Editor’s Note: This article was originally published 11 March, 2016 on Amanda’s Facebook page and was edited to fit the format of Land. Visit her website to find out more.
Bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:4-5).
In other words, all that we believe about us and God should line up with, or obey, what Jesus accomplished on the Cross.
The obedience of Christ is the filter through which we should determine all our beliefs–and most especially our personal identity in Christ.
It’s so very important to make sure our understanding about our relationship with God is based upon the Truth of the finished Work of Christ.
If we think incorrectly, with repetition those lies can become part of our belief system (or strongholds, as the Bible calls them) which absolutely determines the quality (or lacking quality) of life that we will live (Prov 23:7).
Many Christians erroneously believe we are still sinners because we experience sin in our bodies and/or thoughts (minds, souls).
However, instead of walking by sight (the senses, which is of the flesh) or by what our favorite magazine says, we should rather determine our spiritual identities by what the Word says (which is Spirit, according to John 6:63), clearly dividing the line between soul and spirit (Heb 4:12).
The Word says that all people are three-part beings: spirit, soul, and body (1 Thess 5:23).
In Him, the same verse, tells us Jesus has promised to preserve blameless and sanctify (or make holy) our three-part being. The next verse doesn’t say that we will, but that God will do it until Jesus returns again (1 Thess 5:24).
That is awesome good news, isn’t it?!
To illustrate this meaning, think of a jar of preserved fruit jam you buy at the grocery store: you can put it on the shelf for years and years and it will never get one speck of mold or bacteria in it, right?
Similarly, that purity is exactly like the blamelessness that God promises to keep our whole being in without our additional effort to live holy.
It’s very important to realize that we worship God consistently according to the condition of our spirits (John 4:24) and not necessarily always according to our souls or bodies (which sometimes can be fickle, or sinful).
Although God is concerned with how we feel in our souls (Heb 4:15), He is not one with us there in our souls. Rather, we are one with Him in our spirits (1 Cor 6:17).
Because God never changes (Heb 13:8), and we’re one spirit with Him, then that also means that our spirits will never change from the perfection we received from Him when we first trusted in Jesus, when we received forgiveness for all our sins.
That’s right! Your spirit is FOREVER PERFECT (Heb 10:14)!
How wonderful is that?!
When we trusted Christ, it was our spirits that were sealed up with the holiness of the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13), and preserved like that fruit jam I mentioned.
Because Jesus can’t sin, and we are exactly “as He IS” in our spirits (1 John 4:17) right at this moment, it’s also IMPOSSIBLE for our spirits to sin (1 John 3:9)!
Now of course, while we remain here in our corruptible bodies, our souls and bodies will continue to occasionally sin.
However, focus on the truth about our oneness with God and that our relationship with Him is rooted in our spirits, which He inflexibly created forever to have HIS righteousness (His gift to us, independent of our behavior–2 Cor 5:21, Rom 5:17)!
Our spirits are the portion of our being that became a brand new “born again” creation when we trusted in Jesus (2 Cor 5:17).
This means we were instantly transformed from being sinners in the kingdom of darkness to being saints (meaning holy ones or children of God) in God’s kingdom of Light.
We were made holy simply by trusting in Jesus and not by our good performance (there are acts of holiness, which is just a reaction of who we are already–but I’m not speaking of those in this context).
Isn’t this good news?!
This is why many of Paul’s letters (which comprise most of the New Testament) were not written to sinners, but instead were addressed to the saints in Rome, Ephesus, Corinth, etcetera.
Agree with God that you are no longer identified by Him as a “sinner saved by grace” (though we once were), but NOW you are a SAINT, made holy only by His blood (Heb 13:12)!
2 Cor 10:4-5, NKJV; Prov 23:7, NKJV; John 6:63, NKJV; Heb 4:12, NKJV;
1 Thes 5:23-24, NKJV; John 4:24, ESV; Heb 4:15, ESV; 1 Cor 6:17, ESV; Heb 13:8, ESV; Heb 10:14, TEV; Eph 1:13, NIV; 1 John 4:17, ESV; 1 John 3:9 , NKJV; 2 Cor 5:21, Weymouth; Rom 5:17, NKJV; 2 Cor 5:17, NKJV; Heb 13:12, AMP