The venom in all of us

If you were to ask me to rank my top super heroes or comics, I would have to put Spiderman in my top 2. It is definitely not because of the acting perfomance by Toby Maguire,  and  definitely not because of his penchant for things named Mary J but because Spidey reminded me of myself , agile, athletic, witty, and smooth. Well sort of reminded me of myself, at least when he had the black spider man suit.

For those of you not familiar with the comic, Here is the rough cut version on the origins of venom courtesy of  Wikipedia.

In Secret Wars #8 (December 1984), Spider-Man damages his costume in combat on Battleworld and is  directed to a facility which can provide a new one to him. having the chance to recover a new suit, Spider-Man stumbles into the prison module the Symbiote has been trapped in. He then activates the machine which releases the Symbiote in the form of a black liquid. Spider-Man’s “spider-sense” initially tingles, and then stops upon Spider-Man’s first contact with the liquid; it covers his body and, reacting to Spider-Man’s thoughts about the costume worn by the second Spider-Woman, forms a new costume. To Spider-Man’s surprise, the costume can mimic street clothes and provides a seemingly inexhaustible and stronger supply of webbing.

Originally Spider-man is impressed and excited about the new found abilities and pleasures that this alien brings him, but like all things evil, the pleasures soon pass away.Spider-man realizes that this host is not simply a new accessory in his fight against evil, but a malevolent parasite that is hell bent on taking control of him.  What ensues is an intense battle in which Spider-man fights for control of his life. Spider-man understands that in order to win this battle he must literally tear this suit from off his body severing any connection between this alien and himself.. Eventually he gets it off, but the symbiote’s keen abilities to morph and disguise itself pose another threat to Spiderman. At one point it even takes on the appearance of Spiderman’s normal outfit in order to deceive him to put it back on.

Eventually Spiderman defeats the symbiotes attempts to directly spawn again with him, but the battle is not over, as the symbiote joins with another villain to form Spider’s arch enemy Venom.

As I was reading the passage in Romans chapter 6  I came across this verse

1 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14

We have also inherited an alien substance, a virus that has slayed all who have set foot on the planet. It has been seeking to control us, battling for our hearts and mind. This virus is  sin. Paul states in his letter to the believers in Rome that the only hope of victory against this imposing adversary is to die; to sever the relationship and contact with sin. This battle will be a tough battle, but as we identify with Christ and his death, we can also hope to gain a new life, a new suit. But the old man does not give up, so we are implored to fight against our old man’s attempts to control us to reign in us. The worst part is that the old man is our ego, our dreams, our desires that stand in opposition and direct contradiction to those of God. These things are the hardest to give up, because they are ours.

Again Paul says in Colossians (The Message)

3-4Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.

5-8And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.

9-11Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete.

What sins are you battling with? What outfit are you having a hard time taking off, somethings which are trendy and look good ;ala skinny jeans can be the hardest to take off.

God promises us victory over sin, and death when we trust in his work and his love. Romans 8:2-3 ;8:37.

This can only happen when we consider ourselves dead to sin. Does this mean that sin will not resist? No, but it does mean is that when we are attacked we must go to our Lord at the cross and present ourselves dead  to sin, that we may serve him in a new life.

If we do not offer ourselves to service of God, sin will have rule over us. This is why unbelievers who may be ‘moral’ can be under the worst kind of sin, because they have failed to offer themselves to the service of God’s glory.

I want to encourage you all in your fight against sin, there is victory in death. God knows and can sympathize with your weakness and has mercy for you provided you die to yourself and call out to him; because the real super heroe is not Spider-man but the God who saves in the person of Christ.

Peace and God bless.

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