Apostle Grace Lubega
Hebrews 6:1-2 (KJV); Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
When laying down the principles of the doctrine of Christ, Paul enunciates the first of these as repentance from dead works.
This is a foundational truth by which the church is built and by which children of God must grow.
What are dead works? They are the things that men do in their power to seek justification and right standing before God.
Dead works discredit the work of Christ and seek to replace it with the abilities of men as a qualification to receive anything from God.
They are not necessarily bad works. For example Fasting is very good but it can be a dead work if one thinks that it’s what moves God to work. God already moved even before you did a thing. The fast simply puts your flesh subject to the spirit, so you allow the person of Christ to perform, period. And so are many other things we do without cognisance to the inward working of Christ.
We were crucified with Christ and no longer live. The life we now live in the flesh is by the faith *of* the son of God.
The Christian life is Christ in a man living: praying, fasting, giving or serving.
To God, everything you do outside the ability of the Christ in you is dead.
FURTHER STUDY: Romans 3:27, Romans 9:32
Everything you do outside the ability of the Christ in you is dead.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for this knowledge. I understand the mystery of Christ in me the hope of glory. I am crucified with Christ and yet I live but the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the son of God. He prays, fasts and changes men through me. It is Christ in me believing. Amen!