Angelic Conflict part 257: The Carrier of the kingdom of God – Eph 2:1-10; Rom 8:10-25; Phi 3:8-11; Luk 7:11-17; 8:49-56; Joh 11:41-46.
length: 79:20 - taught on Feb, 16 2014
Our souls were once under the control of the strong man.
EPH 2:1 And you were dead [spiritually] in your trespasses and sins,
spiritual death - separation from God. The wages of sin is death. It applies to the unsaved moral man or immoral man.
The unbeliever is not sick, he is dead.
EPH 2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
The world system is built for conformity. Man must conform to it if he is to succeed in it. But since the system is broken and evil no one ever succeeds in it.
EPH 2:3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh [sin nature], indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature [fall] children of wrath, even as the rest.
So in verse two we have the world and satan with his kingdom of darkness and in verse three we have the flesh. The believer's three enemies: satan and the KOD, the world system, and the old sin nature.
A sinner behaves as a sinner because it is his nature. This does not justify sin, but by nature, our OSN behaves badly.
Everything leading up to Calvary was an ultimate display of His power and then on the cross, the world saw the ultimate display of His love.
EPH 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
Before the cross the kingdom of God was embodied in Christ. At the cross the kingdom of God was given to men through faith and without cost.
When God's love is expressed to mankind it is seen in mercy and grace.
In His mercy, He does not give us what we do deserve; and in His grace He gives us what we do not deserve.
EPH 2:5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
Spiritual resurrection - being alive together with Christ in position while on earth and living in that life while walking in the devil's world.
The NT has much to say about living in time in your spiritual resurrection and not in the sleep or death that the world is under.
EPH 3:14 For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father,
For what reason does Paul have such a heart for other people?
There was a day when Paul met the Lord. All of us who have positive volition have had this day.
EPH 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think [life beyond dreams], according to the power that works within us,
EPH 3:21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Beyond all that we ask or think is the life beyond dreams, meaning life in Christ, hid with Him in heavenly places.
For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
just as it is written,
"Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him [life beyond imagination]."
EPH 5:8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light
EPH 5:9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
EPH 5:10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
EPH 5:11 And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;
EPH 5:12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.
EPH 5:13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
EPH 5:14 For this reason it says,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you."
There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
EPH 5:15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise,
EPH 5:16 making the most of your time, because the days [the time of the world] are evil.
ROM 8:10 And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
ROM 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.
ROM 8:12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh —
ROM 8:13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
ROM 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
ROM 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"
ROM 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
ROM 8:17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.
ROM 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
ROM 8:19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God [Second Coming].
ROM 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
ROM 8:21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
ROM 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
ROM 8:23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
ROM 8:24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees?
ROM 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance [hupomone] we wait eagerly for it.
PHI 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ,
PHI 3:9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
PHI 3:10 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
PHI 3:11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead [experiential spiritual resurrection].