The Fall from Innocence – Part 1
Reading:         Psalm 17
Isaiah 45:18 reveals God’s purpose in creation -
that man should LIVE - “He formed it to be inhabited”. Death
temporarily has changed this. But God’s plan of restoration will
overcome this difficulty.
Another passage, Revelation 4:11, says that we were
created “for God’s pleasure” - therefore sin and death must be
removed that God may rejoice in His creation.
God made man in a condition that he need not have
sinned. It must be our endeavour to give God the pleasure that Adam and Eve
did not give him.
Genesis 1:26 expresses God’s intent in
making man through his angels (the “us” and “our”) -
that man should be in God’s image and like-ness; v27 tells us what
was actually done.
Image - cp. Genesis 9:1-4 God reserves full control
over life – we eat by God’s permission but not a right; v5 life is
God’s alone to give and take; v6 the reason - it was never God’s
intent that man’s life be lost - therefore God’s work is to restore
the way of life that has been lost.
Colossians 3:1-4 contrast with vv5-9, the reason being
stated in v10 that in Christ there is a restoration, a renewal - i.e. new
conscience, or mind.
Returning to Genesis 1:26 “image and
likeness” - man was in every respect created in God’s image and a
likeness of that image was real. Cp. Ephesians 4:17-24 image is readily
used of mental and moral matters. There is then to be a restoration to what was
after the pattern of God.
Adam was a natural creature, “very good” (but not
perfect). In the new creation there is a bringing back to what man once was.
See Psalm 17:15 - only the pure in heart shall see God; they will be
given a mind of righteousness (a mind fitted for righteousness a restoration of
Consider James 1:12-13 God doesn’t tempt; He
neither suffers temptation nor is the cause of it. How is this possible? Only
if God did not make man with sinfully inclined lusts; vv14-16 an explanation of
what is the experience of man; v17 What did man receive from God? GOOD GIFTS.
Qualities that were completely formed without defect. What is light is that
which comes from God; it is clear then that man was made without the qualities
lustfulness that now characterises mankind. V18 tells us that what God achieves
in us is what was intended for Adam.
James 3 contrasts what qualities have come from the
earth verses 14-16,with God’s endowments verses 17-18.
The origin of the evil in man is from man; but that which in
good is from God.
Passages to Consider:
Ecclesiastes 7:29 “devices” –
inventions, word only used twice in the Bible, here and in 2 Chronicles 26:15
Peter 1:4; Romans 8:3; Genesis 3:1-11 the deceitfulness of
sin; Genesis 2:23-25; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:13; 1 Corinthians 11:7-11;
Romans 8:20-25; 1 Corinthians 15:49; Hebrews 10:22.
The Fall from Innocence – Part 2
Two great forces are at work in the world: (1) God, and (2)
His enemy – human nature. Even when we want to do right there are in us
emotions that want to sin.
Ecclesiastes 7:25 Wisdom that finds out matters; v26
moral consequences involved why does she do this? V27 counted out examples one
by one; v28 I looked to find people who could resist emotions. He says I found
one man, but I didn’t find a woman. A woman is a softer, more emotional
person than a man. All women are vulnerable to emotion and most men also are.
V29 “this only I found” is better because he is describing an
See Genesis 2:7 - 3 statements: (1) formed of ground,
(2) breathed into nostrils, and (3) became a loving soul.
“The upright” of Ecclesiastes 7 therefore
describes the mental make-up of Adam. A balanced mental and moral condition.
They (i.e. Adam firstly and the human race since) have sought out ways that
deviate from God. They have become bent because emotion has entered and taken
“Inventions” cp. “engines” 2
Chronicles 26:15 – catapults for war; for use against the enemy. Man uses
them against God and fellow man. Why have all fallen into this trap? Remember
God had no involvement in the spoiling of the human race. How then did it
happen? Genesis 3.
The real marvel is not a talking snake -
Intelligence is not so strange. How many people are there?
Man was made by God intelligent; therefore if God for a reason made an
intelligent animal such as the snake is not so strange.
Genesis 3:1 “subtil” = cunning, observant.
