Crucified a Self-Denial Doctrine

 

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Crucified with Christ: 

We are  crucified with Christ when we denial self for Christ sake and this truth is shown through many scriptures. I will review one, 1 Corinthians 1:23 shows we preach Christ  crucified, the Greek definition of crucified is  to impale on the cross; figuratively, to extinguish (subdue) passion or selfishness:--crucify. By definition figurative language is new insight into the object or subject of a work and goes beyond the actual meaning of a word. This new insight is what God wants us to have which is beyond the insight of being impaled on the cross. To extinguish (subdue) passion or selfishness is to deny self and  when we deny self He can live in us and we are following in His footsteps same as when He denied self unto death on the cross.


Definition of Deny Self excerpted from blow Greek definition;


1b) to forget one's self, lose sight of one's self and one's own interests


Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Bible Explore.com, KJV W/ STRONGS BIBLE - MATTHEW 16, http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongsmat16.htm

16:24 Then 5119 said 2036 5627 Jesus 2424 unto his 846 disciples 3101, If any 1536 [man] will 2309 5719 come 2064 5629 after 3694 me 3450, let him deny 533 5663 himself 1438, and 2532 take up 142 5657 his 846 cross 4716, and 2532 follow 190 5720 me 3427.

Word: aparneomai, Pronounce: ap-ar-neh'-om-ahee, Strongs Number: G533, Orig: from 575 and 720; to deny utterly, i.e. disown, abstain:--deny. G575

Use: TDNT-1:471,* Verb, Heb Strong: H3988, 1) to deny, 1a) to affirm that one has no acquaintance or connection with someone, 1b) to forget one's self, lose sight of one's self and one's own interests




Example usage of figuratively:

…You are using figurative language any time you compare two things. When writing goes beyond the actual meanings of words, then the reader gains new insights into the objects or subjects in the work…. 


Examples of Figurative Language:

http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-figurative-language.html 


…Will people understand you if you use literally when you mean figuratively? Sure. Most people will recognize that when you say, "The guitar solo literally blew my head off" it was an awesome solo, but your head is, in fact, still on your neck….


Vocabulary.com figuratively/literally

 http://www.vocabulary.com/articles/chooseyourwords/figuratively-literally/ 


Salvation and His Lordship


Being saved with believing in Him as Lord occurs when we are born again through faith not of works Ephesians 2:8-9.  Jesus death, resurrection and atonement is the means for Mankind’s salvation and denying self interest believing in Him as Lord is how we are saved and live for eternity in His Kingdom. This is a result of faith which is our substance of what is hoped for and evidence not seen Hebrews 11:1. After accepting Him as Lord and Savior next we should grow with Him as Lord and this growth happens when we accept His Lordship over every aspect of our life. We accept Him 100% as Lord when we are born again but we need to grow in His Lordship by working out our salvation. Growth comes to life through denying self daily and the Holy Spirit will live in us with His works being fulfilled. 

 

We are saved or born again by believing and accepting Jesus as Lord and this truth is shown in referenced scriptures, essentially the Greek definition of believing is trusting our self to Christ. By accepting Him as Lord we joyfully lose our life and this is denying self for His sake then we shall find our life in Him. The definition of deny in Matthew 16:24 is to lose one’s interest which is losing our life for His sake. Self-denial is a willingness to forgo all and forgoing as He directs. In this booklet denying self for salvation and daily denying self is considered an act of faith giving way to good works. Works from denying self will not save us but when we deny self for Jesus sake we are saved. In other words faith is for salvation not works of holiness, sanctification… etc. and the faith of denying self for His sake is our salvation but not by works of denying self.


