Saturday, August 14, 2010

ARE YOU IN BONDAGE TO CHRISTIANITY?

NOTE:  This small teaching is a tremendously simple, powerful look at what it means to be in Christ.  Today, we need this.  Many of us have been raised "in bondage" to a religious Christianity which has none of the true marks of discipleship.  Be freed today from all other laws, systems, and rules except the Spirit's power to live Christ's life through us. 


IN BONDAGE TO CHRISTIANITY
T. AUSTIN-SPARKS

“God forbid that I should glory
save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by which the world has been crucified to me
and I to the world.”
(Galatians 6:14).

          You can have Christian law just as much as you can have Mosaic law; you can be in bondage in Christianity just as much as men were in Judaism.

          Christianity can be made into an imposed system just as much as Mosaic law was, and there are many Christians today who live under the fear of the 'Thou shalt' and the 'Thou shalt not' of a legalistic conception of the Christian life.

          You can take the Bible as God's standard for your life and try to fulfil it and yet still be burdened with a sense of constant failure. It is God's standard, and it is a very exhaustive one which leaves no part of the practical life untouched, but those who make the effort to try to live up to it only end in disillusion.

          No, it is not just a matter of a Book but of a Person, the Person who did live up to that standard, absolutely fulfilling every least demand with the most perfect success, so satisfying God to the full. By His death He has delivered us from the bondage of legal demands.

          This same Person now lives in us by His Holy Spirit, seeking to work out that perfect will of God not on the basis of some binding instructions from without but as a living force within. We have the law written in our hearts.

          To be in Christ is a matter of life and not of legalism.

          Christ, and Christ crucified, is the power of God to bring deliverance from sin, from the flesh, from the law and from the world.

          Paul was not glorying that he could enjoy so much of the world and yet have a clear conscience, but was enthusiastic about having been delivered from the world. For believers the only possible way of staying in this world is to know that they no longer belong to it.

2 comments:

  1. Good word!

    John 11:25-26

    "Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

    Our citizenship is in heaven and we are strangers and sojourners on this earth.

    Hebrews 11:35-38

    "Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth."

    These saints were truly IN Christ and nothing could pluck them out of the hand of God. May we follow in their footsteps and the steps of our Lord and Savior Jesus, who for the JOY set before Him endured the cross scorning it's shame and is sat down at the right hand of the throne of God!

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  2. Amen Brothers,

    2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

    Philippians 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I ma nstructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

    These two scriptures along with many others keep me focused on the prize. Where your heart is there will your treasure be also.

    In Yeshua,
    Cassie

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