For my blog post today, I decided to give you a chapter from my book Awakened. This is probably one of my favorite chapters because it poured out of my heart three years ago, after visiting a dear friend who had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. While I was writing this book, a friend who was proofing it for me asked, “What happened to your friend?” I hadn’t added the outcome to the end of the chapter, so I included it in the next chapter… so, I’ll add that part to the end of this blog.
Wednesday night, my husband and I, came home from the hospital after seeing a friend diagnosed with stomach cancer. He was told that it was inoperable and untreatable. Thursday morning, I got up and sat down to work on my Bible study teaching notes and instead ended up writing ten pages of what turned out to be this chapter! There was no thinking, no striving. It just flowed out of me through my pen.
We went to encourage our friend, lay hands on him, and pray. While we were there visiting with him and his family, I sat there quietly, praying in tongues at times, and encouraging him at other times — all the while reminding him that he IS healed. Healed, not only two thousand years ago, but healed BEFORE the foundation of the world (since the cross is ETERNAL and He was the Lamb slain BEFORE the foundation of the world). He would respond by lifting his hands to heaven and declaring “I choose life, I choose life! I will not die because I choose to live.” Life and death is in the power of our tongue!
I looked him in the eyes and told him that it is not about his faith or believing. It is ALL about Jesus’ faith.
Like Paul, we live our lives by THE faith OF the Son of God. This was not my friend’s battle OR even the Lord’s battle! In fact it isn’t a battle at all! It is a victory that is his NOW!! Cancer has been defeated and has no right in his body. As my husband and I were praying for him, I laid my hand on his head, and a rush of tongues flowed forcefully out of me, and then laughter came bubbling out of me. The Bible says, “With joy, we draw from the wells of salvation!” With joy we draw from the wells of divine health and healing… wells of WHOLENESS! We didn’t ASK God to heal him; we just spoke to his body to be healed. I then told him that I heard the Lord say “Hey, hey, hey man of God, you ARE well!”
On the drive home, my husband and I talked about some of the things we heard well-meaning believers say while we were there. Comments like, “God have mercy on him,” “This battle is not yours, it’s God’s,” “just give it to Him so that He can get the glory,” and “You just have to believe!” Our hearts went out not just for our friend, but also for all the people we heard praying over him. And we talked about how imperative it is that the body of Christ understand what this Gospel of Grace is.
We talked about how vital it is that we know what this FINISHED work of Christ looks like with skin on! In other words, what we look like as the embodiment of ALL that is FINISHED. Because when our understanding changes, our words will change…. the language of FINISHED will just overflow!
And instead of well-meaning “soulish” words… which are powerless words, we will say what God says, “IT IS FINISHED!” And those words will release the dunamis, miracle-working power into our lives, and the lives of those around us. And the sick will realize they ARE healed, the captives will know they ARE no longer imprisoned, the blind will know they can see, and the oppressed will walk free.
A friend recently asked me, if once we understand what it means to be FULLY redeemed, will we see different results now in this life? I believe we will! We were created to live a FINISHED life, and we were definitely designed to see the results of it NOW. We were created to live a life of WHOLENESS. A life of nothing missing, nothing broken, nothing lacking in EVERY area of our lives was designed to be our everyday experience. Our experiences are an outpouring (NOT an outpouring from heaven) but an outpouring from the Christ-life within us. In other words, the FINISHED works of Christ flowing THROUGH us into manifestation.
What does any of this have to do with a chapter on salvation? Everything! Because salvation is much more than going to heaven. Jesus said in Luke 5:23, “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk?’” Salvation and healing are one and the same. Jeremiah 17:4 says, “Heal me O Lord and, I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved. For You are my praise.” We are saved; therefore, we are healed.
The word praise means to tell the story! We are to tell His story, WHICH IS also our story. IN Him, we are healed, AND we are saved! His story (AND yours) is that BOTH were done simultaneously — when He saved you, He healed you… boom, bam, DONE, FINISHED all at once!!
