You have focused on death long enough.
It’s time for another kind of reckoning.
Christians worldwide seem to have a fascination with death. Pass most any church and somewhere you’ll find a cross – a symbol of public execution and death. Listen to us talk about spiritual growth and overcoming sinful habits and somebody will mention the Bible principle of being dead to sin. Listen to our music or examine what there is of our art, and you hear descriptions of a life so surreal you have to, well, die to get there, or we celebrate the death that Jesus died to make it possible.
Lest I be misunderstood, all of that is true. But it’s only half the truth. Read this carefully:
“For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:10-11, emphasis mine).
This is a two-edged truth, and we tend to focus only on the first half. Yes, believers in Christ are dead to sin. Our old life is crucified with Christ. But we are alive to Him, whether we feel or act like it or not. Because He lives (not just rose, but lives), you shall live. Not someday – today. Not in heaven only. Here. Now.
What does it mean to be alive to Him? It means you are alive – in unbroken fellowship – where you once were dead.
You are alive to His character. That’s love.
You are alive to His power. That’s faith.
You are alive to His victory over sin and death. That’s hope.
It means you now sit with Him in places of heavenly authority and intercession. It means that you now occupy the dominion you lost because of sin. It’s not just that sin has no dominion over you. To be alive to Him means you have dominion over sin, and He has dominion over you.
How would you live if today – right now – you counted yourself as alive to Christ in the same way that Christ is alive to God? Eternally alive! Triumphantly alive! Abundantly alive!
Recognize that. Affirm it. By faith, choose it.
Get out of that tomb… and live!
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