The Kingdom of Self was created when Adam fell and mankind was left on his own or were we?
The light of God glory that once covered us in the presence of God was gone. Now we walked alone in darkness, separated from our God, dead in trespasses and sin. The Lord's presence was only a memory There was no return, no escape from the dreadful darkness. Self -life became our only interest. How we felt, what we thought, or decisions we made were all conspired within ourselves. Satan had trapped mankind into His Kingdom of darkness where the emphasis was on me, myself and I. Pride would now rule in man's heart. There would be no way out of this Kingdom accept through the death to self. How would this happen?
God didn't skip a beat. Jesus was born as the second Adam. He lived the perfect, holy and separated life unto His Father that Adam never did. His blood sacrifice for the sin of the world was accepted by the Father and mankind was now free to be restored and reconciled to the creator as he was in the beginning. Only on one condition, the sinner must die.
How could that happen? By identifying with Jesus's death, (Romans 6:3-14) as our very own. Jesus not only died, for us but as us. By faith in Christ Jesus we have been born again. God is not interested in our old life in Adam. That has been dealt with in His Son. But He is very much interested in who we are in Him. There is nothing more exciting to the Father than to see His Son reigning in our hearts growing in the glorious image of His Son. The cost is that we must die to 'self', that he might live in our new creation.
Luke 11:23 says it so well, "If anyone would comes after me let him deny himself, pick up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would loses his life for my sake will save it. " That is the good news of the Gospel. " I must deny my self-life. I no longer live, but Christ Jesus lives in me and the life I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loves me. (Gal:2:20)" By faith I have been reconciled to my Creator. I owe Him my life.. My cross is my death to self. and now I only live for His glory. My pride steals His glory. I am so grateful for God's great salvation. I have never been happier.