So as I worked on my weekly Romans Bible study the next morning after visiting our friend, what jumped out at me was Romans 1:16. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone believing–both to Jewish first, and to Greek.” And then what flowed out of me just as forcefully as the rush of tongues when I prayed for my friend, was this chapter on salvation.
Paul was not ashamed of the gospel. He was confident in the gospel’s power to result in salvation to everyone who believed. Please don’t read that as conditional IF and THEN language! The result of the Gospel was salvation to ALL men. FINISHED! And as we continue to learn more and more about this Gospel of Grace, about the FINISHED work of Christ, it results in salvation (Greek sozo = wholeness) manifesting more and more in our lives. Paul FULLY trusted in the truth that this Gospel of Grace had the power to result in salvation in our lives. The problem is if the gospel has the power to do that (and it does!), then why aren’t more people living lives that reflect salvation?
And I guess we would have to answer the question with a couple of questions. First “What do we believe about the Gospel?”
Do we believe that this Gospel of Grace (this nearly-too-good-to-be-true good news of Christ and His FINISHED work) has dunamis, miracle-working power from God to manifest salvation in our lives? What do we believe about this Gospel of Grace and about salvation? Is the Gospel just a sin focused message that we preach to unbelievers so they will repent? Is salvation about making heaven someday and missing hell?
And the second question, “What actually is salvation?”
Salvation is sozo in the Greek. Meaning healed, delivered, WHOLE in every area of life, nothing missing, nothing broken! It is ALL of the FINISHED work of Christ. Salvation isn’t that we go to heaven someday, BUT salvation is NOW. We are designed to reflect sozo or salvation NOW — healed, delivered, WHOLENESS in every area of our lives. And if our lives look contrary to that (as in sick, chaotic, fearful, broken, or lack of any kind) the problem may be our understanding of salvation.
There is nothing we did to receive salvation. It was ALL His doing. Our “receiving” it, or our “aha moment” is simply yes and thank you! And with that simple yes, we enjoy the benefits of salvation — healing, prosperity, deliverance, and WHOLENESS.
This understanding ALREADY exists in our hearts, i.e., in the mind of Christ. We simply need an awakening of revelation IN us. Paul told the Romans in his letter, that there are some things we should know in Romans 6:6-7.
- Knowing that Adam (the old man) was crucified at the cross — ALL of Adam!
- Knowing that the body of sin (ALL sin) was done away with at the cross. Knowing that we are no longer slaves to sin.
- Knowing that since Christ was raised from the dead, He dies no more.
- And knowing that death no longer has dominion over Him.
We really do already know these things in our hearts. We just simply need to relax and rest in this knowing, in the mind of Christ…. just awakening to it.
Paul said these are things we know. The word know isn’t an imperative or a command to do something. It’s just a statement of fact – we KNOW! In other words, we understand that sin and death are a non-issue because Jesus did away with sin and completely defeated death. FINISHED! It’s an awakening to the truth that because we are IN Him, what’s true of Him is also true of us. This is who we are — a new creation, no longer identifying with Adam, no longer slaves to sin, BUT raised from the dead and dying no more, and death (and its effects) have no dominion over us! Salvation (Greek sozo) is living as Paul said in Galatians 2:20….. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Salvation is His life, the Christ life IN us — the newness of life IN us. And as we awaken to it and realize it’s who we are, our lives will reflect His salvation – healed, delivered, and WHOLE in every area of our lives!
Sadly, instead of seeing ourselves as WHOLE, we focus on our brokenness. Believing that it is our brokenness that glorifies God and thinking that He broke us, or allowed us to be broken, so that He can use us. Or so that we can grow and mature in Christ. And then we find Old Testament Scriptures to identify with that way of thinking. Scriptures like…..
- Psalm 51:17“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you God, will not despise.”
- And Psalm 34:18, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
BUT that was David’s cry! We’re not David! We are IN Christ. Jesus was broken for us, AS us! We may have, at times, felt broken, or believed that we were broken. But we are not and never have been broken — we are WHOLE in every area of life. And we were made WHOLE two thousand years ago! But instead of seeing ourselves as ALREADY delivered, we’ve been crying out for God to deliver us, save us, and have mercy. Identifying with Scriptures like these…..
