Do you remember in grade school when our teachers used pictures and illustrations to better help us to understand the point being made? Well, that is what I was able to do in jail this time with help from an old friend and the use of his chart presentation. He is the late Jim Seward, whom we met 3 years ago at the Christ our Life Conference in Louisville held at our friend Sylvia’s house. He was an artist, a singer, a minister, and the list goes on. The most important thing to Jim was to be able to declare accurately what God wants to say. He did that very well. I used a 10 picture giant book illustration to make clear what happened at the cross. As I was up there declaring the gospel, there was an empowerment that came from inside me, which I knew was the Holy Spirit. He’s the real teacher you know.
You could have heard a pin drop as the ladies were listening intently. I told them the difference between sin and sins. In Romans 6&7 we discover Sin is personified, and it is a satanic spirit that motivates us before we are saved. All the way back in Genesis sin seems to be a person we’ll call him Mr. Sin. He crouches and desires which sounds like a person, doesn’t it? The satanic spirit entered Adam in the garden and we by nature inherited it from him. God made this right by sending His son Jesus.
As we receive the person of Christ, himself, we become aware of a change in our life – some kind of witness from Him that we are born again. We died when Jesus died and we were raised with Him when He was raised. “He made him to be sin, who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” God placed us in Christ on the cross; so we too were crucified with him in order for Mr. Sin to be removed from us and make it possible to receive his righteousness. What a trade off!
As I turned another page in the giant illustration book, they wanted to hear more of how God looks at us and sees His Son. It’s only when we trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior we get everything Jesus is because He lives in us. That is how we get to heaven is when Jesus, who is perfect, lives His life through us. It’s really Him; we are an expression of Christ. Think about it, God is so big; He needs each one of us to express Him.
This is really good news and I love to tell it every chance God gives me, and tonight was no exception. As a matter of fact, I have to thank God for the opportunity through Jim Seward to make clear what happened at the cross. We no longer have to listen to our old boss Satan because we have been changed into a new creature. We are not just a washed off pig but a sheep. The difference between the two is that a pig’s nature is to wallow in the mud. A sheep may occasionally get into the mud, but he doesn’t stay there because it’s not his nature. 1John 3:9 says, “no one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” We do not HAVE to sin. It doesn’t mean that we can’t sin or that we won’t sin, but we don’t have to. The seed we are talking about here is the Holy Spirit seed. He doesn’t sin. Our flesh wars with the Spirit and is meant to. The flesh can not please God. That’s why the bible says to walk after the spirit not the flesh. This fight is not two natures fighting because the old nature is dead, severed, cut off, no longer present. We get a bran new nature and technically, it’s not really our nature because we are a vessel so it’s really the nature of God and Him living in us. In Him we live and move and have our being.
I am so excited to teach and share this with the ladies in jail and now with you as well. It’s exciting to know what really happened at the cross.
Written by Tracey