Remember that God delivered Israel from Egypt — and that Egypt always stands as a type of sin, and realm of darkness. God took them over to Canaan, the land God promised to Abraham. Canaan, or the promised land, always stands as the type of inheritance and victory which God has given us through Jesus Christ.
Just as Israel had to invade the promised land, drive out the tribes, and take possession of the inheritance God had given them free of charge, so we must, through faith and obedience, take possession of what Christ has given us through His Redemptive work. This is the Christian life. Have you ever noted that God never once told Israel to conquer Egypt?
He never told them to take possession of Egypt. There are no directions given by God to the effect that even after God set Israel free that they were to turn back upon Egypt and conquer it, reform it, or destroy it. There — Israel would have warfare. But not in Egypt. Egypt is always a type of sin, the old man in Adam, and the realm of darkness.
Christianity is not a self-improvement program.
I am not called to straighten out my, "old man in Adam," for God. Can we see the Truth here? Thus, we must be delivered from the power of sin through the death of Christ. Once Israel was delivered out of Egypt, and went through the Red Sea, did they ever need deliverance from Egypt again? They never again prayed, "God, deliver us from Egypt! They had come out of the Red Sea. Their deliverance from Egypt was once for all — totally complete.
The typology is inescapable. If you are in Christ, you have been baptized into His death. You have been raised in Him. Your old man is dead. And all the power of sin is found in that old man. You are therefore DEAD to sin. You are alive to God. Are you still afraid of the old man of sin?
Instead of needing deliverance from sin, we need to stop sinning — through faith in Christ. For he that is dead is freed from sin" vv. This is an important question. Redemption is deliverance from sin, not deliverance from Hell. Discover God's peace now. We need to repeat what we stated earlier:
Are you still crying for God to deliver you from what has already died in Christ? You do not need to be delivered from sin all over again, any more than Israel needed to be delivered from Egypt ever again. And you need to start living like it. What sense would it have made for Israel to pray, "Lord, deliver us from Jericho! Again — the parallel to the Christian.
We do not need to be delivered out of Egypt ever again. And we do not need to be delivered FROM the obstacles which stand between us and our inheritance in Christ. What we need is to go in and take possession.
We need to stop sinning! We already have that power in Christ. We got it when He conquered sin and death — our Egypt. Again — in Christ, it is finished.
You need to see the Truth about the finality of the Redemption, and you need to believe and obey it. Now if you doubt that, ask yourself a question: What did Jesus say sets you and I free? So there you have it. You and I need the Truth. We need to see the Truth about our freedom from the power of sin — so that we will no longer be bound by the lie that says we are not free.
We need to see the Truth, embrace it, and then move forward under the power of it. And we will see that our great need is to believe that and begin moving in and taking possession of our, "Jerichos. In the Bible, after Pentecost, you will not find one instance of a Christian needing deliverance from sin.
I said, "a Christian. Neither will you find in the Old Testament, that after Israel was delivered out of Egypt through the Blood of the Lamb, that they ever needed deliverance from Egypt again. Sure, they needed deliverance out of the trouble they got themselves in through unbelief and disobedience. But the Egypt problem was solved forever. So is the sin problem solved through the Blood of the Cross. Right from the start, it speaks volumes about the Truth.
And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. The first place Israel encamped after crossing the Jordan was Gilgal. Gilgal stands for the Cross of Jesus Christ. It was at Gilgal that Israel renewed the covenant by being circumcised, and by keeping the Passover.
In doing so, they were renewing their faith in the finished work which God had accomplished by delivering them from Egypt. That is why God was able to say to them: This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day. From the first, Israel operating from Gilgal as their, "home base.
So it must be for the Christian. We come to the Cross to get saved, but we never leave. In this day and age, as never before, the Cross and the Blood of Christ are being pushed out of the churches. For you see, they point to the absolute necessity of coming to Jesus Christ as a sinner. This is, of course, Satan. What else do we think he would seek to push out of the churches? Satan wants that condition. But it really is worse than this. For this I make no apology: You take out the Cross and you no longer have Christianity.
The minute you take out the Cross, or minimize it, you no longer have Christianity. There are people today, even in pulpits, who email me with "politically correct" attacks because I dare make such statements. But I will shout them the louder. Christianity without the Cross is heresy. Christianity without the resurrection is heresy.
