Dying to self and living for Christ is at the heart of Christianity. Why? Let’s take a look.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning…14 The wise store up knowledge…
As we continue to consider the ramifications of the New Covenant, let’s look at the roots of this “New” Covenant.
8 …the Lamb who was slaughtered before the world was made. Revelation 13:8
Why was Christ slaughtered as a Lamb before God made mankind? So that the law would be in place that sin would kill us. What?! Sin needed to kill us in order for Christ to raise us!
14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose on their behalf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
God Himself told Adam and Eve what would happen if/when they sinned, “…for the day you eat of it you shall surely die [spiritually].” Genesis 2:17. This law was put in place to keep us from being eternally separated from God. Who is eternally separated from God? Satan and his followers. They cannot be saved because the law of Christ does not apply to them. They are eternally living their rebellion because outside of time, the “time” is ever-present. All of a sudden, the passage in Hebrews 3:7-19 and, specifically, verse 13 make sense:
13 But encourage one another every day, as long as it is still called “today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
As long as we (humans) are in the timeline of life, we have the opportunity to receive the salvation of Christ. Once death happens, there is no more “time” for salvation, “And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this comes judgment,” Hebrews 9:27.
How do we apply the knowledge that we have died with Christ? Paul tells us in Romans 6:4, “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.“
Tomorrow, we will look more into our death and resurrection in Christ. For today, let’s contemplate God’s wondrous plan and His immense love for us and how we may live a new life in and for Him.
Abba, You are truly wonderful! Your plan has always been for us to be at Your side. Thank You for making it happen through Christ Jesus. May I never take for granted the lengths You had to go to be resident in us by way of Your Holy Spirit. May You not be just resident, but President in our lives. Amen.