Do you remember the Communion supper Jesus had with his disciples the night he was betrayed? He broke bread and gave them to eat, saying it was his body. And the wine which was his blood, they drank. It marked the signing in or certification of their (our) oneness with Christ. It means by eating that bread and drinking that wine, mankind was inseparably joined with Christ. This meant that whatever was to come upon man, would come upon Christ, and whatever was to come upon Christ would come upon mankind. If man was to be punished for sin, Christ would take it because by his oneness with man, he took the nature of man, Sin. And if blessings were to come upon Christ, man will take it because by his oneness with Christ he took the nature of Christ, Righteousness. That was the summary of the Communion. The moment they ate the bread and drank the wine, they signed this agreement. It became the reality of Christ and Man. Man was in Christ. And Christ was in Man. When the Jews were confused about this, Jesus just stated the truth anyway. He didn't go into dispute with them because it was a reality, he didn't succumb to the natural reasoning of men. He said: > John 6:51-57 English Standard Version 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. When man(represented by the apostles) ate and drank, he came into Christ. And Christ came into him. Man was headed for the wrath of God, then Christ the one who did no wrong, who knew no wrong, in him is no wrong was by his union with man headed for the wrath of God. Christ had to die and be separated from God, just as man. He had signed the agreement in the upper room of Communion. Christ became sin in 2Corinth 5:21. In the 1st part Christ was made sin, became sin even though he knew no sin. Now you wonder, how possible is this? Pay attention, he took the nature of sin by his oneness with man, even though he did not sin, even once. This means, it's possible to have the nature of something or someone without acting out that nature. Did you see that? He was stricken not because of the act of sin but because of the nature of sin. So it's the nature of a man that decides his fate not the act. What made the wrath of God come upon Christ was the sin nature. Christ became sin. That was enough to be condemned. Now, read 2Corinth 5:21 again. What do you see in the second part. that we might be made the Righteousness of God in him So the purpose of Christ taking on man's nature was to ensure that man takes on his nature too, Righteousness. In the process of time, sin was dealt with first, before Righteousness came in to play. So on the cross, man was still one with Christ. In his death on the cross, man was still one. In the grave, man was still one. He went to hell, man was still with him. He rose with man, ascended still as one with man, and sat with man on the throne by the right hand of God the Father. And is still seated with man. Man was going to be declared righteous if Christ was to rise from the dead. It meant 2 things. 1,The nature of sin was gone forever for every man in Christ. 2,Jesus would have to be an acceptable offering before God for mankind. And if accepted, he would be raised and man would be declared righteous (by his oneness with Christ) > In Romans 4:25 New International Version He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Yes, Jesus rose from the dead! Which means man has the victory! This is the Crux of the Christian faith. This is why we are believers. If Jesus didn't rise from the dead, we would still been in sin. But the nature of sin is gone for you in Christ. Christ rising from the dead was like coming out of prison after serving time. His coming out showed he has finished paying for the crime(of man). So he is justified to live free. By man's oneness, to Christ he took on a new nature on the resurrection. This nature was Righteousness with no spec of sin on it. This means man can now act out Righteousness his new nature something he could not in his former nature of sin. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things have become new This means. You are the opposite of sin now. And you have the nature of God in you. It means you are holy. Perfect. Can't sin. Yes, you can't sin now. You are your nature not your act. Your nature, Righteousness does not produce sin. As far as God is concerned, since the day you got born again, you have never sinned. There is no record anywhere of sins for you. You stand not condemned before God. Remember, it's your nature that decides your fate not your act. So where do these acts of sin come from and who is responsible for them you may ask. Pay attention, you will break free from these addictions and sins that are not yours and begin to live out your true nature. Have you ever read Romans 7 when Paul was talking about his struggle with sin even though in his inner man(which was his real self) he delighted in the law of God(not the ten commandments) he found another law in his members (physical senses/appetites-the outward man, not his real self) working contrary to the nature of God. When you were saved, your Spirit which is who you are was saved. Your mind wasn't saved. Your body wasn't saved. You are a Spirit living in a body with a mind. Your mind was programmed to sin according to the old man. Your body follows what your mind habours and expresses. In Romans12 vs2, believers are to renew their minds according to the Word of God. This means the real you, the new you which is Righteousness has to come out through your mind to your body/physical senses. This is what putting on Righteousness means and putting off sin of the old man. So how do you get it out. How do you get your holiness out into your mind and physical senses. Start saying it. Start saying "I am holy" "I am righteous" " I am delivered from sin" " I am delivered from porn addiction" "I delight in the law of God" "I have the nature of God" Get hold of the Word of God and start confessing your new nature. The power comes from your mouth. After you have believed anything in the Bible meditate on it, and start confessing it. In no time you will be free from these strongholds. Grace and peace.