People suggest Satan may have used the snake. To know God does not leave room
for a malevolent rebel. But additional to this, consider 2 Corinthians
11:3 - the serpent beguiled Eve through its shrewdness, its cunning. He
warns of a model of a problem being duplicated. Eve’s simplicity
contrasted the serpent’s cunning. The serpent was pitting his
intelligence against Eve’s. The snake and Eve had the same set of facts
before them. Eve’s interpretation was uncomplicated - what God said was
true. The serpent juggled the facts. We don’t know how long their
probationary period lasted.
It took a suggestion from outside before there could be any
deceit - this could not come from within Adam and Eve. Genesis 3:1 cp.
2:16 - God speaks in generosity, the snake speaks negatively. V2 the
woman states the positive - there’s only 1 tree forbidden. She is
educating the snake, but unaware of his resources. Vv2-3 the tree at
this stage had no appeal to Eve. V4 the serpent scoffs. V5
you’ll be as angels (Gods - Elohim). He has misinterpreted facts as the
snake didn’t know how they had gotten immortality. V6 she now saw
what she had never looked at before. “Pleasant” =
“desire”; 2x in verse desire is used - she has begun to absorb the
lie and she now has “awakened desire”. She took it because being
deceived she believed she could get away with it. After she had taken the fruit
she was alive with desire - this she took to Adam - he was not deceived. See
1 Timothy 2:11-14. Eve believed it would have good consequences; but not
deceived, Adam still proceeded. Why?
2 Peter 1:4 Corruption introduced into the world by
Adam. Compare Romans 5:12 Adam chose to have his wife rather than God.
Emotion does not have same power over men as it does over women (1 Timothy
Genesis 3:7 The serpent’s lie awakened
Eve’s desires that became powerful in her. After transgression desire was
aroused in realms not related to original desire. Their desire for each other
was not out of control. Emotions in us are not only there but they
are out of control. That’s where God’s enemy is - the
uncontrolled emotions in us. Cp. Ephesians 4:22 - in us there are
desires that deceive us into sinning. An exposition of this is found in
Romans 7:8-11. Concupiscence = lust (same word v7). V11 lust deceives
us and bring us into sin. Emotional power can rationalise (wrongly) the word of
God. Hebrews 3:13 Lusts are called by the name of what they cause -
“sin which is deceitful”. Adam and Eve themselves caused the bias
that we now have.
Is God the cause of sin? No. Because God made man upright.
Did Adam have to follow Eve? No. Genesis 2:21-22 a sign of death for his
bride. Adam had to expect to sacrifice himself for his wife. Adam was to go to
God and then to die for her and then be raised again. Adam would so have turned
away the course of sin from the world, see 1 Corinthians 15:44-45;
Romans 5:14 as happened in Christ. When Adam sinned he then spoiled the
The enemy of God is here within us. Romans 8:5-8 mind =
to think. But we thank God that through his word he will enlighten us,
vv9-11 (see also Romans 7:22-25). The need was then for God to
bring a “new man” to conquer sin.
Why did Christ have to Die?
Reading: Romans 8:1-10
If you had a son the last thing on earth you would permit
would be his death if it could be helped. Romans 8:31-32; 5:6-8 -
God’s motivation was love – John 3:16 He loved us enough to
want to save us. The necessity of Christ’s death was the destruction of
God’s enemy by Christ dying. None, not even Christ himself, could come to
life until the enemy was overcome.
Romans 8:4 - we are both a person, and a person with a
body which has inclinations.
Verses 5-6 - the flesh causes people to think fleshly
thoughts the emotional basis of sin. The consequences of natural thought
processes is death; but if you think the way the Scriptures teach it leads to
Verse 7 - we automatically think in a way that is
opposed to God. There is no way to make the thinking of the flesh subject to
God’s law. Carnal thoughts must be fought. For this reason, although a
sinner may turn and repudiate his sins - the flesh, the real culprit, must be
destroyed. But here is a dilemma for us, for in killing the flesh the person
A man possessing our promptings but never yielding to sin and
yet dying provides the answer to the dilemma, Romans 8:1-3. How the Truth
is believed can free us from the inevitable consequence of sin which brings
death. The weakness of the law was in breaking the linkage between sin and
death - its weakness was in flesh’s inability to keep it; the emotions in
us from time to time overthrow the law and bring sin.
God did it by sending His own son. How did he break the
linkage? By being God’s son he was equipped by God to derive from the
Bible to conquer sin; the same power, but a wider channel for operation, than
exists for us. God sent His son in “a likeness of sin’s
flesh” (the flesh in which sin operates). The idea is of sameness; cp.
