Living By Dying

CrossGalatians 2:19-21

A sign in a dye-shop reads: “I live by dying.”  And so do we, as did Paul in Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth 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.

A Christian can – and should – attend his own funeral.  Likewise, writes Paul, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:11).  I died – but I have never felt more alive!

“You look as if you were here before,” said the tourist-guide to A.J. Gordon as they stood on Calvary’s Hill.  “I was,” said Gordon, “two thousand years ago.”  Always remember the Doctrine of Imputation in Romans three (Christ Died For Me), but never forget the Doctrine of Identification in Romans six (I Died With Christ).

Every day I can pray: “Help me this day, Oh Lord, to be a little less like who I was in the fallen Adam and a little bit more like who I am in the risen Lord.


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