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August 27, 2012

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Chris

Regarding the puritan prayer and our general Christian thought process, I think that it’s important to constantly remind ourselves what the death and resurrection of Christ has accomplished in our spirit/nature. To effectively do this, I believe we must first understand the difference with the idea of ‘sin’ as a noun (person, place or thing) from the idea of sin as a verb (action or behavior).

For the believer, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin (noun) of the world” has reversed our inherited sinful nature and replaced it with a new nature after the very nature of God; hence we’re born-again just as if Adam never committed the original sin in the garden!

Any remnant of sin and self then, is just the manifestation of the lusts of our physical body and mind (‘the flesh’) when acting in opposition to our newly born-again nature. The maturing process accelerates the more we understand this and consequently cooperate with the nature of God in us to enjoy doing only those things which please Him and us as one!

"But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him” 1 Cor 6:17.

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