The Fall of man came about from believing a lie, the lie that we could be like God. The deception was so deep God gave the Commandments to awaken us that we might discover another spirit had moved in (Ephesians 2:2). It’s as if He’s saying, “Oh, so you think you can be like me”? Well, how bout you start by doing these ten things? God never once thought man could “keep” these commands but man had to come to see this for himself.
The real reason for giving the Law was to kill us, “the letter kills”, it’s a “ministry of death” (2 Corinthians 3:6-7). We had to die to our union with the “spirit of error” (1 John 4:6). The Law’s purpose is to “shut our mouths”, “hold us accountable to God” and give us “the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:19-20). The Law is a “schoolmaster to lead us to Christ” (Galatians 3:24). “The Law is holy, righteous and good” (Romans 7:12) but it can’t save us! Only Jesus Christ through His death, burial and resurrection can save us! We can’t fix the old man, he has to be crucified, buried and raised to new life in Christ (Romans 6:3-11; Galatians 2:20). Once that happens the Law has served its purpose and we walk in the Spirit by faith. We no longer trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1:9). We finally come to see “it’s no longer I who live but Christ.”
He is the life!
Christ is your very life (Colossians 3:4).
Have you ever done something and afterwards thought, “Why did I do that? that’s not who I am.” If that wasn’t you who was it?
The Apostle Paul discovered it was sin in him but not the real “him.” He said, “If I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me” (Romans 7:20). Once Paul discovered this he cried out for deliverance saying, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24). Then it’s as if he remembered he was already free in Christ, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25).
After seeing that it was not really “he” but “sin” in him, he remembered Christ had already set him free. Now, Paul says, “It is no longer I but Christ who lives” (Galatians 2:20). Either way it’s not only “I” ever, because we are always joined to another. We are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness (Romans 6:18). We are either producing fruit for death or fruit for God (Romans 7:4-5). We are joined to the True Vine or another but we are always a branch (John 15:1-5). We are operating according to “the spirit of truth” or “the spirit of error” (1 John 4:6).
We were not created to operate independently. We humans are built for union with God. In the fall, that union was severed but it doesn’t mean we are independent, it means we were deceived. The Satanic lie is, “You can be like God.” In other words, you can be independent like God. This is what Satan wanted all along (Isaiah 14:12-15) so he tricks man into being in union with him but he can’t do it openly for fear of being discovered. So, the father of lies, lies! He deceives us into thinking we’re in charge of ourselves when the reality is we are simply doing his bidding all along. He speaks to us in the first person so we think it’s our ideas when the truth is we “are doing the lusts of our father the devil” (John 8:44).
We are his slave, producing his fruit and getting to share in the consequences. Once we hear the Good news that Jesus Christ became “sin” so we can become the “righteousness” of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21), we are freed! We by faith claim we have died to sin! (Romans 6:7) We have been rescued from the dominion of darkness! (Colossians 1:13) We have been forgiven, freed from Satan’s dominion and have received an inheritance among those who have bee sanctified by faith in Christ (Acts 26:18).
The Cross worked!!