August 24, 2018
1 Peter 3:18… For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit.
We are spirit, soul, and body. We are spirit and also flesh and blood. We are possibly least aware of our spirit. Jesus left His home in heaven, came to earth and took on a body of flesh, and died for us. As God, He could not die. The body of flesh that He agreed to take on, could, and did, die. But, when He died in the flesh, He was made alive in the Spirit.
Luke 23:46…Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” And having said this He breathed His last.
On the cross, facing His death, Jesus gave His Father permission to do with His spirit what He would. He knew He was dying but He apparently also knew His spirit would live on.
Part of the transformation that happens in us when we become believers is that the Spirit becomes alive to us. He takes the reins in our buggy, the wheel of our ship. Using modern terminology… He is our app. And He cannot die. We have always had spirit, but we were largely unaware.
Romans 8:15… For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption, as sons, by whom we cry “Abba Father!” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
We were alive because of breath and that from God when He breathed into Adam. But we were tainted by sin. When Jesus died, we were forgiven, and God gave us a baptism in his Holy Spirit. I suppose we could safely say, “again”.
Our wimpy spirit knows God’s spirit and cries out, “Abba Father.” I have heard it said that ‘abba’ means daddy. So we cry, “daddy… Father…” God is no longer just “Father”; He is “My Father” We are His children and joint heirs with Jesus. We are not like Jesus in sinless perfection; we are like Him in relationship to the Father. That should invigorate us. Instead, it bothers us because our flesh is not happy about it and we are still very much flesh. When we say, “I am alive in Christ”, we are likely quoting Paul and not speaking from experience. Get real.