WHICH SELF ARE YOU TRYING TO IMPROVE?

Self-improvement, self-analysis, self-help, etc. are not Biblical concepts. According to the scriptures, the “self” you are, is either in Adam/dead, or in Christ/alive. We were duped into partaking of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” in Adam but the good news is Jesus invites us to partake of the “Tree of Life.”

We “were” dead in sin but God has raised us up and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus! He did this by co-crucifying us with Christ. We who place our faith in the work of the cross have been joined with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. The old self has DIED! There is no way to improve a dead man! We really have been transformed into a brand new creature in Christ and that creature needs no improvement!

When Adam joined himself to the mind of the enemy by way of the forbidden tree, the whole of the human race became deceived into thinking we could make ourselves “like God” (Isaiah 14:13-14). This is the root of the lie of self-improvement. We falsely believe we can make ourselves “Better” when God knows the deceived, corrupted self has to be disposed of entirely. After all, if we could improve why did Jesus come? If we could try and try and eventually become “Better”, God would have just waited and let us eventually get to the place where we could “keep” His law. Of course we know that’s impossible, right?

Jesus “is” not “has” the life. Jesus “is” not “has” righteousness. Jesus “is” not “has” wisdom from God. Jesus “is” not “has” sanctification”, and “redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Besides, “If righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly” (Galatians 2:21). If we could in any way possible improve, God would not have offered us His One Unique Son.

Think about it.

Louie

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WHO YOU WERE AND WHO YOU ARE

Most people you come into contact with are walking around unaware of who they are. They think they’re just them like I used to think I’m just me. If you asked me “Who are you?” my response would be “Well, I’m me! What do you mean who are you?”

We all have some sense of identity. Some of us live with an identity that comes from our family name, some get their identity from their job, title or money or maybe they identify themselves as an addict. Which ever one it is we all have some way we look at ourselves and others in order to identify each other; you know how we love to put people in compartments. We say, “She’s one of those rich girls or he’s one of those guys that gets high or he’s a workaholic type” etc. What do you say we look at how the Bible identifies us for a minute?

The Bible breaks all of humanity down into one of two groups. According to Romans 5 we are all either in Adam or in Christ. Therefore we aren’t just ourselves we are identified as being in Adam by way of natural birth and those of us that have been born again have been placed into Christ. Either way you are born in one or the other.

Another way we are identified in the scriptures is we are either called a sinner or a saint. A sinner of course is what we are by being born in Adam. When Adam sinned we all sinned therefore we have to be forgiven and transferred out of Adam and put into Christ. The big question is how does that happen?

I’m glad you asked because it is quite the story. In Romans 6 we discover that those of us who have been baptized into Christ have been baptized into his death. This means that on the cross God placed us into Christ. In other words he now sees us as having been crucified, dead and buried with him. While this is marvelous news it is really even better than that because we are also told we have been raised with him to walk in newness of life. We have been given a completely new identity. We are no longer called sinners but now we are known as saints.

All of the New Testament letters are addressed to “the Saints.” They are never written to “Sinners” because once we have been born again, by being placed into Christ, we have a brand new identity. Now there are plenty of people that will tell you, “We were born sinners and we’ll always be sinners”, but that isn’t what the Bible says. The Bible tells us that “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”

God cannot allow sin into his kingdom that’s why he changes us completely. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” Now that’s a pretty gnarly list of sinners don’t you think? But I love the next sentence. “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” God has “transferred us into the kingdom of his dear Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” We are now identified as one of God’s sons!

Written by Louie