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Take Ground, Hold Ground, and Total Freedom in Christ

 

Isn't it time to take ground and then hold ground? And what about finally taking the total victory?

We are talking about doing right things right leading to ever-increasing stability of mind and action, and to final complete fulfillment. That is the promise of the Bible, and all of this is possible through Jesus Christ. There is no hope of fulfillment by any other way.

Some Christians seem to be content with living well below the victory that Jesus bought for them. They seem to be unwilling to take what Jesus is freely offering. Many, based in fear theology, are looking for the least that they can do and still escape hell. Others are trying to figure out how much sin they can do before they go to hell. This shows a lack of understanding and an unwillingness to follow Jesus. What a sad life they lead!

1 Corinthians 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. NIV

Some translations render this as a list of four distinct and equal items: wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Other translations indicate that wisdom of God includes righteousness, holiness, and redemption. ... "wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption". This would seem to say that the wisdom from God = righteousness, holiness and redemption or at least includes righteousness, holiness, and redemption. This second translation is correct and it explains why Solomon said that wisdom is the principle thing. When we look at this verse closer, it is saying: It is because of God that you are in Christ Jesus. And Jesus Christ has become, for us, the acts of doing right things right. Not only that but, for us, Jesus is our ever-increasing stability of mind and action. Jesus has also become, for us, our final complete fulfillment of the meaning and purpose of our very existence.

A Greek scholar gave the following literal translation: "and out of HIM (God- last word of the previous sentence), you are (rooted,exist, live, breath and move) in Christ Jesus, who has (passively) become wisdom for us from God (HIM of the opening of the sentence), both righteousness and holiness and free redemption." He further said that the Greek adds the word, te. Te identifies the elements of wisdom but not exhaustively in this verse. So, the verse says that the elements of wisdom include righteousness, holiness. and free redemption. Wisdom is not limited to these three elements, but they are included in wisdom.

Just a few verses prior, in the 24th verse, Paul makes a parallel between Jesus and wisdom. 1 Corinthians 1:24 But to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Here, wisdom is Jesus. Jesus is both the power and wisdom of God.

Leading up to the birth of Christ, the term, Wisdom, was more meaningful to the Jews than it is in the twenty-first century. In Proverbs wisdom is spoken of as an eternal person and as God.

It is plain that it is only through Christ that we can receive righteousness, holiness and free redemption.

Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity to iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness to holiness.

Keep in mind that righteousness is part of wisdom, and wisdom comes from God if we pray for it. This is speaking of the Righteousness that is by Grace through Faith.

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit to holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Notice the sequence. First, we receive the righteousness that comes from God. Then, we yield our members to God's righteousness. Then, the process leads to true holiness... over time.. . from glory to glory. The final result is total redemption, everlasting life.

Galatians 6:7-9 Whatever a man sows he will reap. If he sows to the flesh, he will reap corruption. If he sows to the Spirit, he will reap holiness and eternal life.

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