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YOU HAVE BEEN LIFTED UP FROM SIN
Eric Aboadwe    [email]    ( Ghana ) 2017-08-14     Views : 62     Touched : 12
YOU HAVE BEEN LIFTED UP FROM SIN

Our Scripture reading is taken from the Epistle of the 1st Book of Peter where it says:

“By whom also He went and PREACHED to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ARK was being prepared, in which A FEW, that is eight souls, were SAVED through WATER” (1 Peter 3:19-20).

We thank God that through His Word we do not lose heart. And even though our outward man is perishing, our inward man (spirit and soul) is renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16). We must therefore thank Him for given us His Word for the nourishment of our souls.

As people of God, it is only by FAITH that we can taste the kindness of the LORD, and it is by this same FAITH that we can know and realize that JESUS CHRIST is “He who made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3). In other words we haven’t done anything, but it is JESUS CHRIST who made us, SAVED us from SIN, and fed us with His Word of Life.

In our Scripture reading, Peter the Apostle was telling us how the “WATERS” of the flood SAVED Noah and his household from SIN and JUDGMENT through the SALVATION which God planned in JESUS CHRIST. But in order to understand what the Apostle Peter mean by the words “In which A FEW, that is eight souls, were SAVED through WATER,” we have to go back to Genesis and read what actually happened so that we can understand how Noah and his family “were SAVED through WATER.”

The account in Genesis says, “So those that ENTERED, male and female of all flesh, WENT IN as God had commanded him; and the LORD SHUT him IN. Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The WATERS increased and LIFTED UP the Ark, and it rose high above the earth” (Genesis 7:17).

The words above is telling us that whiles the people of the world were submerged deep inside the “WATERS” under God’s judgment, the same WATERS “LIFTED UP” Noah and his household above the earth. It means that they were “LIFTED UP” from sin, death, curse and judgment. Thus God SAVED Noah and his household with His “Word” of the “WATER,” but judged the antediluvians who didn't believe in “WATER.”

When it says in Genesis that “The WATERS increased and LIFTED UP the ARK, and it rose high above the earth,” it is talking about the SALVATION of JESUS CHRIST through His water, blood, and resurrection. When JESUS took away our SINS in the “WATERS” of the Jordan River after being BAPTIZED by John the Baptist, He DIED and RESURRECTED.

We must therefore know that the “ARK” itself represent JESUS, and He used the “WATERS” to LIFT the “ARK” upwards. It means that JESUS Himself SAVED us with His own WATER BAPTISM, dying on the Cross and RESURRECTING from the death to “LIFT” us “UP” from SIN. That’s why the Apostle Peter was saying that “There is also an ANTITYPE which now SAVES us – BAPTISM, ... through the RESURRECTION of JESUS CHRIST” (1 Peter 3:21).

It means that after JESUS took our SINS upon Himself in the “WATER” of the Jordan River, He DIED after being “LIFTED UP” on the wooden Cross so that we will DIE together with Him in order for our “body of SIN to be done away with, that we should no longer be SLAVES of SIN” (Romans 6:6). This is the reason why JESUS Himself said that, “And I, if I am LIFTED UP from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32).

Please just pay a close attention to what JESUS is saying here. If JESUS says that, “And I, if I am LIFTED UP from the earth, will draw all people to myself,” we must remember the account in Genesis which tells us that, “The WATERS increased and LIFTED UP the Ark, and it rose high above the earth.” Just relax and see how Genesis 7:17 is connected to what JESUS is saying in John 12:32. We must know that JESUS was “LIFTED UP” so that we can also be “LIFTED UP” from SIN and JUDGMENT.

If JESUS was not BAPTIZED to accept our SINS upon Himself, there was no way He could DIE on the Cross. Therefore after He accepted our SINS in the “WATERS” of the Jordan River, He was then “LIFTED UP” by dying on the Cross. As a Christian, you must believe that it is JESUS BAPTISM that “LIFTED” Him “UP” to the Cross. This is because JESUS never committed any SIN (Hebrews 4:15). If the SINS had not been laid on Him by His WATER, He couldn't have been “LIFTED UP.”

This is the reason why after the Apostle Peter spoke about JESUS’ “BAPTISM” in our Scripture reading, he also spoke about His “RESURRECTION” when he said, “through the RESURRECTION of JESUS CHRIST.” However this does not mean that the DEATH of JESUS is not included in the passage. It is inclusive, but it is only those to whom “it has been given to KNOW the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 13:11) will understand.

However the “Natural man” cannot understand these SPIRITUAL mysteries because it “does NOT receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he KNOW them, because they are SPIRITUALLY discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

If the Word of God says in 1 Peter 3:21 that “There is also an ANTITYPE which now SAVES us – BAPTISM,” it means that the BAPTISM of JESUS CHRIST by which He accepted upon Himself “the SIN of the world” (1 John 1:29), has also “LIFTED” us “UP” from sin, death, curse, and judgment.

If Noah and his household had not been “LIFTED UP” from the earth and it’s SINS, they would have sank in God’s judgment and perish like the others. Therefore unless we are also “LIFTED UP” from SIN by the BAPTISM of JESUS CHRIST in addition to His BLOOD, and RESURRECTION, we cannot escape from God’s fierce judgment.

It was God who did whatever He has to do to “LIFT UP” Noah and his family from the judgment of “the SIN of the world.” They didn't do anything. Noah didn't contribute to the SALVATION of God. That’s why it says that, “and the LORD SHUT him IN.” So let us understand that it was not Noah who “SHUT” himself “IN” the “ARK,” but it was God who “SHUT him IN.”

In the same way, God has also “SHUT” us “IN” JESUS CHRIST through His water, blood, and resurrection. This is the reason why the Apostle Paul said that, “For you died, and your life is HIDDEN with CHRIST in GOD” (Colossians 3:3). It is a great blessing to be “SHUT IN” in JESUS CHRIST through the Holy Spirit who is the “guarantee of our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:13-14).

BLESSED are those who have been “LIFTED UP” from SIN.

 

 
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