Below is an email that I sent to the authors of the book “Helping Others Overcome Addictions: How God’s Grace Brings Lasting Freedom“.
I have the same passion as they do which is to “set the captives free”. Steve McVey is a former pastor of many churches and he was given the revelation of God’s grace back in 1991 while he was pastoring a church he was wanting to grow. He wrote the best-selling book “Grace Walk” which I highly recommend. His ministry is also called “Grace Walk” and he is coming out with a new book called “Beyond an Angry God” which I am highly anticipating to be a great success. You can find more about this book at http://www.beyondanangrygod.com.
Mike Quarles is also trained in the seminary and has struggled with alcoholism for a large portion of his life, but was SET free in an INSTANT 25 years ago by Christ. Now, he has a ministry helping others to be free from their bondages and addictions. This is something I have a HUGE passion for as well because the maternal side of my family struggles greatly with alcoholism and other addictions. I, myself, struggle with overeating and a few other things that are still present in my spiritually dead body. I know the pain and hardship these things cause. My hearts desire is for everyone to see and walk in the TRUTH and FREEDOM that Christ died for us to have. This truth will really SET A PERSON FREE when they understand it. Freedom truly is one revelation away for many of us.
Here is a modified response to a message that Mike sent out to a small group of which I am on the mailing list. I felt a strong desire to share about this and it fed me greatly, so I am sharing with you. They were discussing the topic of “Hyper Grace” and if what they taught was “Hyper Grace”.
NOTE: Pease be reminded that these are MY thoughts and conclusions based on my quiet time in the Word excluding ALL the traditions of man that we have been taught. I freely admit that I do not have 100% perfect doctrine and am open to ANY correction by the Spirit on ANYTHING I conclude. Sometimes, I may even change my stance “mid-stride” as the Spirit leads and reveals more. I am open to any correction and further revelation that the Spirit gives via scripture or through others and backed up by scripture but also confirmed in our hearts based on God’s goodness. God’s plan is an amazingly DEEP and AWESOME mystery that will never be understood through the wisdom of the World or man! Feel free to share anything that doesn’t fully reconcile in your mind and let’s together find “the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth”. I hope everyone who reads this feels the same way. We will be FED WELL with this mindset and heart attitude.
Thanks for sharing. I do hope you have the time to read this. I know it’s long, but believe me it’s VERY GOOD and WORTH IT!
Mike this is VERY POWERFUL and is what I have found to be the VERY key to setting the captives FREE! Keep up the awesome work doing that!
As we know, God identifies us by the status of our spirit man or (hidden) INNER man and not the physical outer man. He can either be spiritually dead and “in sin” married to the “father of Sin” who is Satan or he is quickened to eternal life and is married to Christ who IS life (and freedom).
Thus, a person is either (spiritually) dead or (spiritually) alive with no mixing. Life never mixes with death, light doesn’t mix with darkness, good with evil, etc. If a person is (spiritually) alive in Christ, he is no longer under law and is completely free because Christ has set their true self free! That person’s spirit-man (soul and spirit) and Christ’s Spirit are ONE and fully married, never to be “divorced”. See 1 Cor. 6:17
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit 1 Cor. 6:17 KJV
Also, we must know that Christ IS righteousness and anyone joined to the Lord is now a “slave to” or married to righteousness (Christ) instead of sin (Satan). See Romans 8:2 and 6:18 below.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death Romans 8:2
and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness Romans 6:18
“Sin” = Satan or “father of sin” or “Spirit of error” John 8:44, 1 John 3:10, Acts 13:10, John 8:41, 1 John 4:6
“Righteousness” = Christ who is our NEW husband. He is now married to our spirit being (which is also one with our soul or individual identity). Our inner-man (spirit and soul) is his bride. Now, let’s go and read Romans 7 and think about what it is saying! It’s AWESOME!
Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God Romans 7:4
New Birth from Above
At new birth, our old spirit man who was married to sin (Satan) died. He is what is called our “old man of sin” and he no longer exists at all for us. Our soul is REBORN when our spirit was made ONE with Christ himself. This is new birth “from above”. Now do we understand how God can kill a soul in the fire (often translated as “hell”) of his Spirit? The soul as it was in its naturally-born, darkened state under control of the “God of this World” dies and it is made just like God himself. That is what God’s Holy Spirit AND fire does. It always makes that which it comes into contact it with just like itself. See Helps Word-studies definition of “God’s Fire“. Now, we can also understand why “Everyone will be salted with fire“. Mark 9:49. We also know why we were “baptized with the Holy Spirit AND FIRE“! I believe this means the “fire” continues as believers because we, as his body, share in the death of Christ. Matt 3:11, Eph 5:30, 2 Cor 4:10. This “fire” is the trials and tribulations of life that test our faith to see if it is genuine. At new birth, God’s fire destroys our old soul and spirit man who is “natural” and dead to God and he becomes reborn in and ONE with Christ as an eternal spiritual person. God’s Spirit now leads us “out into the wilderness for “forty days of testing” while still in a natural body. Also, now we can understand the true meaning of Matt 10:28 when Jesus says “fear the one who can destroy both body and soul in Hell (geenna: Gehenna)” which I believe is a metaphor for God’s Holy (lake of?) fire.
After new birth in Christ, the outer man (flesh) still has the power of sin and death in him as he is decaying and will die. Why is this? Ever wonder why it says “Christ was MADE SIN”? I will explore this more near the end, but never forget that “we are his body and individually members of it“. 1 Cor 12:27 The point I want to make is after new birth there is NOW a dividing line between our true, eternal SPIRITUAL person who is our inner, sinless man and our outer man who is flesh or NATURAL and is dying. 2 Cor 4:16 WE really are ONE with Christ and our true being, who is our inner man will NEVER DIE and also NEVER SIN. 1 John 3:6, 1 John 3:9 Here is a POWERFUL truth that all need to know called spiritual circumcision.
3 Parts of Man
Before I share the powerful truth of spiritual circumcision we have to understand that a human is made up of 3 parts – body, soul and spirit. 1 Thes. 5:23 Being in computers and technology, this is something that I can relate to. Our body is the hardware or physical part we can touch like the computer itself. Our soul is our individual personality that makes us unique and different from each other. Often it is defined as mind, will and emotions. It is what makes “Bob” different from “Jim” other than his body size or type. In a computer, the “soul” would be the software or programs that are different on each computer. Our spirit is our life source or power source. Our life source or “spirit man” can either be natural or eternal. By default we run off of “natural” power which is short-lived and separated from the one true God who is eternal. Amazingly enough, the Bible calls this (natural) life “death” or “condemnation” or simply “natural” or “carnal” man.
God’s life given in Christ is “super-charged, eternal” power which the bible simply calls “life”. This “eternal” life given in Christ is really the only life that exists as it is God’s very life that is forever. “Natural” power or natural life (what the Bible calls “condemnation”) is the life we are born under in our physical bodies from our mother. It is not forever or eternal and it is separated or “veiled” from both God’s eternal (forever) life and is finite. Again, this is what the Bible calls “death”, “condemnation” or being “under the law”. John 3:18, Mark 16:16 The entire creation was born under this curse of death and is “natural” (will die) and not spiritual (live forever). But, the great news is that the blood of Christ reconciled the WHOLE CREATION and all will be “passed through the reconciling blood” of Jesus. 1 John 2:2; 2 Cor 5:19 At new birth, when we are born again in Christ from “above”, Christ himself becomes our new power source or life within our spirit man. We then are running off “super-charged” and “eternal” power or life and our true self or “inner man” of spirit and soul will never die. We need only shed our natural bodies to be fully out of death (ministry of condemnation) at this point. In summary, we can say that natural man is a soul with an eternally dead spirit, living in a body. Born-again or regenerated man is an eternal spirit that expresses himself through a soul that inhabits a body. These are the only two states of man that God recognizes. One is (eternally) “dead” and one is (eternally) “alive”.
