No. That’s not a misprint. I wish all of you were dead. WAIT! Before you unsubscribe to my blog in disgust, please keep reading.
What is death anyway? It’s the absence of life, right? People die. Their flesh turns to worm food. Animals die. Leaves die. Music dies. We know dead silence. When we catch someone in a lie, we catch them dead to rights. Campfires die out. Tempers die down.
Paul says the wages of sin is death. For the smallest, most innocent, unintentional lie, we deserve death. But, praise be to God, Jesus died on a cross so we could have eternal life. So we should go on living, right? Wrong. We need to die.
We need to die so we can really live.
Paul described it this way, “I’ve been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.
Your life and mine were crucified at the cross.
Paul explains it again in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION. Old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.“
In Christ, we are NEW. Not re-modeled, not changed, we are EXCHANGED. As believers, Christ IS OUR LIFE.
God’s word says the old you is dead. Trouble is, lots of believers and followers of Christ struggle to hold on to their old ways, their old lives. They cart around baggage from the past. We need to die. We need to allow Christ to live His life in and through us.
The ONLY WAY we can glorify God in our lives is if we’re dead. Dead to our old Adamic nature and alive in Christ. Dead in the flesh and alive in the Spirit of God, who dwells in us.
In Ephesians Paul teaches, “As for you (speaking to believers–you and me), you were dead in your transgressions and sins,in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air (Satan), “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.”
Our sins condemn us to death. Jesus died and took away all our sins. Now we have His life in us. When we accepted Him as our Savior, He exchanged His life for ours.
So live like you’re dead to your life and alive in Christ. Allow Jesus to live His life in you, through you and as you. And die to self.