THE GREATEST OBSTACLE-part 2 of 4

Sunday, 20 March 2016 13:37 Written by 

 

As we discussed in part 1 of our greatest obstacle to freedom and transformation is the “absence of taking action”. Consider the following. Within Old Testament sacrifices that were offered, they were purposed only to cover over sin. They were never able to atone for wrongdoings…the covering over could not cancel the power of sin. Even so, satan was never allowed to set a legal right in place without God’s approval. That is why satan always had to come before God with his accusations. By law God had to acknowledge the legal right and allow satan access to the individual…much like a judge in our court system. The sacrifice with repentance cancelled the legal right and would deny satan access to the individual through that sinful issue. But it did not cancel the power sin had over the individual. The understanding of this power that sin had over us is lost to the generations following the cross.

    Let’s look at what that power of sin was really about. Sin in the Old Testament is what the condition of the soul would be transformed into. This is why scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin. It was not that the soul literally became sin but that sin permeated the soul unto virtual, spiritual death. Because man could not yet be born again, spiritual death was his final state. However in the New Testament sin had been atoned for. That atonement by Jesus now denies satan access before God to make accusations, even for non-believers. New Testament sin can only permeate to the depth that our will allows it. To say it differently, if a person desires to be a sinner…to willfully be in sin, such as in the occult…then sin would permeate to the depth of spiritual death. For most individuals, New Testament sin is more of a struggle against their own will. The death of  Jesus’…the ultimate sacrifice for sin…cancelled all legal rights satan could enforce against our sin. In the Old Testament God viewed the people's obedience of sacrifice…if offered with a true motive…as an expression on their part of a sincere heart desiring to be in right relationship with Him. As such, God by His grace and mercy moved on the situation in a powerful way and took things into His own hands. Their sacrifice could not deal with the legal rights that satan had to people's sin, but God’s grace and mercy could. As such, God had to continually intervene on their behalf. God’s people were in a position of desperation and only God could remove the obstacles. Mankind was positioned beneath the angels and the demonic hoard.

    In the New Testament all has changed. Now mankind is positioned above the angels and demonic realm. The demonic hoard is now subject to our instruction. By Jesus’ atonement, the power of sin has been broken and all legal rights that the enemy had access to are accounted for…yet, there is concern here. Because that desperation from being under the power of sin is broken, we may have become like spoiled children whose work has been done for us. We do not grasp that which Jesus has given us in the authority to deal with the demonic hoard, illnesses, and life issues. Hence, the only way we seem to be able to come to the reality of what Jesus has done and how He has positioned us is by allowing the struggles to come to us, kind of like pushing a child to walk…knowing he will fall…but being there to pick him up.

    It is for each person to work out his/her own salvation: “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). The words work out here mean to cultivate, to carry out to the goal, and fully to complete. There is a saving work which only God can do for us. But, there is also a work which we must do for ourselves. The work of our salvation is not completed in God's work in us. The work that God would do in us must be allowed by our will, by our choices. It is then for us to embrace and act upon it. The cross brought us out from under the authority and power of sin and positioned us to put into motion the ability to take action with authority and power over sin. To be positioned in of itself doesn’t change anything…we must walk in that authority and use our Jesus given authority as God leads.

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William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.

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