Exchanged Life Terms and Definitions
As with most things, understanding the terms and definitions of proper communication is essential. The following is an extensive list of the most commonly used terms to communicate the message of the cross - the Exchanged Life. This mini-dictionary is an excerpt from the Identity Matters: The Workbook.
This term was originally used by Hudson Taylor to define the exchange that takes place upon salvation—we exchange our life for His. Many teachers of the cross also use this term to explain an indwelt believer appropriating their co-death, burial, and resurrection with Christ. One of the most common Scriptures used in this exchange is Galatians 2:20, “not I, but Christ.” All believers in Christ receive the exchanged life at the moment of their salvation.
TERMS & DEFINITIONS + CONFERENCE MESSAGE TITLES:
Most Commonly Used Terms within The Exchanged Life Community
These terms and definitions are a compilation of three authors: Dr. Stephen R. Phinney, Dave Ritzenthaler and Dr. Charles R. Solomon
Introduction, Discipleship in the Making: Many Christians put their entire Christian experience on the day of their salvation and do not grow in the Life of Christ. Once they are saved they continue to function by using their own mind, will and emotions, seeming to forget their life has been Exchanged for Christ’s Life. This weakness and utter dependence on the old self ushers in a need for them to be discipled in living the Exchanged Life.
Godship: A simple term to describe what the Word defines as the number one problem in life: our attempts to function as our own god. We do this in our own life, in the lives of others, we even attempt to be god to God! Most of the time our attempts fall under the category of Godship, we try to fix the fix that God fixed on us to stop fixing life through our own effort. (Genesis 3:5).
Rejection is withholding love from self, others, and God. There are two types of rejection: overt and covert. Overt rejection is “obvious or known rejection, i.e. “I hate you.” Covert rejection is “subtle or unknown rejection, i.e. smiling on the outside while judging on the inside. Both of these forms of rejection are consequences of Godship applied, either by self or by others. Without question, we believe that rejection leads to individuals attempting to find life “externally” (Romans 15:7).
External/Internal is an individual attempting to gain love, acceptance, and significance from external resources - idolatry. Since Godship sets up “self-rule,” the individual works to turn negative externals into positive ones, by making use of self-effort.
Problems are direct consequences of self-life efforts. God then uses these problems to bring the believer to the end of their own resources, or self-life, in order to create a dependence on Christ’s Life from within. We believe that suffering is the key component to learning obedience to Christ Jesus, who actually lives in the born-again believer. It is these problems that reveal the person’s flesh (Hebrews 5:8).
My Flesh exhibits patterns, reactions, and/or sinful actions that reveal an individual’s self-life. These patterns are the trash left behind by the old nature and lead the believer to Life and Death decisions. If the believer continues to choose self-life decisions, we believe God will bring this person to the end of himself through consequences formed by their own flesh. This, without question, leads the person to repentance (Luke 9:23).
Repentance is the process of confessing one’s sins, turning away from the self-life, and returning to a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ from the inside out. This cannot be done effectively unless the Holy Spirit brings revelation to specific areas of the flesh that rise up against Jesus Christ. Once true repentance has occurred, the indwelt Christian can begin to apply their identity in Christ to all of life’s situations and circumstances (Psalm 119:59).
Identity Matters is an experiential embrace, and an understanding, of the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension - in daily living. This is what we call the Exchanged Life. When an individual has a born-again experience by faith, it means the Life of Christ comes and indwells the believer through the personhood of the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ Jesus). The reality of this transformation allows for a true exchange of our old nature, for that of the nature of God through Christ. In knowing this, we become partakers of all that is true about Christ through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Now the believer is in a position to appropriate their true identity, in Christ, and begin to live out that he is literally the righteousness of Christ (Galatians 2:20).
Righteousness is an indwelt believer’s expression, function, and lifestyle of releasing the Life of Christ from within. Once a born-again believer begins to appropriate their position in Christ, their condition is soon to change, simply by watching the evidence of His Life being manifested through their mind, will, and emotions. This means that when life’s circumstances are put before him, he can choose to release the Life of Christ to do the doing through him. This is a perfect setup for learning how to extend forgiveness to others (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Extending Forgiveness before God, in prayer, is forgiving anyone who has hurt you. Once an indwelt believer gets to this point, he is usually quick to release all anger and pain before God, extending forgiveness to those who initially hurt him, and in many cases, is ready to seek forgiveness from others whom he has hurt (Matthew 5:22-24). Seeking Forgiveness is the process of going to an individual whom you have offended by action or reaction, seeking their forgiveness, and restoring the relationship when possible. Once the believer has extended forgiveness before God on how he was hurt, he usually is released to go and seek the forgiveness for his part in the offense. We find that when a believer reaches this stage of discipleship, he begins to rest, abide, and walk in the Spirit in the truest sense.
