Christ died for me, and I died in Christ.
Pascal said, Everything which happened to Christ should come to
pass in the soul and in the body of each Christian.
The apostle Paul declared, I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me (Gal. 2:20). Again, he wrote,
You died, and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col. 3:2).
Who died? I died.
In Gods reckoning we are even now delivered by our vital union
with Christ. That vital, intimate relationship filled the mind of the great apostle.
I have been crucified with Christ. Even so consider
yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Rom. 6:11).
What was true of Paul is true of every believer because we are
in Christ. Our spiritual union with Christ is entirely independent of all conditions
of time and space. And in depth of intimacy there can be no difference between the
believer of today and those who knew our Lord on earth, since "by one Spirit we are
all baptized into one body" (1 Cor. 12:13).
Paul writes, As many of us as were baptized into Christ were
baptized into His death (Rom. 6:3). The water baptism by immersion is a symbolic
picture of an even greater spiritual baptism when we were placed in the body of Christ
when we first believed on Him as our Savior.
In Christ. I am crucified with Christ.
Have you gone back to the cross of Jesus and conceived of yourself so
identified with Him in His death and obedience unto death that when He died you died?
Jesus Christ paid your death penalty in full. You are now free to live the Christian life.
The apostle Pauls one obsession was Christ. That I may
Is your one obsession to know Christ in His
suffering, His death, His resurrection and glory?
Our spiritual union with Christ is entirely independent of all conditions
of time and space. Since we are one with Him by faith then our death in Him was
Martin Luther wrote, Believing in Christ, I am by faith
crucified with Christ; so that all these things are crucified and dead with me.
Paul is not referring to the atonement because no one including the
believer can atone for his own sins. It took the sinless blood of Jesus to pay our debt.
There is nothing in us worthy of making atonement for sin. It is Christ alone, never
Christ plus anything in or of ourselves that makes us right with God. However, there is
for the believer a fellowship that can be entered into Christ through identification with
The apostle Paul tells us to reckon upon the fact that we
died in Christ. The word means to take into account, to calculate, to
estimate. The work of Christ is imputed to our account. We are to believe that it
really is true in our lives. Christ has put His righteousness to our account, and
furthermore, the power of sin no longer has dominion over us.
Paul doesnt tell us to feel as if we were dead to sin, but act
on Gods Word and claim it as a fact. Reckoning is a matter of faith that
results in action. Reckoning is not claiming a promise; it is taking God
at His word and
acting on a fact. God does not command us to become dead to sin. He tells us that we are
dead to sin and alive unto God. Therefore, He commands us to act on that
truth. Even if we do not act
on it, the facts are still true. Because sin and death have no dominion over Christ,
and we are
"in Christ" sin and death have no dominion over us. Jesus Christ not
only died "for sin," but He also died "unto sin." That means Christ not only
paid the penalty for my sin, but He broke the power of sin in my life. Sin no longer is the master
of our lives. It no longer controls us. We are dead in Christ, and alive to His
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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