Living the Real Life

John 10:17-18 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me, I sacrifice it voluntarily, for I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” In these two verses of scripture Jesus is talking about His authority as a man, not as God, a man full of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Jesus made it clear in verse 17 that He made the choice to sacrifice His life, His Father didn’t make the decision for Him, and this is exactly what each born again believer is to do. We make a personal decision to sacrifice our life for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. No one can make us lay our life down, and no one can stop us from taking it up again. Which means the child of God has complete and total victory over death, hell, and the grave.

Paul wrote, when Jesus was crucified we were crucified with Him, and when He died we died with Him. When we were born again, Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit, came to live inside us. And as soon as they enter God’s Temple they began kicking out the sin that once filled our hearts. Jesus demonstrated for us what takes place when He and the Holy Spirit take up residence in us. Shortly before Jesus was crucified He went into the physical temple of God in Jerusalem and kicked out the money changers and those who conducted unauthorized business in the temple, thus cleansing it of sin. He said to those He kicked out, “My Father’s House shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” After Jesus cleansed the temple it was then up to the Jews to keep it clean. And it is up to us to keep our temple in which God lives clean and sin free. Jesus called those who were conducting unauthorized business in the Jerusalem temple; thieves. And when we allow sin to infiltrate our fleshly body and conduct unauthorized business in our temple, we, too, have allowed thieves to enter in. Jesus said the temple of God is to be a ‘house of prayer’, not a ‘den for thieves’. What is our temple known for? Have we allowed it become a den for thieves or is it a house of prayer for all saints?

The scriptures also tell us, “Greater is He who is within us, than he that is in the world.” After we are born again sin and death can only enter into our physical body from the outside just like the money changers and the thieves entered the temple in Jerusalem from the outside. Sin and death no longer has power over us. Their power over our life was broken by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit who are both greater than either sin or death took up residence in us. Therefore, no one can take our life from us; and when we are born again we have the power to take it up again when our physical body falls asleep. The Christian simply “falls asleep,” when their physical body expires. It is only in a sleeping state and will be reawakened on a day when the Lord calls us all home. But for the unbeliever that is not so. When their body expires it is as dead at it is ever going to get because it never had eternal life or the life of God in it; and on the day it is called forth it will be sent to hell along with the soul and spirit of the person and all three parts will be eternally condemned. What a sad ending for such a beautiful and wonderfully made creature. But God does not force us to choose Him. We are the one who makes that choice and God will abide by the choice we make. DThrash

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