DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING?
BY: LLOYD ELLEFSON - FEBRUARY 9, 2005
(2 Cor.7:3-4) Paul in this letter makes this statement. “You are in our hearts to die together and to live together.” (2 Tim. 2:11-13) This is a faithful saying… if we die together we shall be living together. If we disown him, he will disown us. He cannot disown himself. We must not deny our death and life in him. This was a very present truth in Paul’s life. It is a truth to be believed from Paul’s day until now. (2 Cor.6:9) As unknown yet known, as dying behold - we live. Known by God, not by this world. We have life. (Rom.6:5) To be planted in the likeness of his death, we are also in the likeness of his resurrection. Some translators use the word united. Jesus has been raised from the dead. So then must we wait for ours? His resurrection is ours. Who has received our report? (Vs.8) If we died with Christ, we must also believe we are alive with him.
Many see Christ on the cross as a substitution and not a union. So they live in death. The oneness in what he did is not with flesh, (vs.10) in that when he died, he died for sin, once and for all time. This is the death we are baptized into, not a death to the old man only, but into his death to sin. (vs. 11) -Now we are to believe our death to sin and our being alive to God in Christ. We cannot deny that both death and life is in our being in Christ. No one can be in the man Jesus. We do not know him after the flesh. Eph.2:5 - we being dead in transgression and sin are made alive together in Christ. This is done. Now the spirit of truth confirms that we are one together in death and life in Christ. Waiting for an experience keeps you in the death because of sin.
To receive Christ you receive what he is. He is the resurrection and the life and is dead to sin and alive to God As he is, so are we in this world. (Col.2:12) - being buried with him in baptism (as dead) in him you are raised together by faith in the operation of God. Not works. Being dead in sin and the uncircumcision of flesh, we are made alive together with him. You are dead and your life is now hid (to unbelievers) in Christ with God. We set our affection on things above, not on things of the earth. This would include our flesh body. Why yet is there hope for that other than in Christ? Now is time to believe the fact, not the future of what God has done through his son. Present yourself to God as one alive from the dead. (Rom 6:11)
(1 Cor.15:36) Foolish man, what you are sowing does not come to life unless it dies. (Vs.37) What you sow is not the body that it is to be. It is the spirit that bears witness to our spirit. (Rev.14-13) Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. The spirit says they rest from their works. So the dead do die in Christ. To all Christ is dead to.