Chapter 1 Part 2

“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingures-the moon and the stars you have sert in place-whatare mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us? For you made us only a little lower than God, and you crowned us with glory and honor. (Ps. 8:3-5)

I daresay we’ve heard a bit about original sin, but not nearly enough about original glory, which comes BEFORE sin and is deeper to our nature. We were crowned with glory and honor. Why does a woman long to be beautiful? Why does a man hope to be found brave? Because weremember, if only faintly, that we wereonce more than we are now” -Waking th Deade, page 14

This is what I’m longing for, what I’m hoping for. So much we remind eachother that we are sinners. That we were born sinners, that we will die sinners. While there is truth to this, that we were born with a sinful nature, this is not what we were intended to be. We were born with that sinful nature, but we were not created to be sinners. What about the glory we were created in. The glory that came before sin. Shouldn’t that give us some insight to what we were meant to be.

Still, this all sounded to good to be true to me. This concept of me being God’s glory. I still had doubts. I’ve come to believe that Eldredge has a firm grasp on scripture, that this is more then his thoughts, but still I doubted. I decided to open the word myself and what I found changed how I thought completely.

1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. 5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. 9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. 12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.-Romans 8:1-17

“Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.”. I am free, through the death and more importantly the resurection of Jesus Christ, from my sinful nature. I am no longer bound to it. I no longer have to accept it. I can live free. I can be holy and full of Gods glory. If I can accept this verse, if I can make my heart believe this, then why would I want to sin?

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