I Corinthians 15:21-22 (NAS): For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
II Corinthians 5:4-5, 14-15, 20-21 (NAS): For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge…for the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf…therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Because of the sin of one man, Adam, every human being automatically comes into this world a prisoner to sin and death. Technically, we are dead at conception in so much as natural, physical death is imminent. The only way out of this death sentence is through choosing to die to the nature of the flesh (Adam’s sinful nature).
The only way to receive a pardon from death is to recognize that our earthly nature was crucified with Christ and to receive the nature of the Life Giving Spirit through the blood of Jesus. Until we do, saved or unsaved, the identities of this world will keep us in a perpetual state of bondage.
The list of worldly, ungodly labels is endless. False identities are anything that identifies us contrary to Christ’s identity. They stick to our hearts and minds at a very young age. Until we fully release ourselves from the flesh, we will not be able to receive or understand the true identity of Christ.
When the Apostle Paul stated in I Corinthians 15:31 that he ‘daily died,’ he did not mean it as a matter of killing the nature of the flesh; that would imply it was somehow alive. The natural man died the moment Adam sinned. What he does mean is that he purposed daily to command his fleshly nature to be a slave to Holy Spirit who is true life (I Corinthians 9:27). Basically he was merely acknowledging with great purpose that his fleshly man is condemned and, in so accepting that truth, he reconciled himself daily to the life of Christ. Holy Spirit anointing breaks every yoke of slavery and false identities that otherwise waylay us.
Back to the Beginning:
Before I can really thoroughly explain this “dying” concept, we must journey all the way back to the beginning. First we must clear the matter of the misconception of the seven days of creation and secondly, the misconception of the Sabbath.
The next few sections may seem a bit clinical, but it isn’t just semantics for the sake of gaining historical knowledge, but for life transformation prior to being with Christ in heaven post-physical death or the rapture. It’s of the utmost importance to recognize what God did, how He did it, and why He purposefully allowed Adam to die; how all of this leads from the age of creation into how we are to daily die in this age. It is knowledge of the utmost importance to anyone desiring to live from victory to victory instead of aggravation to aggravation, sorrow to sorrow, and disappointment to disappointment. If we don’t understand the beginning, it is impossible to properly or fully comprehend the middle and end.
Next week we’ll begin looking at what really happened “in the beginning” with creation according to the Word. It requires careful study so as to clear some long-standing misconceptions. I hope you’ll stay tuned!
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Alexys V. Wolf