Peter was speaking of the baptism in chapter 3 he says. there is also an antitype that saves us namely baptism. not the removal of the filth of the flesh but an answer of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. who has ascended into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.t
1 Peter 4.1 Therefor since Christ suffered in the flesh arm yourself with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.
It does not say arm your body, or kill your body butÂ arm your mind. It is here we find the gift, for Christ by the grace of God has tasted death for every man, especially those whoÂ believe. The question then is if we arm our mind what happens to the sin? Isnâ€™t God watching that? Having put off the fleshÂ by faithÂ we have to redefine â€œsinâ€.
In Zach 3 we see Joshua the high priest standing before God and Satan accusing him.Â The Lord rebuked Satan, then says of JoshuaÂ â€Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?â€ The Lord instructed those who stood by to remove the filthy garments and to cloth him in rich robes.
So then here is how we define sin now as it pertains to the clean conscience, theÂ new man.Â In Romans 14 Paul was talking about our freedoms when it comes to what day to worship, what foods to eat, what to drinkÂ and in general what is our mind set now that we are past sin according to law. Verse 22 do you have faith?Â And, Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats because he does not eat of faith, (and here is the key) forÂ whatever is not of faith is sin.
Sin relates now to faith being actions in the mind as it pertains to the leading of God,Â verses the body carried away with cravings. If we understand as it says in Hebrews 11.6 that without faith it is impossible to please God, we learn that it is more important to follow His Spirit then to go back to law. We know if an external law helped, Christ would not have gone to the cross. This then is the struggle of the flesh, we would rather have a list of â€œthou shalt notâ€™sâ€ on the refrigerator than to follow the spirit. Then to follow the unction of the Spirit.
So then when Satan, ourselves or anybody accuses us and tries to put us on the defense and throw our minds into a whirlwind of apologizing, making excuses, and confessing we have an answer of a good conscience. This becomes the act of faith that pleases God. With Joshua the Lord had the sin removed and had him robed in fine linenÂ and we do that by faith.Â This pleases God.
I do not taint my relationship withÂ my heavenlyÂ Father by dwelling on sin in the flesh. It is an insult to the Spirit of grace. The sin factor is gone in the spirit, in the heavens and in our minds if our mind is set on the Spirit, the things that are aboveÂ This pleases God. We are unobstructed and unhindered., without excuse to relate to God. Let nothing come between you and that. When we hear correction from the heavenly voice we make the necessary adjustments in our walk and move on.
Back to 1 Peter we read that Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour whom resist steadfast in theÂ faith,Â knowing that the same is being experienced by your brotherhood in the world. Here isÂ the key.Â Are we in Christ or in the world? If we succumb to the accusations like Joshua, we have to ask ourselves â€œare we in the flesh or in faithâ€. For if you are in the flesh, you are in the world where Satan is active. If you are in the faith Satanâ€™s words fall on deaf ears. Gods not listening,Â He is not imputing. Why are we.
This is where we appropriate our faith and give God the Glory. Instead of apologizing for yet another short coming on our part, bless God because he paved the way once for all.This is faith and this pleases God. He really is not happy with continual apologies and confessions as though thatÂ keeps us clean like the continual sacrifices of old. He didnâ€™t like that either. But he likes an answer of a clear conscience washed by the blood of the lamb. The accuser of the brethren is cast down. We are accounted as seated with Him in heavenly places. Far above all powers and principalities. The roaring lion becomesÂ toothless road killÂ .
Here are a couple other verses that expand on this
Heb 10.1-22 with sin gone by faith, another act of faith is to enter the holiest of all by the blood of Christ.
John 17.15 Christ prayed not that we would be taken out of the world but that we would be protected from evil.
1 John 2.12-14 are the words that â€œyou have overcome the wicked one.
MyÂ work of faithÂ is to follow the Holy Spirit. I do not glorify Satan for any of his mischievousness for he is limited to what the LordÂ allows him. Like the serpent who was a staff in Moses hand so is Satan in the hand of Christ, all power and authority been given to Him. Â It is when I test the boundaries of the promise. To be in Christ by faithÂ or in the world. If I fill myself with the spirit and not the world satan stands no chance.