This is the formula that shows how a Christian can be a perfect new creation and a terrible sinful mess at the same time. This is the formula that explains the paradox, the formula that unlocks the mystery, removes the confusion. That confusion has caused many level headed Christians to believe that salvation is obviously a process, that the bible is mainly talking legally and positionally.
What is this mystery? The mystery of how you can be absolutely perfect and a rotten dirty evil sinner at the same time.
Lazarus rising from the dead is a perfect picture of this mystery, the Children of Israel taking the land is also a perfect picture of this state, there are many more shadows or examples, but this formula shows us how it all works.
C stands for Christ. – Christ who is your life. What does that mean? It means when you got born-again a very real event happened to you, you got born-again with His life, translated in to Him, Baptised into Him. He has become your life, you are hidden in Him, your unique personality with His perfect life, so you are now identical to him, same essence, same righteousness, same glory, same everything. If you baulk at that statement you are not understanding God’s purpose and how He saved you. God always intended that you will be given His life as a gift, God shows that everything in all of creation produces an offspring the same as itself, we are the sons of God and like him. If that is not enough go have a look at the resurrection of Christ, you were resurrected with Him, in Him. God doesn’t save you by cleaning you up, He saves you by killing you and rising you up in Christ. There is no old you any more, you got born again in Him, baptised in Him, translated in Him, Hidden in Him, as He is in heaven so are you on the earth. You are not a work in progress, you are totally complete now, perfect and finished, all that’s happening now is some valuable lessons. What does this new life look like? It may come as a real shock but I will remind you who Christ is… He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, Almighty God (Isa 9:6). .So you are like your father God. You are not God and never will be, you are His child, this is His plan and it always has been from the beginning.
B stands for Body of death, The Adam creation. The Apostle Paul said who will save me from this body of death? This body is encoded with sin in the brain and heart. Who encoded it? Firstly it was your old spirit, not only that, we also have Adam’s genetics, therfore sin is encoded into our DNA, no one has to teach a toddler to lie. As you grew sin was mapped in to your brain and heart by the sinful nature, then your environment, your culture, your imitation of others, and continually by the spirit of this world and the demonic realm. So your body is encoded with sin, especially in the brain and heart.
The brain physically stores your life experience in its five trillion neurons. Your heart stores your desires in its 40,000 neurons (not talking about your new spiritual heart, which is Christ). You can not function on earth without a brain, its the physical machine that connects you to the physical world, without it you are spirit. You can go no further than what is in your grey matter (apart from spiritual gifts). The heart controls the brain and “you” the spirit docks in to the body at the heart. This is your control centre for life in this body.
A stands for Actions. – This is what everyone sees regarding your life, its also the you you have always known (living soul). This is your functional state, your actions are the outcome of C and B together. How are you going in that body of death? Are you overcoming? Are you winning? You certainly are learning the important earth lessons that will stead you for eternity. Are you purging the heart? Renewing the mind? or just living as a natural person? Are you taking the promised land? This battle is how God saves your old soul treasure, by joining you to it.
Lets look at one of the most paradoxical scriptures in the bible, Gal 2:20
I (the old life) have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I (the old life) who live, but Christ lives in me (B); and the life which I (new life) now live in the flesh (B) I (new life) live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me (old life) and gave Himself for me (old life).
Here it is talking about the two lives, one before we were born again and one after. God so loved you the LIFE that he made you born a second time, same you, but different, because now you are hidden in Christ’s life, joined to Him, one with Him.
So what does it look like this C in B that equals A?
You are likened to Lazarus, you are fully brand new, perfectly alive but you are in your cave of death, bound in your clothes of death and blinded by the garments of death. It is not a nice place, you stink of the death clothes (body of death), you can hardly hear the voice of your saviour calling you to arise from the dead. You can hardly move you are so bound, this is what we are like in this body. Jesus turns to His disciples and says loose Him. When we come to Christ we have sin the deceitfully wicked thing clinging to our body, demonic influences encoded into our brains, which in turn gives the demonic access.
This battle is different for every person alive, for whatever your life was like before, this is the same encoded brain you were born-again into. If you were a drug addict before then there will need to be a freedom from the demonic and the mapping in your brain. But if you were nice and lovely then in one way its easier, but in another it is much harder, as you will probably lack the passion to Press forward to the high call, – unless you know how much the flesh is an enemy to God (Rom 8:7).
We are like Lazarus.. we are brand new and perfect now, right now! we will never be more perfect than we are now, we need to stop judging our life by A, we are now C.
Transform B and you will transform A. Stop judging yourself by the smelly death clothes Lazarus, you are no longer dead, stop getting your identity from A, your actions are only a guide to how you are overcoming. God tells you that you must change your identity to C if you are to go from glory to glory.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.(2 Cor 3:18)
…seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, (Col 3:9b-10a)
that is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him (Col 3:10b)
You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God: When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory (Col 3:3-4)
How do I come into this new life? You are the new life!! Get the outer man identity off you. Stop climbing the ladder you are already at the top, seated in heavenly places in Him.
If you can imagine what it was like at the resurrection, see what happened there and proclaim what you see, especially when you were made alive together with Him. This truth is your C (Christ) you will start remapping B (body of death). What do you see there?
- I see….You are a new creation, all old things HAVE passed away behold ALL things are new (2 Cor 5:17)
- I see….You are the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD in Christ (2 Cor 5:21)
- I see….…. AS HE IS SO ALSO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD (1 John 4:17b)
- Whatever you see Him like (apart from His sacrifice), proclaim it as you, the scripture is full of it, you are a joint heir, you own all things, you will judge angels, you will not come into judgement but have passed from death to life… etc…
How do I come into this newness? Firstly you are the newness, the better question is how do I get these smelly death clothes off me? How? By realising you are new, by walking in the newness of life, by believing it and confessing it. Rom 10:10 says this is how salvation comes, “when the heart believes confession is made unto salvation”, in other words here is a principal of transformation, recoding, rewriting. The word for salvation here means complete wholeness. Your physical heart is where you dwell, it is also a machine with its 40,000 neurons. It controls your brain, it can be swamped by evil, if it is purge it, when you get this heart to truly believe it recodes your brain, and the Holy Spirit will quicken your mortal body (even as by the Lord the Spirit (2 Cor 3:18)).
Behold C as if you are looking in a mirror and proclaim what you see as for yourself, for He is your new life. This will transform you faster than anything else, God instructs you to do this if you want to go from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18).
If you do not do this its ok – there is grace, but all you leave Him to work with is your B identity trying to clean up A, your old Adam identity trying to chase its own tail, endlessly trying to clean itself up. It is likened to the Children of Israel refusing to enter the land, or Lazarus content to live in the cave with his little lamp and accepting the smelly death clothes. We are called to do greater works than Jesus, the Adam identity with a grace doctrine can only take you so far. God gets no pleasure in you coming to Him in the old fallen sinful identity, you are a new creation with a new identity, we need to stop coming with the old identity, find out what the new identity is and live in it, for you will ONLY go as far as your identity, it controls everything.
If the blind lead the blind they will both fall in the ditch, so we need to stop believing and living like mere men. There is a new life to be had that most don’t even know exists.
You are not who you thought you were, awake and rise from the dead, then you will get light! (Eph 5:14)
There is an amazing new life waiting for you to awake to it. All of creation is waiting for this manifestation, God is waiting, strive to enter His finished work, this is the glorious church Christ is returning for. This new creation and how to overcome is who the bible was written for, it is one of the most major themes in the scriptures, nearly the whole bible show shadows of this battle.
It is dawning on the church now… will you awake?