Resting, Abiding, and Walking are the result of appropriating true forgiveness in all areas of life. It is living in the present, releasing the Life of Christ in you to be obedient to the Father through your mind, will, and emotions. When an indwelt believer gets to this point in growth, he is able to confront the self-centered view of life and to embrace the challenge of releasing the mind of Christ from within. Resting in Christ is a perfect place to be in showing the Love Life of Jesus (Matthew 11:28).
Love Life is the pinnacle of the Christian Life. Once appropriating the aforementioned 10 definitions/steps, the indwelt believer begins to embrace the two primary commandments spoken of by Christ: love the Lord with your whole heart and secondly, love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31). The result is, when we obey we have no condemnation. When we have no condemnation, we have confidence toward God. Then, whatever we ask through Christ, we receive (1 John 3:21-22).
Other Terms Used in Sharing the Exchanged Life
An indwelt Christian resting, trusting, and continually yielding to the Life of Christ living inside (Romans 6:13).
A lifestyle of walking after the indwelling Spirit of Christ through a consistent yielding process within the mind, will, and emotions.
Acceptance in Christ
The complete and unmerited favor offered to those who are in Christ through the forgiveness of sins – past, present, and future. Acceptance is the fluid act of grace demonstrated by Jesus Christ in relationship and position, as Bridal members of Christ (Ephesians 1:13).
Adamic Nature (Old Man, Old Nature, Sin Nature, Unregenerate Nature, Old Self)
This is the condition of Adam after he chose to sin and eat from the tree that God commanded him not to eat from or touch. Before his fall, his nature was in complete harmony with the Father—God. After the fall, Adam was separated from God and this brought spiritual death and the old man, old nature, sin nature, unregenerate nature, old self, or Adamic nature.
This is the action of correcting, rebuking, reproving, and warning believers of their wrong beliefs in order to bring them in line with the reality of Christ living through them. Admonishment has been cast in a negative light, but it is a positive in Christ and is used by Him to equip His children for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16)
This is an active faith decision to take what God says as Truth and bring it into daily living. It is through appropriation that an indwelt believer begins to walk after the Spirit.
Baptism (Water, Spirit, and Fire)
Just as with the earth, three baptisms are offered to all of humanity. The earth’s water baptism was the flood, its Spirit baptism was the first coming of our Lord, and the it’s fire baptism will be the burning of it stated in Revelation 8:7. Those who die without Christ will only experience one baptism--fire (Revelation 21:8). Although, many unsaved use water baptism as a ritual, rather than a testimony of their salvation and have been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb. The born-again, indwelt Christian is strongly encouraged to be baptized in water shortly after experiencing the baptism of the Spirit at the moment of their salvation (Romans . 6:3). The trials and sufferings indwelt believers experience, while waiting for the return of Christ, is their baptism by fire (1 Peter 2:12).
Birth (First and Second)
The first birth is when we were born physically. We are given a second birth when we are born again through the power of the Holy Spirit. The second birth offered to us is called, “born-again” (John 3:3). Being born-again is the experience of salvation—being regenerated and connected back to God. This is accomplished by the “old man/nature” being crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20). The first birth places us “in Adam” and the second birth transfers us from being in Adam to that of being “in Christ” (Colossians 3:3).
Blood (Christ and Of Man)
The blood of Christ is the washing element of our redemption/salvation. It is in and through the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross that we have redemption, forgiveness, and Salvation, which is made real to us by His everlasting grace (Ephesians 1:7). In order for blood to be redemptive and cleansing, it must be free of sin as was the single case of Jesus. Man’s blood became defiled (filled with sin) as a result of the seed of Adam. It is through Christ, that all are made new (1 Corinthians 15:22).
Body (Of Man, Sin, and Christ)
“Born of woman” is the first form of body. It is by being born of woman that the “body of sin” is given to us through the defiled seed of man. This is what made us sinful and gave us an old man/nature. This is also why our old self had to be crucified with Christ, so that the body of sin might be done away with – in order that we would no longer be slaves to sin (Romans 6:6). As for Christ, He was born without sin in His body (1 John 3:9). This was possible because the seed placed in Mary came directly from God through the Holy Spirit. Sin travels through the seed – not the blood. Therefore, Christ could be born of a normal human woman without having sin pass into His body. Today, we know through science, that the mother’s blood never mixes with that of her baby.
