A Letter of Encouragement
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with ~ him, that the body of
sin might be destroyed, ~ that henceforth we should not serve sin." Rom6:6
"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall
see the Lord:" Hebrews 12:14
Dear One in Christ;
You can live in total victory in the Lord and not have any sin reigning or domineering your life. There is nothing of the sacrifice of Christ that God will withhold from you. God has determined to enable each of His sons to fully overcome, and the way of victory and overcoming is always the same.
Your old man of sin is not alive, it is dead. Dead ,dead ,dead. It died with Christ on the Cross of Calvary, and being now dead, you are free from the tyranical reign of sin and are free to live by the spirit continually in the life of God. Realize this dear one in Christ. Your sin nature is not alive, it is dead. When it is activated in you, and causes numerous torments, that is because you are "looking" at it instead of seeing it dead with Christ. Look away to Calvary, see the suffering and dying Messiah, and see that you indeed died with Him there. You were in His heart when His heart died. You, as a dead corpse was buried with Him in the tomb. And now, in the spirit, you are to rise again and rejoice in glory of the hope of eternal life with God. Anytime sin rears up its ugly head in your iniquitous nature, know that it is a dead corpse. Be free according to Romans chapter 6. See that you are raised up with Christ and are seated with Christ at this present moment, even while you read this letter, in heaven. See Colossians 3:1-4. You are free of sin, you do not have to obey sin's unlawful demands, and sin no longer has any right to reign over you. Instead, the last verse of Romans ch 6 says that Christ will reign. So now believe that just as you for a time were under the tyranny of sin and the demands of sinfulness, even greater now the ability to reign in life by Christ Jesus who is the new nature in you. Realize that your man of sin is dead. That when Christ said "It is finished" ;; your sin nature was dead, dead, dead. When that precious lamb of God hung His head and died, you died, when He was removed as a corpse from the Cross by Joseph of Arimathea, you were in that corpse, for He bore your sin to the cross. And when He was buried in the new tomb where never a man was previously laid, you were buried. Christ had to be buried in a new tomb because there was no one before or after that could do the work of redemption He has done. He was the beggining and end of all God's purposes. And now the Holy Spirit works from the ground of Calvary, and from that ground He moves and works in the believer doing one thing. Bringing the believer to the cross.
Realize this and live My Freind. And know that He also openly spoiled principalities, powers and the spirits of wickedness in all high places. They are defeated and hold no sway over the one who has recognized that they died with the Lamb of God. The enemy cannot wear you down or discourage any work you do if you are walking by the spirit. If by the spirit you recognize your old man dead, and see Him as dead with Christ, then you are free to live according to the new life of the spirit in the inner man, and the enemy "touches Him not". I send this to encourage you to follow the truth.
Kenneth B Visscher
SCRIPTURES THAT SHOW A BELIEVER MAY LIVE FREE OF
SIN WHEN TRUSTING IN CHRIST AS LORD
Psalm 79:8,9 - Cry of the believer before being cleansed of personal
Psalm 103:10 - God does not deal with us according to our iniquity, nor
reward us after our sins.
Psalm 130 - The whole Psalm is a praise of deliverance from the tyranny of iniquity.
Isaiah 53:6 - Christ scourged for our iniquities as our substitute.
Isaiah 53:10,11 - Christ inherits fruit in our lives because He bears our
Ezekiel 36:33-38 - Iniquity cleansed away to possess a renewed land.
Micah 7:18,19,20 - Iniquity cast away to fulfil covenant to Abraham.
Romans 4:7,8,24,25 - Iniquity removed and righteousness imputed upon they who accept Jesus as their substitute.
Hebrews 8:11,12,13 - We abide in the "new covenant" because we are removed from iniquity.
Hebrews 10:16,17,18 - The law "fulfilled", written in our hearts and minds - because sin and iniquity is upon Christ.
Zephaniah 3:11,12,13 - Because of repentance, God's people will be free of iniquity.
Titus 2:22.214.171.124.15 - purged of iniquity.
Psalm 32:1,2 - Blessed indeed to be found this way.
Isaiah 53:10 - Christ's soul was made an offering for sin.
Zechariah 13:1 - The opened fountain, the life of Christ as the deliverer from sin.
John 1:29 - Jesus takes away the sin of the world.
Romans 5:21 - Sin reigns to death - but righteousness reigns unto life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:2 - We are dead to sin.
Romans 6:2 - We cannot live any longer in sin because our sin died with the sacrifice of Christ.
Romans 6:4 - We walk in the "spirit" of the Lord because we are raised up with the Lord.
Romans 6:6 - Our old man is crucified with Him on Calvary, when He died.
Romans 6:6 - The body of sin is destroyed.
Romans 6:6 - No need to serve sin.
Romans 6:7 - Dead with Christ - free from sin.
Romans 6:11 - "reckon" - greek=logizmai. Take an inventory of, esteem, see that which is despised.
Romans 6:11 - "reckon" - See that the man of sin "died" in the sacrifice of Christ.
