“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” Joh 12:24.
Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin Rom 6:6-7.
It is absolute comical to think of resurrection without death. Also, it is laughable to think that the new life is possible without the death of the old man.
The born again experience is actually the end of a life and the beginning of another one. Those who have not experienced the death of the old man cannot experience the beginning of the new life. Any claim to the born again experience without the death of the old sin nature is a religious excitement.
Actually there is a possibility of conversion without the true born again experience. Men are “converted” from one religion to another; from one denomination to the other and from one parish to another. Many claims to the born again life in our day is actually conversion from orthodoxy into Pentecostalism or movement from a dormant denomination to a fast growing one. Many water baptisms are mere religious swimming; baptism without death.
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life Rom 6:3-4.
Friend, the new life is not possible until the old man in you dies. It is impossible for you to live above sin in true holiness when the nature of sin is still alive in you. Those who are born of God are carriers of new nature created after God in purity and holiness; they cannot sin because of the seed of God in them.
Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God 1Joh 3:9.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me Gal 2:20.
Beloved, you cannot carry a heart of flesh and lead a life of the spirit; you cannot be alive to the flesh and the spirit at the same time. The reason why sin, sinful habits and worldliness are still appealing to you is because their nature is in you. Religious cosmetics cannot prevent the manifestation of what is inside. If you keep wondering why, whereas you desire to be holy, sin is still your master, the simple reason is that you are yet to die. The day the man of sin dies in you, the new man created after God will evolve.
If you desire the genuine new life in Christ, go to Calvary and submit the old man there; nail your old man to the cross. The way to live in Christ is to die to sin. Go in sincerity to Christ and nail the nature of sin to death. Then and after then, you will be a new man in Christ.
The day of rapture shall not be a day of unprecedented lamentation and regret for you and me in Jesus name.
Your soul will not be an eternal gift to Satan in Jesus name.
Be ready; He can come any moment.