Stand Fast

 

Stand fast therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free, and don’t be entangled in any yoke of bondage.

We are to consider or “reckon” ourselves to be “dead indeed” with regard to sin, but alive in regard to righteousness.

Stand fast is an archaic term these days, but it meant “Hold your ground”, or “Hold your position”.

You don’t have to strive to get where your at, but it requires effort to stay or remain where you are. In other words, you don’t have to try to get into a room you’re already in. That would be silly – and an excercise in futility.

Conversley, you don’t have to remain in a prison cell that you have been freed from. Why would you go back to hang around there when the door is standing open and you have been acquitted of your crimes against heaven?

– “Be mindful of things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life has been hidden with Christ in God” – Colossians 3:3-4

There was nothing you could do in yourself to achieve that position, but we are warned in scripture that we must incorporate certain behavioral changes in our lives so that we don’t fall from our own steadfastness.

Peter said this; “Do not conform yourselves to the former lusts as in your ignorance, but as the One who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” In other words, don’t act like you did when you were totally ignorant of the grace of God that freed you from sin and it’s enslaving power in your life. Don’t behave as you did when God was not at work in you.

You are free, now act like it.

Paul said it this way, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:1 This renewal of our minds is the “acknowledgment of every good thing that is in us in Christ.” Philemon 6

The new creation is the reality of a spirit that has been renewed in knowledge according to the image of the One who created him, in righteousness and true (actual) holiness.

This is the reality that the Son of God died for – to bring us into union with Himself and the Father.

These changes are not self-generated “works” as some might imply (whenever the topic of sanctification or holiness are brought up), but are rather the result of the new life of the Holy Spirit that resides within you, and are in keeping with your new regenerate nature. They are not some form of sanctified behavior modification, but rather a fundamental alteration – an actual transformation of the essence and nature of who we are.

The carnal or fleshly mind is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be. We must therefore “put on the new man, who is created in righteousness and true holiness” and “put off the old man who grows increasingly corrupt according to deceitful lusts.”

We must realize the extent of what was provided for us in the atonement, and by faith rest in the present reality of who we now are, not what we once were.

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One Response to “Stand Fast”

  1. Fantastically said! Amen and Amen! Well written and very insightful. Thank you for posting this 🙂

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