Identity In Christ

EL I Wish All My Readers Were Dead

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.rip 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.

ID in ChristPaul 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.

12 thoughts on “EL I Wish All My Readers Were Dead

  1. The title startled me for a fraction of a second and then I immediately thought of Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ and Romans 6:11 Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Then a few more Scriptures kept coming.

    Praise God for the new life in Christ!

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  2. Wow, that’s some header! And alleluia! This is a total affirmation of what God was speaking to me this morning…through the Apostle Paul’s words, that remind us the reality of this life…that although outwardly we are aging and dying…inwardly we are renewed day by day. Stay tuned. because that’s exactly what my post tomorrow is about with a guest writer’s words about God’s brush strokes on each new day. (5wise.wordpress.com) Hey, you just gotta love God and His NEW CREATION power, don’tcha? 🙂

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    1. Yes! Thank you so much for those encouraging words. I can’t wait to read you (or your guest blogger) tomorrow. We serve an Awesome God. Although we’re “dead” in Christ our exterior earth suit is decomposing every day, God is giving us new life and renewing us every day! That is an awesome thought. And I never thought of that before until I read your comment today. Dead but alive. Dying on the outside, but being renewed on the inside! Wow! Thank you so much for that thought. I smell another blog :>)

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  3. LOL…I knew where this was going when I read the title! Brilliant choice to draw readers in and get us thinking about the true meaning of the scriptures you referenced.

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    1. I knew readers who already knew their true identity in Christ, as your posts testify, would catch on. Thank you. I have a heart for those believers who really don’t know their true identity. That’s my goal for this blog is to help them. One my long-time friends wrote this comment: “Oh, yeah! Well why don’t you just drop dead!” hahaha. Thank you for your encouragement. God bless

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