In an earlier lesson, we saw that death comes before life. Before Jesus could be raised to new life, He had to die. He Himself proclaimed this: Jn 12:24 (NLT): “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.” Since we have identified with Him, the same is true for us. That’s why our spirit had to die before we could become a new spirit.

But what we now see is that this truth gets played out daily in our lives. Before we can experience and demonstrate the resurrection life here on the earth, we must die. We must die to sin and live for God.  Romans 6:1-11 shows this contrast:

Verse
The Death
The Life
V 4 we were buried with Him through baptism into death just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life
V 5 if we have been united together in the likeness of His death certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
V 6-7 our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin
V 8 if we died with Christ we shall also live with Him
V 10 the death that He died, He died to sin once for all the life that He lives, He lives to God
V 11 consider yourselves to be dead indeed to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord

Verse 11 sums it all up – consider yourself to be dead to sin and alive to God.

We are, in legal terms, dead to sin: when Jesus died, I died with Him, and since He died for my sin, I died to sin. How responsive is a dead person to anything? You cannot tempt a dead body with food, money, power or lust. This is what Paul means when he says we are dead to sin. It should not even draw our attention; we should be unresponsive to it.

At the same time, we are to be alive to God and His leading. And this will have a strong influence in our daily lives.

 

Consider:

If I am dead to sin, why would it be tempted by it?

If I am alive to God, how easy should it be to be influenced by Him?