It is evident that man must lay it all down, his life in this world, in order that he may find his life that is hidden in Christ.
“And He said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily (not stay on the cross/nor try to keep Jesus on the cross for he is risen) and to follow me (further) for whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but, whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall find it,” Luke 9;23-24.
“Then Jesus said unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross (not stay on the cross nor try to keep Jesus on the cross for he is risen), and follow me, for whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it,” Matthew 16 25-28.
“And Jesus answered and said, Verily, I say unto you, there is no man that has left house, or brethren, or sister, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my sake and the gospel’s, but, he shall receive a hundred fold, now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sister, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life,” Mark 10:29-30.
“And He said unto them, Verily, I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the Kingdom of God’s sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and the world to come life everlasting,” Luke 19:29-30.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, thou he were dead , yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die, believest thou this?” John 11:25-26.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished” and bowed His head and gave up the ghost. But one of the soldiers with a spear, pierced his side and forthwith there came out blood and water,” John 19:30,34.
Blood is the life of the body, and water is a symbolization of the Spirit / Word. So in essence new life comes out of the Spirit. So then, the end of death to self takes you right back to the beginning, and what was it that came out of Adam’s side? Was it not Eve?
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches; to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God,” (Garden / His presence / His voice), Revelations 2:7.
“Husbands love your own wives the way Christ so loved the church and gave himself for her. Follow the path that Jesus designed. My sheep hear my voice and follow me,” Ephesians 5:25.
“After He gave up the ghost and was pierced then there was a earthquake and the veil was rent (old order off eyes/veil taken away with Christ) and many graves were opened and many bodies of the saints which slept arose (arise he that sleepeth and Christ shall give thee light) and came out of their graves, after his resurrection, and went into the Holy city and appeared unto many,” Matthew 27: 51-53.
“And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, (Righteousness of Christ Jesus) and put breath in you (filled you with his Spirit) and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord,” Ezekiel 37:6-10.
“So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together bone to his bone. And when I beheld, Lo, sinews and the flesh came upon them (clothed in the righteousness of Christ Jesus), and flesh came upon them, and skin covered them above; but their was no breath in them.
Then said He unto me, prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, Son of Man, and say to the wind thus saith the Lord God; come from the four winds O breath (angles gather the elect in harvest/ firstfruits first/ fill them with his Spirit), and breath upon these that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath came unto them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceeding great army,” Ezekiel 37:7-10.
“Therefore prophesy and say unto them, thus saith the Lord God; behold O my people, I will open your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel, and ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened up your graves, O my people and brought you out of your graves, and shall put my Spirit in you, and ye shall live and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord hath spoken it, and performed it saith the Lord,” Ezekiel 37 12-14.
“For I am come that ye may have life and have it more abundantly,” John 10:10.
“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, I lay it down of myself, I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father,” John 10:17-18.
~ Kimberly Fuller