There is spiritual progress for us all, if we keep before
our minds in vigorous faith our identification with the
Lord Jesus. Death, burial, resurrection and ascension
is the absolute condition of deliverance and growth.
How shall the Father, who commands us in Romans 6:13,
to present ourselves before Him as those that are alive
from the dead, speak to and deal with our souls, if we
fail to present ourselves before Him in such attitude as
He asks, as risen ones?
There is no way of true deliverance from the reign of
sin except we believe we have died to it—having died
with Christ, our connection with sin being thus broken.
Also, there is not real deliverance from the law and its
bondage, into that liberty for which Christ set us free
except to believe, and to keep believing, that we died
to the law with Him, and are now risen, and joined
to Another, the risen One.
It is as Romans 7:4 asserts: “Ye also were made dead
to the law, through the body of Christ; that ye should
be joined to another, even to Him who was raised
from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God.”
Or the still stronger words of verse 6: Ye were “dis-
charged from the law, having died to that wherein we
were held; so that ye serve in newness of the spirit,
and not in the oldness of the letter.”
Christians may get “blessings” and temporary “de-
liverances,” in answer to prayer; for the Father is
merciful to His saints and His blessed Spirit refreshes
and blesses us even apart from the real walk of faith.
But it is a greater blessing finally to us, and much greater
glory to the Father, if we simply accept His Word, and
learn to walk in the power of it by a naked faith; which
asks no longer certain experiences, but being sure of
God’s truth because it is His truth, maintains the attitude
of faith therein—attitude, I say—a fixed attitude.
For faith, when once we see the truth, consists of a
believing attitude of the heart toward the Father.
Of course, this involves a negative attitude toward all
doubt of His promises and finished work, or anything
that would raise a doubt; and it also involves a continued
refusal to rest upon appearance or feelings, even though
these may come in great abundance. It is God’s written
Word that supplies strength to the heart of faith!
Boldly to reckon ourselves dead to the law and discharged
there from is the only possible means of entering into that
state of rest in the Father in which we bear fruit indeed to
Him. How can a slave rest in the presence of a master
whose unfulfilled commands lie yet before him? How
can even a child rest in the presence of his father, if he
has upon his mind some task assigned by his father—
some heavy task which he has not yet performed? How
indeed shall the child of God enter into rest, if he believes
in any way whatsoever, that God holds him still under the
law? He will be having his tasks and duties in mind, while
in the presence of God; rather than delighting in the Father
Himself and His Son Jesus Christ, and the glorious salvation
provided for him.
It is to be remembered that the law is by no means said to be
dead; but we died to it. The law cannot die, or be “abrogated,”
(done away with) as some falsely hold. The law not only remains,
but “has dominion” over everyone that is “alive” to it; that is, to
every one in the old creation, in the old Adam, in the flesh.
Only those in the Lord Jesus Christ have escaped the law. And
they only by having died to it. The law is holy, just, good, and
eternal, but we have passed into another sphere.”