- Psalm 34:4, I sought the LORD, and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears.
- Psalm 34:17, The righteous cry and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.
- And Psalm 107:6, Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
Again this was David, in Adam. It’s the cry of the old man of the flesh! He cried out for God to continually deliver him and to act on his behalf. To rescue him from trouble. We don’t have to cry out and ask God for what He’s already done. We were delivered 2000 years ago! For us, it’s just who we are — Delivered (past tense, FINISHED)!! The word delivered in Hebrew is natsal and means to be delivered, snatched away, or rescued out of and into. It’s not just being rescued FROM something but INTO something. Colossians 1:13 says, “We HAVE BEEN delivered FROM the dominion of darkness INTO the Kingdom of His dear Son.”
David cried out for continual deliverance. We are to simply live IN the deliverance that is ALREADY ours IN Christ.
Divine health is part of our deliverance — part of our inheritance, part of our salvation. We were delivered out of sickness and disease, which was in the dominion of darkness, and into health, WHOLENESS, IN Him. But instead of our lives reflecting health, instead of seeing ourselves as ALREADY healed and WHOLE, we are often sick and diseased. Either believing that God allows it — or by allowing a defeated enemy to attack us. And/or believing that He uses sickness and disease to teach us or to perfect us. And we find things like Paul’s thorn in the flesh or the sufferings of Job to wrongly validate our beliefs.
And these wrong beliefs affect everything in our lives. It affects how we see God. And affects how we pray for others — asking or begging God to do what He’s already done IN Christ, instead of declaring it is FINISHED! It affects the quality of our own lives… how we see ourselves and, consequently, how we experience life. And wrong beliefs also affect how we understand and interpret Scripture.
For example, after reading what Paul says we should know in Romans 6, we should read chapter 7 from that knowing. But we get to Romans 7 and carry over our wrong beliefs, and we misinterpret this chapter. We read chapter 7 not realizing that since we are a new creation, we CANNOT be a wretched man, sold into slavery to sin, or a carnal man. Therefore, Paul couldn’t possibly be talking present tense about himself in the present tense! And he couldn’t be talking about us IN Christ!! How do we know this? Because it contradicts other things that he said earlier in Romans. For instance…
Romans 1:9, “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing, I make mention of you always in my prayers.”
Paul said that he served God IN his spirit and IN the gospel (good news) of His Son. That isn’t a description of a wretched man! But because we sometimes struggle in wanting to do what’s right and not doing it, we WRONGLY identify with the wretched man. Forgetting that Paul told us in Romans 6 that Christ is our identity.
Romans 6:3-4, “Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”
We were co-crucified, co-buried, co-resurrected, and co-ascended. And we are NOW co-seated with Him in heavenly places. We are NOT sold into slavery to sin – and NEVER have been! We are NOT under the dominion of death — and NEVER have been! The Gospel is the power of God unto — or resulting in salvation — for ALL mankind. Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.”
Paul’s message in Romans, and ALL his epistles, is NOT that we should struggle between sin and grace. His message is NOT that we have two natures at war on the inside of us — a little bit of Adam and a little bit of Christ – an old man and a new man.
NO! His message was and is INSIDE YOU IS CHRIST.
This is his message to ALL men. This is the message that Christ taught him in the wilderness. And this is the message the Father commissioned him to take to the Gentiles after he awakens to Christ revealed IN him. It’s the message of the Gospel — Colossians 1:27b, “The glorious riches of the mystery is Christ in you the hope of glory.” And that revelation of Christ IN you — is enough to manifest salvation (Greek sozo – WHOLENESS) in your life. Inside you is Christ. Therefore IN you, AS you and flowing THROUGH you is WHOLENESS because He is the Master of Wholeness.
Isaiah 9:6 (The Voice Translation), “His name? His name we’ll know in many ways— He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Dear Father everlasting, ever-present never-failing, Master of Wholeness, Prince of Peace.”