Romans 5:14 - same word in Greek, similitude. Likeness =
Jesus lived a lifetime free from sin and yet died a special
death that spoke of “a condemnation”. When put in a grave it seemed
that the condemnation stuck. It implied to many that he was a sinner. But his
resurrection showed that he personally was not condemned but flesh - the real
culprit was condemned. When his body was changed from flesh to spirit the
emotions which lead to sin were expunged from his being and he was given
immortality (Romans 7:5, 18-20) .
God prevented the processes of Jesus’ corruption for the
three days in which the enemy of death would not triumph, 1 Corinthians
Hebrews 2:14 – the children of Adam share human
nature in the same war that Jesus did. The devil is “the law of sin and
death” of Romans 8:3. The devil has the power of death, cp.
Romans 5:12; 6:23. Human nature is the great transgressor and hence must
be destroyed; that is, the force having the power of death can only possibly be
destroyed by the death of the individual if it is part of the one dying. The
devil is destroyed by death in each one of us.
Where does the Mercy of God Come From?
Reading: Psalm 62
Romans 2:1 The sort Of Person God Most dislikes.
Romans 2:2 Judgment based upon what a man does.
People behave like that for 2 reasons:
(a) Because they feel they can escape the judgment of God (cp. Psalm 62:11-12, a
foundation from which Romans 2 is
(b) They despise God’s goodness.
v6 cites Psalm 62.
If God renders according to deeds then what place has
repentance (v4)? The answer is in Psalm 62:12 (a universal and invariable rule
i.e. a principle) - a “cause and effect” relationship. Because God
gives according to a man’s deeds - God’s response is related to what
we do, i.e. the merciful receives mercy cp. Matthew 6:12 (vv14-15 expound the
principle). God’s mercy is an expression of His Justice.
James 2:12-13 mercy boasts against judgment not
Matthew 18:23-35 illustrates that God’s mercy is of
greater proportion than the forgiveness that we are required to show upon others
- it is a likeness of deed, not proportion.
Psalm 18:20-26 (froward = perverse)
Zechariah 1:3 Before we turn to God there is the overture of
reconciliation - Thus says God (1); our response (2); God’s response
(Romans 5:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 - the reconciliation is
not completed until we have responded vv20-21; 1 John 4:7-11 the man who follows
God’s example receives from God that which he shows to others - love,
Proverbs 24:11-12 If you see someone on the way to death and
do nothing about it - you will receive in kind. Jude vv21-23; Proverbs 24:17-18
If we don’t give compassion God might show mercy despite us.
Psalm 130:1-3 None would stand v4 forgiveness in order (a
Psalm of Hezekiah - a Song of Degrees) that thou mayest be feared (cp. Isaiah
38:1-17 the history from which the Psalm is drawn vv1-5 God changed His purpose
in response to Hezekiah’s deeds; v17 the gift showed that God put away his
sins because of his way of life). God doesn’t forgive if we don’t,
cp. 1 Kings 8:37-40. Romans 2:4 God is good, forebearing and longsuffering; v7
God bears long awaiting a response that He might show mercy. In seeking glory,
honour and immortality we are seeking and following God.
Christ’s Death, Our Ransom from Death
What we have seen is that unless God had intervened, as he has
our behalf, after man had introduced sin, then our position would have been
hopeless - bound to die and return to dust, and extinction. But God loved the
world and “gave” Christ as a sacrifice to redeem us from death (John
The reason we are bound to die is that we are mortal by
inheritance from Adam and, as well, we also sin (Romans 5:12; 6:23), so God
Himself sentences us to death.
The great marvel of God’s purpose to save us is that He
has solved the dilemma our sins pose:
How can the Holy God, who Himself condemned us to death because of our
sins, save us from death without condoning our sins, which He who is “of
purer eyes than to behold iniquity” cannot
There are three possible alternatives, two of which the Bible
makes plain are utterly unacceptable to God.
The first would require God to waive the sentence, and
simply condone sins. He will not do this. To do so would be to abdicate from
all authority over mankind and forfeit all honour and respect. He certainly did
not choose this.
