Do you not realize that the only thing we need to be saved from, is OURSELVES? And the only way we can be saved from ourselves, is to realize that the person we believe ourselves to be... (the person our parents created when they named us at our birth), is but the illusion in which the whole of humankind functions! We cannot 'overcome' sin, until we realize that 'we', (the person we believe ourself to be) has no being! Only when we realize that God (the Father) is our reality can we die to self and function AS HIM!
God did indeed make us (each of us), IN HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS. But He did not create this person we believe ourselves to be! Our parents did that when they named us. God is the "I" within us. It is this realization, and this realization ONLY that sets in motion our Spiritual Rebirth. Through the concept of the Spiritual Rebirth that the Evangelical Churches of the World promote, it is IMPOSSIBLE to experience the Spiritual Rebirth! Only when we realize that the "I" within us is the Father, can we function (THROUGH FAITH) AS the Father... AS JESUS DID! Then can we say as "Jesus" said, "I" and my Father are ONE! WE ARE ALL ONE, AND THAT ONE, IS THE FATHER! Read St. Jn.17: 21 & 22. That we all might realize this, was His most avid prayer!
It was not 'Jesus' who was born in that manger at Bethlehem. It was the Father that Mary gave birth to... and whom she named 'Jesus'! Every so-called 'human' child that has ever been born on planet Earth, has been, (and always will be), the Father (the Universal I am) in the infant stage of development! GOD IS THE "I AM" WITHIN EACH OF US! We are the Divine Mind (the Universal I am) MANIFESTING as a 'MAN'! It is the John Doe you believe yourself to be that you need to be saved from! Your name... is but your name! The "I am" within you is who you are, and that "I am", IS THE FATHER! What if your parents had named you Henry, or James? Then you would say, "I am" Henry or "I am" James. As God said to 'Moses'... I am that I am! Whether we be male or female, there is no one besides or other than the Father! God is the reality of ALL of humanity! Every 'man' on Earth, (male or female) is God individualized! Believe it or not! (Or do you not believe Him when He said, 'Let us make man in our image and likeness')? We cannot 'overcome' sin (or self) until we realize that 'we', have no being! Only when we realize that God (the Father) is our reality can we die to self and function AS HIM! It is no wonder that Jesus wept!
When we choose to function AS the Father, we need never die!