The atonement gave way for Mankind’s salvation by Him drawing us to accept Him as Lord and what part do we play in being born again, we accept His Lordship as seen in Paul’s conversion. Paul is God’s messenger and shares His will for us with examples to follow and when Paul was converted he said Lord, would this mean Paul also denied self Acts 9:5? Paul seeks to do His interest following instructions with a life of denying self interest and we are told to be followers of Paul 1 Corinthians 4:16. By denying self interest with accepting His Lordship we are born again resulting in His interest becoming ours. Also for us to have a future living experience of living His will we should deny self interest daily, in other words live continuous with denial of self being present in our life then an open door exists for Him to live in us. This message of Jesus and His Apostle Paul is needed for us to continue in the faith preventing straying away by helping us adjust to possible future incorrect paths. 

Scriptural comparisons


A comparison of Matthew 16:24 and Titus 2:124 shows Matthew’s  “deny” is losing sight of one’s interest and Titus deny4 is rejecting sins of ungodliness and worldly lusts. These are two different Greek words for deny and Mathew gives life to accomplish the Titus scripture. By trying to adhere alone to scriptures like the Titus scripture without living the Mathew scripture we are convicted of sin and this is the purpose of many similar scriptures. Being convicted we realize our lost state and seek His salvation, after salvation we can live the Mathew types of scripture with God taking away the want to sin shown in the Titus type scriptures. To remove confusion about the deny word in scriptures identifying the Mathew type scriptures as a Source of Life Doctrine helps us recognize the difference. Repentance is repenting the sin of unbelief John 16:9 and happens when we deny self being born again, repenting of sins Matthew 4:17 and Holiness are the results of denying self interest and not how we are born again.


Scriptural basis for denying self 


Paul shares the basis of accomplishing God’s will in Galatians 2:20 when he says he is crucified with Christ nevertheless he lives because Christ lives in him.  He is crucified with Christ means he does not exist for himself anymore and has turned his life over to Him. He does not consider himself and has lost interest in himself but interest in direction of the Holy Spirit by hearing His voice John 10:27.  This is a result of Paul denying self and he can now fulfill God’s commandments because His will has been accomplished by Paul in denying self interest. We also know His voice and may wonder what His voice is but this should not be considered because He says we know His voice. Do believe Him and if we make a mistake He will help, it is important to have faith we hear Him and our faith will grow. Jesus says we are not worthy of Him if we do not take up our Cross (A Cross of denying self interest) and follow Him5. There may be trials and persecution from denying self but our Cross is denying self and how wonderful these scriptures bring the life of Jesus to us for following. Jesus denying self was the path for Him to die for us and would this be how we know of His love? Yes.  


Also Jesus wants us to know how He loves. By knowing how He loves we can know how to love in the same manner and Matthew shows us how to love with a Godly love which is denying self. Before Jesus died He made a decision of self-denial resulting in carrying out His love for mankind's salvation and Jesus’ love for us resulted in self-denial. When we deny self a Godly love results and love has two opposite directions of flow: Jesus love for us brings forth self-denial of Him and denying our self brings forth the love of God in our life. Once we deny self a Godly love for our neighbor exist, we are humble, stop sinning, and live all the virtues of a Christian life. When we deny self He does these works through us as an act of Godly love and He lives in us. We can genuinely give Him the Glory because good works are through us by Him and not conceived by us. If my neighbor needs help and God directs me to deny self helping would there be more important works a Christian can do? For this instant no because this is God’s will resulting in his love through us and a key for others to seek Him. 


Milk of the Word


Scriptural baby food (Milk) is needed for good growth and a healthy adult Christian will be realized but if milk is not received as a baby we stay a baby until receiving it. Meat is a deeper understanding of the milk 1 Cor. 3:1-2. Denying self is milk for Christians to grow into maturity putting away evil ways and discerning good and evil 1 Peter 2:1-3. Solid food of maturity (Meat) is growing in this milk bringing to pass a Godly love, sinless living, humility and all His virtues.  


Not my will but Thy will be done 


Jesus was thinking if it be possible to not suffer or die with deciding to do His Father’s will Luke 22:42. If a Christian says this they should be in a similar state of mind contemplating their Cross and do Thy will. The sequence of doing Thy will for Jesus and Christians should be similar, deny self and if there is a possible change of mind commit to doing Thy will. I know of one time this was done by Jesus under the most trying situations and saying this should normally not be a direction for Christians. 