Romans 6:11 - "but alive" - Alive unto God in a new life.
Romans 6:12 - "Let not." No need to serve sin.
Romans 6:13 - Instruments - Greek - "weapons"
Romans 6:14 - Sin has no dominion.
Romans 6:18 - Made free from sin to serve God in righteousness.
Romans 6:19 - Yield yourselves unto Holiness.
Romans 6:22 - Free from sin.
Romans 6:22 - Fruit unto Holiness.
1Corinthians 15:34 - "Awake" - realise the righteousness of God.
11Corinthians 5:21 - Christ made sin for us that we might be made righteous.
Hebrews 9:26 - Sin put away.
Hebrews 9:28 - Appears without sin unto salvation.
1Peter 4:1 - Suffering in the flesh makes us cease from sin.
1John 3:5 - Christ manifested to take away our sins.
1John3:9 - Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin.
Daniel 9:24 - "time" allotment for the end of sin.
Matthew 1:21 - Joseph told Christ shall save His people from their sins.
Matthew 26:28 - Blood of the New Testament for the remission of sins.
Luke 24:47 - Repentance and "remission" of sin preached to all nations.
1Corinthians 15:3,4 - Christ died for sins.
Galatians 1:4 - Delivered from the "present" evil world by the sacrifice of Christ.
Colossians 2:9,10,11,12,13,14,15 - The triumph of the Cross.
Hebrews 1:3 - Christ "purged" our sins.
1Peter 2:24 - Christ bore our sins - we are "dead" to sins.
1Peter 3:18 - Christ the just, died for the unjust to bring the unjust to God.
1John 1:9 - Confession of sins results in cleansing "from" them.
1John 2:2 - Christ propitiated himself so we need not bear sin.
1John 3:5 - Christ "manifested" to take away sin.
1John 4:10 - God in love makes Christ the propitiation for our sins.
Revelation 1:5,6 - Christ in love cleansed us from our sins.
We can see that the scripture teach us that we need not live under servitude to the demands of sin. That the believer who has faith to see their old man of sin is crucified with Christ, is indeed free from sin. If one lives with the propensity of sin still operating in them, and are at times serving sin; then they have not believed that they died with Christ. The word of God is plain that we can live free of sin. Then as we mature in God the "we" changes to "I" am crucified. As Paul taught the Galatians, he was crucified with Christ. Galatians 2:20. The I was also done away, but the I still lived. The personality, the person lived, but the sin nature was destroyed. Paul lived before Christ, but it was Christ who lived in him. He did not serve sin, but was made free of sin. Sin was not committed by him as he saw vitally that his sinful man was dead with Christ on the Cross. So then the word of the Cross severs completely as the word of God, to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, marrow and bone, the man of sin and the new creation. Ever so deep does the cross sever. As deep as the deep hell Christ's spirit descended to 1Peter 3:19, Ephesians 4:9,10, to the Highest of the Heavens that He ascended to. And from the width and span of the time of man did the arms of His cross embrace. Christ fills all things. And it is to all this volume of His filling that the Cross holds its sway.
The Holy Spirit of God works in two ways with the believer. He works from the very ground of the cross, then from that same ground always causes the thirsting believer to return. He bears witness to the Cross of Calvary, then brings the seeking one there time and again for the release of all fleshly burdens, and the fullness of all that the spiritual walk would give an obedient one. That believer knows that they died with the Lamb of God upon Calvary, and commits all their Adamic nature to that same cross, walking free in the new life of God in the inner man. Dear brethren in Christ. We can and must also live free of sin. Freed because we believe the word of truth that we died with Him, died to all that is of sin or of the life of this world. As ones beholding the world from the cross, so should we live. We need not be under sins tyrannical servitude, nor obey its passions and lusts. Instead we may have faith and know that we are vitally one with the resurrected Lord, and being made one with Him, we have our lives free from the former conversation wherein we served fleshly lusts, and now have our citizenship in heaven, even seated with Christ there presently as ones totally victorious over sin and death.
Colossians 3:1-3. Galatians 6:14
Lay aside all thoughts of grandeur and high self esteem, and receive with meekness this engrafted word, engraved upon us by the severing power of the Cross, and energised by the Almighty power of Christ within. Maintained by His almighty power, we live more than conquerors, because He Himself has taken sin away from us. He now lives in us. "But", you say. "I still see sin living and operating in me!!" You dear saint are looking at that which was crucified, that which in spite of its identity with the Lamb sacrifice, would still set itself to dominate and rule in tyranny over you, causing you to obey its every whim. "Look away to Calvary, behold the suffering Saviour there, and see that you died with Him there, see that you were buried with Him in His burial through baptism, that you indeed need not serve the sinful nature." Look away from yourselves, and look to Him instead. It will not be long dear saint of God until sin will of passed from you, and you will live your life in your mortal body unto the will of God your Father.
May God bless this writing to you and help you to overcome all things.
"We are dead to this present evil world, and the world is a dead thing to us. Galatians" 6;14