Christianity with more than one way to God is heresy. It is NOT Christianity. You argue all you want. But at the end of the day, you are going to be held accountable by God for what you believe and teach about these essential things: The identity of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells you that you have better be sure about it: For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Israel encamped at Gilgal, and operated from there as a home base. As mentioned, we need to do the same. Indeed, the Cross of Jesus Christ — that which shows our complete weakness — is the key to all spiritual power in the Christian life.
You cannot have a resurrection without a crucifixion. Herein we find an axiom which we must grasp: That is a Truth which runs completely contrary to our way of thinking. But it is an absolute. That is why Paul was able to say, "When I am weak, then I am strong. And then all of His strength — not yours -- is able to flow through you. This is the work of the Cross. The greatest deterrent to the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through individuals, and the Body of Christ as a whole, is self-sufficiency. Confidence in MY spiritual condition. Faith in my faith. Most of us have accumulated quite a trophy case of accomplishments for God — right down to the souls we have saved, and the personal overcoming we may have done.
At best, we simply reached out our hand to take HIS hand, and were saved, helped, delivered, and led along. Remove the rocks — that which is strong in us — and the flow is free and powerful. Keep the rocks there, and you will never be the vessel God wants you to be.
If only we would grasp this Truth. Or better, allow the Truth to grasp us. Rather, what we do is grasp the theological concept.
The expression "free from sin" occurs three times in Romans 6 (vv. 7, 18, 22). I. Deliverance from the Domain of Death (). According to. DELIVERANCE FROM SIN. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (Romans ). There are two kinds of righteousness.
Or we do a Bible study and memorize the teaching — and then think we have it. We need Biblical Truth. Indeed, there really is only one way to grasp this Truth: Are you willing to allow God to reduce and deplete you of your own strength to the point where you are able to discard everything about yourself? And be fully reliant upon Him? Are you ready for that kind of dealing and exposure?
Before you say, "yes," understand that what I am talking about here will strike at the very heart and core of what makes you tick, and will more than likely overturn the very engine which has been running your relationship with God. You will never look back and regret it. But in the short term, the Truth will slay you. It will cost you every last ounce of your spiritual pride and confidence in yourself. Lots of us say we want to be free of our confidence in ourselves. But we need to understand that in order for that to happen, God must overturn the very core of what makes natural man tick.
Because we are not geared to Truth. And the Truth is: God is everything and we are nothing. Are you prepared to face this Truth? Paul, the apostle experienced this very thing. We have already read his words. He said, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: Paul also talks about this in Philippians.
Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: Do you see that? Yet after Paul is done listing all of his spiritual assets, he writes, "But whatever there was about me which I might have thought of as an asset before God, those things I counted as LOST for Christ.
For the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. Paul is clearly saying that as long as he held onto those things which might have been gain to him, he could NOT enter into the fullness of knowing Jesus Christ. It is not a matter of God forbidding him anything. It is a matter of not being able. We are not talking here about salvation. Paul is talking about what he would later call, "the upward calling of Jesus Christ. Indeed, Jesus could NOT be that in him. We are talking here about spiritual condition. You cannot be strong in Christ as long as you are strong in yourself.
You may know all the Bible verses, teach others, and even have a nice relationship with God. Paul goes on to say more. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Paul actually suffered the loss of all those things he listed — and he said it was necessary, "for the sake of knowing Jesus Christ. What does that mean? It is about that, "upward call. He does not leave us to guess. He tells us what it means to, "win Christ and be found in Him.
Not having my own righteousness, but only that which is through the faith of Christ. At this point, someone is going to say, "Is that all? What is so exciting about that? I thought you were going to tell me something deep. But I know all this. I am already justified by faith. Well, you perhaps know the doctrine of justification by faith.
And you may indeed BE justified by faith. But — and this is the whole point — are you completely stripped of your own righteousness, such that the ONLY righteousness you have is HIS righteousness? You see, Paul has been telling us about all the good things about himself that could have been used to build a case for his own righteousness. But he said he had to LOSE all of those things. In effect, God had to show Paul that none of those things made him righteous. He had to show him that he was, in fact, unrighteous.
Only then, could Paul put his faith in Christ and begin to, "be found in Him, not having his own righteousness, but only the righteousness which is by the faith of Christ. That faith in ourselves is the lie. THAT is the deception. Thus, it is often necessary for God to take them away.
But in the end, what He is after is for us to place our trust in HIM for our righteousness, instead of in things about ourselves. Of course, we have so little grasp of what it means for us to be stripped of our self-righteousness, that we tend to think of this as a "down on self," depressing, condition. And since it belongs to Him, there is nothing left for us to lose or protect.
