You cannot apply the Word to your life, unless you understand your position in Christ.
Rom 6:8; Rom 7:1-6; 2 Tim 2:11
In union with Christ, we share Christ’s perfect righteousness and eternal life, in addition to possessing the perfect righteousness and eternal life of the Father by imputation.
1 John 5:11-12; John 3:36; Rom 6:23b
John 3:26, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
1 John 5:11-12, And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son 12He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”
This means we have no excuse for not building up our souls. All things necessary have been provided!!!
You have a position in Christ made possible by two aspects of Positional Truth; Retroactive and Current.
Retroactive Positional Truth
Prior to your salvation you were bound/married to your sin nature – “the flesh”, Rom 7:1-2.
Through baptism, based on the deaths of Christ, God the Father legitimately divorced you from your bond to the flesh and placed you in a new life betrothed to Christ.
Baptism means identification with someone or something. Through baptism, you were identified with Christ’s deaths on the Cross.
Retroactive Positional Truth: Is the backward-looking work of Christ on the Cross where He paid the price for every sin.
Our identification with Christ’s death is broken down into 3 parts, although it all happened simultaneously.
1) Identification with Christ’s spiritual death means positional rejection of human good and evil.
2) Identification with His physical death means positional separation from human good and evil.
3) Identification with His burial means positional divorce from human good and evil.
Your resurrection means literal rejection, separation, and divorce for all time from human good and evil, Rom 6:4-11.
While identification with Christ in His deaths and burial connotes breaking the power of the old sin nature, it still does not give us anything new.
Current Positional Truth
Identification with Christ in His resurrection, ascension, and session as He is seated at the right hand of the Father, Rom 6:8-11, 14; 7:6.
Retroactive P.T. positionally breaks the power of the old sin nature, but Current P.T. provides “newness of life, Rom 6:17-18.
When God takes away the old (by retroactive positional truth), He substitutes with the new (by current positional truth).
Oswald Chambers – “Sanctification is not my idea of what I want God to do for me— sanctification is God’s idea of what He wants to do for me.” Rom 8:1-5