Also saying this as a way to follow His will is not how He wants us to follow Him because His will for us is based on denying self and not thinking or saying this. God’s will is also shown in many scriptures such as 1 Thes. 5:16-18 Rejoice always ….giving thanks in everything for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. In everything we give thanks and what are our thanks concerning? He is our Lord and how should we live as Him being our Lord? By denying self interest for His sake. If we are not living daily denying self interest for His sake then the passage does not apply to us because we are not in His will concerning self denial and not truly giving thanks to Him and we may be a misdirected Christian. It all comes back to denying self daily and hopefully all will understand this as God's will. We are free to deny self daily with His will coming to pass thru works, scripture, and our life as a Christian etc. because of His Lordship. 


Source of God’s work


Jesus dying on the cross for Mankind brings forth a greater work of Mankind by doing the works Jesus did not do for all: preaching the Cross to the world, preaching the Gospel, taking care of the sick, homeless, starving, widows, children, elderly etc., John 14:12. Denial of self brings forth the virtues of love, faith, humility, etc. for Mankind to carry out these great works. Inversely the works from Godly virtues would not exist if we do not continuously deny self. Continuously denying self is having an awareness of this commandment in our life with a readiness to cast down all selfish thoughts and replace them with unselfish thoughts resulting in doing His works. These unselfish thoughts will be from Him because we are denying self daily. Contemplating or reminding to deny self when there is no direction from Him is only mental repetition. When we are living the Source of Life Doctrine He will guide us to respond in an unselfish manner in all situations.

 

                                                                                                  By Jude Ramagosa 


1. Concordances have Greek and Hebrew dictionaries of words and expositions expose the meaning of the bible, by searching the internet for scriptural definition or meanings we can study to show our self approved 2 Timothy 2:15. Search “John 3:16 concordance” for belief, “Romans 10:9 concordance” for Lord and belief “and “Mt 16:24 concordance” for deny or, “the above scriptures exposition”

2. Search “Charles Finney self denial”, “Thomas Watson self-denial” for their understanding of self-denial, and “Memoir of Thomas Watson Compiled by C. H. Spurgeon”.

3. Search “1 Corinthians 1:23 concordance” for crucified, “1 Corinthians 1:18 concordance” for cross and “Mt 16:24 concordance” for cross or “the above scriptures exposition”. Greek definitions of cross show a stake or post and also shows cross is figuratively Self-denial. Figurative language is comparing two things going beyond the actual meanings of a word and we gain new insights into the word, in this case Self-denial is insight of the cross in the two above scriptures. If I wanted to define my dog I could say he has 4 legs or a more accurate definition is he has four legs, body, a head and barks. Similar cross can be defined as a wood stake Jesus was nailed on or a more accurate definition is “Denial of self was His cross and how He was crucified”   

4. Search “Titus 2:12 concordance” for a different deny word than the Mt 16:24 deny word.

5. Matthew 10:38, 16:24

6. What did Jesus mean by “his Cross” in Mt 16:24? Scripture shows we should deny-self, carry our Cross and follow Him and there isn’t any other scripture saying what his Cross is. Some teachings refer to his Cross as suffering but there is no scriptural backup even though trials may happen but in no case are they called a believers Cross. Jesus died on the cross for us and it would go against His salvation to believe his Cross is our suffering on a wood cross. Because physically suffering on a cross is not scripturally backed up for the definition of his Cross (our Cross), we should look further and there is only one type scriptural backup for the definition of his Cross. It is the Mathew type scriptures simply defining His Cross as denying self interest for His sake which is losing our life and is the definition allowing us to focus on a true scripture meaning. 


Jesus suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, the crown of thorns, carrying the cross and suffering unto death on the cross should not be considered Jesus Cross. His Cross was denying self resulting in suffering unto death on the cross. Jesus Cross and our Cross is life thru self denial.


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