The God of this World Originally Oversaw Natural Life (power)
The one in charge of the finite and veiled “natural” power is the God of this World who we call Satan or the Devil. Don’t be afraid of this because he works underneath the one true God and reports directly to Christ either knowingly or unknowingly. Thus, there is am ETERNAL purpose for “natural power” or natural life in “Adam”. Even Adam and Eve in their utmost perfection before being tricked into breaking God’s law did NOT have “super-charged, eternal” power or life. Granted, they were not yet experiencing death or “natural power” but were really in a state in-between or “neutral”. I’d love to share more on them soon in another post so we can begin to see the truth.
(Side note re: Satan, darkness and “dirty power”)
The next statements may shock some and offend others, but please hear me out as they are all backed up by solid scripture. Satan is merely the minister of the dark side of God’s love or “wrath”. He is God’s “Vinnie” who administers God’s wrath. Whether he fully knows this or not it is hard to say, but Job 1-2 seems to say he is or was fully aware at times. God clearly tells us that HE the one who makes both light AND DARKNESS! Please spend some time thinking about these verses: Is. 45:7, Col 1:16-17, Col 2:10, 2 Cor 3:7, Heb 2:14, 1 Cor 15:56 So, as the minister of God’s wrath called “death” via the law he is the one who “takes the child called Adam to the woodshed” to discipline and teach him until he finally “grows up” and sees the truth in Christ. This is what a good, loving father does and no discipline is without pain. Ever wonder why Paul always compares being under law (Ministry of death) to being a “child under a guardian“? Strange how the “law” which ministers “death” can be our “guardian”? See Gal 3:24-25, 2 Cor 3:27, Rom 7:9, Rom 7:11, 2 Cor 3:6, Acts 7:38, John 1:18! Sorry for the sidetrack but those set of verses are going to BUST THINGS OPEN for MANY who are really seeking truth!
(End side note re: Satan, darkness and “dirty power”)
My point is that before we are reborn as a believer, we run off “natural” power of the God of this World but that is really God’s “veiled” or non-eternal, non-redemptive power. When we are “reborn from above” at new birth into the New Creation in Christ, we then run fully off of “clean” and redemptive, eternal power and life. This is the very ETERNAL life of God in Christ who lives inside our and with our spirit.
Inner man or vs. Outer man
The Bible also defines us in another way as having two parts. 2 Cor. 4:16 The physical part of us or body is our “outer man” and the non-physical part (Soul and spirit) our “inner man” or true self. (I believe there are further technical details but I don’t want to make things too complicated here) Before we were made alive in Christ, they were both dead physically and spiritually having no access to God or eternal life. They both ran off of finite and veiled “natural” life or what I call “natural” power (life) in my example.
Miracle of Spiritual Circumcision at New Birth
So, here is the miracle called “spiritual circumcision” that happened at new birth in Christ when your true spirit man believed the truth of the Gospel.
At new birth, God “cut away the body of the flesh” or outer man from their true person in is their spiritual man or inner man through the miracle of spiritual circumcision or “circumcision of the heart” or spirit man.
This is how he says he can “forever remove your sins from you as far as the east is from the west!” Once this occurs, your sins are in a COMPLETELY different realm or dimension than YOU are. “You” are your REDEEMED and “washed in the blood” inner man or soul and spirit who is NOW in the HEAVENLY realm with Christ. Your sins are now quarantined or confined to the flesh which is in your spiritually dead body in the natural EARTHLY REALM. These two realms are as far away from each other as “the East is from the West”! Paul tells us some of the details in Romans 7 and 8. The REAL “YOU” <> your sins and we NEED TO SEE THIS CHURCH! This is TRUE circumcision and a TRUE “JEW” or believer! Romans 2:29, Duet 30:6, Jer 4:4, Col 2:11!
“Circumcise yourselves to the LORD And remove the foreskins of your heart, Men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Or else My wrath will go forth like fire And burn with none to quench it, Because of the evil of your deeds.” Jer 4:4
“Moreover the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live Duet 30:6
But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God Rom 2:29
and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ Col 2:11
This, my friend is the KEY TO FREEDOM! Without understanding this, there is NO FREEDOM! At new birth, our old man or “the body of the flesh” was completely removed from our true being who is our inner man.
