How to Condemn Sin in the Flesh
What was worse? Gethsemane or the Cross? Gethsemane as the weight of the sin of the world was placed upon him and then at the cross he died of a broken heart. When he died, what did he die of? The weight of our sin upon him.
What did he die with?
Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
We as children of wrath have an anger management problem. Everyone has a problem with anger as we are all the children of wrath. This is where we find ourselves because of our natural birth. We are born of the flesh but then something good happens, the holy spirit brings the new birth into reality. What else happened:
Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
What does quickened mean? To make alive, revive, to cause to be enlivened, stimulate.
All the sins of the world were in Jesus. You were in Christ as sinful. Christ had us in himself. Everything was in Jesus. Your being was in him. In him we live and move and have our being. He is in us, and we are in him. The God who created us is living in us and Jesus came and demonstrated it. God in us, keeps us alive and is experiencing all our mess. Jesus is living on earth with you and me in him.
Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Jesus took us in his incarnation. He died with us and was raised again. We the children of wrath, dead in sin; as we take hold of this as a reality then our anger problems and sins are what? Dead in Christ.
Christ died with my anger, he took it to the grave – it’s gone. We in Jesus are dealing with conquering. Learning how to conquer through what? The knowledge of Jesus.
Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
We are in Christ while we were yet dead in sin. As by faith I take hold of that, I go with him into death by faith. The holy spirit is inspiring me to take hold of this. Jesus had me in him and I am now by faith taking hold of this. As I take hold of it, we are planted together with him.
He arose as a new person, I arise as a new person in him.
Romans 6:6 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. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
As you believe what Jesus did with you, he went into the grave, he died, he rose with you, now reckon in your mind you are dead indeed unto sin.
Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
You are not under the school master anymore but you still do good works and are obedient as we are keeping the law with Christ.
The Holy Spirit is trying to tell us through these words, you will have it in Christ. Jesus is in you and you are in Jesus. This is your faith. This is the psychology of anger management. Faith is the substance of things not seen. Faith is a psychological exercise. By faith you are in Christ Jesus and as you have him in your mind, his death and resurrection is yours.
The atonement of Christ is not a mere skillful way to have our sins pardoned; it is a divine remedy for the cure of transgression and the restoration of spiritual health. It is the Heaven-ordained means by which the righteousness of Christ may be not only upon us but in our hearts and characters (Letter 406, 1906). 6BC 1074.2
As your mind absorbs the knowledge of Jesus in the atonement, this is the psychological technique. Psychology uses some techniques but this is the one that will bring you perfect victory. It is the remedy you are taking into yourself. You are becoming at one with him by faith. Because that is the case, you are able to practise the remedy.
Drink the Medicine
Do not let sin reign in your mortal body. What does reign mean? Control. Don’t let it control. Do not yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness but yield yourself unto God. This is an action we need to practise. Jesus is in you, he is with you and he is in you as he lived on earth. It’s up to you to take this as faith and yield to it all the time.
When someone makes you angry and you are walking with Jesus, you won’t yield to it. Now you are alive from the dead and your members are instruments of righteousness. The Apostle is expressing this conflict inside of himself in Romans 7.
Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
There is a condition in our physical nature that we are trapped with. Our heart doesn’t want to do it but the flesh is there. What is the answer to this?
Romans 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord; what is he saying? that which Jesus did in me, I am able to do it in him.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
I am not going to render my flesh as a instrument of unrighteousness. I’m not going to give into it anymore. It says I will no longer live in that flesh anymore. Why?
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
This is a living faith experience. I am in Christ, Christ is in me, he took all my sins, died with them and rose with them and now I am living in him as a new creature. How do I live with that flesh of mine? As he did. He condemned sin in the flesh.
That He might by His own example condemn sin in the flesh, He took upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh. AG 322.3
Jesus is my example and he can be as I believe in him. We believe in his atonement that by faith we are comfortable that our old sinful self has died with him and we now live a new life and no longer practise our flesh.
I follow his example. I condemn sin in the flesh. He did that with you in him. This is why we need Gods word, he is speaking to us. Jesus took me into the grave. Jesus raised me with him from the grave into newness of life. The psychology that comes from this if you will believe it, he makes it a reality. He is your example then.
Apostle Paul explains the that the conflict doesn’t go away but he is giving us the instruction of don’t let your flesh rule you anymore.
Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
The law is our school master that leads us to Christ of trying to be good in our strength but the law or school master has led us to this experience now and I keep the law through Christ and not in my own strength anymore.
The Christian will feel the promptings of sin, but he will maintain a constant warfare against it. Here is where Christ’s help is needed. Human weakness becomes united to divine strength, and faith exclaims, “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” [1 Corinthians 15:57.] GC88 469.2
Jesus gave the example and through this it proves I will achieve it. By faith I’m following him. This is the psychology of anger management. This is righteousness by faith.