Bride (Of Christ and Man)
Human marriages are the physical representation of the marriage of the Lamb to the Bride of Christ (Revelation 19:7; 21:9; 22:17). Men represent Christ’s headship over the Church, as heads of the home in and through their marriages. Women are to reveal the practical workings of the Bride of Christ through their acts of service to their husbands, children, and community.
Christ (Real and the Antichrist)
The Hebrew root for Christ is “Messias” and the most popular Greek meaning is “Messiah” – highest of all priests. Christ is not Jesus’ last name; rather, it is a statement of position, power, and privilege. The antichrist is Satan. He will project himself as the true Christ. He will work to replicate the real, in order to deceive the people into following the fake—himself. Jesus Christ is the total deity (God position) within the Trinity as the Father’s Son. He is the manifestation of God in the flesh. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit by the direct orders of God, and born of the Virgin Mary. He is both true God and true man (John 1:1, 14, 18; 14:8-9; 1 Timothy 3:16).
Christ’s Life and Christ as Life
The life of Christ Jesus while on the earth was in the form of man. He emptied Himself in regard to being equal with God (Philippians 2:6). After His resurrection and ascension, He gives to everyone who accepts Him as Lord and Savior the special gift of His life by placing in us His Holy Spirit, who dwells in us (James 4:5). When we read about the life of Christ living within us (Galatians 2:20), be assured it is His actual Life, which is eternal Life. The term “Christ as Life” is used to explain believers walking after the Spirit, by allowing the Life of Christ to “do” the walking in and through them.
Crucifixion and Co-crucifixion
Crucifixion is the type of death Jesus suffered for us; it is defined as nailing a person’s hands and feet to a cross and then allowing them to slowly suffocate to death. Romans 6:6-7 reveals a very powerful reality of freedom: “know ing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin”. Galatians 2:20 offers a life-altering reality: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and then life which I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and delivered Himself up for me”. Both passages reveal the fact that those of us who have the indwelling life of Christ in us experience the believer’s co-crucifixion. What was crucified? The old man, our sin nature.
Co-death, Burial, and Resurrection
The reality of true Salvation states that the believer has been baptized into Jesus, as an actual sharing in His death, burial, and resurrection. This is a Truth that takes the Spirit of life within the believer to understand and embrace (Romans 6:3-7). People who are not born-again have no ability to understand the mystery of co-death, burial, and resurrection, as they are spiritually appraised/discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).
This term is used to define the unity of fellowship with the Life of Christ from within the believer. The word comes from “commune” or oneness, which is imperative for any believer who walks after the Spirit and not after the flesh.
The conscience is the part of the mind that enables a person to discern the difference between “right” and “wrong.” It is either seared by the Adamic nature (the unregenerate spirit of an unsaved person), or once saved, it is generated by the indwelling life of Christ.
Conscious and Subconscious
The term conscious is the part of the human brain that is awake, aware, intentional, informed, and conducts active thinking. The term subconscious is a modern word used to define the memories filed away by the mind as you sleep at night, or are forgotten. The brain is designed by God to hold only a certain amount of data while awake. All “unnecessary” data/memories are filed either through time or sleep. This is why we can remember things from our past if we contemplate on them or dream about them.
Cross (Christ and Man)
Cross is one of the most common words used in the world of Christianity and classically has two common references. First, it is the word used to define the form of death Jesus experienced. Secondly, it is used to define an indwelt believer’s description of their co-crucifixion with Christ and all the eternal benefits of understanding their identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension in their walk with Him. This Truth makes way for each indwelt believer to share in the experience of the Cross and actually, to have their own Cross to bear (Luke 14:27).
There are three forms of death: physical, spiritual, and eternal. But since all mankind is born spiritually dead, it is said that the participatory deaths are just two: physical and eternal, by way of the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). Those who become indwelt by Christ only experience one death– passing from this life to the eternal life. The Salvation experience is for that reason, to deliver the individual from experiencing eternal death.
It is clearly noted in the Scriptures that all believers must die daily (1 Corinthians 15:31). This “dying daily” is for the strict purpose of considering ourselves dead to sin, alive to and in Christ. The enemy temps us to sin by appealing to our flesh or the trash left behind by the old nature. The dying daily is the process of appropriating the Truth that we are dead to this flesh.