Inner and Outer man in Different Realms
Also, this inner man is in a completely different realm than the outer man. Our true self or “inner man” is in Heaven seated with Christ and the outer man is still in the natural Earthly realm. The outer man still continues to manifest “sin” as the law would identify it, but that is not our true self. Under the new covenant it is just called “death”. It’s more like we are still carrying around a dead person, but his actions are not ours according to God. Rom 7:17 Could there be a much BIGGER reason why we are still carrying around this “dead man”? I will share my thoughts and “hunches” in a bit on this.
Here is a great way to think about the miracle of spiritual circumcision that occurred a new birth. Imagine 3 boxes of different sizes and colors. The biggest one is red and the next smallest is white while the smallest one is green.
Red = Sin = biggest box
White = Christ = second biggest box
Green = our individual being or our soul and natural, unregenerated spirit = smallest box
Now, lets put the green one inside the red one. We only see the red box from the outside. What state does this represent?
Green (us) are IN red (sin). This is the natural state of man (green box) under law who is “in sin” or in the “red box”.
Now is where we need to use our imagination. Let’s take the green box out of the red one and put them each individually on the table.
Now, let’s put the green box inside the white box. Then, lets put the white one INSIDE the red one.
So, we have the green box inside the white box and both of them inside the red box. We only see the red box from the outside.
Now, what state does this represent? NEW BIRTH! We (green box) are “in” Christ (white box) who is inside our body (red box).
This is REBIRTH FROM ABOVE! If we then removed the white box from the red box and looked inside the white box, we would find something astonishing.
The green box has TURNED WHITE! This is “washing your robe in the blood of Christ”.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city Rev 22:14
I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb Rev 7:14
Now, do you see the POWERFUL truth of spiritual circumcision that occurred at new birth!?! Once a person is “born from above” they can’t be “unborn”. They will live forever! Also, here’s another powerful truth. The actual location of the white box of Christ is in HEAVEN and thus, the green box is there as well because the white box CONTAINS the green box. The white box is a spiritual box and wherever it is, the green box is as well. Where is Christ (the white box)? We really are CITIZENS of Heaven now and seated WITH Christ!
WE ARE COMPLETELY FREE FROM ALL SIN BECA– USE WE ARE FREE FROM ALL LAW!
So, why don’t we experience this now?
All we have to do is fully and finally shed the dead body to fully experience our TRUE FREEDOM but for now it comes by faith and in short bursts of life. For now, we are free BY FAITH ALONE as Christ reveals it to us. If God would manifest our true freedom while in this body, it would NOT be by faith. In this current age of the Church, God’s goal is to unveil the true body of Christ and it only happens by faith in this age.
There are certain things I can’t seem to change about myself. Why do these things have so much power over me? What gives them so much power?
This is shocking to many people because it is taught so much today in so many Churches. The LAW is what gives sin it’s power. The law is not of faith and the law = “yolk of slavery”! Even after Christ sets us free, we can put ourselves back under slavery by putting ourselves back under the law. The law is the STRENGTH OF SIN! The law = “Ministry of death” via condemnation and guilt.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law 1 Cor 15:56
But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was 2 Cor 3:7
Isn’t this amazing? The law, or living by any set of rules for righteousness and defining sin as behavior is the very ministry of DEATH! If we want to stay free, we can’t come back under the law which is defining our freedom by behaviors and actions. The law is the Enemy’s only tool and only power of the enemy and we give it to him when we come under law based thinking and living. The law defines sin as actions and behavior and we will ALWAYS sin under law. However, under Christ the very definition of FREEDOM has changed.
