Are We A Sin Offering Like Christ?


H____ wrote:

Hello H____,
You have hit the nail on the head. God has given you “eyes to see” the “hidden … things of the spirit” (1Co 2:1-14)
Here are a couple of more proofs to add to what you have here:

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [ which is] your reasonable service.

This is but another of the many apparent paradoxes of scripture. The way one “presents his body a living sacrifice” is by “dying daily:”

1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

The only way to have Christ living in us is to be crucified with Christ. Another paradox of God’s Word.
Here now is another scripture that is quoted very seldom simply because so many ministers cannot understand this verse:

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

So it is only through Christ in us that we can fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ for His body’s sake, which is the church. We simply do not believe that the church is Christ’s ‘body.’ But it still is His body.
And here is the final scripture which proves that we, too, are indeed a sin offering:

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

I hope this helps your understanding of just how blessed we are in Christ.
Mike

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