Emotions and Feelings
Even though the Scriptures do not put much of an emphasis on “feelings,” our materials will use this term to define the human soul’s response and/or reaction to Truth and lies. Physiologically , emotions are the hormonal part of the human body which alarm, awaken, or celebrate what the mind chooses to believe.
Eternal Life and Everlasting Life
Eternal life is the life of Christ–past, present, and future (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus has always been and always will be. When indwelt believers receive Christ Jesus into their lives, they are placed into the Life of Christ (Eternal Life) – making us one with Him. Everlasting life is the life we receive from the point of our Salvation forward. It must be known, the believer is given a new past, present, and future in Christ. Therefore, whatever is true about Christ becomes true for every Bridal member.
Many speak Truths without living it in daily experience. Experiential living is a believer walking in and after the Spirit as a lifestyle. It is their experience to partake in the release of the mind of Christ within as their norm.
Faith in Christ
Faith is often subjective and overused as an expression of what someone believes. To have faith in Christ is much different (Romans. 4:14). For those who have faith in Christ separate themselves from all forms of faith (Romans 3:22 ). Any faith that is not in Christ is classically bound by the Law and no justification exists for them. Those who believe in Christ Jesus are not only justified (just as if I never sinned), but they have a clear understanding and belief that what is in the eternal unseen world can be brought into their own lives through the indwelling faith of Christ (Galatians 2:16).
Flesh and Fleshly Self-life
There are two primary forms of flesh: the human body, which is where sin houses itself (Romans 7:17) and flesh or fleshly self-life, which is the trash left behind by the old nature. Indwelt Christians have had their flesh (selfish passions) crucified (Galatians 5:24). But since sin remains in our human flesh (not the old nature), we are positioned to reckon ourselves dead to it (Romans 6:11). We are called by our Savior not to continue presenting our bodies to sin as if we are slaves to it, for it will produce unrighteousness (Romans 6:13).
Gifting vs. Personality
The pop culture of psychology has adopted the term “personality” to describe the differences between people. This word does not exist in the Bible—there are no Hebrew or Greek words making use of this fable—although, many culturally accepted translations are using this term. The description used in the Bible is “gifting” or “spiritual gifts.” All believers are given a minimum of one occupational gift and each is blessed with all of the manifestation gifts. Manifestation gifts are actual manifestations of the Holy Spirit within the believer at the command of the Father and Christ Himself. Occupational gifts are for exactly that – an occupation. Each occupational gift is given at birth and made alive in Christ at Salvation. Each gift carries traits the world has now defined as “personality types.”
The unmerited favor of Christ without works is the easiest way to define Grace. Grace is the divine influence in the heart, and its reflection in the life of the indwelt believer through the mind (Life) of Christ inside. People who appropriate grace have manifestations of forgiveness, acceptance, favor, liberty in the Spirit, and peace in all circumstances. People NOT of grace use the Law to change internal and external behavior.
Guilt (Real and False)
It is said that for indwelt believers, “guilt is the fuel of satanic condemnation.” Once saved, God no longer uses guilt to motivate His children – only conviction. Conviction is a gentle reminder of an action that is not of Christ Jesus; whereas, guilt involves punishment, fear, and condemnation. Unsaved people not only continue to live in guilt, but they are supposed to be living in guilt. Real guilt is pre-salvation and false guilt is a believer who does not embrace the grace of conviction.
The Greek word kardia and the Hebrew word “leb” are used to define the core of an individual’s thoughts and feelings.
The word “heavenlies” is a derivative of “heavens.” When this term is used within the exchanged life teachings, it is directly referring to the place where Christ is seated at the right hand of His Father (Colossians 3:1).
Holy Spirit and Spirit of Christ
The ministry of the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Christ) is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14). The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner when he believers and confesses Jesus Christ and baptizes the believer into one body, which Christ is the head. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts, and empowers the believer for Godly and righteous living (Mark 13:11; John 14:26; 16:13; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16).
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, God's righteousness, and coming judgment (John 16:8-11). While I believe the Scriptures do not teach that certain gifts have ceased, they do indicate use of the gifts varies according to the need and movement of the Holy Spirit within each believer. We do NOT encourage the Body of Christ to focus upon the gifts, or their manifestations; but rather, the Giver. Instead, we teach and focus on the transformational life principles of the indwelling life of Christ – which emphasizes the more excellent way of love, as well as, zeal (John 13:15; 16:8; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:22; 4:11-12; Romans 8:9-17; 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians. 3:16; 12:4-5, 11-13, 19; Galatians 5:25; Hebrews 4:1-4; 2 Corinthians. 12:12).