The message of the gospel is, inside you is Christ — therefore IN you, AS you, and flowing THROUGH you is deliverance because the Deliverer is IN you. Inside you is Christ — therefore IN you, AS you, flowing THROUGH you is divine health because the Healer lives in you – He is the health of your body. In Exodus, it says He is the LORD God our Healer. In Hebrew, the root of Healer is rapha) meaning wholeness. In other words, He is the LORD God, our WHOLENESS IN us!! WE LACK NOTHING IN CHRIST! ALL is FINISHED!
We MUST get this! We MUST begin to read and understand Scripture from Christ’s point of view… from a view of FINISHED! Because this Gospel, this message of Christ IN us that Paul preached was given to him by Christ Himself. So it’s essential to ask yourself how Christ sees you. He sees us saved or sozo’d — healed, delivered, WHOLE in EVERY area of our life. And since He sees us that way, we need to see ourself that way as well — we need to agree with Christ!
So, when your body doesn’t look healed — you need to still see yourself as healthy and whole because He is Health and Wholeness IN you. When your finances or relationships appear to be lacking — you need to choose to see them as abundant and whole… nothing missing, nothing broken. Then speak to those areas to line up with what God says to be true about you. Begin to say what He says… you are saved or sozo’d — you are healed, delivered, made WHOLE in every area of life: spiritually, physically, mentally, socially, and financially. Sickness, disease, poverty, and lack were all defeated in Christ. They have no power unless we give them power!
How do we give them power? By having a sin consciousness. Because death (and all of its effects: sickness, disease, etc.) can only reign through sin. They have no authority in your life! We have been given ALL power and ALL authority over ALL things. The book of Romans is NOT a book about sin. It’s about our new lives IN Him. It’s the Christ life, IN us. Resurrection life IN us!
Who I am IN Christ is part of my daily confession. Confession is homologeo in Greek. It is my agreement with Abba. It is my co-thinking, and co-speaking WITH Him what He says about me!! Romans 7 is about a frustrated life before Christ enslaved to the law (before the cross) BUT the resurrection changed EVERYTHING and EVERYONE!
Hosea 6:2, “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.”
Isaiah 66:8, “Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.”
Romans 7 was not written to us as believers. It was not written to the church, or, for that matter, to anyone after the cross! Romans 7:1 says, “Or are you ignorant brothers (for I speak to those knowing the law), that the law rules over the man for as long as the time he is alive?” Paul is speaking to a transitional generation of Jews — teaching them to how to transition from Moses to Christ. The law was never for Gentiles (non-Jews) or any Jews born after the cross. We (born after the Cross) were NEVER slaves to sin. We were NEVER in Adam. ALL of Adam died at the cross. Jesus was the LAST ADAM!!
PROBLEM:We thought we were born in Adam with a sin nature! And we think sin is something we still have to master and rule over. Still thinking that we have to maintain a victory (stand in faith) against sickness, disease, etc. Thinking sin and death are a normal part of our lives.
TRUTH: Sin and death NEVER had dominion over us. The effects of death – sickness, disease, poverty, lack, fear, etc., had NO dominion over us EVER!
The key to walking in this new life IN Christ where salvation is manifested, where we have health, freedom, and wholeness in ALL areas of our life, is found in Romans 6. It’s found in our knowing what is true about us. Romans 6:6-10 says, “Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
The key is in knowing these things about us and reckoning ourselves dead to sin and alive to God IN Christ. And realizing these things are not just about yourself, but about ALL mankind. In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul said he knows no man any longer after the flesh — he goes on to say that it’s because, IN Christ, we are a new creation (a new humanity). The old has passed away and the new has come (or been born). Verse 14 says that he sees all men as new creation IN Christ and not as the old man (in Adam) because if One died for ALL, then ALL died.
We are sons and daughters of God. Our lives are a reflection of our Daddy’s life. I’m a Daddy’s girl — just like Him — made in His image and likeness. The exact representation of His glory — just like Jesus. Because As He is so am I in this world.
