Every Believer is Dead!

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Pastor Mark Mikels – September 6, 2009
(Galatians 2:20)

Intro … What a month we have enjoyed together – discovering and discussing four great little-known and seldom-discussed spiritual blessings that flow from the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Blessing #1 …
“When Jesus Died on the Cross, the Law died with Him.”

Blessing #2 …
”When Jesus Died on the Cross, the World died with Him.”

Blessing #3 …
”When Jesus Died on the Cross, the Flesh died with Him.”

Blessing #4 …
”When Jesus Died on the Cross, the Devil was disarmed by Him.”

What a blessing to be able to say as a follower of Jesus Christ:
“The law is dead; the world is dead; the flesh is dead;
and the Devil is as good as dead!”

They longer does the law have the final word concerning my eternal destiny; no longer does the world control my thinking or the flesh my behaving; no longer can the Devil undermine my life as a contented follower of Christ and a committed member of His Church.

To live free of all of that is a blessing indeed and the truth is … the Death of Jesus Christ has provided for all of that to happen.

However, there is one more piece that makes this spiritual jigsaw puzzle complete – one more great blessing that flows from Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross.

It’s the blessing that guarantees that you and I as born-again followers of Jesus Christ experience those first four blessings in the fullest way possible.
And here it is …

Blessing #5 …
“When Jesus Died On The Cross, (YOUR NAME) Died With Him.”
(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.” (KJV)

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.” (NIV)

What a concept – what a reality … whole books have been written on the subject – certain Bible teachers have devoted their entire lives to the elaboration of this incredible truth. I myself have been powerfully impacted by one of those books and by the ministry of one of those teachers.

The incredible truth is that “When Jesus Christ died on the cross, every believer died with him.” And that truth enables all the other blessings of the cross to flow unhindered into our life experience!

This morning in this communion meditation I would ask you to consider with me briefly three of the implications of your being “crucified with Christ” …

Here they are:

Implication #1 …
* Dead Men Can’t SIN
“anyone who has died has been freed from sin.”
(Romans 6:7)

Just think about that for a moment … it’s so absolutely obvious and yet it’s so incredibly profound … “If I am dead, then I can’t sin!”

What an airtight alibi for one who has been accused …

“I’m sorry, officer, I couldn’t have committed that crime;
I was dead on the night in question.”
What a relief to the believer when confronted with the sins that waylay so many to be able to say … “Man, I’m glad I’m dead to that!”

Implication #2 …

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful;
he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,
he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
(1 Corinthians 10:31)

Now this morning we are talking about a “way of escape” that works every time!

God allowed me to be “crucified with Christ” … And as a result of that death (as long as I remain dead), I can not be allured or enticed or constrained by the temptations of either the world or the flesh. I cannot be badgered into anything – not even by the devil himself.

How incredibly freeing, when temptations to say or do or even think sinful things arise, to be able to say …
Man, I’m glad I’m dead to that!

Implication #3 …
* Dead Men REST In PEACE

Actually nothing disturbs or perturbs those who are dead … their days of reacting and even resisting are over … for better or worse, they rest in the grave.

Here’s where we return to our key text of the morning …

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.”
(Galatians 2:20)

Like the dead of all the centuries past, I rest in my “grave” (spiritually speaking) completely unperturbed by the flow of stuff that comes my way. Jesus Christ is the one who has granted me new life and He is the one by whom I am living it.

Therefore I rest (live) in peace.

There is nothing I need to FEAR; there is nothing I need to SEEK;
there is nothing I need to SATISFY.”

What an incredible life … free from the directives of the world, free from the domination of the flesh, free from the discouragements of the Devil.

How incredibly wonderfully to be able to say …

“I’m dead to all of that!”

And it all comes of “being crucified” and “staying crucified.”

Here’s a fascinating verse found just a little further on in that sixth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans – verse 11 …

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin
but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

The old King James Version says …
“Reckon” yourselves to be dead to sin …”

In other words, “remember that you are dead” and that these things no longer have the influence over you that they once had.

Rejoice regularly in your “crucifixion with Christ” – re-enact it often.

Communion provides a wonderful opportunity to do just that!

“Today I am crucified with Jesus Christ.”

Final Thot …
To Confident, Contented CHRISTIAN LIVING.

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