I have not blogged as frequently lately, as I have been working hard to finish my upcoming eBook The Path of Freedom: Few find it. Fewer walk it. Be one of the few.
This eBook will be dropping very soon, and will go out FREE to subscribers of the blog. If you want to get your FREE copy, make sure you are subscribed (which you can do at the bottom of this post, or at the top or side of my page).
In light of Good Friday, and in remembering our Lord’s death today, I was thinking about a section of the book that I have written, that is so applicable for the moment. I wanted to share it with you here. I hope you enjoy.
I love Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome. As you saw in my testimony, Romans 8 gave me Life when I was teetering on spiritual death. It shone Light into my deepest darkness. The astonishing thing about that, looking back, is that in my relative lack of spiritual depth, reading and understanding Romans was difficult to say the least. In many ways, it still is. But through all the “Greek,” if you will, I still found enough Life to begin to set me Free.
Romans 8 is all about living by the Life of Christ, through the Spirit and Law of Life within. But to fully appreciate that Chapter, and the Life and Spirit and Law that it unveils, a discerning reader and seeker will do well to dig into the 7 preceding Chapters.
Romans 1-5 speak to justification, the deliverance of those who choose Christ from the penalty of sin. In other words, Romans 1-5 speak to The Gate of Christ. Paul spends 5 Chapters attempting to illustrate the purpose of the Law of Moses (or Law of God), which was given to show man the utter foolishness and impossibility in being right before God in trying to live so as to keep that Law. In that way, the Law had a purpose of revealing a prison to those who sought to respond to God’s Love. The Law could not be perfectly kept, and in failing even to keep 1 of the 613 Laws, one was not right with God. Only One could keep this Law, and He in fact came to fulfill it and bring with Him a New Law.
Living by the Law of Moses was bondage. Christ came to set us Free from this. That is Grace, that is, The Gate.
When Paul moves into Romans 6, he takes us beyond The Gate. Shall one continue to sin so that this Grace may increase? Shall one sit contentedly inside The Gate and otherwise not move forward along The Path? Let it not be!
And then Paul reveals something so few have truly grasped. Even to this fine day, though I receive this in faith as Truth, it blows my mind.
“…do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (3-11)
I don’t know about you, but it wasn’t until recent years when I felt the full weight of that passage. When it moved from an intellectual understanding down into my spirit as an actual fact, the earth where I stood shook.
When Christ died on the Cross, you were in Him. Somehow, some way, literally in Him.
When Jesus died on the Cross on that dark, black Friday 2000 years ago. So did you.
What does this mean? What is the significance of our being in Jesus as He hung on the Cross at the top of that Hill, and breathed His last? What does it mean for us today, having been crucified with Jesus then?
It means Resurrection is coming. It means Life will be raised out of death. It means you can be Free.
But you’ll have to wait until Sunday to read the rest of that section of the eBook, and you’ll have to wait just a few more weeks for the entire journey into what Freedom in Christ is.
I hope you’ll come along for the quest.
Have a beautiful, reflective Good Friday.