AS HE IS…… He has NO sickness! NO disease! NO poverty! NO fear, lack, depression, addiction, etcetera!!
SO AM I….. therefore, I have NO sickness! NO disease! NO poverty! NO fear, lack, depression, addiction, etcetera!!
His nature is my nature. I am love because He is love. I am goodness because He is goodness. Love and goodness are not adjectives that describe Him — it’s who He is. Likewise, they’re not adjectives that describe us — it’s who we are! It is Love and Goodness IN us, AS us, flowing THROUGH us!
Paul said he served God IN his spirit IN the gospel (or the good news) of His Son. What is the good news of the Son? IT IS FINISHED. To serve isn’t working FOR God… We’re not a hireling. We’re sons!! Begin to see the word serve as in co-participation and co-union with Him — in your ONENESS with Him. Our serving God is in our co-labor, co-reign, co-life, co-grace, and co-union. Our serving is in our co-participation of what is FINISHED. Our serving, is the FACE TO FACE fellowship we have with God IN Christ.
We are ONE…we are bone of His bone, and flesh of His flesh. Ephesians 5:30, “For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.” We are alive in Him and dead to sin! Sin, sickness, disease, poverty, fear, lack, etc., NOT a part of our lives — NOT co-existing with us. Why? Because we are filled to the FULL with the fullness of the Godhead. We are ONE with Them. FACE TO FACE!!
And that fullness doesn’t leave room for anything else. We are complete, FINISHED in Christ. We lack nothing!
BUT a mistaken identity causes us to think we are lacking. And we continue to go to the Father and cry out for Him to deliver us, to cleanse us, or forgive us from sin. And the Father’s response to us is, “What sin? You have been set free from sin. You ARE alive IN Me.” We cry out for healing for our bodies from sickness and disease! His response — “What sickness, what disease? What cancer?!? You are alive IN Me, and I AM the health of your body. You are healed, delivered, WHOLE in EVERY area of your life!” Like with Adam, He also says to us, “Who told you that you were naked, and lacking anything?”
We lack nothing IN Christ. We have been given every spiritual blessing IN Him, and He has given us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness. IN Him, we lack nothing!
Awake to righteousness! Awake to who you are IN Christ! Saved, healed, delivered, WHOLE in every area of life (spiritual, physical, mental, social, and financial)… NOTHING missing, NOTHING broken! Reigning over EVERY defeated thing that would attempt to rise up against you (in your thinking). The truth is that it has NO power to rise — every enemy 100% DEFEATED in Christ!! Sickness, disease, poverty, etc., have nothing in you because Christ is IN you, and you are IN Him. ONE with the Father, Son, and Spirit.
Alive IN Him! And dead to everything that is not of Him!!
It’s not that we don’t pray for people, and lay hands on the sick — of course, we do! Jesus said in Revelation that He is the One who IS and WAS and IS TO COME. He is an ever-present Healer, Deliverer, etc. It’s just that we need to go higher – we need to have a BIGGEER revelation of this Gospel of Grace …. of His FINISHED work IN us. We need to see everything through the lens of IT IS FINISHED! 100% DONE!
Manna was provided in the wilderness for the children of Israel, BUT it wasn’t God’s best for them. He is a GOOD Father and always provides what we need. But manna wasn’t what He wanted them to experience forever… He wanted them to cross over into the Promise Land. To grab hold of His promises to them! It was theirs and belonged to them. Likewise, the FINISHED work of Christ is ours — it belongs to us. It is our Promise Land! He is still our Healer, but His desire is that we walk in the fullness of health that belongs to us — in our WHOLENESS! He is still our Deliverer, but His passion is that we see ourselves as COMPLETELY delivered and walk in the fullness of freedom that is ours.
We’re not trying to get healed. We’re not trying to earn God’s favor. We’re not trying to get more increase in our lives. It’s not IF we obey or IF we have more faith, THEN we will have more favor, obtain our healing, or walk in abundance and increase. NO! We ALREADY have it ALL IN Christ!