We are secure and complete in HIM. Having said that he has lost all sense of his own righteousness, and having said that his whole confidence is in the righteousness of Christ, he goes on to give MORE results: I am able to know Jesus, to live in the power of His resurrection, and to fellowship with Him in His sufferings. All of this is only possible because there is nothing of my own power clogging up the system.
There is nothing about me I am trying to present to God as a substitute for Jesus Christ. It cannot be overstated: Dependence upon Christ for everything. And at the heart of it, dependence upon Christ for righteousness. But again — you can memorize the doctrine of justification by faith, and you can even read this article a thousand times over. But until you enter into these things with HIM — it will never be something which you experience for yourself. For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole.
And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. During the forty years in the wilderness, those who were twenty-years of age and up, at the time of the rebellion, had died. The new generation, under Joshua, had not been circumcised. This was something God would require before Israel could enter the promised land. Circumcision was the sign of the Old Covenant. So Israel was once again acknowledging the covenant God made to Abraham — the physical promises of which they were about to realize. But there is more to this than might at first meet the eye.
The place which Israel camped at first when they crossed the Jordan was Gilgal. It was also at Gilgal that Israel was again circumcised. And where they once again kept the Passover. Gilgal was also, "the home base," from which Israel would operate in their initial conquests in the promised land.
Can we see this great Truth? Gilgal is the place from which we must always live, move, and operate — not only for conquest — but for everything else in Christ. They provide a blueprint for something. When Israel entered the promised land things were pure. He began at Gilgal, the place of the Cross applied. He said, "It is from this place that you will go in and overcome Jericho. Do we doubt this? Again -- God said to Joshua: Israel needed to be made weak enough so that they could be strong in the Lord.
Gilgal was the place where this happened.
In spiritual type, they had to be, "made weak," in themselves by the Cross, in order to be dependent enough upon Christ so that a great victory could take place. Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: Jericho was content to leave Israel alone. Indeed, Jericho would have said they needed deliverance from Israel. The city was so afraid that they shut themselves in. If we continue to live according to the appetites of our body and soul we will succeed in slaying our own resurrection; for our ability to rise from the dead to meet the Lord at His appearing depends on our willingness to keep filled with the Spirit of God.
We cannot keep filled with the Spirit of God unless we follow the Spirit in putting to death the deeds of our flesh. We have a sinful body. Our body is dead, cut off from the resurrection Life of Jesus, because of the sin in it. Under the old covenant there was no provision for deliverance from the law of sin dwelling in our body.
Under the new covenant we have the born-again experience, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the body and blood of Christ, and the ministries and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Under the new covenant we can overcome Satan, the world, and our own lusts and self-centeredness. We can go from victory to victory if we are determined to do so, because God has given us of His Divine Nature so we may be able to escape the lustful corruption that is in the world II Peter 1: When the Holy Spirit convicts us of a sin we are to deal with that particular sin through the grace of God.
We are to leave the remainder of our sinful, self-centered nature under the guard of the blood of Christ, just as Joshua left the five kings of the Amorites under guard in the Cave of Makkedah. And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of the cave, and set men by it for to keep them: Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings unto me out of the cave. We are to walk without condemnation, meanwhile passing from victory to victory by the grace of God in Christ. It is not the will of the Lord for the saint to live a spiritually chaotic life, continuing in the same sins year after year.
It cannot be supported by the Old Testament or the New Testament. Here we have one of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity; yet it is without foundation in the Scriptures. The purpose of accepting Christ is not to go to Heaven. This is not to say there is no Heaven, for there surely is a place in the spirit realm where the Father, Jesus, and the saints and angels dwell. But the purpose of receiving and following Christ is not that we may go to live forever in the spirit Paradise.
No difference between desiring to go to the Father and desiring to go to Heaven? Indeed, there is a very great difference between desiring to go to the Father and desiring to go to Paradise! Multitudes of believers reveal by their actions that they care little for the Father or for His Christ. They may protest that this is not so but their lives show there are any number of things and persons more important to them than being in the Presence of God, than living in fellowship with God.
They cling to the belief that God will bring them to Heaven when they die. Do they desire to go to Heaven in order to be with God? They desire to go to Heaven because they fear Hell and because they think they want to enter Paradise. However, they would not be content in the Paradise of God. They do not enjoy holiness, righteousness, and obedience to God now. They do not enjoy praying or worshiping God now. Why would they enjoy such a life in the spirit realm?