Under the old system of law it was “stopping this behavior” or “starting that behavior” because sin was defined as an action or behavior. In Christ it is “trusting that he HAS SET US FREE and he will manifest that freedom according to HIS TIME”. If he gave it to us right away, it would not be by faith, plus there is another very important reason I will get to shortly. We will NEVER see full freedom in this life (as defined by actions or behavior) as he wants to keep us humbled and living by faith. True faith is believing in that which does NOT exist or that which we DON’T YET HAVE! Only faith pleases God and if we define “sin” as behavior we are now under law and will ALWAYS be condemned (experience death).
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery Gal 5:1
Yoke of slavery = coming back under law and defining freedom and “sin” as actions. WE can do that! True freedom is just believing Christ HAS set us free regardless of our behaviors and trusting him to manage them.
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace Romans 6:14
But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead Romans 7:8
Guys, this is the key! See how SIN is TIED INTO LAW?
Again, we can’t be under LAW! Sin can only be a master over us if we come back under law and define “sin” as behavior or actions. Now, the only sin that remains is UNBELIEF that Christ HAS set us free which is what the law does to us. Let me share something very powerful that could set someone FREE from SIN right now.
“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you John 16:7
If Jesus dies he will send the “helper” or the Holy Spirit. What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit?
And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment John 16:8
The Holy Spirit will convict the World of three things, but right now lets focus on sin. Look at what Jesus says next. We have to understand this to be free.
concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me John 16:9
This is the ONLY SIN that the HOLY SPIRIT will EVER convict an unbeliever of! The sin of UNBELIEF! That is so powerful. We must never forget that Christ took away ALL the sins of the WHOLE WORLD but especially OURS! They were cut away or “circumcised” when our hearts were circumcised or cut away from the outer man or “the flesh”. The outer man is still under law and thus sin and he will die. He will always try to bring is back UNDER the law and sin! We can’t come under any law. Christ is the end of the law for all that believe!
The law is the strength of sin because it defines sin as behavior. Under law we will always be “sinners” because only GOD isn’t a sinner under the law. Only he is 100% perfect FOREVER and that is what the law demands – 100% perfection FOREVER! No human can do that.
However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.” Gal 3:12
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him Hebrews 11:6
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes Romans 10:4
Do we see this? This is so powerful! This is the VERY KEY TO our FREEDOM! Only faith pleases God and the law is not of faith. NO LAW WILL EVER PLEASE GOD! Christ was the END of the law (for righteousness) for all believers. Many will say “yes, but only for righteousness!”. I submit to you that anytime a believer puts themselves under law, it is ALWAYS FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS! What are we trying to do when we put ourselves under law? We are trying to CHANGE our behaviors so we are more acceptable to ourselves or God! THIS IS trying to obtain our OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS apart from God’s righteousness who is CHRST! ALWAYS!
But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage. Gal 2:4
The “false brethren” are the “Jews” under the bondage of the law who want to bring us back under the law and keep sin defined as actions and behavior. This is also our outer man or “FLESH” and ANYONE who teaches us to live under the Law and Ten commandments. Ever wonder why the Beasts in Daniel and Revelation have Ten Heads? Don’t believe me? Go back to 1 Cor 15:56 again. The power of sin (death) is the LAW!
We have to understand the purpose of the Law.
PUT ANYONE OTHER THAN GOD HIMSELF TO DEATH!
The law always administers God’s wrath because no one can be as perfect as the law demands. The law always KILLS EVERYTHING that is not GOD HIMSELF! The Law will NOT go away until ALL OF the OLD CREATION IN ADAM IS PUT TO DEATH! This is why our outer man is still dying. He must die before he can be made new again. Jesus told us “unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and DIES, it can’t bear much fruit…” John 12:24
So, even though our outer man is dying as he is under law, we must be alert and stand firm in the FAITH and not come back under any law in our true selves, our inner man by trying to earn our own righteousness. A good sign if we are coming under law is if you think things like “I should..” or “I shouldn’t” or when we see words like “you shouldn’t” or “you should”. “Should” is a LAW based WORD that produces guilt. Guilt and shame are always LAW-BASED feelings. RUN!