We are not struggling to get anything from Him. We have it ALL ALREADY IN us! FINISHED!
We just simply need to BE who we ALREADY are — image and likeness of Him!! Alive IN Him. It’s Him… His life, IN us, As us, and flowing THROUGH us. We are saved (Greek sozo) — healed, delivered, WHOLE in every area of our lives. Nothing missing, nothing broken! NOW in this life! Because He is Salvation In us, As us, and THROUGH us.
suggestion: For more on living in WHOLENESS NOW in this earth in our physical bodies, I suggest you read my first book, It Is Finished.
An excerpt from the chapter Paul’s Gospel……
We were created in His image and likeness, we are reigning sons, made a “little lower” than God (Psalms 8:5), crowned with glory and honor. The word crowned in Psalm 8:5 is an imperfect verb and reads as will crown. Mankind had forgotten who they were. Genesis 1:26 reveals that man was crowned (given dominion) in the garden. But then after the fall, they had forgotten they were reigning sons, and creation no longer responded to them…. “the ground no longer yielded.” Man lost their dominion and began to forget his origin – BUT God did not!
Hebrews 2 tells us, “BUT we see Jesus!” The Incarnation not only restored us to what Adam and Eve had lost or had been but restored us to what Christ the Last Adam is — a glorified, incorruptible, immortal human participating in the divine nature.
Hebrews 2 quotes Psalm 8 and puts the word crowned in the aorist indicative tense…. A past tense, FINISHED fact! I love the past tenses of Scripture. FINISHED! Jesus restored to us once again (what was always ours) dominion or reigning. We are crowned… adorned as victors… with glory and honor and with dominion. Ruling over the works of His hands with ALL things in subjection under our feet!
And just in case we didn’t understand the vastness of our dominion, the writer of Hebrews adds, “He left NOTHING un-subject to him.” Nothing in this verse is a strong word. It means NOT ONE THING!
Leaving NO exceptions… ALL things = ALL things!
When I wrote my last chapter, a good friend was in the hospital with inoperable stomach cancer. We prayed for him and fully expected him to recover. Unfortunately, he died a few days later. It truly rocked me to my core! Steve and I had fully expected him to walk out of that hospital fully recovered. I don’t know why he didn’t. And please don’t say, “oh but he did, not just in the way you expected.” We believe in experiencing health and wholeness NOW not after we die. Death is not our savior, Jesus is and we completely, 100% know that we are meant to experience His FINISHED work NOW in this life. So, again, I don’t know why that wasn’t Manny’s experience. And as I said it truly rocked me to my core! But my anchor is hope and when circumstances rock me and threaten to cause me to drift into the unknown, I simply fall back I what I do know! And what I do know is He is the Healer and divine health and wholeness is ours to freely walk in.
Since then, Genesis 1:28 has been on my mind. It says, that God blessed mankind and said subdue and have dominion. We reign as sons, and our lives aren’t subject to sin, death, sickness, disease, and poverty. Our new life IN Christ is resurrection life. And resurrection life continually quickens our physical bodies. We are seated with Him in heavenly places. In Ephesians 1, Paul tells us that He is seated far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name named, not only in this age but the one to come. And then he says we are His body and the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
We ARE His body!! We ARE the fullness of Him!! He is IN ALL of us… the FULLNESS of who He is… a reigning Son! We are to bring into subjection (or subdue) ALL things (Psalm 8; Hebrews 2) and rule over them. As a son, made in His image and likeness, we reign in life and ALL things are subject to us. What are ALL things? Everything Jesus defeated and stripped of power is in subjection to us… under our feet. Sickness, disease, poverty, lack, fear, etc. IN Christ, we have peace with God. We have WHOLENESS — nothing missing, nothing broken in our lives, WHOLE in every area (spiritually, physically, financially, socially, and mentally). Cancer is defeated; therefore, cancer is under our feet because we are reigning sons. Sin was stripped of ALL power; therefore, sin is under our feet.