April 4, 2015
Verse 1: Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.
Ok, so I know that Christ suffered in his body, but how do I arm myself with the same attitude? And what attitude is this? I ask because I sadly find myself that I'm not done with sin. I desperately want to be done with sin, but I do not know why I keep falling. What attitude must I arm myself with to finally be done with sin. What does it mean to be done with sin. Is it possible to not sin. I would say it's not, but maybe that's just what the evil one wants me to think. This verse clearly says that someone can be done with sin. Maybe done with sin does not mean that he does not sin. After repentance, I'm forgiven, in that way, is that being done with sin? But true repentance comes with turning around of life. Just saying "I repent" is not repenting. If I find myself that I keep falling in some way, maybe I have not really repented. My pastor in recent sermons keeps asking if we've fought with sin as if we're fighting for your life. I have fought with sin, but perhaps not to this extent. What is this attitude that I must arm myself with? This verse is too difficult to understand. The NLT translation goes : "Since Christ suffered physically, you too must strengthen yourselves with the same way of thinking that he had; because whoever suffers physically is no longer involved with sin. So, in this translation, what is suffering physically? I thought maybe suffering in the body might be "the body" as the body of Christ, church, and suffering, our living sacrifice as parts of that body. But I think it means something else. Have I suffered physically myself? With Christ? Or does it mean to have attitude as if I have suffered with Christ? Maybe this is on track. Jesus never gave into sin. He was innocent, but suffered ultimately by sin. By submitting to my own sinful nature, I become the same tools of sin who killed made Jesus suffer. I don't want to do that, but why do I do that? Perhaps because I don't think about this enough, and because I haven't armed myself with this attitude enough. This makes sense. I believe this when I dig down deep enough, but it seems I forget it.
Application: live today thinking that my submitting to sin, I am making Christ suffer, and since I'm part of Christ, I'm making myself suffer, so why would I submit to sin. Pray for 1 hour.