…Heaven forbid! How can we, who have died to sin, still live in it? Don’t you know that those of us who have been immersed into the Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) have been immersed into His death? Through immersion into His death we were buried with Him; so that just as, through the glory of the Father, the Messiah was raised from the dead, likewise we too might live a new life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will also be united with Him in a resurrection like His. We know that our old self was put to death on the execution-stake with Him, so that the entire body of our sinful propensities might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For someone who has died has been cleared from sin. Now since we died with the Messiah, we trust that we will also live with Him. We know that Messiah has been raised from the dead, never to die again; death has no authority over Him. For His death was a unique event that need not be repeated; but His life, He keeps on living for God. In the same way, consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God, by your union with the Messiah Yeshua.
Ephesians 2:6; 16
That is, God raised us up with the Messiah Yeshua and seated us with Him in heaven,
…in order to reconcile to God both in a single body by being executed on a stake as a criminal and thus in Himself killing that enmity.
1 Corinthians 15:22
For just as in connection with Adam all die, so in connection with the Messiah all will be made alive.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation – the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new! And it is all from God, who through the Messiah has reconciled us to Himself and has given us the work of that reconciliation, which is that God in the Messiah was reconciling mankind to Himself, not counting their sins against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors of the Messiah; in effect, God is making His appeal through us. What we do is appeal on behalf of the Messiah, “Be reconciled to God!” God made this sinless Man be a sin offering on our behalf, so that in union with Him we might fully share in God’s righteousness.
1 Peter 3:18
For the Messiah Himself died for sins, once and for all, a Righteous Person on behalf of unrighteous people, so that He might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but brought to life by the Spirit.
Luke 9:23-24 ~ Yeshua speaking…
Then to everyone He said, “If anyone wants to come after Me, let him say ‘No’ to himself, take us his execution-stake daily and keep following Me. For whoever tries to save his own life will destroy it, but whoever destroys his life on My account, will save it.
Philippians 1:21; 2:5
For to me, life is the Messiah and death is gain.
Let your attitude toward one another be governed by your being in union with the Messiah Yeshua.
So if you were raised along with the Messiah, then seek the things above, where the Messiah is sitting at the right hand of God. Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.
1 John 2:1-2; 3:5
My children, I am writing you these things so that you won’t sin. But if anyone does sin, we have Yeshua the Messiah, the Tzaddik (Righteous One) who pleads our cause with the Father. Also, He is the kapparah (atonement/accounting) for our sins – and not only for ours, but for those of the whole world.
You know that He appeared in order to take away sins, and that there is no sin in Him.
If you could count how many times a day you get “offended” how often would it be? Offense being anything from annoyed by another’s action or your own…to outright angered. Offense being judgemental of yourself or anyone else. Judgemental being…a type of rendering under your own perspective what is or is not “good” either towards yourself or anyone else. Who has time to attempt this daily accounting??!!
Yet the WHOLE of God’s message lay at the heart of this action. Forgiveness is only possible if God is the ONLY Judge allowed to take up an offense. And what do we know about God in His decision to render Judgement? First that He is the only One who can judge accurately. He see’s the million cuts in the prisms that cause a person to sin, He knows how and why…only He does. Second, He is the only One who can be “fair” or just in rendering His verdict. Third, only God is capable of complete mercy and grace in delegating consequences to us in our sin. Hence why we must let the Messiah Yeshua’s words of instruction be our guide in this department. (Matthew 5; Luke 6:20-49) Our union with Him is the key.
Every sin ever done finds its root in unforgiveness. Offense taking – the taking into ones own hands the judgement that belongs to God alone, whether applied to ourselves or another. The truth is discernment is needed. God gives us the choice to steal from Him the right to judge and feel offended. But He does not, can not and will never give us the right to. He purchased the rights to offense; to sin and all its effects when Yeshua was crucified for them. This act was the final payment on the mortgage of sin; He owns the Deed. The right to take up offense, call out judgement, condemn, criticize, chastise, shun, hurt, reject, or any other means of sins effects belong only to Him. There is a big difference between being given a choice and a right.
Too often we hear people use this phrase: “I have a right to….” It is the worlds biggest LIE! Whatever may fill in the blank to such a statement matters not. We have been given 1, yes 1 right by God. To be called His children. (Matthew 5:44-48; John 1:12; Romans 8:14-16) That right is fully loaded with essentially ones willingness to never feel or think they have a right to anything ever again! It will take a God to move one into this kind of thinking and living, no one can do it but Him.
Let’s look at the Cross. If we want to live it must be our dictator, indicator and directional choice. Yeshua died on the cross. He rose again from the tomb. What’s alive is forgiveness, grace, mercy – with the RISEN Conqueror of sin and every single microscopic effect of it.
What died was offense, its effects, its power; with the Sinless One who paid the price to keep them there – dead – nailed to a tree forever. If you and I live to Messiah we give every single moment of offense over to His work with them – inside where it counts and He lives. If we are dying to the self that would hold offenses we are living in union with His work. We are dead if we think we have rights to offense.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
May the God of shalom (peace) make you completely holy – may your entire spirit, soul and body be kept blameless for the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. The One calling you is faithful, and He will do it.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