We are told to repent from our old life in the first apostles’ doctrine, but how do we do it? How do we really change our old selfish ways, and let the old self die? The second apostles’ doctrine teaches us how to do it.
How do we get rid of the old sinful life and get into the new life in Christ? We reckon it done by faith/belief. How do we start walking in a brand new life? We reckon it done by faith. Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ (Yahshua Messiah). Rom. 6:11.
We’ve got to reckon it done! The word “reckon” is #3049 in Strong’s. It means “to account it, to count it as such.”
God wants us to reckon it so, but He does it first! When we turn to Him, then He counts us righteous in His eyes even in our imperfect state. It is His nature to “call those things that do not exist as though they did.” Rom. 4:17, NKJV. If He is this positive, then He would want His children to be the same.
He wants us to follow in His footsteps! God “accounted” righteousness to Abraham because of his belief—before Abraham was righteous! “Accounted” here is the same word as the one translated “reckon.” We are commanded to RECKON some things done. Now we have to reckon our sinful self gone—by belief—as though it were already done—for that is how God looks at it! By belief! Reckon it done through Him and His faith. He said it. Let it be done. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Rom. 4:3. Yahweh imputed, reckoned to Abraham the ability to live in a upright manner, keeping Yahweh’s laws and not sinning, by just believing that Yahweh had done it! We make it so hard through our hard heart of unbelief. He is looking for childlike faith, the belief of a small child. All we have to do is just believe that Yahweh has provided a way for us to actually put the old life to death and start living a new life in Him (read more from my book on this subject at http://www.yahwehisthesavior.com/yahch30.htm ).
When Christ died, our old sins died with Him that day. When He was buried, we were buried. And when He arose, we arose with Him. It is already done in God’s eyes. We just have to receive this new life by faith and belief. It hinges on our belief in Christ’s resurrection. By us believing that He was raised from the dead, we are raised with Him to walk in a newness of life.
The old ministers of centuries past knew this and preached and wrote about this–Luther, Wesley, Murray, et al. But in the last days, there will be a departing from the faith–the faith that reckons it so, believing in the life-changing power of the cross experience. Kenneth Wayne Hancock