Friday, December 12, 2014
Reject Shame: Know Who You Are in Christ
Where does anyone get the idea that we break free of shameful habits by identifying with them?
What does Paul say to the Corinthians, who still were living in sin?
"15Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. (1 Corinthians 6: 15-17)
Know you not? Know you not?
Don't you know who you are? You are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Why would you abuse your body?
"18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6: 18-20)
We are called to identify with the truth of Christ living in us, our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27)
We are no longer in dead Adam, but alive in Christ Jesus. We have received Himself, and because we live in Him, free from condemnation (Romans 8:1 )
Because there is no condemnation in Christ, we bring every thought into captivity to Christ Jesus, (2 Corinthians 10: 5), which indicates that we are free of the law of sin and death, and now living by the law of the Spirit of life!
Shame is a lie from Satan, and because Jesus has fulfilled the law for us, we are free from condemnation, and called to reign in life in His Son (Romans 5:15-17)
Posted by Arthur Christopher Schaper at 9:09 AM