We simply and very plainly trust Christ inside us to live in and through us each and every waking moment no matter what we are doing. He will show us our real lives each moment of each day and will gently and lovingly “convict” or correct us with NO guilt or shame. If anything, you will feel LIFE from within when it occurs and move on. It’s much like raising your hand while being flagged for a foul in basketball. Just raise your hand, acknowledge it and KEEP PLAYING! No guilt or shame at all.
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong 1 Cor 16:13
Faith is the only thing that pleases God. Faith is the OPPOSITE of the law. Faith = simply trusting God that we ARE free because of Christ and he will manifest it according to his plan for each person. The ones he wants to use the most he will leave some powerful negative behaviors, traits or characteristics in place. This was why Paul’s had a “thorn in the flesh”. God left it there to keep him from becoming conceited or proud due to the “magnitude of the powerful revelations he received”. God’s strength is manifest in our WEAKNESS.
This brings me to why God left the power of sin in our bodies as believers. This is VERY POWERFUL and amazing to see.
We are really carrying around the DEATH of CHRIST so that the LIFE of Christ can be manifest in us.
This is the real reason we as believers still have sin and death in our bodies. Remember this verse that so few talk about?
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him 2 Cor 5:21
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us— for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE “– Gal 3:13
for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church because we are members of His body Eph 5:29-30
always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body 2 Cor 4:10
Do we see what these verses are saying? As believers we are carrying around the ACTUAL death of Christ (who BECAME SIN and the CURSE) because we are HIS BODY. 1 Cor 12:27 If we want to manifest the LIFE of Christ, we must also share in his death. Our “self” or the “I” God has to continually keep down by “the death of Christ” so that the life of Christ can ALSO be manifest. It’s important to see the word “also”.
This is why God has left the power of sin (death) in our bodies at new birth. We are actually still manifesting the death of the body of Christ because we ARE his body. He was the head and he died first and we are his body so we must manifest the completion of his death. Once his full body dies which also contains the ENTIRE CREATION OF ADAM, then the end will come. At that point, the entire old creation will have DIED in him and the “fullness of the gentiles” will have come into his body. In the meantime, God’s power is made perfect in our weakness (Which those under law would call “sins” or behaviors as defined under the law).
Now, we can understand why Jesus said these often quoted words by those teaching us to come under Law.
“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished Matt 5:18
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away Matt 24:35
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them Matt 5:17
In Christ the entire old creation under law MUST DIE because it is defined as SIN under the law. This has already happened our inner man or spirit man when we were baptized into the death of Christ. Through his death, we also were set free from the law.
But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter. Rom 7:6
Thus, our true being is completely and totally free from both LAW and SIN!
This is powerful and each person will find this out according to God’s plan. What is EVEN more powerful is what happens to the entire old creation after it all “dies”. I’ll let you talk to God on that one. 🙂 Hint – see Romans 8:20-21.
Thus, a true believer is really a “hybrid” who is a new creation being in his true person or inner spirit man (spirit and soul) but he is still in the OLD creation body that is STILL dying the death of Jesus under law. Once the natural body dies, we will INSTANTLY SEE OUR TRUE LOCATION, SELF and FREEDOM and IMMEDIATELY be consciously present where our real person is – WITH CHRIST!
For now, the next point is very important and we must NEVER forget it!
Our status or identity is defined by our new spirit man who is one with Christ and that NEVER CHANGES!
We are still COMPLETELY free in our true, inner man or “heart” as God defines us. Our true being NEVER sins and technically, the outer man doesn’t either. He is just “dying”. If a true believer can “sin” as the law defines it, then we would say that Christ sins. IMPOSSIBLE! This powerful truth never changes!
and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses Acts 13:39
We could not be FREE from ANYTHING under the Law of Moses because we had to be 100% perfect forever! So, guess what we are complete FREED from in Christ?
As long as we can believe it. And Christ gives us that belief. Unfortunately, if we don’t have it, we are still under the bondage of the law and are defining “sin” as actions and behavior. Christ will show us our real freedom if we ask him. This is the real fight. It’s a fight of faith and not behaviors. And the battle is all won!
God bless and keep setting the captives free.