[Powerful People] Are Dead

Priming the Pump

dead to self, alive to Christ.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me (Galatians 2.20 NASB).”

I have been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2.20)…
If you have died with Christ (Colossians 2.20)…
For you have died (Colossians 3.3)…
If (or since) we have died with Christ (Romans 6.8)…
If (or since) we have died with Him (2 Timothy 2.11)…

 

dead or alive.

Seems pretty clear right?  I’m dead.  And yet, often I find that it seems I am very much so alive; to my sin, to my own desires, to the things of this world…

Still I am convinced that the Scripture is true and that I belong to Christ.  I believe that I have been made alive in Him which can only mean that I have in fact fully and completely participated in the death of Christ.  Otherwise, I could not have been made alive and couldn’t possibly be participating in His life.  After all, what part can our Holy God have with sinful, fallen, rebellious men living in their sin, after their own desires and for the things of the world (the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life)?  None of course.  Then, it must be so that I have died to all of that and have been made alive to righteousness in Christ.

 

a deep longing.

So then, if I long (and believe me, I do) to live a life that is consistent with the FACT that the life flowing through me is, in fact, the life of Christ, then I must REALIZE, EMBRACE, and in all other ways LIVE CONGRUENT with the reality of my own death.  In doing so, I realize that while my life was previously held in bondage, I have now been wholly and completely freed from the bounds of SIN, SELF, and the WORLD.  Furthermore, since the life in me is the life of Christ, not only does it know no bondage, but it knows no boundaries at all, save one.

If I would live according to this TRUTH, I am certain that my life would look far different than it does presently.  Not to say that I never live according to this TRUTH, but that I am consciously aware that I am being called higher and deeper into this LIFE of Christ.  And as such, I must bow to the overwhelming reality that I am probably not where I should be and I am definitely not where I will be.  Yet, for me, this is by no means discouraging.  Rather, it is very encouraging, because I realize that I do not have to be good enough, strong enough, powerful enough, or any of that.  I just need to be dead.  Then, and only then, will His life flow through me such that I become the POWERFUL PERSON that He’s made me to be.

 

a spiritual powerhouse.

God has made His Church to be a spiritual POWERHOUSE of passion and fire for the King and His Kingdom.  Yet, in order to become the POWERFUL PEOPLE that He’s made us to be, we must realize that we are dead…

To SIN
To SELF
To the WORLD