One side of the Cross which we must accept as total truth for us personally is that we have already been put to death. It is a total death.
Let that sink into your mind…..selah.
Do we get offended and upset when someone treats us unfairly? Are we easily angered by what others do to us? This shows that we have not accepted OUR DEATH which happened ALREADY to us on the Cross of Jesus Christ.
We love to sing about Jesus dying for us so we can live forever….or so we are forgiven our sins….or so we can know the Father…..or so we can be blessed by God and not cursed….or so we can be healed of sickness…or…or…or…
There are not many songs about OUR DEATH…Our total and PERMANENT DEATH!
Are you offended by someone in your family relationships?
You died and were crucified with Christ…furthermore you were buried with Him in baptism.
The only reason we still react out of self pity, self protection, self determination, self discipline, self harm, self loathing, self promotion etc etc …is because we do not believe the gospel.
YOU NO LONGER LIVE!!
Do you believe that? It is what God says in His word. It is what God did in Christ for you O you troubled little thing you. 🙂
Don’t come to me for self help lessons—You won’t get it from me.
OLD THINGS—that’s you—have passed away.
You passed away. That is -You died.
Do you believe it?
Oh of course you now live…and we all want to focus on that side of the Cross don’t we? I am alive in Christ…I am a child of God etc etc. Good…very good.
But if you have not FIRST ACCEPTED YOUR TOTAL DEATH in Christ then all your confessions about being alive in Him will only MOCK YOU.
And that has been the trouble for most of us….
We have skipped over our death as if it never happened.
We imagine we are a forgiven sinner–the same sinner we have always been…a sinner who now believes in Jesus and is going to heaven one day.
But you are NOT THAT OLD PERSON ANYMORE!! WHY?