Secondly, a substitute could have been sought, who
would die instead of sinners. This would require a man who was righteous,
offering to die instead of those rightly guilty and would require God to accept
This contemptible expedient would present God in the light, of
a vindictive enemy only, concerned with retribution, whose wrath must be
placated by blood, with no concern for whose blood; because there is no justice
in the death of the righteous so the guilty can go scot-free.
Our God is just and has Himself sought our salvation
because of His love for the world - so substitution is impossible. He did not
choose this alternative.
God chose to save us by means of a representative
sacrifice. Jesus Christ was crucified and died on our behalf (not
instead of us) to bring about forgiveness of our sins.
This is the only alternative in which God could Himself remain
righteous, while saving us by making us righteous. (Romans 3:26)
A Representative Sacrifice
God is a Great King over all His universe. Having decreed that
men who sin must die, He will not lift that sentence. We who disobey are guilty
and will die – but in His goodness God has established the means of
rescuing us from death, the results of that sentence.
His chosen means is Christ Jesus, who died as a sacrificial
representative of mankind to save all who believe in Him.
So that Jesus can be a fitting representative of us whom he
came to save, he was born of our nature. He is the man Christ Jesus (1
Timothy 2:5), who shared our nature in all respects – Hebrews
“Forasmuch as (we) the children are partakers of the flesh and blood,
he also himself likewise took part of the
He experienced all the temptations to sin which our nature
generates (yet he conquered them all and was sinless - Hebrews 4:15)
It is these facts that made Jesus the fit person he is to be
both our representative and the sacrifice to save us.
The Source of Sin Condemned
Because he was a sinless man it was not Jesus, but sin, that
was condemned when he died. (Romans 8:3) In the lusts to sin which he by nature
experienced he was identical to us. These are the source of sin (Romans
7:5,8,11,13) and were condemned and put to death in his death.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is therefore a representative to us of
what God’s sentence is on sins, so we should see in him what is due to us
because of our sins. God’s means of saving us centres round this
Since we who believe the gospel of Christ are baptised into
Christ to acknowledge and confess to God our sins and accept God’s
sentence on us because of them, God forgives us those sins.
It is because we accept the justice of God’s
condemnation on our disobedience, as He has expressed it in Christ’s
death, that He is prepared to forgive the offences and reckon us to be righteous
- without sin. (Romans 5:15-19)
In fact, on account of our faith and acceptance of His
sentence, God reckons us to have died with Christ, so that the just
punishment of our sins has been discharged. (Romans 6:1-7)
Consequently He counts us to be entitled to rise with Christ
from death. (Romans 6:4-5) So Jesus represents us in his death and in his
resurrection. Therefore, should we die before Christ returns (and have believed
the Gospel), he will resurrect us from death at his coming. (John
The Bible always exhibits Christ’s sacrifice of himself
as representative of those he saves. (Colossians 1:19-22; 1 Peter
Only by dying with Christ, as we do in baptism, can we be
forgiven our sins, and be rescued from death:
“Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins” (Acts
There is no other way that God accepts:
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under
heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)
A New Way of Life
Christ loved us and gave his life for us. In baptism into his
death we acknowledge that the way of sacrifice is the only way to
The rest of our life until we die or he comes, as he soon
will, is to be a daily expression of that principle. We should put to death
each day all the evil propensities of our bodies (Colossians 3:1-5).
“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his
cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and
whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a
man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what
shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the son of man shall come in the
glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man
according to his works.” (Matthew
Saving Sinners: The Solution from the Holy God
Since God is righteous and loves righteousness, Psalm 11:7,
His chosen means of salvation is in keeping with this –
Humanly speaking, there are 3 possibilities:
- To waive the sentence of death for sin – IMPOSSIBLE! Since by
this God would abdicate all authority.
- To substitute an innocent
victim and allow the guilty sinner to go free – IMPOSSIBLE! Since by
this God would become both unrighteous and vindictive.
- To provide a sinless
man who offers himself as a representative sacrifice – GOD’S
CHOICE! Since by this God remains righteous, His sentence is upheld, while He
forgives repentant sinners.
