What were Jesus’ last words on the cross?
John 19:30 “It is finished.”
Luke 23:46 “Father into Thy hands I commend My Spirit.”
Something was finished and something was placed into God’s hands.
(My work as Savior is finished – My life is now placed into God’s hands.)
“Do you not know that we who were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? . . . For since we have been united with Him in the likeness of His death, so we shall also be united with Him in the likeness of His resurrection. . . knowing that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God.
Likewise, you also consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:3-11
When you are born of the Spirit (second birth – born again) you were baptized into the same death as Jesus died. Something in you got finished too.
He died as a sinless sacrifice paying the full price for you to be set free from a doomed sin nature.
Something died in you and something was birthed in you at the same moment.
“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, not I but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loves me and gave Himself for me.” Gal. 2:20
Your sin nature died the moment you were born again.
In addition to this, a newly created spirit was born the moment you were born again. Christ Jesus was place inside you along with your new spirit. You were also place “in Christ”.
You were not the same old person with a sin nature who has added belief in Jesus to your life!
Your identity is now “in Christ”.
Your old sin nature is crucified with Christ.
Your new created spirit is merged with Christ.
God treats you the same way He treats Jesus.
“If any man be IN CHRIST he is a new creation, old things have passed away, BEHOLD all things become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17
“He who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.” I Cor. 6:17
Sspirit = Holy Spirit merged with your
human spirit to create a new Sspirit.
This newly created spirit is like a new born baby and needs nurturing to grow: A loving home = church. Baby food = milk of the Word. Mentoring from your resident truth Teacher the HS.
You have new DNA (Divine Nature of the Almighty).
All change now comes from the inside working on the outside through renewing your mind to think like God. There is no change without renewing the mind.
“Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Phil. 2:12
Song: Jesus on the inside working on the outside, O what a change in my life. Repeat twice. O what a change, what a change in my life. I’ve got the Holy Spirit inside working on the outside . . .
Pic of metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly.
Caterpillar is completely different from a butterfly. It is not a caterpillar that grow wings.
Caterpillar crawls on ground but eats and destroys everything in it’s path. It leaves death and destruction everywhere it goes.
Butterfly flies in air and pollenates and leaves a blessing wherever it goes. Butterfly is the symbol of a born again Xn – new creation that did not exist before.
You no longer have a sin nature! You may have sin habits, but that can all change by renewing your mind with God.
There is no more of the old you to try and fix up.
There is only the new man who needs to be built up!
God is not sin conscious like we are. When God looks at you He sees the new you. Our thinking needs to change in us. God had Jesus take away the sins of the world so God could only focus on righteousness which is His gift to you. It cannot be earned – it simply must be received.
You must break free form the mindset that you have to earn things from God. That is the way the world thinks but not the way God thinks.
Ill. After the prodigal son repented he received everything form His father as a gift. The son who stayed home received less because he tried to earn it.
We are God’s dwelling place on earth.
Habitat for Divinity
In the old Testament times people only had a visitational relationship with God. Today in New Testament we have a inhabitation relationship with Him.
- Our relationship with God is not on and off.
- His nature is unchanging. His love is unchanging, also His joy, peace, etc.
- He is not moody like us. God is always in a good mood towards us because we are “in Christ”. Yes we have issues to work on with Him but we don’t have to get back into good graces with God. He is not moody like us.
- God is celebrating and only working on the new man in you. He does not work on that old man – he is dead. He is working on the new you and what you are becoming.
It is a great day when you finally relax and live under His smile, His approval of you, His love and affection for you.
I think all God ever wanted was a family, you as His friend, His child that He could teach and show you how to live like Him in this world.
This is what Jesus gave the Father on the cross. He gave Him back His family that Satan stole. He gave Him you.
Close your eyes and imagine what I am about to say is God speaking directly to you.
“Beloved, I love you and I know everything about you. I rejoiced over you the day you were born. I am still rejoicing and singing over you. You have My full attention. I love My Son in you and you in My Son. I completely understand every struggle in your mind and every weakness about yourself. I want you to rest in My love. You will be surprised how the shackles of the past can fall away. Take a deep breath – relax. Let the tension of performance leave your soul and body. All you need to learn now is how to abide in Me and to discover what I am to you. You are in Christ and Christ is in you. Let your heart be filled with My joy and gladness. You are My beloved.”
Is it hard for you to imagine that God feels this way about you? If it is then it is because you need a new mind set.
In the world there is a saying,
“If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.”
Someone is about to be conned, or taken advantage of.
In the kingdom of God,
If it sounds too good to be true – it must be God!