They would not enjoy Paradise. What they would enjoy is to continue in the sinful pleasures of the world without punishment. This is why they flock to the modern teaching of "grace. The Christian ministry talks much about Heaven and Hell as though Jesus came to save sinners from Hell so they could go to Heaven. This is not scriptural.
The Lord Jesus referred to Hell, to the fire of Gehenna , and to outer darkness; but never to Heaven as the escape from these places or the alternative to them. The Apostles of the Lamb had little to say about Hell or Heaven. The Lord Jesus did not come to save sinners from Hell. Sinners belong in Hell. Jesus came to save sinners from sin so they no longer belong in Hell. When we are delivered from sinful behavior we do not belong in Hell but are fit for the Presence of God. The Scriptures do not teach that sinful, rebellious people can walk with God on the basis of acknowledging the atoning death and triumphant resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
The Scriptures teach righteousness and holiness of conduct. They present eternal life. The subject of the preaching of Jesus is righteousness and eternal life. It is only as we escape the clutches of sin that we escape Hell. We always are in Hell and belong in Hell while we are practicing sin and disobedience to God. We do not escape Hell by only believing in Christ but by being delivered from sin and disobedience through the power of Christ. We gain eternal life by practicing righteousness, the righteousness that is created in us as we place our faith in Jesus.
This is the true Gospel of the Kingdom. What is being preached today is a means of avoiding the requirement for righteous and holy living—avoiding righteousness and yet escaping punishment. It is of Satan, who hopes to avoid the Lake of Fire. The doctrine that Gentile believers can have fellowship with God on the basis of "grace" whether or not they are living a righteous and holy life, that the God of Israel will receive morally filthy, rebellious Gentiles into His Presence because they profess belief in Jesus, borders on blasphemy.
I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
God is redeeming men. He is transforming them so they can bring the purity of Heaven into the earth. The holy city, the new Jerusalem, is the Church, the Body of Christ. The Throne of God and of the Lamb dwells eternally in the new Jerusalem. Heaven will come to earth in the new Jerusalem.
Redemption is deliverance from sin, not deliverance from Hell. As long as we sin we are under the authority of the Lake of Fire whether or not we call on the Lord Jesus. All sin belongs in the Lake of Fire and shall remain there throughout eternity. There is no escape from the moral laws of the Kingdom of God. Jesus did not come to alter the moral laws of the Kingdom. Rather the Lord Jesus came to help us obtain our freedom from sin and rebellion so the Lake of Fire no longer has authority over us Revelation 2: Adam and Eve were in Paradise and there was no law of sin in their bodies.
But they did not prize fellowship with God highly enough. Therefore they sinned in Paradise. Wanting to live in fellowship with God, and wanting to live in Paradise as our natural man thinks of Paradise—as a place where we can do as we please without discomfort , are two different desires. They hardly are related.
Most people, whether or not they are believers, wish to enter Paradise the kind of Paradise they imagine when they die. They attempt to make their present environment as much like their concept of Paradise as possible. How many people are enraptured with the idea of being in fellowship with God; so enraptured, in fact, that they spend a great deal of time praying and seeking the Lord? If we would be scriptural then we must agree that Jesus came to reconcile us to the Father, not to bring us to Heaven.
The concept of going to Heaven when we die, or of making our eternal home in Heaven, is not in the Scriptures. The term mansion , in John The meaning of the word translated mansion in the Authorized Version is "dwelling place. The Apostle Paul sought always to be in perfect fellowship with his Christ whether in the body or out of the body. For Paul, to die was to be present with his Lord. We miss the point! The point is to be with the Lord. Let us recognize that sin is a spiritual phenomenon.
Sin originated in the spirit realm. To this day, people sin because of what began in the heavens—the rebellion of the angels against God. As John says, "He that committeth sin is of the devil" I John 3: If self-reliance, lying Satan is the father of liars , pride, discontent, and self-will began in the heavens, and if our lustful passions are inflamed by demons, how, then, is it true that dying and passing into the spirit realm cleanses us from moral uncleanness, from trust in what we can see and acquire, and from self-seeking?
