The Scriptures are alive with the positional standing of being “in” Christ. Every Believer that accepts God’s invitation of eternal life has fused into Jesus. Jesus became the substitutionary sacrifice for everyone by His crucifixion. Through His death, burial, and resurrection we stand in awe of the love of God. The Bible states that figuratively we accompanied His actions from the cross to the Throne room of God. The Word tells us that we were raised up together and made to sit in the Heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6) Paul states in Colossians 3:1 that we have been raised with Christ. So many quote positional Scriptures but fail to exhibit that reality. The characteristic of the elevated Saint is that he is always exercising his mind around Heavenly principles, and not on the mundane things on the earth. (Colossians 1:2) If the Scripture is correct and we are seated in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus, why do we act so “earthly?” If we are truly raised with Christ, why are we so easily beset with the problems of life? The reason is simple; ignorance of the Word.
When our Triune God created man He created him in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). As a result man was destined to rule over an “earthly heaven.” But due to his disobedience he became an agent of sin. Generations would follow his lead and the war between good and evil would continue its path to spiritual destruction. It was not until Jesus’ sacrifice, resurrection and ascension that the image and likeness of God would again be established in the recipients of God’s Grace. This “new creature” would be identified as the “spirit man.” He truly reigns with Christ and is seated in the Heavenlies with Christ! (Ephesians 2:6)
What Believers fail to understand is that within every Believer there is the “carnal man.” This individual takes, as Eve and Adam did, from sources that God has identified as “enmity” against Him. It is taking the opposite of what God intended. Here is where Christians fail to see that they have a responsibility to deal with their own carnality (things pertaining to the flesh, the temporal). We see ourselves sitting with Christ, while at the same time failing to deal with our fleshly desires. We fail to see the Scriptures that command us to take responsibility over our fleshly/worldly actions. Throughout the Bible we read about putting away anything that would interfere with our spiritual standing. It is the Believers responsibility, not God’s, to subdue our carnal man! Colossians states that we are to “put to death” the earthly things in our life. We are to put away things like, “anger, wrath, malice, and filthy language. (Colossians 3:5, 8) I urge every Believer to search the Scriptures to discover what their responsibilities are in dealing with their “carnal man.”
We are seated with Christ, but we are also walking in the flesh. The “spirit man” must be dominant or the carnal man will hinder our spiritual expression. We need to identify our carnal flaws and then one by one break their hold on our lives. We need to feed our spirits and starve our fleshly desires. We must stop asking God to do what He has commanded us to do. When we bring our carnality to its knees we will then be able to say as Paul did, “… the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God… ” (Galatians 2:20) When our carnal man surrenders we will be able to illustrate Colossians 2:6.