Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”
Have you considered what Jesus is saying to us here? To the intellect of man it seems Jesus may be contradicting Himself. In one verse He says “he who believes in Me, though he may die” , and in the very next verse He says, “whoever lives and believes in me shall never die” . How is it possible one may die yet is told he will never die?
Many look over this Scripture accepting they don’t understand and move on. However, God wants us to understand. He desires we look deeply into His word seeking truth and understanding of all He has given us.
Paul says: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” . How can the natural man receive this? We are saved. We are children of God. We are in Christ Jesus.
Paul says: “There is therefore NOW” . When . . . NOW!
Yet troubles, tribulations and all manner of disease and afflictions remain in our lives. Many born-again believers die every day. So, how can there possibly not be any condemnation in a Christian - NOW ? As a Christian I am in Christ Jesus. Yet, if Jesus tarries, the day will come when this body of mine will be put into a grave.
A simple truth reveals all the answers to these questions and opens a completely new level of revelation and understanding of New Testament teaching.
(1) Man is a triune being consisting of body, soul, and spirit and enters the world in a fallen nature.
(2) When a man is born-again it is his spirit which is regenerated. His spirit enters into Jesus completely perfected never again to have any sort of blemish or wrinkle and it is not possible this spirit man can sin.
(3) When man is born again Jesus enters into man. Man’s flesh body becomes their house. The spirit of the man is in Jesus and Jesus is in the vessel of the man. Man’s spirit is a member of the body of Christ and is one with Jesus.
(4) A born-again man’s spirit is holy and blameless, his flesh body remains fallen (although purchased), and his soul is a work in progress (although secure).
(5) As long as his body lives there will be internal conflict between his spirit and his flesh which are opposed to each other and fighting for control of the soul of the man.
Therefore, when man is born-again, man takes on two natures. His spirit man takes on the nature of Christ and his flesh man remains in the fallen nature of Adam desiring the pleasures of the world.
In Scripture, for the sake of understanding, it is of utmost importance to be completely sure which nature of man is being addressed.
In the words of Jesus: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” Jesus is speaking of the flesh body of man and the Day of Redemption which is the Day of the Resurrection of the just.
In the words of Jesus: “whoever lives and believes in me shall never die” . Here Jesus is speaking of the born-again regenerated spirit of man.
In the words of Paul: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Paul is speaking of the regenerated spirit of a born again believer.
Now, with this understanding, meditate in all of Roman’s chapters 7 and 8 discerning between the spirit of man and the flesh of man and see what new revelation and understanding there is to be found.