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Archive for Nov. 11, 2012

Living Again Means Dying With Christ

In this present estate we all live in, death must occur that others might live. If animals didn’t die, where would our meat supply derive. If plants didn’t die, no one could eat vegetables and fruits. If the aged didn’t die, their would be no place for the next generation. In all things in this present life, death is as  necessary as life.

What is even more awakening, Christians must face the same fact of life. If Christ had not died, no one could attain eternal life. If the apostles and early day Christians had not sacrificed their lives, we would not have the gospel with us today.

Even so, we today must die in order to live again. Every Christian must lay down their life, and be buried with Christ by baptism in order to walk in the newness of life. Rom 6:3,4 “Though we be dead in the flesh, we are made alive in the spirit by the power of God. 1 Pet 3:18 Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20

Every Christian must lose this life, and sacrifice it so that others might have hope of eternal life. Christians must cease to live in the pleasures of sin, and do the works of God. We must study the Word of God daily in order to be approved of God, workmen who rightly handle the Word. 2 TIm 2:15 When we as Christians put on the whole armor of God, we are not only set to defend ourselves against sin, but also able and set to defend the gospel of Christ. Eph 6:11-18f; Philip 1:15-18 We are able to teach and to preach in season and out of season the unadulterated gospel of Christ. 2 Tim 4:2-5

Christians not only suffer for preaching the gospel, but also suffer just because they are a Christian. They can expect to be slandered, hated, despised, mistreated, imprisoned, and even killed. They can expect to endure the hardships of poverty, diseases, persecutions and trials. 1 Pet 4:12,16

Yet, with all this, death has no power ever again over the Christian. As Paul said, “O death, where is your sting, O grave, where is your victory?  For to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philip 1:21 But thanks be unto God which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.“ 1 Cor 15:55,57 Therefore we must be the more steadfast and unmovable in the work of God for our labor is not in vain. 1 Cor 15:58

In this life we can either get busy living, or get busy dying, that is, either get busy living in sin, or get busy dying for Christ. If we want to live again with the Lord Jesus Christ, we must die to sin, and live unto the righteousness of the Lord. Rom 6:12,13 We do this by obeying the gospel of Christ. 1 Cor 15:1-4 We must believe that Jesus is the Christ and confess this before men. Rom 10:9,10 We must repent and be baptized for the remission of our sins. Acts 2:38 Then, and only then are we added to the Church which Christ built, the churches of Christ. Act 2:47ff; Mt 16:18; Rom 16:16 And then we must remain faithful unto the doctrine of Christ, even unto death.2 Jn 9f: Rev 2:10 A death which frees us from our mortal bodies to live again with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Tim 2:12 Blessed be the dead which die in the Lord! Rev 14:13