This is one of the most common terms used to describe the exchanged life. Since behavior comes from identity, what one believes to be their identity (Christ or self) makes a significant impact on daily living. It is of utmost importance that the indwelt believer places their identity in the message of identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.
When the term “in Christ” is used, it should define the finality of the great exchange – “Not I, but Christ.” At the moment of salvation, the old nature is crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20) and a new nature (that of Christ) is placed in the new believer. When this exchange happens the indwelt Christian is placed in Christ and then hidden in God (Colossians 3:3).
This term references the indwelling life of Christ in the true born-again believer.
Justification by Faith
This is probably one of the most difficult identity Truths to believe. Justification is a free gift of having our sins forgiven – past, present, and future – all at one time. Justification is often explained as “just as if I never sinned,” which is an accurate way to view this term. This can only be embraced by the believer through faith because human logic cannot accept the things of God.
Law vs. Law of the Spirit of Life
The Law given to us by God, through Moses, is for the strict purpose of revealing that no man can fulfill the Law. Therefore, it must be fulfilled by someone who can – Jesus Christ. The Law must stay in position and continue to place people under its condemnation, in order for them to be led to the Law of the Spirit of Life and become accountable to God (Romans 3:19). As Romans. 8:1 states, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (emphasis mine). But outside of Christ, condemnation is alive and well. The Law of the Spirit of Life is only found in Christ; this is why the new convert must be placed in Christ. In fact, the convert cannot be set free from the Law of sin and death unless this exchange takes place (Romans 8:2).
Lordship vs. Life
Lordship is not a biblical word, but it does refer to a release in the believer to count Jesus Christ as their Lord (owner). This is a critical doctrinal belief each indwelt believer must embrace. Without the appropriation of Christ as the owner of His Bride, the convert will continue to manage his life as if he owned himself. If the believer does not move forward in Lordship to release the Life of Christ, legalism will likely be the result.
Mind, Will, and Emotions
These terms are used to define the trichotomy of man’s soul. The mind is what Christ renews by revealing the mind of Christ within the believer (1 Corinthians 2:16). The will is what chooses to receive renewal. The emotions support what man believes to be or perceives as Truth.
New Man, New Nature, and New Life
The new man / new nature / new life is the result of a regenerate spirit in Christ. This consists of a new Spirit – the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Christ – containing the literal mind of Christ (Colossians. 3:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17). It is also known that our pre-saved condition houses a broken and dead spirit; this spirit is made new and alive through the Holy Spirit indwelling the believer, and the two becoming one.
Old Man, Old Nature, and Old Self
The old man/old nature/old self is the unregenerate spirit dead to Christ, which makes up the Adamic nature, which needs to be crucified with Christ (the process of making it new and regenerate). This clearly describes unsaved persons and why they go to hell if they do not receive new life at the moment of salvation (Romans 6:6; Colossians 3:9).
Perfection vs. Sinless Perfection
Perfection can only come from the One who is perfect – Jesus Christ. Once the convert receives Christ into their mortal being, the perfection of God is revealed through the Life of Christ housed within the convert, making the new man (spirit) perfect (Hebrews 10:1; 11:40; 12:23). This makes one-third (1/3) of man perfect, holy, and blameless; the other two-thirds (2/3) [soul and body] are imperfect. The soul of man is what is sanctified, whereas the body remains in a dying state. This is why our body remains in the grave, for it houses the sin left behind by the Adamic nature. Once the believer dies a physical death, their perfect spirit and sanctified soul are joined with a new and perfect body on heaven’s side. The false teaching of “sinless perfection” is a belief that once saved – the Spirit, soul and body become perfect and cannot sin.
Position vs. Condition
The term position refers to the indwelt believer’s new position in Christ because their new life is seated at the right hand of God; placed in the Bride of Christ; being a holy, child of God; and all the other identity statements given to us through Christ (Ephesians 1). Condition is the soul’s reflection of the measurement of appropriated beliefs regarding what is true about the new believer. This is why the soul must be sanctified and renewed by the Spirit (Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 5:12-14).
Power of Sin
This is an unrighteous force and power within all humans, saved or not. The power of sin was birthed in each one of us as the consequence of the first sin Adam and Eve committed (1 Corinthians 15:22). This sin is in us, but it is not us. Any convert who finds identity in this indwelling power of sin will appear and function as an unbeliever—one who is not saved Romans. 7:20).