A Representative Sacrifice
- All men have sinned - Romans
- So, all condemned to die - Romans
- God, who is righteous, will not lift that
sentence – Romans 6:7
- Hence, two Divine principles:
- Only by death
can we be saved from death
- Only by sacrificing life can we gain
- Although He will not lift the sentence,
“death for sin”, God will rescue from death those who submit
to that sentence in belief or the gospel and
- The only acceptable means for us to
submit to God’s sentence is by:
A Representative Sacrifice in whom we die and
The Qualification for the Representative
Of the nature of sinners - Hebrews 2:14
Tempted like sinners - Hebrews 4:15
Yet without sin, so in his death sin itself was
condemned and cancelled - Romans 8:1-4
A focus for us to identify with and acknowledge God’s
sentence just - Romans 6:1-7
Resurrected, and rescued from death, so we can
be rescued with him - Romans 6:5
And so, God is righteous while forgiving sinners -
Because it is part of a process of trial to test our faith
- Our faith is rendered valuable by the testing of
our obedience - 1 Peter 1:7; James 1:2-3
elements are necessary for this test:
1. A law from God, defining and prohibiting sin Romans 7:7-11
2. A prompting and inducement to disobey - Genesis 3:4-6; James
- We are victors when we recognise the prompting
as evil in opposing God’s law, and reject
- We become transgressors when we are deceived
by the prompting into disobeying God’s law - Genesis 3:13; Ephesians
The Source of Temptation
The First Temptation and its Results:
- When man was “very good” as created
(Genesis 1:31), his desires not yet inflamed into lusts as a result of sin
– so an external deceiver was necessary to prompt
disobedience – Genesis 3:2-3
- By its lies, the serpent persuaded Eve
that disobedience would not be punished (3:4) and the results of sin would be
enlightening and elevating – 3:5
- Eve was
deceived into desiring to disobey, believing all the results would
be good – 3:6
- The consequence of this was
that mild desires were inflamed into lusts –
- These lusts are now the
deceiver – Romans 7:7-8, 11, so that the source of
temptation is now within us – James 1:14; Romans 8:7; 7:23;
Lust of the Flesh the Source of Sin
Lusts, being now the deceiving and tempting
agency, they perform the part taken at the first by the serpent; so lusts
may be called “the serpent in the flesh” cf. Ephesians
- Lusts are part of the nature of flesh -
- It is the flesh that lusts -
- And the lusts are what bring
forth sin - James 1:15
- Hence sins come from the
flesh - Colossians 2:11
- And lusts are a
“law of sin” residing in our members - Romans
- Consequently, “the thinking of the
flesh is enmity against God” - Romans
Figuratively, therefore, God calls sinners by the name
of serpents - Matthew 23:33 and uses serpent as symbol of human
nature, Numbers 21:4-9, and in particular, as symbol of human nature
borne by his own sinless son - John 3:14-15.
This is to emphasise that flesh is so ineradicably
sinful that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom” - 1
Why was Sin Condemned in the Flesh
A governing and indispensable element in God’s scheme of
atonement is that God “might be just, and the justifier of him which
believeth in Jesus” - Romans 3:26.
God’s righteousness in the atonement could only be
established by founding atonement on condemning sin.
However, condemning sin does not justify the sinner,
but rather condemns him also, and necessitates that he must
There remains then this problem, that:
WHAT JUSTIFIES GOD CONDEMNS THE
And this intractable conflict remains for every sin and
every sinner. In fact, this conflict holds true in every
circumstance, except one. There is one possible circumstance in
WHAT JUSTIFIES GOD ALSO JUSTIFIES
It is: Where SIN is condemned in THE FLESH.
Sin can be condemned in the flesh only in unique and
- In the case of a righteous man – because in this case only
will the condemnation fall on sin, NOT on the man.
- By the death of
the righteous man – because in this case only can sin actually be
condemned IN flesh.
- And by the resurrection of the righteous
man – because only by the revival of the righteous man could it be
demonstrated that his death was not a condemnation of him, but of sin - Romans
What is Sin in the Flesh?
Being by definition lawlessness (1 John 3:4)
unrighteousness (1 John 5:17) and failure to attain the glory of
God’s character (Romans 3:23). SIN is necessarily an abstract term, an
Consequently SIN cannot have an independent, continuous
existence anywhere, whether in the flesh or elsewhere -
This means that when the Bible uses the expression SIN IN THE
FLESH it is using a figure of speech.
Since SIN is the product of:
- the passions in our members –
- the lusts of our flesh –
- our body of sin –
Romans 6:6; Colossians 2:11
Therefore God has branded those passions and lusts with
the name of their evil product, so Scripture calls these “SIN” -
Romans 7:8, 9, 11, 13, 17, 20, 23; 8:2, 3.
