When we surrender our hearts and lives to Christ, there are certain character traits that we will possess and these traits of character will cause us to want that fellowship with Christ to keep us in a surrendered condition. I thought that it might be good for us to study the subject just to make sure we are in this fellowship or abiding in Him.
Romans 6:2 "God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
If we are dead to sin, we cannot sin any longer willingly. We can slip and fall but not deliberately. Remember, we have an advocate in heaven Jesus Christ who forgives when we slip up and He forgives freely because He loves us.
Romans 6:11 "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Reckon means to believe ye yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin. When we surrender ourselves to Christ, we must believe that He has accepted us and now we are His.
Galatians 5:24 "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts."
If we are Christ's, we have crucified the sinful flesh with all our sinful affections and lusts and now....
Colossians 3:3 "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God."
....we are dead to sin and our life is hid with Christ in God, what a relief from all the worldly baggage that we have been carrying around!
1 Peter 2:24 "Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness by Whose stripes ye were healed."
Christ bore our sins in His own body on the cross, that because we are dead to sin now, we can live a righteous life in Him because we have been healed from sin by His death.
Romans 6:6 "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."
We can let our old man of sin be destroyed now so that from now on we do not serve sin.
Romans 8:36 "As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long, we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."
For Christ's sake our old man of sin is killed all day long if we stay surrendered to Him.
2 Corinthians 4:11 "For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh."
Our old man of sin is always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake so that we might allow Jesus to be made manifest in our new body that has been delivered from sin.
Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
This verse is the answer to how we can have fellowship with Christ every day of our lives.
By letting Christ live in us by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us.
2 Timothy 2:11 "It is a faithful saying, For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him."
I know this sounds like a hard thing to do, but do you know that the hardest part of all this is giving up on self. We are normally a selfish person and giving up on our own selfish hearts is not easy but we can do it. If I can do it, you can do it. Yes, we may fall back into our selfish pit, but please don't stay there. We have an Advocate in Jesus to present us to the Father if we repent. And if we repent, we are restored. How wonderful is this? We don't have to live a sinful life at all. We can be happy and free in Christ and there is nothing in this world better than that. Grandma Joan
P.S. This study was a little long but so worth it. Remember the words, 'Jesus save me' when we slip and fall and He will.