The term “reckoning” is used frequently within the community of the cross. It means to “calculate,” to sum up, or to summarize. When the term is used scripturally, it becomes a mandate for all believers to consider and calculate what Christ said to be true about us, as Truth (Colossians 3:5).
Regeneration and Regenerate
This is the process of Christ placing the Holy Spirit within the convert and making the him new or regenerate – as in turning on the generator.
Righteousness vs. Self-righteousness
True righteousness can only be found in the One who is Righteous – Jesus Christ. Once a convert receives Christ into their life, they become the Righteousness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Self-righteousness is a fleshly and ungodly form of humans mustering up their own rightness before God and man (Romans 10:3).
Self and Self-life
Self is another term for “flesh” or “selfishness” – those who practice having their own way. An unsaved person lives in and functions out of an identity of selfishness/flesh. Unbelievers choose to be selfish, by walking after the flesh and continuing to perfect themselves by self-effort (Galatians 3:3).
Self-Control vs. Christ Control
There are two forms of “self-control” – by flesh or by the indwelling Holy Spirit. In fact, one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self-control. But this kind of control is Christ’s control through the Holy Spirit in the believer. One puts an emphasis on “self” control and the other is a result of walking in and after the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Sin, Sin Nature, and Sins
One of the most common definitions of sin is an archery term meaning to miss the mark. (Strongs #264) This mark is the standard of the Law. Since no one can fulfill the Law except Christ, all who are not saved are find their meaning and purpose in sin. This is clearly a result of being born with a sin nature (Adamic nature) and is why humans commit sins—deeds that don’t measure up to the standards of the Law of God (Romans 3:23).
Soul, Body and Spirit
This is the trichotomy of man. The mission of our Lord is to preserve the body, soul, and spirit of all believers through daily sanctification (1 Thessalonians. 5:23).
The Life of Christ will produce suffering in everyone who lives in complete submission to it. (1 Peter. 2:21). It is through suffering that Christ Himself learned obedience (Hebrews 5:8). Believers who typically avoid suffering are often disobedient to Christ.
Surrender, Total Commitment, and Obedience
The Hebrew word for “surrender” is “charaph,” which means “to betroth.” Betroth is a marital term used to describe the engagement period of a marriage. When an indwelt believer surrenders their life to Christ, it is a willful agreement to accept His invitation to be the Bride of Christ . Total commitment is the action of the Bride to remain pure and true to their Husband – Jesus Christ. Obedience is the result of the appropriation of the first two (Revelation 21:9).
Trichotomy (God and Man)
The trichotomy of man is body, soul, and spirit; the trichotomy of God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Man was created in His image. Many theologians attempt to reduce man’s design into dichotomy – two parts of man (soul and body). Not only is this an insult to God’s design, but it flies in the face of all teachings that hinge on 1 Thessalonians 5:23 and the message of co-death, burial, resurrection, and ascension (Romans. 6:6; Galatians 2:20).
Truth in the Hebrew is defined as “to betroth.” Remember that betroth is a marital term describing the engagement phase of marriage. To know Truth is to know and accept one’s engagement with Christ. When Christ said that He was the Truth—it is literally translated in Hebrew as “He is the betrothed One.” Even though we are used to believing that the Truth is fact backed up by the Holy Bible, it means much more to Christ. We can find great comfort and security in whatever our Husband tells us is right and righteous – for you shall know the Christ, and Christ will set you free (John 8:32).
Works (Christ and Man)
There are only two kinds of works stated in the Holy Scriptures—self and that of Christ. The works of man produce sins that lead to death, however, the works of Christ, through the believer, produces an abundant Life (Romans 6:16, John 10:10).
The act of worship is the indwelt Christian’s eagerness to join in the fellowship happening between the Holy Spirit from within the believer and Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus Christ is clear about how He jealously desires the Spirit that He has made to dwell within us (James 4:5). All Bridal members of Christ are given the gift of partaking in this divine, holy fellowship and intimacy that exists between God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is what it means to share in His holiness (Hebrews 12:10).
Worthy (Christ and Man)
The term “worthy” means to inherit what one deserves because of his worth. The only eternal Being who deserves this kind of label is God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. When converts shout out, “Worthy are You, Lord,” they are saying there is none other who has deserving worth.
Yield and Yielded
The term “yielded” literally means, “generated.” To yield is to open the passageway of generation. If we understand the significance of being born-again, we will know that the unsaved person has an unregenerate spirit before God. Once a person becomes saved, their spirit is re-generated. Yielding is critical for this process. An individual cannot become yielded (generated) until this happens.
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