Consider Yourself Dead!

You are DEAD to sin. When you received Jesus, the “old you” died and a new, born-again righteous person took over the old person’s body!  This is not some figure of speech.  This is literally what happened to you when you called on Jesus to be Lord of your life.

The world looks for ways to get free from various sins and bondages, but the best way is to DIE to them! Sin has no right to rule over you because the “old you” who wanted to sin is dead and there is a new you with a new nature that wants to please God.  Let’s look at some Scripture about this.

Colossians 3:3:  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Romans 6:2-11: …How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life that He lives, He lives to God.  Likewise you also reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Now I KNOW that many Christians don’t have a revelation of this! How do I know? Because there would be a lot less “sin in the camp” in the body of Christ if people walked in the revelation of this.  There would be a lot more dominating sin and a lot less being dominated by it.

Too often people think, “I’m a Christian now, so I’m not supposed to do this, that and the other thing, even though they seem appealing.” We ought to be thinking, “I am dead to that sinful stuff.  It has no hold on me. My life is not my own. I live to please Christ. I would not want to do things that displease my Lord and Savior. I am risen with Christ and sin has no dominion over me.” You’ll never overcome sin by trying harder not to sin. It didn’t work when you were a sinner and it won’t work today, either.  You overcome sin by faith in the Word of God, by believing that you are who the Bible says you are.

Saddam Hussein was executed. He had to pay for his sins.  But do you realize that when you asked Jesus to come live in you that the “old you” was executed too? The old you got what was coming to him – death! Christ’s death for sin is imputed to you.  When He died because of sin, He was carrying out YOUR death sentence for YOUR sins. Now that justice has been served, there is no more penalty to pay. The “new you” doesn’t carry a death sentence because the “old you” already served it. Now you get to serve God in newness of life.

You’ll have to do some reflecting on these Scriptures. Think for a while about what they mean.  Let them sink in until they become a part of you. Then when sin comes knocking at your door, boldly declare that you are dead to it!