin (repentance) and turning our lives over to God/Christ in obedience and in surrender to his will for our lives. Grace that is absent of repentance and obedience is no grace at all, for God’s grace frees us from sin.

    Jesus said that if we want to come after him, we must deny (disallow) ourselves (our self-life) and take up our cross daily (die daily to sin and self) and follow him (in obedience). He said if we want to save our old lives of living for sin and self, we will lose them for eternity, but if we lose our lives (die to sin and self) for him, we will save them for eternity. Some people think this no longer applies to our lives, since it was before Christ died for our sins, and yet the apostles taught the same truth. They taught that we must die with Christ to our old lives of living for sin and self, that we must be transformed in heart and mind of the Spirit of God, and that we are to be given new lives in Christ, “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (See: Eph. 4:17-24; Ro. 6-8; Gal. 2:20; & 1 Pet. 2:24-25).

    It is not true GRACE if it does not free us from slavery to sin, and if all it does is just promise deliverance from the punishment of hell and promise the hope of eternal life in heaven. True grace is not a free license to continue in willful sin free from guilt and remorse. We read in Titus 2:11-14 that the grace of God that brings salvation teaches us to say “No” to “ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,” while we wait for our Lord’s return. Jesus Christ “gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” True grace transforms human lives away from living for sin and self to living for God/Christ in his holiness and righteousness, in the power of the Spirit of God now living within us. Jesus Christ died, not just to save us from our sins, but so we would no longer live for ourselves but for him who gave himself up for us (See 2 Co. 5:15).

    If we say that we love God, that we know him, and that we are walking in fellowship with him/Christ, yet we continue to live sinful lifestyles and we do not walk in obedience to his commands, then scripture teaches us that we are liars, that we don’t really know God, and that he does not really know us (See: the book of 1 John). This does not mean we will live in sinless perfection, as the Word also teaches that our salvation is a process of sanctification, i.e. we are saved, being saved and will be saved. We are in the process of being made holy; of being purified; and of being conformed to the image of Christ. Our salvation will not be complete until Jesus Christ returns.

    Yet, we should never use the excuse that we are not perfect, or that we are in process, to excuse away willful sin or to justify continuing to live sinful lifestyles after we claim to have been saved. Daily we should die to sin and self, and daily we should surrender to Christ, to the cross, and to our Savior’s will for our lives.

    For By Grace / An Original Work / January 27, 2012
    Based off Ephesians 2:8-9

    For by grace we’ve been saved
    Of all our sins,
    So that with Christ Jesus
    Our lives begin.
    Cleansing us from sin,
    He made pure within
    All who trust in Him
    As their Savior, friend,
    So that with Christ Jesus
    Our lives begin.

    We’ve been saved through faith;
    This not from ourselves,
    Lest that we should boast
    In our fleshly works.
    Our salvation is
    A gift from our God,
    Who loves us so much
    That He gave His Son
    To die on the cross
    For all of our sins.

    So repent of all
    Of your sins today,
    And He’ll forgive you;
    Wipe your sins away.
    Obey all of His
    Teachings given you,
    So that you can walk
    With Him now in truth;
    So that you can walk
    With Him now in truth.


    Waggles and Leemg say Amen and like this.
  2. Amen! Your entire OP is excellent and full of truth. May the body of Christ soon come into one accord speaking the same thing.
    Bless you.
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  3. Praise the Lord. I only share what he teaches me, and out of obedience to him, so glory to God! Yes, it will be wonderful when the whole church is awakened to the truth of what the Bible teaches concerning the gospel of our salvation and that many will be saved.
  4. 2Corinthians 7: 1
    Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
    2Corinthians 10: 3-5
    For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
    Galatians 2: 20
    I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
    Galatians 3: 3
    Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
    Galatians 5: 13
    For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
    Galatians 5: 16-17
    This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
    Galatians 5: 24-25
    And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
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  5. Waggles, Thank you so much for sharing these scripture verses. So fitting!
  6. I think that so many people derive their christianity simply from praise and worship activity/music - and are not given the meat and potatoes of the Word.
    As John the Baptist said to those coming to him; bring forth works that show your repentance. To be born again is to become a new creation in Christ Jesus, with the old person buried in the waters of baptism.
    Here is what it is all about in 4 verses:
    Titus 2: 11-14
    11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
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