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5/07/16 Bury the Carcass

       “Why do you hang on to your old sin as if it were something to cherish? I have killed it. For you to still consider it alive is like hanging on to the carcass of a pet that once meant a great deal to you. It is dead. The life that you loved no longer resides within the decaying shell. So it is with your sin. It was given a fatal blow when you gave your life to the Lordship of Jesus. He now resides within you. You are new inside. His life is now available to be called upon for the power to overcome anything and everything.  Allow His life to be lived through you. Release yourself to Jesus. He will make a way.” 

1 Cor. 13:11 AMP  

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. 

II Cor. 5:17 AMP  

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ, (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! 

Gal. 2:20 AMP 

I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

 

I have heard that in a culture long ago, one form of punishment for murder was to strap the murderer to the one whom he had killed, face to face, body to body. The murderer would carry the rotting corpse of his victim around until he died. I assume he died, among other things, from the poisons he breathed in day after day as the corpse decayed.

You and I are new creatures altogether, if we have submitted everything that we are or have ever been to the Lordship of Jesus. Who we once were and what we once desired to do no longer lives. You will notice I said “Lordship,” not some emotional altar call or half-hearted commitment.

Once that true submission has been made, our old nature and each specific sin, once they are submitted, are dead in us. The vibrant life of Jesus Christ now lives in us.

Why would we carry around the carcass of our old death-dealing, sinful nature - something rotting and decaying - when Christ’s life-giving, sinless nature is within us?  His nature insures abundant life. Our old nature is sure death. 

Set me free, Lord,

Jim Corbett