How was Sin Condemned in the Flesh
Romans 8:1-4 presents the most crucial statement in the Bible
of how and why Christ’s atoning sacrifice brings forgiveness for us who
are guilty of sins:
It’s main substance is contained in the contrast between
v1 and 3
- “There is now therefore NO CONDEMNATION to
those who are in Christ Jesus..”
- “For... God... CONDEMNED sin in the
There are two great protagonists, whose work and results are
- THE LAW, whose function was to condemn guilty
sinners (2 Corinthians 3:9) (8:3)
- GOD, whose
work was to condemn sin (8:3)
The law was imposed in order to condemn transgressions
(Galatians 3:19; Romans 4:15); and this it did with great efficiency -
condemning sin in sinners - Romans 3:19-20. In this it was IRRESISTIBLY
Since the law was given for the purpose of condemning
sin, how is it that it could not condemn sin IN THE FLESH? (8:3)
- Notwithstanding that the law was irresistibly
strong in condemning SIN in SINNERS,
- It was
nonetheless too weak to condemn SIN IN THE FLESH because it had to
operate through the flesh (8:3)
which the PASSIONS OF SINS lever themselves into action by the very means of the
law’s prohibition - Romans 7:5, 8, 11,
- Forcing the law always to condemn sin NOT IN
THE FLESH, but instead, IN SINNERS
- So, salvation
is impossible by the law!
What was needed was a man specially equipped to be a
channel of strength from God (8:3) who would blot out the law with its
entrenched antagonism to us – Colossians 2:14.
God provided His only begotten son, equipping him by means of
his paternity to be THE CHANNEL OF STRENGTH FROM GOD required.
- God intervened to provide strength since
the law was unable to do so (8:3)
- Sending His
own son begotten by God from a virgin, to equip him by this means to be a
channel of Divine strength equal to the task of total conquest of sin
Romans 1:4; Psalm 80:15, 17
- The power
provided was the word of God – Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians
- In a likeness (cf. Romans 5:14
– another individual of the same kind) of flesh of sin (so called
because flesh originates sin Colossians 2:11; Romans 7:17-18, 20, 23; 8:7-8) so
that Jesus’ experience of temptation was identical to ours Hebrews 4:15;
as was his experience of human nature Hebrews 2:14, except for
- The power of the word of God working
in Christ held the working of the passions of sins down, confining them
in the flesh (7:5) which is their source and home (Ephesians
- So, in Christ’s case, SIN never
emerged to appear in Christ’s conscience as the guilt of sins
committed (John 8:46)
- Therefore, when Christ
DIED, he died a righteous man, and, by God, UNCONDEMNED. Yet, DEATH is
itself the supreme mark of CONDEMNATION (Romans
- Since he was uncondemned, his DEATH had
the necessary consequence that it condemned sin - and condemned it not in
his CONSCIENCE, but in his FLESH where it had been held
- BY THIS MEANS, SIN WAS CONDEMNED IN THE FLESH
Jesus Christ – Unique Channel of Divine Strength
In both the manner and effect of his begettal, Christ was
unique - by it he was made the channel of Divine strength sufficient for the
total conquest of sin.
Son of God in power as to spirit of holiness
What the law was powerless to do, God did, sending His own son
to condemn sin in the flesh
Psalm 80:15, 17
Visit this VINE... THE BRANCH Thou madest strong for Thyself
the man of Thy right hand... the son of man whom Thou madest strong for
Thyself. THE VINE is by nature fit for no work - Ezekiel 15:2-5 I am the vine
- John 15:1, 5 I can of mine own self do nothing John 5:19, 30
2 Corinthians 13:4
Jesus was crucified out of, by reason of, weakness; but lives
out of, by reason of, power of God. God’s power was the reason he
attained life, whereas human weakness was the reason he was crucified.
To Fill up the Sufferings of Christ
- We were reconciled in the body of his
(Christ’s) flesh so that we should fill up what is
lacking of the afflictions of Christ in our flesh - Colossians
- That we may know Christ, the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to
his death - Philippians 3:10
- As the
sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds
by Christ... as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also of the
comfort 2 Corinthians 1:5,7
- Rejoice, inasmuch as
you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, that when his glory shall
be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy – 1