Is there a single verse of the Scriptures that teaches us Christ came to bring us to Heaven where we no longer can sin? If there is not a single verse that states this clearly, then we ought not to make such a doctrine a fundamental belief of our theology. Now that we have set forth why we believe these three Christian beliefs are not scriptural, let us proceed to a discussion of the two primary dimensions of deliverance from sin, as provided by the Lord God through Christ.
Let us examine what the Scriptures teach concerning deliverance from sin. We must restrict our comments on future deliverance to what will take place at the return of Christ. What happens to us after we die physically, before the Lord returns, is not at all clear. The provision that Christ will make for us at his return. The provision for deliverance from sin that Christ will make for us at His return is the total removal of the presence of whatever sin remains in our personality and also the clothing of our resurrected flesh and bones with a body fashioned from the substance of eternal life.
This superior body not only will be free from the law of sin, as was true also of the flesh and blood bodies of Adam and Eve, but in addition will be militantly righteous and holy. The body that the overcomer will be given will be as aggressively righteous and holy as his inner spiritual nature, because the new body is being fashioned as a direct result of his victories over his temptations and tribulations II Corinthians 4: His body will reflect perfectly what has been accomplished in him during his pilgrimage on the earth.
He will receive this body as a reward, at the coming of the Lord. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: God will remove all of the desire of sin from us, desire that we have put to death through the Holy Spirit, and give us a body that is militantly righteous, a body that will clothe our resurrected flesh and bones. The mortal will put on immortality. Death will be swallowed up by eternal resurrection life.
The reader must understand clearly however that the reward of the removal of the last vestiges of sin and the granting of a body fashioned from eternal life, a body that is militantly righteous and holy, will be issued only to those believers who have followed the Lord diligently. The careless, lukewarm believer is neither authorized by the Scripture nor competent through training and experience to receive such Divine Glory.
He has gained victory over sin. He hates sin and loves righteousness as his Lord hates sin and loves righteousness. He has obeyed God even when the obedience caused him pain and self-denial. Also, he has maintained a single-minded dedication to the things of Christ although surrounded in the present world by many temptations.
His inner spiritual nature is strong in the Lord. He has learned to keep his body under the control of the Spirit and Word of God. Now God will put on him a clothing of eternal life. Not only is there no sin in his body but now his body is filled with radiant eternal life. His body loves righteousness and totally rejects sin and disobedience. His body loves God and always desires to be in the Presence of God. He lives and moves and has his being in the Presence of God and Christ.
This is the perfect redemption, the total deliverance from sin possible under the new covenant. Such freedom from sin and glorious fellowship with Christ are possible for us, but there are actions we must take now. The provision that Christ has made for us during our present life on the earth. We have discussed the provision Christ will make for us at His return. There will be no sin in our resurrected flesh and bones and the white robe of righteousness will cover us completely.
As we have said, we know little of what will be true during the period from our death until the day of resurrection. Is it necessary for us to achieve victory today if we hope to be clothed with a white robe? Or will we be given a white robe on the basis of "grace" even though we have continued in worldliness, the lusts of the flesh, and the pursuit of our own ambitions? This is an important question. How we answer it in our heart may determine how diligently and consistently we serve Christ now, and as a result determine our eternal destiny. God expects us to be cleansing ourselves from sin during our discipleship here.
We are to be washing our robes and making them white in the blood of the Lamb, making ourselves ready for the marriage of the Lamb. The marriage of the Lamb is the entering of God and Christ into us in full measure and our being clothed with a body of glory. Here is the spiritual fulfillment of the old-covenant feast of Tabernacles Leviticus Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Being cleansed from sin is not impossible. When the Holy Spirit convicts us of a sin we are to confess that sin clearly and specifically. We are to repent of it thoroughly, determining never to practice it again. We are to beseech the Lord to deliver us from its power and to give us perfect victory over it. Sometimes it helps to have another person pray with us or to have the elders of the church pray for us during the assembly of the saints. If we go to war against a sin in this manner we will achieve victory over it.
The only reason we continue committing the same sins is we are not single-minded concerning victory. First we must make up our mind what we are doing is sinful. We must name our behavior as sin. Then we must desire strongly that the Lord God remove it from our personality.
We cannot deliver ourselves from sin. Only the Lord Jesus can break the bondages of sin. There is no single procedure that always results in deliverance from sin just as there was no one strategy that resulted in victory over the tribes of Canaan. We must keep ourselves open to the Lord, looking to Him for wisdom and power. The path to full deliverance varies with the individual. Deliverance is a reward for obeying the Lord. In addition, there is a reward for gaining deliverance.