1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
I often hear people talking about dying to sin, but just as often, I wonder what that means. In order to understand, I think I’ll have to decipher Paul’s coded writings above.
He says, when we are baptized, we die and are raised with Christ. Just as death has no more power over Jesus, it has no power over me. When we are baptized, we die with Christ and we are raised to live with Him. Since we died with Christ, that means we live with Him.
I can only think of a few situations where death has no hold on me:
- I have already died.
- I’ve lost everything and have nothing else to lose.
- I cannot be killed.
The above text tells me I’ve already died in Christ, so #1 is fulfilled. If I’ve surrendered to Christ, and given everything over to Him – then I have nothing left to lose – hence, #2 is fulfilled. If I’ve died and been raised again – then, like Christ, death has no hold over me – this fulfills #3.
So, given the above three qualifications are met – I have no need to fear death and I am experiencing a life that has no fear. My challenge however, is applying this to everyday living – remembering. I never forget to breathe; I never forget that I live on earth; And, I never forget that I’m human. How come I can’t remember that I’ve been resurrected? How come I can’t remember that I’ve died in Christ? How come I can’t remember that I can’t be killed?
I remember the first time I accomplished something death-defying, something that seemed impossible, an act that tested my mettle. Afterward, I felt invincible, amazing, and indestructible. I’ve had similar experiences when I’ve experienced supernatural miracles – either in myself, or others. I walked away from those events singing: “You can’t touch this!”
This is the way I need to live, daily.
Father God – teach me to live in a spiritual world – not the material one.